Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Listen (Early!) To Kanye West’s Yeezus, Make Cut-Offs And Coasters, Suck On A Boozy Popsicle & 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!


  • I’ve got my upcoming vacay to Nicaragua on the brain, so I’m tempted to spend a little time shopping J. Crew’s 40 percent off vacation picks sale. I need a pineapple-printed caftan tunic, right? RIGHT?
  • Have you bought this season’s swimsuit yet? If not — or if you want a second or third — Victoria’s Secret is doing an additional 20 percent off their clearance swimwear. I have a couple VS bikinis that I mix and match. Definitely going to add another to my drawer.


  • Kanye West is probably seeeeething that his upcoming album, Yeezus, has leaked online in advance of the TK release date. And while I should make it clear that I think it is much more karmically beneficial to pay for music instead of illegally downloading it, I am going to suggest tracking down the album now, at least to hear for yourself how different it is from Yeezy’s previous albums.
  • I just discovered the divine singer Laura Mvula and I seriously think you need to listen to her glorious album Sing to the Moon on Spotify. The British soul singer has a Erykah Badu meets Amy Winehouse meets modern day Nina Simone vibe. Dig it.


  • And while we’re on the subject of Kanye, you should not miss this profile of the rapper in The New York Times. It is BANANAS. Here he is talking about his “instincts”:”It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It’s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That’s all it is.”
  • I’m a big fan of “Game of Thrones,” obviously, but I thought this i09 article made some good points about how Daenarys’ storyline is racially problematic.
  • Ever since I got obsessed with “Hannibal” — which has been renewed, thank god! — I’ve been antsy to read the book its based on, Thomas Harris’ prequel to Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon. It’ll be in my beach bag this weekend.


  • One of the best and craziest documentaries I’ve watched recently is “The Imposter,” about a 13-year-old boy who went missing in Texas, and the middle-aged Spanish man who impersonated him only three years later, fooling law enforcement and even, seemingly, the teen’s family. Watch it on Netflix!
  • In the midst of “Downton Abbey” withdrawals? You’re in luck! Netflix is streaming all five seasons of the original “Downton Abbey,” PBS’s “Upstairs, Downstairs.” You. Will. LOVE.


  • It’s hot. Cool off with a boozy popsicle. I’m feeling these Strawberry-Peach Vodka Gimlet Pops, which look seriously easy to make. Oooh, so do they Sauvignon Blanc Popsicles… Oh hell, make ‘em all. You can always, heh, freeze them.
  • Meanwhile, it’s time to turn your rattiest pair of jeans into a pair of cutoffs. Here’s how to do it right. Seriously, it’s just as easy to do this wrong as it is to do it right.
  • It’s sweating season — and I’m talking about your cold drinks too. Prevent water stains on your furniture and add some additional personality to your pad by turning a few of your favorite Instagram shots into coasters. I like Coastermatic because the images are printed on stone, so they’ll last awhile.


  • @FeministTaylorSwift reimagines Taylor Swift songs as feminist anthems. A sample lyric: “She wears high heels / I wear sneakers / We’re each expressing our gender identities in ways that make us feel comfortable / Date me.” Perfect.
  • Our Hitched columnist Andrea Grimes is multi-talented, and when she isn’t writing about the wedding industrial complex for The Frisky, or blogging for Eater Austin, she’s offering advice seekers That Bad Advice they wanted to hear all along.
  • If my dad had been on Twitter, he would have totally followed @TweetsofGrass, which is the midst of tweeting all of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass in order, stanza by stanza. In what is a rather lovely coincidence, @TweetsofGrass is in the middle of the poem “Song of Myself,” my dad’s favorite, and is on pace to tweet his part on Sunday, Father’s Day.