is currently what we're doing these days. I know our area is not the only one so affected by these intense temperatures. These last days of June and the glimpse into July are not comforting. Even so, as we look for ways to manage the heat, I am thankful for the luxury of A/C.
I am proposing that shops consider a different heat modified schedule for the weather. How about being open from 6:00 a.m. until about 11:00 a.m., closed until about 4:00 p.m. and then open till about 11:00 p.m. Walking across black asphalt in the heat makes me lose all memory of what errand I'm supposed to be accomplishing once I'm in the store. Probably that standing underneath their air vents to catch my breath and the hyperventilating is to blame.
I'm also instituting a no cooking rule for summer heat survival. Working over the stove or using the oven causes too much heat buildup in the kitchen which makes the A/C work harder. Besides, not one of us wants a hot meal right now. I'm scouring recipe sites for all things cold or that require minimal heat output either in the making or eating.
So far we've come up with cold pizza, cold cereal, frozen ice cream, cold cuts on bread, lots of salads (all types)--you get the picture. We did splurge today with some awesome BLTs but the oven was on less than 15 minutes for compliance. Egg salad is tomorrow's dish. What other ideas do you have for me?
It has been so hot in fact, that our internet has been blinking out in the afternoons. Solar flares, sun spots, or maybe the cables are melting, I'm not sure but this is the first time since about 11:00 a.m. that I've been able to get online.
Days like these make me long for the mountains. So far our summer doesn't hold that promise. Sweaty contentment is mine instead.
How are you beating the heat?