Hurricane Matthew: Fun things to do at home as storm approaches

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Don’t let Hurricane Matthew ruin the fun this week. If you and your friends don’t have plans yet, why not stay together and go throwback to elementary school with a sleepover? Not really kidding, but there’s more.

Here are my top picks to keep calm and have an awesome get-together slash hurricane party (if that’s how you and your fam get down).

Teen-agers get comfortable at a sleepover in Olney, Md. Teens say the parties are like group dates, because they often don't pair off as couples. While some parents accept the coed slumber parties, others are appalled at the idea. Illustrates COED-SLEEPOVERS (category l), by Emily Wax (c) 2000, The Washington Post. Moved Friday, Nov. 17, 2000. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by James A. Parcell.)
Teen-agers get comfortable at a sleepover. (James A. Parcell/The Washington Post)

 

1. Make all kinds of Pizza! #MamaMia

I’m talking meat lovers, veggie and even dessert. This is an activity that takes some time, is creative and interactive.

In traditional deep-dish fashion, you'll assemble the toppings "upside down," beginning with the mozzarella and ending with the sauce. Contributed by Christine Han
In traditional deep-dish fashion, you’ll assemble the toppings “upside down,” beginning with the mozzarella and ending with the sauce. Contributed by Christine Han

Ideas on what to buy:

  • Pillsbury Pizza Crust. Pop it, place it in oven, enjoy a fresh crust. (Or spice up your pizza life by using garlic naan instead!)
  • Sauces: Tomato sauce, Alfredo and Pesto.
  • Veggies: Tomatoes, Mushrooms and green peppers.
  • Meats: Pepperoni, sausage and ham.
  • Dessert Pizzas: Nutella, Reese’s creamy peanut butter and Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter (my favorite). Bananas, Strawberries and whip cream.

2. Do it Yourself!

Just this past weekend, my friend and I were able to transform a crappy thrift shop coffee table into a stylish piece of art (or so we think). Take a look around your home, see what chandeliers, tables, stools or lamps you don’t like.

If you need some inspiration, then see your way to Pinterest. Just key in what items you’ve got and watch your phone screen fill up with awesome DIY magic.

Veronica Gutierrez paints gold accents to a thrift shop table. (Julio Poletti/ The Palm Beach Post)

Instead of spending money on new ones, go get some cheap supplies:

  • Sandpaper (various grades)
  • Wood paint (pick your favorite)
  • Spray paint (choose between silver, gold or champagne to enhance your metals)
  • Get some cardboard boxes to protect your floors or carpet from paint.
  • Get a bag of random metals, coins and screws. (These could work as emblems and accents.)
  • Superglue and wood glue.

3. Get your body fit!

So none of your friends or family members showed up to your sleepover? No worries. There are tons of free workout videos to keep you busy.

Mike Trim, 34, a reporter/anchor for WPTU News Channel 5, and his wife Tiffany, 34, Stroke Program Manager at St. Mary's Medical Center, leap into the air to perform an exercise on Friday, January 18, 2013. The exercise is just one of many that they do each week as part of the insanity home workout program that they do 5-6 times each week to keep fit. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)
Insanity Home Workout Program. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)
  • Fitness Blender with instructors Kelly and Daniel has more than 500 free workout videos.
  • FreeYoga has more than 7k subscribers and hundreds of hours of free videos.
  • Jordan Yeho Fitness body weight workouts. Use your own extra pounds to get you in shape.
  • Meal Prep can be annoying but not when you’re stuck at home, doing nothing.
  • FitLifeTV’s healthy juicing ideas are great to keep you busy and lean.

4. What if the power goes out?

Not to worry, my friend. Make sure you get your hands on the best board and App games to share some laughs. Remember, your iPhone also has a flashlight.

The new Clue box top cover. Contributed by Hasbro
The new Clue box top cover. Contributed by Hasbro
  • UNOIronically, you can’t play this one alone. Start making some calls.
  • Guess who? Remember to mismatch the blue and red cards — it just looks better.
  • Cards against Humanity: Let your inner jerk come out.
  • Twister: Make sure everyone showers before this one.
  • Clue: This is an awesome mind-thrilling game that can make time go by fast.
  • Taboo: Have your partner guess your word!
  • HeadsUp: It’s not because Ellen DeGeneres created this game, it’s actually awesome.
  • Reverse charades: It’s the same classic game with an epic twist! You may want to record the craziness.

5. Embrace the storm.

Listen to our handpicked ‘Rain Playlist’ or sit down and catch up on some must-watch TV series. Click the links below:

Top 26 greatest “rain” songs of all time.

Tell us your mood, we’ll tell you what to binge-watch.

Halloween Horror Nights: killers, ghouls and one very scary little girl

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The face of ‘The Exorcist’s little possessed girl Regan (Linda Blair). who haunted my dreams for years as a kid. (Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort.)

ORLANDO — When the leaves turn brown and begin to fall, when the weather starts getting a tad nippier at night, when the NFL season is in full swing, that only means one thing….it’s time to get the living heck scared out of you at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort.

Yes, the 26th annual frightfest returns Friday, running on select nights through Oct. 31 with nine haunted houses, including those featuring Leatherface, the chainsaw-loving homicidal maniac from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre;” Michael Myers, the knife-wielding, slow-walking killer from, oh, 68 “Halloween”  films; the bloodthirsty zombies from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and, the one I’m looking forward to most, the pea soup-spewing, head-spinning demonic little girl from “The Exorcist” – still the scariest movie ever made.

If that’s not enough, look for more chills and thrills inside “American Horror Story,” FX’s wildly popular anthology, but ridiculously violent, series and “Krampus,” a horned creature who punishes children at Christmastime. Gives new meaning to the “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” lyrics, “You better watch out/You better not cry/You better not pout/I’m telling you why,” doesn’t it?

Also look for five scare zones and two live shows.

Anyone who really knows me, knows Halloween Horror Nights is one of my favorite events of the year. I moved to Florida from New York in 1996 with my family and I’ve been to every HHN since.

What I looked like before venturing inside Michael Myers' house at Halloween Horror Nights two years ago.
What I looked like before venturing inside Michael Myers’ house at Halloween Horror Nights two years ago.

Two years ago was one of my favorites as I stood toe-to-toe with Michael Myers, wondering if I was going to make it out of his Haddonfield, Ill., house alive. OK, so I wasn’t really wondering that since this is all make-believe stuff, but, hey, work with me here.

This year, I’m psyched about “The Exorcist,” a movie that haunted my dreams for months after seeing it as an 11-year-old kid when the film premiered in 1973. I wasn’t alone. Moviegoers were reported fainting in theaters. I wasn’t that bad. I just covered my eyes a lot. If I had another set of hands, I would’ve covered my ears while little girl Regan (Linda Blair) was speaking in tongues. I still haven’t forgiven my mom for taking me.

Anyway, I’m 54 now. Way past the childhood trauma of watching a little girl’s head spin 360 degrees while she’s saying the kind of naughty things no little girl has any business saying.

At least, I hope I’m past that trauma. I’ve seen the film several times since 1973 and usually rent it around Halloween as part of my own personal “Horrorfest” movie marathon I host at home. But watching a film and seeing a possessed little girl whose voice is deeper than mine in person are two different things.

Look for an upcoming blog on my reaction to little girl Regan’s evil antics in the coming weeks.

For more ghoulish information on HHN, click here….if you dare! (Cue sinister laugh)

 

 

3 celebrities who were Florida beauty pageant contestants

Before they were famous, they were Floridians. And Florida beauty pageants were their first flush with fame.

Here they are….

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Recognize this smiling Miss Florida? It’s Delta Burke, who became famous as Suzanne Sugarbaker on TV’s Designing Women. The Orlando native was Miss Florida 1974 when she was a senior in high school. In this picture, from November 1974,  she was at The Breakers, in Palm Beach, to help present safety awards at a contractors convention.

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Recognize this smiling Miss Miami? It’s Victoria Principal, the actress who became famous as Pamela Ewing on TV’s Dallas. She graduated from high school in Miami in 1968, was Miss Miami in 1969 and soon after left Florida to seek fame as an actress.

4/20/93 - PSL high school Moses Hill gets an autograph from Miss America 93 Leanza Cornett who was at the school speaking about AIDS awarness and prevention. Hill is one of the 'Leadership'. a group of 50 PSL students that co-ordinated the visit. (Barry C. Allen/The Palm Beach Post)

Recognize this smiling Miss America? It’s Leanza Cornett, Miss America 1993, appearing that year at a Port St. Lucie high school to promote AIDS awareness and prevention. She was raised in Jacksonville, became Miss Florida in 1992 and won the national Miss America pageant the following year. She has been a TV show host, and a stage and screen actress.

More celebrity fun from The Palm Beach Post:

Celebs who hang out at Havana restaurant in West Palm Beach.

10 celebrities you didn’t know were born in Florida.

Poll: Vote now for the best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

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