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04 August 2017 @ 01:17 pm
So, that thing last week...  
We survived our son's random middle-of-the week massive sleepover party last Wednesday night. It was kind of hot in the space we use as a family room (where the pocket doors can be shut to limit the noise), but it had also been yet another 100-degree day. The boys went out swimming, with many reminders (and one visit) to keep the noise down for the neighbors. Eventually, the 5 or 6 of them that were left were just hanging out in the pool talking quietly for several hours, which sounds like some fears and sadness were getting worked over.

Unexpected as the whole thing was, I'm glad we did it as it really was the last chance for all of them to get together—possibly ever, if we're being honest. Now, three of the boys are on vacation, one has moved to New York, and one went to college early for some late-summer class (he's the oldest in his family, so I'll bet his parents weren't especially happy to have him be gone sooner than necessary!)

Work-work-work the rest of the week. Saturday, we went out of town for a graduation party, and the to/from time and the rest of the weekend were taken up trying to write my Idol story. Which did NOT want to be anything notable. Monday morning, I finally came up with the kind of idea I'd been looking for, and wrote that all the way through Tuesday. That Idol story is here, and there's a link to the poll and the other entries at the bottom. We could use more readers and voters, so please take a look!

Side-effect of all that? The song "Saved By Zero" has been in my head since the prompt came out last Friday...

In this hell we call Sacramento, the heat was > 90-degrees every day in July. Which is to say, > 94-degrees all but two days, and mostly AROUND 100 OR ABOVE. Which will be the case for the foreseeable future, too. I'm seriously dreading the electricity bill. It'll probably be between $300 and $400. /o\

Off to DC at the end of next week, and I don't even have a hotel booked yet. THIS is my life...

bleodsweanbleodswean on August 4th, 2017 09:12 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful way for them to say goodbye. You guys have a pool? Your Idol piece was fantabulous this week! I am beginning to panic with this heat. We just cannot sleep! At all! I feel for you guys down there. Uh, K, you better book a room or you're going to end up at Trump Hotel for $$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 4th, 2017 11:52 pm (UTC)
I'm sure glad they got the chance-- just having my son tell me about that discussion made me feel kind of sad for them, and the thought of them not getting to do that? Even sadder. So, well worth it. Despite mayhem on a Wednesday night. :O

I'm not surprised you're having trouble sleeping. Do you have A/C in the house? And is it effective where your room is (probably upstairs)? This might be the time to think about pulling out the sofa bed downstairs for awhile. :(

The main thing, night after night, is that it's so often around 80 when I go to bed at midnight that I can't open any of the upstairs windows. That's what pulls the heat out of the house overnight! And if I can't do it, the A/C is running upstairs most of the night, where our son sleeps. I feel for people living in Yuba City or Stockton, because it's even hotter there!
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 5th, 2017 02:27 pm (UTC)
that is ridiculously hot. i'd ask why people voluntarily live in that weather, but clearly you do, so. what did people do before a/c?

i'm glad the mid-week sleepover was good for the boys, even if they did have to be told more than once to keep the noise down. getting to hang out in the pool sounds niiiiice.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 6th, 2017 02:20 am (UTC)
I didn't plan to _stay_ in this climate. My goal was to live here a few years and then make my way back to the Pacific Northwest, but within 6 months I met HalfshellHusband, and the rest is history. And perspiration. :O

I would hang out in the pool more except that it requires sunscreen! I oil up for biking, and then I want to be done. Touristy vacations are a never-ending sting of applying sunscreen all day long...
passing_throughpassing_through on August 6th, 2017 12:45 am (UTC)
I imagine the boys will have life long memories of that night. What a wonderful thing you and your husband did for your son and his friends.

I checked our weather for July and we had 24 out of 31 days of 100 degrees or higher heat. We're starting to get into the really hot part of the summer. It's such a great feeling in late September when you realize that your last 100 degrees day is finally over for the year :)

I loathe saying that I'm used to the heat because it feels I've given up on ever living anywhere with normal temperatures again. Which I haven't!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 6th, 2017 07:05 am (UTC)
All the boys had a good time, and it sure meant a lot to my son. There's such a scattering after high school, where you may get together with one or two friends at a time over the coming years, but probably not all of the kids you used to pal around with. His is a group of 8 or 9 boys, so it's even harder than the 3-4 girls my daughter spent so much time with in high school.

I don't know how you stand the weather in Texas-- it's even worse than here! Though I think Phoenix still has both places beat, but ugh. I hate the heat so much.

I do find that around here, it only takes up to about mid to late June before you're grateful if the high for the day is ONLY about 92 degrees. And finding that becoming about the best you can hope for is pretty sad!
riverotter1951riverotter1951 on August 7th, 2017 03:54 pm (UTC)
My sister has 4 friends who have known each other since second grade. They are in their early 60s and have gotten together for weddings and high school reunions over the years. So, it's possible that they will be together again.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 7th, 2017 06:04 pm (UTC)
That would be nice!

Because there are so many of these boys in the group, that seems much less likely-- especially with one moving to New York, and a couple of the others going to college abroad.

But there may be a smaller subset of guys he'll see again. He met some nice kids his last couple of years in high school, and enjoyed those years more than he would have otherwise.

Our daughter has a smaller core group of friends, and she gets together with 1-2 of them at a time, or (in a blue moon) all of them. One is going to school and spending most of her summers in DC, so that makes it harder. Though our daughter is there THIS summer, so the two of them are hanging out a lot. :)