Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Last Time I Saw You, Listen To Young Fathers & Sip On Tangerine Mojitos

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! 


  • “The Girl Who Wouldn’t Drink Water,” The Atlantic: I really want to read this article about something called Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, which fascinates me because I have a close friend who has suffered from a mish-mash of eating disorders on-and-off since forever. – Jessica
  • “Building A Bigger Action Hero,” Men’s Journal: This article about the evolving body standards for male action heroes was super interesting. – Winona
  • The Last Time I Saw You by Eleanor Moran: I can’t put this book down. Eleanor delves into the life of a woman whose former best friend passes away and how she copes with the loss of her true, non-romantic soul mate. – Katie
  • “Anatomy of a Beyoncé: A Proposed Classification System For Surprise Album Releases,” Pop Justice: Now that Mariah Carey has defeated the purpose of a surprise album by telling us she’s going to have a surprise album, I very much enjoyed this post on the Beyonce effect and the classification of surprise albums. – Katie
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: As a Hunger Games enthusiast, a friend recommended the e-book These Broken Stars to me. I just downloaded this young adult sic-fi read on my Kindle and will report back next week! – Sophie


  • “For The Love Of Basquiat,” Vanity FairTwo collectors of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work are sharing their collection in Vanity Fair (and a gallery in New York) and I very much want to check both out. – Jessica
  • Death Valley Photographs by Jordan Sullivan: I could stare at these dreamy photos of Death Valley all day (and no, I never thought I’d describe Death Valley as “dreamy,” but apparently it can be!). – Winona


  • “Inside Llewyn Davis”: The most recent Coen Brothers film,  “Inside Llewyn Davis,” is a very strange movie. There’s a 50/50 chance you’ll like it, but there IS a cat as one of the main characters. – Jessica
  • “Under The Skin”: My brother is insistent that I see the new Jonathan Glazer movie, “Under the Skin.” Starring Scarlett Johansson wearing a brown wig, this low-budget, sci-fi flick is about “a mysterious woman luring men into a fatal mating dance.” Sounds like a fun, feminist ride! – Amelia


  • Young Fathers: So, last night I went to see Baths, this amazing electronic pop artist who was seriously fantastic and I highly recommend you check him out. But a band I’d never heard of, Young Fathers, opened for him and OH MY GOD it was everything. Young Fathers are a trio out of Scotland that describe themselves as a “psychedelic hip hop boy band” which may be the most accurate description of a group ever. They were INSANE. Their music is a mix of rap, R&B and screamo, and they completely owned the small stage at Bowery Ballroom, each member having their own captivating and hilarious dance style. I couldn’t stop saying to the friend I was with, “Oh my god, I’m obsesssssssed.” Check out some of their tunes on Spotify. – Amelia
  • Nashville: On The Record (Live): I’ve been binging on the new live album from the cast of “Nashville” on ABC. I find it very weird that our beloved Connie Britton isn’t on the record since she’s the show’s main star, but DAMN, can these people sing. You can check it out on Spotify for free! – Katie


  • Kugel: A friend brought over apple kugel to brunch last weekend and I really liked it. I’ve never had kugel before — it’s sort of like a quiche/pie hybrid. I saw this recipe for potato kugel from Martha Stewart and it looks super yummy. – Jessica
  • DIY Herb Garden: I’m so excited to start my own herb garden, and this DIY setup is almost painfully cute. Such a creative way to use chipped porcelain plates from thrift stores! – Winona
  • Chive Butter: And after I get my herb garden set up, I want to make this chive butter with homegrown chives and eat it with crusty bread. – Winona
  • Nail Polish Storage: This is a great idea for a DIY nail polish storage system. Much better than my current system, which involves tossing them in my bathroom cabinet and forgetting I own them and then buying more of the same colors. – Winona
  • Tangerine Mojitos: I’m planning to sip these tangerine mojitos on the porch all weekend. And all summer for that matter. – Winona