Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read My Drunk Kitchen, Have A Robin Williams Marathon & Listen To Mikky Ekko

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!BOOKS/ARTICLES

  • Ferguson, MO: There have been many, many amazing pieces of journalism and writing about what’s been going on in Ferguson, MO, in the aftermath of the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown. Here are just a few: “Black Rage, Ferguson and The Fire This Time” (Clutch), “Why I Don’t Call The Police” (Slate), “Ferguson Is An Occupation In Plain Sight and Words Aren’t Enough To Change That” (The Guardian) and “The Front Lines of Ferguson” (Grantland). – Amelia
  • “I Just Can’t Quit You” (Dame Magazine): After 13 years, I’m finally planning to move away from New York City later this year. It’s become customary for writers to pen “Goodbye New York” essays and while I would have considered writing one myself, my longtime friend Lauren Gitlin, who is also leaving New York City, wrote her own that honestly sums up my feelings so exactly and beautifully that I don’t know that I have anything to add. – Amelia
  • “Remembering Robin Williams” (TIME): I’m buying the special issue of TIME Magazine (out on stands Friday, August 15) “Remembering Robin Williams,” and plan on sobbing alone in my room and mourning the loss of one of the world’s most touching, kind, hilarious talents. I will follow this up by watching all of his standup routines and transitioning to laugh-crying. – Katie
  • The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel: I’m reading The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel about the women who were married to NASA’s first astronauts. The men (at that point, all American astronauts were dudes) each came from military backgrounds, so their wives were used to not having them around much. But training and then executing NASA’s Mercury and Gemini space missions literally took the men off the planet. Talk about nerve wracking. Being the wife of an astronaut meant becoming an instant celebrity with the LIFE magazine spreads to prove it, but in many ways, it was also a trap in ’60s Betty Draper-style housewife hell. I’m absolutely loving this glimpse at a part of history I knew nothing about and am excited the book is being turned into a drama series on ABC. – Jessica
  • “The Comments Have Failed Us” (BKMag.com): I’ve been seeing this BKmag.com article “The Comments Have Failed Us” tweeted around a lot (in reference to Jezebel’s message to their top brass this week about harassment in the comments), so I intend to read and probably sigh heavily in agreement. – Jessica
  • My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart: I’m looking forward to reading this book based on Hannah Hart’s hilarious YouTube series. Cooking tips are interspersed with comedy and mini life lessons — I can’t wait! – Claire


  • Michael Cera, True That: I’m not sure how to feel about Michael Cera releasing his new album, True That, overnight this week (it sounds a little too Beyonce of him), but I love folk music so I’m eager to check it out. Fingers crossed that when critics called it “experimental,” they meant something along the lines of “awesome.” – Claire
  • Mikky Ekko: This week, Spin.com hosted a intimate concert with singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko, best known for his work on Rihanna’s song “Stay.” I hadn’t really listened to his music before but was totally digging his sultry vibes. – Amelia


  • “Hook” (Hulu): If you can bear to watch a Robin Williams movie without tearing up, “Hook” is on Hulu! – Jessica
  • Oh Hell, Have A Robin Williams Marathon: A whole mess of Robin Williams’ best movies are available on Time Warner Cable On Demand. I’ll be watching “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Good Morning Vietnam” and “Good Will Hunting.” – Amelia
  • “The Giver” (in theaters): I adored the book version of “The Giver” growing up, so I’m excited to see the film this weekend. I’ve heard mixed reviews, so I don’t know what to expect, but it’s worth betting that I’ll enjoy it. – Claire


  • Drink Rum: August 16 is National Rum Day, so you can bet your boozy bottom I’m making a pitcher of something sweet. I find this Strawberry Fields cocktail to look particularly refreshing. – Katie
  • Arrange Fresh Flowers: I always love having fresh flowers in my living room, so I appreciated this article on the Home Goods Blog about tips for styling fresh flower bouquets. I’m sick of my regular, old vases, so this will help me add some variety to my blooms. – Katie
  • Get Grilling: It’s time to get in all the summer grilling I can: grilled salmon and corn with dill butter looks tasty and easy. – Jessica


  • @WTFRenaissance: I recently discovered the best Twitter account in the whole world. @WtfReniassance gives insight into what the people in old, ancient paintings might have been thinking, and it’s pee-in-your-pants funny. – Katie