When we think of summer, we think bright and sunny skies, cold beers on the beach, and outdoor barbecues with friends. Unfortunately, those sunny days usually come with the occasional thunderstorm or afternoon shower. Not sure what to do when you can’t soak up the sun by the pool? We’ve got some ideas!
1. Test a new recipe: We all have pins (and pins and more pins) of recipes we’ve been meaning to try. During the summer, we would much prefer to dine outdoors or on the water than be cooped up inside cooking. But, when the rain has you inside anyway, you have the perfect opportunity to finally whip up that blackberry peach cornbread buckle that’s been popping up everywhere. Bonus points for using a summer fruit!
2. Have the girls over for a movie afternoon: The most obvious rainy day activity? Go to the movies. Instead, we think you should have the girls over, watch a classic rainy day movie or TV show (we recommend “The Notebook” or the “Rainy Day Women” episode of “The O.C.”), wear your favorite pajamas and snack on buttered popcorn chocolate chip cookies instead of your typical movie theater popcorn.
3. Try a workout class you’ve been eyeing: Rainy days can really dampen your mood. Instead of letting it get to you, grab a friend and your tennis shoes and hit up a spin class or yoga session for a quick boost of endorphins. You’ll be glad you got a little sweat in, and then you can better enjoy those cookies.
4. Check something off that “someday” checklist: Including but not limited to: finally hanging that painting, cleaning off your digital desktop and organizing your files, searching online for the perfect coffee table book, updating the photos around your home, balancing your checkbook, buying flowers for the breakfast table or cleaning out the pantry. Why not check it off the list when you’re already stuck inside?
5. Write an old friend a handwritten letter: There’s no better feeling than getting a letter in the mail that you weren’t expecting. Brighten someone else’s day by surprising him or her with a note recalling a funny memory or thanking them for their friendship. We can assure you it won’t go unappreciated!
6. Make a boozy cocktail and wait it out: Rain not your thing? Sunshine is coming. Make one of these to pass the time.
Written by Annie Reeves