I didn't realize how over-heated I was until I got inside again. I drank over 120 ounces of water, which is double the daily recommendation for someone my size but I was still way too hot. Between the heat and the rapid transition into air conditioning, I suddenly just needed to go to sleep. I laid on the couch for about an hour and watched the Independence Day marathon on AMC and then I got into bed like three hours earlier than normal and put in Battle: Los Angeles. Because it's totally patriotic. And it's a battle. In Los Angeles. I should be embarrased more by the fact that I well-up during the same scenes every damn time. Also, I dare you to watch this movie and not get a crush on Cpl. Imaly.
So we are crazy people but we had the cookout and it went very well. We had a range of people - an uncle on one side of the family, an uncle from the other, a cousin and his two teenage boys, another cousin and her little boys, a couple more cousins, my mom, my brother and his family, my sister (obvs), The BFF and ceitfianna. Not as many people as we expected but that was due to the heat, I'm sure.
So I didn't post yesterday and I almost didn't even make this post either. We lost our phone, TV and internet connection for a few hours tonight. So I played some video games for awhile and then I read a book. (I can hear liptonrm's gasp of shock from the next county over).
The book is called "F5: Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the 20th Century" and is about the day America witnessed the highest number of tornadoes on record. An excerpt from the summary reads - Then, over a sixteen-hour period, nature stepped forward with its own display of mayhem: an unprecedented outbreak of 148 tornadoes, covering thirteen states in the heart of the country, from Michigan to Mississippi. Hundreds of people were killed, thousands of homes demolished, and a billion dollars in losses sustained. Sixty-four of the tornadoes would be classified as severely violent; six belonged to the most rare, most deadly category: F5, or "incredible tornadoes." I kind of feel like I am reading a longer, less visual version of Storm Stories on The Weather Channel - (a show I happen to love). My sister, who has already read this book, assured me they will stop explaining how air pressure works and get to the storms themselves soon enough. They have talked a little about other storms and tornadoes that came before this day - (the day in the book is April 3, 1974). They talked about storms that have hit major cities, startling people who once thought tornadoes were only for the countryside - including a bizarre rash of tornadoes to sweep in and around Detroit one day in the 50’s. I'd love to read more about that.
Anyways, I was a little put out by losing the internet/TV, but then I remembered to be thankful that I had electricity and thus, air conditioning - (though we had a storm roll through and it dropped the temperature more than 25 degrees in less than an hour, which actually is a little unstable. I was a kind of freaked out because my one cat, Roo, went and hid in one of the chairs under the kitchen table just before the storm rolled in. I have never seen that cat hide under the table or even sit in one of those chair unless he is begging for food. I thought he must know something I didn't, but it turned out not to be that bad of a storm here).
Now the question is - do some writing or get into bed early and watch some Leverage. Decisions, decisions.