How to Spend Your Imminent Food Coma

by Jessica Hodgson (Madewell)

Here comes Thanksgiving: a time for awkward family moments, football and epic food comas. Of course, the tryptophan overdose often leads to napping and general lollygagging, but I challenge you to use this upcoming four-day weekend for more than just sloth (though laziness is accepted and totally understandable). Behold—five things to do whilst in your post-turkey food coma (and the subsequent days thereafter).

1. PLAY: Many moons ago, my family discovered the wonder that is Scattergories. This game can be played by any number of people (teams often get the quieter guests involved) and combines creative wordplay with creative lying. Mix in guests who have been imbibing and you’re sure to have a rockin’ good time.

2. SEE: It’s been scientifically proven that those who don’t enjoy the Muppets don’t have a soul. Please, everyone, go see The Muppets.

3. READ: Maybe overeating makes you want to curl up with a good book. If so, I recommend I Was Told There’d Be Cake, by Sloane Crosley. Equal parts endearing and hilarious, this collection of essays is perfect light fare for the long weekend.

4. WATCH: Quirky comedy Community may have been shelved by NBC for the moment, but you can still get your fill by watching seasons one and two, then doodling evil goatees on family photos in solidarity.

5. MAKE: Looking for an inexpensive way to glam up your wardrobe? The ladies over at Honestly…WTF have plenty of suggestions, but I’m definitely going with the beaded button-up. Even with my minimal sewing skills, I can handle this project. I’m thinking assorted gold beads on one of my Madewell perfect shirts. Instant update.

6. BONUS! Because maybe you want to roll out of your food coma and try to tackle the gym, listen to The Knocks to get you revved up. This NYC duo’s synth-pop tunes will surely challenge you to shake it (I speak from experience).