Keeping cool

It’s hotter than blazes here!

When my family and I moved from the East Coast to the Northwest nearly 20 years ago, we quickly discovered one of Portland, Oregon’s best-kept secrets — absolutely heavenly summers.

Our winters may be cool and gray and rainy, but summer is a different story altogether.  We’re talking almost no humidity (bliss for a former New Englander), and weeks and weeks of sunny skies and temperatures that hover in the 70s and low 80s.

Not today.

Like most of the rest of the country, we’re sweltering out here.  After one of the rainiest springs on record, and March weather that lingered through the fourth of July, we’ve finally been hit with a heat wave.

Yesterday I threw in the towel (literally) and vamoosed to my favorite outdoor pool to cool off.  When I came home, I switched the air conditioner on for the first time all summer and made homemade fudgesicles.  Today I might have to play hooky and go to a movie.

What are your favorite ways to beat the heat?