Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch “The Fall,” Listen To Jazmine Sullivan & Make A Mobile

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 an-extra long, handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!


  • “The Fall” (Netflix): The BBC serial-crime drama The Fall” returns to Netflix for its second season, and I guarantee it’s going to be as good as the first. If you haven’t seen it, here’s the elevator pitch: Jamie Dornan is a creepy and sexy serial killer, and Gillian Anderson is the detective trying to find his ass. It’s set in moody Northern Ireland, it’s atmospheric, creepy and utterly addictive. – Megan
  • “Branson Famous” (TruTV): I am completely obsessed with this new reality show on TruTV, featuring a family of showpeople in Branson (which is like Vegas for born-agains, but I really want to go someday because they have a thing called “Greg Brady Brunch” hosted by Greg Brady and OMG). There’s a bunch of “All About Eve” type drama going on, as one would expect, BUT ALSO, they burst into song mid-interview. Mind blown. Everyone needs to watch this because if it gets canceled I will die. – Robyn
  •  “Murder She Wrote” (Netflix): Recently, I wrote a brief thing about “Murder, She Wrote” and now all I want to be doing right now, from the depths of my very soul, is swaddling myself in blankets, drinking wine and watching some Jessica Fletcher on Netflix. — Robyn
  • “The Boy Next Door” (in theaters): Yes, I want to see that new movie starring Jennifer Lopez and hot newcomer Ryan Guzman, about a hot psycho who becomes obsessed with a divorced mom, or something. Don’t you dare judge me. It looks like one of those awesome suspense movies from the ’80s and ’90s, like “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle” and “The Crush.” – Amelia


  • The Decision Between Us by John Paul Ricco: This book is a new look at participatory art (my life’s love) brilliantly reviewed in Art in America this month by Christa Robbins, a scholar I admire deeply. – Rebecca
  • O, Democracy! by Kathleen Rooney: This is a novel about a staffer for an Illinois Senator who is very much like but of course absolutely not Dick Durbin, who stumbles into a situation in which she could single-handedly decide his 2008 election. Rooney really savors words and it comes through in the novel, which I have been enjoying and really need to finish. – Rebecca
  • The Unspeakable by Meghan Daum: This latest collection is a slim volume of essays on love, death and various human experiences. This, of course, sounds vague, but if you’ve read her essay on leaving New York, you’ll understand the kind of quiet genius we’re working with here. Listen to her episode on the Longform podcast, and then pick up the book. You’ll blow through it in a day or so, trust me. – Megan


  • Exfoliate: My skin gets crazy dry in the winter, but a lady still needs to exfoliate. What to do? Well, I’m gonna moisturize and exfoliate at the same time, like a boss. Take some Albolene (a make-up remover you can buy from Walgreen’s for like, $10 a tub, and which will last you like five years), smear a thick layer of it all over your face, and wait 15 minutes or so. THEN, scrape it off with a credit card, and look at all the weird blackish grey gunk that was previously in your pores. This is an incredibly satisfying beauty procedure for those of us who were really into peeling glue off our hands as children. – Robyn
  • Knit Koala Mittens: These sweet koala bears trying to heal their burns from Australian wildfires need mitten donation to help them get better, and I’m going to look around the house this weekend for some material that I can use to make them some! Here’s a pattern if you’d like to do the same! They can be mailed to the International Fund For Animal Welfare in Australia and are super easy to make. – Claire
  • Clean Your Closet: I plan to spend my Saturday morning giving my closet a massive purge. My taste has changed a lot over the past year or two, and it’s time to be ruthless so I can finally say goodbye to the clothes I no longer wear and pare down my wardrobe into something more cohesive. It’s going to be draining (seriously, why is getting rid of clothes so exhausting?) but it will feel SO good when it’s over with and, more importantly, I’ll probably be able to get dressed a lot more quickly every morning. If I have the energy this weekend, I’m hoping to apply this same attitude to all the other clutter that’s amassed at my place too. Here’s some organizational motivation  if you need some! – Claire
  • Make A Mobile: Ever since I took up weaving, I’ve become super crafty in general. I’m itching to make a mobile/wind chime/suncatcher out of some of the shells I’ve collected over the years, hung from branches I foraged (I hate myself for using that word) from parks in Brooklyn. This is an example of what I’m kind of going for. Seriously though, making awesome shit from founds objects in nature is a super cheap and creative way to have fun for adults and kids. – Amelia


  • The Forever Now at MOMA: I wish I could go see The Forever Now, MoMA’s exhibit on time, timelessness, and originality at the beginning of the 21st century. Alas, I do not live in New York. However, the Art Institute of Chicago has an exhibit of Jesús Rafael Soto’s work, which I originally encountered at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and really really loved. It consists of plastic filaments hanging from the ceiling. You walk through them. It sounds simple, but it has to do with touch and perception, and the viewer’s relationship with the artwork. Any artwork I can touch, I like, so I’ll have to make a trip for it. – Rebecca


  • Jazmine Sullivan, Reality TV: Jazmine Sullivan is a relatively under-the-radar R&B singer with big pipes and a lot to say. I am a fan of her old jam “Lions, Tigers and Bears,” and enjoy singing it vigorously in my room while blow-drying my hair and considering lipstick choices. She released her newest album, Reality TV, this week, and it’s fantastic. Check it out on Spotify. – Megan
  • Sleep With Me Podcast: I know it seems silly to recommend something that’s intended to put you to sleep, but the weekends are nothing but long, uninterrupted stretches of afternoon naps. I have trouble falling asleep sometimes, so when I discovered this podcast, Sleep With Me, I was thrilled. It’s stupidly simple — some dude speaks in a soft, ASMR-lite voice about stuff like “Game Of Thrones” episodes, or “The Nutcracker,” and his voice is so ridiculously soporific that you pass out within a half hour. I actually can’t really fall asleep without it. – Megan