Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Libra Spin on Summer

Now that summer is officially upon us, (okay, I'm a few days late, but I'm on Pamela Time - always a little behind schedule),  I thought I'd share some of my favorite things about the season and some stuff I don't particularly care for. Because, you know, I just have to balance everything out in that annoying Libra way of mine.

What I love:

  • Heat. When I first moved to Toronto from the East Coast, I couldn't bear the sticky humidity of the city. Over the years, I've learned to love, well, tolerate it at least. Now, I laugh at all my East Coast kin when they complain about 30C-including-humidity-temperatures. I've earned that right seeing I'm now a know-it-all Toronto snob, haven't I?  
  • Sun. What's not to love about it? It shines, brightens everything up, makes the flowers bloom and the birds chirp. People all over the world have composed soulful melodies inspired by the wonder of it's rising and setting. Others worship it. Yes, the sun definitely rocks.
  • Summer wardrobe. There's nothing better than kicking off those heavy winter socks (after a nice manicure, of course) and schlepping around in some cute summer sandals. It's so freeing to leave the house sans jackets, boots & other cold weather gear, not to mention how much easier it is getting the boy out the door for daycare in the mornings.
  • Summer beverages. Ahhh, Margaritas, Sangria, Pina Coladas, Mojitos - take your pick. These exotic and tropical drinks not only sound divine, they go down so much smoother on  those sweltering summer evenings on the patio.

What I don't like:

  • The oily greasiness that is my skin. Seriously? By this age, I thought I'd be well beyond the teen acne that seems to plague my face not only year-round, but on a exacerbated level come summertime. Even armed with facial blotting papers and a compact, it's a losing battle this time of the year. 
  • The Sun. I know, I know, I just said the sun rocks. But it also keeps my kid up until almost 9:30 at night and wakes him up much earlier than I'd like to get out of bed. Same thing for the birds. Their damn chirping has roused me awake far too many mornings before 6:00 a.m. Go squawk somewhere else you annoying feathered freaks. 
  • Bickering over the AC. I'm talking about the bickering between hubby and I about when to turn the air conditioning on and off. If it were up to him, we'd never turn the blasted thing on. He's always going on about how expensive it is to keep it running and that I turn it up too high. He forgets how I threatened to leave him back when we didn't have it a few years ago. (In my defense, I was pregnant and highly emotional.) I am very cranky when it's too hot. I refuse to cook. I become easily frustrated. He shouldn't mess with me then. It's dangerous, I tell you.
  • The frizzies. Yes, ladies, many of you know what I'm talking about. The big hair. The no-matter-how-much-product-you-use-can't-avoid-the-afro-do. It's so far beyond a "bad hair day" you might as well just give up and chop it all off. This is my ultimate least favorite thing about the summer. And for all you silky, straight-haired bitches babes who never have to fuss to tame your locks, I have only one thing to say to you - Bite Me!!

No amount of anti-frizz serum, or hats, hair bands, etc. can control it!


Cheryl said...

I feel you on the frizzies. I do! My hair smells moisture and it expands to the size of the room.

The Mayor! said...

K, I'm a bitch...but I forgive you cause you used "bite me" all time fave turn of phrase! And I so hear ya on the A/C, fine for HIM in his air conditioned office all day to tell ME that myself & small children don't need it that high...jackass...


Meesh said...

bahahahahaha great post!!! I battle my hair everyday during the summer, and having my hubby in NB this summer, I'm in charge of the AC - yay me!!

Anonymous said...

Word on the big ass hair, I'm rocking it right now.
One other thing I hate about summer is the f-ing spiders! (especially dock spiders) Those bastards are the size of alley cats and they are sneaky as hell!

Tracy said...

gimme a mojito and a man servant and I'll love summer forever!! happy Friday :O)

The Empress said...

Oh, my hair in the summer...and my shiny face.

I'm too old to look like an awkward teenager.

Love the pic, by the way.


Sandra said...

OMG I laughed! I especially love the picture of Monica and the hair! Priceless!

Stephanie said...

I only live an hour from Toronto but I swear TO sends their extra heat this way. Maybe we can use the extra grease from our faces to tame down the frizzies?

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded said...

I am a big baby about the heat and my husband is the same way about the AC. That really must be a guy thing. I'm missing the pic though it won't display, darn it.

KLZ said...

Man, I miss Monica Gellar.

The oil is getting to me though. I just cannot feel clean lately. It's ridiculous. But....worth it if it means not wrangling a toddler into a coat.

Heligirl said...

I laughed so hard my wine came out my nose. LOVE the Monica hair. Mainly because that is so me in Hawaii and when I first saw that episode I about peed myself. Here in Seattle we have those long days too and the damn birds at 4:30 am (I kid you not) drive me ape shit. I don't know how you do the sticky my dear. That's just too much for me. I love Seattle, but the only other climate I can handle is the desert. "Sure, but it's a DRY heat!" :=)

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