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On the internet for the first time in more than a week, whew! (I'm on vacation at a lovely Airbnb apartment in the Bay Area that unfortunately doesn't have internet.) And of course, first thing I notice is a work-related deadline that needs to be met today. *sigh* Post first, then work.

Summer's my favorite season, and every year I love marking its first-times. The last day of class (and the first day I don't actually need to be anywhere), the day grades are due (the real first day of summer), the first time I pull out my summer tee shirts, the first time I spend all day in the library writing, the first time I wear shorts (inflicting my hairy legs on the world--I'm still a bit self-conscious about that, after all these years), the first time I have ice cream (for some reason, a summer thing for me), the first time I take a cold shower after a walk because I'm just TOO DARN HOT. The longest day of the year. The day the outdoor public pool opens.

And the day I realize summer's going to be over all too fast.

I had that realization last night, checking my calendar. How did it get to be the last day of June already? How I can I make time slow down? I wish it could be June forever.

How are you all doing, flist? As excited about summer as I am?

Date: 2015-06-30 10:54 pm (UTC)
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I am literally at the opposite end of the weather right now. We've just hit the end of June, which is officially the end of the first month of winter, and we've passed the shortest day of the year, and there is that sudden hope that even though July is usually the colder month, winter cannot last forever.

Date: 2015-07-02 02:01 am (UTC)
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(Remind me...are you in a part of the country that gets cold winters?)

Heh, no. I mean, for all of my "oh noes, the winter cold" complaints, I actually live in a relatively temperate region. We're Southern but coastal and low altitude, so our winters are usually 12C-16C max and 5-8C mins (or, hmm, in non-metric: lows in the 40s, highs in the 50s).

I grew up in Canberra until I was 16, and winters there have the same maximums, but it gets much colder overnight (like, -5C, or 20s F).

And the winter doldrums have as much to do with the lack of sunlight (sunrise is 730am and sunset is 5pm at the moment, so it's dark as I'm driving home) as the cold.

But it's definitely the time of year when I notice the weather reports up north (days of 20C, or 70F are very appealing in winter).

Date: 2015-07-09 06:49 am (UTC)
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Our winter goes through to the end of August, but there's this point at mid-September where there's blue skies again (we do get a lot of rainy, grey days here) and sunlight and it makes such a wonderful difference.

Those temps sound very livable.

Absolutely. I mean, my winter work wardrobe is essentially wool skirt, woolen cardigan, woolen vest and leather knee high boots. Sometimes a scarf. I have a winter coat but I very rarely need to wear it -- especially not for the out of the house => into the car => into the well-heated office commute.

I hope your summer lasts much longer than it's supposed to!

Date: 2015-07-01 05:14 am (UTC)
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I am actually bemoaning the fact that tomorrow is a statutory holiday here, because my office has air conditioning and my apartment does not (and the library will be closed for the holiday and the harbour will be full of tourists). I did not move to Victoria for real summer temperatures!

Seriously though, I'm looking to kick off a writing project and maybe take a long walk down to the crowded seashore and get a burger and some soft serve, and if that sets the tone for the rest of summer, I'm going to be a happy camper.

Date: 2015-07-02 12:27 am (UTC)
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It was a Canada Day miracle and I think the temperatures topped out at 29C here. A little too warm inside, and the park was alarmingly parched, but I had a great long amble along the south shore. (And you had better believe I now have an updated mental map of what cafes in my neighbourhood have air-conditioning.)

Date: 2015-07-09 04:49 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I hope you're still having a lovely summer. :-)

Date: 2015-07-01 08:43 pm (UTC)
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I am mostly sweltering and wishing for last summer where it never got warm, whilst trying to remember that some people like this? (It is toooooo hottttttt (admittedly, I get cranky at +17C, and we hit 32C in Home City today), M. Tooooo hottttttt.)

Date: 2015-07-08 07:33 pm (UTC)
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Enjoy your time in the Bay Area! If you find a really good local ice cream place then I'd love to hear about it. I've been largely sans ice cream since the lovely Jeni's started having production trouble.

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