Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Get Hooked On Ronna & Beverly, Read About The History Of Cotton & Make Chilaquiles

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 going to read Sara Barron’s The Harm In Asking, because I would like to laugh so hard I pee my pants. – Ami
  • For all my social media savvy folks! If your Facebook is being weird lately, this article in Adweek explains why. It all boils down to Facebook wanting all of your money. Ain’t that just fan-freakin-tastic? – Katie
  • One of my good friends from home (hi, Nick!) works at Mother Jones magazine and I’m very interested to read this article from their March/April 2014 issue, “What If Everything You Knew About Poverty Was Wrong?” – Jessica
  • I’m itching to start reading The Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, which is one of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 picks. It’s historical fiction about about Sarah Grimke and Handful Grimke and the abolitionist and women’s rights movements. So many books, so little time … – Jessica
  • Fashion blogger/jewelry designer Wendy Brandes wrote a really thoughtful, heartfelt response to L’Wren Scott’s suicide that I highly recommend reading, especially for her thoughts about sharing a perfect-looking life on social media. – Winona
  • An important reminder: “other people’s pain + struggle do not negate yours.” – Winona
  • If you’re into fashion, history, economics, environmental science, or are just a nerd in general (represent!), you might want to join me in reading this book on the history of cotton, Cotton: The Biography Of A Revolutionary Fiber, which my friend Lauren swears is way more interesting than it sounds. – Winona


  • I’m going to see this documentary, “Finding Vivian Maier,” about “one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers … a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime.” I’m really excited about it. – Ami
  • The movie “20 Feet From Stardom” won the Oscar for Best Documentary this year, so I had to check it out. It’s about professional backup singers who perform with the likes of Elton John, the Rolling Stones, and Sting. Much of the film focuses on Darlene Love, a “girl group” singer from the ’60s whose powerhouse voice you’ve heard in everything — literally, everything. This is a good, low-key documentary for a quiet weekend night in. (In my opinion, “Cutie & The Boxer” was robbed, but what do I know?) – Jessica


  • Stopppppppp what you are doing RIGHT NOW and download every episode of Ronna & Beverly’s podcast, starting with the one with guest Connie Britton, aka Tami Taylor. While I was in LA, I went to see Ronna & Beverly’s monthly live show and left totally obsessed with these two 50-something Jewish mothers (played by comedians Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo, who seriously never break character). They are HYSTERICAL. Their podcast is going to sustain me until I make it out to LA again. – Amelia
  • I’m loving Ingrid Michaelson’s new single “Boys Chase Girls,” from her not-yet-released album, Lights Out. Even better is the video for the song, which bends traditional gender stereotypes and reaffirms that no matter who we love, we all love the same. – Katie
  • Judith Hill is one of the vocalists in “20 Feet From Stardom” (she was a backup singer for Michael Jackson until his death) and she sang the entire soundtrack for Spike Lee’s most recent film, “Red Hook Summer.” My favorite song is “There Ain’t No Turning Back.” – Jessica


  • In an effort to eat more vegetarian meals, I made this twice-baked kale potato recipe from Food 52 on Sunday night for a hearty dinner. You can easily substitute out the kale for broccoli florets or any other veggie you like. Here’s an Instagram pic of how mine turned out (very cheesy)! – Jessica
  • I saw pea pesto mentioned in a food magazine and have been kind of obsessed with the concept ever since. I want to sample it on something super simple, like these crostini– Winona
  • These DIY scarf flip-flops are so cute. I want to try to make them with a super bright patterned scarf and wear them with cutoff shorts and a simple tank top. – Winona
  • Also while I was in LA, I had the best chilaquiles of my life at the Loteria at the Grove farmer’s market and now I am determined to make them at home. I’d probably start with a chicken chilaquiles recipe like this one, and then add scrambled or fried eggs to make it breakfast-y. – Amelia