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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Turns Out, There's Something to This "Dry Heat" Thing

It's only been twelve days since I last posted here on BBB, but I feel like I've been gone forever.  Taking two week-long vacations in one month will do that to a person!  It was lovely in upstate New York, though.  My family and I had a great time visiting LDS Church history sites, exploring the Finger Lakes region and getting soaked at Niagra Falls.  We stayed in a cottage at a B&B on Lake Cayuga; its lush, green lawn offered the perfect reading spot.  There's just nothing like savoring a good book (or two or three) in such a beautiful, serene setting.  Between my lazy, lakeside lounging and the 9-hour (round trip) plane ride, I managed to finish several books.  Now, I just need to review them.  I'll get to it.  Promise.

At any rate, it's good to be home.  As much as I complain about Arizona's hellish summer temperatures, I'm actually glad to be back in the dry, desert air.  I used to laugh when Arizonans said, "At least ours is a dry heat."  I thought hot was hot, didn't matter whether it was a dry heat or a humid one.  Yeah.  That was before I experienced New York's wet, sticky version.  Yikes!  If I have to endure blazing temps, I'll take them dry, thank you very much.        

Now that my vacationing is over, it's time to think about getting my kids ready for school.  They start on August 7th.  My oldest is entering high school, a fact that still boggles my mind.  Even though it's making me feel downright elderly, I'm anxious to get on with this new phase of life.  It's always good to get back into a routine, even if it does involve waking up early, dealing with homework, and taxiing my kids all over the globe for dance class, karate lessons, choir rehearsal, Cub Scouts, etc.  Reading's my stay-sane strategy so, never fear, I'll keep inhaling books and giving you my always professional, totally unbiased (ha!) opinions on what I read.

In the meantime, I'd love to know what you've been up to this summer.  Have you taken a great vacation?  Read a thrilling book?  Do tell.      


  1. I've had a great summer with you and yours!

  2. I agree with you about that dry heat thing! Welcome back to it! Your excursions sound like they've been great fun. I can't believe your kids start so soon. We have until Aug. 20th here (well, for my one still in regular school, my baby starting high school!) so we have a little bit of time still, but not much. But yeah, the routine will be nice again!

  3. I'm currently vacationing with my family in Rome, Italy where it is humid hot!! But, oh the sights! The city is filled with tourists. Thank goodness for the many fountains of fresh running water where we can fill our water bottles or just splash ourselves with cool water!

  4. I live in the deep South, so I've never experienced "dry" heat...but I hear it's nice! Ha! Your vacation with reading time sounds glorious! My summer has been full of baseball, baseball, and then a little baseball to keep things interesting :) Good thing my kids play a sport I enjoy watching.

  5. I'm from WY originally and now live on the East coast. People truly don't understand the difference between dry heat and humidity until they experience it for themselves. It can be so horrible here in the summer. And humidity messes with your food, too, in a way I didn't understand until I lived here. I'm glad you had a good vacation. I've been wanting to go to the finger lake region. It isn't TOO far from where I am and it looks like a great place to visit.

  6. We sought out the dry heat of Utah and California for a couple of weeks. Then we sent our older boys east to experience humid heat and thunderstorms. I'm sure they'll be relieved to return to the Northwest and our dry rain.

  7. Glad you had a nice vacation! :) And I'm very much with you on the dry heat (although I don't think I could handle Arizona's version of it!)


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