Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch “Gay Of Thrones,” Listen To Curtis Harding & Eat Mascarpone French Toast

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! 

BOOKS/ARTICLES:

  • “Unofficial Remission,” Robert Kessler: Our SpinMedia coworker Robert Kessler from Celebuzz has been blogging his battle with cancer and his recent post, “Unofficial Remission,” is quite lovely. – Jessica
  • “A Gossip App Brought My High School To A Halt,” New YorkMy high school makes a not-flattering appearance in this New York article about the gossip app Yik Yak. – Jessica
  • “The Anchor,” The New YorkerI was blown away by this devastatingly sad article in The New Yorker about Eritreans who leave Africa on boats to try and make it to Italy, where they can claim refugee status. But when something goes wrong in transit, governments have just been ignoring them. I’ve been especially interested in immigration issues lately and this is one that we seldom hear about.
  • “Our Favorite Fictional Characters In The Friendzone,” Barnes & NobleI got a kick out of this article on the Barnes & Noble blog, because HELLO story of my life. Also, Katness and Gale 4 Ever. – Katie
  • “17 Pin-Up Paintings, Side-By-Side With The Photos That Inspired Them,” Nerve: Having just completed my first boudoir shoot (!), I found this post showing pinup paintings alongside the photos that inspired them, and it’s crazy to see that even back then there was a lot of slimming and tucking pre-Photoshop days. – Katie
  • “State Sponsored Horror In Oklahoma,” The New York TimesI’ve been fiercely anti-death penalty for as long as I can remember, and what went down in Oklahoma this week has only strengthened my belief that not only is there no humane way to execute a human being, but that state-sanctioned death is utterly uncivilized. I appreciated this New York Times op-ed on the subject, which eloquently expresses their own anti-death penalty position: “As Wallace Carson Jr., the former chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, put it recently, ‘the exceptional cost of death penalty cases and the seemingly haphazard selection of which cases deserve the death penalty outweigh any perceived public benefit of this sanction.’ The ‘exceptional cost’ refers not just to dollars and cents. It refers to the moral diminishment of the United States when a man dies by the hasty hand of government, writhing in pain.”– Amelia

TV/MOVIES/VIDEOS:

  • “Don Jon”: This is streaming on Netflix and it’s hands-down one of the best movies I’ve seen all year. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson play a couple being torn apart over his porn usage. Normally I’m not impressed with ScarJo’s acting skills, but she’s excellent in this. – Jessica
  • “Before I Die I Want To,” TED: This TED talk changed the way I think about art, public spaces, and mortality. It also made me laugh. – Winona
  • “Gay Of Thrones”: We’re four episodes into season four of “Game of Thrones,” but are you also all caught up on the best “GoT” recap show, “Gay of Thrones”? Jonathan is back and his summaries of each episodes are even more hysterical than ever, plus he’s really outdone himself with the new character nicknames. Can you guess who Alabaster Seal might be? – Amelia

MUSIC/PODCASTS:

  • Spotify Playlists: Spotify makes their own theme playlists for listeners and I’ve been listening to some good ones lately. The “Re-Energize” playlist is good for late afternoons when I’m lagging. “Jukebox Joint,” not surprisingly, is great background music for having people over. – Jessica
  • Curtis Harding, Soul PowerSpeaking of Spotify ruling our lives, I just stumbled upon this amazing soul singer named Curtis Harding on their New Releases list. His debut album is retro soul with a twinge of garage and ’70s rock, and his voice is just sex on a stick. – Amelia
  • Kinda Grannis, Elements: I am SO excited to be seeing Kina Grannis live in a few weeks when she’s in New York. I was sent an advanced copy of her new album, Elements, which comes out May 6 and it’s phenomenal. If you don’t know her music, check her out because girlfriend has pure, raw talent. You can pre-order Elements on iTunes here– Katie

RECIPES/DIY:

OUT AND ABOUT:

  • Dating Yourself: 10 Cheap & Easy Ideas,” The Clueless GirlLove the idea of dating yourself. I think we should all do this more often! – Winona
  • Experiences Vs. Things: I’m hoping to book my next trip soon (to Paris, Lyon, and Geneva!), and this article about spending your money on experiences rather than things is inspiring me to prioritize my purchases and meet my savings goals. – Winona