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Friday, June 29, 2012

Beating the Heat - DIY

While it is cute, this picture is a bit more factious than realistic - but the truth isn't looking any better. 

Today's High was 105°F at 3:45pm when conditions were Partly Cloudy

See what I mean?!

While doing a bit of research for some creative ways to stay cool this summer (that I haven't already covered in previous posts), I came across two that made a lot of sense but that I hadn't really thought of before!  

1)  Make a DIY air conditioner. Put a metal bowl of ice in front of a fan, and adjust the fan so that the air is blowing over the ice. Or, use one or more 2 liter bottles and fill them mostly full of water, freeze them, then place them in a large bowl (to catch dripping water). Position a fan to blow on them. As the ice in the bottles melts, the air cools around them. The fan will blow that air at you. The water in the bottles can be frozen overnight and used again repeatedly. You can also turn on your stove fan (on the ventilator hood) or open up your chimney flue. These will also draw hot air out of the house and pull cooler evening air into the house. 

2) Put smooth white fabrics over anything in your house that's fuzzy. For example, you could cover corduroy pillows with white satin pillowcases for summer, put linen slipcovers over wool sofas, or just throw white sheets over furniture. Light-colored fabric will reflect heat instead of absorbing it, and the smooth texture will give you an impression of coolness. 

How are you beating the heat this scorching summer?

For more great ideas on staying cool during this scorching summer, check out Wiki How!   

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Update Your Status

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in four people who are HIV positive don’t know it

The CDC recommends HIV testing for everyone between the ages of 13 and 64. This does not mean though that testing is done automatically when you see a health care provider even if you have blood drawn. 

The only way to know for sure you are being tested is to ask to be tested!

For more information on free testing sites, statistics, or even someone to talk to confidentially, call 1-800-CDC-INFO.  

To find a testing site, text your zip code to “KNOW IT” (566948).

Saturday, June 9, 2012


I have been so BLAH! this week, I've been struggling with a fibro flare-up and majorly stressed at work.  It's barely Saturday afternoon and I am so exhausted I could easily sleep until Monday.  

I will wake up for a few minutes then the next thing I know, I'm waking up again.  

I think I'm developing narcolep-zzzzzz.  lol 

This animated picture made me laugh but at the same time... I definitely know how the sleeping cat feels!

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