Rainy Day Blues

The Northeast is in for some pretty terrible weather for the next few days. Try telling Mother Nature that it’s summer– it was only about 60 degrees today and poured for hours. Certainly not beach weather! Instead of letting the weather get me down, I look forward to rainy days for a few reasons:

1. Cute rain gear! Rainy days give me the opportunity to flaunt my bright blue rain jacket and favorite mini-umbrella. I love my North Face jacket; while it was pricy, it is well-made and has lasted me for awhile. I also have a pair of Hunter boots that I splurged on using my summer paychecks. They’re very sturdy and I’ve used them as snow boots too. Instead of bumming it on a rainy day, I like to pick out colorful (and appropriate) clothes to brighten up the day!



2. Reading a good book: There’s nothing better than spending a rainy day curled up on the couch with my favorite book and a hot cup of tea. Today, I finished Where’d You Go, Bernadette. The book is written from the perspective of Bee, Bernadette’s daughter who is trying to piece together her mother’s sudden disappearance. It isn’t a typical novel– it strings together emails, phone messages, and other tidbits that help Bee understand and track down her mother. The book is laugh-out-loud funny, and I totally recommend it. Bonus: it takes place in Seattle, the ultimate rainy-day city.


3. Naps: Pretty self-explanatory…who doesn’t love a little siesta? Rainy days are usually accompanied by cooler temperatures, which make it easier to fall asleep. The clouds make it darker, and the sound of rain splashing on the pavement and against the windows is great background noise. I love snuggling under the covers and taking a power-nap to energize me for the rest of the day– be careful not to sleep for too long, though, or you’ll just end up feeling drowsier. Image


4. Rainbows: They don’t always appear, but when they do, they sure are special. Looking for rainbows is my equivalent of looking for a four leaf clover; when you finally see one, the search was worth it. Even if there isn’t a rainbow, everything looks prettier the day after it rains. Colors are brighter, flowers are bigger, and the sunshine is brighter.


The rain isn’t so bad. There’s plenty of things to look forward to, even if it’s just the next nice day. What about you all? Do you guys love anything about rainy days?


A little bit of summer’s what the whole year’s all about.

Finals are over, everything is all moved out of my dorm, and I am finally settling in at home. It’s officially summertime! Since I just finished my first year of college, summer is especially exciting to me right now. I’m able to spend time with family, hangout with friends, and visit all of my favorite spots. It’s been a stressful school year; between homework, community service, and my friends, I barely had time to think! It was an adjustment getting used to school, and I’m glad to relax in the familiarity of my home. I’m so happy to be back in my cozy room at home (no roommate or cinder block walls!), shower without flip-flops, and eat something other than Sodexo dining hall food.

This summer, I plan on maximizing my three months off. I made a bucket list of things I hope to achieve before I head back off to school come September. I want to read 50 books, go hiking at a local mountain, eat dinner at ten new restaurants in my hometown, and go to the beach as much as possible. I’m looking forward to my family vacation to a beach house that we rent out every year. It gets a bit crazy with all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins, but there’s no one I’d rather go with. I also am trying to get another job (I already work as a secretary now) to keep myself busy and earn extra cash…I never knew how much money I could spend until I looked at my bank account after a year at school. I also need to learn how to cook! Next year, I live in a townhouse with 9 other girls. We have a full kitchen, and I’m determined to make most of my meals at home. I’m asking my mom and grandmas for any recipes or advice they have…hopefully I don’t burn the house down. Last but not least, I’m going to make all new decorations for my dorm room. My townhouse also has two common rooms, so my housemates and I will need to get together and figure out how we will decorate those spaces too. If anyone has any tips for decorations, feel free to share! 

I’m so excited to see what this summer has in store for me. Hopefully it doesn’t fly by too fast! What about you all– do you have any special summer plans?