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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20 Of The Coolest Animal Species In The World

Animals that almost seem imaginary.
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The world is full of amazing animals. So amazing, that narrowing them down to 20 felt nearly impossible. To determine who made the cut for this list, I used very important factors such as, cuteness and how much some of them looked like Pokémon . I know, very official. So here are some of the coolest animals in the world.

1. Pink Fairy Armadillo

The pink fairy armadillo is the smallest and cutest species of armadillo. It is on the list of threatened species and is found in the sandy plains, dunes, and grasslands of Argentina. The pink fairy armadillo is a nocturnal creature that survives mostly on insects and plants.


2. Okapi

The okapi is an animal native to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. Although the stripes make many people believe okapi are related to zebra, they are actually closer to giraffe. Okapi are solitary creatures and come together to breed. They are herbivores, mostly eating leaves, grass, and other plants.


3. Glaucus Atlanticus or "the Blue Dragon"

These little dragon-like creatures are often only about a few inches long and can be found in the Indian Pacific Oceans. The blue dragon floats upside down in order to blend the blue side of them with the water, and the silver side with the surface of the ocean. This tiny dragon feeds on creatures like the man o' war and can even deliver a sting similar to it.


4. The Maned Wolf

The maned wolf is often found in the grasslands of south, central-west, and southeastern parts of Brazil. It is neither related to wolves nor foxes despite its appearance and name, but is actually closer to dogs. The maned wolf hunts alone and primarily eats both meat and plants (about 50% of its diet).


5. Fossa

The fossa is a carnivorous animal located in Madagascar. Despite having many traits similar to cats, it is more closely related to the Mongoose. The fossa is only found in forest habitats and can hunt in either daytime or night. Over 50 percent of its diet happens to be lemurs.


6. Japanese Spider Crab

As the name suggestions, the Japanese spider crab inhabits the waters surrounding Japan. In many parts of Japan, this crab can be considered a delicacy but can be considerably difficult to catch. The Japanese spider crab can grow to 12 feet long from claw to claw. There is only one sea creature-- amongst similar species (aka crustaceans)-- that beats the weight of a Japanese spider crab: the American Lobster.


7. Pacu Fish

Look closely at the teeth, do they look familiar? This fish is found in the waters of South America. This fish, while related to the piranha, can actually grow much larger. They can also be found in rivers like the Amazon and is an aid to the fishing industry. Unlike the piranha, pacu mostly only eat seeds and nuts, though can still create nasty injuries to other animals if need be.


8. Slow Loris

The slow loris is a nocturnal creature found in Southeast Asia. While very adorable, the loris's teeth are actually quite venomous. The toxin on their teeth can also be applied to fur through grooming to protect its babies from predators. Often times these creatures forage and spend time alone, although can on occasion be seen with other slow lorises. Apart from their toxic teeth, the slow lorises have another defense mechanism, in which they move nearly completely silently in order to prevent discovery.


9. Angora Rabbit

These cute, fluffy rabbits are among the hairiest breeds of rabbit of both wild and domestic types. These rabbits originated in Turkey although managed to spread throughout Europe and was even brought to the United States in the 20th century. These rabbits are often bred for their soft wool which can be made into clothing, and often get rid of their own coats every 3-4 months.


10. Axolotl

The axolotl or "Mexican salamander" (who looks like a Pokémon , if you ask me) is often spotted in lakes in various places around Mexico. These little salamanders are amphibious although often spend their adult lives strictly in the water. However, the population of these cute creatures is dwindling due to non-native predators and the continued urbanization of Mexico. The axolotl eats small worms, insects, and fish in order to survive.


11. Liger

The liger, however made up it sounds, is a real (and cute) animal created by a lion and a tiger mating. Ligers only seem to exist in captivity or zoos because the lion and tiger don't share the same habitat in the wild. Unfortunately, these animals don't live very long or are sterile despite being bigger than both the lion and the tiger. While these animals are cool and unique, they are not strictly natural or sustainable.


12. Bearded Vulture

I don't know about you all, but this vulture reminds me of a phoenix which was initially why I looked into the creature. These vultures inhabit a range of places from southern Europe to the Indian subcontinent, to Tibet. This vulture, like other vultures, typically eats dead animals, although it has been documented that the bearded vulture will attack live prey more often than other vultures.


13. Goblin Shark


This unusual shark is also known as a "living fossil" because they are the last representative of sharks that lived about 125 million years ago. It is a deep sea shark that can grow between 10-13 feet if not longer. The goblin shark has been caught accidentally in every major ocean. The goblin shark is not a fast swimmer and relies on ambushing its prey.


14. Red Panda

This cute, small panda lives in the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. The red panda is rather small, only about the same size as most domestic cats. Its eating habits range from bamboo, to eggs, to insects, and several other small mammals. The red panda is primarily sedentary during the day and at night or in the morning does whatever hunting it needs to do.


15. Blobfish

This blobfish is, in a way, so ugly that it is cute (although reminds me of a certain Pokémon ) This fish lives in the deep waters of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. The blobfish has a density only sightly above that of water. The fish primarily hunts by just floating along and letting creatures wander into its mouth, rather than expending any energy.


16. Leaf Deer

The leaf deer is usually found in dense forests in the northwest region of Putao. The adult leaf deer only stands at about 20 inches high and the males and females are nearly identical except for an inch long horn on the males. It is called a leaf deer because hunters could wrap the deer in a single large leaf.


17. Tiger

While tigers are a more common animal than many others on this list, it is still one of the coolest animals in the world. Tigers are the largest of all cats and once ranged from Russia, to Turkey, to parts of Asia — almost all over the world. These animals are fierce, powerful creatures, although they are on the endangered species list.


18. Narwhals

Narwhals are a species of whale that live in the waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia. The narwhal's diet changes depending on the time of year: in the spring the narwhal will eat cod, while in the winter the narwhal will eat flatfish. Narwhals can live up to 50 years and most frequently die of suffocation from being trapped under the ice.


19. Cheetah

Cheetahs, while more commonly heard of then some of the other animals on this list, are still incredibly cool. They often inhabit many parts of Africa and Iran. These amazing cats can reach up to 60 miles per hour in three seconds and use their tails to make quick and sudden turns. These amazing cats also have semi-retractable claws which helps with speed. The cheetah, however, doesn't have much besides speed to defend itself.


And finally....


20. Superb Bird of Paradise

This GIF demonstrates the mating dance used by male superb birds of paradise. Typically females reject about 20 mates before selecting one they want to mate with. They are often found in New Guinea although it is unsure just how many of these birds there are. As far as scientists know, the population has remained stable.

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Why I Prefer Summer Storms Over Sunny Days

Unless you're the Wicked Witch of the West, you won't melt from a little rain.
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Summer is finally here. Nothing beats the season's long days, warmer air, and bright sun. Well...maybe not that last part. Although sunny days are often accredited with making the season as great as it is, I must admit that summer sun seems almost overrated.

In fact, it is not that the sunny days are overrated, but that rainy days are underrated.

Rain has always fascinated me. Growing up, I loved to sit in the trunk of our van and watch storms outside through the open garage. With a bowl of popcorn and a blanket, it was like watching a movie. A steady rain was great because it meant later getting to run around in puddles. Sometimes a magical rainbow would then stretch across the sky.

Even better, though, were real storms. Lightning illuminated the dark voluminous clouds. Thunder roared. Winds picked up and brought turmoil to the once still and silent air. Something about storms seemed so powerful and consequently made everything else seem so powerless. From trees to people themselves, everything other than the storm became helpless.

I now understand that the strength of a storm is something to be feared, yet my fascination has not slipped away. Yes, some storms bring havoc and are truly disastrous, but those that don't are some of my favorite parts of summer. They are such a beautiful reminder of how amazing nature can be.

Moreover, they remind us humans of how minuscule we are in the grand scheme of things. That might not seem like something good, but can be refreshing to have such a blatant reminder that there are things in the world that we will never be able to control.

The next time some rain ruins your picnic date or walk in the park, don't just complain and hide indoors. Take a moment to look around and soak in the sight (not literally--grab an umbrella if you want).

Unless you are made of sugar or are the Wicked Witch of the West, you won't melt from a few drops of rain. When it comes to a good summer rain, you don't always have to look for the bright side of things.

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