So, I live in the questionably named Sunshine State. It would arguably be more accurate to address it as the “Occasionally Sunny, Terribly Humid with Flash Thunderstorms and Occasional Hail” State. Much like New Jersey, if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. The big advantage over Jersey being, of course, that it doesn’t freeze here in the winter. Sadly, instead we freeze in the Summer.
Floridians seem to have two settings : well done, and iced. The hotter it is outside, the colder it must be inside. Record highs this week? The one questionably working thermostat I could find in my office read 71F, and that room is considerably warmer than my office. I told a local that we keep our home thermostat to 80F and they looked as if we were mad. Of course, our low power bill scoffs at their flagrant power consumption, ha-ha!
Anyway, add in my naturally low body temperature (97.5-ish) plus hypothyroidism, and exposure to prolonged cold begins to slip me into hibernation, much like a lizard in a walk-in freezer (not to mention stiff and achy joints).
It’s not pretty.
So I have researched several tried-and-true ways to conserve/regain body heat during my week day. Peruse and pity me:
- Dress jacket, long pants, socks, and fingerless gloves. In Florida. In August. Every day. I shed the jacket and gloves when I go outside.
- Go outside. Frequently. For any reason. It takes me 10-15 minutes to thaw completely, at which point the overwhelming humidity kicks in and I flee back into the A/C, which feels lovely for about 10.3 seconds before my teeth start chattering.
- Hot drinks. My morning tea isn’t just for the caffeine, you know.
- Escape to the break room and run my hands under warm water. I space out washing my dishes throughout the day for this reason (sadly, there is no hot water in the lavatory).
- Huddle next to the receptionist and her delightful space heater. What, you thought it was only me?
- Bask my hands over my laptop heatsink. This occasionally gets odd looks during meetings.
- Keep my hands in my pockets whenever possible. Of course, options are limited when I’m typing on a computer. Also, the pockets of women’s slacks are sadly lacking in depth. I have been known to cross my arms just to tuck my hands in my armpits for warmth. It’s just not right.
- Walk around inside to promote circulation.
- Visit other offices that are slightly warmer.
- Warm my hands over a microwave lunch.
- Clearly, hot lunches.
Really, it’s enough to make one long for the days of CRT monitors and stuffy server rooms. *sigh*