Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch “Candidly Nicole,” Make Friendship Bracelets & Read Up On Harper Lee

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!


  • “Summer Is The Worst” (Bitches Gotta Eat): Read Samantha Irby’s epic take-down of summer and street festivals in particular on Bitches Gotta Eat to reassure yourself that you’re not missing out on much. – Rebecca
  • “Top 10 Jobs With The Highest Work Life Balance” (Mashable): I loved that Social Media Managers landed the #5 spot on this list of jobs with the highest work-life balance! Check to see if yours made the list. – Katie
  • “What If Classic Literary Characters Were On Facebook?” (Barnes And Noble): As a Facebook addict, I thought this Barnes & Noble Blog post was amazing, and wish I’d thought of it. – Katie
  • “How Unauthorized In The New Book About Harper Lee?” (Gawker): I’m really interested in that new book about To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee called The Mockingbird Next Door, by Marja Mills. I’m curious about the book because it is “unauthorized,” as in, Harper Lee and her sister (an attorney who handled her affairs) haven’t given their confirmation to anything contained in it. I’m curious to read this piece on Gawker about some of the ethical considerations around the book. – Jessica


  • “Candidly Nicole” (VH1): I’ve loved Nicole Richie ever since “The Simple Life” because even though the show was insanely stupid, there was something smart and witty and irreverent about Nicole. Since then, there’s been lots of tabloid drama, an eventual evolution into a low-key mom and fashion designer, and now she’s back on the small-screen in this scripted reality show which just premiered this week. The first episode is hilarious, with plenty of poking fun at her own checkered history. Highly recommend. – Amelia
  • “Westworld” (Google Play): Watch this because it’s a motherfucking classic of the Weird 70s Dystopian Future Sci-Fi genre. – Rebecca
  • “Expecting Amish” (Lifetime): The Amish way of life totally fascinates me, so I’m setting my DVR to record “Expecting Amish,” a new Lifetime movie featuring Jesse McCartney and premiering Saturday at 8. – Katie
  • “Beyonce X 10″ (HBO): I’m going to watch the first few installments of Beyonce’s HBO “X10″ concert series before I go about deep-cleaning my apartment, because nothing motivates me to get shit done in my life quite like seeing her kick major ass onstage. – Claire
  • “Short Term 12″ (Netflix): This is supposedly a very good film [It is! — Amelia] about the foster care system starring actress Brie Larson — and it’s instant streaming on Netflix. – Jessica


  • St. Vincent: Jam out to St. Vincent while all your friends are at Pitchfork actually watching her. – Rebecca
  • Bleachers, Strange Desire: We’ve said it once this week, but I’ll say it again — listen to Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers project NOW. So so so good.


  • Baby Bok Choy With Celery & Mushrooms: Go to the farmer’s market, get some shiitake mushrooms, and get your veg deliciousness on. – Rebecca
  • Friendship Bracelets: Make friendship bracelets and give them to yourself. – Rebecca
  • Lemon Popsicles: I’m totally making these lemonade popsicles with fruit as a yummy summertime treat. – Katie
  • Blueberries: Blueberries were on sale at my local grocery store, so naturally I bought more of them can I could possibly eat. This calls for Blueberry Kiwi Mojitos and Blueberry Lemonade. – Jessica


  • Sidewalk Sales: I’ll be hitting up this sidewalk sale in Brooklyn. There are sweet outdoor sales in every city and neighborhood in the summertime, and I love the excuse to spend time outside and treasure hunt. – Claire
  • Apartment Purge: Last weekend, I made my first big step towards moving to LA (which I plan to do towards the end of the year) — I threw away my ratty old UGGs! This weekend, I’m going to start purging my apartment of all the things I really, really don’t needs. This article will hopefully help me make some of the harder decisions. – Amelia