Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch “Let Timmy Smoke,” Listen To Hurray For The Riff Raff & Make Some Marmalade!

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! 


  • Twenty years after the genocide in Rwanda, The New York Times has an incredible article featuring photographs by photographer Pieter Hugo of survivors sitting with the perpetrators who were responsible for, directly or indirectly, the deaths of their family members or friends. Hugo’s images, describes the Times: “…captured a series of unlikely, almost unthinkable tableaus. In one, a woman rests her hand on the shoulder of the man who killed her father and brothers. In another, a woman poses with a casually reclining man who looted her property and whose father helped murder her husband and children. In many of these photos, there is little evident warmth between the pairs, and yet there they are, together. In each, the perpetrator is a Hutu who was granted pardon by the Tutsi survivor of his crime.” The ability for these people to feel even an ounce of forgiveness, let alone sit with the very people who hurt them, is staggering. Incredibly powerful work and stories. – Amelia
  • I am going to read this article about “Broad City.” It got off to a slow start, but has become one of my favorite shows. – Ami
  • This article about the shit women music writers have to deal with was pretty fascinating (also depressing). – Winona
  • This post about how to take care of yourself when life sucks was really inspiring. I really love the practice of asking yourself, “What do I need right now more than anything else?” — Winona
  • Amelia sent me this advice article for single women, from The Awl’s Dear Polly, and it’s one of the most relatable, thoughtful, hopeful things I’ve read in a while. I suggest it to all my sisters out there who are flyin’ solo. – Katie
  • I’m dying to read this piece “I Was A Hollywood Personal Assistant” on NYMag.com. One of my best friends, Lilit Marcus, wrote a book called Save The Assistants, which was a career advice book, and she gets emails from celeb assistants all the time with good, gossipy stories about how horrible their jobs truly are. – Jessica
  • I’m working on two books: I’m almost done with A Gate At The Top Of The Stairs by Lorrie Moore and in preparation of my new job, I’ll be reading crime thriller Night Film by Marisha Pessl next. – Ami


  • I am strongly, strongly contemplating canceling my cable so I can be a more productive person during my non-work hours, but until I shit or get off the pot, I’ll be binge-watching a few things still on my list, namely “Broad City” and “Veep,” both of which I hear are hysterical. – Amelia
  • I finally saw “Frozen,” to see what all the hype was about, and it’s what dreams are made of. Every man, woman, teenager, child and alien who ever lived should drop everything and get to their nearest Redbox to watch it. – Katie
  • I will be re-watching last season’s episodes of “Game of Thrones” in preparation for the season premiere. Winter is commmmminnnnng. – Sophie
  • I’ll be downloading the new documentary “Let Timmy Smoke,” about cannabis in America, on iTunes, well, because it’s great, and also because my boyfriend directed it. – Ami


  • A song called “Rescue” by Yuna popped up on Spotify last week and I loved it, so I checked out her most recent album, Nocturnal. Yuna has an upbeat, raw Ellie Goulding-esque sound that’s unique and surprisingly refreshing. For some music that will put you in a good mood, I recommend her! – Katie
  • Spotify has been on point with the music recs lately. This week alone I’ve completely fallen for a country-folk-bluegrass-indie band called Hurray For The Riff Raff, particularly their latest record, Small Town Heroes, and another band in the same sort of vein called Mutual Benefit. Seriously, there are some amazing country-influenced bands working right now. – Amelia
  • And on another note, an artist I recommended a few weeks ago, Mr Little Jeans, finally released their debut record! Check out Pocketknife on Spotify! – Amelia


  • I made orange bourbon marmalade earlier this week and it’s SO GOOD. It takes awhile, but isn’t complicated and the results are definitely worth the effort. I used this recipe as a general guide. – Winona
  • Faux stained glass windows? So cool! – Winona


  • I am going to NYC Wine Riot! I plan to cover myself in fake tattoos and drink my little heart out. – Sophie
  • I’m a little late to the party, but I just downloaded the BEST app. It’s called Venmo, and it allows you to transfer money to your phone contacts, Facebook friends (and whoever else you want) easily and securely. Paying the rent, paying for your portion of boozy brunch and splitting dinner just got a hell of a lot easier. I’m obsessed. – Katie
  • Do your taxes! Especially if you think you’re going to get a refund! – Amelia
  • I need to investigate this “coffee flour” stuff that The Atlantic wrote about to see if I want to put it in my face. – Jessica