There is an old saying in our state, "If you don't like the weather in Texas, wait five minutes – it'll change!". This is sometimes completely true, and never more so than this week so far.
Yesterday, my mom was in town, so we took the kids out shopping and to lunch at Chuy's, where we had some of their incredible creamy jalapeno dip. My mom hadn't tried it before, so she was in for a special treat. While we were out, we commented on how unseasonably warm it was. Everyone seemed to be in a great mood – the shoppers, the waitstaff at the restaurant, fellow motorists, etc. You get the picture. Although I am not a great golfer (or even really a good golfer, or a serviceable golfer), I wished that I were on a golf course somewhere, or perhaps in a park.
I found out last night while watching the news that yesterday's high temperature was 92 degrees in Austin. Let me say that again – NINETY TWO degrees! In the "winter". I spoke with my friend Adam in Long Island and while we were on the phone he was admonishing his son not to play in the snow right then because he wasn't wearing his boots. SNOW? What is that? I laughed as I told him that I was wearing shorts.
Well, I guess it's time for us to get a taste of winter after all, and a mere 24 hours after that balmy day. Tonight, we are predicted to have a low of around 20 degrees, a full 72 degrees colder than yesterday.
So, I'm not sure if that gives you any idea of what we deal with here, but there are days when I wear a polo shirt but take along a jacket or coat for the evening. Or, I must turn on the A/C during the day, then the heat at night to keep it from getting too chilly. As a native Texan, having lived my entire life in this great state, I am certainly used to it now, but I also know that it takes some getting used to.
As a side note, the funniest question that I am asked by people looking to relocate from out-of-state is, "Does this home have A/C?"
For the record, I can assure you that EVERY home has air conditioning here.