I don't know if I remember ever being this hot in the summer in Chattanooga in the 5 years I've been here. It's reaching Thomasville, GA levels up here.
It's weird though, because while this is common in the South, they don't understand air conditioning. When I was in Atlanta last weekend, every store (even my hotel room) was super hot inside. I'm all for a sunny, dry heat, but a stuffy, wet indoors heat isn't for me.
Despite the heat, I find myself to be in the best mood this time of year. Whether I'm working or not, something in me makes me feel like I'm on vacation. It gives me a change in scenery from the depressing winter that seems to last way too long.
There is a beach-shaped hole in my heart, however. (whatever that shape looks like) And living in a landlocked area kinda bums me out. I miss just looking at the ocean whenever I wanted. Fortunately, we get to go to the beach this year, and I can't wait. We'll be in South Florida for about a week soon, and I'm ready. Not necessarily for the beach, but just a break in general.
The past year of marriage has been great, but not easy by any means. There's a whole other person I have to support, and that other person happened to be a full-time student. So no, I haven't been able to do the job of my dreams in wait for my wife to finish school, but it's been a great year for learning. When I graduated, I expected to be full-time self-employed by the end of the year, but getting to that point just wasn't possible, and I'm glad.
I got to figure out what I really wanted to do, which may not have even been freelance to begin with. I got to learn from all the crappiness that came from some not-so-fun jobs. Nothing I've done this year is necessarily glamorous or even cool, but I wouldn't have traded it for anything.
That said, I'm exhausted, and so is my wife. We're excited for a change in scenery, a change in climate, and a change in routine for about a week. A break is going to be good, and for once, I think I'm going to let myself rest. After all, I'm gonna need to be refreshed and ready to go when that "heat advisory" begins when I can finally start chipping away at that dream when I get back.
Knowing that makes this actual heat advisory a lot easier to bare. But boy, no amount of caffeine in the world can help me the last couple weeks. If I let myself fall asleep without an alarm right now I could sleep for a full 24 hours.