from The New Yorker

How My Weekend Plans Changed After I Got a Weighted Blanket

By Claire Friedman

A photo of a woman lying down under a blanket.
Photograph by Aleksandar Nakic / Getty

Weekend No. 1

Plan: Visit well-reviewed Chinese Scholar’s Garden on Staten Island; return boots that don’t fit; bake lemon-ricotta scones for potluck brunch on Sunday.

Reality: Bought weighted blanket and cancelled plans with friends to try it out.

Weekend No. 2

Plan: Cook three of ten dishes that made Bobby Flay’s career; go see a movie; visit Grandma to record some of her incredible stories for posterity.

Reality: Spent forty-eight hours under blanket watching “Fox & Friends,” to test out blanket’s anxiety-reducing capabilities.

Weekend No. 3

Plan: Go to Becca’s birthday drinks, Elexa’s housewarming party, and Clare’s baby shower!

Reality: Lay under blanket playing Words with Friends with strangers while keeping every muscle except for thumb muscles perfectly still.

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