It’s no secret that here at Birds and Words we’re not exactly heat lovers. But I’ve developed a few coping strategies for this sweltering summer. In fact, I’ve come to love my coping strategies so much, that this is turning into one of the more delightful summers I’ve ever had. Here is a partial list:
- Swim as much as possible. This includes indoor pools, outdoor pools, lakes, oceans, ponds, whatever strikes your fancy. In the event that there isn’t a body of water in your vicinity, take frequent showers.
- Find the best cardamom buns in town. Eat them all. In a fit of Nordic nostalgia, I discovered two exquisite Swedish/Finnish/pan-Nordic bakeries in Toronto. I’m rather partial to Karelia Kitchen for their Marimekko posters, but Beaches Bakeshop is lovely too. As I suspected, consuming a cardamom bun brings me straight back to my last trip to Norway and Sweden where it was never humid and sticky. The Norse Gods chose their turf wisely. Had Proust discovered the cardamom bun, it would have trumped the madeleine.
- Pretend your an Arctic Tern. (I won’t expand on this strategy lest you think I’ve officially lost my mind. But seriously. Just try it.)
- Immerse yourself in Dickens’ Bleak House where it is wonderfully foggy and eternally drizzling, and at this point nothing could seem more inviting and becoming to me.
- Cover your walls with maps of Iceland.
- Visit any island in your vicinity. Islands tend to have a breeze. For the more intrepid among you, visit an island with breeding terns off the coast of Maine and don’t forget to walk around while pointing a stick up in the sky or else the terns will poop on you. No joke. More on this experience later.
- Wage a war with moths in your closet and do a bit of belated spring cleaning. It doesn’t really help with the heat, but helps redirect your frustration and for a minute you’re so fanatically angry with the moths that you manage to forget that it’s hot outside.
- Take a book making class as CBBAG, come home with a handmade crown-binding book and life will feel beautiful, heat notwithstanding.
- Learn to make a whole panoply of new summer salads. I recommend kohlrabi salad and this recipe in particular. Invite friends over. Eat yourself into a stupor. Trust me, you’ll forget how hot it is.
- Complain about the heat with wild abandon. People will commiserate. You might even make a new friend due to unfortunate meteorological circumstance.
- Bird. Bird. Bird. Always bird. Even if it’s a common backyard bird. Look up. Look. Just remember not to walk while looking up because you might end up falling into a concrete well.