Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Get Nostalgic For “My So-Called Life,” Listen To BANKS & Pre-Game With Soft Beer Pretzels

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!


  • Rumi: I came across a collection of Rumi poetry at a bookstore last week that I just couldn’t pass up, so I’m going to crack it open this weekend in hopes of a little spiritual pick-me-up. – Claire
  • “12 Books For People Who Loved Gone Girl” (Barnes & Noble): I’m going on vacation this week and need some new reading material. I got some great suggestions from this post on the Barnes & Noble blog, specifically for people who loved Gone Girl, including In The Woods by Tana French and You Only Get Letters From Jail by Jodi Angel. – Katie
  • The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar: I’m reading The Story Hour, a novel about the relationship between a therapist and her patient, an immigrant Indian woman who tried to commit suicide. It’s a reminder that we never know anyone’s full story, even those we call friends and lovers. – Jessica
  • “Ask Polly: Why Don’t The Men I Date Ever Truly Love Me?” (NYMag.com): Goddamn, Ask Polly — the advice column by Heather Havrilesky that started on The Awl and now runs on NYMag.com — never ceases to amaze me with the compassion, insight and hope woven throughout her answers. This week’s column really hit home for me. I want to print this part out and say it like a mantra every day when I wake up: “It’s time to forget about being lovable. And in fact, it’s time to forsake someone else’s idea of what gives you a spark or no spark. Block the ‘other’ from this picture. No more audience. You are the cherished and the cherisher. You are the eminently lovable and the lover. You are a million brilliant sparks, flashing against a midnight sky. Stop making room for someone else to sit down. Fuck ‘good’ partners. Fuck waiting to be let in. You are already in. You are in. Cherish yourself.” So good. – Amelia


  • “My So-Called Life” (Hulu): Amelia is shocked and appalled that I’ve never really watched the classic that is “My So-Called Life,” so my plan this weekend is to watch as much of the series as possible. Oh look, it’s on Hulu! – Claire
  • “A Piece Of Work” (Netflix): In honor of Joan Rivers, I’d like to watch the documentary about her life, “A Piece Of Work.” All these bios that have popped up about Joan since her passing tell of a fascinating life story that I’d like to know more about. – Claire
  • “The Brittany Murphy Story” (Lifetime): “The Brittany Murphy Story” is on Lifetime this weekend, so I’m obviously going to watch to determine which is worse: Brittany’s story or the “Saved By The Bell” movie. – Katie
  • “Commune” (Netflix): You’ll never call “dirty hippies” dirty hippies again after you watch “Commune,” a documentary screening on Netflix about a community formed in middle-of-nowhere California in 1968. – Jessica


  • Brad Paisley, Moonshine in the Trunk: I’ve had this album on repeat all week. A few must-listen tracks are “Perfect Storm,” “You Shouldn’t Have To,” and the title track “Moonshine In The Trunk.” – Katie
  • BANKS: A guy named Andrew who works in our office recommended that I listen to BANKS, a female vocalist who reminds me of Jem. She’s so great and this has been my background music all week. I wish I could force my ex-boyfriend to listen to her song “Drowning” on repeat. – Jessica


  • Egg Breakfast Bake: I’m going to visit my mom in the midwest this weekend, so I want to try to make this egg breakfast bake together. It sounds so appetizing that I can barely look at a picture of it without getting hangry! – Claire
  • Soft Beer Pretzels: FOOTBALL IS BACK. To commemorate the season (which I love, by the way), I’m going to make these festive soft beer pretzels. – Katie
  • I’M STILL WEAVING: Sorry guys, weaving is basically my reason for living these days. I’ll be spending the weekend (yarn) balls deep in weaving patterns and wool. Next up: opening my own Etsy shop, which will obviously be called IlLOOMiKNOTi Weavings. – Amelia