Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Listen To Talib Kweli’s Latest, Make Rhubarb Hand Pie, Watch “Dance Academy” & More!

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’re feeling fancy, poke around Lord and Taylor’s sale section, and get 25 percent off everything wtih the code FRIENDS.

I have no shame about loving Ann Taylor Loft, so their 50 percent off sale items deal speaks to me on a deep level. I’ll be serving country-club realness on the lanai in this floral skort.

ASOS has a lot going on right now. First, free 2-day shipping on orders of $140 or more with the code EXPRESSUSA. Second, they’re giving you 30% off  summer basics, including this adorable polka dot dress. Go! Run! Buy!


Laura Marling, waifish British folk-songstress has a new album out and it is truly beautiful. Listen to her latest on Spotify.

Talib Kweli’s new album, Prisoner of Conscious, includes the  standout track “Come Here,” a sultry duet with noted failed high-kicker Miguel. Check it out here on Spotify.


Smart ladies writing about other smart ladies really warms my heart. Zoe Heller, British journalist, novelist and all around smart person, writes a thoughtful, intelligent review of New Yorker staff writer Janet Malcolm’s latest collection of essays, Forty-One False Starts.

Over on The Verge, Katie Drummond takes on the story of Camen Tarleton, victim of domestic violence, who undergoes a face transplant. The visuals that accompany this aren’t necessarily for the faint of heart, but this piece is well written and fascinating.

If you’re poking around for some good, cozy books to read, I cannot recommend the work of Laurie Colwin enough. Her books, Home Cooking and More Home Cooking, are quiet meditations on food, family, and love, and include very simple, easy to make recipes. Her writing soothes me.


Dance Academy combines the danciness of Center Stage with the earnest teen drama of “Degrassi: The New Generation,” and it is addictive and wonderful. Trust me.

If you’re looking for something to fill the void that “Friday Night Lights” left in your heart, look no further than “Undefeated,” the Academy Award-winning documentary about a high school football team in Memphis and their journey to a winning season. Tears. I cried lots of them.


If your CSA/farmers market/garden has a surplus of rhubarb and you have no idea what to do with it, make these rhubarb cream cheese hand pies from the Smitten Kitchen immediately. These look incredible, and you get to say “hand pies” a lot, which I think is whimsical without being annoying. Get to it!

Kitchen Sidecar’s Olive Oil, Rye and Stone Fruit Cake is a recipe that I return to over and over again, because it’s super easy, infintely rewarding, and you probably have all the ingredients you need sitting around in your house right now. My favorite iteration is butter, pear and almond.

This pasta fritatta fron Popover To Pippa looks like an easy and delicious way to use up leftover pasta that no one really wants to reheat again.