i think i almost wrote “july” on the rent check. 85 degrees. really? i might just take a tip from ellie, who is also experiencing a tropical christmas (unfortunately without the aid of central air), and remove all the holiday songs from our playlists that include anything to do with fires, snow, or roasted chestnuts…that last one mainly because i find them unpalatable. oh well. bring on the crocheted snowflakes, turn the air down, and simmer some cider. but don’t stand too close to the stove because the gas flame will then cancel out any a/c breeze and lead you to give up on the cider and down a bit too much coquito.