Beat the Heat

No, I’m not talking about the NBA… which I could care less about, although all of my cousins in Oklahoma were all hyped up on the Thunder. Sports… yay, right? 

Anyway, I’m still going through our vacation photos. I should be in a place where I can get a post ready for tomorrow about the first part of our trip (I’m going to break it into three posts). Today I’m just going to reflect on how HOT it is compared to last week in Europe! Last week we were relaxing in the nice-if-a-little-chilly low 70s. Fast forward to Kansas in late June and we are anticipating a week of 100+ degree temps. Don’t just take my word for it:

Growing up in California I am no stranger to heat. I am a stranger to the humidity, however, and it makes it all the more oppressive. Now, those of you in the legit South, I do not envy you as your humidity is WAY worse than what we’re experiencing here.

Anyway: here are my tips on beating the heat:

  • Go to work. Let them pay for the air conditioning.
  • Go to the mall/library/coffee shop/etc. See above.
  • At home, keep all blinds/shutters/curtains closed. While I get depressed living in a dark home, this is my #1 way to keep AC costs down. Keep the hot sun out!
  • Ceiling fans. I know HGTV wants you to banish them all to a corner of hell, they are useful for circulating the air and actually keeping the room cool. Imagine that. Also, before turning it on for the first time this season (who am I kidding, mine have been going for months) use this handy tip which is actually very easy and prevents sneeze attacks!
  • Cold beverages!
  • Limited clothing!  Okay, so I won’t be wearing my bikini around the house (mostly because I don’t have one). But tank tops and gym shorts are star players here.
  • Make friends with someone who has a pool. We recently have done this…. :D

Contemplating the “keep the curtains closed” tip, I have one window that for whatever reason gets WAY hotter than the rest. Contemplating getting a thicker blackout curtain for just the one. Wish I’d thought of if last Friday when they were on sale at Target….

Got any tips to add? I would add “hang out in the basement” if mine were finished, but alas, it still gives me me major heebie jeebies. 


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5 thoughts on “Beat the Heat”

  1. First of all, I’ve been trying to come up with a way to clean my ceiling fan blades without making a huge mess and haven’t come up with anything so I am THANKING YOU FOR THIS.

  2. Another thing to add to the list is to aim to eat foods that take either little cooking, and adding in “cooling” foods. I love some Japanese ways of eating noodles for this (that I sadly cannot have right now), that involve eating cold soba noodles with dipping sauces (plus, the noodles take like 2-3 minutes to cook, so it’s really easy to keep the kitchen from overheating). Standing in front of a stove for long cooking or using the oven during the summer can really add to the heat in the house. Any of the water rich foods also feel nice, like cucumer and watermelon, and they can keep you hydrated in addition to drinking water. =D

    1. Love these recommendations! Yes, there are not many things I enjoy less than standing in front of a hot stove on a 100-degree day.

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