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THESE DAYS...

Posted on: Tuesday

These days, we've been sweating. And sticky, with frizzy hair and shiny skin and the works. We're in the midst of an infamous NYC heat wave, and its tiring and miserable and kind of.. spectacular.

Every summer the city builds up its warmth, then in rolls the humidity and glaring sun, and it all reflects off of the pavement and the buildings, intensifying and swelling in the narrow urban streets until the air is heavy and stagnant and the whole city becomes a bubble of sweltering heat.  The summers here have a life of their own, well known and well documented over time as some of the most intense experiences on this coast.  Everything slows down and heats up, a kind of wild energy spreads, the ice cream and the watermelon and the nudity and the outdoor movies and shows become the norm, and we all sweat.

And it all makes me feel especially alive, and Biet too, I think.  The heat seems to not even phase her, my little city kid.  Gaby, on the other hand, has a hard time. The man sweats, a lot, and this glorious season doesn't help much.  He basically has a bottle of seltzer in his hand twenty-four-seven, and a fan always blowing on him inside, and lots and lots of ice cubes ready for beverages. And he manages to stay alive.

These days, we've been riding out the heat in the water.  Biet is thrilled about now getting morning and evening baths.  The girl is a little fish and would stay in there all day, if I let her.  Our amazing neighbors downstairs set up a pool in the backyard too, so the kids have been living it up pool-party style. These days, we've been spending hours in front of the a.c. with either good music or a good book, stopping for ice cream every chance we get, and living in our sun hats.  These days, our lives look a lot like this...









20 COMMENTS:

  1. I hate to say I'm in Gaby's camp.. This heat kills me! And Gus and Craig, too. We're too weak for this city heat I guess.

    p.s. Biet in that suit is KILLER!

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    1. Yeah most of my friends and family are in his camp too. Its funny because when i first moved to the city, I hated the summer. I thought I would die. Then, about three years in, something just changed and i began to embrace the humidity and eventually learned to love it.

      Her bikini cracks me up. Of course by the end of the pool party all of the kids were little nudists, way more comfortable I guess.

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  2. Biet is such a cutie pie! Seriously! We're having crazy heat right now too! And I live in Michigan - nuts! Sending lots of ice cream and swimming pools your way (not literally, figuratively). xo

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  3. you guys are not alone...it was 113 degrees in sacramento last wednesday. i almost joined by 6 month old in the kiddie pool! glad to see you guys are staying cool. :)

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    1. whoa. that is crazy hot! I think I would have to live in an ice bath if it ever reached those temperatures here. Good luck! I hope your little one is handling the heat ok.

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  4. Biet is the cutest little thing! Look at that smile! Wish I was out there visiting you guys (not really in this heat, but I would love to see you all)! We had two days of humidity here and everyone was miserable, I cant imagine the high temps along with the humidity there!!
    Love you all!

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    1. soon soon soon we will see each other sis! We love you!!!!

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  5. So precious.., we live at the beach and it's hot hot hot! I put kitchen measuring things and gadgets in the tub also :) Did you know you can dye shaving cream and let them "paint" in the tub?? My friend told me about it and we are trying it tomorrow, becuase it's too hot to do anything here but stay in the water.

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    1. I'm not sure i'm ready to introduce art supplies to the tub, but measuring cups and colanders and spoons are turning out to be awesome water play toys!

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  6. Lovely pictures. I think you guys stole all the summer from us poor folk over in the yUK... it is rainy and miserable here. How about we take a little of that heat off your hands for a while hey? Lighten the load. Love Elle xo

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    1. Oh no! I hope you get some sunshine soon!

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  7. i love biet's bikini, i don't think it could be any cuter.

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    1. Thanks Lottie! I just picked it up off a clearance rack for $5!

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  8. I love hearing about the heat. It's been -2 overnight for the last week here in Alice Springs in Central Australia. Am dreaming of a heat wave. xx

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    1. Wow! I forger that is winter on the other side of the world! I hope some sunshine finds its way to you soon!

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  9. What precious pictures and a lovely post.

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  10. this post makes me miss the summer time, we are mid-winter here in New Zealand! x

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