October 7, 2013

Where's Fall?

October in Washington should feel different. It should be chilly in the evenings and slightly warm in the afternoons. We should be trying to find our jackets and scarves. Not this October. The average high this weekend was around 90 degrees. We wore shorts and t-shirts and briefly considered turning on the air conditioning. We settled for fans instead.

On Friday night, we all went and saw my old high school football team get crushed by local rivals. Our Saturday was lower-key. We divided and conquered. Beth took Owen to a Star Wars celebration at a local library while Mia and I went shopping and hit a restaurant for lunch. Sunday was more eventful. We went to a playground in the morning then took part in a community nature festival all afternoon.

Throughout the whole weekend we sweated our asses off. Because October in Washington should feel different.

Mia and I spent a great deal of time on Sunday talking about the fact that our nation's capital was built on a swamp. We both had the same fundamental question - why? I mean, Philadelphia was pretty sweet. With the exception of the venomous future Eagles fans, why move? For a long time, officers stationed in DC were given hardship pay. Not only that, tropical duty pay.

Still, October should feel different. And we should not have had to turn on the air conditioning yesterday.

No doubt, in a weeks' time we'll be freezing. In a month it'll be snowing and I'll be bitching about that. At least we squeezed another summer-like weekend in before all that went down.

Posted by Chris at October 7, 2013 8:02 AM | TrackBack
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I know it's not your kind of book, but have you read "Flight behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver ? It talks about orange butterflies and weather changes...

Posted by: Viviane at October 7, 2013 12:00 PM

You have our (Las Vegas') weather. Can you please send it back? You see, it wasn't even 70, and it got down in the 40s at night. And it's October. We should be in the high 80s. High 60s at night. Because it's October. And this is Las Vegas. And that's the way it should be. I'll send you yours. I promise.

It looks like despite the heat - you had a lovely weekend. I love the pictures of O holding the butterflies. The look of delight and marvel on his little boy face is a sight to behold.

Posted by: Mindy at October 7, 2013 7:29 PM
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