6 Ways To Spend Rainy Days To Make Them Your Favorite Days

6 Ways To Spend Rainy Days To Make Them Your Favorite Days

That don't include sleeping all day or avoiding all of your responsibilities.

If you’re like me, rainy days are your favorite. It’s nature’s way of telling us, “Hey, I know you’re stressed and happen to spend too much money every time you step outside, so I’m going to make sure you can’t leave your room. So, take this opportunity to relax, you irresponsible cretin.” On these days I remember all of the (free) things I love to do when I have no choice but to sit inside.

1. Homework

Clearly, not my favorite rainy day activity, however, it’s not a bad first choice. Doing homework can be a relatively not-horrible way to spend your time.

As we all know, it is not by any means difficult to become suddenly loaded with work and deadlines in college. A little rainy weather is a perfect opportunity to catch up or work ahead to avoid those dreadful all-nighters. At any rate, this way I get the nasty, boring stuff out of the way and don’t have to feel guilty about the deep, dark hole of YouTube videos I’m about to fall into.

Which leads me to my next suggestion!

2. Binge-watching

Whether your chosen mode of viewing pleasure is Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, or one of those questionably illegal, virus-sodden online movie sites, binge-watching is a rainy day classic. This is the time to revisit some old favorites.

My personal faves are 80’s films, like The Outsiders, Valley Girl, or The NeverEnding Story. If you’re not alone, or just a real brave soldier, rainy days and scary movies are a classic combination. The 80’s also had plenty of memorable horrors, but there are some quality modern movies like Get Out, The Babadook, and the Insidious series.

3. Art

We may not all be artists, but a day cooped up inside with nothing to do may turn you into one. Rain has proven to be one of the most inspiring forces of nature there is. Drawing, painting, writing, etc., are also all very constructive hobbies. Take this time to experiment and try some new things! If you’re already an artist, maybe finish that piece that you haven’t touched for a month or try some new techniques. YouTube is a goldmine for tutorials and tips.

4. Read

I can not express how important it is to be reading at least one book at all times. It’s a constructive way to pass time so I don’t feel as bad if I spend 3 hours reading versus spending 3 hours switching between the same few apps on my phone.

They’re also great for distraction if you find you’ve been spending your idle time staring at a wall and the only thing going on in your head is the Mii Channel theme song. On another note, a rainy day is a great chance to start reading a new book, even if it might have been a while since reading your last. Even more satisfying, a rainy day is an ideal chance to finish a book.

5. Cooking or baking

One of my favorite things to do when all my microwavable burritos are gone is to look up new recipes. Often coupled with rain is that gloomy feeling, so it’s a great idea to treat yourself to some warm, comforting food. Try making yourself breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all from scratch. Because honestly, what can homemade pancakes and maple syrup not cure. And maybe some brownies.

6. Self-care!!!

Nothing is better than devoting an entire day to your well-being, as most of us rarely get the chance to indulge in days like this.

Exfoliate everything! Deep condition your poor, damaged hair that didn’t deserve all the mean things you do to it! Moisturize! Do a face mask! Clean your room! Check off everything on your to-do list! Do your laundry and dump in an excessive amount of your favorite fabric smelly-good stuff!

You will feel radiant and you deserve it.

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30 Bee Puns To Get You Through The Day

These puns are as sweet as honey.

There are few things in life that make me happier (and/or make me want to bury my face in my hands and groan loudly) than a well timed pun. This goes double if the pun involves some my favorite insects — bees. There's nothing quite as satisfying as uttering a bee pun when no one expects it, so here is a list of the top 30 bee puns around!

Use these puns to make your grandparents laugh, impress your date, spice up your Tinder profile, make friends with a beekeeper, break the ice at your new job or make everyone in the general vicinity wish they hadn't invited you to come hang out with them. You won't bee-lieve how many of these puns you'll be pollen for! You'll bee-come an instant hit at parties! You'll bee sure to thank me later.

1. "When a bee is in your hand, what's in your eye? Beauty. Because beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder."

2. "Bee puns really sting.

3. "Who's a bee's favorite singer? Bee-yoncé."

4. "What's a happy bumblebee's blood type? Bee positive!"

5. "Bee puns aren't that great. I don't get what all the buzz is about."

6. "Wasp are you talking about?"

7. "Naughty bee children really need to beehive."

8. "What kind of bees drop things? Fumble bees!"

9. "A bee's favorite haircut is a buzz cut!"

10. "What do you call a bee that's a sore loser? A cry bay-bee!"

11. "What's a bee's favorite flower? Bee-gonias!"

12. "Why do bees get married? Because they found their honey!"

13. "That bee is talking too quietly, it must be a mumble-bee!"

14. "Bee children take the school buzz to get to school."

15. "A bee's favorite sport is rug-bee."

16. "The bees went on strike because they wanted more honey and less working flowers."

17. "On the first day of class, bee students are given a sylla-buzz."

18. "What did one bee say to the other when they landed on the same flower? Buzz off."

19. "Who's a bee's favorite painter? Pablo Bee-casso!"

20. "A bee styles their hair with a honeycomb."

21. "When a bee writes a sonnet, they're waxing poetic."

22. "The worker bee decided to take a vacation to Stingapore last year."

23. "A bee that's been put under a spell has been bee-witched!"

24. "Say, these bee puns aren't too shab-bee."

25. "That pretentious wasp is just plain snob-bee!"

26. "Why did the bee want to use the phone? To say hi to their honey."

27. "A bee's favorite novel is the Great Gats-bee."

28. "What's a bee's favorite Spice Girls song? Wanna-bee!"

29. "What do bees like with their sushi? Wasa-bee!"

30. "Remember, bee puns are good for your health, they give you a dose of Vitamin Bee!"

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Colleges Should Be Preparing Their Students For Natural Disasters

No one is ever truly prepared enough for a natural disaster to interrupt their life, but for college students, this is especially true and colleges should help students be prepared.


Mother nature is a mysterious thing that we all wish we could control, but know that we cannot. She is so unpredictable that not even weather reports can do us much good sometimes. This unknowing can be daunting and anxiety-inducing especially when it has to do with a massive weather system like a snowstorm, hurricane or tornado all of which can do an immense amount of harm. Other times, such as with earthquakes, there is no forecast or warning, it just happens.

With hurricane season upon us, I have been thinking a lot about the unpredictable nature of weather and how we can try to be prepared but many times come up short or even overshoot.

This week on my college campus there has been a lot of anxiety around Hurricane Florence that is churning its way towards the east coast. I go to school in Washington, DC and in all the reports there have been mentions of the Carolinas and Virginia but not a whole lot about our nation's capital. I think most of us on campus have been wondering "Well, what about us?"

But no matter where you are located there is a lot of wondering about "What about us, what do we do?" Especially in the case of college students. In some ways, we are in limbo. There are those of us who depend on our schools to provide us with protection, prevention, and guidance but then at the same time, universities think of their students as adults who can figure things out on our own.

This means that we are communicating with our loved ones, trying to reassure them that we will be okay, while also seeking their wisdom about what we should be stocking up on to prepare for the worst.

The consensus on that? Bottled water, and non-perishable food items that are full of protein and some fresh fruits on hand.

Will we need all of this stuff? Who knows. Should we have it? Absolutely. So I know that once classes finish up for me, I'll be headed out to get some of those items.

However, now with the weather forecast, it looks like for my campus we're just going to be having a rainy, and perhaps windy weekend as Hurricane Florence is on a pathway to hit south of us and then head inland as opposed to going north. But not every college student is as fortunate.

In this hurricane alone, over 1 million people are being forced to evacuate which includes many college students. As someone who goes to school across the country from her family, if I were forced to evacuate I am not sure where I would go, probably with a friend if they had a place in mind where they could go.

Disaster preparedness is not on a lot of people's minds, but especially not with college students. Admittedly we have our heads stuck in the sand, only focusing on what is impacting us in the present, which most of the time involves classes, our immediate personal needs, our friends, and social agendas. One of my friends even admitted today that she didn't know about the hurricane until she heard everyone talking about it and decided to look it up.

This stuff is not fun to think about, but it is something that should come across our minds as a possibility, even before a storm is forecasted. Colleges should provide residence halls with plentiful flashlights and it isn't too hard to store water and nonperishable items in a central location in the residence halls as well.

I remember at my elementary school we had a shipping container in the parking lot that in it stored our supplies for emergencies. We had non-perishable foods, personal medications for each student who had medical needs, water, and other necessities. While the example of my elementary school is on a much smaller scale than the majority of universities it is still something that is doable.

This experience has taught me to be mindful and aware of the natural threats around me. After this threat passes, instead of eating all the snacks I'll buy to prepare, I'll set some aside along with a couple of bottles of water for the next occasion where I might need a small emergency kit, and the need may arise without much warning.

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