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24 June 2008 @ 12:42 pm
Cabin Fever...  
Argh! I might have mentioned that Sacramento is one of those places where you get cabin fever in the summer, thanks to days on end of oppressive heat (like Phoenix, but not as bad). But I always forget about the summer wildfires, that keep you indoors because of smoke.

In cycling news, I had two shorter rides Friday and Saturday because it was friggin' hot (thank you, manager, for your Friday 11am meeting). Friday's while-biking peak was about 98 degrees, so I went out 3 hours earlier on Saturday. No dice! The temperature rose faster, hitting 98-99 around 1pm already. Would have been a 108 day, except hot winds started up and leveled things off at 103. Whee.

So, nobody wearing a carrot suit on the parkway (as seen 3 weeks ago, before the hot weather). Nearly got a suicidal bunny last week (!), saw lots of quail (but no baby quail), and several bunches of baby turkeys. They were cuter 2 weeks ago before they got feathers, but still not bad. Lauren thinks they should be called turklets, but since my Dad uses "turkle" to refer to the animal that lives in a shell, I get the wrong image for that word. They're actually called "poults," which is kind of uninspired.

All of it beats yesterdays biking in the garage, to avoid the smoke outdoors. I see Wednesday heading that same direction. :(

Saw Get Smart this weekend, because nothing else is out. Funnier than I expected (not a gutbuster, but good), and I must say... The Rock is looking awfully damn good. I was distracted by some inappropriate m/m kissing thoughts about him at bedtime, but he was worth it. I also found myself (this happens a LOT) running off to imdb.com to see how tall he is, because he was a veritable giant compared to everyone else. Apparently, the movie was cast with average-sized people. The Rock is only 6' 3 1/2"! Alan Arkin, however, is still damn funny, no matter what.

Watched Water Horse with the kids a week ago. *sigh* Lauren didn't want to see it, because she thought it'd be too sad. Silly me-- I was thinking of THE BOOK it's based on, which was delightful and entirely G-rated. The movie is PG, due to augmentations like a WWII setting and people shooting at the creature and trying to kill it, and a bunch of other stuff that added nothing to the story, IMO. And Lauren was in tears by the end. :(

Posted a bunch of stories over the last few days, rounding out my genres a little! And updated the SPN fic pages, finally. Still have the PB ones to do now.

One thing I DON'T see myself doing is getting anything done in the yard anytime soon. Except picking cherry tomatoes. Mmmmmm... ;)
 
 
 
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on June 24th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
I managed to give myself heatstroke yesterday. It wasn't even that hot.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 24th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
Yow!

I've done that-- typically, it's when the forecast is very wrong and it's much hotter than I thought. More prevalent when the heat shoots up suddenly, because you're not acclimated.

One thing I do wish is that when you're overheating... you'd actually feel HOT. When it's really bad, I just feel very, very tired. Which does not provide the clue I need to back off of what I'm doing.

How bad was it? Have you recovered now?
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on June 25th, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
I couldn't have drank enough water. I was sick and thirsty all yesterday and in my bed. I'm still really tired and called in sick to work. God knows what they thought.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 25th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, gosh, this is not good.

I hadn't realized how closely heat a local that 100-mile footrace talked about the mandatory check-in stations (they'll weigh you, and if you lose more than 7% of your starting weight they'll keep you at the station until you gain it back through drinking liquids).

But he said that MOST heat exhaustion stems from de-hydration more than the actual heat. It's your body's ability to cope with the heat that's the issue.

Have you rehydrated now, and taken in a little salt? Sounds like this was a very bad episode. :(

One of my worst wasn't quite so bad-- I came in from a failed run, and went straight to the freezer to get a bag of frozen peas to put on my head. After lying down for awhile with that, I felt better. Didn't know then that drinking might have helped more-- mainly, I just felt bad.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on June 25th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
I've always known about the water - i took my first heatstroke at 12 and landed up in casualty. I always carry a bottle of water with me, so I don't get why I didn't drink enough. But plainly, I didn't.

And ask kaiberie about how I spent her handfasting...

I'm glad your mishaps are less drastic than mine...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 26th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
And ask kaiberie about how I spent her handfasting...

This wasn't it, was it?

Hope you're feeling better by now. :( That's a lot of lingering, but it sounds as if you've gone much farther over the edge than I ever have. Yipes.
aeroport_artaeroport_art on June 25th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Turklets!! Funniest word.

I wanna watch Get Smart! I'm glad it was entertaining, I always get so sad when movies i wanna watch end up with really bad reviews or something.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 25th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
We enjoyed it-- good, mindless entertainment. And Alan Arkin FTW!

I was sorry to see "The Happening" get such poor reviews. Even for M. Night Shamalyan, I don't think I can see it before it goes to video. :(
aeroport_artaeroport_art on June 25th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
I know me too. The Happening was one I was kinda keeping an eye on, but with ticket prices these days, no way am I plunking down that kinda money for a surefire bad movie.
wrldpossibility: GG rory readingwrldpossibility on June 25th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
Ah, the heat and the wildfires. We're headed down your way (well, to Grass Valley area, so north of you) for the 4th. We saw Get Smart tonight, and I loved it. But really, I just adore Steve Carell. Funny about the slashy kiss distracting you! ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 25th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
I hope the mess is done with by the time you come this way, though the heat will probably be in force. ;) I remember one of my early summers here, 1988 or 1989, where it was right around 107+ for 10 days straight in July. Yuck!

Funny about the slashy kiss distracting you! ;)
I'm all about the slash, so it was a good distraction other than it being the wrong time of day. When it's bedtime, I want to have no interesting thoughts of any kind. I've still got that Steven Colbert book sitting unread by the side of the bed, because it's going to have to be a daytime book. "Funny" is definitely "too interesting"-- not suited for bedtime!