Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read Friendship By Emily Gould, See “Begin Again” & Make Salted Caramel S’mores

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!


  • Friendship by Emily Gould: The former Gawker blogger is back with her first novel (out July 1) about longtime best friends who find themselves at a crossroads as they hit 30. The subject matter appeals to me — I enjoy novels about thirtysomething women like myself, frankly — but I’m also reading this book in solidarity with Gould, who was the subject of an insanely vicious 11,000 word screed masquerading as  a “book review” earlier this week. I enjoyed many aspects of her earlier memoir/book of essays, And The Heart Says Whatever, and have high hopes for this novel, especially given Gould’s work the last few years as the co-founder of the e-book publisher, Emily Books. – Amelia
  • “The Unlikely Rise of the Internet Goat” (Nerve): This a thinkpiece about goat videos. So grateful this exists. – Winona
  • Cruising Altitude by Heather Poole: I’ve really been getting a kick out of this tell-all about starting flight attendant life as a 20-something lady who wants to see the world. I actually had it on the plane with me this weekend and one of the flight attendants working the flight stopped me to ask about it! – Claire
  • “21 Modern Murder Mysteries You Won’t Be Able to Put Down” (PopSugar): I love a good whodunnit, so I plan on getting through as many of these modern mysteries as possible this summer. Thanks for the recommendations, PopSugar! – Katie
  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl: I am taking a break from binging on YA novels to read this mystery. It was off to a slow start, but picked up as soon as journalist Scott McGrath uncovered details of a troubled prodigy’s murder. Pessl’s sophisticated writing creates a complicated whodunit with no hint of resolution in sight. Only 20 percent through this book, I have yet to form my own theories about the potential suspects. – Sophie


  • Ed Sheeran, x: I’m quite enjoying the new Ed Sheeran album. I know he doesn’t get much respect because he wrote schmoopy love songs for One Direction and toured with Taylor Swift, but honestly I think he’s a talented lyricist. “Nina,” “Runaway” and “Don’t” are all great songs that I’ve been listening to on repeat. (And let’s be real, we are all sick of John Mayer.) – Jessica


  • “Begin Again” (in theaters): Not gonna lie, I really want to see this indie rom-com starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, about aspiring musicians “set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.” – Amelia
  • “Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs” (Lifetime): I know I’ll be watching this Lifetime original movie about the fundamentalist Mormon leader, starring Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal.” To get myself ready, I’ve started reading Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall on Scribd. Wall’s memoir about life in the polygamous FLDS described being married at 14 to her first cousin, who raped and abused her for years until she could escape. She eventually helped put Warren Jeffs behind bars. – Jessica
  • “Girl Meets World” (Disney Channel): I’ll definitely be finding a way to watch the “Girl Meets World” premiere over the weekend, even if it ends up way more Disneyfied than “Boy Meets World” ever was. I’ll be binge-watching the original series to prep because it is still pretty much the best show ever. – Claire
  • “Big Brother” Livefeeds (CBS.com): My favorite 24/7 TV show is baaaaaaaaaack and like the crazy person that I am, I have subscribed to the livefeeds again, which means I have 24/7 access to seeing everything going on inside the “Big Brother” house. There goes my already minimal social life! – Amelia


  • Get Grilling: My husband bought a small charcoal grill this week and I wanna learn how to use it! (Fire kind of scares me.) The Pioneer Woman’s grilled zucchini with lemon salt looks easy for starters! – Jessica
  • Unicorn Poop Cookies: What’s not to love about a dessert called “unicorn poop cookies”? Who would have thought unicorn poop was so colorful. – Jessica
  • Salted Caramel S’mores: I hate camping, but if salted caramel s’mores are involved, I will gladly buy a tent and zip-off cargo pants and learn to pee in the woods. – Winona
  • Mexican Quinoa Bowls: These Mexican quinoa bowls have been floating around Pinterest with the caption, “I literally eat these everyday.” Usually Pinterest captions are jumbles of lies and hyperbole, but in this case I believe it. – Winona
  • Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs: I’m starting a 30-day nutritional cleanse on Monday, so this weekend I’m making a batch of these bacon-wrapped hot dogs and eating every single one of them. – Katie
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches: I am dying to make my own version of this coffee ice cream sandwich using doughnut holes! – Sophie


  • DIY Makeup Removers: I’ve been using coconut oil to remove my makeup for the past couple months, and I love it, but here are four other options if that doesn’t work for you. – Winona
  • Hammock Chair: I’m totally going to make this DIY hammock chair to lure Amelia to come visit me in Nashville. Everyone knows hammocks are very effective Amelia traps. [Be over soon! — Amelia] – Winona
  • Rainbow Manicure: With Pride happening in NYC this weekend, I really want to try out a sweet rainbow nail DIY — so far this one looks the prettiest/least impossible to accomplish. – Claire
  • DIY Sunburn Treatments: My legs got insanely sunburned last weekend (which is why I’ve been wearing pants/leggings all week), so I’m going to try some of these homemade sunburn treatments like freezing cubes of aloe vera and this black tea treatment. – Claire