Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Alaska, an Elephant, and Bob Barker

I love my homestate. Something is always happening. I've experienced extreme cold. School was once cancelled on my birthday due to high winds and Monday, when I clicked over to the Anchorage Daily News for my regular dose of homestate news, I wasn't disappointed. Seems a recently retired Bob Barker has offered to help out the Alaska Zoo with their troubled elephant, Maggie. You can read all about it right here.

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See, I love Bob Barker. The summer between the 4th and 5th grades I religiously watched The Price Is Right. And always marveled that Bob cared about pets enough to remind us at the end of every show to have our pets spayed or neutered. (All of my family's cats were spayed or neutered and no doubt Bob had an influence on this.)

I also love Maggie. In Alaska, you don't get to see regular zoo or circus animals. Most of the animals at the Alaska Zoo are found in the surrounding environment. And really, you don't need to see a moose enclosed by a fence when you can just look in your backyard. So it was a treat to see an elephant. Maggie wasn't always alone, either. There was Annabelle, too. She passed away about 10 years ago.

annabelle

(Look closely, folks. She's painting.)

Now, I don't know the entire story of Maggie's declining health and the Alaska Zoo's ownership of her, but I think Bob's offer to help should be taken and add yet another "only in Alaska" story to the book.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Week #34

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, August 27, 2007

tbudnik.com Is Going Live

For a couple of months now I've been designing and building my personal website. And, now, it's ready to release into the wild. But not without a countdown first.

So, hop on over to the site and check out the countdown every day from Monday to Wednesday. Then, on Thursday, wake up early and clickety-click on the bookmark I know you all want to make and see it in all it's glory.

A little bit about the site: I created about 99.999% of it in Quark XPress. The other wee bit o' work was done with some of my mad HTML code skillz. Once again, I will thank the old man who wore the same denim shirt and khakis every day teaching my Computer Science 101 class.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: WEEK #33
Dear Mom,
Your confusion is my mission.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik
PS. I kid bekause I kare.


Dear KBezzie,
I’m sorry, but you’re wrong. I believe Keri Smith has been doing interesting journal drawings and things of the like for longer than me. In fact, I check her blog regularly and I kinda dig her style. Thank you for keeping my interests in mind, though.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: BOOK REVIEW
Dear Mom,
I do believe I remember you telling me you read the book about Hershey. Mmmm…chocolate. Thank you for the recommendation.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: PROJECT 25
Dear Mom,
Let my tummy ache be a warning to you: Don’t cheat! It’s not worth it. I am really happy that I decided to start Project 25. I can’t say that I feel much different, but I do feel like I’ve got the chocolate consumption under control.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
I don’t think I’m lactose intolerant. I know you love your cheese. You’re like a giant mouse.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Birdie,
I’m not going to identify the fast food restaurant I got my shake at. I don’t want to soil their name when they do offer fine food at their establishment. And, I’m sure it wasn’t really their shake that was bad, just the fact I hadn’t had that much sugar in a long time.

By the way, how do you know about Chick-Fil-A?

Sincerely,
T. Budnik
PS. I dream about Coldstone.


Dear Chrissy,
Your thoughts intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to you newsletter.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Tracie,
Oh, don’t even get me started on the Southern language which makes “bell” sound like “bale.”

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

project25low

I cheated. Really, really cheated. Tuesday, I decided I was going to do it. I went to a Southern fast food chain, that shall remain nameless, but I will say that you have to be told how to pronounce their name if you're a newcomer to the South. I ordered the chicken strips because I like strips and I love chicken. And then I ordered a cookies n' cream milkshake. It came with whipped cream and a cherry on top.

When I got home (I went through the drive-thru), I put the shake in the freezer and proceeded to enjoy my chicken and fries. They were quite delish and satisfying. I let my supper settle a proper 5 minutes before I started to get down on the shake. Oh, how the creamy, chunks of chocolatey deliciousness tickled my tongue! But, on a hot summer day, eating frozen confections, even in the refuge of air conditioning, only one thing can happen: a race with the heat.

My shake was starting to melt. So I drank it faster. Damn heat. Then I started to feel the sugar. The shake was starting to turn sickly-sweet. I hesitantly finished the last little sip because I had decided to cheat. I wasn't going to back out.

My stomach ached. My stomach got angry. I had to tiptoe around my apartment the rest of the night so as to not disturb the beast that my stomach had consumed.

For over a month I've successfully followed Project 25. I never slipped up. Sure, I've craved cakes, cookies, pies, and ice cream, but never once did I eat more sugary treats than my allotment of 25 M&Ms (or the carb equivalent). I haven't even had 26 M&Ms in one day. That shake was not worth it.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik
Book Review: L.L. Bean: The Making of an American Icon by Leon Gorman

LLBean

This continues my natural education. Not only did this book help satisfy a small (and growing) obsession with L.L. Bean, but it was a great insight to the world of outdoor fashion.

Reading the book I started to become disappointed as Leon recounted the trials of growing the direct-mail business. I wanted to hold onto my mental image of Freeport, Maine as a little town and the L.L. Bean Headquarters matching. But, small really is not an appropriate adjective. But, rest assured, L.L. Bean "care[s] enough to treat [their] customers, and each other, as human beings." Everyone, "Aaaawww!" How much fun would it be to frolick in the wilderness of Maine and live amongst people who recognize that everyone is a human being and, thus, treats them as such?

I learned an interesting tid-bit about the fashion boom and bust for L.L. Bean. Seems in the '80s, people were diggin' the outdoorsy look. And then a few years later, not so much. I've been interested in outdoorsy fashion trends for quite some time. From my high school days of watching who was carrying a Nalgene bottle, to my college days of keeping an eye on the All-Weather Mocs and the various spin-offs, to now as I'm trying to find classier styles put out by outdoor clothing companies. ("Why?" You may ask. Well, classier outdoorsy clothes say, "I'm serious about working, but I'd much rather be exploring.")

If you're not obsessed with L.L. Bean or interested in outdoorsy clothing trends, I'd say, don't touch this one. There's a lot of business-management-growth-blah-blah talk. But, if you are, read it. Right now.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Week #33

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: 8 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME
Dear Chrissy,
Thank you for supporting my love for the act of teeth brushing. It means a lot.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Remember when Daddy bought us all electric toothbrushes for Christmas? Well, I HATED that toothbrush. It was a bad design. I find I like a good ol’ fashioned move-it-yourself toothbrush. I especially like the ones with gum massagers.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik
PS. I have not a clue when my next loooooong road trip is going to be. I’ll keep you updated.


Dear KathyB,
You are welcome for the tag. I enjoyed your 8 things. I’m glad that you, too, enjoy brushing your teeth. Dentists across the nation are bearing smiles of satisfaction.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Ty,
Flossing is for suckers! Haha. I kid bekause I kare. Flossing is a chore, but I try to do it when I can.

Yesss, you’ve been to Alaska. But, it sounds like you’ve only been to the Southeast. You gotta make it at least to Anchorage to really see the state. Southeast Alaska is very different from the rest of the state.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Ty,
Apology accepted.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #32
Dear Mom,
I’ve thought about it, and I’m not making up for anything. Things are just moving really fast.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
I have no idea what those ass-hurter-stair-chair things are. I simply drew and numbered the steps because someone had mentioned steps to some process. And, I just happened to write that my ass hurt next to it. I was sitting in a folding chair.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Kim-n-Cocoa,
If I take a pillow, I just may fall asleep—and I’ve always been afraid to be that student who falls asleep. Oh, the humiliation!

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: THE PROBLEM WITH T. BUDNIK
Dear Tracie,
I’d be happy to show you my book once it’s finished. I’m shooting for a completion date of August 31st. (Pay attention, readers, because I’ll have details about a part of this coming soon.)

Strangely enough, I’ve never seen another writer’s book, either. I’ve seen mini books, but not the full deal. You should also come to sign off, which is mid-September. I’ll let you know what day so you don’t get suckered into seeing a bunch of designers’ books.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
Oh, are you saying that the real reason I go by “T. Budnik” is because I want to cramp your style? Do I need to remind you what your real first name is? Muhaha!

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom or Barbara Not Barbie,
I’m glad you liked the explanation.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Ty,
I’m happy that you believe T. Budnik kicks ass.

I’d be happy to show you my final book. Like I wrote to Tracie-Trace, going to the sign off is a good thing—you’ll see all of the writers’ books. Perhaps we can have an All-Quarter-Writer-Pow-Wow.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Jaime,
I dig the explanation of why you don’t go by J. Walker. Not too many people can say that. I’m not going to lie or try to hide it, I’m a little jealous.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KathyB,
I think your name is completely part of who you are. For example, some guys ruin names. There are some guys I couldn’t ever date because of something I had in the past with a guy of the same name. It’s a shame, but that’s how it works. Also, I hate it when I discover another Theresa who’s not the most admirable person—I feel like she’s ruining the name.

I’m glad you’re diggin’ the drawin’.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Friday, August 17, 2007

The Problem
with

tbudnik


Have I ever told the history of ‘T. Budnik’? Sometimes I think that it started when a misguided grad student said, “What’s up, T?” as I passed him in halls of my college employment. (This grad student had some of the best eyes I’ve ever made contact with. And, no, once-drunk grad student, I’m not talking about you.) I told him, “I like that. You should call me that from now on. Just ‘T.’” I was joking, but it stuck. But, if you really do your research, you’ll learn it started before that.

On the military duffle bag my oldest brother gave me for Christmas my senior year of high school, in anticipation of going off to college the next fall, I took a Sharpie and wrote in 2” tall letters “T. BUDNIK.” I thought it looked more official that way.

Throughout my college years, my feminism grew to proportions that can only blow the minds of Southern gentlemen. I learned about women going by their initials in order to avoid being judged by their gender on applications. I didn’t like ‘T. L. Budnik,’ though. So, in the midst of my senior year, I applied for grad schools and made sure that only ‘T’ graced the first name blanks. What did I get for my efforts? An acceptance letter addressed to ‘Theresa Budnik.’ Ends up the admission people are smart and got my first name from my check, or maybe it was my transcripts. I pushed on, though.

‘T. Budnik’ is my profile name for a lot of things. It’s my email address; it’s part of my blog url. Although it doesn’t matter, it’s my MySpace profile. I kept going and any of my work that was displayed at school was credited to my first initial and last name. At school, some people have started to call me ‘T’ or ‘T. Budnik.’ At work, they started to call me ‘T-Bud.’

On the first page of a draft of my big portfolio (the one that will be caringly placed into a $285 cover and box) I wrote my preferred moniker in the lower-right hand corner. What was the response? “What’s wrong with ‘Theresa’? I think it’s a lovely name. Why wouldn’t you want anyone to know your name? Tah-ree-sah (Tair-ee-sah, sometimes)!” Receiving that response is just as bad as getting a letter in the mail addressed to “Mr. Budnik.”

For someone who wants to claim that they’ve spent the last 2 years studying and brainstorming about brands, I can’t ignore the importance of the right response to my name. For someone who wants to work for people who understand that we’re all human beings and deserve to be treated as such, I can’t ignore the fact that ‘T. Budnik’ is impersonal. I’m not ready to kill ‘T. Budnik.’ Soon to start the Great Job Search, I've decided Theresa Budnik will grace the cover of my big portfolio and everything self-promotional. I'll be introducing myself by my full first name and wink in the direction of my shortened moniker in hopes that new co-workers and friends will catch on that I like to be called ‘T. Budnik’ or ‘T-Bud’ or even just ‘Budnik.’

I am a human. I am a woman. I have a name. I am

theresabudnik

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Week #32

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, August 13, 2007

8 Things You May Not Know About Me

Tyrese tagged me and because I’m a good sport, here it goes:

1. I’m not really from Alaska.
Bwahahahaha! Nah. I AM from Alaska and I LOVE workin’ it. There are two things that always make me comment: if I see someone buying a road atlas, I always ask them where they're headed; or, if I see someone wearing something that says “Alaska," I'll ask them if they've been. I’m sure the people I see on a regular basis in Atlanta have gotten sick of me talking about Alaska, but you gotta work what you got. Tons of people have other quirks they’re known for—the kid who could draw, the class clown, etc..

2. I love brushing my teeth.
It’s a nice little break from the running around.

3. I started bloggin’ because of a boy.
See, he had an MSN Space and told me I should start one, too. Now, I don’t talk to said boy, but I’m still bloggin’. People come and go and you can always learn something from them.

4. The driver seat of my car is the most comfortable chair I sit in regularly since I’ve been in Atlanta.
Seriously. I don’t own any real furniture, my futon sucks, and the folding chairs at school don’t cut it.

5. I learned how to knit and crochet in the 2nd grade.
It was an after-school class. (Nerd!) I then taught my sister. And now, she knits a whole lot more than me. She can even do complicated stuff.

6. I hate drinking from cups.
Sometime in high school—maybe after my sophomore year—I bought my first long-term water bottle. I’ve never looked back. I avoid cups at all costs. I only drink Cokes from a coffee-like travel cup. Other than that, it’s my two Nalgene bottles and small Rubbermaid bottles.

7. I resisted Nalgene water bottles for a long time.
It was because all of the cross-country runners and skiers at my high school would tote around their Nalgene bottles with Skinny Raven Sports stickers and other flair on them. They gave off an insular vibe, so I didn’t want to tread on their water bottle territory. I bought my first Nalgene bottle my senior year of college knowing I was moving to the states—I wanted to fulfill my role as an Alaska chick.

8. When I hit the road on a long-distance trip, I almost always let out a “Waaaaahoooooo!”
I get really excited about driving. Nothing that I’ve done as of yet has made me feel freer than hitting the road at 70mph.

I’m gonna tag a couple of bloggers of met as of late: KathyB and Kim-n-Cocoa.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: PROJECT 25
Dear KBezzie,
I think that I looked at the generic brand and maybe they had more carbs. And, really, if a $3.00 package of Fudgsicles is going to last you 12 days, do you really need to pinch your pennies and save 50 cents by buying the generic brand? I say, no.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I think I’ve talked with you on the phone about the virtue of these Fudgsicles. Try ‘em. They hit that ice cream craving just right.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear kim-n-cocoa,
Any suggestions for low-carb desserts I’ll take. I was in the candy aisle of the grocery store and was disappointed to see even the sugar-free variations have tons of carbs.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Chrissy,
Now, if you go and put a few M&M’s on the Fudgsicle you’re only cheating yourself.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #31
Dear Mom,
No, things are not calming down. I’m not braking. I’m not losing speed. From this point, it’s pedal to the metal and only looking both ways before running all the red lights.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

PS. In no way do I endorse running red lights. I am an advocate of only the safest driving. That, and metaphors.


Dear KBezzie,
Damn straight I’m a pen snob.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BIRDIE!!!
Dear KBezzie,
My postcard to Postsecret was much more disturbing.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Yes, let’s wish Birdie’s mutant hairs a happy birthday.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Birdie,
No, you did not spell 'coincidence' correctly. And you didn’t spell 'haiku' correctly, either. But, I forgive you. I’m glad that you plucked your mutant hair like it ain’t no thaaang.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Friday, August 10, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BIRDIE!!!

Today is my favorite younger sister's birthday. She's 21. Watch out, world. Let me explain what a "mutant hair" is. It is a hair that grows extraordinarily long. For example, you'll find one hair longer on your arm or leg. Birdie dubbed these "mutant hairs" and I'm pretty sure she has shown me a couple before she plucked them.

For her birthday, I wrote a haiku.

birdiehaiku

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Week #31

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, August 06, 2007

project25low

Time for an update! First, I think I've cheated. Twice. When I had dinner with my aunt, I drank a regular Coke. Then, a week or two ago, I bought a key lime soda and it wasn't until I was drinking it that I realized a soda just may count as a "sweet." Dammit. I swear, though, I don't consider soda a traditional candy. So, from now on I'll be checking my beverages. In the last couple of months I have turned into a diet soda drinker, but diet soda has nothing in it.

A week or so ago, I was getting pretty tired of M&M's, so I sought out a new chocolatey treat. Behold FUDGSICLES!

fudgsicle

These puppies only have 10grams of carbs (remember 15grams is the limit). You have to check the boxes. There are some brands that aren't so carb-friendly. And, this brand has two individually wrapped fudgsicles connected. You gotta tear them apart--you only get to eat one. As far as satisfaction goes, they hit the ice cream spot when you've got a hankerin' for something cool and creamy. I've been alternating between the Fudgsicles and the M&M's. It's good to have variety and I think I'm going to continue looking for new options.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: WEEK #30
Dear KBezzie,
No, I did not stand up Hank. He’s just a busy man and I’m not a pushy person.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Please see my letter to KBezzie for the answer to your first question. I am ALWAYS busy when I say I’m busy. I have places to go and people to see.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Dear KBezzie,
My condolences to your lost comment.

For your 2006 birthday card you got an original-original. Save it and sell it.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I am glad that you feel comfortable using my blog as a bulletin board.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: BOOK REVIEW
Dear KBezzie,
Oh, I’m taking notes. Does Dr. Mad Scientist support your commune? I thought about that today. I just may have to look into the book you mentioned, Wilderness Wife.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Do not read this book then.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: ANOTHER WISH COMES TRUE
Dear Tracie,
I really didn’t expect receiving either item. Both of them were pleasant surprises. I don’t ask people to buy me the things on my list, but then I don’t discourage it.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
Okay, maybe I didn’t explain the entire hot Harry Potter story. I saw the cover and was like, “Helllo! Who is this?” and then I read that it was Harry Potter. Of course he’s not the hottest guy to grace this earth, but come on, did you see him on the cover of People magazine? He looked 12 on that cover. The transformation was so incredible, I couldn’t help but talk to my sister at 12am about it.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik
PS. Unibrows can be taken care of in the middle of the night.


Dear Mom,
Are you saying you have a thing for baboons? Gross. I hope you had fun shopping for new clothes.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Birdie,
You know, I do think I recall KBezzie saying something about the Harry Potter guy being hot. She must prefer him lookin’ 12. Geez, KBezzie.

Thank you again for my sandals.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Chrissy,
Unibrows are the least of my worries. Like I said, they can be taken care of in the middle of the night or a good dose of self-consciousness can do the trick. Or, just crack the whip.

I kid bekause I kare. I say, love the unibrow as it was made.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear NikBudnik,
Word on the street is that Jude Law isn’t very well equipped. If you see Harry casting spells every time you dream about Jude, no problem. Like you said, you ruined Zach Braff for me.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Readers,
Now, I know that you all want to be just as cool as my aunt and my sister and make a wish of mine come true, but please don’t. There are only two things left on my list: an ID bracelet and a dog. Specific information is needed to acquire the bracelet. You need to know things like whether I want to be an organ donor (I do), what my blood type is (oh, it’s A), and whether I have any allergies (not any that I know of). And, please don’t get me a dog. I’ve only gotten so far as committing to the idea. It'll be awhile before I can actually commit to an actual living creature (it'll probably come right after I commit to a piece of furniture that costs more than $100).

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Friday, August 03, 2007

Another Wish Comes True

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Since I've been in Atlanta, everytime my phone rings after I've fallen asleep, I freak out and think something's wrong in Alaska. There's a 4-hour time difference and only an emergency would warrant calling me at 8pm Alaska time. I guess part of the reason why I always figure something's wrong in Alaska is because my Dad had a stroke the summer before I left for here. And my Mom has some health issues now.

One night, I get such a call. I groggily looked at my cell phone and it says, "Birdie's Cell." Great, I think, my younger sister is calling me on her cell phone, not on the house phone (she's back home for the summer) or even using a calling card (which would come up as "Unknown"). So, I wake myself up so I can be coherent.

"Hello?" I answer.

"Hi, Theresa. Oh, I didn't wake you up did I?" Birdie says. She must have been able to hear the sleep in my voice. "Geez, I guess it's late there. I lost track of time here let alone the 4-hour difference."

"Ah, okay. So what's up?"

"Remember those Mush sandals you wanted? I found some and they're on sale."

After confirming my size, she told me that she'd buy them for me. And then we talked about how hot Harry Potter (or the guy who plays him) is on the cover of Details magazine. (He's so hot, it's worth talking about at 12:30am when you gotta be up the next morning for work.)

Yesterday, the sandals arrived. Merci beaucoup, Birdie. Merci.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Book Review: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

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This entire non-fiction narrative is about Dillard's observations of nature at Tinker Creek. She describes the beauty, but also the grotesque in nature. There was a bit too much about bugs and parasites--eating each other alive. But all to expose the paradox of the beautiful and the ugly co-existing in nature. And how do we account for the pain?

Here's a quote that blew my mind: "All the theoriesbotanists have devised to explain the functions of various leaf-shapes tumble under an avalanche of inconsistencies. They simply don't know, can't imagine." Really? Because although I noticed all the different-shaped leaves, I didn't give a thought to why they're different. I found this, which pretty much explains the whole situation. And it seems reasonable without getting too deep into the subject. I'd rather just learn to keep my eyes open and marvel at trees' leaves.

It's definitely a kind of book that creates more questions than answers. Which is exactly what I was looking for. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to return the Chuck Palahniuk novel Diary without reading it. I came to the conclusion that I need to learn more about nature. And not in a science kind of way. More of a spiritual, appreciative way.

So, who better to officially start with than Annie Dillard? Look through my reviews and you'll see that I've read two other books that I'll consider part of my Natural Education: Weird Hikes and The Moonlight Chronicles.

If you want to join in on my educational adventure, start with The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Today is two of my favorite people's birthdays: my dear sister-in-law, Nikki, and my friend from the good ol' days, Michelle. If you didn't know, I write birthday stories. I try desperately not to forget anyone, but trust me, you gotta be someone in order to get a story from me. This month I've started something new.

everydayadventures

I started a zine of sorts. Although, I hate the word "zine." It's a little booklet that reflects this blog--it's all about interesting things that happen every day. The first issue is an introduction and the first adventure I remember. The second issue is all about walking and features 5 stories about memorable walks. Both are completely written and illustrated in my I've-taken-three-drawing-classes-in-my-life style.

It was my original intent to make copies available to the general public. But, in the amount of time it took my slow printer to print two copies, I realized I do not have the time--you know, between trying to graduate and find a writerly position. So for now, dear friends and readers, you will have to wait. I have ideas for future issues--so stay tuned as I do eventually want to make it available. For now you're just going to have to eagerly check the mail on your birthday.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik