Being on a university campus gives you access to lots of interesting events, often free or fairly low cost. For instance, coming soon:
The History Department's 2013 lecture series, Slavery and Freedom in the Making of America, 7 pm, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov. 13. (For current UW students, it's $15 for the series, $5 for individual lectures; for nonstudents, it's $35 and $10.)
Screening of Hannah Arendt, 7 pm, Oct. 22, 2013.
The 2013 Walker Ames Lecture: Seyla Benhabib, Eichmann in Jerusalem: 50 Years Later, Oct. 24, 6:30.
See Why Do Hannah Arendt's Ideas About Evil and the Holocaust Still Matter? An Interview with Prof. Michael Rosenthal, Stroum Jewish Studies Program, written interview posted Oct. 12, 2013.
UW Drama's production of The Real Inspector Hound, by Tom Stoppard, Oct. 16-27. A good farce might be just what you need.