Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Go “On The Run,” Read Sharp Objects & Sip An Extra Dirty Martini

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!


  • Sycamore Road by John Grisham:I can’t put this book down! If you like legal thrillers, it comes highly recommended (so far). Check out the full synopsis here. – Katie
  • “The Plus Side” (The New Yorker): The New Yorker had a piece this week on reinventing plus-size fashion in their Style issue that I’ll be reading. – Jessica
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn: I’m devouring Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn, the same author as Gone Girl. It’s about a newspaper reporter who returns to her hometown to write about the murders of two tween girls and finds herself to be a fish out of water. It’s not her most realistic book (I have to suspend disbelief on some convoluted scenarios) but it’s just as gripping as her other books about flawed women and grisly crimes. – Jessica
  • “Ayahuasca Will Make You Cry, Vomit And Feel Amazing” (VICE): I’ve been obsessively reading about Ayahuasca, a natural psychotropic that’s considered medicinal in the Amazon and a drug in the Western world, for months (expanding/exploring consciousness fascinates me) and this piece in VICE is one of the better pieces I’ve read. It’s very funny, but it also does a good job of explaining the effects of Ayahuasca (both during the trip and after) in language that can be understood. – Amelia


  • “On The Run” (HBO): Last night, HBO aired Beyonce and Jay Z’s “On The Run” tour documentary, filmed at their tour finale in Paris, and IT WAS FUCKING EVERYTHING. Listen, I’m not joking when I say it was one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended AND I WAS ON MY COUCH THE ENTIRE TIME. You guys. You guys. Hits on hits on hits on hits. And soooo much love between Jay and Bey on stage — I am never believing nasty rumors about them again. Anyway, “On The Run” is available on HBO On Demand. I am watching it again right now. – Amelia
  • “Annie Hall” (Netflix): I am as appalled by Woody Allen as anybody, truly, but after talking with a friend about a mental health condition called Anhedonia — basically, the inability to feel joy — which was one of Allen’s working titles for “Annie Hall,” I decided to rewatch this classic film. It had been a really, really long time since I’ve seen it and goddamn, it’s a fantastic movie. Woody is still the fucking worst, though. – Amelia
  • “The One I Love” (On Demand): I just saw “The One I Love,” starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass, and it’s very entertaining. I can tell you it’s about a couple struggling with their marriage, but I can’t say anything else about the plot without giving too much away — go check it out for yourself! – Claire
  • “The Mindy Project” (Hulu): The show came back on the air for its third season this week, which I’m super excited about. Watch the first episode on Hulu or catch up on the whole series. – Claire


  • Tim McGraw, Sundown Heaven Town: I didn’t think I could love Tim McGraw any more than I already do, but his new album is TRUTH. I particularly enjoy “Overrated,” “Diamond Rings And Old Barstools,” and “Keep On Truckin’.” – Katie
  • Ronna & Beverly: Amelia took The Frisky staff to see “Ronna and Beverly: Live” at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater on Thursday night and I’ll be listening to Ronna and Beverly podcasts all weekend. – Jessica
  • Matchbox Twenty, Mad Season: I am offended by Amelia’s uninformed opinions [O RLY? — Amelia] about Matchbox Twenty, my favorite band since I was 14, so I will be reminding myself why their music is so great by listening to their 2000 album Mad Season, which is arguably their best work. It is too bad that such narrow-minded views about rock music would keep someone from appreciating the wonderfulness of songs like “Bed Of Lies,” “Last Beautiful Girl” and “Mad Season,” but sadly there is only so much I can do to convince others that Rob Thomas is extraordinarily talented! – Jessica
  • Interpol, El Pintor: Years and years and years ago, I was an intern at Interview magazine and one of my bosses was an assistant at the mag named Paul Banks. He was cute and nice and he was in a band. That band was Interpol and they totally hit the big time a few years later. Their latest album, El Pintor, was released this week and it’s fantastic. I especially love “My Desire” and “Tidal Wave.” – Amelia


  • Dirty Martinis: I’ve been on a major dirty martini kick lately, and plan on concocting this delicious-looking Dirty Martini With Blue Cheese-Almond Stuffed Olives. – Katie
  • Peppermint & Lemon Foot Scrub: Months of tromping around in sandals have probably given you busted feet. Make your own peppermint and lemon foot scrub! – Claire
  • Yarn Dyeing: I’m majorly obsessed with weaving and that means I’m buying tons of yarn. Ohhhhh what a difference gorgeous, organic, hand-dyed yarn makes, y’all. Dyeing my own yarn is the next step in my fiber arts journey. Best of all? You can use Kool-Aid! – Amelia


  • “American Horror Story” Contest: I don’t consider myself much of an artist, but if there are two things I love, it’s fashion and “American Horror Story.” To kick off “AHS: Freak Show,” FOX is calling for Freak Show costume sketches and mood board submissions on AHSDesignContest.com. The most horrifying costume submission receives a $5,000 prize and will see their sketches actually created and on a model in a high-fashion/high-horror photoshoot. Fans have until October 8 to submit. I’M SO DOING THIS. – Katie
  • Print Your Instagram Photos: The bloggers at A Beautiful Mess challenged readers to print their instagram photos and put them into albums. I’ve been wanting to print some more of my pictures for months, and this is as good an excuse as any! – Claire