Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Good Mother Myth, Listen To Mr Little Jeans & Eat Some Pulled Pork

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!


  • If you need a break from traumatizing Lifetime movies (cough, cough “Flowers in the Attic,” and “Lizzie Borden Took An Ax”) the network is premiering “The Gabby Douglas Story,” this weekend. Let’s all get in the Olympic spirit, shall we? Check out the air times here. – Katie
  • I’m stranded in Nashville for a few extra days due to a cancelled flight, so Winona and I are going to see the Lance Armstrong documentary, “The Armstrong Lie.” — Ami


  • The Frisky’s Mommie Dearest columnist Avital Norman Nathman just published her first book and it’s great! It was so good that I’ve already read it, in fact. The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood To Fit Reality had so much to teach me about the myth of the “good mother” and how it is used to oppress women. Essays cover topics like Black motherhood, mental illness, sex work and parenthood, drug use, and tons of other interesting subjects. If you can’t purchase the book yet, you can check out some the essays which were excerpted on TIME magazine’s web site. Here’s the one about Black motherhood by Tope Fadrian Charlton. – Jessica
  • One of the perks of this job is all the books we get sent in advance of their release. Right now, I’m reading Jen Doll’s Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest, a memoir/book of essays about the author’s many experiences as a wedding guest. The book offers witty and smart insights into modern wedding culture, while still having a good time with all the tomfoolery. Pre-order it now! – Amelia
  • I’m reading a book recommended by my acupuncturist called Mind Over Medicine– Ami


  • I’m still going through SAMCRO withdrawal, so I’m taking solace in listening to the “Sons of Anarchy” soundtrack. In addition to the full version of the show’s theme song (which is even more lyrically ridiculous), there are a number of tunes sung by star Katey Segal, including a beautiful version of “Strange Fruit.” There are also a bunch of weird hard rock songs — duh, it’s a show about bikers — but for some reason I can get down with them because anything that reminds me of Jax Teller is fine by me. – Amelia
  • A friend of mine also just introduced me to an awesome indie pop singer named Mr Little Jeans (aka Monica Birkenes), who hails from Norway but lives in London. If you’re into Lykke Li or Annie or even Lorde, then you need to hear Mr Little Jeans’ song “Oh Sailor.” The song features the Silver Lake Conservatory of Music’s Children’s Choir, the same kid’s choir featured on the Dead Man’s Bones record (Dead Man’s Bones is Ryan Gosling’s amaaaaazing band, FYI.) A full album is on its way and I cannot wait. – Amelia


  • I had people over last weekend and made these Spinach and Artichoke Bites, which were incredibly easy to make, the perfect size and delicious. They got rave reviews and took 30 minutes to make, tops. Since the Super Bowl is this weekend, they’d be the perfect munchies for a game day crew. – Katie
  • I ate Winona out of house and radish, so clearly, I need to find some new ways to prepare this vegetable– Ami
  • It’s Super Bowl Sunday! I could honestly give a shit about the game, but my brother is coming over to watch — he’s rooting for the Seahawks because the Broncos beat the Chargers and he’s still mad about it — so I’m making pulled pork sandwiches for the occasion. My pulled pork recipe is kind of made up, i.e. based on a bunch of recipes and what I happened to have laying around the kitchen, BUT for the topping, I am sticking to Pioneer Woman’s recipe for Cilantro-Jalapeno Slaw. It’s tangy and spicy, and isn’t grotesquely creamy. – Amelia