Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Book Of Jezebel, Listen To The Head And The Heart & Roast Some Pumpkin Seeds

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!


  • The Book of Jezebel is finally out! A little hefty to carry around with you, I happen to think it’s the perfect smart and funny toilet-read in years. I seriously mean that in the best way possible.
  • David Sedaris is known for his hilarious books and essays — Me Talk Pretty One Day is one of my favorite books ever — many of which reference his large family, particularly his five siblings. But in an essay for The New Yorker, his mood is more subdued as he reflects on the suicide of his sister Tiffany, and the impact her death. It’s a really beautiful piece, still quite funny in spots, that will resonate with anyone who’s lost a loved one.
  • On my reading this weekend is this piece in Playboy about the “club drug” Molly, aka (supposedly) pure MDMA. The writers tested the product in a couple different cities and apparently discovered the vast majority of the stuff isn’t as pure as claimed.
  • Allegiant, the third book in the Divergent series is out! Nobody bother calling me for the next 24 hours, thanks!
  • If you haven’t already, you must — MUST — read John DeVore’s essay on Medium, “Son of Pong,” which is about his relationship with his dad, videogames, and his decision to get sober. It’s a beautiful, brave, funny piece and I feel very lucky to call JDV my BFF.



  • Spotify recently recommended that I check out Seattle indie folk-rock band The Head and the Heart. Their sophomore record, Let’s Be Stilljust came out and, sure enough, I love it. If you’re into a little piano and violin with your rock ‘n’ roll, you should check ‘em out. Great music to listen to while reading on the couch on a weekend day.
  • I’m hearing good things about this NPR interview with Katy Perry. I’m not the hugest fan of hers, but NPR usually asks interesting questions, even of fluffy pop stars.


  • As far as I’m concerned, the main reason to carve a pumpkin is to roast the seeds inside for a yummy snack. I am very interested in trying this roasted sweet and spicy pumpkin seeds recipe.
  • As a “Star Trek: The Next Generation” freak, I need to make this Earl Grey Creme Brulee. Captain Picard’s dream dessert!