The summer in LA this year has reminded me a lot of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. First it was too cold. Now it’s too hot! I’m still waiting for the baby bear weather to show up and make things just right. I neither have nor like air conditioning*, so I have other methods to keep cool. A few of these are:
- Walking on the beach
- Wearing shorts and short dresses**
- Wearing sandals***
- Putting my hair up in a bun
- Opening the windows at night to let cooler air in
- Drinking cold beverages–especially iced tea or cold water
I like black and hibiscus iced teas, which are traditional in the US, but I’m also quite fond of barley tea, which is traditional in Asia.
I like the House brand barley tea because you can brew it cold. I toss a tea bag into a stainless steel water bottle, then fill the bottle with water. After sitting in the fridge overnight, I have a liter of tasty mugicha to help beat the heat, one cupful at a time.
**This is only useful on weekends. Unfortunately, my office is kept uncomfortably cool. If I wear shorts to work, I usually end up with a fleece jacket on my lap to stay warm.
***Actually, I do that pretty much all the time. *cough*