Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Radical Housewife, Watch “Transparent” & Cook Soup

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!


  • Eyes On You by Kate White: Next up on my reading list: this psychological thriller from former Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Kate White. It’s  about a TV host who becomes the object of someone’s vicious and deadly threats. – Katie
  • “Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is An American Hero” (The New Republic): This interview with the Notorious RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) is everything. – Rebecca
  • The Radical Housewife by Shannon Drury: I’m loving The Radical Housewife, the new book by Shannon Drury based on her blog of the same name. In the book, Shannon explores her role as a mom and a feminist as well as her choice to stay home to raise her kids. She wades through topics like abortion rights, gay marriage and life as an activist with a dose of humor and self-awareness. Read it! – Claire
  • Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham: Lena Dunham’s new book “Not That Kind Of Girl” came out last week, and you should totally get yourself a copy and see what you think! There’s definitely a reason her book tour sold out and that people can’t stop talking about it. – Claire
  •  “Something Borrowed, Something Blue” (Buzzfeed): This fascinating article tells the story of how Madewell based its branding on a workwear company of the same name that launched in 1937. Today’s Madewell (which is owned by J. Crew) uses the same logo as the original company did and bases its branding on the older company’s 50-year history. This came as a total shock to me, someone who loves the brand. It serves as a bleak reminder of just how hard it is to find true American-made style – and that when you think you finally have, the whole thing might just be fake. – Claire


  • “How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC): I started watching “How To Get Away With Murder” on ABC and I highly recommend it. Everyone I know finds it confusing what with the flashbacks and present storyline and future storyline, but I get it and love it. Maybe I’m just gifted… — Katie
  • “Your Linked Into Photo Might Be Why You’re Not Getting Hired” (Fast Company): I really enjoyed this Fast Company video about choosing the right LinkedIn profile picture. Even as a Social Media Manager, I got a few of the answers wrong on the “Which Profile Pic Is Better?” quiz. – Katie
  • “Obvious Child” (On Demand): Guysssssssssss, the hilarious, important, relateable and wonderful Jenny Slate movie “Obvious Child” is on demand! My favorite part is still the very beginning, when Jenny Slate’s character is describing the funkiness of the crotch of her underwear at the end of the day. – Amelia
  • “Transparent” (Amazon Prime): Dear God, binge-watch this amazing show IMMEDIATELY. If you put your mind to it and don’t make plans, you can do it in one day and it is worth it. Starring Jeffrey Tambour as a newly out trans woman with three adult children, the show is funny and moving and so, so real. – Amelia


  • Hole, Live Through This: This week, Claire (22) and Rebecca (28) both told me they had never listened to Hole, including the band’s ESSENTIAL debut album, Live Through This. I was appalled and ordered both of them to make absorbing the album a top priority. And then I proceeded to rock out to it myself the rest of the week. – Amelia


  • Roasted Tomato & Rosemary Soup With Kale And Potatoes: It’s soup/stew/chili season and I’m craving something hearty and full of veggies. This soup looks amazing. – Amelia