**ADDENDUM** As it turns out, air conditioners are a little more complicated than I anticipated. I was kind of naively expecting that they were like space heaters and you could just pick one up. Not so. I went to three stores. I found a small window air conditioner, but realized that I would not be able to install it myself, so my most immediate need would not be met. In another store, I found what I was looking for, a roll around, free-standing air conditioner, but it was the size of a small refrigerator and was around $400. Nutballs. So, I bought a new fan, and almost cried right there in the OSH. Then Thomas Dolby's Silk Pajamas came on my iPod on the way home and made me feel a little better. I'm now going to bust open the yellow pages and get some estimates for central air. I'm trying to think long term, but its hard when I'm a sweaty mess.
So, remember how I told you that my cat woke me up in the middle of a really good dream last night and ruined it? Well, yesterday afternoon, I was petting this same cat, and I said to him, "I love you. You are a good boy. But, please, would you wait to snuggle with me until my alarm goes off in the morning? I know you like to snuggle in the morning, and so do I, but I just need you to wait a little longer, and not wake me by sticking me with the needles you call claws. Please? That'd be great, thanks." I said this out loud. To my cat. He looked at me through half open eyes, purred, rolled, went to sleep.
But. It. Worked.
He did not wake me up today, like he has every morning of his life. He waited until the alarm went off, and then slithered up to me and leaned against me and purred and and kept his claws to himself. Heaven. I'm going back to the bedroom right now to thank him.