Y'all, it's been hot here. Really disgustingly hot. And muggy. I know our southern friends have been dealing with this for months (as my mom so kindly reminded me when I called her whining on Saturday), but when just a few evenings ago we were taking 68-degree walks along the lake, waking up and having it be 80+ before 10:00 a.m. is too much for us. We spent most of the weekend lounging in front of the fan and reading. I was certain we'd survive the weekend without mischief.
But our neighborhood had other ideas.
Our apartment has one ancient wall a/c unit that does little to actually cool the apartment off. Even after being on all day yesterday, the thermostat still read 76 degrees. Our backyard is often more comfortable than the inside of the apartment, so yesterday afternoon I hooked Barley up to her long lead, set up a mat, put some Dogsbutter in her kong, poured a Dog Days dortmunder for myself, pulled up the Pirates game on my iPad, and headed outside.
We were enjoying some fresh air when all of the sudden there was the squeal of a firework. Barley climbed up onto the table I had my beer and iPad on and then hopped over the back of my chair and squished herself into the tiny space between the chair and the wall--and just like that our relaxing afternoon outside was over.
After dinner, it had cooled off enough to get a second walk in and there had been no more fireworks, so we headed out. Barley knows that she is supposed to sit and wait while I lock the front door, but last night, she was dancing around and making it impossible to get the door locked. After a brief struggle, I noticed that she'd found something.
She couldn't decide whether it was something scary or something interesting and think she finally settled on it being a little bit of both.
I have no idea what kind of bug this thing was, but it was absolutely prehistoric. Barley would inch closer to it and then jump away. A few times she snorted at it and it fell off the wall and started it's ascent again.
We snapped a few pictures and then went on our way--hopefully the gross little guy stayed outside because I do not want to come across him in my house!