My friend Tonya's post title was "Sizzle" so I couldn't steal that, and had to go with my more mundane description. But I'm the one who is truly sizzling without central air! :) I am thankful for the portable A/C unit downstairs and my "red neck" A/C upstairs: wide open window, fan blowing at 3 power right next to the bed, and snuggled up to one or two of Alison's gymnastics ice packs. Yesterday I did such "exciting" things as try to fix the weed wacker(unsuccessful) and mow the back hay lawn. My mom and I also shopped for some new clothes for Phuket. Have I ever mentioned how much I despise shopping? I did find a few sleeveless blouses and a comfortable pair of white capris, although I was actually looking for skirts and sundresses. Argghh! Today I headed out to the Travel Clinic to update my shots(only needed one) and get some prescriptions for travelers diarrhea(Thailand) and malarone. (antimalarial for Senegal, if I go) Linda, the nurse, always scares the CRAP (nearly literally) out of me by going over all the hazards. WATCH OUT FOR MONKEYS, THEY BITE. Don't let any dogs near you because rabies is prevalent and if they lick you in the eye, you're a goner!! If something serious happens, get to Bangkok right away because the medical care elsewhere is sh*t. From what she said about the risks of food and water, I'll be living on soda and eating bread. NO SALADS, VEGGIES OR FRUITS! (well, fruit is OK if you can peel it) I heard lots about ticks and mosquitoes, as well as the dangers of swimming in fresh water where one can be invaded by parasites. Thus, I came right home and bought the magic "potions" she recommended, this for mosquitoes and this to spray on my clothes for ticks. I'VE NEVER EVEN SEEN A TICK!! *wrings hands* Although most of my shots were still OK, I have to do the typhoid series of 4 pills which is a royal pain: 1 day on at the same exact time, 1 day off , no food for 2 hours, a cool or lukewarm glass of water with it, etc. All I can think about now, as I wait until 10 pm to take the stupid pill, is how much I crave a snack! ;)
Can you tell that I've had lots of vaccinations? (this doesn't even show the yellow fever side!) Some day, soon I hope, I'll be visiting places that require no shots, antimalarial meds or pills, since I'm out of room on my vaccination record. Bah! So, what are some positive things about the heat?
If I can keep them watered, these loaded tomato plants will produce a huge crop of delicious Early Girls and Sweet 100s. The cherry tomatoes often don't make it into the house though; they are irresistible when they're warm off the vine. :)