Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Enough Is Enough. I'm Moving to Sitka

Sitka, AlaskaSitka is a town in southeastern Alaska and I'm posting a picture of Andrew's recent trip there out of sheer spite. Jealousy, irritation, frustration, whatever you want to call it it's starting to rear it's ugly head because our summer weather has stunk. We've had nothing but clouds and rain and gray and drizzle since April, with the exception of two days where we actually had sun the whole day--but still it hasn't reached 75. In my book it's not legitimate summer weather until you at least give me 75. It's in the contract or something. I haven't had to water the grass because it's been so damp and gray. Do you all know how you're killing me with your sunshiny vacation photos and running through the sprinkler? Do you??

So Andrew came back from Sitka, possibly the rainest, dampest part of the entire state, with pictures of sunny harbors. It was beautiful the whole week he was there while I sat here picking the moss out of my toes. I'm getting bitter I tell you.

The kids think it's my fault and have griped that I won't let them run through the sprinkler and that I've been really mean this summer. I tried to explain that it isn't me it's the fact that one dash into the water and they'd be victims of hypothermia but they'd prefer to blame it on me. I can understand that, I've been patiently waiting for things to improve and now I'm starting to get ugly about the whole situation. I'd like to have someone to blame for it myself. Where's global warming when you need it??

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24 comments:

Robin said...

And here I was thinking that all that endless sunshine in the summer means that you do in fact have sunshine. How disappointing. I sure hope the weather turns around for you soon.

Shalee said...

It's been sorta the same here. We've had the coolest summer ever for KS! Don't worry, that will change come Saturday when we're moving into the house. We typically pick the hottest day of the year for that.

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

Sitka is where we started our backpacking trip. It was a 26 mile trip accross baranoff island. youwouldn't go wrong living there...

Jacki said...

Beautiful! So I won't tell you about our 90+ degree weather with loads of sunshine.

Kim @ Up North Mommy said...

What a beautiful picture. I can't blame you for wanting summer weather. Everyone should have summer weather no matter where they live! It's a Constitutional right!

Ok, I'm exaggerating a bit.

But, still, we all should have summer weather. :)

Lis Garrett said...

I know how you feel, honestly! If it weren't for the moments of spectacular weather we get here in the northeast, the dreary winter and spring months would drive me insane!

Hoping that you get some nice weather soon! :-)

And what's up with Shalee's comment saying they've had the coolest summer ever for KS?? I was just there, and I don't consider 100 degrees cool at all - LOL!

Lisa Milton said...

That's sad: Miserable summer weather and angry kids, raising a protesting fist your way. Like you did it.

Yikes.

Hope you see some sunshine soon. Maybe at blogher?

The Source said...

You just need to pack those kids up and bring them down south for a week. They'll truly appreciate the feeling of walking out the front door into an oven broiler!

I hope they get at least a couple of weeks of good, warm, sunny, summer weather soon!

Roo said...

Come on down to Colorado... 90+ for DAYS!!! Thank goodness for AC.

That is a gorgeous picture.

Domestic Spaz said...

My best friend lived in Juneau for several years which must be somewhere near there, right? She was always sending me these amazing pictures that would have me ready to pack my bags and move.

Fawn said...

Actually, I think global warming *is* to blame. We're getting the same thing over here in the Yukon -- normally a semi-arid territory, and we've had more rainy days than sunny ones this year. But global warming doesn't mean warmer everywhere all the time -- it does seem to mean weather patterns are become unpredictable and ecological boundaries are shifting. Sadly, exactly what we're seeing...

Kacie said...

I've been to Sitka! It was a stop on our honeymoon cruise. It was rainy and gross when we were there, but it was still neat to just be there.

My favorite cities were Juneau and Ketchikan.

I hope you get some sunny, warm weather soon!

The Dunns said...

I was in Valdez over the 4th. We had a couple beautiful, 70 degree, clear days. Then we got back to Fairbanks and it was raining! Argh! Grass is greener, I guess...

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I feel for you, Michelle. Summer came dreadfully late to the Upper Midwest. It's been summery the last four weeks, but man -- I was freaked out there for a while. Glorious summers are the paybacks for the long winters. Take them away, and we all feel beyond cheated.

FearandParentinginLasVegas said...

If you want heat, come my way. We'll send you running home before you even get off the plane!

Page said...

Hee, hee. I just read this after getting back from an Alaskan cruise where we went to Sitka. It is a nice city. And we loved Alaska - beautiful.

Krista said...

Don't rush out and sell your (half-demolished?) house yet. Can I tell you about putting on cool, dampish-feeling clothing in the winter. We go to Sitka at Christmastime and I often have the urge to toss my pajamas, sheets, and blankets in the dryer and hop in myself. Somehow, wet dreary weather seems more charming sitting around a peat fire eating crumpets in a B&B in Ireland than hanging out at my in-laws trying to keep the baby from eating out of the dog dish.
When we were in Sitka last week, it did clear occasionally, but I also remember one night of torrential rains and plenty of cloud cover. Your husband wouldn't exaggerate a little to make you envious, would he?

kris a said...

I hear you sista!!! We live in Kodiak and the weather has been awful! cold and wet. cold and wet. cold and wet. enough already. I need some sun!!!!!!!!!

all over the map said...

That's a gorgeous photo.

Sharlene said...

Well it was 108 at my house last week. Does that make you feel better? I would take below 75 (not too far below) over 108 any day. Though I would be sad to live someplace that didn't get into the 80s at the very least all summer.

Lisa said...

I hope that isn't a sign of what's to come. I am flying up to Vancouver in a few weeks with my family and taking a cruise through your beautiful glaciers. I hope we have some sun and 75 degrees!!!

That is a beautiful picture!!

SabineM said...

It has been a horrible summer in Switzerland too! ;(
Nothing is predictable anymore
Though personally I would take rain and cold over heat and humidity!
But that is just moi!

gary said...

I look at the Anchorage web cams every day wishing I were there. Here in Lakewood Colorado it is to be 97 degrees again today. Something like a quarter inch of rain in June and July. The grass crunches when you walk on the lawn.

Just found your site. It's great for an old Alaska fan.

Chrissy Johnson said...

I have family in Sitka! In fact, I think my family is Sitka. My great aunt Ethel is the former chairwoman of Shee Atika (as well as one half of Staton's Restaurant)...All the photos I have from when my mom was there are of the whole family in rain jackets and wiping their glasses off!