Our air conditioning has been broken since last Monday.
That's 10 days ago and I think the lowest high that we've had in those days has probably been 93. It was 100 yesterday.
Our house has been a nice 85-93 degrees.
It is blazing hot in here.
Our neighbor has a window AC unit that we've installed in our master bedroom, which has actually been keeping the bedroom/master bathroom pretty nice and cool while the rest of the house is essentially sweltering.
Is it ideal? No. But, to be honest, I think it's been a good lesson in patience and perspective.
I'm learning to not take things like air conditioning for granted. Everyone doesn't have central air, and how fortunate am I that this is not a regular state for our family in the summer time? Perspective.
I'm learning that when a situation is beyond your control, it's better if you figure out the best way to deal with it rather than complaining. Complaining makes you more aggravated and causes you to focus on the perceived problem and isn't that helpful in finding a solution. Complaining make you less patient and less tolerant of your teammates. Hubs and I make a really good team. We were actually sitting on the couch just the other night surrounded by fans with all the windows open to let in the cool[er] night air and I just realized that just how thankful I am to do life with that man. He's a good partner and we really make a good team. There's no one else I'd rather be stuck in a hot house with than him. Patience.
I'm learning that outside isn't a bad place to hang out. There's a breeze out there, HELLO!
I'm also reminded that we have an awesome group of friends and neighbors. We've got a borrowed window unit running nicely beside me now. We've got lots of borrowed fans that pull in the morning and evening air when we get home from work. And we've got extra places to stay if for some reason the window unit stops keeping the bedroom cool...or if we just wanted to go somewhere different.
We're working with our warranty company and service providers to agree on the way forward. But essentially, the unit is original to the house and it's most likely going to have to be replaced. And we hope that happens soon. Then we will bask in the coolness of circulating air conditioning and probably not even know what to do with ourselves.
Until then, I want to remember all of this. We'll tuck this away in our mental memories bin and we'll smile when we think about that time our AC stopped working smack dab in the middle of summer.