Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

I had such a good time carving pumpkins last year, that I decided I must do it again. Really, what makes for good carvin' is good company, so I bought two gourds. One for me and another for my friend.

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Mine is on the left. I picked out the ugliest pumpkin. It had wart-like bumps and liverspots. So, of course, I had to carve an old jack-o-lantern complete with bushy eyebrows and wrinkles. My friend decided power tools were the best way to carve. With the hilarious results, I can't disagree.

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Week #43

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T. Budnik

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Happy Birthday, Eugie!

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, October 27, 2008

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

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1. I bought a reflective vest to wear while walking in the evenings. It's getting dark. Tonight was the first time I wore it. At first I felt like a dweeb because it was still light out. But, when it finally got dark, I noticed people noticing me--especially people quickly backing out of their driveways.

2. I still have a few days left of leave. I must figure out when to take it. I can tell you exactly how I'm going to spend my 2009 leave.

3. Currently, I am still reading The World Without Us. It's a really interesting book, but I'm distracted and it's taking me forever to finish.

4. I started to buy supplies for my limited edition holiday cards. Last year I sent out postcards because at the time, I was in no position to make cards.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sundays I Write Letters

This is how you write letters on Sunday evening when you're ready to go to bed:

RE: MONDAY DRAWING
Dear Readers,
I'm not going to answer to any of your suggestions as to what my drawing is. That's the beauty of doodling: it's a DIY subject for the viewer.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #42
Dear Readers,
First, I would like to say that I do not know if there is a new comment format. Blogger.com can address those inquiries. Second, please keep your bird shat dreams to yourself.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: CATS AND BOXES
Dear Readers,
No. Yes. Yes. Yes, indeed, Corey the Cat! is a very nice cat.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: OUTDOORSY NUTRITION
Dear Readers,
They add other juices to the pineapple slices, which I'm assuming is just as bad as adding sugar.

The carb count is outrageous on these snacks.

And, um, no, I'm not leaving canned pineapple slices on my radiator.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Friday, October 24, 2008

Outdoorsy Nutrition: Naturally Preferred Dried Pineapple Slices

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I can't recall what prompted me to pick a sack of these up a week or two ago. I've never had whole dried pineapple slices--only the chunks in trail mix. Let me tell you folks, purchasing this snack was worth it. These things are tasty!

It wasn't until I read the back of the sack that I realized these pineapples count as outdoorsy nutrition. (And, yes, folks, I do read the back of food packages. Because somewhere out there a copywriter had to go through 5 drafts before the client approved the measly 3 sentences.) The copy starts:

"Eat well. Journey well.

Throughout history travelers have carried with them healthy, nutrient-rich food such as dried fruits, seeds and nuts as their primary source of food. These lightweight provisions were a healthy, energy-packed source that offered a fresh, simply alternative to bread and meats."

Thank you, Naturally Preferred. Thank you. Because now I have a tasty treat to take with me hiking. Although, I haven't quite gone hiking with these in tow yet. I've been taking them to work for a snack. Paired with some raw, unsalted almonds, they are delish.

(As a side note, Naturally Preferred is a Kroger brand and while I appreciate those outdoorsy nutrition products that have an outdoorsy story, I'm willing to excuse this brand because the pineapples are so dang tasty.)

Folks, go out and buy yourself some and enjoy.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Cats and Boxes

A week or two ago, I received a couple of books from amazon.com. After opening the box, I contemplated collapsing the box entirely to be recycled. And then I thought, cats like boxes. So I tossed the box onto the floor right next to Corey the Cat's! carrier (which he had recently been lounging in).

And what do you know? Cats do indeed like boxes. In fact, they just may love them. Observez-vous!

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See that content look on his face? Or maybe it's a face of smugness. Either way, it's cute.

And, it wasn't just a fluke. Corey the Cat left his calling card: a wad of fur.

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Week #42

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday Drawing

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: MONDAY DRAWING
Dear KBezzie,
Thank you for sharing your egret poop story. I'm sure my readers appreciate it, too.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
You are probably the best fan of my drawing. Thank you.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Daddy,
Your irreverent comments are not welcome on this blog.

Ah, I kid bekause I kare!

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #41
Dear KBezzie,
The busty wenches were heavenly.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
For conversation sake, we'll say a Newbie is someone who has lived in a place for less than a year.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Dear Mom,
Yes, Happy Birthday to Grandma. Isn't that duck warm and fuzzy?

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Happy Birthday, Grandma!

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Week #41

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T. Budnik

Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday Drawing

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Once again, I have cheated.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: MONDAY DRAWING
Dear KBezzie,
Yes I heard them bark, but didn't really take note of it. I am happy for you and your love of GBHs.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Thank you. It is cool to see wildlife where the people are. Sometimes I ponder that we, humans, are too wildlife.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Daddy,
Thank you. That is all.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: REGGAE RUN
Dear KBezzie,
During my two years living in The ATL, I did not meet a single woman named "Marta."

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Yes, it was a fun run/walk. No, I did not have to walk in traffic. They closed the streets.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #40
Dear Mom,
Yes, I am feeling guilty. And I am going to feel even more so by ignoring your inquiries. Muhahaha!

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


RE: JOURNEY TO THE HOMELAND
Dear KBezzie,
Thank you for your tip. I know I will put it to use.

Sincerely,
T.Budnik


Dear Mom,
Thank you for your tip. I know I will put it to use. You're on my list of Seward campers.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Daddy,
Thank you for sharing your personal insight to the future kayaking adventure.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: OUTDOORSY NUTRITION
Dear Mom,
No, you do not need to know how many carbs are in these bars because you do not want to eat them.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
Yes, there is no less than a bajillion bars on the market.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Friday, October 10, 2008

Outdoorsy Nutrition: Kardea Nutrition Bars

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Kardea is a new, up-and-coming nutrition company. The products focus on natural cholesterol management, which is cool because being healthy is important to being outdoorsy. But, I wouldn't take these bars out in the woods with me.

They have a strange consistency--kind of like taffy. This is exactly why I haven't touched Power Bars. I've witnessed people eating Power Bars before and just the site kills my appetite. The flavors of these bars are fine, but the consistency hinders the flavors so much.

I'm on board with everything else--the mission (no other nutrition bar seems to focus solely on cholesterol), the backstory (the founder has had cholesterol problems), the grassroots consumer-testing and marketing (which this is a part of--I was sent samples). So, if you're into cholesterol management and nutrition bars, try these out. Otherwise, grab your generics before you head to the great outdoors.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Journey to the Homeland

If you don't know, you should be aware that I plan on traveling back to my homestate, Alaska, next summer. I haven't been home since I left--August 26, 2005. So, by next summer it will have been a helluva long time.

As you can imagine, I want to get the most from my visit back. Besides spending some good times with my family, I want to take advantage of the outdoorsy oportunites my state has to offer. I have a mental list going, but my aunt, prompted by me emailing her about my kayaking adventures, told me that she had been kayaking once--sea kayaking in Alaska.

Of course, I now want to do that. I want to skim the frigid waters of Alaska on a kayak and take in the sights. Doing a quick Internet search, I've found a couple of companies that offer guided tours out of Seward. Going to Seward to do some camping was already on my list. So it looks like things are going to work out great and I can't wait.

For those of you who I'll be seeing in the Last Frontier, you're welcome to join me.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Week #40

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Reggae Run

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Folks, did you think that the Peachtree Road Race was my first and last fun run/walk? Never. Last Saturday, I participated in the Reggae Run. It's a fun run/walk in memory of Maria Olberding to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. So, there were some differences between this second run/walk I did and the first.

First, the Peachtree Road Race is for no one but the race. Reggae Run actually benefits a charity.
Second, the Peachtree Road Race takes place in Atlanta summer heat. Reggae Run occurred on a cool fall evening.

Third, the Peachtree Road Race was 10K. Reggae run was 5K.

Fourth, the Peachtree Road Race has about bajillion people participating and you have to register as soon as the form is printed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. You could register for the Reggae Run on the same day of the event and only 1.5 hours before the start, there was good parking left--near the start.

Fifth, after the Peachtree Road Race, you have to fight your way onto Marta. After the Reggae Run, you eat free food and listen to Reggae music.

The only similarity: my pace. After completing the Peachtree Road Race, I estimated I was walking about a 15-minute mile. My time in the Reggae Run proved that a 15-minute mile is still a good estimation of my pace. I'm going to be happy with that. As long ast I'm not getting slower, I'm good.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, October 06, 2008

Monday Drawing

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I'm a cheater. I drew this on the Sunday it's dated. But right now my drawing hand and head want to go on a walk and then take a much needed shower instead of putting a story to paper via pen.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: ONE-PAGE STORY
Dear KBezzie,
I apologize for not including step #3b: check the wall for spiders. It is my greatest hope that this exclusion has not caused emergencies or issues for my readers.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Your sarcasm is not welcomed on my blog.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #39
Dear KBezzie,
I believe Mom addressed your comment in her letter. Please reference it.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I will scoop Corey the Cat!'s poop before Gene and Nikki and company get here.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Week #39

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik