Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Get Your “Jig” On, Nosh On Pasta Salad & Discover New Writers

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 have a pretty serious weakness for dance documentaries, movies, TV shows — whatever. One deep dive into the “Inspiring Documentaries” category on Netflix turned up “Jig,” which is an absolutely absorbing and heartwarming documentary about the competitive world of Irish step dancing. The kids are adorable, Irish step-dancing is fascinating, and the HAIR, you guys. The hair is killer.

I have it on good authority that the movie LOL,” starring none other than the Rap Game Hannah Montana herself and Demi Moore, is worth-watching. This is the kind of thing that you’d stumble upon late at night right before bed, while eating Pringles in your underwear, thinking you’re only going to watch half of it, but end up engrossed in the entire thing. Who doesn’t love a good teen comedy? Nobody!


Maureen O’Connor’s piece on texting, exes and the impermanence of breakups in the age of social media resonates on so many levels. Stop half-heartedly stalking that dude you made out with one time on Twitter and read this instead.

This piece over on The Toast about racism, feminism and intersectionality in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict raises so many fantastic, solid points that it would do the author a disservice to parse them out in this sentence. Do me a favor and read it instead.

If you want to read some writing on race and America that will take your breath away with its quality and strength, meet Kiese Lymon. Here’s his latest over at Gawker. If fiction is more your thing, try out his first novel Long Division.


The temperature, and my levels, have finally lowered so that means I can happily use things like an oven, my stove and a grill without fear of fainting from heatstroke. That means I can make this really delicious looking grilled bacon and arugula salad.

Nothing cracks me up more than people being unnecessarily aggressive about things that are relatively banal, like smoothies, or humus. This is the quiet genius of Thug Kitchen. Here’s a pretty solid recipe for a pasta salad.