Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Week #08

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, February 25, 2008

Times New Roman

Ever since I did this, I've been intrigued with copying fonts--sans tracing paper. So, I figure every once and awhile, I'll go about copying some fonts.

I have started with my favorite: Times New Roman. I'm not going to get into the nerdery that is my reasoning behind this.

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Abercrombie Country

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Oh, lazy Sunday! I woke up late this morning, ate a big bowl of cereal, wrote Sunday Letters, ironed a few shirts, and read. That meant it wasn't until 5pm that I went to the grocery store to buy a few supplies to get me through the week (to include a box of cereal because I love it that much). Cincinnati isn't like Atlanta with a mini-grocery store on every corner. No. There are only two grocery stores in my neighborhood. They're right next to each other and both are full-size. This means that on Sunday afternoons, every young professional that lives within a 2 mile radius of my apartment is at the grocery store.

There I am in Kroger making my way through the crowds, trying to get some bananas, and everywhere I look are pretty boys--good-looking men. So good looking they can be wearing running pants, old tennis shoes, a baseball hat, with a peacoat thrown on and still make you look twice. Of course, after looking twice, you still ask yourself, "Why is this attractive?"

So, I'm picking out my cereal and thinking to myself, "Why are there so many pretty boys here?" All these guys probably had names like Derrick, Eric, Adam, Shiloh, and Jon without an 'h.'

And then it dawned on me, I'm living in Abercrombie & Fitch country. A&F headquarters are in Columbus--100 miles or so from Cincinnati.

I'm learning more about Ohio every day.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik
Sundays I Write Letters

RE: OUTDOORSY GEAR
Dear NikBudnik,
I thank you for your environmental concerns. I’m sure Earth thanks you, too. Enjoy your new bottles.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear NikthefreakingBudnik,
Your typos are well noted on the cool scale.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Birdie,
I bet those “free” Nalgene bottles you have aren’t bona fide Nalgene bottles. C’mon, spend a little for the Earth. $8-10 isn’t much when you figure they’ll last you a lifetime.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
We all know you’re white trash. Haha! I kid bekause I kare.

In all honestly, though, you’re probably consuming some harmful plasticides by reusing Coke bottles.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I’m concerned that you may not really think my water bottle is pretty cool by your use of quotation marks. I’m perfectly okay with that. I don’t need your approval of my drinking vessels.

I have no idea when NikBudnik injected “the freaking” into her name.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Toni,
Wearing Uggs is not giving up outdoorsy clothes. See, Deckers Outdoor Corporation owns Ugg Australia—along with Simple Shoes and Teva. But, Uggs are the more urban of their brands and it’s not just a clever name. The shoes are Uggly.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik
PS. Do you like Uggs? I don't mean to offend with the "Uggly" comment if you do like them. But, you have good shoe taste--a taste I wouldn't expect to include Uggs.



RE: WEEK #07
Dear KBezzie,
I purposely scanned that spread so that my dear readers would rest assured that I am always thinking of them.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Are you trying to get me into trouble by luring me to blog about work? Well, your sneaky tricks won’t work. I won’t tell you that last Tuesday I went to Walgreens during lunch and bought a big sack of Sour Patch Kids.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: BOOK REVIEW
Dear Mom,
Your library should have it. I got it at my local library branch, which has the world’s smallest selection of books.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
The “rivers” here are much like the “mountains.” I’m a tad afraid of the river that separates Ohio from Kentucky. The locals talk about it with hesitation to newcomers and the word on the street is that once upon a time a body was found.

Make peace with those Canadian Geese otherwise they just may get you back by eating your metaphoric potatoes.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Friday, February 22, 2008

Book Review: How to Be a (Bad) Birdwatcher by Simon Barnes

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My first gut response is that this book was very tedious to read. Maybe it was because each chapter starts out with a literary quote. Or that it's mostly knock-you-over-the-head-with-a-two-by-four. I don't necessarily mind "knock-you-over-the-head-with-a-two-by-four," but there's got to be a bit of a kooky spiritual tone.

I did, however, come across this very relevant quote:

"After university, I started work on local papers and my principal memory of the first couple of years is of anxiety and stress and the feeling that I was never going to get anywhere...

Birds are great removers of stress..."

You can imagine that I, no more than one month into my professional life, started thinking. I do plan on buying a bird feeder. Eventually--around the same time I buy furniture and adopt a pet. I better buy a bird feeder and find a good place to go hiking. Because after reading that part of the book, I couldn't stop myself from thinking while at work, "Is this it?" Not that I don't like my job, I'm VERY happy to have my job, but geez, is there going to be more than just a job? The excitement of finishing school is gone. The stress of trying to find a job has evaporated. Now what?

Simon Barnes concludes his book with reasons why birdwatching is important:

"Liking birds is not just a nice thing to do. To look at a bird and feel good about it is a violent revolutionary act. To put out peanuts is a violent revolutionary act. It is an act that demands a revolution in political thought, for it is quite obvious that conservation is far, far too low on the political agenda."

Thank you, Simon. Thank you. Because if people could appreciate the wilderness and nature, preserving it would be a cinch. Politcal crap about the environment is boring. Enjoying the environment is pure bliss. And, if you enjoy the environment, there's no need for political convincing, you're going to demand preservation and conservation.

I say, read it if you're not a birdwatcher and are curious. Also, read it if you, too, are continuing your natural education.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Week #07

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, February 18, 2008

Outdoorsy Gear: Sigg Water Bottle

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Folks, there's something I must come clean about. I bought this water bottle. I didn't just buy it, I paid $25 for it. (It really was only $18.99, but with shipping and handling, well, you know.)

A couple of weekends ago, I was cruising Joseph Beth Booksellers, a local bookstore, just doing what annoying customers did in the bookstore where I worked--browse the shelves and read the magazines for free. Although, I think I did buy Real Simple. Anyway, I saw a display of these water bottles. I scoped them, but saw the price and was like, "Hell no." But, I decided to google them to see what the fuss was about. I first saw Sigg water bottles in Portland--a mecca of all things outdoorsy. So, I took a peek.

From what I can tell, the bottle is the equivalent of a Nalgene bottle: sturdy and won't make your water taste funny. Sigg seems to be pushing self expression. You can "customize" a water bottle--but really you just choose what kind of top you want on it.

Express yourself? Hmmm...I thought that was a major benefit of Nalgene bottles. Everyone knew you were on the cross-country ski or running team in high school if you toted a Nalgene bottle from class to class. And, even then, your bottle had to be covered in stickers--from a VW "Drivers Wanted" sticker to a Skinny Raven Sports one. My two Nalgene bottles express who I am. One has the UAF logo on it--signaling to the world that I'm an alum. My other one has a Beaver Sports logo--signaling that not only am I from Alaska, but I dig the gear, too.

I haven't had the chance to really test my new Sigg bottle--you know, take it hiking, throw it down a cliff, the usual--so I don't know how well it functions in the wild. The cap isn't attached to the bottle the way a Nalgene's is. So, I'm a little worried that there might be lost cap issues. I have taken it to work, though. And it passes the office test with flying colors.

Final thoughts: Sigg bottles are a little pricier than Nalgene bottles, but they just may be the new water bottle trend. They're sold in bookstores (and can be found in more expected places) and have been spotted being used by Portland residents. If you're an early adopter, better buy one now.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sundays I Writer Letters

RE: PEEP SHOW
Dear Toni,
Aren’t hardwood floors great? The best part about ‘em is you don’t need a vacuum to clean!

I do indeed have a stripper pole. It’s one of those collapsible ones that conveniently folds down to fit into a closet or under the bed. I had to get the collapsible model because it’s very unlikely my parents would buy the “It’s a May Pole!” explanation if they come for Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear NikBudnik,
I’m working on it. It’s a slow process—because of the furniture commitment issues and all.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
I have flip flops, but have been tempted to buy fuzzy slippers. And then I think about how it’ll soon enough be summer and way to hot for fuzzy slippers. So, I just wear my flip flops. Or I wear my thick outdoorsy socks.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Um, I haven’t really decorated at all. The only “decorations” are my fabric bulletin board and a calendar. I do plan on buying more fabric and hanging that. And, a dear sister of mine once upon a time sent me 2 old-timey photos I’d like to frame. Stay tuned.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Daddy,
Well, if you and Mom are planning on visiting any time soon, you’ve got two options: you two can share my camping cot, or share the floor with my sleeping bag. Sorry, you both cannot occupy the cot and the sleeping bag at the same time, because I’m a good hostess, but I’ve got limits.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik
PS. For stays longer than 31 days, you will become responsible for ½ of the rent.


Dear Gene,
You truly understand clear shower curtains. Now, what you can’t see is that there’s a mirror parallel to the shower—one can watch oneself shower.

I am on first floor—but there are “garden level” apartments below me—so really, I’m on like the 1.5th floor.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #06
Dear Mom,
The size of my cabin is yet to be determined. Stay tuned.

I did get a lot done on the 8th. You wanna know why? Because I wrote down some things I did and crossed them off immediately. I didn’t want my hard work to go unnoticed.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
I’m sorry to say that my metaphoric cabin is in Alaska. It always has been. But, perhaps it’s on the border and your metaphoric potato farm is in Canada—on the border. And, metaphorically, you break customs laws and give potatoes to your Alaskan neighbors in exchange for some good stories.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear NikBudnik,
Your thoughts intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. I like the idea of “pull some cash.” Stay tuned. I’ve got an idea.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: PORTLAND SKETCHES
Dear NikBudnik,
I see your point. It’s a kind of truth that hurts—I always made Honor Roll and no one ever wanted to do me.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
We all know about your nerds. Dunkin Donuts and Target have following, too. Mmmm…donuts.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Portland Sketches

While I was in the Pacific Northwest, I did a wee bit of doodling. It's always been my intent to share these doodles with you.

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I have made my peace with Starbucks. While something inside of me says to dislike Starbucks with all of my being, I can't. I have been homeless and Starbucks gave me shelter. You may look at the date on this doodle and say, "T, you weren't homeless when you did this. You weren't even unemployed." True. But, the day I was looking at places in Beaverton, I hung out at a Starbucks in between appointments. And, at that point I was homeless and unemployed.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Week #06

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Life in Cincinnati
Peep Show

Mom's been antsy to see pictures of my apartment. I've told her that it's not much to see, but she insists. So, take a peep, people.

Here's a floor plan that I drew:

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There's one huge change to it: you see the suitcase on the floor in the bedroom? Well, this weekend was my "Chore Weekend." I finally got the skirts and sweaters out of it and into the closet.

Here's my office:

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I've added a printer/scanner atop a Rubbermaid tub to the right of the desk. And, last night the lawnchair started to break. I swear I am NOT even close to the maximum weight capacity of the damn chair. So, there is now a nice wooden stool in it's place. It's not as comfortable, but it's much sturdier.

What would a home office be without a degree hanging on the wall?

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Off to the left side of my office is my radiator of license plates:

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Two of the four real ones belonged to Pinkley.

Here's my kitchen:

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The drafty back door:

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I know you're excited to see this one:

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THE DANCE STUDIO! There's a little change to this area due to Chore Weekend. That crap is no longer on the floor.

Looking down the "hall" toward the bathroom and bedroom:

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The bathroom:

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And, this is what the counters look like:

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Can anyone tell me if it's the same pattern that is in Daddy's Thunderbird trailer?

Bedroom Shot No. 1:

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There's a change here, too. See, a camping cot provides little swishing action. You may or may not know that I'm a big swisher. By having the cot right next to the wall, I was cutting down on 75% of the possible swishing action I could get. So, I put the Rubbermaid tub next to the wall and the cot where the tub was. Now, I've got 100% of camping cot swishing action (and that's still not enough).

Bedroom Shot No. 2:

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One of the perks of this apartment was the full-length mirror.

Well, that's it. I hope you feel as close to me as I do to you right now.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik
Sundays I Write Letters

RE: WEEK #05
Dear Mom,
My birthday was in 5 more days.

I’m glad that you like the drawing of my closet door. I would have drawn the other door, but it was removed for “repairs.”

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Angie,
Thank you. I have indeed started work. I have a strict policy not to blog about my employment, except whether I have it or not. I’ll send you a private message and spill the beans.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


RE: LIFE IN CINCINNATI
Dear Birdie,
I could get a land line, but that would cost more money. I can’t get jazzed about paying 2 phone bills. The cell phone guy told me that I’m in a 5 bar zone and speculated that my phone may be the problem. So, I’ll probably sign a contract, get a new phone, and hopefully my problems will be solved.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Gene,
The word on the street is that it doesn’t matter which phone company you use—the reception here sucks. Of course, if that’s true, my plan to get a new phone won’t work.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Life in Cincinnati
Lesson #1

Throughout my Natural Education, I've noticed that many hikers and outdoorsy folks measure their experience in miles and whether the miles were traveled solo. And, when their stories start to get hairy, I'm always reassured that there may be a happy ending, because they have such a ginormous number of solo miles. I've adopted this experience unit of measurement. We all know in recent months, I racked up 8,704 miles of solo driving/traveling. Add onto that 800 miles to Memphis, 800 miles to North Carolina (the first time), and about 300 miles to Savannah. And, I have 5,600 miles traveled with my Mom.

But this is where my story gets hairy: one month into a new city and I'm feeling the strain of adjusting. Getting up and going to work five days a week isn't bad. In fact, it's nice having a regular schedule, something grad school and retail work never afforded me. It's the coming home part that's a little rough. There's no one to talk to. No furry beasts to pet. And, a phone that doesn't get reception, so long distance calls are uncomfortably held outside in the cold and dark. I'm not a stranger to this kind of thing. Atlanta felt the same way. And lasted for quite a few months.

We don't know how this story is going to end, but you can sigh a little relief that I've got 8,704 solo miles--and, geez, with that kind of experience, shouldn't I be able to get out of this ridiculous situation?

Lesson #1: It doesn't matter where you've been, how far you've traveled, or how many times you've moved, moving and settling in is never easy.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Week #05

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Sundays I Writer Letters

RE: WEEK #03
Dear Mom,
I have been drawing in my planner. Don’t worry. Thank you for the early birthday wishes.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: BOOK REVIEW
Dear Birdie,
Didn’t we used to listen to Rick Rydell on the radio during our commute? I will have to look up that book, nonetheless.

Thank you for your recommendation.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I applied for my library card online and then brought it in to be activated. I arrived at the library ½ hour after they opened and spent ¼ hour looking for a book. But, you wanna know what? The chick didn’t know how to process an online-application library card. So, how about you all learn your systems better?

Oh-ho-ho! I kid bekause I kare.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Ty,
I can’t believe you haven’t ever read “Hey Whipple, Squeeze This” before. It pretty much was the first industry book I read. I’m glad that you love industry books, because I don’t—unless I’m getting paid to read them.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #04
Dear Birdie,
I could probably tell you what my schedule was the fall semester of my freshman year. Observez-vous! Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 9:15-10:15 English Major Math; 10:30-11:30 English 211; 3:30-4:30 French 201; Tuesdays, Thursdays: 2-3:30 100-something History; 3:45-5:15 Library Science. (I don’t know if the time for the Library Science is correct, but it only lasted like half of the semester.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
Don’t we all? Don’t we all.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
No. I have not forgotten how to draw. Please hold your horses.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I love you, too.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: I WANT ONE
Dear Mom,
No, I am not partial to spiral bound sketchbooks. At this point I’m just looking for something to get the job done and be within my price expectations and range.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: LONG TIME COMING
Dear Mom,
I don’t play cards so there’s some extra time. And, like KBezzie says, they don’t all update every day. I never end up reading every single blog every single day.

I strongly recommend you start reading some.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
I did tell her. Please reference the above letter addressed to Mom. Wow, 114 blogs. I don’t think I have that many. And, yes, you were the one who introduced me to Miss T—thank you.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Long Time Coming

I'm always looking out for new blogs to read. Because I love blogs. Good blogs.

So, I present to you the newest additions to my blogroll:

Miss T's Mystery House of Yarn & Horrors: I don't know why I didn't have this one up before. I've been reading her blog since I learned she has a collection of 'T's. And, she posts delicious photos (if I was a better cook, I just may be inclined to try her recipes).

By Danny Gregory: I wanna say I googled this illustrator after reading about him in Dan Price's book. Now, he doesn't update too often, but when he does, it's worth it. Check out his latest post.

Here are some people I met in New York City:
Ask A Copywriter: He linked to me once 'cause I followed up after the portfolio review. (People do pay attention to the little thank you's.)

The Barnstorming & Idiots' Box: I believe this duo was the first to come to my table at the review. And, because I have grown to expect people to be impressed upon hearing that I originated from Alaska, I was oh-so-disappointed when they only replied, "Really? Whereabouts? We go there every summer," in a that's-not-so-special tone. Oh well. They're nice people. And look, they write books.

The Last 10 Days: This was recommended to me by another blogger.

Fresh Arrival, PassiveAggressiveNotes.com, & The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks: These provide the recommended daily doses of new, cool, interesting stuff, annoying notes left by even more annoying people, and punctuation out of control.

Now, I must note that there's one blog missing. Remember the guy I met at my temporary place of employment in my temporary place of residence? He did indeed start a blog, but mysteriously it disappeared. He hasn't answered my email. Oh well. It's not like I haven't mistaken genius before.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Friday, February 01, 2008

I Want One

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It's been a long time since I've declared I wanted something. Or, maybe I just think it's been a long time.

I want a sketchbook. While I was in Atlanta, I made the transition from store-bought spiral sketchbooks to 99% recycled, hand-bound (by myself) sketchbooks. I had two of them. And they were great. But, now that I'm not printing off a million drafts of my portfolio (which, when folded in half made a great size), I don't have any paper to recycle. It doesn't have to be anything fancy--just some bound pages.

This wish is going to be fulfilled pretty soon.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik