It’s raining.

I guess I’m okay with it.

I want to say it’s been raining for two straight days, but it did stop for several hours yesterday afternoon, a period which stretched well into the night.

Knowing morning was coming and I had to get up and drive an hour to school in the rain , I’d bury my head in the blankets, thinking, “No no no no nonono.”

I always used to say that I hate rainy days, and while that’s not true, I found them to be distasteful unless I had absolutely nothing to do that day and could stay curled up in comfy pajamas under a warm blanket in a lamp-lit room with a hot cup of coffee — exactly what I’m doing right now, and ignoring the fact that it’s Saturday and I’ll have to drive to the office — in the rain — this evening to cover Election Night.

I like rainy days, but I still don’t care for election season.

Since my boss sent out an email Thursday night warning us of possible street flooding and to be on top of reporting any of that, I have to wonder whether my paper ever did any reporting on the summer we had a solid 30 days of rainfall. I guess it wasn’t constant rainfall because I don’t recall any significant flooding — even though I lived in an apartment across the street from a pond that did pretty well flood the field around it — but it was at least 30 days of bundling up in a jacket, boots and umbrella three times a day to take my dog out. (She didn’t care for it, either.) A month straight of rainy days does seem newsworthy, though.

When I lived alone in college, the only time I ever checked the news or turned on the weather was when it was raining, and I distinctly remember being in bed, knowing morning was coming and I had to get up and drive an hour to school in the rain — me being an anxious driver already — and I’d bury my head in the blankets, thinking, No no no no nonono.

I found rainy days to be distasteful unless I had absolutely nothing to do and could stay curled up under a warm blanket in a lamp-lit room with a hot cup of coffee.

I don’t do that so much anymore but thunder and lightning do still trigger my anxiety, and we definitely had some of that two nights ago. Now, it seems to be a steady, quiet rainfall, and the hourly forecast predicts 100% chance of rain through most of today.

I think I’m okay with that. ☔️

I like to write things that make people uncomfortable.

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