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Puppies & Pizza

It’s after midnight. I tried to go to bed but it’s 77 degrees in my house, the air conditioner sounds like a freight train and I can’t sleep. So hello! Clearly, when the AC guy told me the motor could “go any day now” he wasn’t kidding. 😉 I’ll have to take care of this ASAP tomorrow. In the meantime…I know many of you live in climates/areas where central AC isn’t the norm. How do you deal? Especially at night? I am extremely cold natured in general but at night I heat up like a furnace!


Sometimes I wish I had the ability to sleep like Sullie. She’s got sleeping super powers…she can pretty much make herself comfy and pass out anywhere, any position and any time….especially when it’s on me.


I had a long day of teaching CrossFit, work and appointments so I wasn’t able to get to  yoga. After a couple of rest days I wanted to do something so I decided to go for a late evening run. I was actually craving the solitude and Sullie and I covered almost 4 miles. It felt effortless for the first time in months. My reward was pizza and a beer from Brixx for dinner after my run. Maybe a slice of cold pizza is what I need to lure me to sleep?

Just wanted to say hi and I hope Monday was kind to you all. I’ll be back with more tomorrow.

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  • 1
    hillary | nutrition nut on the run July 9, 2013, 1:20 am

    have a great week!! glad you had a nice run :)

  • 2
    Caitlin July 9, 2013, 5:45 am

    Runs makes everything better don’t they. That pizza looks amazing!

  • 3
    Andrea R. @ Morning Runner Girl July 9, 2013, 6:28 am

    That Pizza looks amazing!!!!

    Yay for relaxing, ‘zone-out’ runs :)

  • 4
    kat July 9, 2013, 6:48 am

    Box fan in the open window. Works every time. Brings in cool night air, sound lulls you to sleep. We take one with us everywhere we go!

    • 5
      Jen July 10, 2013, 8:44 am

      love that. i used a noise app that sounds like a fan to sleep so i’m sure i’d love the noise from the box fan. and the fresh air!

  • 6
    Joy July 9, 2013, 7:06 am

    That photo of you and Sullie is so cute!

    I live in an apartment building where there is no central AC, but rather just window air conditioners. They help, but not enough on the really hot and humid days (which is all we’ve been having for a couple of weeks now). I take a cold shower right before bed, and sometimes I pass out and sleep through the night and other nights I toss and turn all night.

    • 7
      Jen July 10, 2013, 8:46 am

      i did shower before i went to bed and slept with wet hair. i lived in an apartment that only had window units for a year when i moved to charlotte and i can relate to them not doing the greatest job at cooling the whole place down!

  • 8
    Katy July 9, 2013, 7:15 am

    I agree with the above — cold shower and keep your hair wet!

  • 9
    She Rocks Fitness July 9, 2013, 7:32 am

    I seriously hope that you get your AC fixed ASAP especially with that heat wave you guys are having. Like you I am freezing all the time, but at night I need cool to sleep well. HA! Weird how our bodies work…Love quiet runs. I’ve been enjoying them early in the morning with no music and Kala by my side. It’s very peaceful. YUMMY PIZZA! XO

  • 10
    amelia July 9, 2013, 8:23 am

    When our ac crashed at our old house 5+ years ago, my husband took it upon himself and ordered a unit and installed himself after hearing how much the ac guys wanted to charge us. Def shop around for the beat price!!! Kevin said if you lived in CHS, he would come over and fix it. :) sending cooler temps to you!!

    • 11
      Jen July 10, 2013, 8:48 am

      that is AMAZING. they are so expensive. it’s crazy! y’all come visit me! 😉

  • 12
    Ashley N. July 9, 2013, 9:13 am

    Central AC is so crucial for good sleep! :) Living in WI, I swear the humidity is ridiculous at times so I need the cooler air to get some normal sleep.

    • 13
      Jen July 10, 2013, 8:49 am

      it really is the stickiness of the humidity that’s worse than the heat!

  • 14
    Heather @ girlyeverafter July 9, 2013, 10:07 am

    We keep our ceiling fans on high at all times to keep the AC bill down. I get super hot at night too, it’s the worst on 80+degree nights.

    • 15
      Jen July 10, 2013, 8:50 am

      i definitely had the fan cranking!

  • 16
    Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona July 9, 2013, 10:44 am

    I’m lucky – I live somewhere where you really only need central air a couple days out of the entire summer. We have dry heat here – no humidity.

    Trying to get to sleep on those few really hot nights can be tough though. All I think about is how hot it is. Hopefully you get your AC fixed today!

    • 17
      Jen July 10, 2013, 8:51 am

      i’m SO jealous of your dry heat. i love the heat but the humidity is what makes it unbearable.

  • 18
    Lea July 9, 2013, 12:19 pm

    Hey there — i do live in a place where AC is not the norm. Actually, I now hate to sleep with the AC on! To keep cool during very hot nights, a few tips:
    – keep the windows and shades closed during the day, to avoid heating up the room
    – but at night, open the windows
    – hang a damp sheet in front of the opened window
    It’s basic advice, but i hope it helps! In the meantime, think about the money you’re saving with no AC ^^

    • 19
      Jen July 10, 2013, 8:51 am

      very interesting about the damp sheet. thank you for taking the time to comment!

  • 20
    dotsie July 9, 2013, 12:23 pm

    Ohhhh, Sullie is a sweetheart!!! <3

    Hope you're getting your A/C fixed right now! I live New Orleans and not having central air is not an option 😉

  • 21
    Laura July 9, 2013, 1:53 pm

    That picture is SO cute of you and Sullie! I can’t wait to get a dog one day :)

    • 22
      Jen July 10, 2013, 8:52 am

      they are THE BEST! such amazing companions.

  • 23
    Jill July 9, 2013, 3:02 pm

    I too live in a place where AC is unnecessary, but one of the techniques I learned at university was having a small fan blowing just on your face. For some reason, I often felt if i could keep my head cool, it kept me from tossing/turning as much through the night. I’d have a small fan on my face, and a box fan on the rest of my body.

  • 24
    Amy G. July 9, 2013, 3:17 pm

    I would die with out A/C in my house. Houston summers are brutal and the humidity is ridiculous. We have our upstairs A/C programmed to turn off on weekends since we’re gone so often. If we stay home and forget to turn it on, it’s up to 80 before noon!

    • 25
      Jen July 10, 2013, 8:53 am

      oh wow, i can’t imagine houston with no heat. my parents lived their for a couple of years and i couldn’t believe the heat during the summer!

  • 26
    Patti Smith July 9, 2013, 3:53 pm

    I would also die without AC…Mississippi summers are scorching and the humidity is high enough that it takes effort to breathe outside even first thing in the morning or evening. The first couple of times I traveled to places that did not have central AC I almost had a panic attack just imagining what the nights would be like. Of course, it was fine since I wasn’t at home, but I could not even imagine not needing the cool air. We have ceiling fans in almost every room in our house as well and a couple of extra fans just in case the power goes out or heaven forbid, the AC itself going out. Hope you were able to finally get some rest :)

    • 27
      Jen July 10, 2013, 8:54 am

      i agree! i think AC is pretty much non-negotiable in the deep south. the heat added with the humidity makes it pretty miserable!

  • 28
    Trish July 9, 2013, 7:17 pm

    I love my central AC, but it doesn’t cool the upstairs very well, so I supplement with a window unit, and have a fan blowing on me too. I keep my ac at 77, which is good for me. I live near St Louis – so far this summer has been great but summers are usually swampy.

    • 29
      Jen July 10, 2013, 8:55 am

      i’m good with my air at 76-78 during the day but at night i need to crank it down. and i know…hasn’t it been an unseasonably cool summer? kind of crazy!

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