Top Ten Foods for a Rainy Day

Just imagine it’s a cold, rainy day and you’re hungry. You’re not sure what you’ll eat. You could go out somewhere to get a snack or a meal, you could order a pizza, or you could have one of these delicious ten foods. These are ten great dishes that I’ve really enjoyed having on a day where the sky is kind of gloomy, it’s raining, and the weather is a bit chilly. Here are my top ten foods for a rainy day.

10. Chocolate Chip Cookies and Milk

Chocolate chip cookies are pretty good for any occasion. They taste best on a cold, rainy night and they keep you happy and cozy.

9. Lasagna

Lasagna is good for a cold, rainy day for two reasons. It tastes good and it’s warm.

8. Fettuccine Alfredo

With a delightful, creamy white sauce and long, buttery fettuccine, this tasty dish makes the list at #8. I’ve been enjoying fettuccine alfredo for a very long time. Its flavor, warmth, and deliciousness make it just right for a rainy night.

7. Warm Bread with Milk or Hot Tea

After a long, cold, and wet day, homemade bread whether it’s zucchini, banana, or apple, tastes amazing. Add some cold milk or comforting hot tea and you’re set!

6. Green Bean Casserole

With a combination of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and French onions, this is a great dish for a rainy day.

5. Clam Chowder

At #5, this seafood soup is sure to brighten up the gloomy weather. Clam chowder is excellent for a rainy day because of its texture, taste, and savoring smell.

4. Homemade Chili

At some point in your life, if not already, you’ve enjoyed chili on a freezing, winter day, or a wet, rainy day. Homemade chili is perfect for a rainy day. My dad makes amazing homemade chili on cold, rainy days and it includes some things like: pinto beans, fresh tomatoes, green Chile peppers, shredded cheese, and meat.

3. Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce and Garlic Bread

Spaghetti with tomato sauce seems like a pretty classic meal choice. On a day where the weather is gloomy, it is perfect and especially if you add garlic bread. My mom makes a really good tomato sauce for the spaghetti which includes meat, basil, garlic, tomato sauce, and tomatoes from our garden. Yum!

2. Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

On a cold, rainy day, tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches tastes great! Creamy, hot tomato soup and warm gooey, cheesy grilled cheese sandwiches hit the spot.

1. Zuppa Toscana

Coming in a #1, this soup is so delicious. Zuppa Toscana is a soup from Olive Garden and the recipe can be found online. It has a wonderful mix of spices, herbs, meat, and potato. It brings a warm, good aroma to your home and it’s perfect for a rainy day!

There are so many other delicious meals and snacks that you could enjoy on a cold, rainy day. See what else is out there!

Top Ten Foods for a Rainy Day

Setters Have to Have Many Abilities and Qualities

Setters are the coaches on the floor. They lead the team and they touch every second ball on their side. Someone with a position that important has to be a person and player with many abilities and qualities. Here are a few of the abilities and qualities setters should have.

  • Servant Leadership: Setters have to lead the team by serving them. They are not selfish, but selfless. Everything they do is for the team and not just themselves.
  • Work Ethic: Setters have to be the hardest workers on their team. Getting every second ball requires a lot of work so they have to be willing to work hard.
  • Deception: As a setter, the job is to set up your hitters with a chance to score and win. By being deceptive, a setter can hold the block and create holes in the defense. This creates a better chance for the hitters to score.
  • Creativity: Setters have to be creative with their sets and all that they do so that the defense is always on their toes, guessing where the next set will go. Setters have to have different moves to get to different balls. Like a setter might do a spin move to get to a close, low ball and might use an outside foot stop move to get to a really low ball that might put them off-balance.
  • A Positive Attitude: As the team leader, a setter has to be encouraging and positive with fellow teammates. They have to have an optimistic attitude. This creates a lighter, happier mood on the court and it can keep the team strong and prevent players from getting down.
  • Communication/Vocal Leadership: Setters have to communicate with their teammates. They have to be able to tell their teammates what play they plan to run and what your opponents are doing with the block and such. This could be in a form of hand signals or actual words.
  • Confidence: Confidence is something a setter MUST have. At the higher levels of volleyball, have you ever seen a setter afraid to make a set or a setter who just isn’t proud of their skills? Of course not! Setters have to believe in their skills and know they are great players.

There are many things that make setters the great players. Setters have to be servant leaders, hard-working players, deceptive, creative, positive and encouraging, communicative, and confident. These abilities and qualities are some of the things that make setters stand out. Without these few things, what would a setter be?

Setters Have to Have Many Abilities and Qualities

In the Boot…

About a week ago, I finally went to a sports/foot specializing doctor for my foot. It had been hurting since last fall after I hurt it in dance class. Anyway, the doctor checked out my foot and took some x-rays. After all of the examining, he looked at the x-rays and found a thin fracture on one of my sesamoid bones. (The sesamoid bone is imbedded in the tendons under your big toe.) So the first step in healing the bone was to put my foot in the boot. Dun…dun…dun… Being the athletic, active person I am, it’s been painful and hard to have to sit on the sidelines. But, it has also been a wonderful learning experience. Here are a few things I’ve learned so far from being in a boot.

  • You see a whole new side of the activities/sports you participate in. I’m a dancer and I also play volleyball and tennis so I’ve watched a lot of sports over this past week so far. You learn to see the strategy from off the court and you can see how other players play and how they hit certain shots.
  • Appreciate being healthy. Be as active as possible when you aren’t sick or injured and take advantage of all of your energy and abilities. When you’re healthy there is so much you can do to improve your health and your game!
  • Follow the doctor’s orders. This one is something I already knew when I first had to start wearing my boot but this really emphasized this point. Following what the doctor says will make it more possible for the fracture to heal correctly and fully.
  • Be patient. I’m in this boot for a whole month (which feels like a decade) and I could possibly be out of sports for two-four months but I’ve learned that it’s going to take time and I’ll just have to wait. It’s better to be out for four months than forever.

This experience in the boot has been very different and challenging. It has also really taught me to appreciate being healthy and understand patience. Now I’ll have to wait for my full recovery and I’ll be back out on the courts soon! 🙂

In the Boot...

In the Boot...
My boot 🙂

 

Top Ten Songs

Today, music has become a very big part of society. We here in it the car, it plays in movies and ads, and we sing music in the shower. There are so many wonderful songs on the radio and in everyone’s minds. This list is based off of my own opinion. Here are the top ten songs:

10. “Roar” –Katy Perry

Katy Perry makes the list! This song was an instant hit. The words are very inspiring and motivating.

Top Ten Songs

9. “Wake Me Up” –Avicii

Avicii created a wonderful, innovative song in the alternative music category. “Wake Me Up” is a good song to dance to and will get people up on their feet.

Top Ten Songs

8. “Sky Full of Stars” –Coldplay

“Sky Full of Stars” is a very calm, smooth song. The music is great and Chris Martin’s voice adds to the depth and coolness of the song.

Top Ten Songs

7.” Empire” –Shakira

This new song is very fiery and upbeat. It really shows off Shakira’s amazing abilities as a singer.

Top Ten Songs

6. “Radioactive” –Imagine Dragons

With haunting instrumentals and good vocals, “Radioactive” makes the list at #6. The lyrics are different and this song is very unique.

Top Ten Songs

5. “Popular Song” –MIKA featuring Ariana Grande

MIKA and Ariana Grande make the middle of the list. This song is can relate to today’s pre-teens and teens pretty well. It is very bubbly and has a catchy tune to it.

Top Ten Songs

4. “Viva la Vida” –Coldplay

This older song by Coldplay also makes my top ten songs. With more of a religious and melancholy tone, I find this song to definitely be a favorite.

Top Ten Songs

3. “Unconditionally” –Katy Perry

Katy Perry makes the list again! Without a doubt, this is a beautiful love song. It has great rhythm and a fantastic beat. Katy Perry’s vocals make the song even more memorable every time it is heard.

Top Ten Songs

2. “Gambler” –FUN

“Gambler” is an older song by FUN. With a slower beat and smooth, quieter lyrics, I really enjoy this song and find it very relaxing to listen to.

Top Ten Songs

1. “Let it Go”–Idina Menzel

From the worldwide hit movie “Frozen”, this song makes the top of my top ten list. “Let it Go” is a very inspirational song and the instrumentals are astounding. This is one of those songs that sometimes can give a person chills.

Top Ten Songs

There are so many great songs out there today. Some other great songs that didn’t make the list are, “Brave” by Sara Bareilles, “Dancing Shoes” by Dev, “What Does the Fox Say?” by Ylvis, “Maps” by Maroon 5, “Believer” by American Authors, and “Pompeii” by Bastille.