Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tumbleweed, CA

I try not to say the name of the little city I live in.  It's a pretty pointless endeavor, because at this point a person trying to figure it out would probably have no issues connecting those dots, but at least I give internet safety a feeble effort.  In three years of blogging, I've only slipped twice and said my city's name.   I figured this out just now--I actually typed my city's name into my blog's search box, and it came up with two posts.  I found the slip-up on both of them, and changed the name from the real-thing to "Tumbleweed".  So I guess for all intents and purposes, I now officially live in Tumbleweed, California, located somewhere in the High Desert.  I don't know if Shan is trying to keep her location a secret too, so until she tells me otherwise, she now officially lives in Pinecone, California.  

By the way, I love Wikipedia's definition of the High Desert:

The High Desert is an unofficial and vaguely-defined geographic area of southern California located to the northeast of the San Gabriel Mountains. 

Thanks for such startling precision, Wikipedia. 

In other news (literally), it has been so very hot here in good ole' Tumbleweed.  It's not just the triple digits...that's pretty standard for August.  It's the mugginess.  We've had this constant half-cloud cover nonsense that's making the air all yucky and humid.  I was working in my classroom today, and every time I stepped out, it felt like a sauna.  With twenty laundromats running inside the sauna.  And the AC broken in all the laundromats.  Okay, you get the point.  

Here's our weekly forecast.  I'm pretty sure Wednesday is a typo and is supposed to say "100% hot", unless the author of this chart believes that 1,090° constitutes a typically hot day.  I like how Thursday and Friday say "Super Hot" and "More Heat"...I think the forecaster typologist person (okay, I obviously don't know his job title) is suffering from creativity-fatigue due to all of this heat.  

Tomorrow and Friday are in-service days at my work, and then Monday I officially start the new school year with students.  As usual, I'm both excited and apprehensive.  My biggest regret is having to say goodbye to this fantasy summer.  This was honestly one of the nicest summers I've had in the past six years.  I think working at the college played a huge role, but I also did a lot of outdoor activities (camping, hiking, 5Ks, etc.) that kept me feeling rejuvenated. 

In honor of saying goodbye to summer...

I used to love Dido many years ago (back when they were popularized by the show Roswell), but had actually forgotten all about them.  Yesterday this song played on the satellite radio at Jack in the Box, and I was trying hard not to shush the customers in my attempt to identify it because it seemed so familiar.  I think the video is cute, although I'm jealous cuz now I want to play dominos and drink moscato in the middle of a busy street.
Wish me luck for this Monday.  Hopefully I won't enter my classroom on such a balmy 106° day with sand dribbling from my shoes. 


  1. Think of the bright side...Tuesday is going to be a refreshing 104 degrees. :)

  2. Um...Shannon, next time you use my account, you might want to label your name. I was so confused just now as to why there was a comment here from me that I had no recollection of writing.

    Sincerely, the real Jodi

    P.S. Unless I was sleep-blogging again. In that case, ignore this.

  3. Haha! LMAO! Sorry about that Jo! I think it should post in my name now because I am logged into my school account.
    You know what's almost as confusing as me posting in your name? You posting the SAME comment TWO times.:)

  4. Damn Blogger! Okay, I'm deleting one of them now, so you're going to look like the crazy person seeing double.

  5. Didn't you have a dog named Dido at some point? Like, a looooooooooong time ago? Hmm...

    Anyway, it's been crazy hot and humid here, too, but that's central Texas for ya. I hope it cools off soon, looks like we're only going to be in the 90s for the next week. Yay?

    My mom said it's so hot and humid they're having trouble with the evap cooler. She is not happy about that. lol

  6. I've never had a dog named Dido, but I did have one named Dingo. Maybe that's what you're remembering?

    I like how you have a question mark after 'yay'.

    Your mom was right about that. The humidity was so bad last week that it rendered our swamp cooler almost useless. I think I saw like a page rant on FB from your mom about their AC issues, LOL.


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