At this point, I’m almost convinced that no one has read a single word that I have posted on here and there truly isn’t a point in my even attempting to come up with new things to write. For the unawares, the majority of my regular blog reads haven’t been updated in months, some even more than a year. Personally, I have gone quite some time without having updated Thoughts of Jessica, and I’ve even moved my blog at least a dozen times. The fact still remains that it’s crucial to write your posts to capture the attention of your target audience…but what are you to do if you don’t have a target audience? I honestly haven’t the slightest idea, which is why I’m writing a post about my favorite activities to do indoors when it’s raining. The majority of these are things that can be done by yourself, but there are one or two that might be more fun with a partner.
- Binge watch a show on Netflix or a movie series like John Wick. 1 Bingeing a show or movie on a rainy day requires access to a screen of some sort, an account to your streaming service of choice, snacks- either healthy or unhealthy, and of course, somewhere to get cozy. I currently don’t have regular access to the Internet, or to any of the popular streaming services. So if I wanted to do this particular activity – a bit of planning is necessary. As soon as I finish prewriting this post and my phone gets enough of a charge to come back on, I am going to order all of the Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and the rest of the series, and resume watching Channel Zero, which I heard about from a friend on Twitter.
- Play your favorite video or computer game. What’s a girl to do on a cold, rainy or snowy day? My preferred activity involves making a hot drink – tea or coffee depending on my mood, and loading up The Sims 4. I then become immersed in whatever challenge or story that I’m playing. Or at least this used to be my preferred activity-not so much since the hot tea incident.
- Curl up with a good, or not so good, book. Right now? This is probably one of my favorite rainy/snowy day, cozy activities. If you follow me on GoodReads, you’ll know that I almost always have three to five books I’m currently reading. It’s one of the reasons that when my friend Jamie asked if I wanted one of her old domains, Bookishly.Co, I barely hesitated to say Yes! Of course, it’s now Bookishly.Club as I couldn’t afford to renew it with its previous extension, and I’ve been stressing over it’s introductory post since I renewed/purchased it back in July and installed WordPress. Basically, I just really need to get over myself and write a damn introduction for Bookishly.
- Do a bit of baking…or a lot of it. Scents are one of the best ways to trigger or save memories. I don’t do much baking as I have absolutely no self-control when it comes to food…if I buy a pack of Oreos, it’ll usually be opened and gone within the night. This is why I’m honestly still surprised that I have three packs of the Pokémon Oreos in one of my kitchen cabinets. I will admit that I did consider/am still considering putting them on eBay. However, they’re still easily available in stores or at least, I know my local Walmart still has them in stock. But back to baking…there are many benefits such as it makes your home smell absolutely delicious, and you can hopefully eat the results. For those of you who decide to make chocolate chip cookies, please do NOT eat the raw cookie batter. I know that it smells absolutely delicious before it’s cooked. Personally, this is the main reason I quit making cookies…no self-control. Luckily, there are options – I prefer to get The Cookie Dough Café Chocolate Chip Gourmet Edible Cookie Dough, which is available at practically every Walmart near me whenever I feel a craving coming. Right now? I’m purchasing the ingredients to make ‘Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes.’ I will be sharing both the recipe I’m using and pictures of the final product in a future post, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss when I post!
- DIY Projects, or those little projects you keep putting off for whatever reason. Currently, I have about five or six of these tasks myself, ranging from refinishing furniture to creating artwork to hang in my apartment. A part of my reason for not having finished these projects is lack of money to purchase needed supplies and lack of a proper space to complete them. These excuses don’t apply to the art projects…that’s more of a self-confidence issue. I’m not 100% certain I want to display artwork I’ve personally created where other people could potentially view and judge it. 2
- Write a letter. A part of me knows what you’re thinking – write a letter?! Why can’t I just send them a text or an instant message? Or even an email? I do agree that all of them are quicker options, and less personal. How many times have you sent a message online and then regretted something you said? If you said, never then you’re a way better person than myself and a lot of people that I know. The act of letter writing means that you have to sit down and think about how every single word, phrase, punctuation mark is coming across. Are you portraying the emotions you want? After the letter is written, you have several options…first is to actually mail the letter. Then there is the option to consider it an unsent letter. Personally, I deal with these in one of three ways – burning it, filing it, or as a future blog post. For the unaware, these will be found under the category ‘Unsent Letters’ but I’ve yet to add any posts under it yet…mainly due to the emotional toll writing letters takes on me. It’s even worse than writing certain blog posts which I’ve also been avoiding.
- Clean house. As someone who’s allergic to both dust mites and mold, having a clean house is very important. It’s the act of achieving a clean house that causes me the most problems as I can only clean for a maximum of fifteen minutes at a time before my eyes begin to swell and I need to take an antihistamine or a couple. There is something planned that will help immensely with this problem, but I’ll write more about it at a later date. I’ve also been getting allergy shots, and broke out in hives for the first time last week (12th October, to be exact)…so I’m not looking forward to getting my shots tomorrow.
All of these are activities that don’t require leaving the house, but there are several things you can do on rainy days if you leave your house! I’ll write it on a day I’m actually more in the mood to be social. For now, what are some of your favorite ways to spend a rainy day?