Monday, April 16, 2012

What I do on a rainy day.

I keep seeing "What do you like to do on a rainy day?" blog posts around the internet lately. It makes me laugh actually b/c I never really think about things like that. I live in Oregon so it's ALWAYS raining. Whether or not it's raining doesn't generally make it into my equation for what I'm going to do for the day or how I'm going to dress. Granted, I'm an indoor sort of girl, so maybe that's partially to blame for why my activities aren't generally determined by the weather. Still though... I dress based on the temperature, not the weather. Rain doesn't equal cold here. It could be cold, it could also be quite warm. It just depends on what month of the year it is. Rain is just not really a factor to me when planning my day, much the same way that air isn't.

To be fair, if I were planning a camping trip, I'd always bring a tarp to go under the tent (regardless of the forecast) because rain tends to sneak in and drench you from the ground up while you're sleeping. But again, I'd do that even if the weather predicted sunshine. That's just what you do in Oregon.

Why am I on this topic? Because it's raining today. Surprise, surprise. I was thinking about this today while I was driving to school because I've been seeing so many of those types of blog posts lately. Upon analyzing my routines... I didn't do anything different today than I would've if it hadn't been raining buckets when I left the house. I didn't bring an umbrella. I didn't put on rain boots. In fact, those things are a sure-fire way to look like a tourist around here. Don't ask me why; that's just the way it is in Oregon. An umbrella is only really excusable if you are planning on walking miles on your way to an interview or something, which no one does because everything is so spread out here unless you live in Portland. Other than that no one really cares (or notices, for that matter) if you show up with slightly damp hair.

If you're still reading... you're probably thinking, "Yes but... what DO you do on a rainy day?" Whatever I want to, is my typical answer. Lol. Today, for example, I happen to be working on my travel poster assignment. But I'd be doing that even if it were sunny because it's due in 3 days.

Travel Poster: Updates 1 & 2

What do YOU do on a sunny day? Or is that a silly question because it's always sunny where you live? Who knows... maybe we just get used to the weather where we live. Maybe if I'd grown up somewhere else rain would seem like an occasion to me, but since I grew up here, it doesn't. I love the rain, but it isn't an occasion. It's just part of the landscape.

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