Summer & Sweat


Oh summer, how I love you. But I think I loved you more when I lived in California.

This is my first FULL summer in Texas. From start to finish.

It’s this time of year – the middle of summer – that I wish for a cool breeze off the Pacific ocean, the fog rolling in from the San Francisco Bay, and by all means try to stay away from the Central Valley. Because it’s hot. And here in Texas, it feels like Stockton or Sacramento heat. With a dash of humidity. In other words, it’s pretty miserable.

Since the beginning of June, I’ve been planning out my weeks, figuring out which days will require me to leave the comfort of air conditioning and jump into the air conditioned car to the air conditioned destination. Because sometimes, Internet, I have arguments with myself. About going outside. About the sweat potential. About if I can wait until later.

Because going outside, especially when you’re not used to this type of heat, is a tough choice.

A few weeks ago when we were painting the indoor walls of the house, Cent said to me, “I understand why you don’t like being hot now.”

“Oh really, why?” I asked.

“Because you sweat really easily.”

Thanks, Captain Obvious. I do. And this time of year, it’s hard not to look like a hot mess. A hot, sweaty mess.

So Texan natives, do you have any tips or tricks to stave off the hot mess look? I’ll take everything you’ve got.

In the meantime, I’ll take a scoop of this, please.

Photo from Flickr user Wenday

Photos of our newly painted walls coming up!

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  • Reply Gabi Bass 07.22.2010 at 8:18 pm

    Stay inside as much as possible from…pretty much sun up to 8pm ? I don’t know !? Seriously though, your body can take up to 3 years to adjust to the change in climate. In the meantime, follow the aforementioned advice !

  • Reply Karyn 07.25.2010 at 9:38 am

    I have been here for almost 7 years now. Adjust is a relative term. Its more of a mental adjustment than anything. Once you know it’s coming, you appreciate the rest of the year more… you adjust your activities to fit the weather. Like, I figured out if I was going to do ANY exercise outside in the summer – it was cycling – because I basically create my own breeze and it’s easy to have water with you. Eventually you do start to feel less like a prisoner in your home. Mostly you just start telling everyone ‘back home’ that they have no right to complain about the heat. You stop feeling guilty for wanting to stay inside all afternoon. You realize that ‘fall’ doesn’t start in September like it does at home, and you drink more water than you ever did before.

    You get to know your enemy. =) And you make lemonade =)

  • Reply Kim 07.26.2010 at 7:38 am

    First off, love, love, love your pics!!! And love reading your blog! As a native Texas (born and raised on the gulf coast, just inland of Galveston) I have to say there isn’t much you can do to avoid the “hot mess” situation. Put a lot of product in your hair and carry “frizz ease” with you. Powder helps with the “glow” on the face. Pretty much, stay inside, or summer out of state. Swimming is always nice. AC is your best friend, almost 11 months out of the year. Stay in and eat ice cream. I have to say, if I had been born in Cali, I don’t think there is much that could have gotten me to move here, so Cent must be a pretty awesome guy!

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