I was hitting a wall, even though it was only 11:45 a.m.
Barely two hours at the computer, and I was so sick of looking at dumb USMLE world. I walked past the kitchen, browsing for a snack. Eating was borne from boredom more than hunger, but I needed a distraction.
It was then that I glimpsed my sunny balcony, with bright, blooming flowers and two balcony chairs. They were calling me.
Completely assured that the balcony would a harbinger of change and the necessary oomph to get me back on track, I grabbed my mini brush, swept the ashes (FROM THE NASTY UPSTAIRS NEIGHBORS**) off of them and plunked my bottom down.
I shot up like a firework!
Those chairs were HOT, and not in the Katy Perry in a club kind of way.
As it turns out, dark brown chairs get very warm when they're sitting in direct sunlight, and can actually cause pain to the skin. I can only be grateful that I was wearing underpants (FOR NOW***).
*The Lawyer and I have had discussions about what we let our kids call their bottoms. Don't ask how this discussion started, because I don't know. One of his friends was taught to say, "buttocks," and even into his twenties, kept saying "buttocks." I was taught that "butt" was bad, and it was called a "bottom." The Lawyer wants me to teach our children the scientific names, including, but not limited to "gluteus maximus."
**I'm not loving my upstairs neighbors. In addition to smoking on their balcony (which stinks up my apartment and leaves ash on my outside chairs), their walking around noise is SO LOUD. I haven't complained to the management, because I honestly don't think it's intentional. Their thud, thud, thud is so loud, though, that I often have to wear earplugs. I've never seen these people, and my only theory is that they are morbidly obese.
***I hate wearing pants when I study (doesn't everyone?). Also, my Ob/Gyn once told me to skip the panties occasionally at home, because the dyes in underwear (and bleaching in toilet paper) can irritate sensitive skin. The Lawyer has taken these tidbits of information and run with them. I exploit it for its humorous aspects because I spend all day alone and have no other material to work with. :(