Air Conditioned

June 25, 2012

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So last night I took a peek at the overnight and Monday forecast.

Overnight temp: 70*

Monday: High 84*

=No need for AC overnight if it was going to be colder outside than inside.

So I turned the air off, opened our bedroom windows and got the fan moving the cooler air into the room.

But by 1am, I woke up a hot sweaty pillow-hugging mess. My old self could sleep on my back, pillowless, and be fine, but my pregnant self needs a huge body pillow to keep me teetering on my side and couldn’t handle it. I went out to check the thermostat – the inside temp was 78* (and humid). So I turned the air on – 75* – and within 30 minutes of reading, a swig of juice and 10 almonds, I was sleeping blissfully again. I’m afraid this summer might just have to be an AC summer.

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Luckily I was able to sleep in a little and get a full night’s rest – AND breakfast was already cooked!

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Amazing overnight oats base with black and raspberries and peanut butter on top.

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Peachy oolong tea

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Enjoy your week!

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1 Leslie June 25, 2012 at 8:22 am

I grew up in so Cal and never had AC (thanks to the ocean breeze) but when I moved to Oregon it was a different story! It gets so hot in the summer and the nights don’t cool off. Have only used it once so far (but we say summer doesn’t really start here until July 5) but I’m so glad we have it, especially in August. Enjoy yours when you need it this summer!

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2 Melissa @ HerGreenLife June 25, 2012 at 8:23 am

We’re compromising a lot on A/C use this summer, too. I’d rather use a bit more air and not risk the outside noises of living in a city waking up my little guy unnecessarily. We are considering using a window A/C unit in his room for nights that we’re fine with slightly warmer outdoor temps and the breeze of a fan.

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3 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles June 25, 2012 at 8:26 am

I would love to open our house up so that I could give the AC a break— it was 90* at midnight last night, for real….. Our temp is supposed to be 108* today. Oh the fun! HA! Smoothie for lunch it will be!
…. My pregnant self really does like the AC this summer. I just can’t help it…

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4 Roxanne June 25, 2012 at 8:30 am

I love your bowl! And the tray is just right for eating in bed…
P.S. I hate AC…. I love the humid hotness of air and I don’t usually sweat much (which is great!)
I was born in the wrong country… sigh!

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5 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries June 25, 2012 at 8:42 am

we’ve been using the A/C a lot more than we’d like lately too. not because i’m pregnant, but because it’s been a crazy hot summer already!

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6 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux June 25, 2012 at 8:43 am

Ugh, waking up sweaty is the worst!! Lovely oats, as usual–Happy Monday :-)

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7 Aubrey June 25, 2012 at 8:44 am

Looks like the perfect way to start the day! :)

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8 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 25, 2012 at 8:46 am

Your bowl is so pretty!! :)

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9 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 25, 2012 at 8:47 am

I can’t believe your high is only 84! It’s clearing 90 here today. Again.

Either way, a bowl of cool overnight oats sounds fantastic right about now!

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10 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles June 25, 2012 at 8:53 am

Big rain storm hit us last night and our temperatures dropped…beautiful sunny skies today with a strong cool wind…windows are open and the fresh air feels great!

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11 Becka @ simplybecka.com June 25, 2012 at 8:56 am

I am so not a summer fan. I practically hibernate indoors in A/C during hot summer months. Give me winter, spring, and fall weather anytime. Stay cool! Yummy looking breakfast, I love your overnight oats recipe, thank you so much for sharing it with us all, I now am converted to eating my oats every morning, cool and refreshing overnight oats for summer is good.

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12 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

I also need it to be cool in my room when I’m sleeping. I love having the window open if a breeze is moving through, but lately it’s been hot and sticky out overnight so I’ve had to go with either the fan or AC! Have a fantastic Monday Kath!

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13 Johanna B June 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

Our heat index was 108 yesterday and it’s predicted to be over 100 (actual) a couple more days this week. This doesn’t bode well for August.

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14 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope June 25, 2012 at 9:04 am

It needs to be freezing in my house for me to sleep. We try not to use the air conditioner all that much but we sleep with a fan on every single night, even in the winter. It’s not just the coolness but the humming puts me to sleep.

Overnight oats sound perfect for a day like today! :)

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15 vegtastic June 25, 2012 at 9:06 am

An A/C tip: once you have the air on at this time of year, it is a lot more efficient to adjust the thermostat a few degrees than to turn it on and off. If the overnight temp is going down to 70, your A/C probably won’t be running during the night anyway. Letting the house heat up or get humid to the point of being uncomfortable and then having to re-cool and dry out the house again will cost a lot more in energy use in the end.

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16 Elisabeth June 25, 2012 at 10:18 am

Yeah, I was going to say the same thing. I’ve definitely learned that adjusting the thermostat vs turning off/on is more efficient. :)

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17 Sandy June 25, 2012 at 11:31 am

I am one of those that just can’t stand the AC so I only turn it on for company and look for every reason to turn it off. Lucky for me we are getting down to 55 tonight but highs in the 90s later in the week mean it will have to be on because I have company for three days. :(

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18 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance June 25, 2012 at 9:15 am

I’ve learned it’s usually worth it to give in to the AC at night if it will ensure a good night’s sleep :)

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19 OliePants June 25, 2012 at 9:16 am

It’s been hot around here and I have to say that I cannot live without AC. Just the slightest heat makes me uncomfortable. Overnight oats would be a great breakfast for the summer mornings.

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20 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 25, 2012 at 9:18 am

I have a window unit that I keep going for most of the summer. I’m lucky though, my utilities are included in my rent!

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21 TinaD June 25, 2012 at 9:21 am

Weather.com says it’s going to be 104 on Friday (air temp). I agree with vegtastic. It’s more efficient if you keep the a/c on.

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22 Cait's Plate June 25, 2012 at 9:32 am

Sometimes the comfort an AC summer can bring is just worth every little bit. Especially being pregnant – you gotta do what you gotta do to stay comfortable and sleep!

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23 Kristi June 25, 2012 at 10:04 am

I’d have to get a waterproof mattress cover if I set the thermostat that high – my husband would be drenched in sweat! We’re running 73* only at night but when we start hitting triple digits that number might go down.

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24 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 25, 2012 at 10:18 am

I wanted overnight oats this morning like no other! I had no yogurt last night, but I managed with a little banana :)

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25 Joanna @ Midwestern Bite June 25, 2012 at 10:33 am

I played the pregnancy card last summer and kept the AC on most of the time. It’s hard not to! Of course now I’m playing the SAHM mom card and keeping the AC on . . .

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26 Millie Snyder June 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

I have the problem of no blinds + large mirrors in my room. This equals HOT & BRIGHT mornings. Thank god for my large paneled fan or I’d be miserable.

Your overnight oats look DELICIOUS! I’ve been dying to try this recipe and this week is the week. Do you think using greek yogurt would be a good substitution? I don’t want to change the taste to too much bitterness.

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27 KathEats June 25, 2012 at 11:02 am

Absolutely – i almost always use greek yogurt

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28 wesley @ the way home June 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

I so wish we didn’t have to use our A/C, but we don’t do mild summers here in Nashville, and my husband is like a space heater when he sleeps! I try to slip it by him but he hates it :) It’s good of you to try to save energy though!

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29 Khushboo June 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

The AC is a necessity during summertime- if it’s too hot, I sleep terribly and end up bring a cranky mess!

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30 Full-Flavored Life June 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

What a cute little wood tray!

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31 kristen @ verbs and vignettes June 25, 2012 at 11:17 am

I think it’s completely ok to rely on AC every single day if you have to be pregnant in this hottest of hot summers we’re bound to have. :p

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32 Lily O'Dare @ Candied-Lilfe June 25, 2012 at 11:25 am

beautiful bowl!

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33 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac June 25, 2012 at 11:56 am

AC is expensive, but it definitely makes these hot days bearable!

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34 Catalina @ Cake with Love June 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Your OT looks super creamy!! Love the texture!

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35 Caroline June 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I wish we had your high of 84! It’s supposed to reach 100 degrees by the end of the week down in Georgia!

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36 Alyssa (pb and oatmeal) June 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I actually sleep better when it’s warm! I can’t stand sleeping in the cold.

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37 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

The summer I was pregnant we were living in a 1920s mission revival house in a valley in San Diego with no a/c and record breaking heat all summer. I lived in Starbucks and movie theaters for the free a/c that summer! Seriously!

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38 AlisonJ June 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm

What are your plans when the baby arrives? I’ve heard there are certain temperature recommendations for your home when you have a baby. Have you looked into that?

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39 KathEats June 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Obviously don’t want him to be uncomfortable. I get my AC off obsession from my dad, but it’s really not a huge deal to have it on – esp. when I have a good reason. Me sweating a little is not a good reason, but me unable to sleep pregnant or a new baby are very good reasons to keep it on.

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40 robin June 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Eating old fashioned oats with banana cooked into them for lunch, oh and some brown sugar. Just cant seem to eat them without it. The banana cooked into the oats is very good, Ive watched your video on it and had to give it a try. Reminds me of a warm banana pudding.

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41 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count June 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Love my overnight oats!

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42 Angel7 June 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Being pregnant, I get overheated so easily, and have to have the air conditioner on, or I am too hot.

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43 Amanda June 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I have noticed that you incorporate some tea and coffee into your diet. I am not drinking caffeine in my first trimester, but I am considering integrating a little into my diet in the second or third. What is your practice?

When not pregnant, I am a major coffee drinker, but I have been missing the tannic taste of tea, believe it or not.

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44 KathEats June 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I think (and have read) that a little (1 cup a day of coffee or less) is totally fine

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45 Amanda June 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Thanks, Kath!

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46 Dennis June 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Tuesday’s forecast is looking great here. The high is only supposed to be around 80. I’m going to try and get outside and get some work done. Those overnight oats look simply delicious.

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47 Dad June 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

That overnight low of 70 is for ~6 am and is typical during hot humid weather. Here they said 61 by morning, i.e., the cold front was to pass early in the night and cold air would build in by morning. That didn’t happen — the colder air arrived later.

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48 Dad June 26, 2012 at 11:40 am

Whoops! You were talking about Sun night. I was talking about Monday night. But I’ll reiterate, unless the ~6 am temp is expected to be in the mid 60s, it means continued humidity and need for A/C or fan air blowing on you to keep cool.

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