It’s June in Florida, meaning the official beginning of hurricane season.  Having received lots of rain already, it seems like it’ll be a wet one this year.  Compiled below for your viewing pleasure, are a few activities which can be enjoyed indoors when the sky turns dark and the rain begins to fall.  We’ll start with the most important one; it contains alcohol.

Make Jelly Shots

There are Jello Shots and then there are Jelly Shots!  While both are good and achieve the same results, the Jelly Shots, specifically those from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen, add a little something extra.  You pretty much recreate your favorite cocktail in gelatinous form.  Sounds like trouble.

Learn how to make a “Blow Pop Martini” with Bubble gum vodka, lemonade, “pucker” liqueur; “Butterbeer Jelly Shots” with creme soda, vanilla vodka, butterscotch schnapps; the Cosmopolitan and more!

Play a game

Aside from Clue, a favorite game growing up, and Chinese Checkers which we used to play Haiti like it was going out of style, I don’t remember playing a lot of board games.  A few years ago, I dated this guy and his family was huge on board/card games.  Even we got into the habit of playing Uno on lazy days in.  What’s more lazy than a rainy day?  Nothing that I can think of.

Consider Operation (especially after a few Jello and/or Jelly Shots), Connect Four, Twister (again, especially after a few Jellies), etc.  Not in the mood for a board game but have 4+ friends over and some alcoholic beverages just begging you to take a swig?  “Cheers Govenor” can leave you laughing or knowing a little bit too much about them.

Read a book

People tend to say that the reason they haven’t recently picked up a book is because they lack the time.  Well, rainy days give you that time.  So, pick up a book and travel to a distant place (staycation at it’s finest), expand your mind and learn something new.  Not a big reader?  Maybe start off with an illustrated book or graphic novel.

Some to consider are: Waterlife by Rhambaros Jha, A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor, 50 Photos You Should Know by Brad Finger, Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook: Recipes from Hunan Province by Fuschia Dunlop, Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page by Matt Kish, Paletas: Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops, Shaved Ice & Aguas Frescas by Fany Gerson.

Pick up a new craft

Is there something you’ve always wished you knew how to do?  What’s stopping you?  If you have a thing for candles, why not make your own?  Have a yard, grow some veggies.  Love the spa?  Make your own soaps, bath bombs, body scrubs and lotions.  Love booze?  Start infusing your own rums, vodkas, etc.  Love beer, why not brew your own?

Pretty much anything you’ve ever wanted to know, you can learn.  There’s a quote that says “If you’re not willing to learn, no one help you.  If you’re determined to learn, no one can stop you”.

Watch a movie

When you’re looking for a little diversion but aren’t in the mood for a book, grab a movie.  I don’t know whether if it’s with sadness or glee that I’ll admit I haven’t been to the movies in a while nor do I really know what’s out in theaters.  Netflix makes up for that.  Most of the suggestions below are available for streaming.

Consider: Mugabe and the White African, Russell Peters: Red, White and Brown; Lost Kingdoms of Africa, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, TEDTalks: Building Wonder, Seven Samurai, Rango, The Secret of Nikola Tesla, Jet Li’s Fearless, Hotel Rwanda, A Town Called Panic, Labyrinth.

Work out

Least personal favorite, but a necessary evil: working out. *srunches nose*  I’m still trying to find a workout routine that will work for me and need to look for some African dance classes locally.  But since we’re talking about indoor activities, pop something into the DVD player or VCR, if that’s how you roll.

Have to say that Get Ripped 1000 with Jari Love is a good cardio/strength training workout.  You’ll do intervals of 3-4 minutes of cardio followed by weights for a duration of approximately one hour.  Basically your heart goes up , then you switch to your weights at which point it starts to come down and then right back to cardio.  Pow!  Right in the kisser.

It’s also worth saying that Billy Blanks kicks butt as well and so does Tony Horton’s Power 90 series.