Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read Salvage The Bones, Watch “True Detective” & Put On Some Blue Eyeshadow

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’ve been picking up random poetry books every time I go to the library, and The Weather Of The Heart by Madeleine L’Engle is my favorite so far. Beautiful words and thoughts on love. – Winona
  • I know everyone has raved about Janet Reitman’s book on Scientology, so I’m excited to read her feature article in Rolling Stone about the war on abortion rights– Jessica
  • I read a lot and so I can say authoritatively that books like Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward don’t come around often. In the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina, 14-year-old Esch learns that she is pregnant by a neighborhood boy. Interspersed with Esch’s story are the stories of her three brothers and their single father, all of whom mourn the loss of the family’s mom deeply. These are people who are truly trying to hold themselves together the best they can and it breaks your heart, as a reader, to know that Katrina is coming soon. Salvage The Bones won the 2011 National Book Award. – Jessica
  • Every year, The New York Times’ travel section releases their mega list of places to visit and it’s always a totally drool-worthy read. This year’s list of “52 Places To Visit In 2014″ is no exception. Now, to find some time off… – Amelia


  • I’ve been binge-watching “Sons of Anarchy” for the last few weeks — a vaguely traumatizing exercise, BTW — but I’m saving the last few episodes of season six for when I fly to Los Angeles next week. That means I have time to watch the first few episodes of “True Detective,” HBO’s new series starring Matthew McConaughey (and Woody Harrelson). It’s supposed to be FABULOUS and I’m a firm believer in McConaughey’s talent as an actor. – Amelia
  • I’ve also seen most of the year’s most talked about and nominated films — “12 Years A Slave,” “Her” and “Blue Jasmine” are my favorites — but one lesser known film that I’m anxious to see is “Short Term 12,” starring Brie Larson, who plays a supervisor at a foster care facility. It looks really powerful. – Amelia


  • I’m not going to lie. My mom got me “The Sound Of Music Live!” CD for Christmas (yes,the one with Carrie Underwood) and I’ve been listening to it in my car. Admittedly, the acting in the show wasn’t superb, BUT girlfriend can sing, and the soundtrack is great. – Katie


  • I am OBSESSED with this blue eyeshadow tutorial (who knew blue could look … classy??), and I plan to practice it incessantly this weekend until I get it right. – Winona


  • Dark chocolate and earl grey tea cookies … yes, please! – Winona
  • This weekend I’m going to a “girls night,” so I need to make something to bring. Hell yeah, that’s what Pinterest is for! Maybe Martha’s twice-baked potatoes with caviar? Can I afford caviar? – Jessica
  • I’m making these super-easy, super-delicious Spinach and Artichoke bites for a shindig I’m throwing this weekend. I found the recipe on Pinterest, and knew I had to try them. I’ll keep you posted about how they come out, but you can get the recipe here– Katie
  • It’s been awhile since I used my slow cooker, so I think I’ll break it out tonight to make a modified, less healthy version of this Jalapeno Mac N Cheese recipe. (I like my mac n cheese to have copious amounts of gluten and heavy cream and a mixture of cheeses, sue me.) – Amelia