Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch “Broadchurch,” Listen To Seinabo Sey & Make Valentine’s Day Cards

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!


  • Here is a nice oral history of Chipotle, of all things, from Bloomberg Business, of all places. What a world we live in. — Megan
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers, which is about a woman who starts working for a Google-like corporation and it slowly turns dystopian and bizarre. Also, Dave Eggers is a boss, and no one will ever say that enough. — Rebecca
  • Do you make white people jokes? Are you also white? Well. Read Jazmine Hughes on the gentrificaiton of racial humor in, of all places, The New Republic. It’s smart, funny and keenly observant, full of valid points and will make you think before you open your mouth, which is the goal in this life, isn’t it? — Megan


  • A commenter recommended I take a look at “Serving Life,”  a documentary about inmates at a Louisiana maximum-security prison providing hospice care to fellow prisoners, and facing their own mortality in the process. It sounds like some seriously moving stuff and I’m excited to watch. — Claire
  • I am not one of those wise people who have seen every episode of “The Wire,”, not even close. Sooo, I’m going to watch a bit more of it this weekend at the insistence of the many die-hard “Wire” fans in my life. — Claire
  • “Broadchurch” is the British crime drama that neatly fills the void left by “The Fall.” Here’s the elevator pitch: a little boy is found dead on the beach in Broadchurch and David Tenant is a gruff but loveable detective working with the local authorities to unravel all of the town’s ~secrets~ and to find the killer. It’s SO GOOD. —Megan
  • I’m gonna watch the first season of “Fringe” on Netflix, because Ben Wyatt from “Parks and Recreation” said the plot is airtight and I trust Ben Wyatt. Also because I get to call the characters things like “Pacey” and “Denethor.” — Rebecca
  • “High Maintenance is a web series on Vimeo shot on a micro budget about many things: the bourgification of a particular part of Brooklyn, people’s particular anxieties, waiting or your weed dude. It’s awesome, it’s shot well, and it’s short, so I highly(lol) recommend each episode. — Megan
  • Watching: “Moonlighting”! I found out that all the “Moonlighting” is on YouTube, and I’ve never seen it, and I am starting to run out of detective shows, so hey, might as well. I hear good things! — Robyn


  • Seinabo Sey makes music that’s good for everything: cooking dinner with a drink in hand, teaching yourself how to french-braid, Ped-egging your feet, dancing in the moonlight. Whatever you wanna do, let Seinabo sing you nice things while ya do it. —Megan
  • So, this is not new — it is in fact quite old! — but I read Jia Tolentino’s piece on revisiting Tori Amos’s “Little Earthquakes” and listened to the album all day. It’s perfect for transporting yourself back to your tweendom, when life was as easy as laying down on the floor of your room and listening to this really loud, while your younger sister banged on the door of your shared room. — Megan
  • By now, you are certainly aware that “Fifty Shades Of Gray” is limping its way to a theatre near you. I don’t care if you’re going to see it not, but I most certainly do care that there are two new remixes of the Beyonce songs featured on the soundtrack to said film. —Megan


  • I’ll be making chalkboard paint and painting my ugly IKEA desk. — Rebecca
  • I will also be getting back into my Shiva Rea yoga DVDs. That woman is hypnotic. – Rebecca
  • My friend Nicole makes the most amazing nail art ever, and she is gonna do me up with some sweet Ruth Bader Ginsburg nails this weekend. —Robyn
  • Artichokes French (with linguine), a regional dish from my second hometown of Rochester, NY. This is not the exact recipe I use, since I don’t really work from actual recipes ever, but it’s pretty much the gist of it, although I throw in about a half cup of olive oil for the linguine, as well as roasted tomatoes because they are delicious with everything. — Robyn
  • I want to make some cute Valentine’s Day cards since I’d rather cut down on my cycle of giving people so many store-bought cards. So far I like this one and this one. — Claire
  • Unfortunately, my weekend is mostly about weaving and doing taxes, BUT I’m also