“It’s Getting Hot In Here…”

by Lori Dwyer on October 19, 2010 · 16 comments

… so hot, so take of all your clothes, I am getting so hot….”

Remember that song? Wasn’t it crap?

Hold on, wait. Before we go any further, NuffNang is sponsoring this post. But you can win cool stuff. Quite literally, cool stuff. Hehe. Boom tish.

Anyway. Moving on. Summer is just about upon us here in Australia, and I am just so happy I could just bust. I luuurve summer.

Now that I have an air con. And can escape from the blistering, ridiculous forty degree heat.

Have a geeze at this ad. The dude that is in this ad, it used to be me. Only my neighbours weren’t quite so trusting. I generally had to jimmy open their locks.


A little-know fact about Lori is, back in the days before I lived in the Purple House with the Man, as I do now, I lived the single life in the Shoebox Flat.

As the name suggests, the ShoeBox Flat was tiny. Three bedrooms, barely big enough for beds. Unsealed wooden floors. No insulation.

And, of course, no air conditioning.

We had a few pedestal fans. That we draped wet tea towels over. (Looking back, that was probably a very, very bad idea. As were most things I did when I was eighteen.)

Cooling off is easier these days, inside and out.

On a few very memorable summer afternoons in the Shoebox Flat, my two flatmates and I took turns jumping in the bath together. Not as kinky as it sounds. We were wearing our swimmers. And the water was just as cold as we could get it. With no bubbles.
In summer, my Flat was an oven. Had I applied baby oil to my skin, I may have just roasted. Excuse me whilst I go baste myself.

Thank the Google God, that is no longer a problem. Bless the Purple House, where we live now, and its huge air conditioning systems.

Jealous? Don’t be. Well, do. But not too much. Because the awesome air con people at Panasonic are giving you guys the chance to win a Panasonic Air Con & installation.

Panasonic’s 2010 range of Air Con’s have all the bits and pieces you need to noit feel bad about running your air conditioner this summer. They have this thing called an Eco Patrol sensor that actually detects whether or not there are people in the room, and adjusts the air accordingly. They are super easy to clean, and have an Active E-ion air purification sensor that sucks 99% of the nasties out of the air. So no sneezy runny noses.

To win this awesome prize, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post, telling me “What’s the most bizarre thing you have done to keep cool?” One comment from all the comments on participating blogs will win this way cool prize (*Ahem* You like that, what I did there? Cool. Just like a Panasonic Air Con.)

And, just to increase my iJealousy, Panasonic have released an iPhone app called the Air Conditioning Sizing Wizard. Using your magic iPhone, you plug in your room size and viola!- up comes a scroll-able doovie thing with all the info about the air con that’s right for you. As they say, there really is an app for everything. Except, of course, producing yourself an iPhone out of thin air.

Anyways. Comment, enter, bring on summer!

Oh, and for those who like the fine print, here are the Terms and Conditions.
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Aussiemumbecc October 26, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I live in Roma ..outback QLD…need i say more?


Alby Fat to Fit October 26, 2010 at 3:56 pm

We have an air conditioner installed in out house BUT it decided to die two years ago and we havent had the money to replace it. Unfortunatly it is un-fixable :(. I think i have tried alot of the same… kiddies pool in the lounge room, surrounded by 3 pedestal fans (black plastic on the floor). We have done the ice cubes in front of the fan, walking through our sprinklers and then trying to get back inside before it all evaporated but the BEST and bizarrest one was to help us sleep… i froze our sheets and our pillow cases!




LisaW October 23, 2010 at 8:56 pm

My sister and I would come home from school and make glass after glass of watermelon crushed with ice! Those cooling pink crushie drinks were a god send in our house! We must have gone through kilos and kilos of watermelons, and must have sent our parents grocery bill through the roof! lol.


Joni Llanora October 21, 2010 at 5:08 pm

I grew up in the Philippines & in those distressing summer days, my siblings & I get a huge BLOCK of ice from the ice corner shop,carry it back home, place it on a table & in front of a fan and voila! cool breeze.


River October 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I've done all of those tricks above in my efforts to keep cool here in Adelaide, plus taken a frozen "hot" water bottle to bed to help get to sleep. My unit is on the north-west end of the block, with no shade except for a tree I planted which is only this summer reaching the height of the guttering.I sweltered for six summers, actually looking forward to going to work because of the air-con there. Last summer however, my landlord arranged for installation of airconditioning. Sadly, it's one room only, (living-dining), not ducted through, plus the rent went up by $20 a week so he could recover his costs. But I loved the cool!! Unfortunately the damn thing sucks electricity faster than kids can suck icecreams, but I'm still grateful for it.


Aly October 19, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Because water warms up too quickly to keep refilling a small blow up pool!
Other tricks include turning the water bed off during Summer, going to the supermarket and hanging out in the freezer section (not recommended if the shelf stacker is approximately the same age as you as they may misinterpret your reasons for being there…that was one awkward conversation that lead me to changing supermarkets!), finding a quiet (and shady) place to take the car and relax with the car air conditioning running (this was okay when petrol was cheaper) and my favourite, volunteering to house sit a friends house who HAD air conditioning!


fickle red riding hood October 18, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I fill a hot water bottle with ice cold water and carry it with me around the house. I haven't yet tried it in public but it does the trick behind closed doors.



Jemima- So Mummy October 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm

When i was a kid we lived in melbourne it was the middle of summer and HOT! we didnt have a pool :( wich we missed from our old house. so we collected up all the tarps and chairs and fixed the tarps to the chairs to make walls, then got the hose and filled it up with water. it wored for like 2mins then the walls fell down so we just made a slip and slide. this is one of many things me and my sisters got up to!


x0xJ October 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Oh gosh, having spent a 40 degree summer in my thrid trimester in our "suck in the heat" house there is a bit! Our house is so awful that it is actually cooler to stand out in the full sun sometimes :|
I've had the fan blasting whilst i've sat in my knickers and bra with a wet towel that i stuck in the freezer and froze wrapped around me. I've sat in the little kiddie blow up pool which i've wandered back and forth from the freezer filling up ice cube trays and emptying the ice cubes into the pool. That and, you know escaping to my parents or other relatives to drive into their REAL pools or lay in front of their aircon.
Now think, if i'm suffering that much how much my poor poor kids must be? We NEED this!!


Melissa @Suger Coat It October 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Ice cream bucket of ice in front of the fan while it blows air. And works best with three fans going at once. Energy use = Fail. Cooling = Awesome.


CourtneyB October 18, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Mwooha ha ha ha these posts are just awesome, and i wonder why people think i'm weird when i say i dislike summer, I do, the sun is not my friend. I like to moon-bake, have you ever noticed how pale my skin is? well you don't get pale and pasty like this from being a summer lover. But I definitely need a new air-con system in this new house of ours.. there is an oldish clanger 10 year old energy sucker in the back room but it doesn't reach the front of the house.
So being dreadfully hot one summers eve I decided the cool tiles of the hallway would do the trick, no pillow, so after a few hours i had the T of the grout lines semi permanently etched into my cheek and a crick in my neck that would have rivaled Quasimoto's best efforts.
So tell those lovely people at Panasonic that i would be cool with a new aircon if not then i guess i'll just have to pay for one in a few years time he he he


Mich October 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm

we occassionally stick wet bed sheets in the freezer for hot nights.


Kel October 18, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Well – living in Darwin and having moved here in the peak of the Build Up (i.e. hot, humid and no freakin' rain to fix it!) from Adelaide – I thought the hubby had shipped me to hell.
We rented a brand new apartment with a brain-less and soul-less landlord based in Melbourne with no idea about the weather in the tropics. Or how crap it is to pay a zillion dollars rent for a new dog box and the new air-con be broken.
ANYWAY – our solution to this problem (other than continue to complain on a weekly basis with the rent payment)was to grab our clothes every morning and jam them in our freezer while we showered. We showered in cold water…well, as cold as we could get it.
Then, lightly dry off (no point in scrubbing, the heat took care of most of it) and run to the freezer – as quickly as you can pile on your clothes!! And when it comes to your undies – relish in your nether regions being frozen – it's the only thing to keep you going through the day…well, until you can get to work where there's working air con!
Exactly like when your Mum used to pop your clothes and towel in the dryer or in front of the heater when it was the middle of winter – this is the summer version ;)


Catherine F. October 18, 2010 at 11:37 am

When I was younger and at home, Mum and Dad had a box freezer. I wet my long hair and proceeded to stick my head in the freezer (bending over so my head was as close to the bottom as my short legs would allow). Then, my hair got stuck to the ice that had formed on the walls of the freezer – ouch, but cool!


Voluptacon October 18, 2010 at 2:07 pm

When I was pregnant with my first boy, my partner and I were living with his Dad, in a tiny little 3 bedroom weather board house with no air conditioning.
I was 8 and a half months pregnant, it was the middle of January, and I had beached my self on the couch. In the meantime, my gorgeous partner would repeatedly wet towels, put them in the freezer, and then once they were freezing cold (but not yet frozen) he would take them out and drape them over me. Repeating this process once my boilingly hot, baby baking body had warmed (and thawed) the towels.


Eva Gallant October 18, 2010 at 8:16 am

I'm sure I'm not eligible for your giveaway, being in the USA and all. Plus, we're turning on the heat, here. it's dropping below Zero Celsius tonight.


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