The phrase “dog days” refers to the sultry days of summer, the months of July and August in the Norther Hemisphere. The Romans referred to the dog days as diēs caniculārēs. The Dog Days were the days when the star Sirius rose just before or at the same time as sunrise. They considered Sirius to be the “Dog Star” because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog).
Like many things Roman, the term “Dog Days” was adopted from its earlier use by the Greeks. It may even be traced back to the ancient Egyptian astronomer-priests who noted that Sirius rose with the Sun just prior to the annual flooding of the Nile.
The lazy days of summer can be great days to sit back and relax with a cold glass of iced teas to cool you down. With fewer people in the office, you may have some free time to catch up on lagging projects. or you may have some free time to spend out of the office.
For me it’s a bit of both. But currently, I’m looking forward to some vacation days coming up. That means things will likely be quiet on Compliance Building until September.