In July


I’m jumping firmly into July a little bit jet lagged, a little bit sick, and a whole lot tired.  It’s been a constant theme this summer of endless complaints revolving around being tired and a general lack of energy.  My very own mystery-whodunit that I’ve been unable to solve.  Don’t worry, I’ll put a doctor on the case if the problem doesn’t resolve itself soon.

Last week, in my London hotel room, I was spoiled by my very own personal Nespresso machine.  It’s so terribly easy to pull myself an espresso every morning; I ended up with zero jet lag whilst in London and being hopped up on caffeine the entire trip until the last night.  Hotels, take note.  Espresso machines are much more useful than mini bars.  It was mid-July and you couldn’t so much tell that it was summertime in London.  Apart from the small dash of sunlight that peered through the haze when I landed on Tuesday, the weather was very much the same as it always has been - grey and drizzly.  I fit in one workout during my trip with a guest pass to the Virgin Active fitness club (swanky, indoor lap pool).  You can tell most Londoners haven’t been able to squeeze in their summer holiday yet; I was the most tan person in the gym by a kilometer.

Reminder: must slather on sunscreen when outside lounging by the pool

Two weeks ago, it was Independence Day and we celebrated in grand ol’ American fashion by watching an airshow and fireworks on the tarmac of the local airport.  In traditional grumpy Rooth fashion, I threw a fit about it; it was too hot, windy, long, crowded.  The sun is getting to me, or something is.  Something about the summer is worming its way into the old noggin and stirring up general malaise and malcontent.  The stifling heat?  The bugs?

Reminder: must update gratitude list - there’s got to be things I’m grateful for that outweigh the summertime sads

In two weeks, we'll be into August and the dog days of summer.  Back to school will be the theme of the day yet the sun will continue to beat down relentlessly.  Even the pool will feel like tepid bath water tainted with chlorine.  Air condition and hydration will be the words of the month.

Reminder: must load up on popsicles and ice cream to beat the heat


  1. you would need your sun screen here now, we just had the hottest day so far this year, 31degrees which is very hot for us!

  2. I hope you find out whatever's causing you to feel tired a lot lately, Rooth. I hope it's just that Texan heat, which I must admit is something else (I was told:P).

  3. Oh dear Rooth, get well soon! There's a current heatwave in Holland
    that is coming from the west (from UK direction lol) and this hot
    weather is making me sleepy and energyless too.
    I have to remind myself that I have to restock popiscles too! Xx
    Ice Pandora

  4. That doesn't sound fun. I really hope you feel better soon.

    Heat, wind, crowds, bugs...all things designed to make us grumpy. They all certainly work on me (extremely well).

  5. I'm with you on being over summer. Last Sunday morning I spent some time watching the baby bunnies and a squirrel chasing each other around the yard and that helped me appreciate summer again.

    Also, sometimes you make me want to send you sunscreen. Gallons of it...

  6. "In traditional grumpy Rooth fashion..." I like the sound of that. I may be biased.

  7. I'm so jealous of all the traveling you do for work! You speak of London as if you are a regular visitor, which I'm sure you are. I second your vote for Nespresso machines. Yum!!

  8. You missed out on the crazy weather - it's been 30C+ every day this week.

  9. Ha! Too bad we don't live closer, we could whine together . . . :)
    As a matter of fact, I was doing just that yesterday. Actually, I mentioned I'm ready for autumn. My friends scoffed. Then someone said, "You know, you can't even complain because we've not had continuous 100+ days yet." Super.

  10. I hope you are starting to feel better. I love August but I do hate all the fall fashion and back to school craziness. While I do look forward to cooler weather (easier to hang out with the dog outside) it's always so hard to say bye to summer!


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