A Night In, Instead

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Whitney Atkinson

Managing Editor

Homecoming is an event that most hold as a necessity to attend, flaunting their peacock feather-like mums embellished with pride and dripping with money. For others, the event is not nearly as glamorous. To those who weave through the halls, step over fallen feathers and tell themselves minutely if that bell jingles one more time. . ., many homecoming Fridays are spent alone. But being alone on a Friday night does not mean you have to be lonely! The following activities may interest you if you find yourself in an empty house with a TV, a bed, a microwave, or a computer on Homecoming Friday!

Why sit on uncomfortable bleachers crowded with your rambunctious classmates when you could sit at home nestled on your couch while watching Netflix? Assuming you start at 4 PM and don’t have Saturday school the next day (hem hem), you should be able to finish the entire series of Sherlock before 6 AM the next day. Sherlock is a BBC show about the quirky detective Sherlock Holmes navigating modern-day London, using his sass and ridiculous intelligence to solve crimes that erupt around the city. Each episode is just under 90 minutes long, and each season only has 3 episodes. How accomplished would you feel if you could tell somebody you watched an entire television show over the weekend? On just one night?

Watching 13 consecutive hours of Netflix can be a little strenuous, especially for beginners, so what would be better than having an easy, quick, warm snack to munch while devouring the series? A new trend of desserts baked in the microwave are growing extremely popular among the people who are too lazy to actually bake in the oven or put effort into making an entire plate of food from scratch- AKA, our generation. These recipes can be found all over the internet on blogs, cooking websites, and even Tumblr! Two that seem especially delicious are Willow Bird Baking’s “Ultimate Gooey Caramel Brownie Mug Cake Sundae” and No. 2 Pencil’s “Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup.” Both have preparation times of just about five minutes and will leave its devourer completely satisfied and chocolate-filled.

Follow these links to get the recipe for yourself!
The Ultimate Gooey Caramel Brownie Mug Cake Sundae: http://willowbirdbaking.com/2013/12/31/ultimate-gooey-caramel-brownie-mug-cake-sundae/

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug: http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2012/03/06/chocolate-chip-cookie-in-cup/

Nothing is better than being able to catch up with all of your Youtube subscriptions all in one night, but what will one do when they run out of things to watch? If you’re in the mood to marathon an entire Youtuber’s channel, Pranksters in Love is the place to go. The channel features an engaged couple, Nikki and John, and they have uploaded about 200 videos of what their username suggests, pranks on each other! All videos are extremely entertaining and are guaranteed to give its viewer a laugh or two.
Nikki and John’s channel can be found here: m.youtube.com/user/Nikitabanana88

For those who are a proud kindle or library card owner,  a free Friday night is the perfect opportunity to hunker down and devour an entire novel in one sitting! Even for those who aren’t avid readers, the book The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith is the perfect short yet fast-paced novel to try! The book focuses on a girl named Hadley whose father is getting married in England to a woman she’s never met before. She expects the worst as she takes on the journey alone, but then she meets enthusiastic and optimistic Oliver at the airport and has a new-found companion on this trip. For those who are fans of light-hearted contemporary reads and stories of luck and romance, this piece would be a perfect match!

And if all else fails, Friday nights are the perfect time to catch up on your sleep that you’ve been neglecting for the past week. Sleep helps to recharge the brain and put you in a better mood, and waking up early on Saturday means more time to frolic in the sun and eat a healthy breakfast and do yoga in nature and—

No, you’re right. More Netflix.