As I've noted, I despise the heat and bugs of summer.
I do love entertaining, though.
So what I do for summertime entertaining is invite people over, where I make sure we hang out INSIDE. Because when people invite you over to their house during what's considered "nice weather", the have a penchant for making you sit outside.
This sucks for so many, many reasons.
Bugs. Food poisoning. Sweating into the dip.
Random animals running into people's yards.
The infernal heat. Oh, god, the heat.
Anyway, we enjoy entertaining, I enjoy controlling my environment, and, despite the fact that we have a wee little house in the middle of a busy neighborhood with a tiny backyard, we have somehow become the default setting for summertime holiday extravaganzas.
We had a Memorial Day party, on a blistering 90 degree day.
We had a Fourth of July party this week. It was full of family [seriously, pick a family member and they were here.] It was also hot as a motherfucker and not even the enticement of running through the sprinklers while eating a cherry popsicle had me interested in heading outside. You know what was fun? Sitting in the living room in front of the AC vent.
We're having friends over for an almost actual July 4th party on July 3rd. I hope the weather will miraculously become temperate and mild, and we can sit on the deck, in sweaters, sipping drinks and smelling delicious charred hunks of meat on the grill. [You are, as ever, invited.]
In the even this doesn't occur, you can be sure you will find me indoors, pretending to be doing continual prep work/clean up/laundry/my quarterly taxes.
We'll probably put up the badminton net. I may spring for a bocce ball set. We will for sure have squirt guns. Or maybe just buckets of water to refresh our heated loins.
What are you going to be doing? Is it indoors or in the air conditioning? If I find the people at my party intolerable, can I come?
Happy Independence Day, America. And England? We still miss you. [Sorry about the fight - I know it was nasty, but time heals, right?] Canada? Call me.