Postcards From the Edge

by Stefani on 23-June-2009

When they ask what it was that led me to it… 

When they are trying to discern just what it was pushed me over the edge… 

When they are wondering why any once sane woman would wrend the clothes from her body and run screaming through the streets… (and um, hello, Ms. Year of Pie , this is SO not a good look for you)

When they try to fathom how  a mother of three comes to spend her last dime to have a frozen margarita machine installed below her table where she now crouches, rocking to and fro in the dark, muttering "Come October" over and over again… 

You just show them this, okay? 


Thank you. 

The End. 
Jade June 23, 2009 at 7:57 am

amen. can you pass me a margarita?

Bobbi June 23, 2009 at 8:08 am

And what sucks even more… even the mornings at 81 are too humid. MARGARITA TIME!

BOATBABY June 23, 2009 at 8:12 am

Yikes! Funny how today Soulemama was unhappy about the cool wet summer and then here I find the other end. I think we all need to meet somewhere like Maryland.
A margarita machine? For real? I may come down and bear the heat with you just to tap in to that!
Mother’s Helper.

Stefani June 23, 2009 at 8:19 am

I just saw that too and laughed and laughed.

I think Amanda is handling things far more gracefully than I am though. She’s knitting and I’m unraveling at the seams 😛

And no… I’ve not yet installed the margarita dispenser for real, but I’ve come close. It is only because of the fact that if I actually spent our last dime on the machine I couldn’t afford the tequila to go into it. And then really what good would it be to me 🙂

Mama Urchin June 23, 2009 at 8:41 am

I hate to tell you but the mid-atlantic isn’t the place to be either. We’re only hitting the mid-90s but we have something like 70% humidity and it looks like you max out at about 50%. I think Alaska might be your best bet.

Meredith June 23, 2009 at 8:44 am

Holy crow! I don’t think I’ve ever been in weather that hot. Margaritas are definitely in order! Good luck!

Lee June 23, 2009 at 9:11 am

I’m there with you! Austin has a couple more degrees than DFW, but yuckity yuck yuck hot weather (being preggers doesn’t help either).

Robin June 23, 2009 at 9:24 am

It is a fact of our long, hot summers here in the Ca “high desert” that we have at least a month straight of temps. over 100* (often climbing to 105*-110*) every year. And here am I, expecting our seventh summer baby (including twins born in August!). Every time, we decide to “plan better next go-’round,” every time, we are happy to take what we are given. A shame, isn’t it, that the only place in our little cottage big enough for a birthing pool is right in front of the window A/C unit–HA! Oh, for the good old days of ice delivery…just cover me with sawdust and wake me when summer’s over. 🙂

Deanna June 23, 2009 at 9:39 am

No doubt. The hike and bike trail this morning was just one big sauna. The only thing that possessed me to go was that my older son is in VBS so I figured I “ought” to take advantage of the time. I really ought to go find a block of ice to collapse onto!

Have an extra margarita for those “unseasonably cool” NE folks! 🙂

Mary-- The Yellow Door Paperie June 23, 2009 at 10:37 am

It was 80 when we left for work this morning at 7 a.m. then we had a huge thunderstorm… arg. summer weather.

I wish I could be drinking margaritas with my feet in the baby pool– that would be my favorite type of day.

Cheers for keeping a handle (even if on the last thread) of sanity!

Birgitte June 23, 2009 at 10:46 am

81 at 9:37 is not so bad. Come visit here in sunny New Mexico with 100F days for months on end. I am sure it will feel cooler when you get home again. 😛

Stefani June 23, 2009 at 10:55 am

You’re right, the mornings are not too terrible. We try to eat breakfast outdoors and soak in as much as we can before it gets too hot.

But… it’s going to be 100 or thereabouts for months here too. It’s been this way since early May, and we won’t see a break until Halloween or so. I think that’s why I go a little nuts. There’s no end in the near future.

I know, I’m whining. I try to stave it off as long as possible but by June, I become an insufferable snit about the heat. You’d think being a born and raised Texan would mean that I have a little heat resistant grit about me, but it doesn’t. I’m a total weenie when it comes to summer.

Stefani June 23, 2009 at 10:55 am

Oh I know that feeling! Mine were at VBS last week and mostly I just stood under the fan 🙂

Stefani June 23, 2009 at 10:57 am


They’d have to lock me up.

Happy birthing to you mama! SEVEN! How very blessed you are!

Stefani June 23, 2009 at 10:58 am

When I was younger we would go down to my grandmother’s house in Port Arthur… just south of Houston.
The humid air there was so thick that I felt like I could hardly breathe. I learned then and there that heat was one thing, but humid heat is a whole ‘nuther beast.

Keep cool!

Kelly June 23, 2009 at 11:25 am

97 here today and I thought that was bad! It’s way too early to be this hot. good luck not melting!

Kobey June 23, 2009 at 11:34 am

Hey, I live in Maryland now – want to come visit?

Austin summers are the pits because they last forever. I was trying to explain to an outsider one year. We had 14 days over 100 in APRIL that year. It might not be as terrible as say Houston with the killer humidity to compound the problem. Problem is most folks in Austin don’t expect the heat to slow them down.

I guess the heat is relative, my mother-in-law from Chicago wouldn’t let my 3 play outside when she was here. Apparently the cutoff is in the upper 80s for being too hot to play outside.

Hannah June 23, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I’m with you. I despise this heat and feel like I’m in slow motion all the time. My motherhood game these days is less about inspiring and more about surviving! If only we could be like bears and just fall asleep in our air-conditioned caves, waking up when October 1st rolls around …

Hannah June 23, 2009 at 12:07 pm

P.S. Finally picked up a copy of Edible Austin at Central Market today, and am going to read your article! (I have one in the July issue of Parentwise Austin. Just saying.)

Pam June 23, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Please feel free to send some of that sunshine and heat to New Hampshire. It has been rainy and cool here nearly every day this month.

maryanne June 23, 2009 at 12:56 pm


christie June 23, 2009 at 12:58 pm

My folks live in Austin. We live in Portland OR (you know, similar values). Every so often we think about moving there to be closer to them. Then I think, I’ll take my rainy cool Junes and my 9 days of 90+ weather per year over regular 100+ temps. Boy, I feel for ya. Good luck, and enjoy those margaritas.

nancy June 23, 2009 at 2:08 pm

this mother of three from Florida just might join you!

Kerry June 23, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Kobey, I am in MN now, but used to live and teach in IA and we used this to determine when children could be outside…

According to this, most children wouldn’t be outside for about six months or so in Austin!

We’re having record heat and humidity in MN too and people here are freaking out… they are used to the cold!

heather at brown robin June 23, 2009 at 5:55 pm

seriously?! is that photoshopped? any self-respecting mama would grab herself a margarita!

Kobey June 23, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Thank you! This matches her behavior patterns.

Colleen June 23, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Okay, I’ll stop whining! Here in IA, we went from cool and damp to hot and humid, but not THAT hot!

I’m not sure you can find temperate weather in the U.S., but I’ve never been to Alaska or Hawaii. My ideal is to move to Ireland!

Just started following your blog; love it! I made a pair of bandana pants for my 4-year-old daughter, and then made a skirt, too!

Robin June 23, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Thank you! Actually, this will be blessing number eight for us, I did have the sense to have one baby in the spring. 😉
Hurry up, November!!

Kate June 23, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Oh, what I wouldn’t give for a few of your degrees…. I’d take about 15 of them on a daily basis so that we could get up over 80

Dawn Suzette June 23, 2009 at 9:40 pm

We have a high of 75 and rain forecast for the rest of the week. You and the boys can come on up…

Catherine June 24, 2009 at 5:34 am

A week like reaffirms my summer belief that the BEST invention of all time is AIR CONDITIONING! Stay cool, anyway you can!

Kelly June 24, 2009 at 5:39 am

Yuck. And summer’s just begun. We’re looking at hitting 90 here today. It’s been unseasonably cool this month and I think I rather like it.

Nichole June 24, 2009 at 7:48 am

Hilarious! Thanks for the post. We are indeed surviving our version of North Dakota winters right now. The key is to do as little as possible. I run errands at night once hub is home and can stay back with the wee one.

And every summer, as we fight for lounging room on the couch under the ceiling fan, we fantasize about picking up and moving to the high mountains. Maybe one day, we will seize the dream.

Stefani June 25, 2009 at 7:03 am

Oh my. I don’t even know what to say. You’re right, we’d be locked inside for 6 months if we followed that chart!

Of course, you’re MN folks would probably laugh themselves silly at the way we freak if the temps dip below 32. No one goes to work or school for a couple of days if we get a hard freeze 🙂

brit June 25, 2009 at 9:24 am

so I shouldn’t visit in it.

muralimanohar June 25, 2009 at 3:02 pm

It is currently 80* and 70% humidity here…about average for year round. I have on a t-shirt and sweatpants. :p

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