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Before I moved to Seattle nine years ago, I had vague ideas of the weather here in the Pacific Northwest. I had heard it rains nine months out of the year, and by heard, I mean, I picked it up from the movie that planted the idea to move from the island of Saipan: Sleepless in Seattle. The ark-worthy rain deluges are rare but not far off from the truth. The weather in Seattle is a fickle beast that shines sun one minute and then rains the next.
Because of this much of this city isn’t prepared for heat. Many of the homes, including my own, were built without central air conditioning. My husband’s car does not include air conditioning either. So when summer rolls around, it can be hot. Extremely hot. So hot that I remember the day that it hit over 100 degrees. It was a Wednesday. It made the news. Live at 11! It’s hot!
Even though right now the weather is still muggy and gray–more like June-uary than June–the clouds will dissipate, and there will be days when the Seattle heat is an oppressive beast that keeps its residents searching for relief. We become zombies scavenging shelves for rotating fans and portable air conditioners, vulturing around ice cream vendors and public swimming pools.
So, when asked, how do I stay hydrated and fresh in the summer heat, I turn water into an appendage. Not like I’ve replaced my hands and now plastic bottles stick out of my shirt sleeves because that would really throw off a first impression.
To fight off the energy-zapping power that summer has, I must have water around me at all times. I have bottles in my car to cover the ones I might have forgotten in my desk drawer. I have water and Crystal Light packets in my handbag so that during my commute–a packed a 40-minute bus ride without air conditioning–my mind can think about how much I really love Crystal Light’s grape flavor swirling in my drink and not, “Please let me out of this moving coffin.”
Plus, if you’re working in an office, you can always take a break for water. It’s much healthier than a smoke break, 100% less caffeinated than a coffee break and no one will raise an eyebrow and let out a long, exasperated, “Pa-shaa! Who does she think she is? Getting all hydrated in here!”
My favorite water bottle is one I swiped from a work retreat last summer. It’s a long and sleek glass Voss bottle and whenever I use it, I instantly feel fancy. I love to retrieve it from my bag, fill it up with freezing cold water while the sun beats down outside and I enjoy that moment of relief, the kind that makes me blurt out a loud, breathy and uncouth, “AHHHHH!”
How do YOU stay hydrated and fresh in the summer heat?
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