A Rainy Day Affair

On a sunny clear day, you can improve your body; on a rainy foggy day, you can improve your mind! ~Mehmet Murat ildan

It has been a mild winter in the Pacific Northwest and even though we did not get much snow in the lowlands, it has been raining a lot since January. I start work early in the morning before the sun comes up and get home late in the day. I don’t remember the last time I actually saw the sun. It is very easy to get discouraged by the dreary days in winter. What can one do to turn that around? I am lucky to have friends who constantly pushing to keep me active, both mentally and physically. Here are some of the things I like to do to keep the winter blues away.

Indoor climbing – This is my new-found interest. We took an introductory class and learned to tie ropes, belay and climb. It is a whole body workout and with the gym constantly changing their climbing routes, we are never bored. My goal is to someday climb somewhere outdoor.

That’s me on top of the 40 ft. climb

Hiking and snowshoeing – With the right gear, you can hike any time of the year. I normally don’t like to hike in heavy rain but light rain or showers are tolerable, especially in forested hikes where the rain is blocked by the tree canopy.

Snowshoeing in the rain

Netflix/You-Tube binging – This is not a recommended activity for everyone but I find it to be a very useful tool for me to decompress. I am kind of addicted to the Chinese television series and their reality shows lately. I did improve my Chinese language and discover quite a few areas I would like to travel and visit in China. Armed with my newly acquired knowledge, we will be embarking on our first adventure to China in just a little over a month, but who’s counting!

Get together with friends and sharing stories – Once in a while I crave for adult conversation and story telling, making new friends and catching up with old friends.

Adult Happy Hour

What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?


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