Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: See “Salinger,” Groove To Valerie June & Eat All The Pasta

Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!

  • The third season of “Portlandia” is available now on Netflix streaming. It took me a few episodes to warm up to it, but the last few I watched, I caught a serious case of the giggles. I especially loved the “Battle of the Gentle Bands” skit. – Julie
  • “Mansome” is a new documentary by Morgan Spurlock (the guy who did “Super Size Me”) about men’s grooming rituals: beardgrowing, manscaping, waxing.  It has its gross moments — don’t watch the competitive beard grower part if you’re planning to eat anytime soon — but it’s fascinating for those of us interested in gender issues. – Jessica
  • We both want to see “Salinger,” the new J.D. Salinger doc. But Amelia is a little scared it’ll taint her love for her favorite book, Franny and Zooey. – Ami and Amelia
  • Now that panty-dropping Charlie Hunnam has been cast as Christan Grey in “Fifty Shades Of Grey,” I think it’s time that I dive into watching “Sons of Anarchy,” in which he stars. The first four seasons are streaming on Netflix. – Amelia


  • I have a family member who is a hoarder, so I was fascinated to read, Coming Clean: A Memoir, by Kimberly Rae Miller.  She is a blogger who was raised by loving, devoted parents who also happened to have serious hoarding problems. While it’s not the best-written memoir out there, I learned quite a bit more about this mental illness and came away with much more compassion. – Jessica
  • With my yoga teacher training starting this weekend, I will be digging into some required reading: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. – Ami
  • I am of course a Kiki T/Friskyscopes loyalist, but I’m also an astrology nerd, so I read my horoscope everywhere I can. I recently discovered a horoscope column I love on a site called Chronogram (which appears to be an arts and culture magazine in the Hudson Valley). Eric Francis Coppollino’s monthly horoscopes are beautifully written and insightful. Check ‘em out! – Amelia


  • I’m loving Valerie June, who was described in People magazine as a female Black Keys — which is an accurate description. Her throaty, intense vocals are amazing. Check out her album, Pushin’ Against A Stone, on Spotify. – Jessica


  • I’m not Jewish, but one of my dearest friends is and she’s invited me to participate in a Rosh Hashanah ritual with her called Tashlich, where you cast off “sins” or misdeeds or just unhappy mojo from the last year by tossing bits of bread into a moving body of water. The idea is to start the new year fresh after reflecting on what you’re letting go of. – Amelia


  • It has been faaaaaar too long since I made a heaping bowl of pasta and ate it all in one sitting. Unfortunately, I cannot decide which one of the many, many pasta recipes on Pinterest I want to make. Zucchini and squash with creamy goat cheese sauce? Perhaps just a simple bolognese? Wait, maybe I want creamy tomato and spinach pasta instead? I DON’T KNOW, but mark my words, tonight I will be stuffing one of these recipes in my piehole and so should you. — Amelia