Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read X Vs. Y, Listen To Angel Olsen & Bake 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 just got sent the DVD for “Bettie Page Reveals All,” a documentary that the former pin-up star actually participated in. I’ve seen several other movies about Bettie Page (both fictionalized and documentary), so I’m fascinated that she actually narrates this one. Obviously, I’m a huge Bettie Page fan. – Jessica
  • Everyone who knows me, knows I am going to sneak out of the apt to see “Divergent” this weekend. – Sophie


  • I’ve been revisiting some of my favorite childhood books recently. This week is The Phantom Tollbooth, which is so much more clever, charming, and existential than I could ever have grasped in 5th grade. – Winona
  • I finished The Flame Throwers, and tried to fill my end-of-great-book depression by buying two more books: Tampa, recommended by Amelia and Dear Life, which I’ve been meaning to read forever. – Ami
  • Meanwhile, I’m reading a book beloved by both Ami and Winona and recommended multiple times in this Weekend Shut-In Guide — The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, which is just as wondrous as they’ve said. – Amelia
  • Have you picked up a copy of X Vs. Y: A Cultural War, A Love Story by our girl Leonora Epstein and her sister Eve Epstein? Born 14 years apart, the book delves into the various aspects of pop culture that separate Generations X and Y — as well as those that bring them together. It’s fun and smart and quirky and nostalgic. Not to be missed!  Amelia
  • I’m pretty psyched about this blog that I just found out about today called Spanked, Not Silenced and can’t wait to check out its articles “On Being Submissive While Feminism” and “Doing Feminist Porn.” Um, it’s very, very NSFW. – Jessica
  • We got lots of books every day at The Frisky but they just pile up on the giveaway table. So I’m thrilled to have received the paperback for Z: A Novel Of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Anne Fowler. That book has been on my must-read list for a long time already. Obviously, I’m a huge Zelda Fitzgerald fan, too. – Jessica
  • Because so many of my friends are unhealthily obsessed with “House of Cards,” maybe they should pick up one of these 10 books as a healthy alternative. – Katie
  • As a childhood fan of Sweet Valley High books, it’s only obvious who the “better” twin was, and this is coming from someone who is a twin and doesn’t believe in better twins. Sorry, Elizabeth, but this proves your sister Jessica was way cooler. I think you all can agree… – Katie


  • The Moth Radio Hour is always one of my favorite things to listen to, but every single story on this episode blew me out of the water. – Ami
  • I’ve been listening to a lot of Kina Grannis lately. Her new album, Elements, comes out May 6. She’s got a very sweet, whimsical voice (and even did a cover of Lorde’s “Royals” which appeared in a snippet during this year’s Grammys.) – Katie
  • I just discovered an indie singer-songwriter named Angel Olsen and I am totally obsessed. Her voice has this amazing, untouched, smokey quality that is utterly captivating. Her album, Burn Your Fire For No Witnessis wonderful from start to finish, but I’m especially found of the final two tracks, “Enemy” and “Windows,” and have been playing them back to back a bunch this weekend. – Amelia


  • I will be making a second attempt at these gluten free chocolate peanut butter cookies. I tried to bake these last weekend, but was too lazy to find the cocoa powder. I substituted hot chocolate mix and they were a bit too salty for my liking. Hopefully attempt two will be good enough to share. – Sophie
  • I would love to make one of these starry night lampshades with the Nashville skyline! – Winona
  • My friend posted this recipe for Brioche perdue à la confiture de lait on Facebook and even though it’s in French, the picture and the word “brioche” are all I need to understand/induce drooling. – Winona
  • We made almond butter cookies the other day because we were out of peanut butter and I had a mad craving. Anyway, it was kind of a revelation. I’m going to sub in almond butter for peanut butter all the time now. – Winona