Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch PSH In “A Late Quartet,” Make Rose Petal Lip Balm & Bake Your Own Samoas

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!


  • Gabe Delahaye used to be a blogger for Videogum and he’s got an amazing post about blog culture and awfulness on the Internet, which he posted up on his Tumblr page. It’s tied to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death and horrible behavior by people who’ve been speaking to reporters about his death. I just want to “like” it five hundred times. – Jessica
  • Another great piece I’ve read about PSH’s death was written by the film critic Matt Zoller Seitz about addiction as a mental illness. Too many people don’t understand how addiction works and that an addict is always “recovering,” even decades after he or she first got clean. – Jessica
  • I loved this post about how to be a more laid back traveler. — Winona
  • This article about how to push back against your privilege is a must-read. – Winona
  • On my reading list for this weekend is this much buzzed about piece on Salon called “Too Poor For Pop Culture.” – Amelia


  • This weekend, in my pursuit of documentary, I am going to try to get someone’s HBO GO password so I can watch “First Comes Love,” about a woman who decides to become a single mother at age 40 with a gay friend’s sperm and her best friend as birth partner. I tried to see a screening of it this summer, but I missed it. Should be fascinating. – Ami
  • I’ve watched a couple Philip Seymour Hoffman movies this week and the best has been “A Late Quartet,” which is streaming on Netflix. It stars Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener as members of a classical music quartet who are suddenly having huge drama after decades playing together. It explores ideas around collaboration and compromise and actually made me think a lot about The Frisky and how we work successfully as a group. – Jessica
  • The documentary “How To Lose Your Virginity” is airing on Saturday night on the channel Fusion. I have a Q&A with the director Therese Shechter here and there’s also links in the piece to find local listings for Fusion. – Jessica


  • This “Totally Worn Out” Spotify playlist has been my jam all week. Features an amazing selection of songs by Johnny Cash, Ryan Adams, First Aid Kit, and many, many others. There are a few stinkers to skip past (ugh, Creeeeed) but overall, it’s a great mix. – Amelia


  • This DIY rose petal lip balm is a great way to repurpose that V-day bouquet. – Winona
  • I always give major side-eye to people who are like, “this tea is as good as dessert!” because I’m like, “No, DESSERT is as good as dessert.” So take it seriously when I say this vanilla caramel tea is allllmooost as good as dessert. I hit it with a splash of vanilla creamer and suddenly I’m not craving cookies anymore. – Winona
  • Two words: Samoa Oreos. No offense to all the awesome girl scouts out there, but you can save some cash by making your own decadent version of Samoas. – Winona