Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read Science…For Her!, Watch “The Babadook” & Watercolor Your Mugs

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!READ

  • Science…For Her! by Megan Amram: One of Twitter’s funniest people, um, ever, and a writer for “Parks and Rec,” Megan Amram finalllllllly has her first book out, a “textbook” about lady business that is supposed to be laugh out loud hilarious. GETTING IT. – Amelia
  • Does Not Love by James Tad Adcox: Reading James Tadd Adcox’s Does Not Love, a novel set in an alternate-reality, pharma-overrun Indianapolis about a couple trying to save their marriage. It’s (way, way) funnier than it sounds. – Rebecca
  • The Science Of Happily Ever After by Ty Tashiro: This book explores what really factors into couples having a happy ending and staying satisfied with one another. I’ve just started it, and I tend to be wary of relationship-centered books, but what I like about this one is that it seems very grounded in reality, and the lessons it shares have been pretty fascinating so far. – Claire


  • “The Babadook” (in theaters/On Demand): My brother recommended this new Australian horror flick and holy shit is it scary and GOOD. First of all, Australians are kind of weird and Australian cinema is even fucking weirder. This movie is about a single mom and her badly behaved son who discover a creepy “children’s” book about a character called The Babadook, who lo and behold, becomes real and, well, it’s not very nice. Seriously, watch it. I had crazy nightmares that the Babadook came for me. Hopefully you won’t though. – Amelia
  • “True Tori” (Lifetime): Ummmm, the second season of the greatest semi-fake/semi-real celeb reality show of all time has begun! Tori is still a basketcase, Dean is still a giant man child, and these two idiots are still considering adding yet another child to their already bursting brood. Also, Tori’s first husband Charlie (whom she cheated on with Dean) makes an off-camera appearance. DRAMA. – Amelia
  • “E-Team” (Netflix): “E-Team” is a Netflix documentary that follows Human Rights Watch advocates that charge into the middle of dangerous humanitarian crises in places like Syria and Iraq to get a full picture of what’s going on. The findings that the team reports back often has major influence over the way the press covers the crises and the kinds of pressure put on the US policymakers. It’s absolutely fascinating and will leave you wanting to make a bigger difference in the world. – Claire


  • Young Fathers, DEAD: Celebrating Young Fathers’ Mercury Prize win by listening to my favorite album of the year, DEAD, over and over and over and over. – Rebecca


  • Watercolor Mugs: New use for nail polish — add a few drops to some water, dip in some plain white cups, and SHAZZAM, you get these cool, special watercolor-looking mugs. Pretty! – Amelia
  • Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies: I’m intrigued by the concept of healthy chocolate chip cookies, so I’m going to try making these Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies, which look delish! – Katie
  • Apples Pie Pancakes: I’m going apple picking this weekend, and plan on making these Apple Pie Pancakes with vanilla maple syrup. – Katie