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It’s raining, it’s pouring, I’m sure there’s a old man somewhere snoring…

I love the rain. As long as I don’t get soaked, it’s not freezing outside or – in the best of cases – I’m indoors, it’s pretty much my favourite form of weather ever. I also like the smell of rain, it’s strangely soothing. Everything about its cleansing properties appeals to me, both the literal and metaphorical. I just like how, although most a miserable during the rain, the world afterwards is so… pleasant.

Rainy days call for fun, rainy day activities. Earlier today I was thinking about what I used to do growing up on days like today, which made me think of Maureen Johnson’s first BEDA post about making up games to play when you’re a lonely only. I was an only child as well and I definitely had games and activities that kept me occupied when I was alone on rainy days like this one. Some of these activities included (and still include):

READING

Most of the time I spent my days reading and reading will always be associated with the rain for me because the first time I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was on a lazy, rainy, Sunday afternoon when I was ten. There’s just something about the rain that makes you want to curl up with a great book and a cup of tea (of course) and just escape into another world.

ARTS AND CRAFTS

On rainy days throughout my youth I was also very fond of arts and crafts. I had a cupboard full of supplies such as construction paper, pom poms, markers (scented and non), crayons, GLITTER GLUE, googly eyes, sequins, sparkles, jewels, FELT, yarn, and the list goes on. I can’t remember for the life of me what on earth I made with such random supplies but I do remember the multitude of rainy afternoons that passed fleetingly because I was having so much freaking fun sticking things to paper.

BOARD GAMES AND CARDS

When I think of card and board games and rain I will always think of family camping trips. The amount of times I remember being stuck in a dining tent with my parents with Scrabble, Pick Two (like scrabble but better, how can anything be better than scrabble, you ask? I have NO idea, but it is), Monopoly, Settlers of Catan, THE GAME OF LIFE, Yahtzee, boggle, Clue, and a deck of cards providing us with endless entertainment when we were waiting out the storm. If you’re wondering if we actually brought all of those games with us camping the answer is, yes. The storm survival kit was a necessity, coming in a close third place to shelter and food (we drop all sense of personal hygiene and fashion while living in the woods), because there is always a storm when we go camping, never fail.

BAKING

One word: yummy. It’s bad, baking all of the time, but it’s delicious nonetheless, and of course you need a good, homemade cookie to go with your tea and your book. Plus, the smell that fills the home might even smell more delicious than that of rain…and that says a lot, coming from me.

MOVIES/TELEVISION

This is quite an obvious choice for a nice rainy day in, but it’s still great. Everyone has a television series or movie that their friends want them to see and when’s a better time than a rainy day to spend all of your time curled up in front of the T.V, with a mug of tea and a cookie that you baked yourself, to catch up on your visual entertainment.

All of these options will brighten your rainy day and pass the time away so that tomorrow (or a few days later, seeing as it’s supposed to rain in this area non-stop for the next few days) you will want to do ANYTHING but sit in the house, all cooped up and comfy. So, the next time a rainy day comes your way, think of your lazy day indoors as a motivational tool, so you’ll get everything you wanted to get done today, done tomorrow.

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Oh, hey there. 

So today has been a pretty good day. I even wrote an exam today and it’s still great! Why? Well, because it was my ONE AND ONLY exam before holidays, therefore, I am technically, right now, on holidays.

My holidays have so far consisted of reading Beedle the Bard, eating lunch, watching youtube videos and taking vain pictures of myself with my webcam:

Beedle was fanstastic. It was a Harry Potter fix without much Potter, but it was still so fulfilling and SO interesting. i loved the part following the Fountain of Fair Fortune where Dumbledore mentions how Lucius Malfoy wanted to have that book taken out of the library at Hogwarts because he didn’t want wizard-muggle unions to be promoted in the school where his son went and his persistence on the matter. I found it so hilarious because all I could think about was Laura Mallory and her persistence when it came to getting Harry Potter out of the schools because they were “immoral” and against the bible and stuff. I really, really, think that Dumbledore’s comments on the subject was Jo alluding to her. I really want it to be true. 

All of the other stories in Beedle were incredible. I loved every single one of them and I swear to god I’m going to read them to my children instead of Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel because, well, they are just so magical and fantastic. I also love love loved how Jo cross-referenced Fantastic Beasts and other stories because it just made the stories and commentary seem so real. 

Anywho. I’m really, really excited to go home on Sunday and to start really preparing for christmas. I desperately need to start christmas shopping because i have no idea what I’m going to get anyone. I’m so unprepared this year. Plus, I also have to start planning my christmas party and everything. It’s going to be so hectic but so fun. 

I want Starbucks, plus, I want to make these delicious cranberry squares. Maybe I’ll see if the recipe’s online and make them. Hmm. 

peas.

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