Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Week #17

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, April 28, 2008

What's On My Mind: A List (accompanied by doodles)

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1. Anderson Cooper is on the cover of Outside magazine. I paid $16 for a year of Outside. And it just may be the best $16 I've spent in a long time.

2. I mailed a bunch of May greetings on Sunday. And, I still have to make a run to the post office next Saturday.

3. When are peaches and nectarines going to show up in the grocery store? I'm getting sick of apples for lunch.

4. When I was at Ault Park yesterday, a stumpy-tailed lizard skittered across the pavement in front of me. This is the second stumpy-tailed animal I've spotted in Cincinnati. There's a stumpy-tailed squirrel that lives in the "park" just up the street from me. (Oh, and there's like a bajillion lizards here. I kinda like 'em.)

5. I purchased some SPF 15 face moisturizer in hopes that my delicate skin won't be burnt again.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: OUTDOORSY GEAR
Dear Readers,
I received a response from Columbia Sportswear. I have to send the laundered jacket to their warranty office. There, they'll decide if my funky jacket qualifies to be replaced. If they decide that it does, it will be replaced with a similar item of their choice.

I'm contemplating sending it in unlaundered and sweaty--you know, because I'm afraid it'll bleed all over a load of clothes. This is where I need your guidance: do I send it in and possibly, maybe get a mystery item or get it back "fixed?"

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Thank you for your condolences. I mourned the life of my $8.99 Target shirt. It still hurts, but it’s getting easier.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
I paid $19.99 (before tax) for the jacket. So, it doesn’t hurt that much.

Shall I start calling Columbia Sportswear “Columbia FairweatherWear?” Hmm…I’ll hold off on that. All of the other clothes I’ve purchased have worn wonderfully.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WHAT'S ON MY MIND
Dear KBezzie,
No, those are krunchkas.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Please see my letter to KBezzie regarding your inquiry about sun burnt noses.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #16
Dear Mom,
Yes, those are things that I needed. I don’t think I have any unreasonable needs. I guess I could have skipped the purchase of a birthday card, but then my Younger-Older Brother would not know how much I appreciate him on the anniversary of his birth.

I feed Corey the Cat! Iams Original with Chicken. Sundays were meant for heartier meals, so on that day of the week I feed him a small can of Iams wet food.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: PURGE 'N BINGE
Dear NikBudnik,
I will address both of your comments in one letter. Sure, I’ll draw you. Let me know what picture. But, to truly participate in the Portrait Party, you have to draw me. Let’s do it!

And, it never occurred to me that your first comment was vain.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Purge 'n Binge

I know. That's backwards, but that's how I update the links to other blogs I read. First, I purge all of the blogs that haven't been updated in several months and I'm pretty confident won't be any time soon. Then, I add new ones that are so worth reading.

Here they are:

Lauren Nassef: A Drawing a Day
It's updated regularly and the drawings are spectacular.

Gail Niebrugge's Blog
I first came into contact with Gail Niebrugge's work back in my younger days of working at the Palmer Visitor Center. We sold her prints. I enjoyed her work then and enjoy it now through her blog. And, big bonus: I read about things that are happening in my homestate.

The Portrait Party
If anyone wants to participate, let me know. I'd be more than willing to draw your portrait.

Tommy Kane's Blog
Um, if you don't like his drawings, you need to have your eyeballs checked. He did this squirrel.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Week #16

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, April 21, 2008

What's On My Mind: A List (accompanied by doodles)

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1. I sat down to draw my font for the week and couldn't do it. Inspired by this, I decided not to put down the pen and to doodle what's on my mind instead.

2. My forehead (and nose) is easily burned by the Ohio sun.

3. It's starting to feel like a good time to hit the road.

4. But, I'm not really in the mood to navigate intricate roads solo right now.

5. It's spring. And it feels like summers did back home.

6. For the first few days Corey the Cat! was with me, he wasn't eating a whole lot. And, he wasn't pooping. Just as I started to become concerned, he stinkily let me know he's healthy. He's eating krunchkas like a living creature now, too.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Outdoorsy Gear: Columbia Sportswear Titanium Shirt/Jacket

Remember when I said my new Columbia Sportswear shirt/jacket was a whole other story? This is that story.

I bought myself said shirt/jacket and was super-excited because when you walk almost every evening of the week, spring and fall pose some wardrobe issues. If it's chilly, I'll wear sweat pants and a hooded sweatshirt or my Columbia Sportswear windbreaker, or both. My sweat pants don't have pockets for my cell phone or keys, so the hooded sweatshirt or windbreaker are necessary. When it's hot enough, I switch to shorts that have pockets--a top with pockets is unnecessary. But, when it's spring and fall, in between chilly and hot, sometimes shorts are too cold or a sweatshirt or windbreaker are too hot.

Enter the shirt/jacket: it's lighter weight than a sweatshirt and has pockets. Perfect for tween seasons--unless it's raining.

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One evening, I set out in my jacket. And it started to rain. But, I enjoy my walks and getting rained on never hurt anyone, so I continued. When I got home, I had to immediately change out of my soaking clothes. I took off my Columbia Titanium jacket to find red spots all over my shirt--right where the jacket seams touched my shirt.

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I washed the shirt and of course the spots didn't come out. Great.

I used Columbia Sportswear's customer service online inquiry form to express my disappointment. Seriously, I knew that the jacket wouldn't keep me dry, but stain my shirt? What in the world is in that jacket?

Beware, folks. Beware of rain in your Columbia Sportswear clothes. And, I'll let you know if I actually hear from them.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik
Sundays I Write Letters

Dear Readers,

By popular request, I have some photos of Corey the Cat!. He’s still shy. He’s getting better at walking around when I’m home and not sleeping, but he won’t let me approach him unless he’s in one of his hidey-holes. So, when you see the photo, you just don’t look at it—you get to play “Where’s Corey the Cat!?” (The answer is at the bottom of this post.)

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

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RE: SUNDAYS I WRITE LETTERS
Dear KBezzie,
You’ve seen the proof.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Do you believe me now?

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Birdie,
Thank you. I knew you’d believe me. And, check it: Aunty Flabby is so Corey the Cat!’s aunt. Cosmic.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Gene,
Don’t deny that you believed I adopted a dog. Corey the Cat!’s resemblance to Shpider influenced my decision to adopt him.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Daddy,
Corey the Cat! is a very nice cat.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: KINO MT

Dear Mom,
I’m glad that you like the font and that you know that “j” is for journal.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

RE: AULT PARK REVISITED

Dear KBezzie,
You have a dirty mind.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Thank you. In the Land of the Midnight Sun, you have to sit in the sun or clouds for hours before getting burned. I sit for 45 minutes outside here and I’m red.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

RE: WEEK #15

Dear Birdie,
Please refer to the letter to the general readership at the beginning of this post.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
Or, maybe we can just call a certain Jack Russell Terrier we know “Crunchy.”

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Please refer to the letter addressed to Birdie above.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

RE: BOOK REVIEW

Dear KBezzie,
Obviously, if you live in the woods you must dust each and every piece of limestone in your shack.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I do believe Henry David Thoreau was nuts. Please do not waste your time with this book. It’s not worth it.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

RE: OUTDOORSY GEAR

Dear KBezzie,
I am running! But I’m thirsty! What am I going to drink my water from?!

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I probably won’t do anything with my water bottles except for continue to drink out of them. Mmmmm….water…

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

ANSWER: On top of the cupboards.

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BONUS PICTURE!

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Corey the Cat! discovered the bedroom this weekend. I'm trying to convince him that sitting on top of the bed is sooo much more comfortable than under it.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Outdoorsy Gear: Water Bottles

So we've all heard about the funky plastic that contains bisphenol A (BPA) which "has been linked to neurological and behavioral problems in infants and babies, along with certain cancers, diabetes and obesity." Well, I actually didn't pay too much attention to this piece of information at first. They were chatting about it on NPR on my way home, and not too interested in plastic after a long day at work, I switched the station to music. It wasn't until I read this about Nalgene bottles that I became interested.

Are my beloved Nalgene bottles going to give me cancer, diabetes, and make me fat?! Am I going to have to drink 100% from my Sigg bottle?! Is my Sigg bottle even safe? It has a special lining. Could that lining be the same as the food can liners in which BPA is used?

Nalgene is going to eliminate BPA from their bottles. Their new lines already are absent of this devil chemical. And, trying to give Sigg a run for their money, they've got a stainless line available sometime this spring. Supposedly, the amount of the chemical in the plastic isn't enough to really harm a human.

Here's the game plan: I'm going to drink 100% from my Sigg bottle since there's no news about the lining containing this chemical. As soon as I can, I'm buying new, BPA-free Nalgene bottles.

Or, I'll just continue drinking from my Nalgene bottles because all of this water bottle writing has made me thirsty and I've got a bottle in my fridge right now filled with sweet, sweet water. And, I'll just keep you updated on any BPA-related health issues I experience. And, I'll buy some of Nalgene's new bottles--because I love water bottles.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Book Review: Walden; or, Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau

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I'm not holding out on you: it took me forever to read this book. Why did I even read it? Well, I figured with my Natural Education and everything, I should hit some of the classics. I held off reading this one because I stereotyped Henry as a stodgy old man.

This book was extremely painful. While there were some great quotes and I found some of his ideas intriguing (for example, if you want less, you can work less), I found Henry to be a bit smug (and a stodgy old man). Perhaps Henry was a founding Mother Smugger.

Here are the quotes I found insightful:

"I had three pieces of limestone on my desk, but I was terrified to find that they required to be dusted daily when the furniture of my mind was all undusted still, and I threw them out the window in disgust. How, then, could I have a furnished house?"

"I have never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude."

"Not till we are lost, in other words, not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations."

"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads."

There, now that you've read those you don't have to waste your time reading the book.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Week #15

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, April 14, 2008

Ault Park Revisited

This is a week late. A couple of weekends ago, the weather was gorgeous. Since Ault Park is a decent walk from my apartment, I decided to go again and give the sketching thing another go. This time I wore my new Columbia Titanium jacket (which is a whole other post) and my fancy hiking pants. It was so warm out I wore my fancy hiking pants rolled into capris. By the time I got to the park I had to take off my jacket, it had gotten that hot. Don't be jealous.

Here's what made it into my sketchbook. Those people had no idea I was doodling them. Suckers!

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Ault Park was super-busy: filled with families and couples having picnics, kids on bicycles, tricycles, and skateboards, dogs, joggers, strollers, old people with walkers. Who or what wouldn't have wanted to be there?

I came home with a souvenir: a slightly sunburned nose and forehead. It didn't even occur to me that I could get sunburned. (It felt too cool and early for sunburn.) So, this weekend, I bought sunscreen with plans to walk to Ault Park again. Those plans were ruined when Ohio decided to be cold and rainy all weekend long.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik
Kino MT

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(J is for journal. I know on here I call it my "planner," but as of late, it's more like a journal.)

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sundays I Write Letters

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Dear Readers,
It gives me great pleasure to introduce Corey the Cat. Friday after work, I went to the O’Bryonville Animal Rescue. OAR is about 40 cats in the basement of an antique shop in O’Bryonville, Cincinnati. I spotted Corey online and immediately was diggin’ his milk moustache. When I met him on Friday, I knew it was meant to be. There were a bunch of cats more outgoing than Corey at the rescue. Although Corey didn’t come up to me directly, he did let me love on him. His stats: he's a 5 year old tuxedo katzah.

Corey isn’t home yet. He’s due for his annual check-up and the rescue people felt it was best if they took him and then brought him to my home. This way he’s not over-stressed by moving into my place just to get put back into the carrier for a trip to the vet. On Tuesday evening Corey should be coming home.

My immediate family may be offended that I’m announcing my cat adoption via my blog and not with a bit more personal email. They won't believe me, though. See, for April Fools, I fooled them all with an email saying I adopted a gargantuan dog named “Lobo.” They probably won’t believe that Corey is the real deal—even when I send self portraits of us together. My April Fools joke was that good.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: HARLOW SOLID ITALIC
Dear KBezzie,
No, I have never thought about designing my own fonts. That activity falls under the tedium that is design.

I want to make sure my “tedium that is design” comment doesn’t get misinterpreted here. Design is great. Designers are great people. But, design takes a lot of work—work that I find tedious. I choose other work—writing. I’m sure there’s plenty of designers and other people who find writing tedious.

That is all.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I’m glad you like the font.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #14
Dear Mom,
I’m not konvinced that you really kid bekause you kare, since you spelled “cause” with a “c.”

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Week #14

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Harlow Solid Italic

I was having a fabulous time drawing this font until my pen ran out of ink and I discovered I didn't have any more juicy Uniball Vision Elites. So I finished the letters and numbers with a fine point Sharpie (not the best pen in the world to draw with). Fortunately, I made it to the store and bought some brand spankin' new Uniballs before I drew the apple.

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: I NEED 500 MILES TO DRIVE
Dear NikBudnik,
You know, I kind of wondered if this mix was really a good road trip mix, or if it just reminded me of the mixes you made that were the soundtrack to my 8,700 mile adventure.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik
PS. I am glowing that I have NikBudnik’s musical approval!


Dear KBezzie,
Have you purchased the 28 cent copy? It really is worth it. You have a thing for The Postal Service, don’t you?

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
If we were to drive 5,634 miles together again, you can bet your buttons we’d be listening to this CD. So, yes, party on.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: GOUDY OLD STYLE
Dear Mom,
Yes. Yes it does.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #13
Dear KBezzie,
I didn’t fall for anything. There was only one type of mattress to choose from. It has springs inside of it. I guess that means it won’t compress anyway.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I am starting to get settled. Now, I just need a pet…more on that later. And, yes, I probably will need a U-Haul for my next move. But, if my next move is cross-country, I’ll ship everything, buy a bicycle and ride it across the country. (I’ve already driven across the states 3 times in a car. It’s time for a new mode of transportation.)

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Gene,
Thank you. Although I am not of the male gender, I find you “man meat” comment offensive. I feel that we all, regardless of gender or sex, deserve respect.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik
PS. But, if you know where to find some good Mid-Western man meat, please pass it along—I’m looking.



RE: FUTON
Dear Mom,
For that smart remark about turning my futon back into a camping cot, you will have to sleep on the camping cot when you come and visit. Who’s going to be laughing when their swish factor is decreased by 100%? Huh?

Ah, I kid bekause I kare.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik
PS. I tell myself that I shouldn’t be using that quilt, because it’s hand-quilted and all. But, I love the colors so much, I can’t bring myself to take it off!


Dear Toni,
Don’t you like my nightstand? Let me tell you, that nightstand was my faithful bedtime companion during my two years in Atlanta. Before that, it stored my college life during the summers. And, it’s got a great sticker collection.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Daddy,
I’m glad you like my futon. And, thank you for that factoid about futons and China. I’m assuming you learned that in your Asian History class, right?

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Futon

As you know, I bought a futon last weekend. It cost a bit more than I wanted to spend, but let me tell you something: it was worth it. One night the week before I bought it, I rolled over on my cot and couldn't get comfortable. That's when I decided it was time. Since the acquisition of the futon, my swish factor has increased by 150%. Ahh! The camping cot is happily stored under the futon.

As always, I put this piece of furniture together solo. You know the drill: scroll through the pictures quickly and the futon puts itself together!

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Week #13

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik