Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read Edan Lepucki’s California, Go On A Voyage With Jenny Lewis & Make Parmesan Lemon Zucchini

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!


  • “Bank-Robbin’ In Brooklyn” (n+1): I love advice columns — Dear Sugar at The Rumpus and Ask Polly at The Awl being two of my forever faves — so I don’t know how Kristin Dombek, who writes the Help Desk column at n+1, has escaped my notice until now. I came across her most recent column, about the at-times soul-oppressing reality of working to live, and was floored. This will resonate with anyone who has ever had a shitty job or felt too drained by the endless 9-to-5 to pursue their passion. – Amelia
  • “Why ‘Masters Of Sex’ Is The Most Feminist Show On Television” (Time):  I loved this short article in TIME about Why “Masters of Sex” is the most feminist show on television. I’m a huge fan of the series (on Showtime, Sundays at 10 p.m. ET!) and thought it was interesting to see how the creators prepared for the taboo plot lines. – Katie
  • “What To Read In August” (Barnes & Noble): Barnes & Noble blog editors have some reading suggestions for the new month, including Men Explain Things to Me, by Rebecca Solnit, and California, by Edan Lepucki. Happy August, Happy reading! – Katie
  • Awesomely Luvvie: This is my new favorite blog of all time. Luvvie’s recent “Hood Lazarus” post almost made me pee myself and a few weeks ago she live-tweeted reading the first 50 Shades book. – Rebecca


  • “Ethel” (HBO): I’m one of those embarrassing Kennedy fanatics and tend to idealize the Camelot days against my better judgment, so I’ll be watching the HBO documentary “Ethel,” which takes a look into the famous family’s life through the eyes of Bobby Kennedy’s amazing (and often overlooked) wife. – Claire


  • Jenny Lewis, The Voyager: Yay, the new Jenny Lewis record has finally arrived! Summer finally sounds right. – Amelia
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye: So far I’m not sure I love the new Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ record, but they’re a hallmark of summertime in my mind, so I’ll give it one more chance to win me over. – Claire
  • Jay Z, Unplugged: I will be jamming out hardcore to this album on my long run this weekend (13.1 miles! Halfway home!). Speaking of which, if anyone wants to be awesome and consider donating to a mental health clinic for low-income patients a “thing to do” over the weekend, I’m just saying, I’m running a marathon on behalf of Advocate Hospitals. – Rebecca


  • Parmesan Lemon Zucchini: This weekend I’m itching to make this side dish, which takes 10 minutes and looks delish. – Jessica
  • Mint Ice Cubes: I want to spend as much time in backyards as possible this weekend, so I want to try to make some refreshing mint ice cubes to float in and cool all my beverages. – Claire


  • NPR One: My mornings are now all about the new NPR One app. It’s a new personalized public radio (audio-only) app that culls stories from all over the country and learns which ones are most interesting to you. I give it two thumbs-up so far. – Jessica
  • Dot & Bo: This is one of my new favorite furniture web sites to browse. From ’50s kitchenware to bohemian art to Union Jack decor, their wares couldn’t be more wide-ranging or cute. – Jessica
  • Clue: I’m most definitely downloading this period tracking app. I’m on birth control, so I know when I’m getting it, but you can also record your mood, sexytime activities, etc. Count me in! – Katie
  • Maryanne Moodie: I took my first Saori weaving class last week and I’m hooked. Saori weaving is really zen — it’s all about just following your instincts, not worrying about patterns or making everything perfect. Check out the amazing hanging tapestry I made in just two hours on a loom! I’m going to be second class this weekend. But I’m not just interested in Saori weaving — I want to try all kinds, including weaving on a small table loom so I can weave at home. (I may invest in a floor loom eventually, if my current obsession sticks.) I just started following Maryanne Moodie on Instagram. She is, like, the Beyonce of weavers, I swear. Her weavings are so gorgeous and experimental and inspiring that I signed up for her three-hour beginner’s workshop in Brooklyn at the end of August. – Amelia