5 Things You Can Buy for Less than $15 to Help You Relax

If you are a fan of bohemian.on.rye, you know I love lists of 5 things. 5 things that one can do, 5 things that are awesome, 5 things I learned from some book/movie/etc. So this is my debut “5 things” post for all you lovelies.

1. Kinetic Sand

It’s not just for kids. The soft texture of this substance is extremely soothing to play with. I keep some on hand for when I am feeling especially anxious.

2. Bath bombs from Lush

Sex Bomb

So this one can be a bit of a slippery slope, because once you try pretty much anything from Lush, you’re going to be hooked. These extremely fragrant, fun balls will make your bath not only smell and feel great, but they look awesome.

3. Try Next Issue


I recently discovered this service, and I am hooked. Because I love buying magazines, but once I read them, I tend to keep giant stacks. For $10 a month, you can peruse a sizable catalog of monthly magazines and download new ones as they come out. Now when I’m feeling a bit too frazzled to get into a book, I’ll find a new magazine and flip through it on my tablet or smart phone.

4. A skein of yarn and some knitting needles

I learned how to knit on Saturday, and I can’t stop. It’s such a mindless activity that can give me a place to focus unwanted energy.

5. A video game on Steam

I love video games. I’m not a hardcore gamer, but I know what I like, and when I’m in a tense state of mind, nothing helps me blow off steam (har har) more than a few puzzle games. One of the great things about Steam is there is something for everyone (Sonic? Dragon’s Lair? Super Meatboy?) and there are frequent sales. You can pick up great games for pennies on the dollar at the right times.

What splurges do you allow yourself when you need to chill?

August Favorites!

I know, it’s been radio silence. I went home to see my family as a big surprise, and then I got back, we had a day off, yadda yadda.

So, since we’re heading into September, a land full of crunchy leaves, pumpkin spice lattes and the calm before the storm of winter, I thought what better way to say adieu to heat and humidity like my top five favs of August.

august2014favs1. Guardians of the Galaxy: I had a feeling this movie was going to be awesome. Just how awesome, though? For this I was unprepared. Favorite lines that I didn’t see coming:

“They got my dick message!”

“Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it.”

“I am not some starry-eyed waif here to succumb to your…pelvic sorcery!”

Also, the day is sort of saved by the power of dance and friendship, so there’s that.

2. Skin Drink by Lush: okay, I can hear you in the back. “Katie, nobody cares about your expensive body products.” Well, naysayers, sit down and let me give you some perspective. Two weeks ago, I did a very stupid thing: I went out to a softball game that went from 10-3 – the peak sunlight hours – without any sunscreen. Didn’t even occur to me. Now, yes, I like feeling like a marshmallow mermaid, but this one product helped me go from this:

   to this  

in 5 flipping days, y’all. So there we go.

3. Meat and Potatoes: Josh and I had super fancy brunch there. And I was feeling a little afraid because it had been hyped up so much, but it was the bomb. I would go back. Well worth the reservation.

4. PEOPLExpress: I love traveling. I also love traveling on the cheap. I really, really love traveling on the cheap, quickly, with friendly people who don’t make me want to die a thousand deaths. And if I can get all that with no layovers? Sign me up. This new, small airline has a nonstop flight that goes from Pittsburgh to southern Virginia, where my family is. It’s, like, an hour. I sat in Pittsburgh Airport longer than I did on that plane. There’s a great sense of community amongst the people you’re traveling with — the staff you see in the airport from start to finish run the whole show, there are no frills, no fancy crap, they just want you to have a fast, comfortable trip to wherever you’re going. Also, free pretzels.

5. Virginia: as I mentioned in my intro, I went home to visit my folks as a surprise over Labor Day weekend. I got to spend time with my puppies, meet my baby niece, spend a lot of time with my Mom and party with my Dad. And I bought lots of crafting stuff. It was awesome.

What were your favorite parts of August? And what are you doing in September?

Monday: What Am I Doing?

mondaydoing08042014Watching: Beat Bobby Flay — My husband and I have been on a kick for roughly the past year or so watching Food Network, including a lot of their cooking game shows. We tried this one out after hearing Alton Brown go on about it. It makes me so mad, and I’m not sure why. I think it’s just because the editing goes like this:
Judges: Oh, Chef Not-Bobby-Flay, your dish is wonderful and perfect and cool and original. And Bobby Flay, your dish is kind of…meh. THE WINNER IS BOBBY FLAY!

Loving: Lush — oh, Lush. You wined me and dined me, and even though there was neither alcohol nor food, I would really love to see you again. You make my skin feel like marshmallows, and you have great charitable causes that I can get behind.

Reading: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides — I’ve seen the movie and listened to the soundtrack, but I’m really digging the book. I’m juggling this with a couple of other things I’m reading, but this has the largest portion of my tiny goldfish attention span.

Hearing: I Love You by The Neighborhood — Very different from my usual musical tastes, but I find it very mellow and chill. So yeah.

Doing: Compiling photos from my staycation — Last week I stayed here in Pittsburgh with my husband and did a lot of crazy stuff. Including and not limited to:

  • Checking out the Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning.
  • Eating out at a bunch of places we’d never been before.
  • Riding the Duquesne Incline (finally!).
  • Watching both Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Guardians of the Galaxy (I recommend both so, so, so much).
  • Visiting Monroeville Mall and Evans City, the sites of the filming of Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead.
  • Going to Randyland (which is where this picture was taken).

I took a lot of pictures. And they are all currently a mess, and I’m trying to work on getting a Google Story or something for all of them so you can share in the delight of my staycation.

It’s Monday. What are you doing?