Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Binge On “Orange Is The New Black” Season 2, Read Me Before You & Learn To Braid Your Bangs

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! 


  • Me Before You by JoJo Moyes: After two people in my writing group glowed about how great this book is, I finally pulled my copy — which I got from the publicist back when it came out — off my shelf at work. So far, I’m really enjoying the story of a young woman from a small village who gets a job as a caregiver to a wheelchair-bound man who lost his mobility in an accident a few years before. – Amelia
  • Bake It in a Cupcake: 50 Treats with a Surprise Inside by Megan Seling: I played bingo with the author of this book earlier this week (hi Megan!) and everyone should buy it because she’s rad and it’s about baking surprises into cupcakes! Yum. – Winona
  • “Travel Changed Me Forever” (Travel Mindset): I loved this article about traveling to underrated places. – Winona
  • Blood, Bones And Butter: The Inadvertent Education Of A Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton: This book is high up there on my Best Memoirs I’ve Ever Read list. Hamilton is the chef and owner of a New York City restaurant called Prune. But she had a long history before that as a catering cook, the chef at a summer camp, and other adventures. Hamilton is probably one of the most humble, down-to-earth “successful women” I’ve come across; she reminds me of a less scary version of Kelly Cutrone. This is a great book to pick up for foodies, Italo-philes, and anyone with complicated families/mother issues. – Jessica
  • “All The Online Assholes” (Conor Tomas): A big part of working online is dealing with online assholes. This piece will help. – Jessica
  • TheGreatDiscontent.com: I just randomly discovered this web site The Great Discondent, which interviews creative people and where they get their creativity from. I’m reading the interviews with Cheryl Strayed and Roxane Gay for sure. – Jessica
  • Brunette Ambition by Lea Michele: I’m going to be “that person” and buy Lea Michele’s book, Brunette Ambition, to read at the beach this weekend because I love “Glee” and have an unhealthy obsession with celebrity bios. – Katie


  • “Orange Is The New Black” (Netflix): I’m already on episode four of the season two of “Orange Is The New Black” and it is even better than the first. More background stories on some of our favorite inmates, including Crazy Eyes and Taystee, plus trouble for semi-annoying protagonist Piper. I’m only taking a break to go to the beach. – Amelia
  • “The Fault In Our Stars” (theaters): I am probably going to see “The Fault In Our Stars” this weekend, but I’m going to do it at, like,midnight after all the 13-year-olds are home for curfew. – Jessica
  • “Five Broken Cameras” (Netflix): I’ve been watching “Five Broken Cameras,” a 2012 nominee for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, which is streaming on Netflix. It’s about a village in the West Bank where Israelis are erecting a wall. It was filmed mainly by a Palestinian man who lives in the village and the “five broken cameras” refer to the number of video cameras which were ruined (so far, all by Israelis) while filming. The film is not exactly cheery, but it manages to be funny in parts and is exposing me to what’s going on in the Israel/Palestine conflict in a much more tangible way than just reading about it online. – Jessica


  • First Aid Kit, Stay Gold: I’ve been obsessed with this Swedish sister chamber-folk duo ever since I first heard their 2012 record, Lion’s Roar. Their second album, and major label debut, doesn’t drop officially until Tuesday, but is streaming over at NPR right now. The record is less melancholy than the first, with a bit more heft to it, and so far, I’m liking what I’m hearing. – Amelia
  • Miranda Lambert, Platinum: I downloaded Miranda Lambert’s new album, Platinum, which is freakin’ phenomenal. Twangy, raw and heartfelt, I think my girl hit it out of the park with this one. I’ve had it on repeat all week. Tunes I love include: “Girls,” “Bathroom Sink,” and “Priscilla,” to name a few. – Katie


  • Bang Braid: I lack the spatial awareness of my own head to actually achieve any particularly complicated braids, but oh my god, if I could just master how to French braid my bangs away from my face on greasy hair days, my life would be 100 percent improved. I’ve been practicing and this visual tutorial did the best job so far at getting the steps through my thick skull. – Amelia
  • Veggie Sandwiches: All I want to eat right now are veggies, cheese, and a little bread. This zucchini sandwich is a perfect summer meal. – Winona
  • Watermelon Mint Fizz: I just so happen to have watermelon and mint in my fridge. Guess who’s making a Watermelon Mint Fizz this weekend? – Jessica