You know how the saying goes: April showers bring May flowers. However, April showers can also bring long, gray days when you’re trapped inside the house, and after one of the rainiest winters on record, no one wants any more of those. Luckily, our staff writers have all figured out how to beat rainy day boredom—here’s their advice.
I sleep in bed for probably more than is considered healthy for a person. I don't know what is is about the rain that makes it so soothing, but I'm pretty sure it's hypnotic. Although the adventurous side of me would love to sprint across the slippery grass in the warm summer rain, another part of me just wants to cuddle up in a fuzzy blanket on the couch and simply look outside. -Tiffany Cespedes
I take a nice, warm shower and get myself all relaxed, wrap a towel around my hair, get into some comfy and oversized clothes and peacefully sip my coffee like I don't have a care in the world. -Ameerah Dada
Go on an adventure!
Make sure to put on a classic raincoat and galoshes combo, paired with a clear umbrella, maybe even a bucket hat. Then, head out when it’s still drizzling and meet up with a friend. You can walk around the city together, headed nowhere in particular, and maybe head inside for coffee and tea when the rain gets to be too much. Sit by the window, people watching and talking. Look at all the dogs that pass by and try and name them. Have an existential crisis or two. Go to a bookstore and pick up random novels and reading whatever page you open up, or head to an antique shop and make up stories as to how pieces ended up there. And once the day comes to an end, head your separate ways and sleep to the sounds of rain hitting your roof and laughter still echoing in your head. -Mariella Murillo
I would definitely NOT go outside because I HATE going inside of a dry area all weak and feeling soggy. It's just so disgusting and makes me feel uncomfortable. There isn't really any place I go in the rain except the mall. The mall is the only place I'd be happy to go to on a rainy day. -Gabrielle Bolden
Is there a word for raindrops pattering down a window? I'm not sure, but what better time to look for one than while watching the rain slide down the window of an MBTA car? A rainy day is the perfect time to take all of the MBTA lines while searching for words to describe these experiences. Is there a word for the surreal experiences caused by rain? For the inspiration that the pluvial weather causes? I suggest reading a large book of foreign poetry to compete with the kid on the red line who likes to read about astrophysics on a rainy day. Before they get off, ask them for their favorite astrophysics fact, then respond with your favorite poetic line about the rain. Make sure to slip in the word “petrichor,” the smell of rain on grass, to make sure they know you're a free spirit. When they leave, stare picturesquely out the window and ponder the fleetingness of human connections, as fragile as drops of rain on an MBTA window. -Masha Leyfer
Catch up on your Netflix queue.
I'm really into a show on Netflix called “Lucifer.” Watching that while the gray light hits the window while I can hear the rain and wind is like heaven for me. “Lucifer” is not too loud and not too quiet; it has just the right amount of suspense and action in it to be relaxing and exciting at the same time. -Ameerah Dada
My ideal rainy day situation is to cuddle with my boo and watch TV, and maybe take a stroll along the Charles River. -Amy Aguilar
Lean in to the dark atmosphere.
My ideal way to spend a rainy Boston afternoon is to wander the city in search of the perfect spot to sulk. Shady trees, in the glow of convenient street lights, even just in the middle of Copley. I will stand, eyes down, fists clenched, rain flowing through my freshly gelled hair, down my face, eventually becoming lost in the sea of my tears. I use the dark energies gathered by my rain-soaked brood sessions to conjure up the most powerful, most legendary, dare I say even most life-changing of... bad puns. Then I get Shake Shack and read. -Jacob Downey