Scorcher & First Day

I’ve mentioned that all summer I never turned on my A/CExcept once, for an hour.

I still haven’t turned it on but almost did today.

The way that my windows face (north), I don’t get much afternoon sun, at all. 

Great for not having to turn on my A/C, horrible for food photography!  If I don’t photograph it by 2pm, it ain’t happenin’.

It was 100F in coastal San Diego according to my car at 1:58pm


Pretty much unheard of!

All summer it’s been in the low 70s and yesterday, a holiday, the weather was dreary, rainy, and miserable.  And cool.  A tire kicking kind of day.

Today, of course, I’m sure the heat is going to break records.

But I’m not complaining.  I wish it was summer year round!

Good thing that watermelon is still around

I picked one up, using my Pick a Good One Tips

And I dove in because fresh, juicy watermelon + hot days just go together.

I also had a great run.

Just bring on 95F heat, some humidity, blazing sun, and I can run like a banchee!  I don’t know why, but this has always been the case.

The weather today, and the run I had, reminded me of some of my Aruba runs.

It’s also the first day of school for many kids and I have childhood memories from the first day of school and wanting to wear my new Guess jeans or new Esprit sweaters so badly.

But, invariably, it would ridiculously hot on the first day of school. And there was no A/C in schools in rural Minnesota where I grew up in the 80s, that’s for sure.

But along with crimping my hair, and making sure I was wearing the latest and greatest pair of jeans with ankle zippers, there was no way a little Indian Summer was going to change my mind on my first day of school attire.  Minor heatstroke and all.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a bag of frozen mango

That’s begging to be turned into Mango Banana Vanilla Softserve (vegan, GF, 2 minutes and if you don’t have frozen mango, use frozen anything you have on hand)


1. What are some of your memories from your first day of school? 

Or maybe you’re still in school and you went back today or are going back soon.  How did it go?

My memories include:

being excited to see my friends (some of whom I hadn’t seen in “forever”, i.e. 12 weeks of summer vacation)

being overly hot in winter clothes when it was in the 80sF outside

wearing shoes that gave me blisters

breaking out my new pencils, notebooks, pens, folders and deciding which subject got which color folder/notebook.  Big decisions.

in college being worried that I would never make it through the class and get everything done after taking a look at the syllabus and having a minor panic attack set in

my freshman year of h.s. being worried I would get lost in the school and not be able to find all my classes because the school was “so big”.  I’m sure my parking garage now is bigger than the entire school was.

being excited to be back in after school sports.

What are your some of your first day of school memories?

2. Did it tend to be ridiculously hot on the first day of school for you?  Or that first week just being really hot?  Did you wear your new clothes, no matter what?

Murphy’s Law, it was always hot for me.  And yes, I wore those ankle zippered Guess jeans.  You better believe I didn’t babysit all summer to earn money to buy and then not wear them.  Hell no.

And then, four weeks later after the hot snap, there’d be snow on the ground.   That’s why I live in San Diego now.

Hope everyone had a nice first day back at school or work (after the Holiday weekend)!

41 comments on “Scorcher & First Day”

  1. I remember being excited to finally see my friends again since I didn’t live near any of them and our parents would always be busy and wouldn’t want to play chauffeur. I also had a back-to-school outfit that I had to wear the first day that was always carefully planned and thought out. I don’t remember much of the weather back then though.

    Although we had been having some pretty cool weather and now this week it’s all a bout the 90s. Sooo not what I was looking forward to. I have gotten by not getting an air conditioner so far and there is no point in getting one now, but I hate how hot it gets in my apartment! Darn third floor apartment with the afternoon sun beating straight down on it!

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  3. On every night before the first day of school, my dad used to interview my sisters and me. Every year, he’d ask us questions about how we felt, what we wanted to be when we grew up, what we did all summer, etc. It’s so fun to look back on it through the years!

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  5. Yeah, summer finally hit here in the northwest. I totally feel bad for the kids now after a totally crappy summer! At least they got a good labor day weekend. I remember that happening a lot as a kid – September being nicer.

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  7. Hehe, our AC is running right now, it was 100 degrees again today! So true on the first day os school which was especially frustrating while living in Florida! Stores loaded with fall fashion that couldn’t even be worn in the winter.

    1. Dreading my class load and looking forward to decorating my new locker.
    2. Yes, I lived in Florida for most of my high school years and school started in late August when it was horribly hot and humid.

  8. In Northern CA, it’s always hit or miss whether it would be hot or cold on the first day of school. But, I do remember loving the first day of school because I was able to wear my favorite new outfit. Usually, a pair of Jordache jeans ;)

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