Things to do when the polar vortex keeps you inside
By TOC staff|
We knew this deep freeze was something serious when BBC News interrupted its usual genocide coverage to report about the record-setting cold snap in the Midwest. With the "polar vortex" plunging temps into the negative teens (and as low as -45 with the wind chill), Chicago has been feeling more like the Star Wars ice planet, Hoth. And because you really don't want to end up seeking emergency shelter in the sliced-open belly of a tauntaun, you shouldn't venture out. Today is the best excuse to cancel all your appointments, crank up the thermostat, throw on the Slanket and take it easy. Herein, our guide to your one-day staycation. Thanks, Old Man Winter!
Catch up on your reading. Check out our selections for the best fiction and nonfiction of 2013 and download some to your e-reader, from George Saunders's spellbinding stories (Tenth of December) to Rachel Kushner's highly praised second novel, about the 1970s New York art world (The Flamethrowers).
Bone up on your, um, boning. And for soundtrack options—to get you in the mood and so the neighbors don't hear—see our list of the 50 sexiest songs of all time.
Binge-watch TV. Also available on Netflix "Watch Instantly" are many of the shows that made our best television of 2013list, including Breaking Bad, New Girl, Orange Is the New Black, Portlandia, Shameless and more.