We are in the midst of a MAJOR heat wave here, with record breaking temperatures the last three days in a row. Now, I’m used to hot weather. This is North Carolina, it comes with the territory. But usually we have a gradual build towards it, of sorts. Not this year. We went from eighties to triple digits, with no time to get adjusted. So can I just say, WHEW! Even at 6:50 this morning, when I was out for a walk, it was steamy. Even the deer—which are EVERYWHERE at that hour, and not at all fazed as you come towards them, which is somewhat unsettling—looked hot. I have to say, though, that even these hot hot days are not as bad as last August, when I was nine months pregnant, it was REALLY hot and I was driving a car with no A/C. Also, a stick shift, and because my belly was so big I couldn’t get close enough to the clutch, so I kept stalling out. My point: it’s all relative. Even the weather.
In other news, a book recommendation. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of Nina de Gramont’s Gossip of the Starlings a few weeks back, and I absolutely loved it. It’s a story about wealth and private school and the dark side of friendship, and now it’s out, just in time for summer reading. Nina’s an NC girl, like me, but I swear I’d love this book even if we didn’t, as a rule, stick together. For serious.
Finally, regular readers will remember a post I did last year about how, when I was pregnant and craving watermelon, I was so excited when a fruit bouquet from Edible Arrangements arrived at my door. My elation was quickly followed by disappointment when it became clear that it was not for me, but my neighbor, who was not home and so they brought it to us, hoping we’d be able to keep it in their fridge until they arrived home. Which we did, even though it was TORTURE to be looking at all those strawberries, and watermelon, and melon, and not be able to have it. But! For my birthday, my best friend Bianca remembered all this and sent me my very own arrangement. I have been eating chocolate strawberries all weekend and lo, it is good. Yay for Bianca! I only wish she was here to share it with me, as she also REALLY likes chocolate covered strawberries. But her birthday is in August, so…..