We're Having a Heatwave

I came up stairs to write. I really had every intention of writing something inspiring or at the very least creepy. I even thought about creating an “NSA Summer Reading List” including titles such as 1984, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451 and A Handmaid’s Tale, but then I thought better of it (shhh they’ll hear us). But it is so DAMN face-meltingly hot that I can barely watch my fingers move across the keyboard without feeling like I am going to pass out. The short hairs on the back of my neck that aren’t grown out enough to be in the pony tail are slick with sweat. Slowly, I’m sliding out of my chair because the black faux-leather doesn’t stand a chance against slick skin - TMI? The few clothes I can be bothered to wear are fused with my skin. Don’t worry I’m wearing more than a bathing suit but less than I could wear in public without terrifying small children. My mom always says that the women in my family are pretty go-with-the-flow, until we are the slightest bit uncomfortable. I have to agree with this; we already talked about my napping and hangry issues. So forgive me if I sound a bit dramatic - but a swampcooler only goes so far people!

We seem to be having a bit of a heatwave out here in the Southwest, so much so parts of our dear city encountered a Brown Out last night. Though let’s just call it power loss, because brown out to me just does not settle right.

So instead of thinking too hard and risk sweating even more, let’s take a quick minute to talk about how freaking amazing music is. I know random, non sequitur alert!

I have been thinking about music a lot lately and the power it has. I’m not going to spend a lot of time giving examples because let’s be honest if you are reading this than obviously you are incredibly intelligent and therefore know the transformative power of music. Recently, I found a new album to be obsessed with. It has been a while since I have had the patience and desire to listen to a whole album start to finish - what can I saw its a curse of my generation and technology. But I did just that. I laid on my bed with my headphones and just fucking jammed out. Man, it has been so long since I did that.

In college and high school I am pretty sure that is how I spent most of my free time. I searched for hours to find the next big album to help me through adolescence. I would just listen to music for hours - not while driving, or cooking or working, I’d do nothing else but listen. I was worried I lost that part of me.

Don’t you just love that feeling when you hear a song and you just know you are going to learn everything about  the artist and listen to it non-stop? And the chills…

Anyway, your homework class is to take some time to just find some really good music and just have some quality time with yourself and that artist. If I can stop half way through writing this just to have a dance break in this crazy-ass heat you can do that homework for me. On a completely unrelated note, if you do have an unexpected dance break be prepared to have your spouse text you from downstairs to keep it down. It may not sound like I’m writing up here, but this is all part of the process!!

Anyway, I need to go dip into a bathtub full of ice my friends, so keep on keeping on. We will get through this.

Current song: Alt-J, “Breezeblocks”