My Personal Winter or How Sometimes I Wish I Was Going Through Menopause

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - Posted by Amanda Bast
The previous four summers, I worked in the store and the restaurant. The dining room was air conditioned and usually a lovely temperature. The store has no windows that open, and the a/c was on the other side of the room, so you couldn't feel it at all, unless you had it cranked up so cold that it was freezing the giftware. Basically, whatever temperature the place was that day, was what it stayed for the whole day.

Now the office is a completely different story. There are windows, so you can get a nice cross breeze. There is heat and there is air conditioning. This sounds like the perfect temperature situation, except for one minor obstacle:

middle aged women.

Jen (early 30s), Andrea (late 20s) and I are all little and cold all of the time. We freeze even when the windows are all shut. The rest of the women (all 45+) walk in and say, "Holy **** it's HOT in here!" and then fling open a window and turn on the a/c. The other problem is that some of these women work upstairs in the office, where it is warmer to begin with. I sit and shiver, and the older women ask why we don't turn on the heat. Our answer is usually a shrug, and we zip up our coats a little higher. We're slightly nervous for what their raging hormones might provoke them to do if we turned on the heat in the summertime.

While I love the office, and the women I work with, I regret the fact that I didn't pack more sweaters or hats. Well...time to start knitting!