Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Binge On “Orange Is The New Black,” Drink Mango Llasis & Play Cards Against Humanity

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!


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard someone going on and on about how awesome Netflix’s latest series, “Orange is the New Black,” is. Tomorrow is set to be broiling hot with possible thunderstorms, so I’m planning on holing up inside and watching all 13 episodes in a row. (Oh and if you haven’t, you should A) read the book the show is based on and B) read the interview we did with the author, Piper Kerman, a few years ago!)

Jessica, meanwhile, recommends “Moone Boy” on Hulu Plus! It’s the TV show about a 12-year-old boy and his imaginary friend (played by Chris O’Dowd) that O’Dowd made for Irish TV.


It’s hot as fuck. Time to grill anything and everything, starting with pineapple.

Okay so maybe this abacus bracelet DIY is a little complicated to make, but I dunno, if you’re that big of a math nerd you’re probably smart and can figure it out!

Why wait until you go out for Indian food to drink a delicious mango lassi? They’re easy to make at home if you have a blender — talk about the perfect summer drink.


Have you ever been too intimidated to read David Foster Wallace? Then Where Did You Go, Bernadette? is for you. It has the same super smart, super witty sense of humor and creative structure of Wallace’s books, without the overwhelming heft. Semple’s story centers on a feud between moms, a failed architect and a computer genius, and somehow it all makes sense.

Ever wonder why all your friends are now really, really into canning things? Why is there a glut of pickle party invites flooding your inbox? Why are you feeling a strange pressure to start knitting? Emily Matchar’s book Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity addresses the new domesticity movement in this book about how we’re all itching  to get back to the land and why.

Hookers! During the civil war! There’s also a ship named the Idahoe, so you should probably check out this article in Smithsonian magazine.


Cards Against Humanity is a hilariously filthy card game that’s perfect to play with a group of friends over some cocktails. Basically, it’s Apples to Apples but the X-rated version. One player puts down a card and then everyone else (anonymously) puts down a card that they think should go with it. The original person then has to pick their favorite and that person wins a point. Some are dirty and some are just funny.