Hot in New Jersey

courtesy of flickr user plousia

Yesterday I made soup in the crock pot for dinner, and barely even ate any.  It was just too darn hot to cook, or eat, or do anything other than hang out in the air conditioning.  We tried to go out in the morning and lasted about a half hour.  It was already 90 degrees by 10 am.  Definitely too hot to think of something to blog about.

So instead I thought about the people who live in equatorial regions of the world who don’t have air conditioning, or crock pots, or barely even have shelter to shade them from the sun.  Yes, they are more accustomed to the heat, and they probably are carrying a lot less, ahem, insulation than I am.  Still, not fun to cook over an open fire of burning animal poop when it’s over 100 degrees outside.

In solidarity, and trying not to complain about the heat so much.

  • Brynnebetz

    Hi Kelly! Hope you are starting to cool down…and you know, dont be too hard on yourself …it can actually feel a lot hotter in the US than many other places because 1. its not usually that hot there and 2. you have so much more cement than most places near the equator. We always feel like its at least 10 degrees hotter when we go to Puerto Vallarta…we live in a small town north of the ‘big’ city with barely any cement and no tall buildings:) And when I lived in the highlands of Papua New Guinea (just degrees off the equator) it never felt as hot as it does in some American cities in the summer time!! But it did almost kill me to bake. I had a wood burning stove not much different than the picture you have above. The smoke would alert natives for miles to come eat whatever the foreigner was baking, so once I started it wasnt an option to give up! Whew…hot and overwhelming for sure!:)

    So happy to meet you! Happy juggling your writing, reading and kids! Hugs from afar!

    • Anonymous

      LOL – I’m glad that I don’t have to give myself up to the neighbors and host a crowd when I cook in the summer! That’s true about the cement though – I used to live right outside New York City, and man was it hot there. Now we live in farm country, and it is definitely cooler here, though still hot. All the poor animals are wilting in the heat, and the farmers are scrambling to figure out a way to give them some shade.