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11 things to do on a hot summer day

11 things to do on a hot summer day

Considering that the cumulative high temperature over the last 10 days has been about 1000°, and considering that my home (and home office) has no air conditioning, I have brainstormed some helpful hints on how to spend your next 60 days (or 6000°). sun burning

11. One word: basement

10. Slather on the sunscreen and set up the Slip ‘n’ Slide, uh, for the KIDS. Right. For the kids.

9. Conduct a mad Internet search for an air conditioning unit. Pay whatever is asked, even if it completely usurps the childrens’ college funds.

8. Plant an acorn and envision that in the Summer of ’42 you’ll have shade.

7. Hijack an ice cream truck.

6. Daydream about the Blizzard of 2003. And the snowless snow days of 2011 when it hit 40° below and the school buses wouldn’t run.

5. Eat this dessert (adults only).

4. Go to Costco and accidentally find yourself in the refrigerated food section. I mean INSIDE it. When caught, claim that you were chasing a wayward child who loves cheese.

3. Investigate rain dances from various indigenous cultures. Gather the neighbors to help you summon and please the rain gods with a rainmaking ritual. Stop short of sacrificing small animals, especially if flame is involved.

2. Hug a firefighter. Air hug, perhaps, to prevent spontaneous combustion.

1. Popsicles for dinner.

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How do you cool off on a hot summer day?


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Lori Holden is a mom to tween hot-shots Tessa and Reed. She and her family perspire in the metro-Denver area.

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  1. You know Lori, firefighters can spray that hose at you too! I’ve seen it.

  2. Very fun and creative ideas Lori!

    On a hot day my family and I like to spend time at our local pool or beach, got for a bike ride (giving us a bit of a breeze) and/or go out for ice cream.

    • Oh, a bike ride is a good idea. If we slather on the sunscreen.

      And ice cream is a must for days like these!

  3. I’m thinking banana splits for dinner. If I add nuts, we’ll have covered dairy, fruit, and legumes. I’d say that counts as balanced.

  4. We try to head over to Bear Creek Lake and cool off at the swim beach!

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