Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Get To Know Nathaniel P., Lay Down With “Luther” & Trick Out Your Bathroom Wall

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’m reading Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter, which is the perfect smart-beach-book.  It’s about a lot of things, but mostly about an actress during the filming “Cleopatra” back in the 1960s who ends up staying at a small Italian hotel by herself and her reasons why. It’s really lovely. – Jessica
  • The New Yorker has a must-read account of the Stuebenville rape case, which helps frame and explain what went down and how social media played a major part. In that issue there’s also a great piece on Cecille Richards, president of Planned Parenthood and daughter of awesome former Texas governor Ann Richards. – Julie
  • I’m pretty excited about Colum McCann’s new novel, Transatlantic. I loved Let The Great World Spin so much and after I read this article about how he writes in a cupboard, I was fairly obsessed. – Ami
  • Guys, I just finished reading The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman and it is the most accurate portrayal of dating in your 30s in New York City that I’ve ever read. In other words, it’s kind of depressing, but perfectly so. — Amelia 


  • “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” is on Hulu Plus and damn did Helen Hunt wear some freakin’ amazing outfits in that movie.  – Jessica
  • My boyfriend Nick and I just started watching “Luther,” a British cop show/thriller. The acting and writing are fantastic, star Idris Elba is smokin’ hot, and it’s a total edge-of-your-seat viewing experience. It’s kind of a combo between “Sherlock” and the first seasons of “Dexter.” The first two seasons are on Netflix, and we actually will be shutting ourselves in this weekend to finish them. – Winona
  • Jay Z’s video, excuse me, performance art video for his song “Picasso Baby” is out, and dare I say that Hov is out-Francoing James Franco himself? Jay spent six hours performing the song in a gallery while cameras rolled, and in the edited video, he interacts with a bunch of artists, including Marina Abramovic. It’s pretty fantastic. — Amelia


  • I feel like it bears repeating that you can shop online at H&M now, and they have a home goods section and its got really good stuff. — Megan


  • This watermelon cake tutorial caught my eye. Basically it’s just watermelon and whipped cream adorned with other fruits, but it looks great and would be such a fun (and healthy-ish!) dessert to try to make and, when you’re done being a shut-in, maybe even bring it to a party or something. – Winona
  • While browsing Pinterest recently, I came across this so ridiculously simple I’m almost embarrassed to call it a DIY project in which a shadow box is hung around the toilet paper roll in your bathroom, creating a small shelving unit for small knickknacks and books. Genius. – Amelia