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    7 Ways To Entertain Yourself This Week

    What to watch, read, listen to, and play.

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    1. Watch Shameless.


    Inspired by the original British series, the US version of Shameless follows a family living well below the poverty on the south side of Chicago. Emmy Rossum is brilliant as Fiona, who's found herself the primary caregiver for her five brothers and sisters after their mother walks out and their alcoholic father (William H. Macy) remains completely unreliable. It's just the perfect balance of comedy and drama, provides a nuanced look at the way mental health, alcoholism, and economic hardship can affect young people, and still manages to be a good lazy weekend watch (plus oldest brother Lip is crushable AF).

    Watch it on Netflix.

    Not for you? Check out Louis C.K.'s new comedy special.

    2. Read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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    Angie Thomas's astute and heart-wrenching debut follows 17-year-old Starr, who witnesses her friend being fatally shot by a police officer. Poignant, true to life, and intense, this book is not one to miss.

    Get it on Amazon.

    For something shorter, how about this lovely essay about how Skins got one writer through her teenage years.

    3. Listen to S-Town.

    S-Town Podcast

    Lyle says: "You should listen to S Town, the new project from the Serial/This American Life people. They dumped out all seven episodes this last week, and Ira Glass recently did a promo in which he said something that basically amounted to 'I promise this won't be boring like Serial Season 2 was'."

    I've been listening this week, and can confirm, it's got me hooked.

    Listen here.

    Also, for a bit of spring joy, don't miss Harry Styles' new single.

    4. Download Blyss.

    This game is SO. CHILL. I love it. It's a simple, endless play Domino-esque puzzle game that asks you to eliminate all the dotted squares on the screen. It's a little hard to describe, but you get the hang of it pretty early on and it's just really nice and easygoing, with a lovely design that allows you to pick your colour and theme.

    Get it on iOS and Android.

    Or check out Pixel Drifters for something more fast-paced.

    5. Cook these chocolate swirl meringues.

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    Like eating a fucking cocoa cloud. Delicious and surprisingly easy.

    Get the recipe.

    For something healthier, I made this nice spring veggie dish earlier this week. (Makes a great side, or add in some lentils and pulses for a full vegetarian meal.)

    6. Try upping your skincare game.

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    This very good and unassuming guide to kicking off your skincare routine inspired me to up my care game a bit. I loosely followed Natalya's guide, but shopped around a bit for products that were right for my skin type and budget. It's been such a treat to be kind to my skin every evening. (Though word to the wise, if you have no skincare regimen and want to start one – add steps slowly. I went a little overboard and put like a million things on my face at once and wound up with the worst breakout of my life.)

    If you're set in the skin department, why not treat yourself to one of these cheesy products?

    7. Follow @smithsonian.

    This is a weekly series! If you've done something you loved this week let me know in the comments below, or @ me.

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