|When I bought the thermometer, I was excited for an illustration of how to dress in the different temps. I didn't realize this is what the makers had in mind.|
|And this? It's just ridiculous. I've had to hide her away so we're not constantly staring at the cover of Playboy in out kitchen.|
Anyway, one summer, in college, I went to spend a week at my grandmother's house in Tucson, Arizona. I kept with my normal routine of getting up and watching the weather. It wasn't until about day three that I realized the habit was ridiculous in Arizona. Seriously, it was 95 and sunny every single day. No variation. Being a weather person in Arizona has to be the easiest job in the world. Being a weather person in Kansas? Not so easy. We all joke that our weather guys can never seem to get it right, but really, it's quite a tricky task. Remember just last week when I was lamenting the unpredictable nature of Kansas weather? I'm sure you all were just dying for a story to illustrate that point. So, here ya go:
Last weekend, Cory, Molly, Charlotte and I went down to the Plaza to participate in the MS Walk. We have a good friend Teresa who has MS, and we joined up with Team Teresa. I will admit, I do a lot of runs/races, but the ones I do don't always have a specific, meaningful-for-me charity attached. So, to be able to do the MS Walk, well, I was just really happy to do it. The weather started off beautiful. And, the mercury kept rising. By the end of the three-mile walk, it was in the 80s. Hot. I was sweating and sunburned. We could've kept going for the six-mile walk, but all the kids were wilting, so we were done.
|Donuts before the walk started.|
|Team Teresa's littlest walkers. Charlotte and Molly are on the left, next to Teresa.|
|Family photo at the end of the walk. You can't tell, but we're all sweaty.|
|The walk took place smack-dab in the middle of Charlotte's morning nap time. She was not having the stroller, so Cory put her on his shoulders. Next thing you know, she's passed out. I absolutely LOVE this picture.|
Ok, so fast-forward all of one week. For some reason, there is both a MS Walk in Kansas City, and an MS Walk in Johnson County. We've done the Johnson County MS Walk for the past several years on our friend Chrissy's team, "Chrissy's Angels." So, because we just really want to stomp out MS, we decided to do both walks this year. Now, let's think back to the point of this whole post. The unpredictable nature of Kansas weather. Team Teresa MS Walk - hot, sunny, sweaty. Chrissy's Angels MS Walk - see below:
|Eating donuts before the walk started.|
|Everyone all bundled up, ready to start walking.|
So, there you have it. The reason why I obsessively watch the weather predictions every day. It's not like I can do anything about it, but I like to know just the same. We can have a 50 degree variation in temperature in a week's time. If I weren't checking, who knows? I could've shown up at the second walk wearing only my bikini. Nope, wait, that's not me. That's my darn weather girl again. I sure hate to see what she'd be wearing if she were in Arizona ...