Category Archives: cheap|date

…things to do that don’t cost a lot of money

tie-dyed

1. Buy some bedsheets (preferrably sized to fit your bed). Wash ’em.
2. Buy some fabric dye – obtainable at any fabric or craft store.
3. Find a bucket.
4. Add water. Add dye.
5. Twist up your bedsheets all funky-like. If you’re ambitious find some big ‘ole rubber bands to wrap ’em up with.
6. Dunk sheets in bucket a few times (check the dye bottle or the web to see how long you should soak ’em – no not here – find some other site)
7. Let ’em dry for a day (or two).
8. Hang ’em on a clothesline to cure if you got one, else use a drier on a low-temp setting.
9. You gotchyo’self funky-ass tie-dyed sheets! (wash cold, yo.)

rock!

note: Anyone who does this should also check to make sure the dye isn’t toxic. Most fabric dyes aren’t, but any of the powdered kind could be raw pigment, which is highly toxic (don’t believe what your coworker says when she claims that it’s “inert” or “inactive” metal and therefore safe enough to even eat… she’s horribly misinformed!)

#2 down: bonnie & _____’s (valley)

Step 1. Make photocopies of your favorite crosswerdz {USAToday, NYTimes (monday!), WSJ (facist!)}, two apiece.

Step 2. Obtain an amenable female|male, probably bookish, but certainly with a minimal literary and/or puzzle-ing bent.

Step 3. Determine a mutually agreeable location {eg. coffee shop (duh.), library (boston public…not bad), park (if sunny), bar/pub/restaurant (locals only), other…}

Step 4. Endeavour to complete previously referenced word-based acrostic in conjunction with your lady|gentleman-friend, each of you having the pleasure|reward of filling in your own puzzle…good times.

a moviestar that’s what you are…

for the fun things to do that won’t cost you a cent column…

pickout a favorite picture (it can be anything really, as long as you can hold it straight out in front of your face no problem, but pictures are my favorite) and hold it out in front of your face as far as you can with both hands.

now spin around, not too slow but not too fast (or your eyes won’t be able to track the image/object/whatever)…find the perfect speed, just fast enough to make the room whirl and enjoy…

can be done in any room (obviously) but I prefer the bedroom both for the privacy ( :) ) and because it makes for the most interesting background (lotsa different things in a relatively small space).

ps – don’t do it too long silly, you’ll get dizzie and fall down!