My parents in Maryland are caught up in the massive DC-area power outage and haven't had electricity since Friday, which worries me because it's as hot there as it is here, and their power company is saying they might not have everything restored for another week. The idea of getting through this heat wave with no fans and no distracting entertainment is just ghastly to me. At least the power is coming back on along the major roads, so there are hotels they can go to if necessary, and they were able to go see a film and take an air-conditioning break today.
Tuesday morning, I'm flying to Atlanta for a co-worker's wedding. Wednesday morning, I'm flying back. I just realized this is the first time ever I won't be able to check in for a flight just as the 24-hours-in-advance window starts because I'll be on another flight.
Chicago has been pretty seriously hot lately. I dealt with it Saturday by spending the day at a water park with spreadnparanoia and her fiancé (it was a perfect day for it, but I have one of those calico sunburns that consists of random spots and lines where I didn't get the sunscreen on thickly enough) and then going to that "39 going on 10" birthday party I posted about. (I brought chocolate milk. And brandy, for anyone who wanted what magdalene1's boyfriend enthusiastically called a "lazy Brandy Alexander.") Today, it was Magic Mike (pretty okay), lunch with the ladies I saw it with, and then a trip back to the Orphans Of The Storm animal shelter and their 300-cat room. I am largely feeling no heat-pain. We'll see whether that extends to Atlanta.
Bit by bit, weekend by weekend, I've been fixing or improving things around the house that have needed doing for a long time. Today it was fixing our non-functioning back gate, which I was saving as a project for my father when he was in town because I thought it would involve dissecting and reassembling the gate, but I finally realized its issue could be fixed in five minutes with a power drill. Related note: Fixing a broken thing in five minutes with a power drill is fun and builds confidence.
Talking superheroes and my upcoming superhero one-shot game at the waterpark with S&P&F suddenly, startlingly gave me an idea for a supervillains campaign. My brain is full of it right now. Running a game where the PCs are villains seems much harder than a game where they're heroes, since the villains tend to do the planning and the heroes do the reacting, but I'm thinking that could be a really effective chance of pace. So now I'm in the weird headspace of trying to prep for the game I'm actually running while really wanting to work on the game that I couldn't start for a few weeks, minimum, due to all the other commitments. Still, I'd much rather have too many ideas than too few.