I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but I just really, really don’t like summer. I love the sunshine and the awesome Vitamin D it gives me, and I like those perfect, 70ish-degree days (aka spring and fall). But full-on summertime? Uh uh. Not for me.
Don’t worry, though; I’ll keep this short and kinda sweet. First up, let’s just get the bad out of the way. Here are five reasons why I loathe summer:
- It’s just too dang hot. I sweat when it’s hot and I sweat when I get nervous/anxious. In the summer, I sweat (because it’s hot), and then I sweat even more, because I know I’m sweating and I think everyone around me knows I’m sweating and can see it, which makes me nervous and anxious….so then I sweat some more. Are you sensing a vicious pattern here? It’s horrible. On top of that, nursing (in public) in the summer is just ridiculous, because then I have the body heat of two people all up against me. Sweat, sweat, sticky sweat. Yuck.
- The clothes. First up: shorts. My legs aren’t exactly suitable for shorts. I think the last time I wore them was in high school, and it was only because I had to for track and cross country. My second least favorite thing to wear in the summer: tank tops. Same reason as the shorts. I wear tank tops, because it’s too hot not to, but I hate showing off my flabby arms.
- Bugs. Flying, creeping, crawling, buzzing, yucky bugs. Mosquitoes, for one, are obsessed with me, which makes being outside that much more unbearable. On
top of that, spiders and ants come out of hiding and crawl on
everything. No thank you.
- Sweet tea. I drink unsweet tea more in the summer, and when I order it down here in the south, I inevitably get more sweet tea delivered to me than unsweet. This makes me sad. The only time the switcheroo was acceptable and I didn’t send it back or request another drink was when I was in Savannah in the middle of July, because I thought I was going to die of heat. If only you could hydrate from all the humidity. Speaking of humidity….
- Humidity. It’s just horrible and the number one reason I don’t like summertime, especially here in Georgia. I’d prefer to not feel like I’m walking through a sauna the second I step outside of my air conditioned house or car. Ugh.
And because I’m a fair person, here are five things I do enjoy about summer:
- Monsoons in New Mexico! I love that the days can be perfect and then a thunderstorm rolls on through—almost like clockwork—around dusk. It rains for a little while, then moseys out of town and leaves everything fresh and refreshing. Too bad I don’t live there anymore.
- I eat much, much healthier in the summer: fruit is in season, salads are refreshing, and a smoothie for breakfast is my favorite way to start my day.
- Iced coffee. My husband will probably never understand how I can drink coffee cold, but I love it. I go as far as freezing leftover coffee into ice cubes so I can have my own iced coffee at home. I have a feeling Starbucks will be seeing a lot of me this summer, because I’m totally in love with their new vanilla macchiato.
- Pedicures. I still get them during the colder months, but during the summer I actually get to show them off. I love painting my toes with bright colors. It makes me happy! Speaking of feet…
- Flip flops. Love them. I don’t have very many pairs of flip flops, but I wear the few I have constantly. They help keep me cool since I don’t wear shorts (see above). Come to think of it, I think I should get a colorful pair of flip flops for this summer…maybe it’ll help me enjoy the season more.
I seriously count down the days during summer as I wait for fall to start peeking its head around the corner.