Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Week #52

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Goodbye, 2008!

Enjoy!
T. Budnik
Happy Birthday, Paul!

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Start the New Year Right

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I apologize for missing yesterday's "What's On My Mind." To make up for it, I've got a special deal for you. I'm selling my Rasputin Across the U.S. Calendar in my Cafe Press shop for the minimum price: $14.99. That means there's no mark up and I'm not profiting from the sale of it in any way.

Each month features a picture of the ever-popular rubber rat, Rasputin, in front of a famous landmark. Here's a run-down of the months:

January: South Carolina
February: St. Louis Arch
March: Grand Canyon (Arizona)
April: Indiana
May: Prehistoric Forest
June: Route 66
July: A conestoga in Nebraska
August: Mississippi River
September: Oregon Trail
October: Mt. Shasta (California)
November: Bend, Oregon
December: Interstate 80, Wyoming

So folks, if you don't have a giant rubber rat in your life, get a 2009 calendar that features one. Click here to get to the shop.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sometimes On Sundays I Don't Write Letters

Dear Readers,
Today I'm tired. I drove back to The 'Nati from Grandma's today. The drive is a little over 400 miles, or 7 hours. Right now, I still have a bag or two that I need to unpack.

Because I'm sure you're dying to know: I had a blast at Grandma's! I was able to meet a lot of my Mom's family that I've never met before (for those who don't know, Alaska is a heckuva long ways from any family). Sorry, I don't have any pictures, but there were plenty of camera flashes going off (hint, hint, if you have pictures, please send them along).

While I'm disappointing you today, this week should hold some interesting posts. So, stay tuned.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Saturday, December 27, 2008

2009 Guide to Outdoorsy Gear for the Everyday Adventurer:
People

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Folks, this is the final installment of the 2009 Guide. The last thing Everyday Adventurers will need in 2009 is people. See, people can not only accompany you on adventures, but they can watch out for you, and, most importantly, listen to your stories.

So get out there and find someone to sit shotgun, walk the trail first (so you don't have to feel spiderwebs on your face), or go to lunch with so you can tell them all about your latest adventure!

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

PS. If you happen to see your likeness in the doodle above, it is of no fault of mine.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Week #51

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Came Early to Corey the Cat!

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Last Friday I did my Christmas shopping for Corey the Cat!. I purchased him the Mysterious Kuddle Kup, which works like a magnet because the secret is in the fluff. Instead of making Corey the Cat! wait, I decided to give it to him early.

Observez-vous!

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I think he likes it.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, December 22, 2008

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

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1. It's freezing.

2. It's freakin' freezing.

3. My apartment is an ice box.

4. This is pretty much because I don't really have a back door.

5. See, I hate nagging.

6. So I don't nag my landlord to fix my back door.

7. (It's so bad, I probably couldn't live here while they fix it--it needs a whole new door.)

8. And when I moved in, I signed an "as is" form.

9. I took the apartment as it was.

10. To top it off, I can't turn up the heat.

11. And a space heater does nothing unless I'm in front of it.

12. But, my apartment is super cheap and in a good location.

13. Along with not paying for the heat I can't control, I'm not paying for electricity.

14. So, that space heater?

15. It's running non-stop.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: WHAT'S ON MY MIND
Dear KBezzie,
You do need to drive to 3 different grocery stores--the brownies are worth it.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Yes, that is the package you sent me. It did get to me in good time.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Aunt Susan,
Yes, I will see you soon. And we will have brownies.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


RE: BOOK REVIEW
Dear KBezzie,
Please, this blog is rated G. Thank you.

And, to run like a superstar you have to be superskinny and superfast. Both of these I am not.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I'm watching my knees. Remember, one knee already pops and grinds when I climb stairs.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


RE: WEEK #50
Dear Mom,
Yes, I write lists just to have lists. Sometimes I'll do something and put it on a list just so I can cross it off. Give it a try sometime.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


RE: 2009 GUIDE
Dear Anonymous,
No, I am not a "birder." I'd call myself a "casual bird glancer." I checked out that bird guide because I had seen a couple of interesting birds while kayaking and I wanted to know what they were.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

PS. You may think you're being tricky by not signing your name, but I know who you are!


Dear Mom,
Do you have a problem with me just now getting to the guidebooks? I'll let you know that I bought both an Ohio and Kentucky hiking guidebook not too many months after I had moved here. And, the guidebook shown with this original post I checked out of the library a few months ago.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Saturday, December 20, 2008

2009 Guide to Outdoorsy Gear for the Everyday Adventurer:
Guidebooks Galore

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Everyday Adventurers are gonna have to know their stuff in 2009. That's why I recommend acquiring all kinds of guides. Bird guides, plant and tree guides, how to do this in the outdoors, and how to avoid that in the wilderness.

Folks, you only have a week and a half or so left of 2008. Go to the bookstore (or library) and start studying up!

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Week #50

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Hot dog! The year is almost over!

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Book Review: Complete Book of Women's Running by Dagny Scott Barrios

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If you've been looking hard at my planner scans, you will have noticed notes in green that mention something about a walk/run. That's right, folks, I've started to jog. And to help me with this endeavor, I bought and read most of this book.

This book is very, very handy and covers everything from apparel to running pregnant. (I can't claim to have read the entire book--I skipped those parts about running pregnant, running old, running young, and running like you're a superstar.) I don't have a whole lot to say about this book except that it's a good guide and I'll probably reference it a couple of times while I transition from walking to jogging.

The most important thing about this book is that it's written for women. So, if you're about female empowerment, read this book--even if you don't plan on running. After reading this book, I realized that jogging is something that makes me and my sisters strong and stronger. We need to start a revolution, womyn!

Ah, I kid bekause I kare. But seriously, if you're looking to get into running and you're more of a lady than a gentleman, read this book.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, December 15, 2008

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

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1. I'm still eating oatmeal for breakfast 5-6 mornings a week. Just thought I'd let you know.

2. I still have a couple of cards and one package to mail.

3. I received my 3rd festive package today. (It came from Budnik HQ in AK.)

4. I'm so excited about making "Budnik Brownies" for my Grandma's holiday party. I leave on the 26th. The party is on the 27th. If I make them on the 25th, they won't be the freshest (still good, but not super-fresh). So, I emailed my Grandma asking if her oven is going to be busy the morning of the 27th. If it's not, I'll bring all the makings and bake them there. This would be the freshest possibility.

5. There's so much I have to do in general and because the anniversary of my arrival to Cincinnati is coming up along with my birthday. Basically, I have to renew my car and renter's insurance along with change the registration tag on my license.

6. You're right, I didn't draw anything that has to do with #5.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: WHAT'S ON MY MIND
Dear Birdie,
I'm glad that you're informed.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
1. Stop dissing on my Sigg water bottle.
2. Those banana chips are delicious.
3. Don't preach to me about the nutritional value of banana chips.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I've had a life for a very, very long time. Thank you very much.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #49
Dear Mom,
I'm not telling you nothin'!

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
Don't worry about Birdie.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Birdie,
I agree with you--except for the "awesome" part of your comment.

Haha! I kid bekause I kare!

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: 2009 GUIDE
Dear KBezzie,
A lot of things have been cosmic lately. Cosmic.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Saturday, December 13, 2008

2009 Guide to Outdoorsy Gear for the Everyday Adventurer:
A Good Notebook and a Juicy Pen

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Any good adventurer takes notes. And, to take good notes, one needs a good notebook and a juicy pen. It really doesn't matter what kind of notebook--just something that feels good in the hand. Above I have featured a couple of Rhodia notebooks. I've never used one, but I saw some at The Container Store a week or so ago and thought I'd like to give them a try (I didn't acquire one, though. I was on a mission and didn't allow myself to be distracted into buying things not on my list).

Moleskines are good, but very popular. You could get suckered into buying one (they're a bit pricey) and end up not liking it. (My first Moleskine was a journal given to me as a gift and I like their planners--not the sketchbooks.) My favorite notebooks to use are the ones I have bound myself. I've gone through 2-3 of these homemade notebooks made with fancy wrapping paper on the cover and scrap paper for the insides. They're cheap and I can make them whatever size suits my fancy.

Let's talk about pens for a moment. Like notebooks, it doesn't matter what kind you use, just as long as it's full of ink and it feels good in the hand. My all-time favorite pen is Uni-ball's Vision Elite. They're on the pricier side (for a disposable pen), but they sure are juicy. I prefer the micro size in black.

Everyday Adventurers, if you haven't already, go find yourself some writing materials and start taking notes, because I guarantee 2009 is going to be a noteworthy year.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Week #49

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, December 08, 2008

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

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1. My drawings get crappier and crappier.

2. This is because I'm busy. Or at least I feel that way.

3. I did laundry today.

4. I need to sweep my floor.

5. I should probably mop it, too.

6. I didn't wash my Sigg bottle so I had to take a Nalgene one to work today.

7. Sigg bottles are better for the office than the outdoors.

8. I bought a big sack of banana chips this weekend and they are delicious.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: WHAT'S ON MY MIND
Dear KBezzie,
I'm sure there will be rivers and there will be woods on my trip to Grandma's house.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
You need to be quicker.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Aunt Susan,
Thank you for the geographic clarification. I can't wait to see you, too!

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #48
Dear Mom,
Thank you. I don't strain myself while running. I always stretch out my hammies before heading out.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: 2009 GUIDE
Dear KBezzie,
Why wouldn't you want to pitch a tent on an airplane?

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Saturday, December 06, 2008

2009 Guide to Outdoorsy Gear for the Everyday Adventurer:
"Luggage"

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"Luggage" is in quotations because this isn't your typical luggage. See, in 2009, Everyday Adventurers will continue to be travelers and when they reach their destination, they're going to walk right into the wilderness.

Something like the above pictured Lowe Alpine Backpack can serve as a carry-on. You can put everything you need for a night in the woods in there--food, blanket, pillow, shelter--because the heavenly being knows that airlines don't feed you or keep you warm. Then, when you arrive, you can sling it onto your back and hit the trail. Fantastic.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Week #48

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, December 01, 2008

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

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1. Christmas.

2. I bought a new mini-tree with all kinds of decorations the weekend before last. I need to put it up.

3. I started my holiday cards last night, but they're not close to being mailed out.

4. All of these things and more are on my "X-Mas List."

5. I'm taking the 4 (four) Fridays of December off so that I can accomplish all of these tasks.

6. Except for the 26th. That day I'm driving out to Grandma's.

7. This is the first time in my life I can say, "I'm driving to Grandma's."

Enjoy!
T. Budnik