Monday, August 28, 2006

I'll Have the Double Spicy Mongolian Beef, Please

I finally got my air conditioner repaired today and the temperature in my house is below 80 for the first time in about two weeks. A few days (between freon charges until the new unit came in), it was 90 in here.

About 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning, at one of those points in time between being asleep and being awake, I had the thought that I might actually die from lack of oxygen. All of my windows are doublepaned and have no screens. I was too afraid that a lizard or bird would join me in my bed to open them.

As I sit here all refreshed and happy (thank God for my home warranty), I recall that I continued to eat spicy food even though it was so hot in here. I'm also wondering about why the cuisine of tropical areas is spicy while the food from colder climates is bland by comparison.

I'll be right back...

After a brief Google, I have found out that the theory is spicy food increases your body temperature so you feel cooler because your body temperature is more equalized with the temperature surrounding you. Spicy food also makes you sweat which cools the body as the perspiration evaporates.

Another site theorizes that people in hotter climates are drawn to spicy foods because those foods stimulate appetite and gastric juices which is important since heat can be an appetite suppressant.

Here's a link to the Hot Sauce Blog that my cousin Zina sent me several months ago.



Susan in St. Paul said...

I am so glad you have ac again, Laurie!

It must have been really hard sleeping.

Samantha said...

Congrats on getting new AC!! That Mongolian Beef looks suuuuuper yummmy!!

Laurie said...

Susan - I don't usually have a hard time sleeping under any conditions but, when I woke up at 7:00 a.m. ON A SATURDAY, I was not a happy girl. :)

Samantha - I think I"ll have to have that for lunch. I'm going to "steal" your colors post, by the way. :)

Zina said...

Hey, where do y ou get all of your very appropriate pictures?

Our AC here in my townhome is an old water cooling deal....which means it is always 80 degrees in here during the summer. FANS...TURBO FANS. The best investment in the world.

Counting down the days until we get a house.

Anonymous said...

If it's 80 degrees in my apartment, then the AC must be broken and I head home to Mama's! I keep my apartment at a cool 65 degrees at all times (thus the $204.89 electric bill for last month). How could you stay there? I know I just would have died!!! You're always welcome to come stay with me and the Golden Child! xoxo Poodles

Laurie's Mom said...

Laurie knows she could of come over to sleep at our house. But she likes being in her own bed. It she would of been to uncomfortable she would of come over to sleep in our comfortable air conditioned house.

Laurie said...

Zina - Be sure to buy the warranty!

Poodles - I had plenty of offers to stay elsewhere (not near enough from men, though) but I like to stay home, even in the heat.

Mom - I know. I'm a home body...except when I'm not.

Susan in St. Paul said...

hmmm.. how many offers from men would have been enough?

just wondering

Laurie said...

Susan - Just one good one.

Susan in St. Paul said...

that was what I was thinking, Laurie ;-)

Laurie said...

Susan - :P