Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Iced Tea and AC

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It feels like someone punched the Portland thermostat dial up 15-20 clicks. From the normal 75 and breezy to a standard forecast of at least 91. For the next two weeks. It has been enough to drive us rainy-folks mad. And air conditioners have been on and humming. Cats laying down in on any cool piece of floor they can find. I've personally been sweating through all of my work clothes on my walk to work... at 8 a.m. For those in traditionally hot climates, our 91-100 forecast is probably less than impressive, but to us? It's pretty unprecedented. It even has its own hashtag  - #pdxheatwave.

What is one to do in the gorgeous PNW in this sort of weather? I've been lurking around the cool waterfront where the breeze seems cool sweaty skin much quicker than in the depths of the city. I am lucky enough to live in an area that's really close to some cooling water and a ton of events that happen right near it. All of our festivals - the Blues Fest, the Oregon Brewer's Fest in July, and many a city fair - happen right down near my apartment on the waterfront. But in this sort of heat, I'm all about my indoor time during the heat of mid-day. It's about air conditioning, two cats (also trying to stay hydrated and cool), a cool drink, and a good summer magazine read. I'll peek outside the apartment once the temps drop to 80! It's the perfect time to enjoy something cool and summery with a loved one, or just a loved cat. That likely sounds anticlimactic, but what's a girl with pale skin to do?

I've been relying on cold beverages in this hot weather (bye lattes!), but quickly realized that my go-to was leading to an Anchorman scenario - an iced Chai on a 99 degree day? Milk was a bad choice. And so it was time to reevaluate my decisions and make a big batch of ice cubes for the next go to - lemon and simple syrup sweetened iced American Breakfast tea. It doesn't sacrifice the caffeine or the refreshing coolness, but it certainly nixes the loads of calories and heavy dairy! I've been relying on Bigelow American Breakfast tea bags to make a big pitcher of iced tea to enjoy after work and even on my lunch break. Sweet (literally) relief from the insane heat! 

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How do you stay cool in this sort of weather?


  1. I live in Texas so we're "used to" the heat, but it doesn't make it any easier to bear. Enjoying a nice glass of iced tea is a great way to cool off on these hot summer days. #client

  2. ice tea and AC! two things i can't live without during summer!

  3. I'm actually drinking an iced coffee right now (no milk) but I do love a cool iced tea on a hot day!

  4. Staying indoors during the hottest part of the day is a must for me. I get heat rash if I'm out there too long. I usually love the sun, but this is a bit warm. Hopefully, our "normal" summer weather will return soon!

  5. My house doesn't have AC and we only have a unit in our bedroom. Still, it's cooler in my house than outside so I basically try not to leave during the hottest part of the day. I am so ready for this heat wave to be over.


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