rain is falling to the ground

the title of this post is a line from a song we learned in music class.  we have been singing it a lot lately.  my friend jayme recently asked me to explain the rain in seattle and, as i haven’t emailed her back yet (hi jaymes!), i thought i’d just tell her about it here.  so. the rain in seattle.  in the winter, it rains nearly every day.  it is rarely a heavy rain and it rarely rains all day long.  often, the day starts out so dreary and gray and the clouds are so low that you think you’ll never see the sun again, but by the afternoon the sun peeps out and sometimes the majority of the clouds blow away.  (of course, these sunbreaks nearly always happen while josephine is “napping.”)  most days are partly to mostly gray and partly to mostly drizzly.  it’s easier to be out and about than in a deluge but if you’re the type of person who likes a good hit of sunshine every day, seattle’s not the place for you.  and that, my friends, is how this city stays reasonably-sized.  if people weren’t so afraid of the winter weather, i think the city would have to extend its boundaries to the edges of the state.  because summer here?  summer is 70s and blue skies and sunny every day.  and that dream of summer is what gets us through the winter.  and now it’s what gets us through the spring. that and the fact that the city is greener in the winter than in the summer.  green helps.

here are some things it’s nice to do on a drizzly/rainy day.

perfect your dipping skills using a cracker and hummus:

sit on your mom’s lap and play with play-dough:

become jealous of your small friend’s teething toy and dig your own out of the bottom of your toy box:

invite a friend over. feed her imaginary carrot soup and stare into space together:

and, my personal favorite, dream of your vacation that starts in five weeks:

that’s right — we’re heading to hawaii.  josephine is thrilled she’ll get to run around on nudie patoodie legs all day long (“wun awownd noodie-a-toodie yegs all day yong!”) and looks forward to playing the sand on the beach.  ned and i are looking forward to, well, we’re looking forward to just about anything a week in hawaii brings.

and i need your help, dear reader.  i need recommendations of books to read on the beach. or, more realistically, books to read in the soaking tub on the deck after the baby’s in bed for the night.  if you recommend a book i bring, you will win a fabulous prize.*  bonus points if the book’s available in paperback.  things i’ve enjoyed recently include the help, unbroken, and the widower’s tale.  i’m currently reading cutting for stone and i’m having to rip myself away in order to parent my child. that’s the kind of book i want on vacation.

*no you won’t.


6 Responses to “rain is falling to the ground”

  • susan fort Says:

    I’d recommend anything by Ann Patchett, Ann Hood,Cheryl Mendelsohn, Elinor Lipman,Roxana Robinson, early books of Stephen McCauley, Little Bee, The Nobodies Album…

  • kathleen Says:

    I recently read Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – I finished the 500+ page book in about three days. His newest (The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet) is also supposed to be extremely compelling. In a completely different vein, I just recently started reading the Commissario Brunetti books by Donna Leon – I normally don’t like mystery/crime books at all but I really enjoy them. Warning: they will make you want to move to Venice. 🙂

  • Erika Says:

    my favorite single book that i recommend is The Year of Wonders, tho I don’t remember the author. Compelling period piece.
    my favorite series starts with The BeeKeeper’s Apprentice. A new, smarter and more fun approach to Sherlock Holmes, penned by a woman: Laurie King.
    Also–yay! Hawaii! How awesome!!

  • Grandma Susan Says:

    unka larry has some suggestions for you: one of his new-all-time favorites is ‘the tiger’s wife’ by tea obreht. he was sad when it was over. only out in hard-cover right now. two of his other favorites are ‘out stealing horses’, which you may have read, and ‘driftless’ by david rhodes.

  • Farah Says:

    “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann, “Angle of Repose” by Wallace Stegner, “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout, “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” by Michael Chabon, (and I’ve read/heard great things about “The Tiger’s Wife”… wish I had more time to read).