Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch “West Side Story,” Read Defending Jacob & Make Fancy-Pants Marshmallows

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 started reading Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy, the new book by Helen Fielding. It’s so good! It’s one of those books that don’t realize you’ve just read 100 pages in a sitting. It’s more serious than the other Bridget books because in this one, Mark Darcy has suddenly died and now she’s a single mother with two young kids, trying to cope with dating again on top of her her usual panoply of problems. Bridget forever! – Jessica
  • I’m in the middle of reading Defending Jacob, and I can’t. put. it. down. It tells the story of a District Attorney’s teenage son who is accused of killing a classmate, and his dad has to defend his innocence. My mom claims it was the best book she read all year, so it comes highly recommended! – Katie
  • I saw “The Wolf of Wall Street,” with Leonardo DiCaprio and loved it, but more than anything I was completely intrigued that it was based off of a true story. Shortly after seeing it, I was sent this article by a friend which reveals the facts and fictions from the film adaptation. – Katie


  • What Netflix taketh away, Netflix giveth back. They added 26 new movies to make up for the 100 they took away and my favorite musical, “West Side Story,” just so happens to be on the list. I will be snapping along with The Sharks and The Jets this weekend. – Ami
  • “Downton Abbey” is back for its fourth season on Sunday! I’m pretty sure all of The Frisky staff will be watching. – Ami
  • If you haven’t yet watched “Blackfish,” the amazing documentary about killer whales and the various dangerous and inhumane problems with keeping them in captivity, you must. Despite growing up in San Diego, I have never been to Sea World, and after seeing “Blackfish,” I can say with assurance that I never will. – Amelia


  • This isn’t a recipe, it’s a recommendation for my favorite soup! I eat Amy’s Vegetable Lentil soup probably four nights a week because it’s so good. The company makes all-organic soups, pizzas, burritos and frozen dinners. Many of them are vegan and lots are lactose- or gluten-free. Everything I’ve tried has been deee-lish. – Jessica
  • Banana pudding has become one of my favorite Southern treats (especially when it’s written on menus as “naner puddin’,” and this homemade version, topped with salted caramel, looks TO DIE FOR. – Winona
  • lovvvvvvvvvve marshmallows and can easily eat half a bag of the store bought ones in one sitting. But fancy-pants marshmallows? Those are for savoring. Making marshmallows actually isn’t that difficult, and this blog has some amazing suggestions for add-ons, including Sriracha and chili powder, lavender and honey, and bourbon and caramel. MARSHMALLOW PARTY. – Amelia


  • I really can’t recommend you watch “The Sapphires” on Netflix (please don’t, it is really bad, even with Chris O’Dowd in it!) but the ’60s soul soundtrack is pretty good. Check out “Today I Started Loving You Again” by Jessica Mauboy, Juanita Tippins, and Jade McCrae. – Jessica


  • I don’t know how I just discovered this fashion blog, Putting Me Together, because she’s been around for awhile, but I love her straightforward approach to creating polished, stylish outfits on a budget. – Winona
  • The @BlackLarryKing Twitter account is a great example of how to do parody. I highly suggest you follow for the LOLZ! – Amelia


  • ALERT!!! Steven Alan, purveyor of cool downtown threads for men and women, has done a capsule collection for West Elm. I have such a boner for cute bedding, I don’t think I’ll be able to resist purchasing this Golden Gate duvet cover. There’s also some lovely throw pillows, rugs and a few pieces of furniture. – Amelia