Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: See “12 Years A Slave,” Make Eggplant Parm Lasagna & Polka Dot Some Pumpkins

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!


  • I’m going to see the play Fun Home, adapted from the graphic memoir of the same name by Alison Bechdel. If you can’t see the play, read the book. – Ami
  • Sorry, more Pearl Jam stuff. This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the band’s sophomore album, Vs. and Billboard has a track-by-track analysis that I will be pouring over, while I listen of course. — Amelia
  • Cord Jefferson at Gawker is one of my favorite writers on the web right now and his thoughtful, smart, measured piece about Kanye West is a must read. – Amelia
  • The Toronto Star has a heartbreaking feature about fast fashion’s impact on the women — and girls — of Bangladesh. The reporter went undercover and worked at a sweatshop — where her boss was only nine-years-old. – Amelia


  • It’s rare that I venture out to a movie theater — I’m pretty ADD and am generally more comfortable watching movies at home. However, I’m gonna suck it up and head to the cinema to see “12 Years A Slave,” starring Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sarah Paulson, which is being trumpeted as THE movie to beat for the best picture Oscar. Directed by Steve McQueen, who directed one of my favorite movies of the last few years, “Shame,” this film is based on the true story of a Black man abducted and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War U.S. It sounds absolutely astounding. – Amelia
  • But most of my weekend was devoted to seeing Pearl Jam play two nights in Brooklyn. Best two nights of my life, maybe? Since responsible adulthood is getting in the way of my dream to follow them on tour around the world, I’m just going to watch the “Pearl Jam Twenty” documentary for the billionth time. (And if you’re a PJ fan and have a chance to see them on the Lightning Bolt tour, DO DO DO.) – Amelia
  • I wrote about an inappropriate New York Times review for the HBO documentary “Valentine Road” last week and that compelled me to watch it Saturday night. It’s about the murder of Lawrence King, a 14-year-old gay kid, by one of this classmates and how the school and community pretty much rallied behind the shooter. Two things: VERY SAD and worth watching. You can watch it on HBO Go. – Jessica


  • I’m a sucker for female vocalists with quirky voices, so I’m loving Catey Shaw, especially her song “Family.” I added it to my Spotify list called Happy Songs, because that’s exactly what it is. – Jessica
  • My roommate told me one night recently that her girlfriend was at a show for the folksinger Julia Weldon. And since I like folk music, I decided to Google her and check her out. Turns out, I love her music!  It’s mellow coffee shop kinda stuff, perfect to play during an afternoon of baking. She’s got a new album out called Light Is A Ghost and you can listen to songs from it here– Jessica


  • You guys, these tahini chocolate chip cookies are a TOTAL GAME CHANGER. Nick and I made a batch earlier this week (shown here) and they were literally the best cookies I’ve ever had. Ever. The tahini adds a subtle sesame flavor and keeps them soft and chewy even if you leave them out overnight (which we did). Plus, they’re vegan! – Winona
  • This week was pretty intense and overwhelming for me. Hoping that curling up with a good book and a pumpkin spice hot toddy (or two or three) will wash all my troubles away. – Winona
  • I had never cooked my husband dinner the entire time we dated (and he wanted to marry me anyway, yay FEMINISM) so I finally cooked him a meal this week.  I made eggplant parmesan lasagna, which is otherwise like regular lasagna but meatless and much more flavorful in the cheese department. This Rachael Ray recipe is very similar to the one that I make. SO GOOD and pairs well with red wine. – Jessica