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That's insane. Here it's barely 100F (we've had a 100+ streak for several weeks now), and I saw that NYC and Chicago are expected to hit 107 and 108? You poor things. A/C is mandatory where I live, so we can easily deal with it, especially since we know it's coming and live with hot temps for months, but when you're not used to it... D: DRINK WATER. (And eat salty things. Or drink margaritas.)

Oh, hey, speaking of, today's cocktail recipe for the Glee recap of "Home" is my personal Margarita recipe, the one with the lime cocktail. I've gotten PMs from people telling me how good it is, so I'm not going to act like it's not the greatest thing ever. IT IS SO DELICIOUS, GUYS. I made a huge batch of the lime cocktail last night (8 pounds of limes! My biceps were killing me. And that's with using a juicer.) and I plan on getting my 'rita on here in a bit.

Things you can do to stay cool:
  • it may be ugly, but anything to black out your windows is a must. A thick blanket/black out liner for drapes will drop the house temp by 10 degrees at least. I have a house that faces due west with 2 story windows. The drapes have blackout liner, and our electric bill cut in half.
  • Wash your sheets, but don't dry them. Put them on the mattress, damp. You'll have crisp, cool sheets when you climb in bed, and the slightly damp top sheet will cool you right away. It's DELIGHTFUL.
  • Ice in a towel on the back of your neck.
  • Cold shower, wet hair in a ponytail or braids, right before bedtime
  • MARGARITAS.

Ugh, be careful out there, guys

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phaeba
Jul. 21st, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
Floor and/or ceiling fans help a ton, too (but only if you're in the room -- turn them off when you leave). I second the blackout drapes or blankets. We finally buckled last summer and it makes a huge difference. And I think there's something psychologically cooling about feeling like you're in a cave :D

Also, that margarita sounds fantastic and I'll be picking up a butt-ton of limes tomorrow.
stoney321
Jul. 21st, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
I assume fans are a given in cases of heat. ;)

The margarita recipe is faaaaaaabulous, honest and for true.
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elizardbits
Jul. 21st, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
It's going to be 111 here tomorrow. I CANNOT FUCKING EVEN.
stoney321
Jul. 21st, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
THAT IS ABSURD. Clearly you need to be drinking frozen concoctions all day FOR HEALTH REASONS.
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stoney321
Jul. 21st, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
That's got to be absolutely unheard of there! I mean, that's how hot we are all summer in Texas! WHAT IS HAPPENING!!
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love_your_ego
Jul. 21st, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
113 here today. It was snowing in April. What is this I don't even.
stoney321
Jul. 21st, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
UP IS DOWN RIGHT IS LEFT DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER!
dovil
Jul. 21st, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
What Am I Doing Wrong?
Dear Stoney,

I tried making myself cool by wearing a leather coat while stretching my thumbs out and saying 'Aaaaa', but instead I now have heatstroke.

Yours in Confusion
Me
beadattitude
Jul. 21st, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
Re: What Am I Doing Wrong?
Clearly, you have too much pomade in your pompadour, kiddo, and your haid can't breathe.

Also, it's pronounced "Aaaaaaaaay."
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beadattitude
Jul. 21st, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
I'm tellin' you, you should totes write that drink book.

stoney321
Jul. 21st, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
I'm going to compile all of the cocktails together and make it downloadable, but I don't know that I could sell it or anything. I DON'T KNOW HOW THINGS WORK, SUZI SUE.
beadattitude
Jul. 21st, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
Also, I find pressing the compress to my carotid artery, while sillier looking, more effective. I've been known to put one on my femoral artery, too, when unbearably hot, but,really, you need to be lying down for or everybody'll be all, "is that a coke in your pocket or are you just happy to see me, " blah blah blah...
stoney321
Jul. 21st, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
The back of my head always gets so hot, which makes me feel close to fainting (if I'm out camping in the summer, something like that) so keeping the nape of my neck chilled does WONDERS.

I saw J's post on FB today, and I hope y'all are doing okay. :(
txvoodoo
Jul. 21st, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
FWIW, I don't know anyone in the NE who doesn't have a/c (if they want it. like, my uncle objects because he doesn't like the smell. I KNOW. WHATVER, DUDE. THE SMELL. My poor aunt has it in her "sitting room") except some coastal people. So they're ok. They just get to bitch a lot for a few days every several years, unlike us. We get to bitch a lot for a few months every year.

BARELY 100. Well, it's 101.4 here right now.

The cold shower with wet hair thing is my go to.
stoney321
Jul. 21st, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
I know of some, and I just feel terrible for them. (Old, old houses, no central air.) Wait, THE SMELL? What smell? I mean, the heater kicks on with that musty smell the first time, but I've never heard of air conditioning SMELLING?

Ha! We've been at 99.6 today, and the pool is a CHILLY 90. (Oy.)
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copykween
Jul. 21st, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
It's blowing my mind that we're actually COOLER than some places (FINALLY!). Now if we could just get the damn rain.
stoney321
Jul. 22nd, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, rain would be a DELIGHT.
ryokomusouka
Jul. 22nd, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
Our bedroom is over the garage, which is west-facing. We HAVE to run a fan in there all the time or it turns into an oven. Bathroom fan creates a vacuum to pull cooler house air in, ceiling fan keeps it moving, box fan in the doorway pushes air through the bedroom into the bathroom. It sounds like a freakin' jet in there.

Sick of the heat. We did get a break this morning, but it's 90 now, and the heat index for tomorrow is 105. This makes me GRUMPY.
stoney321
Jul. 22nd, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
That has to be a nightmare. When people build places, you'd think they'd put sunshine/blazing heat into consideration of windows, etc.
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stoney321
Jul. 22nd, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, ice box sitting. That prolly felt GOOOOD.
cdvla313
Jul. 22nd, 2011 07:31 am (UTC)
Who has old wiring in their house? o/

We only have window ACs in the living room and each of the 3 bedrooms. Of course, there's a contractor working on the bathroom whose power tools blow a fuse if the ACs are on, so as soon as 8am rolls around, no AC anymore. Or if you use the microwave/toaster oven and an AC is on. Ah well, before the new energy saver ACs, we couldn't run more than two ACs at one time without blowing a fuse, and I would have to sleep in my brother's room. There were at least 2 summers I refused to and just went without AC.

/ends overly long explanation that can be summed up as "my house is fucking hot" And it's 120 on the subway platforms. /o\
kuzu_no_ha
Jul. 22nd, 2011 10:52 am (UTC)
Ditto. House is not built for ac and would cost an insane amount to retrofit. Is the subway dripping gunk yet? I just want to be prepared.
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kuzu_no_ha
Jul. 22nd, 2011 10:47 am (UTC)
Lobsters are just going to burst into flame over the next few days.
Lovely margaritas recipe, I look forward to trying it. Provided I survive this heat. Woe!
stoney321
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Mmm, lobster rolls. Sorry, just thinking of all of that cooked lobster.

Hope you get to soon! If you do, lemme know what you think.
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