If We Were Having Coffee on the 23rd of July, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a nice large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some other beverage. Something cold? i don’t blame you. I just got back from a dog walk, and it is starting to get warm, even if the backyard still feels cool. So green! Oh, where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

Of course the first thing to talk about is weather. Always the case, isn’t it? It was hot all week and will be hot all weekend. It was over 90f/32c every day this last week, hitting 98f/37C one day. It will reach 98 again tomorrow. The big thing is that a few days were super humid, so “real feel” was closer to 105f/41c a few days and will be again on Sunday. OK, some of you are laughing at me for calling 7 days above 90f a “heat wave”, but it is here in New Hampshire. We do not have A/C. We have had more days above 90 so far this year than there were the first three years I lived in New Hampshire combined. On the good side, the nights have been cooler than they could have been, so I have been able to manipulate windows so the inside isn’t too bad (one night it was still over 90 at 10PM, so that night the windows stayed shut…).

Work was busy. This week I’ll have to say a little more than usual. The technical lead on my team gave a short notice resignation. Most of this week was meeting after meeting of knowledge dumps. We are hoping for a little part time help form this person, but won’t know if it is possible far at least a week, so we are running under the assumption that he is gone.

Outside of work, it was a busy week. I had to replace the tires on my car, which proved a little more difficult than I was thinking coming into Monday with appointment in hand… It is done, so no more having to pump up one (occasionally two) tires on most days, and occasionally every time I drove any where. Yeah, frustrating slow leak that might be good for a few days, and then have the tire go from completely full to completely 100% flat in just a few hours. And then the tire that was worse suddenly “healed” for a month, before going back to needing air about once a week. It feels strange to just get in the car and drive ;)

I got my second booster. Odd day – some extreme thunderstorms were coming through when I was going to and from the appointment. They missed our house and me driving – there were short downpours when I got into and then when I got out of my car on the way home. There were areas in NH that had a lot of damage.

Our Lions Club had a cookout meeting on Tuesday. That was nice.

I had to do some in person banking this week, which I haven’t done in many, many years.

I exercised a little this week, but my “gym” is on the third floor of my house and gets very hot, so… Yeah, I did my routine 3 days, but cut it short each time. I didn’t run because I had appointments every day after work and, besides, I do not like to run when it is over 90F (actual) or 100F (real feel). I ran this morning. I did walk some, but not as much as usual. I walked the dogs a little, but not a lot – mostly trying to stay in the shade with them and keep them as cool as possible, but when I walk with only Fiyero, he still likes to go at a jogging pace, even if it feels like walking in an oven. Part of not walking much, besides temperatures, was that my work days were all 8 hours of straight meetings with no breaks and then there were appointment after work every day.

So, besides that, the usual – reading, playing music, etc.

Well, that is about it. I do want to get out today since I spent all day every day this week glued to my chair! If you have a coffee share, I will try to stop by. Oh, some of you may have missed me last week – I was on my ancient laptop that I keep on Cape Cod and I could not get it to work with the link up at all. Hopefully I can use it this week.

Thinking of linkup, I will miss the next few weeks as I am takign a 100% off blogging break from next Thursday for at least two weeks.

Natalie the Explorer is now the host of the weekend coffee share and she is doing a wonderful job. Stop in at this week’s main share page or go to the InLinkz-Linkup to see all of the other shares!

41 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee on the 23rd of July, 2022 #weekendcoffeeshare

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      If it never got above 30 I would not be unhappy. In fact, if it didn’t get above 25 I wouldn’t be unhappy ;)
      I know Australia is a continent, so many different climates, but I tend to think of it as being warm to hot pretty much everywhere. I hope you are in one of the more temperate areas!
      Thanks, it will be nice to get. And being in a place were even 25 is on the warm side will be nice ;) (Scotland)

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  1. Gary A Wilson

    Wow – Trent, a short warning resignation.
    I’ve seen one of those for a long time.
    We still get them but mostly with our India team where it is used as a form of quick income increases. Those engineers join, start the job, but immediately start looking for a new one where the only requirement seems to be more money. It’s a big problem that I’ve not seen anyone try to solve. For the first few months, the company is training these folks for their next jobs.
    Hope this one rolls past with a minimum of hassle.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      In ways it wasn’t that bad, though in other ways… Super short version – he was a contractor that had been with us a few years and really helped a lot. Last year the contract changed. He went with the new contract but let us know he wasn’t happy with the very large cut in pay. After a year of lower pay, he looked elsewhere…
      Most of what he was doing is easily covered, but one high profile project, not so much. We’ll see.
      Ihope you are having a great week.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          We had a string of people come through that pretty much freaked out when they understood the workload, so having this guy come in and fix so many issues, yeah, I am not happy how he left, and it was jarring, but I am very thankful for the 4 1/2 years he put in! And he left it much better than it was when he entered, so, yeah, not ideal at all, but I’ve seen it worse!

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  3. Maria

    Sorry to hear about the stressful situation at work.
    It is probably very wise to keep the exercise to a minimum during the hottest days. Outdoor exercise was constantly a challenge in Las Vegas, but there was many air-conditioned gyms of course. I don’t have any air-condition where I live now, but we rarely have temps over 90F. Today we are expecting a high of 74F which is normal. I’m about to get on my bike and ride to the garden, hopefully picking some raspberries for a birthday cake. Enjoy the rest of your weekend the best way you can.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The problem with a full work schedule is that it is hard to exercise during the coolest parts of the day… I did get a run in yesterday morning and I did my strength exercises this morning, but that will be it until i cools down and the humidity cuts.
      I think I want to move to Sweden, at least for the summer ;) Sounds wonderful.
      Despite the heat, the weekend has been good :) I hope yours has been as well.

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  4. Diana

    Oh my goodness, losing a lead tech on your team sounds painful but hopefully y’all will manage and get a replacement fast if one is needed. It’s hot everywhere, but you guys are definitely hotter with the humidity. Glad it cools off most days for you there. Enjoy your blogging break ~ And I hope you have a wonderful weekend too!! 😀

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      For the tech lead – a lot of what he does can easily be covered, which is good, but there are a couple of huge projects that will be difficult. We’ll just have to wait and see…
      For the weather, the next 48 hours will be the toughest. Today will be hot (around 100F in the shade) and that will cool down a bit for tomorrow, (high around 89F), but the low over night will be 85 and the humidity will be close to 100%. Massive thunderstorms will move through Monday night and take the humidity with them, so Tuesday will be a typical late July day, and we’ll see cooler temps over night between Tuesday and Wednesday.
      Anyway, I hope you are having a great weekend and have a wonderful week!

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  5. Corina

    Weather! That seems to be a huge story in many places. We’ve been hot but for this area that means mid 80’s to mid 90’s. But the weather people are warming of 98° to 105° for the next 10 days. Ugh! I have one window AC unit that my daughter’s boyfriend gave me and installed for me. So if it gets too hot for my little unit to manage, I’ll be heading to said daughter’s house where they have a unit in each room.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Weather does seem to be the big news this summer. I did put a tiny window AC in my office, but it doesn’t touch the rest of the house. It doesn’t bring the temperature down very much, but pulls the humidity down to bearable levels. Hope you stay cool as the heat wave hits your area.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It was a very tough week, though not as bad as several this year (despite losing the tech, things didn’t go continually wrong…) and so far the weekend is going well :) Thanks!

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  6. SHL2

    Buy you a couple of ac window units and you should feel better lol. Around here the temps have been above 100 to many days and we are always humid. The central ac is set on 77 during the day and 73 at night on top of that we have two tower fans we run on high in our bedroom. We finally got a bit of rain this drought has about killed us.2 more months of heat and then we will cool down.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I work with people in OKC, and I know they’ve been in the 100s for weeks. I did break down and get some window units for my new place on Cape Cod (the old one had central air). It isn’t as hot there, but the humidity is a killer. In New Hampshire we have maybe two weeks were it is unbearable, so it doesn’t seem to be worth it. So far, the house is comfortable, but it might not be Sunday and Monday… I have thought of getting just one window unit for the bedroom, but I love fresh air in there, so as soon as you plug up the window with an AC unit, no more fresh air until you remove it…
      Glad you had some rain. I’m sure it helped, though I am also sure not enough.

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  7. Janet Alcorn

    90 sounds lovely to me, but I know it’s different when you don’t have A/C. We’re supposed to cool off here; after today (102) we’re supposed to have several days in the 90s with thunderstorms. Hooray!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yeah, when I said some people might not think 90+ weather for 7 days in a row can be called a “heat wave”, you were one of the people I was thinking of. I work with a lot of people in Oklahoma City and it has been over 100 there for over a month, so I get no sympathy from my work either ;)
      I hope you enjoy your “cool wave” of 90 degree weather! lol.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It does seem to be hot all over. As to my blogging break, I am going to travel to someplace that is hopefully much cooler! I hope you are having a good weekend and see some cooler weather soon.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Well, now you have an excuse ;)
      “Newest” kitty is Tiberius, who we’ve had almost 11 months. He is almost a cat now, but still looks and acts like a kitten. He has had a lot of issues his short life and is still often congested, but he is a happy kitty and it doesn’t slow him down. We’ve had Alexander about 14 months, and he is great.
      I hope you are having a good weekend and have a wonderful week ahead.

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  8. robertawrites235681907

    Hi Trent, my week was also a very busy one but at least most of it was not Teams meetings. I hate that and I hate it more when there are no breaks. It is also not good for my back and neck tension. I hope next week is better with fewer appointments too. 90 F is a normal temperature for here. It usually goes to about 95 F. Who knows this year though. Everyone else seems to be frying so we probably will too.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      This time of year mid 80s would be much more normal, along with that 10 degrees color nights, which helps! I have a friend from SA and Zimbabwe (she grew up in SA) who now lives in England. She was doing posts on FaceBook during England’s heat wave last week about how to stay comfortable, given by one who knows! So, yeah, what is hot here is normal elsewhere.
      I hope you are enjoying the weekend and that we both have less busy weeks next week.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      …not to mention spending an entire feeling like Mohamed Ali punched my left arm because I had the covid booster the day before… lol, not the best week and having the tech lead leave did not help any!

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