Chillin: 11 ways to stay cool on a hot summer day

July 6, 2012

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Considering that the cumulative high temperature over the last 10 days has been about 1000°, and considering that my home (and home office) has no air conditioning, I have brainstormed some helpful hints on how to spend your next 60 days (or 6000°).

11. One word: basement.

10. Slather on the sunscreen and set up the Slip ‘n’ Slide, uh, for the KIDS. Right. For the kids.

9. Conduct a mad Internet search for an air conditioning unit. Pay whatever is asked, even if it completely usurps the childrens’ college funds.

8. Plant an acorn and envision that in the Summer of ’42 you’ll have shade.

7. Hijack an ice cream truck.

6. Daydream about the Blizzard of 2003. And the snowless snow days of 2011 when it hit 40° below and the school buses wouldn’t run.

5. Eat this dessert (adults only).

4. Go to Costco and accidentally find yourself in the refrigerated food section. I mean INSIDE it. If caught, claim that you were chasing a wayward child who loves cheese.

3. Investigate rain dances from various indigenous cultures. Gather the neighbors to help you summon and please the rain gods with a rainmaking ritual. Stop short of sacrificing small animals, especially if flame is involved.

2. Hug a firefighter. Air hug, perhaps, to prevent spontaneous combustion.

1. Popsicles for dinner.


How do you cool off on a hot summer day?

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Mud Hut Mama July 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

During the hot season where we are it is commonly 110 degrees in the shade. I fill a spray bottle with water and spray myself while standing in front of a fan. I also drench wraps made out of thin cotton in cold water and wrap them around my head and neck. Not particularly attractive but it works. That dessert looks amazing!!! We used to live in Brooklyn and had an Italian landlord who kept us supplied with homemade limoncello. I wish I had found your recipe then!


Lavender Luz July 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I wish I had your landlord now!


a July 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

Dude, you don’t have air conditioning? Oh yeah, I guess it doesn’t usually get that hot there. I can’t live without my a/c and I currently can’t work, because the a/c at work broke and our server shut down. Oh well.

My friend’s advice was to get your head wet and then stick it in the freezer for minutes of relief!

But mostly, I just go where the air conditioning is – usually a movie theater or a mall.


Lavender Luz July 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm

The freezer idea is growing on me…


Kathy July 6, 2012 at 8:53 am

Very fun and creative ideas Lori!

On a hot day my family and I like to spend time at a local pool or beach, go for a bike ride (giving us a bit of a breeze) and/or go out for ice cream.

We are actually about to head out for a family bike ride now! :-)


Lavender Luz July 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Don’t forget the water skidoo thingy! Your recent outing looked cool and fun, too.


Esperanza July 6, 2012 at 9:15 am

I’m a San Franciscan and I would normally know nothing about these things but currently I’m in Austin and its super hot so I’m not totally ignorant of the heat of which you speak. I’ve been combating the swelter with swimming, snow cones and ice water. I’m having relative success. ;)


Lavender Luz July 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I should put snow cones on the list!

As a young adult I was shocked at how chilly San Fran is in the summer. I hadn’t yet heard the Mark Twain quote (“The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco.”)


Ratna July 6, 2012 at 11:40 am

And another record week – these tips are useful and we use #11 all the time. #11 is our safe haven and of course the popsicles too! The sprinkler runs a lot too – and the kiddos run through them. What fun! Stay COOL!


Lavender Luz July 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm

We should run through the town fountain with the kiddos!


April July 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Snow cones are awesome! And I’ve been known to take upwards of six cold showers on the average 110° summer day.


shannon July 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm

We’ve been playing in the sprinklers a lot!


Jjiraffe July 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Haha :) We don’t have AC, either and it’s been hot.

Luckily it’s always foggy and freezing at the beaches or in the city, so we’ve gone there a few times.


taradara July 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I love how ‘basement’ was right up at the top! You had me right then and there.


Queenie July 7, 2012 at 10:56 am

This made me laugh, and also a little jealous. It’s cold and rainy where I am!


Emily @ablanket2keep July 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I was in NC when it was 105 for 3 days straight and my aunt’s AC stopped working. Thank goodness for the pool and playing with the dogs on a cool tile floor!


Io July 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm

No air conditioning? Oh my. Weeks like this make me so happy that my husband refused to buy the house I liked that had no air conditioning. I hope you stay cool. (and the hug a firefighter one is no joke – we have needed a ton of extra guys on fires because they are needing rehab so quickly in this weather)


loribeth July 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I never had a/c… until I moved to & spent a few summers in southern Ontario without it. :p The summer after we moved into our house, we got central a/c. I would hate to be without it. :p We do have ceiling fans in several rooms (which the previous owner installed), which come in handy at times. Sometimes it’s not hot enough for the a/c, but you want to get the air moving.

Have been thinking about you & my other friends & relatives in Colorado or with Colorado connections. I hope you are well out of the fire zone!


m. July 17, 2012 at 7:39 am

Great list! I’ve been dreaming of a public pool membership, which completely and totally grosses M. out. And then I think about it a while and get a little grossed out too – but not enough to not still want one.

In the meantime, I made this:

and it rocks pretty hard.


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