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It’s Getting Hot in Here

Somebody once asked me if Jews believe in hell. I like to think that there’s an afterlife, but I have no idea what the details are. What I’ll say is this: if hell is hot, I am not looking forward.

This weekend, I drove an hour to the 100+ degree town where two of my favorite people (my grandparents) live. My Prius was an oven and I was its burnt occupant. Sticky and sweating, I emerged.

I hugged my grandparents and then immediately drank copious amounts of water. I must’ve single-handedly become responsible for the drought in CA after how much water I consumed.

No joke.

Hydration aside, here’s how I spent my weekend. First, I thrifted, because even though I’m now a minimalist, minimalists also have needs. And, a sundress, in this weather? That was a need.

An urban outfitters dress, new with tags, that I washed and dried outside.

I also did a new and scary thing this weekend. I got my eyebrows waxed. Ever since my mom told me a horror story involving her overplucked eyebrows and a certain jar of hot wax, I elected not to follow in her footsteps. But I trust my barber. She’s been cutting my hair for at least 5 years now. And it turns out that she waxes eyebrows.

I did not come alone. I came armed with pictures (for inspiration) and my grandma (for moral support). I even learned how to say “not too thin” in Spanish. When she finished, she told me to look in the mirror. “WOW!” I said, in surprise and delight. “It looks so good!!”

An awkwardly up-close picture of my eyebrows!! Which I’m obsessed with now!

I was also overdue for a haircut, so I got one. Another part of this weekend was finishing homework. My best friend is in the same class as me (and also at my practicum site) so we sometimes share notes.

This made it a lot more bearable

I swam. That’s just about the best exercise you can do in this heat. My grandparents’ pool was a delightful 80 degrees (yes, they have a thermometer in there). I did a bunch of pull ups on the diving board and swam with truly atrocious form, but I enjoyed it and that’s what counts.

I also went to the library for books. I ended up having to download the books I really wanted online. This past weekend, I read To Hell With The Hustle by Jefferson Bethke, Because of Winn -Dixie (don’t laugh, I really loved it), Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, and 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson (got through maybe 2 rules and realized that I wasn’t super interested in the rest). I also skimmed a bunch of other books. How to Do Things Badly gets an honorable mention because I finished maybe half of it. Hey, I guess that’s me doing things badly!

Later tonight, I plan to continue my homework, do a report or two, and sleep (fingers crossed) at 10:30 pm.


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4 thoughts on “It’s Getting Hot in Here

  1. Wowza, 100 is super hot! I would have been chugging water, too. It sounds like you had a nice time with your grandparents and got to get some fun stuff done (eyebrows look fab! As does your hair!) and I love the dress. Minimalists def. have needs! I am impressed with all the books! I also love Because of Winn-Dixie 🙂

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