Thursday, July 31, 2008

No Problem, Earth.

I acquired a 20oz. bottle shortly after I did this. See, when I hobbled to the store to buy band-aids, I felt like a refreshing 7-Up would hit the spot. The bottle has been hanging around my kitchen sink, waiting to be recycled. And, since it has taken me forever to find a place to take my paper recycling, I knew this bottle was going to be around my sink for eternity. But then, I read about a little somethin'-somethin' you can do with bottles.

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Operating solely on memory, I dunked the bottle into the tank of the toilet and filled it completely with water. I set it up in the tank and voila! my toilet is now using less water due to the displacement of the bottle.

I should have found and read some instructions on this before actually doing it. All of the instructions I discovered to link to say to put some sand or rocks into the bottle before filling it with water to make it stable in the tank. Which, is a good idea. Once I flushed the toilet and noticed it was running longer than normal. Sure enough, the bottle had tipped and was preventing the toilet from doing it's thing. (That's why it's now set in the corner of the tank.)

Give it a try. It's easy, free, and you don't even have to find a place to recycle your one lone plastic bottle.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik
Happy Birthday, Juni!

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Week #30

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Interior Design Is Not My Forte

A few weeks ago, the urge to frame something, anything, and hang it in my bare apartment hit me. At first I was wary of this feeling. It took me forever to buy a table and chair set and although my bed brings me much comfort at night, I am still uneasy about the fact that I'll have to dismantle it just to get it out of my bedroom. But, I pushed forward with this urge. I decided to act on it by framing some photos my dear sister, Belita gave me--maybe I was making progress with my furniture commitment issues.

A couple of weekends ago, I purchased some frames from Michael's. I even clipped and saved some coupons and saved a couple of bucks . On that Sunday, after grocery shopping, blogging, and cleaning, I carefully slipped the photographs into the frames, got my hammer out, and set about hanging. Have you ever tried to hang two framed pictures side by side? It's a lot more work than you think it is. Since the hook on the frame is about 2" below the actual edge of the frame, you have to really think hard about where on the wall you're going to hammer those nails. But, I figured it out. And had both photos hanging on my wall, even with each other and level.

Because I had been up since 7:30am (early for a weekend) and been running errands, writing, cleaning, and hanging things, I was feeling a little tired. So I decided to take a nap. About 30 minutes into my nap, I was awoken by, "BAM! Crinsh!"

I knew immediately what it was. I got up and yes, one of the pictures had fallen. The glass broke and the frame was ruined. So, I had to free the photograph without cutting myself on the glass. I had to re-sweep that area of the floor. And, I had to toss whatever food was in Corey the Cat!'s dish (his food dish is kept next to the wall where I hung the photographs). I didn't need an interally bleeding cat.

Now, I only have one picture hanging on the wall. All that work: the clipping of coupons, the selecting of frames, the framing, the hanging, and for what? To have one fall to its ruin!

I can tell you right now that I'm in no hurry to reframe that photograph.

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, July 28, 2008

What's On My Mind: A List (Accompanied by Doodles)

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1. This Friday marks the first Friday in a string of Fridays off. (I just wanted to see how many times I could use "Friday" in the same sentence.) I've probably already declared it, but these Fridays will now be known as "Adventure Fridays."

North! That's where I'm headed. Some of you know the details. Some of you don't. Rest assured, the trip will be documented.

2. It's no secret that my car is filthy. I have to park near/under some trees and so there's a bunch of organic stuff on my car in all of its nooks and crannies. My car has become one with nature to the point that I often see ants crawling on it (hence the crappy drawing of an ant above). But after extensive consideration, I have decided that I will NOT take my car to a car wash. Folks, that would just be a waste of water. It's not like the trees that I have to park near/under are going away. My car is just going to get dirty again.

Now, if someone wants to vacuum my car for me, I'd be more than happy to let them do it. There is dirt from across the country in my car and it kinda bothers me. But not enough to actually go find a coin-operated vacuum.

3. On July 30th my library book is due. This, folks, is the reason why I don't like libraries. They always want their books back and on time. I think I've already donated 10 cents to the libraries of this fine city. It was one of those times when I returned a book late, but didn't immediately check out another. A week or two later, when I did check one out, the very kind librarian told me I had a 10 cents fine but didn't have to pay it right then--like maybe 10 cents was going to be something I really had to scrounge for. I just paid it straight up.

In short, I have a few more pages to read before Wednesday.

4. I felt like drawing grass.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: WHAT'S ON MY MIND
Dear KBezzie,
The story of the picture frames is coming.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Please reference my letter to KBezzie above. Thank you for mentioning chupacabras because for the entire next month, if I ever wake up with the need to go to the bathroom, I won't be able to for fear of chupacabras.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: OUTDOORSY GEAR--HAIKU CAP
Dear KBezzie,
Your haiku about my haiku cap blew my mind.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Birdie,
Yes, KBezzie is a Haiku Master. Thank you. I'm glad that you think the hat is cute and that you're observant enough to recognize the progress of Operation Luscious Lockes.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Thank you!

That is all.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear NikBudnik,
Thank you!

That is all.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #29
Dear Mom,
Yes, my laundry was done. Of course, tomorrow marks yet another laundry day.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: OUTDOORSY GEAR--SHIRT
Dear KBezzie,
I'm not sure if I, or my other readers, are interested in what your boobs whisper to you.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear NikBudnik,
As a feminist, I cannot say that anything referencing the woman body is inappropriate. Too many times we are taught and told that our bodies are inappropriate and need to be covered and never spoken of. Well, enough! Let's talk about our boobs!

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Thank you. And, yes, a job with an outdoorsy company is a career goal.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: OUTDOORSY NUTRITION
Dear KBezzie,
They already are keeping away the chupacabras. Chupacabras aren't vegan.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
There are about 26 grams of carbs in each bar. Does that count you out?

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!
Dear KBezzie,
I sense that you are jealous of Mom's old man Muppets. Green isn't a pretty color on you.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
You're welcome. I hope that your birthday festivities were nothing less of festive.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mom!

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Friday, July 25, 2008

Outdoorsy Nutrition: LaraBars

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LaraBars are extraordinary because when you open the package, it looks like you've got a piece of poo in front of you. But, you bite into it and the flavor is absolutely delicious! These bars are a no added sugar, unprocessed, raw, non-GMO, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan, and kosher treat. The ingredients are mostly dates, nuts, and flavor components all mushed together making a Tootsie Roll or nougat consistency. But, oh my, the flavors are spectacular! And they're not huge, so they don't make you feel heavy, the way some bars do.

The main belief behind LaraBars is that a healthy body, mind, and spirit are derived from what you eat. I can dig it. I do have to say that the story behind the creation isn't as fantastic as the flavor of the bars. It seems all outdoorsy nutrition products start out in someone's home kitchen. But, who cares when it tastes so good?

I say, these bars are for the purist because they fall into so many food-particular categories. And, the look and texture of them can be a little scary if you're not an adventurous eater.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Outdoorsy Gear: Marmot Shirt

I can't remember where I've said it before, but for work, I would prefer to wear "classy outdoorsy" clothes than "business casual." Or even the nice(r) jeans and clean shirt that I wear on most days. Because we all know that classy outdoorsy clothes say, "I'm serious about work, but I'd much rather be exploring." Which, is my personal work motto. (Someday, oh yes, one day, my work motto will simply be: "I'm serious about exploring.")

When I purchased my Outdoor Research hat from Sierra Trading Post, I also purchased a 100% cotton Marmot shirt--a piece of classy outdoorsy clothing.

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From a distance, it looks like a ho-hum shirt. "Oh, nice little ties on the sleeves, T." Right? Oh, but wait, what's that?

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Yes, it's a Marmot tag calmly whispering, "The road and trail are calling. Let's get these metaphors created, and created right so we can take off."

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Week #29

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Outdoorsy Gear: Outdoor Research's Haiku Cap

Remember my SPF, fair skin, sun burn problem? Well, the hat has arrived. I purchased it from Sierra Trading Post. (Remember when I was there?)

I was a little wary that this Outdoor Research hat would make me look like an idiot because it has an interesting design. But the customer reviews assured that the hat looked cute. So, I went for it.

Observez-vous!

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(Do you know how difficult it is to take a picture of the back of your own head?)

Overall, I'm pleased with the look of the hat. Last Saturday, I took it for a walk up to Whole Foods, where I purchased my weekly outdoorsy nutrition, which I slipped into one of my reusable bags. (And, P.S. I hit Starbucks that morning.)

In the 90+F, humid heat, it performed well. There's a moisture-wicking band in it and it's UPF 30. After arriving home, my hair underneath the hat was "dewy" but I'd rather have dewy hair than a burned forehead and nose.

The hat is lightweight and the brim is soft, so I can't wait to just stuff it into my future backpack on a future hike.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, July 21, 2008

What's On My Mind: A List (Accompanied by Doodles)

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1. I'm actually putting things into frames!

2. I have purchased a total of 5 fabric cube things. They're on my shelves in my bedroom closet and hallway closet. Before in my bedroom closet, the bottom of the two shelves was just piled with walking clothes and pajamas. Now there are three cubes. From left to right: pajama cube, warm weather walking clothes cube, and cold weather walking clothes cube. (One cube in the hallway closet is the home of towels. The other is the keeper of scarves, mittens, and hats.

The beauty of these cubes? They fold flat. (You all know what that means.)

3. Last Friday I was so tired, I took an hour nap right after coming home. When I awoke, I went on my walk. When I returned from my walk, I found one of my four pillows on the floor in front of my kitchen sink. Corey the Cat! was nearby taking a sip of water. I'm forcing myself to believe it was Corey the Cat! who carried my pillow several feet. Just like I forced myself to believe it was him who moved his lawnchair fort across the room. I live alone. I can't believe that spirits are messing with me.

4. I'm digging drawing squares.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: WHAT'S ON MY MIND
Dear Mom,
Please tell me more about these wall-mounted cat brushes. I am intrigued.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
I have not and will never perform the Budnik Cat Ear Pin. Nor do I endorse it. (And not just because Corey the Cat! has all of his claws.)

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: OUTDOORSY GEAR
Dear KBezzie,
You threw up a little in your mouth? The morning after this incident I felt nauseated because my feet ached and stung like all get out.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I tried to stay off of my feet as much as possible. These blisters resulted in not going on my daily walk for 4 straight days!

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #28
Dear KBezzie,
If you don't tell PETA about another mole dying for my planner, I won't tell them about your Cat Ear Pin move.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I question just how excited you are about the doodles, notes, and scans. I think you could have used another exclamation point after that exclamation.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: BOOK REVIEW
Dear Mom,
You are welcome.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: OUTDOORSY NUTRITION
Dear KBezzie,
Are you passing judgment on Whole Foods?

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Geez, you ate a mystery Clif Bar? I sure hope you checked it like a piece of Halloween candy.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Dear KBezzie,
You should be happy that you got an original drawing and not just a scan of your card. And, you should be happy that I rendered Corey the Cat's poop on the day after your birthday, not on it.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Is it your birthday yet? No. Hold your horses!

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Happy Birthday, Terry!

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Friday, July 18, 2008

Outdoorsy Nutrition: Clif Bars

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Onto the older brother of Luna Bars! I had a duh moment when I went to Whole Foods for my fourth of July watermelon and took a look at their outdoorsy nutrition aisle. Duh! Whole Foods is going to have a great selection of bars and for cheaper than conventional grocery stores! So, that's where I picked up a couple of Clif Bars.

After perusing the Clif Bar website, it seems that Clif Bar is more of a way of life than a simple product. They're all about giving back to the community, working towards sustainability, and, of course, they have a blog. Not to mention the design of their blog really does match the outdoorsy aesthetic.

It's a good thing that they've got all of this going on, because I was very unimpressed with the bars. In fact, they were kind of gross. They were sticky. Almost like a partially cooked oatmeal cookie. Blech!

You have to be hardcore Clif--believe in the company and the philosophy--in order to swallow the sticky energy and enjoy it. And, I don't think there's anything wrong with that.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Book Review:
Waking Up Screaming from the American Dream
by Bob Garfield

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This book lands right in the middle. It wasn't great because the theme was weak. It wasn't horrible because the stories were still interesting. I was expecting quirkier stories. Stories about people with greater ambitions. Deeper sorrows. But I was able to read it without wanting to throw it across the room. And, it didn't take me forever to get through--I didn't dawdle in avoidance.

Now that I try to review it, I find that I don't have much to say. The only thing I feel compelled to communicate is, "Meh."

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Week #28

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Dear, dear readers, on Saturday evening, I ordered a new Moleskine daily planner. While I haven't been as prolific with my doodling and notes this year, I do plan to continue the planner scan tradition in 2009.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Outdoorsy Gear: Teva Sandals
WARNING: Graphic pictures of funky blisters on funky feet follow!

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It's no secret that I love Teva Sandals. I bought a pair of the velcro-strap kind when I was in Atlanta. My younger sister bought me a pair of "Mush" flip flops. They're comfortable and durable. (I wore the velcro-strap Tevas to my kayak lesson.)

The 4th of July weekend, instead of planning any outings or hikes, I decided to roll with the balls and do what I wanted when I felt like it. By Sunday I was ready to get out, but didn't want to drive out to a trail to hike. I decided to take a leisurely stroll to Ault Park. I had been wearing my velcro-strap Tevas since the morning and didn't feel like changing into toe-confining tennis shoes and it wasn't as if I was going running--I was going to stroll.

Bad decision. Less than halfway there, I felt blisters forming, but figured they weren't hurting that bad, so I pushed on.

Bad decison. By the time I got to the park, I knew that I couldn't sit down. Because if I sat down, my blisters would rest and getting up and walking would be that much more painful.

You may be wondering how bad could blisters be? Well, blisters aren't too bad if they're on a toe or on your heel. But, when they're on the BOTTOM of your feet, right on the balls, it hurts.

So, I pushed back towards home. And I was in pain. I tried to pick up the pace calculating that walking slow would just cause the same level of pain, but for a longer time than walking fast. Three miles feel like a million when your feet ache in stinging pain. But, I finally made it home.

I immediately pulled off my Tevas that now had BLOOD in them and put my feet in the bathtub where I washed them with cool water. I pulled out my first aid kit and bandaged them. You know how in first aid kits you always get that one huge band-aid? And you figure if you need a band-aid that big you might as well get yourself to the emergency room? Well, I know what those huge band-aids are for: blisters on the bottom of your feet the size of a quarter and half dollar.

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Because I only had 2 big band-aids and these blisters were sure to need more, I then had to hobble to the store and buy a box along with some antibiotic cream. And hobble is the right word. When the bottoms of your feet sting and hurt, you walk on your heels or the sides of your feet. Which I did for the next few days, causing weird muscles in my calves to hurt and ache.

That Sunday night, as I went to bed, I worried that my blisters would never heal. How could they? And I thought, "So this is how I die." The last time I thought this was when I drove through the Mojave Desert later in the night than I wanted to and wished with all my might the entire time that Needles, California would be large enough to host a decent motel.

On Thursday I read that Beth Whitman of Wanderlust and Lipstick is giving away a pair of Tevas. You know, before Sunday, I, too, would have said that Tevas make great traveling shoes, but now, no. My flip flops are fine, but the velcro-strap Tevas? No way.

I'm throwing my pair away. I can't even imagine putting them back on my feet. And, what the hell, Teva? I understand that outdoorsy gear has gone in the direction of the runway, but does that mean you can't make a good product? One that will walk a measly 6 miles? And, it's not like these sandals of mine weren't broken in. I've walked a couple of miles in them before. This was the longest I've walked in them, but I figured they could handle it without tearing up my feet.

While you'll still catch me wearing my Mush flip flops (but not on Sunday strolls), you won't catch me wearing velcro-strap Tevas. You'll see me throwing that pair out. And, it'll take a while for Teva to gain my trust. Because, after my blisters stopped stinging, they dried out. The skin was itchy and then started to peel. I leave you with the image of them only a week after the incident:

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, July 14, 2008

What's On My Mind: A List (Accompanied by Doodles)

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1. Pedro, my cactus, died. See, in the summer I water my cacti once every 2 weeks as opposed to once every 3 weeks in the winter. It seems Pedro didn't like it. And, he died just shortly after I bought a brand new succulent which I planted in a pretty white tea cup.

2. I seriously, seriously need to figure out where to take my recyclables. You know, I don't buy the newspaper, but I'm always getting those damn ads in the mail.

3. I'm seriously, seriously thinking of starting to frame things. In fact, I'm saving some Michael's coupons I got in one of those damn ads with the intention of buying one or two frames.

4. Last night, online, I purchased a hat. See, I'm pretty sure my lips and SPF had a falling out way back when I was in high school. I was a Lip Smackers girl. Hard to believe? I know. A tri-pack of Lip Smackers I once acquired boasted SPF15. My lips boasted a patch of itchy dryness. Of course, I just put more Lip Smackers on it. Finally, I stopped using the SPF15 tubes and the dry itchy patch cleared up. Since then, I've been wary of SPF chapstick of any kind.

Right after it started to warm up in the fine state of Ohio, my face burned a couple of times. I figured it was time to invest in some SPF face moisturizer. Ten dollars later, I was applying SPF15 face moisturizer in the morning. Shortly afterwards, my lips got angry (and mind you, I was not putting the lotion directly on my lips). They were REALLY angry. No amount of non-SPF chapstick would soothe them. Finally, after putting some killer lotion on my lips and not licking them because the label on said killer lotion warned that Poison Control would have to be contacted if even a drop of the lotion were to be ingested, they peeled. Oh! How my lips peeled! Sheets and sheets of skin came off of them to reveal refreshed skin! I have since then avoided the SPF face moisturizer. So, I figure wearing a hat is better than exposed skin or angry lips.

Now, those of you who know of the infamous red 'T' hat may be wondering why I don't wear that hat. Here in the fine city of Cincinnati, the baseball team is called the Reds. And, appropriately, baseball hats displaying affinity for the team are red--the same red as my red 'T' hat. I've only lived here 6 months. I'm not ready to be mistaken for a Reds fan from the back or far away. This new hat is not red. There will be no mistakes.

5. Corey the Cat! is shedding like crazy. Yesterday, I closed the bedroom and bathroom door and tried to capture him so that I could give him a good brushing. Along with making my floor look like it's wearing a sweater, Corey the Cat! looks like a ragamuffin. Well, the darn cat would not let me get close to him. Don't ask me how I'm ever going to get him to go to the vet.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: WHAT'S ON MY MIND
Dear KBezzie,
Any competition with Canadians is a friendly competition.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I find it amusing that you came to the conclusion that I’m thinking about going back to school because doing that is the last thing on my mind. When I write of having summers off in the future, I’m dreaming of an era in my career that will afford me the freedom to take summers off.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #27
Dear Mom,
I think YOU’RE weird.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: OUTDOORSY NUTRITION
Dear KBezzie,
Viva la handmade revoluciĆ²n!

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
You have the right to drink whatever you choose to. What a person chooses to drink is a personal decision that should not be regulated by any governing body.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear NikBudnik,
I, too, enjoy the look of Timbuk2 bags. My comment about them was merely to note that Odwalla Bars! are for non-hardcore outdoorsy folks. (Timbuk2 bags were originally made for bike messengers. But, because everyone needs to make money, they started to market them to cats who wanted to look hip. So, Timbuk2 bags can be seen being used by non-hardcore bikers. Thus, Odwalla Bars! are perfect to slip into your Timbuk2 bag.)

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Friday, July 11, 2008

Outdoorsy Nutrition: Odwalla Bars!

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I purchased Odwalla Bars! last week because they were on sale and it's not like I'm following any rhyme or reason in my exploration of outdoorsy nutrition.

Right away, I can tell you that the Choco-walla bar is damn good. Damn good in a I-haven't-had chocolate-for-a-few-days kind of way. The chocolatey taste was more like snooty "cacao"--more bitter--than sweet. But, damn, it was good. And, the Strawberry Pomegranate wasn't too bad either. These bars have the consistency of a dense oatmeal cookie. Overall, they were tasty.

I am concerned that the Choco-walla bar only boasts 29% organic ingredients and the Strawberry Pomegranate 22%. (For comparison, Luna Bars are 70% organic.) But, Odwalla believes in making good juice (and bars), doing good things for the community, and running a business with heart. These things I can not denounce.

Folks, you're going to want to keep one of these bars in your Timbuk2 messenger that has never felt the wind of a speeding bicycle.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Week #27

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, July 07, 2008

What's On My Mind: A List (Accompanied by Doodles)

SPECIAL EDITION

This was done at Starbucks. Because I'm feeling like the things in my head can't be listed and numbered.

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So, no list this week--look to the scan. But, I will write out one thing that's been on my mind the last couple of days:

Here in the fine city of Cincinnati, Ohio, people like to use the term "co-op." They talk and talk, and slip in "co-op" like it was common as the word "mop." Less than a month into my time here, I had to stop someone and confirm that "co-op" was another word for "intern." And, a couple of months ago, someone explained exactly why they're called "co-ops." (It has something to do with the fact that internships are part of the curriculum--at least that's how I now understand it.)

This is all to say that I'm glad that I didn't have any internships (or career relevant jobs) as an undergrad or grad. Instead I was a legal assistant with no legal ambitions as an undergrad. When I got to Atlanta, I took a bookseller position. And, you wanna know what? I still got a job in my studied field.

Let me tell you, the next time I'm afforded 3 months off a year, I'm going to answer tourists' questions in Alaska, work in a national park, or man a welcome center just across a state border. And, I can't wait until this happens.

This has been on my mind.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: WHAT'S ON MY MIND
Dear Birdie,
For your information, I do not have “piss-cheese” building up on my toilet. It was mildew. And, how long do you go before cleaning your toilet that you even know of the existence of said cheese?

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mili,
Thank you!

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I’m very sure Corey the Cat enjoyed the moth. Right now he’s enjoying some squirrels (I turned on the cat television—I put some bird seed out on my back steps).

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: KAYAKING
Dear KBezzie,
Corey the Cat prefers the cool, smooth hardwood floor underneath my bed. No pillows or afghans for him.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
KBezzie only beat you to it because her time zone is 4 hours ahead of your time zone. I will give you equal credit for the KayaKouch comment.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #26
Dear Mom,
Sure, yah, I didn’t want to disgrace KBezzie by changing the cat box on her birthday. That’s it!

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
Feel honored I didn’t put the poop on your page.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: YOU'RE WELCOME, EARTH.
Dear NicoleReneeBudnik,
My deepest sympathy to your champagne and flowers. Go get your caviar its own bag.

Sincerley,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
I laughed when I first read your comment and I am laughing again as I respond to it. I’m not sure if I’m more disappointed by the fact that you are no longer going to make me a Corey the Cat shopping bag or the fact that you are NOT planning to make Corey the Cat a cornball Christmas sweater.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Toni,
As a human who lives on Earth, I thank you for bringing your own bags to the store.

What does the Russian grocery cashier say when you do bring the bags? Does she congratulate you?

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Have you calculated the carbon footprint for birthing six children? I bet there’s enough dollars that could erase it.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: OUTDOORSY NUTRITION
Dear KBezzie,
Walk all you want for your kooter, but can’t you come up with a better twist on the 3 –Day than 60 miles in one day?

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I’m sure the carb count is out of this world. And, please do not talk about sweaty kooters on my blog.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Friday, July 04, 2008

Outdoorsy Nutrition: Luna Bars

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It occurred to me awhile back that I can tell you the pros and cons of both Nalgene and Sigg water bottles and tell you a little about CamelBak bottles. I can also tell you that Columbia Sportswear is based in Portland, OR; Sierra Trading Post in Cheyenne, WY; and L. L. Bean in Freeport, ME. But, can I tell you anything about what you're eating while drinking from these bottles and wearing all of these fine companies' clothes? No.

I have set out to discover "outdoorsy nutrition." I start with Luna Bars.

As you can see, Luna Bars are "The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women." They've got a couple of different lines including breakfast bars (Luna Sunrise) and energy bars (Luna Sport). They're a spin off of Clif Bars and were made to deliver nutrients important for women to women. They claim on their website that if you're a man, you can eat a Luna Bar and experience no adverse effects. It's times like this I wish I was either around my dad and brothers or had more guy friends. I would so sucker them into eating a Luna Bar to see if it has any womanly effects.

The Strawberry Crumble Sunrise Luna Bar I had definitely tasted better than the regular Peanut Butter Cookie. The Peanut Butter Cookie bar tasted like it had only been manufactured on equipment used to produce products that contain actual peanuts. There really wasn't much of a peanut butter flavor. Disappointing because I love peanut butter.

People, if you're going camping/hiking/kayaking with just the girls, pack some of these bars. Or, if you've decided you want to walk 60 miles for your and other women's breasts, put these in your fanny pack, share them and experience solidarity with your sisters.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Thursday, July 03, 2008

You're Welcome, Earth

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I've been meaning to bring my own bag to the grocery store for some time. I hate having a ton of grocery bags hanging around my apartment. I do reuse them for trash can liners and when I scoop Corey the Cat's! poop, but I bring home more than I can use. Whenever I go to the grocery store, I use the U-Scan checkout because I can bag my own groceries. This always results in bringing home less bags. There's nothing worse than have a single loaf of bread swimming in it's own bag. Trust me, my bread is going to be fine if it hunkers down with my box of cereal in the same bag.

Anyway, a couple of Sundays ago, I finally pulled out my only lightweight bag. While I was checking out, the U-Scan person discounted my total by 5 cents because I brought my own bag. I had no idea Kroger did this. So, that very night I went online and bought some designer reuseable grocery bags.

I used them for the first time last Sunday. But, the U-Scan guy wasn't paying attention. I didn't get any discount. Geez! I guess the bags are going to have to pay for themselves by saving the Earth.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

PS. I always buy champagne and flowers. So by the looks of that EnviroSax photo, these bags are going to work out great.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Week #26

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Kayaking

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(I must note here that this misspelling of my name doesn't bother me. Because I wasn't actually the one who signed up for the class. My friend signed us both up and I think my 'h' got lost in the translation. Plus, the class was only $20.)

You better believe it. I took a kayaking class with a friend from work a couple of Sundays ago. For my $20 I got 3 hours of instruction. The first half of the class we were on dry land learning the basics and watched the instructors dunk themselves into the water and empty their kayaks.

After watching the demonstrations, I was feeling a little hesitant about getting onto the water. I don't swim. Well, I can swim on my back, but I don't really like getting into water. Especially water that may or may not be harboring the Loch Ness Monster's cousin. But, I did it anyway.

It was fun. And easy. It's not like we went very far or were out for a really long time, but my arms never got tired. The morning after, I wasn't sore either. My hip was talking to me slightly, but not as much as I was expecting.

Will I be taking up kayaking? Probably not. I can see myself renting a kayak and tootin' around a lake, but as far as going hardcore and buying a kayak and building some paddlin' skills, probably not. Because, dear readers, you have to remember that I don't own a couch. Where would I put a kayak?

Enjoy!
T. Budnik