Thursday, May 21, 2009

Swamp Coolers

There is such a lackadaisaical attitude about AC here. And in most buildings it ain't AC, it's a swamp cooler. I'm not sure exactly what the differences are technically, but I sure know what the differences are in air cooling ability.

Our apartment is almost entirely in shade. This is the ONLY reason our swamp cooler is effective. Were the sun to invade our cozy little abode the swamp cooler would be utterly vanquished. Also, I woke up to a humid house. It's done wonders for my skin-I was looking like a scaly lizard. But it's a bit weird to have humidity in a cooled house, especially if you lived in Houston where the point is to get rid of all and any humidity and to make all of your customers freeze (I think all stores keep their AC at 60 during the summer. At least I think that's why my glasses fog up everytime I went inside a store :).

And I've heard one horror story about a apartment resident who had to wait 9 days for her swamp cooler to get fixed. It's in the 90's, people, and hotter if you're in the sun. 9 days. And another apartment complex doesn't let you turn down your AC below 75 degrees.


(P.S. I realize some people don't have any type of AC so I am grateful for what I have, but I'm very much accustomed to nice, dry AC which I can turn down to 68 if I freakin want to and prompt service for AC's that have broken down during the summer.)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


The next two days Las Cruces is scheduled to get thunder storms. THUNDER STORMS. I haven't seen rain in-oh gosh, since we left Missouri. I love the rain. It's almost like Christmas-the sound of it pattering on the roof, the knowledge that there's nothing one could possibly do outside so it's perfectly ok to sit inside and read all day. The coziness. The darkness. Yep-I love rain. We'll see what rain looks like in the desert. I'm trying not to get my hopes up-their version of thunderstorm is probably not the same as mine.

Damm is not able to fly back between basic and graduation. So plans are in full throttle for a humongous road trip to South Carolina to see him graduate. Family Day is July 16th, Graduation July 17th. Absolutely no idea whether that weekend he'll be able to spend more time with us or if they'll immediately cart him off to Georgia for AIT. As for getting leave to see his newborn ... he's been told it's possible but that it probably would reset his time in AIT. So I've said he's just gonna have to wait (he left that decision up to me). I'd rather have him back for good.

So I've been hitting the weights fairly hard at the gym. I tend to neglect the lower body when I'm able to run-it seems like overkill. Anyway, I've incorporated more lunges and squats and also started pyramiding when using the weight machines. I want leg muscles. I did the same for the upper muscles yesterday, but that didn't go so well. You see, with heavier weights you tend to use your core muscles to stabilize. My core muscles are already being used way past their normal capacity (and I don't want to tear them) so I'm going to have to revise my workout a bit. See if there are alternate exercises that won't strain areas that should not be strained right now.

The Orclette can speak in full sentences now. And she repeates EVERYTHING she hears you say. Damm is so not allowed to bring military jargon home with him (by that I mean cussing-I know you can't get away from it when around military peeps but when at home he's just not allowed to use it in front of my impressionable daughter). She got one of those toy plastic cars that she can locomote with her feet and she ADORES it. She will spend the entire afternoon outside with her car, getting in and out, filling it up with gas, bringing baby with her, deciding that baby can't go with her, etc. It's wonderful-I'm able to read for large chunks of time while she is thus occupied.

Our life is pretty quiet. We spend the mornings at our place puttering around, I drop her off and head to the gym, I come back and hang out til dinnertime (Audrey cooks more frequently than I do). Then home, and either a movie or bed. This is broken up by going to the occasional movie-I saw Star Trek and loved it. Totally looking forward to Harry Potter, My Life in Ruins, Terminator Salvation, Transformers 2, G.I. Joe-exciting stuff.

11 weeks and 5 days til I'm due to be unpregnified. Seems like such a long time away. 7 weeks 3 days til we depart for South Carolina. That also seems rather far away. Bah humbug.

And the Orclette is up. Toodles.