I live in the deep south where it is swampy in addition to humid even during the dry season in the colder months. We also tend to get a lot of rain and thunderstorms in the late summer time when it’s the hottest and most humid out. Our electrical grid in this section isn’t fantastic, not to mention the jungle-like environment with tall trees and branches forking out from the ground in every conceivable direction. Without fail, every year when July rolls around, the rainstorms barrell their way in and my power goes out at least 3 times a month. I didn’t think much of it when I first moved down here because I was used to living in a more arid environment up north where a half-day power outage just meant you’d spend most of your afternoon in the sunshine without much extra fuss or hassle. But where I live right now it gets truly miserable inside my home if my power goes out for even just a few minutes at a time. My old a/c has a tough enough time as it is trying to keep up when it has a steady stream of power running to it. But if I lose electricity, the indoor temperatures start to skyrocket fast. The worst part of all is the nasty humidity. It makes my skin all sticky and it aggravates my sinuses, so anytime the power cuts off my heart drops waiting and hoping that it will kick right back on–as it does at least half of the time–and the fear in anticipating what’s to come is enough to put me out cold. I just need to get used to this warm environment and tell myself that it’s a necessary evil a handful of times out of the year.