Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Staying Cool: The Frugal way

Staying cool when it is so HOT and HUMID out has my eyes seeing DOLLAR signs! Why? Because my Air Conditionar does not stop running! So yesterday I decided I would turn off the AC for a couple of hours and build a Slip 'n' Slide (so much fun!) When we were done we were so wet that it did not feel hot when we came back inside.
If you don't have a tarp you will need to buy one- but it is a good investement as the Slip 'n' slide is a great way to keep guests entertained and cool during a BBQ.


How to build a slip ‘n slide
1.) Picking your tarp
A good tip to remember when you’re cruising the aisles of your local Wal-Mart for lengths of plastic-y substance is to steer clear the automotive section. Trust me, when you’re trying to get all wet and frothy and slide down some 25-odd feet of hot leather truck bed covering, you’ll feel the difference. In more places than one.
Try the gardening or paint supplies aisles. That’s the stuff.
2.) Location, location, location Um, put it on a hill, genius. Facing down. Also try to not put it in the vicinity of any particularly shifty-looking tree stumps or metal horseshoe pits.
3.) Lubrication Liquid courage is often needed for trip down the ole slip ‘n slide, in the form of diluted keg beer (for you) and liquid laundry detergent (for the slide). Both are also a form of numbing the eventual pain that will arise from hurling yourself face first down a hilltop.

4.)What else to look forward to when you erect your very own slip’n slide at your backyard party, in no particular order
Clean Clothes
Internal Bruising
A greater appreciation for penguins, polar bears
Hostess of the year award
And memories. Misty, water-colored memories, of the way we were.

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