I’ve been hearing all about how hot St. Louis is right now. It’s been chilling (except actually the opposite) in the upper 90’s, topped off with that oh so lovely St. Louis humidity.
Oooh, I do not envy those in the Lou…
I chortled at my home town’s bad luck as I galavanted around in the lovely mid-70’s weather that we’ve been graced with here in NYC. And then Mother Nature smacked the smirk right off my face. Although it should be cooling down after the weekend, these last couple of days in the high 90’s have not been pleasant, and I’m reminded of what the rest of the summer should start being like.
So in honor of the Sun trying to fry us out of its way, here are five ways I’ve been using to beat the heat, in order of their appearance in my semi-low heat tolerance life:
1. Not taking ballet classes during the day.
Most of the ballet and other dance classes I take at Steps fall around 1-2ish, naturally the hottest time of the day. Even prior to this little heat spike when the weather was nice and fairly cool, it was still pretty freaking warm in the studios. Normally, I’m totally a fan of that. You get super warm and nice and flexible, however, in weather like this, the Steps studios become an Earthly reproduction of the levels of hell. Seriously. My sweat begins to sweat. I’ve never felt like I could literally melt before. It’s not my most attractive look.
So I’ve been taking night classes, and it’s been quite nice. Plus afterwords, I stop by a Mister Softee truck and get a cone. Yum.
This exertion of energy in the heat leads to number two.
2. Cool showers.
I could never understand why people took cool or cold showers before. I was once forced to take frigid cold showers after we lost power for 7 days back in the 2007 ice storm in St. Louis, and I’m pretty sure the temperature of the water could have actually frozen my blood if I stayed in the shower for too long. Ever since that, I could never take showers that weren’t scaldingly hot. But I’m learning that they’re actually great. They’re the perfect alternative to coming home after dance and literally putting my face right up against the AC.
3. Appreciating the fashion perks of being a lady.
Man, summer is the best for being female. Women’s clothing really works with beating the heat. You can wear very little clothing, both tastefully and not, and still be socially acceptable. Plus, we have the option of dresses and skirts. Although, I keep seeing people of both sexes wearing long jeans and lots of layers. Someone clearly hasn’t informed them of the sweltering heat.
4. Escaping to a lovely, air conditioned movie theater.
This afternoon, Adriana and I skipped away to my favorite NY movie theatre by Lincoln Center to see the new Disney Pixar movie, Brave, which came out today.
Strong, female leads FTW!
I absolutely love Pixar’s work (except Cars 2, which I have yet to see because…really, what were they thinking?!) and was excited to see Brave. Especially as a bold, beautiful, Barnard bear (tee hee – it’ll be funnier after you see the movie) as it stars a strong, female protagonist who kicks some ass and also seems like a realistic person. I mean, realistic if there were working kingdoms, princesses, and magic. Actually, totally realistic now that I think about it.
I can’t really talk much about it without ruining parts of the movie for those who haven’t seen it. Disney Pixar did a great job with the trailer and clips to keep the main plot concealed, and I don’t want to give it away for anyone. Adriana and I both commented on how it was not what we expected from the clips we had seen. I enjoyed the movie. It wasn’t my favorite Pixar film, but the story wasn’t too trite, the soundtrack and art were both stunning, and it was the perfect mix of cute, funny, touching, and interesting. Plus I thought the Pixar short, La Luna, was really beautiful. One of my favorites along with Night and Day and For the Birds. I’d give the movie four stars on a Pixar scale, but in comparison to most movies now-a-days, I thought it was great.
5. Not leaving my air conditioner’s side, and consequently the apartment.
For every outing that forces me out of the cool caress of manufactured cold air and into the hell that is the real world/the New York subway system, I’ve made sure to leave as late as possible to still get places on time (although on-time in Ariane time is about 10-15 minutes early). I’ve also been enjoying some quality time with HBO Go and Netflix. It’s been quite the party. Today’s cool activities indoors included a showing of Thor, which is currently on Netflix streaming (!!!). Who doesn’t want to both not die of heat stroke and see this for 115 minutes:
Oh haiii Chris Hemsworth.
Although his and Natalie Portman’s relationship in the movie didn’t really work for me. I mean, they knew each other for like two days and had maybe half a dozen extended conversations and all of a sudden they’re in love? I mean, she spends most of her time happily bouncing after him as he strides around Earth, always doing her little smile-head-tilt thing. Also, what was that kiss/face-smash-together? Ha the video that I linked is actually kind of hilarious. I couldn’t find the scene in English (I’m assuming copyright issues), but that one is actually very entertaining. The dubbing is good and matches the lip movement well, and I find it hilarious that they even have to dub in the breath intakes with the lines. No but seriously – that kiss. What?! Eh, it’s Chris Hemsworth. Let’s just move on.
This post has been all over the place. We discussed my showering and dressing habits, gazed upon a shirtless Chris Hemsworth, and talked about cartoons. My life. There was a distinct lacking of cats, however, but I’ll make up for that now. Despite my complaints on the heat, here’s a little something that will warm your hearts: