We’ve been dodging a very big bullet on Roatan for nearly two months now… RAINY SEASON. The dreaded few months of the year where gray skies and rain only leave us a few days of sun, where the power is out more than it’s on and when you get ‘trapped’ in bars, restaurants or your friends house because you want to wait out the torrential downpour that just started outside. It’s the time of year when you go to take out one of your clutches from the back of the closet and discover all 4 of them are most definitely molded together and sporting tiny fur blankets. When you wake up in the morning and your sheets are damp even though you’re finally not sweating… and you wonder for a second if you’re back in Canada, camping in May. Some say it’s the season when your clothes don’t dry, but I call bullshit because clothes never dry here.
Rainy season has finally solidified itself and we’ve been treated to a most impressive tropical storm for the last 5 days. We’re looking at a couple days off and then another one starting. Now, I have a tendency to exaggerate (who, me?) so please don’t get any typhoon Yolanda images going on. No one here is in danger. But Mother Nature has sure been putting on a show! The rain is coming in my house, the wind is knocking lamps over inside and I am freezing. My dirty little secret is that I actually love rainy season… the heat here is wayyyy too much for me. I’m also all about the wind blowing all the goddamn bugs out of my house finally. But in the diving community, that only means one thing – no work, no money and nothing to do. Bad combo all around.
|me on the dive boat and an ominous sky… from last rainy season. i no longer fit into that rash guard or shorts. le sigh.|
A lot of my guests have been stuck in their fancy villas (oh, tragedy) waiting out the rain and the wind. They’ve all come by the dive shop to ask what exactly we do here when the weather is bad? Well…nothing really. There’s drinking, watching movies on your laptop or playing cards with your friends. Or writing blog posts about doing all of that.
I thought I’d share what I get up to so I could answer the burning question of what do you do here during rainy season?
1. I cook.
We all know by now I looooooove to eat. And living alone in the middle of nowhere that means I need to cook as well. One huge can of pumpkin that I didn’t know what to do with inspired the following cook-off last night:
- savory pumpkin pizza dough that I used to make two mini-pizzas and a ‘hot pocket’ type thing (filling/topping is ground beef, spinach, tomatoes and mozza cheese), plus two extra things of dough to freeze and use later
|so…i have no oven, just a stovetop. i use this thing i found in the cupboard. it sucks kinda.|
- pumpkin coconut curry with chicken, spinach, tomatoes and chickpeas
- pumpkin-blueberry-coconut-chocolate almond milk popsicles (uhh…for when it warms up outside?)
- and on a non-pumpkin-related-note, cabbage/rice/ground beef/tomato casserole that I ate too fast to take a picture of.
And I still have pumpkin from the can left to use!!
2. I watch movies.
Well, that shouldn’t be a shocker.
I finally have had some good luck with my stupid 3G internet stick and was managing some decent Netflix connections the last couple weeks. I made my way through the first 3 seasons of Parks and Recreation and looooved it (why did I not know about it before!?).
I think I like Ron so much because he kind of reminds me of my dad. Especially that sweet, sweet ‘stache.
|if you click on this photo to make it big, and then look to the left of the super dark bit in the very center of the photo… you can see a waterspout!|
|do two sheets, four sarongs and a big beach towel count as a blanket?|