Sunday, 6 January 2013

Hot Topic

I don't need to tell you it's hot. You're most likely aware of it from the small detail of your face melting off your skull. Unless you are not in Australia. We are, of course, in our summer months presently.

The heat is often a hot topic (pun intended) for these bogans.  Micky Blue Eyes loves summer. In fact, if he had his way we would probably be heading up to Darwin next Tuesday instead of Queensland. He frequently makes remarks like:

"Wouldn't it be great to be somewhere up in the top end now, in one of the water holes, having a dip!"

I usually look at him as if he is deranged. Clearly he is. He grew up in a family who were not familiar with air conditioning. In fact my out-laws still do not have air conditioning in their home. Therefore, another frequent comment I hear, is "We never had air conditioning, when I was a kid!"

My parents, on the other hand, live in a perpetual state of 'heat horror'. In fact they had to go away to the country for the weekend for my Uncle's 80th birthday celebration. My mother was not impressed at the weather predictions. It was as if my Uncle had an unmitigated gall to have been born in summer, so I'm surprised I was born in January.

We were lucky enough to have had air conditioning from the time I was about five or six. I was constantly reminded how of how lucky I was, by my heat fearing parents.Whenever anybody we knew was foolhardy enough to go away for a family vacation, during the summer holidays, they were immediately dismissed as being completely and totally INSANE. We rarely had summer holidays. As I have always been an indoorsy, bookish person, this never bothered me greatly.

However, since meeting Micky Blue Eyes all that has changed. Now, we will usually go away somewhere during the summer holidays. And that somewhere will always be HOT.  There is not really any escaping it in Summer time, in Australia.  I don't mind going away. In fact, I usually end up enjoying it.

My only aversion to the heat, revolves around the reality of being a 'ranga'. This, of course, means that I have the pallid, almost translucent, freckled skin that goes with it.  Five minutes in the sun and I am decidedly pinkish. Ten minutes equals serious sunburn. After fifteen minutes, I may as well say hellooo Melanoma.   All the 30 plus sunscreen will not prevent me from being burnt somewhat.

Therefore, I really prefer to remain indoors as much as possible. Meanwhile, Micky Blue Eyes will want to hit the beach and go for as many walks as possible. He never likes to actually admit that it's hot. Instead he'll attempt to think of as many inventive excuses as to why he feels hot.

"Maybe it's because I'm not playing soccer/doing enough exercise and sweating it out so that's why I'm sweating now." That is a familiar one.

Or, it's the chair he's sitting on is leather so that is making him sweat not the fact that it's 40 degrees in the shade.  Similar to how most males won't ever ask for directions when lost, Micky Blue Eyes will never admit that is, indeed hot, and the heat is effecting him.

He laments the fact that air conditioning is contributing to global warming and that people have become far too dependent on it. Which I have. Thanks Mum and Dad.

Just to be thoroughly inconsistent though, as much as I abhor the heat, I definitely do not think the cold is any better. No matter how many times people tell me that it is 'easy' to warm up, just chuck on some extra clothes, I have personally never found that theory to be true. My feet remain blocks of ice all through winter despite three pairs of socks and Ugg Boots.  I've even been known to have cold feet as late in the year as November. Now that is just plain wrong.  I must have been a frog in past life or some other cold blooded animal.

So here I will be complaining about the weather for at least half of the year. I whinge when it's hot. I whinge when it's cold.  Right, excuse me while I go back to melting.

How do you survive the heat? Do you love the heat? Prefer the cold? Don't care? Let's discuss the weather! It's fascinating. Isn't it? Oh okay, I'll shut up about it.
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  1. I hate the heat!! I wish I could live somewhere it was constantly 25 degrees in the day and a bit cooler at night!! I am not looking forward to tomorrow and the predicted 40+ temps!!

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    1. I know! And we are flying up to Queensland, just for more sunshine. We must be insane lol

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  2. To any lover of the heat who states that we don't need air con I always reply, no worries, I will never use air con again provided you never use heating. I have not once, since 1999 when we moved to Queensland, felt the need to put a heater on. Sometimes in the depth of winter I will wear socks and a long sleeved shirt, and have been known late at night to drape a blanket over my feet when reading. Air con is the best invention EVER and we don't even have it at the moment, sniff sniff.

    The big difference with the cold is, you can put on extra clothes, go for a walk, eat hot soup and etc. to change your temperature. When it's stinking hot there are only so many clothes you can remove (I am always getting in trouble for misjudging this) and even if you are in the cool air you still have to venture outside from time to time at which point your hair melts, you are bathed from head to toe in sweat and your clothes stick to you like a wet balloon.

    I loathe the heat so much that I am genuinely considering a move back to Scotland. They are bitching about the arctic temperatures there right now - sympathy from me on this score - nil :)

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    1. Yes, it definitely would suck living in the sunshine state with no air con. Hope you make it back to Scotland oneday, or at least score some air con. xo

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  3. Even with air, which we have almost always had while living in hot places, I just don't like the heat. Not cut out for hot climates, find beaches boring, hate sweating, don't like getting in and out of cars and my sunglasses fogging up - don't like having to wear sunnies or risk going glare blind! Lol, I sound like a whinging old bag. I know lots of people love Queensland, and in many ways it is a wonderful place. But now, I just want to go home. This may involve winning the lottery, so don't hold your breath :)

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    1. I must admit, I'm not really a beach person myself. As I mentioned in the post, I'm a red head so I just burn to a crisp.

      Maybe you will make it back home one day, or move to Tassie? But even they have had bush fires. Can't win.

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  4. Typing this before I become a puddle on the floor. Legs making unpleasantly wet, squelching sounds as I rip them off the seat. Love the summer, as long as I'm submerged in water and not expected to do ANYTHING other than float. Tin roof, fibro house...31 degrees today and no air conditoning other than my Kmart fan doing a half hearted fan dance. I'm off to the beach, or a shopping centre with industrial strength, globally catastrophic air conditioning.I'm with you about the cold though - that's no fun either. Soooo....yes...looking forward to commiserating over your icy feet in months to come. For now, enjoy your days...and stay cool!

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    1. Good thinking! Use the shops air con. Although 31 doesn't sound quite as bad as the 43 degrees it was in Sydney yesterday.

      Yep, I'll still be whinging in winter too lol

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  5. I hate air-con so I was happy to sit indoors without it all day - just a few swims to keep cool. When hubby can home the air-con went straight on and now we're all in the lounge room. I'll be sick tomorrow guaranteed.

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    1. You'd get along well with my Micky Blue Eyes then, he hates air con too and says ceiling fans give him a sore throat.

      Hope you are not sick.

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  6. I'm with you... I don't dig the heat AND I don't dig the cold. I like it to be somewhere in between. Warm enough so I don't start shivering when I go outside and cool enough that I don't get all sweaty after five minutes. Unfortunately, Mother Nature almost never complies to this request. Why is that too much to ask?

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    1. Why, indeed? Mother nature didn't work out a lot of things to my liking..the weather and child birth are top of the list! lol

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  7. Oh I hear you Ness. I'm not a ranga but I've sure got the skin! I joke to my kids that if you joined all my freckles together I'd finally have a tan. That said, however, I wouldn't trade summer for anything. BEST time of the year, if only it were 3 months longer!

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    1. Yes the joy of freckles. Not sure I could take another 3 months of 40 plus degree heat that has been happening in Sydney...

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