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.
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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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I am at peace because I know that you are in a much, much better place. I know that as soon as you took your last breath here on Earth, God swept your beautiful, innocent soul from the ground and flew you to Heaven. I know that you have gained your furry little wings that you so rightfully deserve, and I am proud that I was able to know and love such an amazing little angel as you.

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Reality Check: Snowy Winters Are Not As Magical As You Think They Are

Yes, it's white but no, you don't want to move to the north and shovel it alone.

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If you're from the North where you get hit by inches upon inches of snowfall every year your most had at one time enjoyed it due to the fact you could have a snowball fight, make angels or even attempt to make an igloo (If you ever successfully done that please teach me how) or most of all when school was canceled, delayed or dismissed early because the street where not in great condition.

If you are from a state that receives little to no snow every year you most likely have a different picture of what it like. Which may be like not being able to see the grass and having your version of Frosty the Snowman on your front yard where you dug up rocks and sticks and grabbed someone in your family scarves and hat because you didn't want the snowman to be cold. That when that is all done and your cheeks are rosy red and you just now starting to lose a little feeling in your fingers you finally head inside and enjoy a hot cocoa which may have some mini marshmallow or a candy cane while sitting near the fire under a fuzzy blanket to become warm once again before going out and doing it all again until your school decides to open up again.

I'm sorry to break it to you but most of the time it's not going to be anything like it. Most of us wish it would be but it sadly can`t.

What really happens when its snow is sometimes it is too cold to even go outside and do anything. Or it is not the right type of snow where you cannot build anything as it will not stay how you wanted it. The snow doesn't magically move, so you are probably going to be the one shoveling its meaning after a while your back will probably going to hurt from the repetitive motion and picking up something heavy and throwing it.

Yes, snow can be heavy especially after lifting up a lot at one time. After shoveling it once you may have to go out at least three more times during the day and repeat it depending on how hard the snow coming down. And after that, you will need to throw down either rock salt or cat litter to help melt the ice underneath or give you some traction when walking so you don't fall. Yes, those videos of people falling from ice are hilarious to watch but if you're the one who fell you probably won't be laughing. And those days off of school you will either make up during your spring break, other days off the school was going to give you or your last day will be pushed back until you reach 180 days.

So, before you go your so lucky to have snow and it must be so fun to play in or you probably get great photos because it looks so pretty. (I will agree to get great photos).

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