Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch “The Returned,” Make Tofu Rancheros & Enjoy Yago Hortal’s Abstract Painting

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!


  • Thanksgiving is next week, which means many, many, many of you will be doing your best to avoid arguing with relatives who don’t share you political beliefs. This piece over at NYMag.com will remind you of just how many others feel your pain. – Amelia
  • Oh hi, have you read Rolling Stone’s profile/interview with Charles Manson yet? It. Is. So. Creepy. And fascinating. It will make your skin crawl. – Amelia


  • Here is how NYMag.com described the French series “The Returned,” the first four episodes of which are available to stream on iTunes: “The show is an eerie, dreamy spin on back-from-the-dead stories; one day, long-dead residents of a small town in France start reappearing. A teen girl who’s been dead for four years shows up like nothing has happened. A bad-boy misanthrope who died suspiciously ten years earlier — on his wedding day — returns and still loves his betrothed. All the while, the town’s reservoir is at levels it shouldn’t be, and a local serial killer appears to be back in action after years of dormancy. Up is down! What’s wet is dry! What died now lives!” Sounds like a moodier “Walking Dead,” but with more cigarettes and wine and cheese. I’m in! – Amelia
  • I watched “Lovelace,” a movie from earlier this year starring Amanda Seyfried and Peter Saarsgard.  She plays the porn actress Linda Lovelace who appeared in “Deep Throat” and he is her physically abusive, rapist husband Chuck Traynor, who forced her to do the film in the first place.  I knew generally about them from the documentary “Inside Deep Throat,” but this is really Linda’s own story (albeit slightly fictionalized).  Well worth watching. – Jessica
  • Nick and I are rewatching “Gilmore Girls” from the beginning and our lives have already measurably improved, even though we never go out anymore cuz all we want to do is stay home and debate about whether Lorelai and Max Medina are a good match or not. Highly recommended. – Winona


  • Yago Hortal’s abstract paintings are so rich, deep, and vivid that you can have a spiritual experience just looking at them on your computer screen. No pants or museum admission required! – Winona


  • I’m making lemon ricotta pancakes for hubster’s birthday breakfast tomorrow. I think I’ll try this Martha Stewart recipe. Oooh, I just remembered I bought homemade caramel at a farmer’s market. Caramel instead of maple syrup, anyone? – Jessica
  • This recipe for tofu rancheros will please vegetarians and meat eaters alike. – Winona
  • I’m testing a bunch of potential Thanksgiving cocktails this weekend (AKA making up an excuse to get day drunk two days in a row), and this skinny thyme and cranberry cocktail is definitely on the list of options. And in the “non-skinny” drink category: boozy pumpkin white chocolate. DROOOOLLLL. – Winona
  • I’ve been experimenting with putting different flavored bitters in my water. I’m into fennel right now. You can make your own– Ami