Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: See “Maleficent,” Read Some Fierce Erotica & Make Pea Pesto

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 holiday weekend! 


  • “Maleficent” (In Theaters): I’m going to see Maleficent this weekend, and even more excited than I am to see Angie slay as the infamous villain am I pumped to see Vivienne Jolie-Pitt’s acting skills. Anyone made from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will probably kill it on the big screen. I shall report back. – Katie
  • “The Craft” (Netflix): My favorite goth teen movie from the ’90s hits Netflix on Sunday! Shout out to all my fellow weirdos who wanted to be Fairuza Balk in 9th grade. This movie, about a bunch of outcast high school girls who start their own coven — and get revenge on a rapey classmate — is everything. – Amelia


  • “The Cave-Dwelling Baby Dragons of Slovenia” (Slate): Did you know tiny dragons are real and they live in caves in Slovenia? Me neither, until I read this article. – Winona
  • “Rihanna’s Style Has a Name: Mel Ottenberg” (NYTimes): I loved this fascinating profile of Rihanna’s stylist, Mel Ottenberg. – Winona
  • Sycamore Row by John Grisham: My mom is an avid reader, and every book she suggests to me turns out to be awesome. She just recommended Sycamore Row by John Grisham, which is said to evoke the same raw emotion that we got from his classic A Time To Kill. Apparently there’s a twist that you’ll never see coming! – Katie
  • Unorthodox: My Scandalous Rejection Of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman: Women and religion fascinates me, so I’m I’m reading Unorthodox: My Scandalous Rejection Of My Hasidic Roots, with my Scribd account. It’s a memoir of a young woman who grows up in Hasidic Williamsburg and questions whether she really belongs in the strict religion that sharply confines women’s roles. – Jessica
  • “Your Princess Is In Another Castle” (The Daily Beast): Hands down, the best piece I have read about Elliot Rodger and confronting men’s violence against women was by Arthur Chu on The Daily Beast. – Jessica
  • “Who Killed Lois Duncan’s Daughter?” (Buzzfeed): Though we link to them often, because they own the fucking internet, I kind of majorly hate Buzzfeed. But goddamn, if there’s one area where they truly actually nail it, it’s their Longreads section. I can’t wait to read this piece about the mystery surrounding the death of ’80s YA author Lois Duncan’s daughter. – Amelia
  • Survival of the Fiercest by Chloe Blaque: A fabulous writer friend of mine, writing under the penname Chloe Blaque, just published her first erotic e-book about the biracial editor of a website for multicultural women who tries (and fails?) to fight her lust for a handsome and powerful man who could help save her job. Having read some of Blaque’s erotica before, I can assure you that the woman knows how to turn on a sentence. If you find yourself alone in bed tonight, download this bad boy (it’s only $5.99) on Amazon and enjoy… – Amelia


  • Rascal Flatts, Rewind:  have always been one of my favorite new country groups, and they just released their new album, Rewind, which is AWESOME. I honestly enjoy every song, but some of my favorites are “DJ Tonight,” “Rewind,” and “Riot.” – Katie
  • Mariah Carey, Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive ChanteuseThis album deserves at least one listen for two reasons: 1) That mysteriously stupid genius album title, and 2) It’s Mariah, WTF is wrong with you?! Honestly, it’s pretty good — while not Mimi’s best work, “Thirsty,” “Dedicated” featuring Nas, and “You Don’t Know What To Do” featuring Wale are gonna be on repeat for me all summer. – Amelia


  • Pea Pesto: Get yourself to the farmers’ market this weekend, buy a basket of sugar snap peas, and then whip up some fresh pea pesto. We just made pizza with mozzarella and pea-pecan pesto and it tasted like spring. – Winona
  • Sangria: Peach mango pineapple white sangria?!?! GET IN MY MOUTH. – Winona
  • DIY Candles: DIY funfetti candle = life dream status. Not sure how I could resist taking a bite of it, though? – Winona
  • Smoothie Time: I’m starting to eat healthy again, and there’s nothing yummier than a refreshing smoothie when it starts to get warm out. I plan on trying every single one of these healthy smoothies over the next couple of weeks. Liquid lunch, baby! – Katie
  • Fruity Water: I need to confront my sugary coffee beverage addiction (I drink like two frappuccinos a day, it’s bad). Summer seems like a good time to get myself hooked on fruity water infusions instead. Lemon/raspberry/mint looks like my kind of drink! – Jessica
  • DIY Fan Garland: I don’t know why, but I really, really want to make a festive and colorful tissue paper garland for my office. I think it’ll bring the good vibes. – Amelia


  • #YesAllWomen Illustrations: These graphics depicting #YesAllWomen tweets are so simple and powerful. – Winona
  • Not One More (Act.Everytown.Org): Quoting directly from the petition:

    Richard Martinez, whose son was killed in the Santa Barbara shootings, said the following:

    “Today, I’m going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it: Not One More. People are looking for something to do. I’m asking people to stand up for something. Enough is enough.”

    If you are a supporter of tougher gun control laws in this country, click on over to sign a postcard to your representatives. It seriously takes less than one minute. – Amelia