Good golly, it is hot outside! I am a warm weather person – normally I don’t mind braving the heat to hear some good music, or watch a baseball game, or walk from my air-conditioned car into an air-conditioned building. But forecasts for this weekend are predicting heat indexes up to 110° – and hardly anything Sounds Like Fun that involves leaving the house. So I’m going to declare this a “stay-cation” weekend. I may leave the air conditioning, but only to go as far as the screened-in porch. Here’s how I’ll prepare:
- Make some chilled beverages. I have two types of beverages in mind here: Daytime beverages and Evening beverages. For Daytime, I’m going to take a cue from swanky hotel chains and keep a gallon of ice water, infused with lemon slices, available all weekend. For Evening, homemade sangria is the way to go. There are some pre-mixed sangrias on the market, but in my mind (and for the money), the best sangria recipe is this one. I’m not hosting a party, though – I plan to make just a fraction of what is described here. Don’t sweat it if you can’t do the math – this is one of those inexact recipes. Because of the club soda, it’s relatively low alcohol, which means you won’t feel as guilty deciding that 4pm is “evening.”
- Put on a summer dress, and a little lip gloss and cologne. Somewhere between house dress and party dress, there is a category of cotton clothing that belongs to this season. Cool, comfortable and cute enough so that if one of Nashville’s would-be mayoral candidates happens to knock at your door, you won’t be embarrassed to invite him or her in and proceed to grill him or her on the topic of public transportation, or schools, or affordable housing, or property taxes. Hopefully it goes without saying that, if you are a man, you should substitute appropriately!
- Grill some food to put into the refrigerator. Or pick up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store. The point here is that you don’t want to fire up the oven or stovetop unless absolutely necessary, so pick things that you can enjoy cold, or heat in the microwave.
- Stock up on reading materials. Although I love the aesthetics of books, I do not love clutter – so I have been a Kindle reader for years. For this weekend, I have downloaded “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee. If I finish those before the weekend ends, I’ll go back and re-read George R.R. Martin’s “A Dance With Dragons” in preparation for the release of “The Winds of Winter” (hopefully) later this year. (If you’re not a fan of reading, you could easily plan your weekend around Netflix or something like that. I’m sure you’ll think of something.)
I’ll be back soon with some recommendations on things to do the weekend of July 24-26 (there are some events coming up that look really promising). Hopefully, we’ll have passed the worst of the summer heat and humidity by then! Stay cool!