Rain, Rain, Go Away! {6 activities to make rainy days better}

TGIF, friends! Weather this week in Boston sucked. It rained for pretty much 3 days straight!  Like, really rainy- not just sprinkling or misting. It was those types of days where the last thing you want to do is leave the house, or even get out of your PJ’s, for that matter. You know what type of days I’m talking about, right? Dark sky, pattering of rain on the roof or against the windows, chill in the air… Unfortunately, because I’m a grown up (sometimes) and have a big-girl job that requires me to go into the office 4 out of the 5 days in a work week, I don’t have the luxuries of spending the day in my PJ’s, cuddled up watching tv and eating snacks when it’s a rainy day. Wouldn’t that be great if we got “rain days” at work instead of snow days? I may be onto something….

Anyway! Over the summer I posted this quickie upper body workout on one of those rainy days like this past week, which was perfect timing if you ask me! Who wants to get bundled up to go to the gym in the rain? Not me (although my class this past rainy Wednesday was full!).

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The weather this week got me thinking of things I would have liked to have been doing if I was able to hunker down in the comforts of my apartment all day. I’ve decided to share them with you, because what type of blogger would I be if I kept this type of stuff all to myself?!

Rainy Day Activities

1. Take advantage of being “forced” to stay inside and stay in bed and read for a bit. A book, magazine, article, etc. I don’t know about you, but I rarely have days where I can lounge in bed in the morning!

2. “Spring Clean”- even if it’s not spring time, tackle the messy closet or overflowing draws and do some big time cleaning and organizing. Make a few piles: keep, give away/donate, throw away. You’ll feel so much better after you get rid of some of the unnecessary clutter in your room. And, if you’re feeling extra motivated (as I do after I finish a project like that), tackle the other closets or under the sink areas in your home… there’s nothing like organization to make you feel like you accomplished something.


3. Bake or cook- These tend to be more predominant activities in my life during the cooler/winter months. When it’s weather that enables you to be outside (hello, beach!), there’s no way I’m skipping that to be stuck inside. But, there’s something so nice about starting the stove when the air is a little damp and you can’t do anything outside.

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4. Catch up on TV shows- I can’t seem to follow any shows these days as my schedule is all over the place. I look forward to times where I can veg out in front of the TV and catch up on everything I’ve missed. On Demand is a wonderful thing!


5. Workout- You didn’t think I’d forget to add this in, right?! Just because you’re stuck inside doesn’t mean you have to skip your workout. I love at-home workouts that don’t require any equipment. If you’re in need of some, check out these workouts, or On Demand has some good ones, too!


6. Call an old friend or family member- Unless I’m in the car, I don’t usually make the time for phone calls. In this day and age, texting or emailing is far too easy than taking deliberate time out of your day to actually pick up the phone and call someone. I like to put my headphones on and put my phone in my pocket while chatting so I can multi-task (I usually call my mom while cutting veggies or meal prepping).

So, there you go! I guess these don’t only apply to rainy days- now that the weather is getting cooler, I feel like I’ll be spending more time around my apartment, so these are things I can do during those days, too! I don’t always bake a lot in the summer because it’s hot, but when fall comes around, all I want to do is be in the kitchen trying out new recipes.

Questions for you: What’s your favorite part about rainy days? If you were stuck inside all day, what’s something you would do?

A New Take to Leftovers

Ugh. What a miserably cold, windy and rainy day! I am still not sure why I decided to wear tights and straighten my hair today (really, I had no real reason to do either of these things… except I didn’t wash my hair yesterday since I didn’t work out, so straightening it was the best option I had… shhh it’s not that gross!).  At least I had my cute Sperry Rubber Slip On’s on (does that make sense? I hate when 2 of the same words are next to each other in a sentence):


That’s really all I had going for me this morning, though. The T was delayed and the masses of people ON the T was horrific. I don’t plan on going outside for the rest of the day:)

Anyway, I need to tell you about my dinner last night! Tuesday’s are my “rest” days from the gym, so last night I went home, did 30 minutes of self-practice yoga in my room and then thought about what I could have for dinner.  I wasn’t really in the mood for stuffed peppers or taco salad, but I did want to use some of the leftover pepper stuffing.  Enter: a “Taco” Quesadilla! This week, I ended up buying these wraps. They are the perfect size (most are so big!) and really low in calories so it’s a great way to get a little carb fix in without feeling too guilty about it!

All I did was layer a little shredded cheese on half of it, some of the taco mixture from Sunday and then a little more cheese.


And, voila! A delicious and relatively healthy weeknight meal.  I didn’t even feel like I was eating leftovers- that’s the best part!


Now, if only I had something a little more exciting for lunch… This week I have been getting back to the basics with healthy salads, greek yogurt and fruit. My coworker and I call this “Moe’s Leaning Tower Lunch”.

001It’s quite the struggle carrying all those containers from the kitchen to the lunch room (it’s a much farther walk than you would think!).  Broken down, it’s a salad with veggies, quinoa and goat cheese, dressing, greek yogurt (really liked the Hannaford “Inspirations” brand!) and strawberries. Yum, yum, yum! (and, when I have a salad for lunch, I feel like I don’t have to worry about eating as many vegetables at dinner time… please tell me I am not the only one who uses that type of rationalization…)


I am excited to teach UXF Burn tonight- Hoping I have a huge turnout like last week.  I am feeling MUCH better and I am ready to kick people’s butts tonight:)

Hope you’re all staying warm and try!

Questions for you: Leftovers: love ’em or hate ’em? How is your week going?