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It is too darned hot - Elf M. Sternberg
It is too darned hot
It was too hot today. We had a long list of things we wanted to get done, but only one of which we actually got to. We need to build a second retaining wall corner to the first for the space between the primary retaining wall and the foundation of our property, so we headed out to Home Depot to get gravel, stones, and fresh sand for the kids' playpit. The gravel and sand totaled up to the weight tolerence of our little station wagon, so we skipped the stones. But finding everything, getting the advice we needed, and packing it took so long that by the time we were done we headed to the Southcenter mall food court to have a very late lunch.

It's hard to go out and find drinks that aren't heavily sugared or caffeinated. I eventually settled on a jug of grapefruit juice and a turkey-and-cranberry sandwich. I'm trying to eat better, really.

We got home and just dumped the gravel, but we cleaned out the sandpit and replaced the old sand with fresh sand. Afterward, Omaha played with Kouryou-chan in the pit for a bit, then I took over and we made castles and sculptures. She's a bit lonely; her sister is at her mothers', the neighbors to the west are out for the weekend and the neighbors to the east have been gone as well. (Although listening to them get in their cars this morning was painful; the little girl was screaming over and over, "I can't, I can't!" and the mother was shouting at her and... oy. What is with people whose immediate response is to turn everything up to 11 and leave it there?)

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tonyawinter From: tonyawinter Date: August 1st, 2005 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Geez, I'd be tempted to call CPS on your neighbors... hitting the girl with the car (possibly) and yelling at her loudly when she is so young. Thats abuse in and of itself even if the car thing didn't happen.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: August 1st, 2005 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
If you're avoiding caffeine and sugar (and possibly also avoiding artificial sweeteners - I'm not phenylketonuric, but I get a weird, unpleasant reaction to aspartame), just about every food-court type of place will sell you bottled water. Yeah, it feels wrong to pay $1.25 for six ounces of lightly "purified" tap water, but at least it's cold and wet.
lucky_otter From: lucky_otter Date: August 1st, 2005 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I just carry a water bottle everywhere I go. An old 16oz bottle, now with the label long fallen off, works perfectly - it fits in drink holders, it's light, it's easy to drink from. It's much better than the Nalgene bottles I see so many people carrying. The one problem is that if I leave it sitting out empty then people tend to throw it away.

A bottle that originally contained water is easiest to use. Sodas and such leave behind a residue that's difficult to remove and that gives the water an unpleasant taste.
sarekofvulcan From: sarekofvulcan Date: August 1st, 2005 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)
<Guest>But my kids go to 11.</Guest>
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