Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: See “The Skeleton Twins,” Listen To Karen O & Make Some Meatballs

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!


  • A Cup Of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez: I’ve heard nothing but good things about this coming-of-age memoir about being a bisexual Latina in New York City. I’ll be reading that on a train ride home this weekend. (Also, another book she co-edited, Colonize This! Young Women Of Color On Today’s Feminism is essential reading about intersectional feminism.) – Jessica
  • “Sagging Pants And The Long History Of ‘Dangerous’ Street Fashion” (NPR): I’ve never quite understood why some guys wear their pants sagging so their boxers hang out. My older brother did that for awhile and I was always, like, “Ack! No one wants to see your underwear.” There’s a piece on NPR’s blog Code Switch about sagging pants and the history of racialized street fashion. It’s an interesting look at how some aspects of fashion become associated with criminality. – Jessica
  • “Palin Family Fight Club” (TPM): I will be automatically reading EVERYTHING about the Palin family snowmobile party brawl, starting with this report– Jessica
  • Growing Into Grace by Mastin Kipp: This week I’ve been reading Growing Into Grace by Mastin Kipp, the man who founded The Daily Love. In the book, Mastin talks about how to see crisis as a gift, which he learned by getting his dream job before he even finished college – and getting fired in less than a month because of a drug habit. He now considers that experience to be one of the best things that ever happened to him. A lot of unexpected changes have shown up in my life lately, so this book has been a great way to reframe my perspective on the craziness of life. – Claire
  • The September Issues: A few weeks ago, I stockpiled a bunch of September issues of fashion mags and then promptly got super busy and let them sit in my apartment collecting dust for weeks. This weekend, I’m finally going to sit down and shut off my brain for a while and page through them for the fun of it. Fashion Week may have technically just ended, but it’s not really over until we say it’s over, right? – Claire
  • “The Revenge Porn Fixers” (Buzzfeed): I want to read this BuzzFeed piece a group of activists pushing for tighter restrictions and laws against the spread of nude photos. I’m really curious about what’s happening behind the scenes to stop these kinds of leaks from happening – after all, celebs aren’t the only ones who have their private pictures shared. – Claire
  • Women, Race And Class by Angela Davis: She is answering ALL my questions. – Rebecca


  • Hozier: I have a weakness for Irish accents, so I’m biased already towards the musician Hozier. His voice is lovely and his lyrics are beautiful: “That’s a fine looking high horse / what’s you got in the stable?” – Jessica
  • Karen O, Crush Songs: The lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released a lovely, sweet, simple and short solo album this week that is perfect listening for slightly cloudy end of summer mornings. – Amelia


  • “American Horror Story” (Netflix): To gear up for the premiere of “American Horror Story: Freak Show” next month, I’m going to catch up on the first few seasons on Netflix. I’m hoping we get sunny days this weekend so it’s not too dark and spooky out the window while I watch! – Claire
  • “The Skeleton Twins” (in theaters): A drama starring two of Hollywood’s funniest comedians, Bill Hader and Kristin Wiig, “The Skeleton Twins” is about a pair of estranged middle-aged siblings (twins, in fact) who are forced back into each other’s lives and through reconnecting try to figure out where their lives went so wrong. I’ve heard wonderful things about both the movie and their performances, so I must just have to put aside my fear of seeing movies in the theater. – Amelia


  • Slow Cooker Chicken Meatballs: My crockpot makes me feel like I’ve put hours into a meal when I was actually quite lazy. I’m hankering to try these Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (although I might sub in marinara sauce instead of buffalo sauce). – Jessica
  • eBay Purge: I’m moving across the country in a few months (!!!) and I have soooo much to do. One of my biggest tasks is going through all of my clothes and deciding what to keep, what to sell and what to donate. I have a LOT of mid-range designer items (by brands like Mint by Jodi Arnold, Mayle and Rebecca Taylor) that I don’t wear very often that I know I should get rid of, but they’re too “nice” to donate (that sounds awful, but they’re not, like, old H&M, you know?) and I also think selling them to a store like Buffalo Exchange wouldn’t necessarily be the best use of my time. My friend suggested selling them on eBay, so I’m going to do my research and give that a shot. – Amelia
  • Creamy Mushroom Pasta With Spinach: It’s fall, which means it’s time to carb-o-load. This pasta recipe looks decadent and yummy and earthy and NOM. – Amelia