it's supposed to rain again over the next two weeks and the past two weeks have made me well aware of how unprepared we californians are for "weather" when we finally get some. i had one pair of trail type boots from 8 years ago and a columbia jacket, but no real coverage in the event of a downpour. it doesn't usually rain enough to be worried about it and i'd rarely been out of doors so it didn't bother me.
things change when you have a furry friend who is entirely dependent on you. taking the dog out in the rain wasn't that bad, except for going through multiple pairs of jeans, socks, shoes, a day. did i mention i only have about two pairs of jeans/shoes? don't worry i'm good on socks. i needed to get some rain gear, even if only for one month of the year. i tried on some boots at wal-mart last weekend really quick but they were too big. today i went to try again and also to get a slicker or some other coverage. i found a rainsuit and boots in my size. with that and some sound advice from a more experienced friend, i'm officially rain ready. i know i'll look pretty stupid since according to toni tony toné it never rains in southern california, but at least i won't look like a drowned rat.
p.s. i also got a new towel for ms. p to dry her off when we get home. i've thought of getting a dog raincoat or rigging something up for her but i don't think she minds the rain as long as she's moving. we usually are a block away from home when it starts up, we've been lucky.