Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Five

Favorite Five Ways to Pass Rainy Days

It’s been raining here almost all month. And, while I actually love rainy days and thunderstorms, it’s getting old. So for all of you who are dealing with dreary weather, here are some of our favorite ways to pass the days and nights.

1. Play games.

Of course, this leads to long discussions and negotiations because we have lots of games and lots of opinions. For example, the guys favorite game is Killer Bunnies. But I hate a game whose point is to kill the other players’ bunnies and get the magic carrot. But the boys love the cards, which read “chocolate-covered anti-matter raisins.” “Quite irascible refractable cheese balls.” “Highly explosive missile package.” Etc. But before you think I’ve taken the moral high ground, my favorite game is Guillotine, where you collect the heads of executed nobles.

2. Read aloud.

We’re currently reading aloud P. G. Wodehouse. There’s nothing like reading Wodehouse to make you smile. For example:

“I'm not absolutely certain of the facts, but I rather fancy it's Shakespeare who says that it's always just when a fellow is feeling particularly braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with the bit of lead piping.” 
P.G. Wodehouse, Carry On, Jeeves

“She looked as if she had been poured into her clothes and had forgotten to say "when". ” 
P.G. Wodehouse

“Freddie experienced the sort of abysmal soul-sadness which afflicts one of Tolstoy's Russian peasants when, after putting in a heavy day's work strangling his father, beating his wife, and dropping the baby into the city's reservoir, he turns to the cupboards, only to find the vodka bottle empty.” 
P.G. Wodehouse

3. Stream Masterpiece Theater

We’ve watched Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and now we’re watching Island At War.

4. Hide under the table/bed/desk.

This is what our tough black Lab Jezebel does. She’s terrified of thunder and lightning. In fact, she won’t even come out of her hiding place to eat. So she’s lost a few pounds. Hmm. I wonder if we can market this as a diet plan—The Fabulous Lab Fear Diet. I’m sure there’s a book deal in there somewhere.

5. Hydraulic Cement Your Basement

When it rains this much, the water table rises above the level of the ground. So every crack in your basement begins to seep/trickle/fountain water. But good ole hydraulic cement will cure it. My thought is that it would be quicker and easier to give the whole basement a coat of hydraulic cement, but no one else seems to agree.

If you have any rainy day ideas, I’d love to hear about them.

And now for your Friday fun (which is number 6 on my fun-things-to-do-on-rainy-days list--watch YouTube videos).


  1. I just put my head down on the table and laughed hysterically over the Wodehouse quotes. Then I read them again and laughed again. I can only take so much Wooster and Jeeves before I really want Bertie to whack Jeeves over the head with a cricket bat, but in small doses, Wodehouse is PERFECT.

    Carl and I realized last night that if this sort of weather lasts until March, we will have had one full year of rain. It rained all last spring, all summer, all fall, and so far, all winter. Oy. If we had six feet of snow suddenly dump on us, I just might cry in joy.

  2. LOVE those quotes! As for a rainy day, SING! If you play an instrument, accompany yourself, (um, of course this doesn't work too well if you happen to play the trumpet) or sing along to your favorite songs on the radio, stereo, whatever.

  3. Lol that last Wodehouse quote was brilliant. Still laughing.

    On rainy days, I like listening to the rain and do nothing else.


  4. 1 :: Read a book.

    2 :: Play games. Any games. Games are always fun, right?

    3 :: Reorganize the attic with the drum of the rain on the rooftop.

    4 :: Listen to music while occasionally and wistfully staring out at the pouring rain.

    5 :: Dance in the rain. Why not?*

    *Oh yeah.. thunderstorms.

  5. Those are some pretty great activities, and I love that commercial! So cute!

    When it rains, I just watch TV and/or read. Then again, it doesn't rain much here and when it does, no one knows how to drive! :P

  6. Oh, my dog just flipped OUT at that video, brilliant!

    I just adore Wodehouse -- you've totally inspired me to re-read. I'm feeling particularly braced right now, so fingers crossed there's no lead piping in store!

  7. I just watched that video five times.

  8. Hmmm. . .
    1. synthesize TNT and jellied gasoline.
    2. Play Killer Bunnies
    3. Give the dog coffee
    4. Work on models
    5. Study quantum theory

  9. We have a game called "Munchkins" (sort of card version of D&D) and it has funny cards like:

    Curse, Duck of Doom- You should know better than to pick up a duck in a dungeon. Lose 2 Levels.

    Or for weapons there's the "Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment"

    Reading through the cards is more fun in my opinion than actually playing the game.