I am so grateful for air conditioning. The first few years that we lived in Los Angeles, we didn't have any, and I found it so hard to get anything done in the afternoon heat! Mind you, we also had sun beating down on us on all sides of the apartment, all times of the day. Now I blast the a/c in the middle of the day and am actually able to stay working at my desk, rather than nap! Even with all that cool air, I still need a cool lunch. Lately I am loving all things quinoa, like this dish, made with nectarines, mint, lemon, white beans, and tomatoes. Fresh and delicious!