Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Flip Through Darling Magazine, Listen To Brandy Clark & Watch “Bates Motel”

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 pre-ordered my favorite writer Lorrie Moore’s new book of short stories, Bark. This New York Times profile describes her as “a bit of a goddess, sort of like the Stevie Nicks of the M.F.A. universe: beautiful, mysterious, magical.” On point. – Ami
  • This photo series, documenting a seaside roadtrip along the coast of Portugal, is so quirky and beautiful. – Winona
  • I’ll be reading a new-ish print magazine called Darlingbased in LA, which claims to be “focused on reshaping the way that media can represent and influence women and girls in our society.” The latest issue includes stories, poems, and features on beauty, art and food. – Sophie
  • Have y’all been following the story of 19-year-old “Craigslist killer” Miranda Barbour, who claims to have killed at least 22 people as a member of a Satanic cult? The story is frighteningly bizarre. Jezebel has a good overview– Amelia
  • When I’m done reading about lady serial killers, I’ll be reading this article in Marie Claire about the rising popularity of ayahuasca, a hallucinogen from the Amazon. Apparently, it’s being called “enlightenment in a cup” which means it’s probably a bad idea. – Amelia


  • I just started watching the A&E series “Bates Motel” on Netflix. The show is essentially a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” about the dynamics between Norman Bates and the mother he’s so obsessed with. – Sophie


  • I’ve been listening to Brandy Clark’s album, 12 Stories, pretty much constantly this week. It’s classic country that deals with modern themes. I love her rich voice and the honesty of her lyrics (favorites: “Pray To Jesus”; “Stripes”; “Get High”). – Winona
  • I saw Luke Bryan in concert recently and fell in love with his opening act, Cole Swindell. Cole released his self-titled debut album this week and I’m LOVING it. Country fans should definitely check this one out. – Katie


  • I’m going to try making these Buttermilk and Honey Chicken Kabobs for dinner one night, because YUM. – Katie
  • We had a tornado warning in Nashville earlier this week, which meant a couple hours holed up in the basement. Luckily we had JUST made a batch of oatmeal white chocolate chip cookies, so we got to turn a scary situation into an underground warm cookie eating party. Highly recommended, even above ground, without the looming threat of a tornado. – Winona
  • Nick and I made these tahini noodles the other day and they were so easy and SO GOOD. – Winona


  • This picture is making me want to collect rocks and draw little owl faces on them. Please don’t ask me why. I have no idea. – Winona
  • Surprisingly, Home Goods has a blog full of fun organizational and decorating ideas that are all easy. Since one of my New Years Resolutions is to get myself organized (in a pretty way, obviously) this blog is a gold mine. – Katie