#UNL alumnus Budig says invest in higher ed

Gene Budig (UNL ’62, ’63, ’67) a university president by the age of 34, led Major League Baseball’s American League. 

Today, like President Obama last night, Budig had something to say about investment in higher education in an Omaha World-Herald column.

Good to see Dr. Budig still has his eye on the important work being done at American universities. More on his life and career in this Nebraska Magazine feature from the Summer 2010 issue.

Go Big Red.

Budig 120

It took until my last semester of college, but I am finally enrolled in a class that meets in Budig 120.

  • Having padded seats is pretty awesome
  • Not knowing a single person in here is really weird
  • A girl in front of me just said that every single one of her classes this semester is in here.
Lazy Sunday=Success
  • I woke up and had breakfast&coffee with my family
  • Read The Economist in bed
  • Did Kathryn Budig’s ‘Better Than Green Tea’ yoga practice and loved every second! 
  • Did 3 rounds of HIIT jump rope training in the sunshine and was a sweaty mess afterwards (in the best way possible) 
  • I’m about to take a bubble bath, give myself a honey facial and paint my nails classic red
  • English boy is coming over tonight and we’re going to make dinner and then drive to the national forest behind my house and stargaze–sounds romantic and corny but really the stars are just SO beautiful from out there

That is that. Hope you all had a good day x

Things I’m currently in love with

Tagged by one of my favorites writteninthekitchensink :)

One song: “Wake Me” by Message to Bears 

Two movies: What If and Ten-Inch Hero

Three shows: Game of Thrones, How I Met Your Mother, Gilmore Girls

Four people: the man, Taylor Swift, Kathryn Budig, John Green

Five foods: Cream Puffs, Cinnamon Rolls, Chicken Apple Salad, Stone Smoked Burger, Truffle Fries. 

Six people to play too: hannahjoyhopes, katiemmuses, justwalkthroughme, getfckingfit, midwestmumblings, coffee-teach-wine

7 Yoga Poses for Flat Abs

Yoga: Boat Pose

“Boat present boosts abs, quadriceps, back muscular tissues, and also hip flexors,” says Budig. You can additionally customize the transfer to suit all physical fitness degrees– feet could hover over the ground, be alongside the floor covering, or expand into complete boat, she explains.

Boat Pose:

1. Beginning seated with your knees bent as well as feet level on the flooring. Lean back just far enough so your feet could float off the ground.
2. Begin to align your legs together to ensure that your physical body forms a V form, keeping your arms expanded as well as parallel to the ground.
3. Equilibrium on your tailbone as well as rest bones, upper body raised, and also gaze.

Yoga: Half Boat Pose

Do one-half boat pose in reps– raise your arms and legs off the floor covering right into position and afterwards loosen up down into the floor covering, claims Budig. “It creates a spectacular total-body tremble that reinforces the reduced abs.”

Half Boat:

1. Begin in Boat.
2. Reduced your body up until your legs and also chest float above the ground in practically a straight line. Keep your shoulder cutters off of the floor covering as well as hug your thighs together.
3. Extend your arms as well as keep your gaze forward.

Yoga: Plank Pose

Plank engages your core as well as shows you the best ways to use your body as a full unit, states Budig. It turns on front as well as side stomach muscles.


1. Begin on all fours with your arms straight and also shoulders stacked over your wrists. Have your hands standard and also shoulder-width apart. Crinkle your toes under and pointer both feet back up until your legs are straight and your feet are hip-width apart. Bring your shoulders, hips, as well as heels right into one straight line with the core and also quads engaged.
2. Press your external arms inner and also disperse the weight of your knuckles uniformly, gazing slightly.

Yoga: Forearm Plank Pose

Similar to plank, forearm slab functions front as well as side abdominal muscular tissues, but provides a somewhat deeper shoulder opener.

Forearm Plank:

1. Start on all fours with your forearms parallel to one an additional as well as shoulder-width apart on the floor. Curl your toes under as well as tip both feet back up until your legs are straight and also hip-width apart.
2. Stack your shoulders straight over your elbows. Your shoulders, hips, and heels ought to all be in one straight line. Keep your front ribs in as well as tailbone prolonging towards your heels. Gaze somewhat past your fingertips.

Yoga: Side Plank Pose

Side slab posture driving tests your equilibrium and reinforces abdominals (obliques), shoulders, and glutes, says Budig.

Side Plank:

1. Start in Plank. Bring your left hand to the center of your mat and roll onto the outer side of your left foot. Pile your best foot atop your left. Press deeply right into your left hand to bring your shoulder away from your earlobe, and stack your right shoulder directly over your left.
2. Involve your obliques by lifting as well as stacking your hips. Extend your right arm directly up and also gaze laterally or up. Hold for five to 10 breaths. Repeat on the other side.

Yoga: Windscreen Wiper Abdominals Pose

Target your lesser belly as well as oblique muscular tissues with the windshield wiper abdominals posture, explains Budig. The technique additionally boosts the lesser back.

Windshield-Wiper Abs:

1. Lie flat on your back with both legs directly in the air. Relax your arm directly and wide on the ground to make sure that the hands are dealing with down as well as according to your shoulders. Exhale, as well as keep your legs directly and together as you reach your toes toward the other fingers.
2. Inhale to come back up to facility, and after that switch over sides.

Yoga: Knee-to-Nose Pose

The knee-to-nose position assists you discover exactly how to round your upper back, which boosts stomach as well as upper body muscular tissues, states Budig.


1. Start in Downward Facing Dog.
2. Raise your ideal leg up into the air. Bring your shoulders over your wrists, keeping your arms directly, and also draw your right knee tight right into your upper body. Keep your hips in line with your shoulders.
3. Try to kiss your knee as you press the ground away as well as round your back.

INTERVIEW: Rebecca Budig on Hellion Hayden, post-baby sex scenes, and what she’d do if her real-life daughter turned out like her reel-life alter egos

Rebecca Budig is no stranger to playing a bad girl, having worn the stilettos of All My Children’s Greenlee for a combined nine years. But she tells soapcentral.com that playing GH’s Hayden is a whole different story (and her heels are probably higher, too).

“It’s Greenlee, bitch,” was probably the Britney Spears lyric that came to mind when soap fans heard Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee Smythe, All My Children) was joining General Hospital. Little did everyone know, Hayden Barnes (her Port Charles alter ego) probably needs an even stronger introduction. So far, she’s conned her way into Jake Doe’s (Billy Miller) life, swiftly seduced Nikolas (Tyler Christopher), and pretty much sealed herself as Carly’s (Laura Wright) lifelong nemesis – and all within a few days of arriving in town. How does Budig feel about this feisty new character? Is she happy to be doing the on-screen mattress mambo with Christopher’s Nikolas? And how has returning to work been for the new mom? soapcentral.com caught up with the actress to find out.

Hayden has only been in town a short time, and she’s already making some serious waves. Viewers are hungry to find out more about the scheming seductress, and it seems Budig is in the same boat. “When you play a character for so long [like I did on AMC], you kind of know where she’s going and where she’s been, her history, but I don’t know anything about this character. I don’t know her history, I don’t know why she’s doing what she’s doing, so I’ve sort of had to make that stuff up for myself in my head,” the actress explains. “I’m praying the writers will show why she is the way she is at some point. I just feel like, how do you relate to her unless you know why she’s doing what she’s doing?”

No doubt the powers that be will hold most of Hayden’s juicy secrets close to the vest for the time being, meaning that fans, as well as Budig, will have to wait. One thing is clear though: Hayden is quite the sex bunny. “She’s much more sexual than Greenlee ever was – sexual and overt,” the actress says with a laugh about the character’s attempts to pull both Ric (Rick Hearst) and Nikolas into bed. “She begs every guy to sleep with her.”

Lucky for Hayden, she managed to convince Nikolas to drop his drawers – a steamy turn of events Budig did not see coming. “It was such a twist,” she exclaims. “I love Tyler Christopher. Love him. So I am so excited. Although, they wrote it like Nikolas doesn’t want Hayden, but he can’t help wanting sex with her, so I don’t know how it’s going to end.”

Jumping in bed with the Cassadine Casanova is a story turn that Budig welcomed with open arms, but the actual jumping into bed part (sans clothing) was tough for the new mom, who just gave birth to daughter Charlotte seven months ago. “It was hooooorrrrrible,” she says with a laugh. “Just horrible. Look, love scenes weren’t ever easy, but I was always pretty confident and felt fine in my body. But after a baby, I’m just not there yet. I’m having hope that I will, but I’m not like Stacy Kiebler, who looks like she never had a baby in her life. I’m just not there.”

And that doesn’t just go for her physical appearance. The Kentucky native says her mind is also different after having had a baby, which she couldn’t help but notice when she started memorizing lines. “I remember on my first day, I think I had two shows, and I was like, ‘Whoa!’ because it goes so fast, and I hadn’t memorized lines like that in so long,” she recalls. “So it was a little like, 'Whoa, I don’t know if I can remember everything.’ I had just stopped breastfeeding, and I still didn’t have my brain back. Well, I still don’t have my brain back! I think it came out with the baby. Half your brain is with your baby all the time.”

And the other half, she jokes, is focused on producing tears. “Having a baby opens you up and makes you a little more vulnerable. I cry a lot more now,” she admits. “Like, I cry now when I see a baby. I’m like, 'Oh my God, that baby is so cute!’ They’re so helpless, and there’s just something about it. I was never a baby person. I was never that kind of person, and then I had a baby, and it changed.”

So basically, if she’s faced with some extremely emotional scenes, all the directors have to do is put a baby in front of her? “Oh, who knows,” she says with a laugh. “I haven’t had that yet. I don’t even know if my character has emotions.”

Luckily, if Hayden continues in bitch-mode, Budig can call on her infamous real-life rivalry with her neighbor, The Young and the Restless’ Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher), for inspiration. The pair is known for playing practical jokes on each other, which keeps the actress fresh in the art of brat. “Greg and I have a love/hate relationship –very little love, lots of hate,” she quips. “I really like when Greg and I go at each other, because it keeps me on my toes. But I don’t know [if it really helps me be bitchier]. I like playing someone that I wouldn’t normally be. But this Hayden, man, I’m really trying to wrap my head around this one.”

As she’s busy trying to figure out her Port Charles alter ego, Budig is also busy being mom to baby Charlotte, who was born in September. And so far, motherhood is very different from what she expected. “I said a lot of things before I had a baby, like, 'I’m never going to use a pacifier,’ but the minute that baby cried, I was like, 'Give me that pacifier! I do not care if she’s attached to it,’” she says with a laugh.

But one thing she’s stayed firm on is the no TV rule. “She’s [seven] months, and no TV yet,” she proudly declares. “Now, I do FaceTime my mother. I want her to know my mom and my dad, so I’ll FaceTime. But I’ll put the phone over [to the side] while we’re playing, and now she kind of smiles when she sees that it’s on.”

Hhmm, a big, beaming grin as soon as a camera comes out. Doesn’t that sound a lot like mom? “Not at all,” Budig says. “My daughter does not give out smiles and laughs very easily. She is a very tough audience. And I’m like, 'I hope she’s not mean…’ She won’t smile at anybody.”

So what if Charlotte does end up being mean? Or worse, like Greenlee or Hayden?! “I’d send her to military camp or something,” the actress says with a laugh. “I would! I would send out her to NOLS, National Outdoor Leadership School. 'You’re going into the woods, honey. You won’t have your phone, and you won’t have any money, and you’re going to be slumming!’”

Fortunately, Charlotte has a much better chance of turning out to be a great girl, because she doesn’t have Mary (Anna Stuart) as a mother. “Greenlee had a terrible mom,” Budig concedes. “But I don’t know. It’s hard. I can’t really judge myself as a mom yet because I don’t have to discipline her yet. When she starts crawling, and you have to say, 'no,’ how hard is that? See, this frightens me, if you only have one baby, and you don’t have a second to go, 'Oh, you’re fine.’ You worry more… when you only have one.”

So does that mean she plans on having only one baby? “I’d like to have one more, but I just don’t know if I can do it again,” she says. “I was never, ‘I just want one.’ But I’m one of eight [children], so there’s no way in hell I’m going to have a ton of kids! Having a very, very big family, I don’t love it. It’s really hard. It’s hard because you get lost in the shuffle. There are so many people all the time, you never get time with your parents alone, people are always barging in.”

Time will tell if she changes her mind and decides to have another baby with her husband, Michael Benson. In the meantime, the actress is trying to stay focused on GH, which she admits is a job she’s always dreamed of. “I love GH, and I love The Young and the Restless, and I always wanted to be a part of one of those shows, so I’m very excited” she enthuses. “I really can’t complain.”

Are you a fan of Hayden? What secrets do you think the scheming seductress is hiding? And what do you think about seeing Budig back in daytime? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below,