I don't deal well with heat. At all. I don't like sweating (unless I'm working out or eating something really spicy), I don't enjoy sleeping with a fan blasted directly at my barely pajama-ed figure, and I can't stand the sticky film that forms between my thighs when I'm sitting down (or standing up). Everyone always asks me how I dealt with the cold Chicago weather while I was attending college there, but it wasn't the blistering winds or sub degree temperatures that bothered me.
It was the heat.
I have horrible memories of the last couple weeks I spent in Evanston in June 2005. Nights that were so hot I had to keep a bowl of ice water by my bed to splash over my body. Days when I would call my mom crying because the third floor apartment I shared with my two roommates didn't have air conditioning. It was miserable.
While LA is no Chicago in terms of extreme temperatures, we've been experiencing a record-breaking heat wave these past couple days that is a punctuated reminder of those horrible summer days I spent on the North Shore. I'm cranky. I'm lethargic. I don't want to eat anything that is prepared in a skillet or oven. All I want to do is consume massive amounts of ice cream, frozen or iced tea beverages like the California Green Tea pictured above from Cha for Tea in Irvine, and sit in front of an air conditioner. Doing any sort of work or activity that requires thought seems too burdensome in these conditions. 90+ degree heat is not kind to productivity. And it is certainly not conducive to blogging about food I have no desire to look at or eat.
So, I won't discuss the spinach and ricotta topped chicken breasts that are so good that I always forget how annoying they are to make. And I won't wax on about my favorite food stands at the Farmer's Market at Third & Fairfax, and why I enjoy spending my Sunday afternoons there. And I certainly won't be rolling out a long charade about how my recent training runs have made me ravenously hungry and capable of consuming huge omelets stuffed with chunks of prosciutto, Manchego cheese, artichoke hearts, red peppers, and Shiitake mushrooms. I'll save those for another day. A day when I don't want to jump into a giant pool of ice.
Today, I will settle for tea. And later on, I will settle for a trip to Ben & Jerry's for a free scoop of ice cream.