Texas Thursday posts will be about things in Texas: news stories, people, traditions we didn’t know about, and other things like that. So today’s post is about the Texas climate. You know that wave of heat you feel when you open an oven? That’s what it has felt like here for the last month.
Since July 2, the high in Dallas has been in the triple digits. The only year that there has been a longer period of consecutive days in the triple digits in Dallas was 1980 and that was for 42 days. I really hope we don’t break that record. Even more importantly, the low hasn’t been below 80 degrees since July 5 – and we missed that because we were in Connecticut! We have forgotten what it feels like to be outside and not actually be drenched in sweat in a period of 10 seconds. What’s even better is that the city has begun to experience rolling blackouts because too many people are turning up the AC. I look forward to the inevitable day when I am working on the top floor of our office building and the power completely shuts off. I miss the ice storm.
After 6 months of discussion this blog of ours has finally come to fruition. And it is all thanks to the ice and snow storm we had this week – Taylor has been at home for 5 consecutive days since school has been closed and I have worked from home all days but one. The Super Bowl is tomorrow and Jerry Jones has commandeered all the snow plows for himself. In short, we have run out of things to do in our apartment so we are finally creating this blog.
Our apartment faces a courtyard that looked quite beautiful yesterday morning right after the snowfall.
Unfortunately this pristine snow was marred by all the people in our apartment complex including:
1. French students that started out with a playful snowball fight and ended with a petite French girl slapping a French boy and calling him “un enfant” after he smashed an epic snowball in her face.
2. Why is it that when you want a dog it seems like everyone else has one? Every single resident in our building brought their dog out to romp in the snow and take pictures. There are 6 courtyards in our apartment but they all seem to want to come into ours to rub it in our faces. Especially that Great Dane.
3. But the best of all was this:
No caption could capture the essence of this picture
This man must really love this woman. Yes he is wearing a moose hat. And yes that is a hairless cat he is holding (who is wearing a sweater that you unfortunately can’t see at this angle). The cat was absolutely livid for numerous reasons probably including the eager dog you can see in the top right corner of the picture. I unfortunately did not get a picture of when the woman was holding the cat and LAYING DOWN IN THE SNOW. A ground floor apartment has truly offered us views we could never have dreamed of.
God Bless Texas.