Saturday, September 25, 2010

Things That Have Happened Since September 10, 2009

1. Rode bikes with my boyfriend and friends from Xenia to Yellow Springs where we had pizza at Haha Pizza. (September 13, 2009)

2. Saw a ginormous wolf spider while trying to water the plants over at my boyfriend’s. (September 15, 2009)

3. Went to newly constructed outlet malls a few miles north of Cincinnati and wondered why outlet malls aren’t dead yet. (September 19, 2009)

4. Read Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. Good book. (September 23, 2009)

5. Ate dove (like the little birds that squeak when they take off) for the first time. It was tasty. (October 1, 2009)

6. Drove to St. Louis for a wedding. Ate at Cracker Barrel for the first time. Delicious. (October 10, 2009)

7. Attended a Halloween party as an above-average banana sporting a red bowtie, red Converse shoes, and over-sized hands. (October 24, 2009)

8. Got notice that a bank took over ownership of my apartment building. And the fun begins! (October 28, 2009)

9. My boyfriend and I finished the Miami rail trail! We did it in sections over the entire summer. (November 8, 2009)

10. Birdie came and visited...well, she was in town for some work training. (November 13-17, 2009)

11. Jogged the entire Thanksgiving 10K Race! Officially the longest distance I’ve jogged. (November 26, 2009)

12. Read When Skateboards Will Be Free by Said Sayrafiezdeh (November 30, 2009)

13. Read House of Cards: Love, Faith, and Other Social Expressions by David Ellis Dickerson (November 30, 2009)

14. Read Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (December 2, 2009)

15. Looked at a total of 5 apartments in 3 buildings. Not going to renew lease with shady landlord/bank. (December 5, 2009)

16. Corey the Cat’s eye is goopy. I mentally prepare to take him to the vet. (December 22, 2009)

17. Read An Idiot Girl’s Christmas: True Tales From The Top of the Naughty List by Laurie Notaro

18. Took Corey the Cat to the vet. It was traumatic catching him. Have to put cream in his eye two times a day for several days. (December 26, 2009)

19. Very cold weather. So cold, I discovered a chilblain on my right ring toe. (January 12, 2010)

20. Read The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman (January 12, 2010)

21. Donated to the Red Cross for Haiti earthquake relief because I’ve been in earthquakes before and have family living in earthquake territory. (January 14, 2010)

22. Read The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell (January 20, 2010)

23. Packed most of the day. (January 24, 2010)

24. Read I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley (January 27, 2010)

25. Got news that my sister and her boyfriend got engaged! (January 29, 2010)

26. Moved into my new, much better apartment with the help of my boyfriend’s parents. (My boyfriend was out of town for work.) (February 1, 2010)

27. Read I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey by Paul Rudnick

28. Purchased a microwave and a lamp. (February 7, 2010)

29. Snow day! Worked from home and got a lot done. (February 9, 2010)

30. Made chocolate-swirled mini-cheesecakes for Valentine’s Day dinner (February 13, 2010)

31. My boyfriend and I went for a snowy hike at John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs.

32. And then he proposed! (February 14, 2010)

33. Never thought I’d be engaged, let alone on Valentine’s Day!

34. Got stuck in my fiancé’s driveway because each side had 2 feet of snow and I’m not good at backing up—even if it’s a straight path. (February 16, 2010)

35. Read Queen of the Road: The True Tale of 47 States, 22,000 Miles, 200 Shoes, 2 Cats, 1 Poodle, a Husband, and a Bus with a Will of Its Own by Doreen Orion

36. Decided a fancy ceremony and reception aren’t our thing.

37. Read Accidental Branding: How Ordinary People Build Extraordinary Brands by David Vinjamuri

38. My sister and her fiancé get married! (April 2, 2010)

39. Saw the Batmobile in the plain-old suburbs of Cincinnati. Batman was NOT driving it. (April 4, 2010)

40. Read Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

41. Ate too much at lunch. (April 12, 2010)

42. Heard bluegrass band playing from a house behind my apartment building. Love it. (April 14, 2010)

43. Read Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation by Sally Hogshead (April 25, 2010)

44. My fiancé’s house sold and he officially moved into my new, much better apartment. (May 7, 2010)

45. Went through our first house. Unimpressed and still living in the apartment (May 16, 2010)

46. Read The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp (May 20, 2010)

47. Read Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard (May 31, 2010)

48. Hiked the Adena Trace Trail again. It was 12 miles of too freakin’ hot weather. (June 5, 2010)

49. Read The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell (June 15, 2010)

50. Touchdown Jesus was struck by lightening and burned to the ground. Whoa. (June 15, 2010)

51. My upper-right wisdom tooth hurts pretty bad. (June 22, 2010)

52. Read All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World by Seth Godin. It was lame. (June 24, 2010)

53. Bought a swimsuit for the first time in my life and went swimming for the first time since high school gym class. Haven’t gone since. (June 27, 2010)

54. Read Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson (July 10, 2010)

55. Read The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves by Siri Hustvedt (July 22, 2010)

56. Hiked at Clifty Falls in Indiana and despite being asked a bajillion times where the falls were, we didn’t see them either. (July 31, 2010)

57. Had my wisdom teeth removed. No horror stories to report. It was glorious having 3 days off from work and a good reason to sleep most of those days. (August 4, 2010)

58. Read Autobiography of a Fat Bride: True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood by Laurie Notaro (August 5, 2010)

59. Read IdeaSelling: Successfully Pitch Your Creative Ideas to Bosses, Clients and Other Decision Makers by Sam Harrison (August 5, 2010)

60. Read Adland: Searching for the Meaning of Live on a Branded Planet by James P. Othmer (August 23, 2010)

61. Read How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley (August 31, 2010)

62. Read Suburban Safari: A Year on the Lawn by Hannah Holmes (September 9, 2010)

63. Read Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (September 24, 2010)

64. Decided to officially stop writing this blog. I unofficially decided this over a year ago. (September 25, 2010)

65. But, I’ll be back. At some point, in some new form.

66. I’ll keep the blog up.

67. And, in the meantime you can catch me here:

68. Facebook

69. LinkedIn

70. Website

71. Thank you for reading.


T. Budnik