Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Body-roll To The-Dream, Watch A Teen Drama, Read About Hitchhikers and 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!


  • Zara, purveyor of all things cute and almost-couture, is having a sale on their spring and summer things, with free shipping and returns. I am on a rampant quest to replace all my dresses of summers past, and they have some really good deals right now. Check it out here.
  • The second part of my quest to revamp my entire wardrobe focuses entirely on footwear. Urban Outfitters has a lot of really good shoes on sale right now, up to 40% off. Please know that I have already filled an online shopping cart with flats and assorted sandals. Hop to it.


  • I’ve been on the fence for a minute about The-Dream. He’s the tiny genius behind songs like “Single Ladies,” but his solo work has always been a little too sappy for me. I spent some time with his latest album IV Play, and let me tell you — it is sexy, lewd and pretty damn good. Check it out and do a lot of slow body-rolls in your room.
  • I saw Beyonce’s little sister Solange last week at Northside Festival in Brooklyn, and fell in love again with her voice, so I’ve been re-listening to her EP True. It’s still so, so good.


  • This piece in the Awl about the economics behind freelancing for the internet is a really interesting and thoughtful look at how your internet blogpost sausage gets made.
  • I’m not scared of flying, and never really have been, but I get it. Strapping yourself into a giant metal tube and then hurtling thru the sky seems like something that just shouldn’t happen. Over at Buzzfeed, Katie Heaney shares her experience getting over her fear of flying thru exposure therapy and it is a compelling read.
  • Here is an enjoyable and hilarious series written by the inimitable Rembert Browne over at Grantland. It’s called “Rembert Explains America” and it is brilliant. Check out this piece about picking up hitchhikers in Vermont as a start.
  • Paula Deen’s a racist and everyone knows it now, but maybe let’s entertain Roxane Gay’s take on it over at Salon right here.


  • I might have the worst taste in television, but here is my high/lowbrow watching suggestion. “Pretty Little Liars” has the drama of a procedural, is scary like a horror movie can be and is full of young girls with the best hair I’ve seen on modern television. Julie agrees––this show is terrifically compelling. Lucky for you, the first 3 seasons are available on Netflix.
  • I am not spiritual by any means, so this documentary “Kumare,” about a regular guy who dupes some people into thinking he’s a guru, poses lots of really good questions about the nature of spirituality, the gullibility of humans, and how much we are willing to actually believe. It’s great.