Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch “Her,” Listen To Joy Kills Sorrow & Make Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs

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!


  • My husband gave me The Remains Of The Day by Kazuo Ishiguro for Christmas and I’ve been pouring through it this week. (Not hard, because it’s a fairly short book.) It’s a novel told from the point of view of a proper English butler — think Carson on “Downton Abbey” — who is looking back on his career and reckoning with the fact that the man he worked for was actually a horrible person. It’s poignant, but also bitingly funny. – Jessica
  • Everyone on the Internet can’t stop talking about Amanda Hess’ piece in Pacific Standard magazine, “Why Women Aren’t Welcome On The Internet.” I plan to sit down with a cup of tea this weekend to read it in full. – Jessica
  • I just spent waaaayyyy too long reading Jerry Seinfeld’s AMAZING Reddit AMA. Highly recommended for comedy fans, writers, whoever. – Winona
  • In continuing my life theme of reading books 10 years after they come out, I’m reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks right now, and having a really hard time putting it down. – Winona
  • I read not one but TWO really great travel advice articles this week: here  and here– Winona


  • I want to watch the CNN documentary, “Sole Survivor,” about people who survived plane crashes. In 2nd grade a friend of mine and her entire family were killed in a plane crash and the girl who survived is in this film. I’m really looking forward to seeing it. – Ami
  • There are some new documentaries on Netflix that I’m planning to binge-watch: “Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans Of My Little Pony” (because I am fascinated), “Of Two Minds” (a doc about bipolar disorder), and “GLOW: The Story Of The Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling.” I loved that show so much when I was a kid. – Ami
  • TLC has a new show called “Sex Sent Me To The ER,” all about, well, sex sending people to the ER. From continuous orgasms to fractured penises, I’m DVR-ing it ALL and binge watching. – Katie
  • “Her,” the new Spike Jonze movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, is out nationwide this weekend and I highly recommend y’all run out and see it. It’s one of the best and most thought-provoking movies I’ve seen in years. I expected to find Joaquin’s “sad sack” character — who falls in love with his computer operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson — irritating as hell, but instead, I really, really related to his desire for, but fear of intimacy. – Amelia


  • I can always count on Winona to introduce me to new bluegrass and country acts and this week, she turned me on to a band called Joy Kills Sorrow that I just can’t get enough of. They do an amazing cover of the Postal Service song “Such Great Heights.” – Amelia


  • Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad = healthy and delicious. – Winona
  • I cook chicken for dinner really regularly, but up until recently, I’ve been a white meat girl. The other day, my grocery store was out of bone-in, skin-on (fuck boneless and skinless, seriously) chicken breasts, so I begrudgingly bought chicken thighs instead. I made this Cast Iron Chicken recipe (I skipped the mushrooms, though) and HOLY SHIT, chicken thighs are WHERE IT’S AT. – Amelia
  • Next weekend, I’m hosting a Stella and Dot trunk show at my house! This weekend, I’m looking for fun bite-sized apps to serve while my pals browse through jewelry. I found these delish Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs on Pinterest, and will give them a test-run this weekend, because YUM. – Katie
  • I mean, if you have a few free hours to kill, why wouldn’t you want to make a DIY loom and teach yourself how to weave? – Amelia


  • When I left Portland I was pretty over it, but the blog Votre Grand Soeur, which is full of gorgeous photos, stories, fashion, and events around P-town, has been making me feel a little homesick! Portlanders, ex-Portlanders, and wannabe Portlanders should check it out. – Winona
  • I’m a terrible chef, but I’m alllllll about my slow cooker. My friend recently introduced me to this genius blog, which gives you meals to pre-prepare in Ziploc bags, which you can then freeze and just pour into the crockpot the day you want to eat them. Genius! – Katie