Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read The Wicked Girls, Listen To Saint Heron & Make Apple Pie Cookies

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!


  • I’m really interested in how different people come to feminism, so I was fascinated by this interview on The Hairpin with the author of a book called Jesus Feminist named Sarah Bessey. She’s a Christian and a feminist and is critical of the church. The Q&A is interesting and now I definitely want to read her book. – Jessica
  • I’ve become so in love with “Masters of Sex” on Showtime, that I bought this book, Masters of Sex by Thomas Maier. I always feel like books tell a more in-depth story, and I want to know more about the pioneers of the sexual revolution. Don’t we all? – Katie
  • I just started reading The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood and I can already tell I won’t be abe to put it down till the last page. It’s the story of two pre-teen girls who meet and are somehow involved in the death of another girl. Years later, the two girls encounter each other again as adults, having kept their pasts a secret from their loved ones. If you’re itching for something with the same “what the fuck is going on here for real?” vibes of, like, Gone Girl or Megan Abbott’s Dare Me, pick up The Wicked Girls. – Amelia


  • Do you like “The Little Mermaid” and the sweet, sweet jams of Ke$ha? Then you will totally be into this Chambaland mashup “Part Of Ur World.” – Jessica
  • I am million years behind on life but I have been way into the new Arcade Fire album, Reflektor– Ami
  • #NoDisrespectToBeyonce but Solange is my favorite Knowles and I’m so psyched that she’s launching her own label, Saint Records. And her debut offering is actually a compilation called Saint Heron featuring tracks from awesome R&B artists like Kelela, Sampha, and Starchild. Solange herself concludes the album with her song, “Cash In.” The whole album is fantastic. – Amelia


  • This simple painted doormat is artsy and sweet and welcoming and will totally perk up your porch (or stoop, or apartment hallway, or whatever) during the gloomy winter months. – Winona
  • Apple pie cookies! Cookie apple pies! Mini apple pies shaped like cookies! Large cookies shaped like mini apple pies! Whatever you call them, these look adorable and delicious. – Winona
  • My friends are all having our “Friendsgiving” feast soon, and I wasn’t sure what I’d make—until I found this recipe for Pumpkin Pie Fudge With Nutella and Marshmallow Cream that The Frisky posted last Turkey Day. I’m testing it this weekend, because YUM. – Katie


  • I am nursing a wee bit of a post-birthday celebration hangover so I’m planning on spending today lying vertically on my couch watching a movie marathon on Netflix. I think I’ll start with the documentary “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel,” followed by the drama “What Maisie Knew,” starring Julianne Moore and Alexander Skarsgard, and then capping it all off with “Frances Ha” again, because I loved it that much. – Amelia


  • If you’re in New York City, you must must must must take the time to visit the Rene Magritte exhibit at MOMA. It is beyond. BEYOND. – Amelia
  • May I also suggest convincing your friends and family to put their Pinterest skills to good use by entering our Bitchin’ In The Kitchen Pinterest Contest? You could win over $356 of Rachael Ray cookware juuuust in time for the holidays! – Katie