Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Listen To Monophonics, Watch “Hannibal” & Make Your Own Deodorant (Seriously)

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! 


  • “Happy Hour in Paris: Where to Practice the Art of Apéro,” NYMag.com: I’ve been in Paris since Thursday because my life is really JUST THE WORST, and a friend sent me this article on apéro, a French term for which there isn’t a direct English translation, but basically refers to pre-dinner drinks and nibbles. Considering I’ve been working up an appetite traipsing around the city each day, I plan on ending each remaining day of my trip with apéro dinatoire – that’s apéro that’s more like a full meal and, according to NYMag.com, loosely translates to “don’t expect dinner after this” — at one of these spots. But you don’t have to be in Paris to practice apéro. Just call up a friend and suggest some late afternoon drinks and snacks in a park somewhere. You’re so FRENCH! – Amelia
  • Of Mice And MenIf anyone is coming to New York City soon, I highly recommend Of Mice And Men on Broadway. Chris O’Dowd (“The I.T. Crowd” fan 4 life!) is just incredible as Lennie — really, the finest acting performance I’ve ever seen. And James Franco and Leighton Meester aren’t bad in it, either. – Jessica


  • The Love Affairs Of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman: I just finished reading and loving this scarily-accurate novel about an egotistical, 20-something dude who dates like an asshole. Nate has all these horrible reasons why women are never good enough for him. You’ll wish he was a real person so you could dump his ass. Amelia and Ami loved this one, too. – Jessica
  • 180 More Extraordinary Poems For Every Day: I’ve been on a poetry kick lately, and I recently picked up this collection from the library. It’s so lovely to open it to a random page, and read a new contemporary poem. – Winona
  • “What I’m Trying To Teach My Kids,” Yes Means Yes: This roundup of things young parents are trying to teach their children is super sweet and gives me hope for the next generation!
  • Silent Witness by Nicola Beaumont: I recently purchased Silent Witness by Nicola Beaumont on Kindle for $1.99. Over the past two weeks, I finished two futuristic sci-fi books called These Broken Stars and Red Rising. I quite enjoyed both of them but was surprised by how brutal Red Rising was. Over time, binge reading gets expensive and I need a break from alien planets. Silent Witness sound like the perfect cheap thriller. – Sophie
  • “9 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Friends’,” Fox News: This week was the 10th anniversary of the “Friends” finale aka the day my soul died. I thought I knew everything there was to know about my favorite show, but I discovered even more reading this post. Central Perk Forever. – Katie
  • “10 Fictional Men Who’ve Ruined Actual Men For Me,” Barnes And Noble Blog: As a single woman/ bookworm, I enjoyed this hilarious post on fictional men who ruined actual men. I always knew having my head buried in a book would eventually lead to my demise … Sigh. – Katie


  • “Metropolitan”: I just watched this a 1990 Whit Stillman black comedy about debutantes on New York City’s Upper East Side. It’s worth watching for the ugly ’90-style poufy dresses alone. I’m watching it on Fandor, this new site that’s like a Netflix for indie film geeks. – Jessica
  • “Hannibal”: Um, have you guys been watching “Hannibal” this season? Best show on network television, as far as I’m concerned. This season has been absolutely insane — gory, and beautiful, and shocking, and posssssssibly off the rails — although I have faith that there is some greater plan in mind. I’m on the edge of my seat every episode, knowing full well the show could pull the rug out from under the audience in a multitude of ways. Watch it from the beginning, you won’t regret it! – Amelia


  • Monophonics, Into The Infrasounds: This band popped up on my White Stripes Pandora station and I fell in love with their music instantly. It’s a blend of funk, soul, and blues — perfect for summer. – Winona
  • Iggy Azalea, The New Classic: Since I’ve been hearing Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” on the radio nonstop, I decided to check out her album on Spotify and I’m digging it. Perfect jams for my infamous White People Dancing that I’m so good at. – Katie
  • Lily Allen, Sheezus: The new Lily Allen record is, as I expected, quite fun and fantastic and has some moments of real brilliance. I’m particularly fond of the tracks “Insincerely Yours” and the oddly country-influenced “As Long As I Got You.” – Amelia


  • Baked Ricotta Dip: This baked ricotta dip looks ridiculously good. – Winona
  • DIY Deodorant: To continue my hippie earth mama summer lifestyle, I’m gonna try to make my own deodorant this weekend. Wish me luck! – Winona
  • Grilled Peaches Wrapped In Prosciutto: I’ve decided to bring an app to our Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, and found these grilled peaches wrapped in prosciutto on Pinterest (originally from Over Cocktails blog). The best part is that it’s so simple, a recipe isn’t needed. Step one: Grill peaches. Step two: Wrap in meat. DONE. – Katie