1. Bryan put in the window air conditioning unit this weekend.
Yes, we are poor souls without whole house air conditioning. Our house was built in 1930 and has steam heat. Thus, no vents. Thus, no A/C. But luckily, the house is brick solid and really doesn’t get all that hot – until it gets over 100… like it did this weekend. Then I do my best impression of a slug… a slug with sad puppy dog eyes, until Bryan takes pity on me and puts the A/C unit in. Luckily our bedrooms are on the same side of the house and my office is in between, so all three rooms can be cooled by one unit. And that unit hangs out the window on the side of the house that no one can see from the street – so we don’t suffer from “fugly air conditioning box hanging out the window of the house disease,” like every other old house in the old downtown Denver neighborhoods. Ahhhh, the bliss of sleeping in cooled air rather than taking a cold shower and going to bed with a wet head.
2. Water World, baby!
We got our season passes a few weeks ago and today, being the awesome wife I am, I simply could not let Bryan face yard work before a quick trip to Water World to cool off. That’s the beauty of season passes, being able to bolt in there for a few hours and not feeling any financial pressure to stay the whole day. And Water World is always such a kaleidoscope of personalities, the people watching alone is worth the trip. And apparently ALL the people were there today. And I do mean ALL.
On a semi-serious note (and putting on my health education hat from work – remember, one of our specialties is skin cancer prevention), it has been cool to see the increase of sun-safe swim suits popping up at Water World and pools over the past few years. However, I have also noticed a ton of people wearing simple t-shirts. And while a t-shirt *is* better than bare skin… the problem is people tend to think it is impervious to the sun (and thus skip the sunscreen) – and it’s not. Especially a white t-shirt when it gets wet and stretched out. Your safest bet is a rash guard or swim shirt that has a UPF rating, or at the very least is made from a tightly-woven nylon/spandexey type material. (Which also makes them quick-drying too!)…
Here are some companies that have great rash guards for kids (and adults! …I *love* my rash guard. The less sunscreen I have to put on, the better!)…
TUGA SUNWEAR (beware, in my experience, their kids sizes run small)
So, OK. Off my soapbox now. Happy summer, y’all!