Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Book Review: Never Have Your Dog Stuffed and Other Things I've Learned
by Alan Alda

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I read this book because my dad gave it to my mom one year as a Christmas or birthday present (I can't remember) and it's reported that my two younger siblings picked it up and everyone enjoyed it. That's not to mention that in the kid-stage of my life, my family would watch rerun episodes of M*A*S*H* during the summer. (Two back-to-back episodes would air at 10pm on CBS and we would eat cinnamon toast while watching.)

I'll be honest and say that this book didn't do too much for me. Nothing is extremely spectacular in Alan Alda's memoir and his voice didn't knock my socks off. He's a little too sentimental for my tastes and he tries a little too hard to create a meaning and theme out of his childhood stuffed dog.

The one redeeming factor is that I still like the guy. At least he didn't prove to be a jerk. So, if I ever end up watching M*A*S*H* reruns, I can happily enjoy.

As a little side note, I think my family is an anomaly. I have yet to encounter anyone who enjoys(ed) that show as much as we did (does).

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Week #11

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Week #10

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Week #09

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Sundays, I Don't Write Letters. Instead, I Catch Up.
Week #08

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: WHY, YES
Dear Mom,
Thank you! Is your presence my birthday present?

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear MiniGene,
First, I didn't know you had a blog. Second, I'm glad you like the outdoorsy men dolls.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
No, the outdoorsy men dolls do not reinact Denver day trips. Instead, they reinact bear attacks.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: DID I MENTION
Dear Aunt Susan,
If you don't have any big trips planned, do you have small ones planned?

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Dear MiniGene,
Yes, it was great seeing Belita. Feel free to save that picture of us and use it as your computer desktop so you can always think of your dear, younger sisters.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I forget nothing. Nothing.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Grammylou,
First, I'm glad you're finally able to get onto my blog and leave comments. Thank you, Aunt Susan. Second, I'm glad you're staying off of the roads if they're bad.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Daddy,
Thank you.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #06
Dear Grandma,
Yes, I did get the pictures of Uncle Rob and I de-icing my car. Thank you!

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
Did I just blow your mind?

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
It's a Post-it note.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #07
Dear Mom,
Even if I had my camera with me, I wouldn't have been able to take a picture--I was driving.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: OUTDOORSY GEAR
Dear Grandma,
Thank you and, yes, I will take KBezzie up on the sock offer.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
I told you. And, I like my socks to come up a comfortable 2-3" above the top of the boot. Thank you.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I'm glad you got a laugh out of my boot pictures. Yes, my Gentleman Friend will be coming to the Homeland if he behaves himself.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Aunt Susan,
Thank you.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear MiniGene,
Thank you for the advice. I will inform you when my boots become a part of me.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Daddy,
That's it, I'm canceling my Journey to the Homeland.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: CHOCOLATE
Dear KBezzie,
I'm assuming that a garlic honey granola would lean to the savory side of "sweet 'n savory?"

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Well, I'm eating granola now!

Sincerely,
T. Budnik