Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read Rob Delaney’s Memoir, Listen To Ashley Monroe & DIY Holiday Decor

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!


  • Roseanne Cash wrote an essay about her life, her dad, and Tennessee that is a breathtakingly beautiful piece of writing. I kept rereading certain sentences just to soak up the imagery. – Winona
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is unlike any other book you’ve read about World War II — or any coming-of-age novel, at that. It may be 550 pages long, but I blew this through young adult novel. – Jessica
  • This Tom Scocca piece on Gawker — I believe it might be an ebook — called “On Smarm” has been getting a ton of buzz and I’m looking forward to hunkering down and reading it this weekend. – Amelia
  • After reading this piece about Rob Delaney’s book, Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage., I am moving the comedic memoir to the top of my list of books to download IMMEDIATELY. – Amelia


  • I want to see “Dallas Buyers Club,” which Amelia says is AMAZING, but before I do, I was told to watch the documentary, “How To Survive A Plague” on Netflix to put the movie in context. – Ami
  • “Dallas Buyers Club” is amazing and both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto give Oscar-worthy performances. Based on an incredible true story, it will break you heart and piss you off. It’s in theaters now, so run out to see it! – Amelia
  • Another movie I saw recently that I heard little about and found surprisingly good is “Prisoners,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman. Jackman plays a dad whose daughter and her friend go missing and Gyllenhaal plays the cop tasked with finding them. Jackman ends up taking the law into his own hands and, well, it’s a really suspenseful, interesting film. It has its missteps — the casting decisions are a bit bizarre and while I thought Jackman was really quite good, I couldn’t get over the fact that it was very obviously Australian maybe-dandy Hugh Jackman playing a Midwestern dad with a goatee. That being said, Jake Gyllenhaal is not only at his sexiest, but this might be his best acting performance. Understated. It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s one that might go unfairly unnoticed this year, so see it! – Amelia


  • Love this DIY feather barrette. I would wear it to transform into my cool, bohemian alter ego who has worked on an organic farm in Patagonia and knows how to reupholster vintage furniture. – Winona
  • Since I sold all my holiday decorations when I moved (SAD FACE), I’m on the lookout for easy, crafty ways to make my house feel Christmas-y. This wall art is super cute. I want to do a “Peace & Joy” one. – Winona
  • Is it wrong that I want to make an adult version of these fleece superhero poncho capes for myself? – Winona
  • Just call me Martha Stewart! Actually, don’t, because I don’t want to get sued. But I did make her mint chocolate brownies, which puts together two things I already love (brownies and York peppermint patties) in one delectable dessert. TO. DIE. FOR. – Jessica
  • Not all dips need to be cheesy and calorie-laden. This white bean and artichoke dip from Two Peas And Their Pod just plan tastes healthy. I would recommend swapping the measurements (two cans of artichokes, one can of white beans) for more flavor and less volume. – Jessica


  • Rolling Stone just named Ashley Monroe’s Like A Rose the best country album of 2013, and for good reason. It’s amazing. I’ve had “You Got Me” on repeat this week. – Winona


  • I’ve seen “The Nutcracker” before and I’ve seen lots of burlesque before. But a new show combines ballet and burlesque in a totally unique performance that I saw this week. “Nutcracker Rouge” tells the same story, only about one young women’s sexual awakening, and the choreography and costumes are just incredible. Headed to New York City this holidays? It’s playing through January. – Jessica
  • I am going to see a one-woman show called “BURQ OFF!”  about the journey of a British Pakistani Muslim’s struggle towards self acceptance. Full disclosure: She’s a friend of mine, but the show is going to kick ass. If you’re in NYC, go! – Ami