Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: See “This Is Where I Leave You,” Rock Out To Foxygen & Make Some Hybrid Desserts

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!


  • “Do It Anyway” (Medium): My friend, the hilarious comedienne, author and Twitter superstar Sara Benincasa wrote this fantastic and inspiring piece about why you should pursue your passions no matter what. Here’s a quote: “Suck at stuff. Fuck up. Fall down. Get rejected. Get shut down. Get passed over. What the fuck else are you doing with your time? Imagining potential failures? Why not turn that potential into a reality? At least you can say you went for it.” PREACH. – Amelia
  • “Why Gone Girl Should Have Been A TV Series” (Observer): I enjoyed this read about how “Gone Girl” should have been made into a TV series and why. Producer Chris Moore goes into his opinions on why the movie would have been better equipped as a mini-series. – Katie
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer: I’m hoping I’ll find time to start reading The Untethered Soul this weekend, which has been sitting in a book pile next to my bed for weeks. A commenter recommended it (I wish I could remember who or what post, drawing a blank!) and it’s all about getting more grounded in the present, something I was pretty good for a while and totally let fade. Definitely need a refresher. – Claire


  • “This Is Where I Leave You” (in theaters): In some ways, you’ve seen this movie before: family members are brought together to mourn after the passing of a loved one, there is laughter and tears, etc. etc. But “This Is Where I Leave You” is special. Starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver and Connie Britton, the film is about four siblings who come home to mom’s house to sit Shiva for seven days, upholding their father’s dying wish (even though he wasn’t Jewish). The film is less about a family being broken than it is about individually broken people coming together and finding wholeness and courage in each other’s company. It’s also really funny and well-acted and overall unexpected. – Amelia
  • “The Affair” (Showtime): I’ve started watching “The Affair” at 10 p.m. EST every Sunday on Showtime, and I love it. For those of you who don’t know if you want to commit to another TV show, take my word for it: this show is HOT and worth it. – Katie
  • “Birdman” (in theaters): The movie, starring Michael Keaton and Emma Stone, follows a washed up actor trying to launch and direct a new production of a classic Broadway play, and the many doubts he comes up against along the way. The movie looks like it’s chock-full of dark humor, and let’s be real, a grim laugh is exactly what all of us need given the state of the world these days. – Claire
  • “Journey To Fearless” (Netflix): Taylor Swift’s new album 1989 is almost here, so take a throwback journey to 2010 and watch her “Journey To Fearless” miniseries, which follows her Fearless Tour. Younger Taylor is totally different, yet exactly the same – and that’s why people love her!


  • Foxygen, …And Star Power: I’ve been digging this California-based indie rock band for a little while now, but their new album has turned me into a fucking SUPERFAN. First of all, it’s two-discs, not that anyone buys CDs anymore. SO MANY SONGS — 24 in fact. And all of them are incredible, covering a range of influences, from indie pop to garage rock. I listen to this record at least three times a day all the way through and have yet to tire of it. Go. Listen. NOWWWWW. – Amelia
  • Gone Girl: Motion Picture Soundtrack: I just discovered that the entire “Gone Girl” score is on the internet. I’ve been listening to it, in its full hour-and-a-half glory, while I write the past two workdays. It’s creepy as hell and I love it. If you’re looking for something instrumental to get you focused while you deep clean the house, write an essay, or whatever else you need to accomplish this weekend, give it a listen. – Claire
  • Noah Guthrie (YouTube): A friend of mine sent me a YouTube video of this guy named Noah Guthrie covering “Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO. He put a totally different spin on it, and I’ve been listening to his songs for days now. He’s super talented and worth a listen. – Katie


  • Dessert Mashups: I have a new favorite cookbook called Dessert Mashups, which has tons of recipes for hybrid desserts. I’m talking Sconuts, S’morescake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie & more. Now I can have two desserts in one, and they’re all relatively easy to make! – Katie
  • Crockin’ Girls: I’ve recently been relying on two southern moms to show me how to make yummy things in my slow cooker. Crockingirls.com has instructional videos, written tutorials and tons of recipes, plus they’re entertaining. – Katie
  • Curried Rice: I’ll probably get around to making curried rice this weekend. I add golden raisins and peanuts to that recipe, though. – Rebecca


  • Sell Your Clothes: I’m moving next weekend and did a MASSIVE closet purge of all the clothing I have that I never wear. A lot of it is in really good shape and was once kind of expensive, but I seriously do not have the time or the patience to go to a string of consignment stores looking to sell. A friend told me about LikeTwice.com, a online company that buys a lonnnnnnnng list of gently used branded clothing. All you do is put everything you want to sell in a box (you can check which brands they accept and what they pay for each brand on their site), print out a shipping label, and send it in — within a week, Twice makes you an offer for all the items you sent, itemizing which they are “accepting” and which they are rejecting and giving to Goodwill. You can accept the offer in cash or store credit, and they handle the rest. If you reject the offer, they send everything back to you for a small shipping fee. From what I can tell, they pay pretty decently for a lot of brands — not as much as you’d get if you took the time to sell things on eBay (which can take months of multiple postings) or in a consignment store (where you’d have to wait until the item sells to get paid), but certainly better than taking your clothes to resell shops like Buffalo Exchange. Can’t wait to try it and report back! – Amelia
  • David Bowie Is (Chicago): The beau and I are going to David Bowie Is at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, which I’ve heard is going to be FAR OUT. The exhibition spans Bowie’s entire career and features tons of his costumes, music and other ephemera. – Rebecca