As the day has edged on, I've also become aware of another effect of the heavy, moist air. I'd also forgotten how this air can seem to sit on your chest until you feel as if you're lifting several pounds of, well, something each time you inhale. I didn't remember how I frequently felt that I was having to work for each breath. Of course, back when I lived here I also blamed at least part of it on my weight. That's a reasonable and probably correct assignment of blame. I've lost some of that weight, but today I feel the humidity, still the treacherous, evil king of my breathing even with the weight pared down.
It hasn't been so humid most mornings since I got here. I didn't look at the stats until a few minutes ago, but now, nearly noon, it is 75%, so my best guess is that it was close to 100% at 7:00. It was cool then, so it didn't seem to bother me, but as the day warms, it becomes more problematic. It's not hot, just 68 degrees, but enough to start feeling a bit of the steamy effect. Ugh. Remembering one of the reasons I wanted to leave this area!
Yesterday, we did some running around, errands of different kinds. First stop was at a musical instrument store to have Kylee's violin adjusted and improved. I bought some accessories that should help her in tuning and transporting her violin. We all admired some cases for violins that are lighter with the soft sides, yet roomier for storing things inside the case. Shhh. she is going to get one for Christmas!!
Next, a stop at a Mexican grocery to buy some of those wonderful breads. Yum, I love them! If you're not familiar with them, Mexican breads are slightly sweet, but not so sugary as our sweet rolls. I've not found one I didn't like yet. Then a stop at a restaurant in the same neighborhood for "popsicles." The Mexican version is incredibly superior to the ones we've come to accept in the US. These are made of fruit juices with the fruit pulp mashed up in them, then packed together and frozen on a stick. Yum again! Connie had a mango in the style of her country, peeled and impaled on a stick and scored, with lime juice and chili powder sprinkled over it. I'd never tried it, but wanted to taste it because it sounded good, and it was! I'd had watermelon similarly prepared, and I knew that many other fruits are prepared that way. I know that to most of you with your "American taste buds" this may not sound good, but I love it!
Then we dropped Kylee for her violin lesson and Scott took Connie and I a few block away for a pedicure. Oh, nothing is much better then a pedicure. I used to get them fairly regularly every couple months, but I haven't had one for over a year. It is so relaxing, and my feet felt absolutely wonderful afterward. I need to find a pedicurist in NM when I get back.
One of Connie's co-workers came over for dinner last night. She made tortilla soup, and as always it was outstanding. Dinner was fabulous. I really liked her friend, a young man from Puerto Rico. Great dinner, superb conversation with delightful company. The "kids" all decided to go to a movie, Ghostbusters but I declined. It was already 9:00, I was a little tired (two glasses of wine helped that along!), and I frankly thought I might fall asleep in the movie! So I stayed behind and called Caroline to visit for a while. I'm glad I did. We had a good talk, then I slipped into bed with my new book and read myself to sleep.
I'm not in the mood to do the Sunday Funnies today. Sorry. And that doesn't mean I'm not in a good mood. Just not wanting to go there. Next week, OK? And now I'm going to scoot out of here, take a shower and get ready to do do something fun again today.
Take care, everyone!
Life is beautiful!!!