The Wild Blue Yonder

It has been unseasonably warm in Florida this week.  I’m not complaining, mind you.  My warm and cozy world is about to be rocked because I’ve been preparing to board a plane to head to the Arctic tundra, also known as San Antonio.

There is something inherently wrong about running errands, clad in t-shirt and sandals, while sweating, and knowing that you will be somewhere the very next day that hasn’t been above freezing all week.

It’s just hard to wrap your head around that as you pack sweat shirts, while wiping perspiration from your brow.

Still, not complaining.

The majority of the country has been experiencing black-outs, brown-outs, icy, snow covered conditions.  While I’m fanning myself, wondering if anyone has ever died from a hot flash.

After paying an electric bill yesterday, that was twice the rent of my first apartment, I refused to turn on the air conditioner.  No one should have to turn on the air conditioner in February.  Just sayin’.

Anyhoo.  I’m heading home to Texas to see my dad and step-mom, for a quick but long overdue visit.  I haven’t been able to get back for over 2 years, and I’ve been horribly homesick.  Fiddledaddy sensed this and booked me a ticket, using up our alloted Sky Miles for a free trip.

Fiddledaddy was exceptionally sensitive to my needs.  I suspect it was all the wailing and crying that gave it away.  I’m fairly easy to read.

We were financially unable to procure tickets for the whole family, so I must brave the elements alone.  This caused the most consternation to my middle child, who declared she was going anyway, and deposited her clothing into my suitcase.  Interestingly, she packed more than the needed number of underwear for a trip of this brief time, and all summer clothing.

I had to check my suitcase several times to make sure that there were no children hiding within.  I know I would have exceeded my 50 pound limit and been charged more.

So I’ll be coming to you live from Texas for the next few days.  I understand that it might snow today.  My excitement at that prospect is tempered only by my lack of adequate warm clothing.

February 3, 2011

17 Responses to The Wild Blue Yonder

  • Have a wonderful trip and remember to watch out for those snow flurries!

  • Oh, I love San Antonio! Perhaps your occasional hot flash will help keep you warm? 😉 Have fun!

  • Enjoy your time in Texas. Don’t think you’ll have to worry about that sweating thing while you’re in Texas. I would love to be in a tank top instead I’d iced in wearing flannel pjs. : )

  • There is something just WRONG about it being that cold in San Antonio, isn’t there?

  • I’m in northern Oklahoma, and we are at -8 this morning! It’s just not right!! A state that gets to 112 in the summer should never be this cold.
    Have a wonderful trip, and pack some warm fuzzy socks.

  • Oh! Just down the road from me! I hope you have a safe trip and that the weather doesn’t foil any of your plans!!

  • Have a safe trip. I’m so excited you’re coming to Texas, even though I’m on the other side of the state. 🙂 Stay warm. We are expecting snow in East Texas tomorrow. 🙂

  • Welcome to the Lone Star State! I’ve lived here all my life, and I don’t think I’ve ever been in such consistently cold weather. The weather report said it was 14 degrees yesterday, and it “feels like 1.” ONE DEGREE. I don’t even know if that’s the correct way to refer to a single-digit temperature. I never thought my husband and I would EVER use all of our coffee mugs (we have like 10), but we actually ran out this morning and had to run the dishwasher. Ha.

    This is my third day in a row to work from home, and I’m getting some serious cabin fever. It’s like an exciting adventure, though, being confined to my home in this frozen tundra. My friend from Ohio just laughs. 🙂

  • Well, welcome! You are probably going to be a couple of blocks away from me, and I’ve been following you around bloggy land for a while! They even say we might get snow tonight, but I’ll believe it when I see it. The last time we had descent snow fall in San Antonio my 28 year old was 5! Safe travels to my hometown and a great visit while you’re here!

  • Hi DeeDee – hope you have a wonderful visit. I did hear it was quite cold in Texas. Re: packing – that is how it is here in NY when you are packing to go to Florida in February. You have to dig out your summer clothes while it is 15 degrees. And the best part, when we get home, we don’t need to unpack for about 3 months (hmm, May perhaps).
    My husband would move to Florida in one second.
    I wouldn’t mind coming down for a few months in the winter, maybe someday. I have never been Texas, but it sounds like an awesome state where the folks don’t take alot of crap!! Just sayin!

  • Dee2 with hot flashes = Global warming… Bring it!

  • High five to the Fiddledaddy for reading you oh so well. I usually have to use wailing and gnashing of teeth. Score points for him.

    Have fun! I know it will be just terrible for you to pry your children off your neck and escape for a few days but I’m sure you’ll brave a stiff upper lip and carry on.
    I couldn’t even type that with a straight face, just so you know. 😉

  • Travel safely and enjoy your family! Your husband is very sweet to send you, and handle things at home!

  • Hope you actually made it here… I’m in the Austin area and everything is shut down due to the ice and one inch of snow we received last night – and they are saying San Antonio is in worse shape.

    Enjoy your time in Texas! Wish you were going to be a little closer – would love to meet you!!!

  • Have a great time, maybe you will be bring some on the FL heat to them and then some of there cool temps home? Never know…

  • Its always sunny in California. Come on by!!

  • Ah, you want a new “name” for hot flashes??!! I just call them “mini tropical vacations”!!! Love San Antonio and pretty sure it isn’t as cold as Ohio, where I am.