I have three children under the age of five, a dog and a big house with a huge yard.
- I work from home and my husband frequently needs to travel for his job.
Life is rather hectic, and it’s often difficult for my husband and I to spend any quality time together. We attempt a date night at least once per month. We regularly need to cancel because one of the kids is sick, work requirements or lack of a babysitter. Last weekend, we finally managed to go out together for an evening. We made reservations at an upscale restaurant and planned to see a movie afterward. Wanting to look nice for our date, I bought myself a new dress and a pair of heels. Since it’s the middle of July and the outside temperature is consistently in the mid eighties, I chose a sleeveless, lightweight dress and didn’t bother with a jacket. The second we stepped inside the restaurant, I knew I’d made a mistake. It was positively freezing. I noticed that all of the staff were wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts. I started shivering before I even sat down. My husband and I ended up situated in the direct line of one of the cooling vents. Extremely cold air was blowing straight at us. I asked if we could be relocated but the restaurant was entirely full. I used my napkin as a blanket over my lap and ordered hot coffee. My husband and I ate as quickly as possible. We were in a big hurry to escape the overuse of the air conditioner. Unfortunately, we encountered the same problem at the movie theater. I loaded up on the paper hand towels from the bathroom and set them over my legs but I still nearly froze to death. I don’t understand why businesses that cater to the public set such a low thermostat setting that it’s uncomfortable. We are dressed for the weather outside. It didn’t occur to me to bring along my winter coat to protect myself from the air conditioning.