What the crap?

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life32 Comments

That's Aidan's newest expletive. What the crap. I've heard it come from her mouth numerous times during the past week leading up to the release of I'm-not-even-going-to-link-the-book-because-Lord- Knows-JK Rowling-is-set-for-life-a-billion-times-over-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. What the crap? Is this just what the kids are saying these days? Is it just a matter of time before it's something stronger? Is this … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWhat the crap?

Figuring out his future

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life63 Comments

Cole announced he's giving up his aspirations for a career in rock and roll for something much more attainable, and possibly, even more lucrative: he wants to be an "ushertainer" for the Saint Paul Saints. Long story short? We have season tickets to the Saints. Have for like, 9 years. Dan and the kids spend many a summer's evening sitting … Read More

Cathy ZielskeFiguring out his future

Even Steven

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life61 Comments

Four months ago, on April 16, I rejoined Weight Watchers online, to try and get a handle on the “you can’t fool anyone by sucking it in anymore” muffin top. I stepped on the scale and there weren’t no runnin’ from the truth at 160. I’d put on a solid 20 pounds since quitting smoking on March 17, 2006. A … Read More

Cathy ZielskeEven Steven


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Having left Grandma Shirley in the "height" dust when she was like, 9, i think, Aidan officially passed by Grandma Joanie over the weekend at the cabin. I think it's appropriate that the hand-crafted, metal "uffda" appears above Joanie's head. Now THAT is Minnesotan.

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What I know for sure

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life41 Comments

I'm not an outdoorsy kind of person. So seeing my son's hesitation to jump off the pontoon, while we were a good swim away from the lake shore… let's just say I'm the last Mom who's really going to be the loudest one shouting, "YOU CAN DO IT!" Home. Good. Back to work. It was 100 degrees inside the cabin … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWhat I know for sure

Hope your Fourth was lovely

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life24 Comments

We had a great neighborhood get-together, hosted by Chippie's family. Good food, free drinks, manageable humidity, supersoakers and fireworks. The perfect recipe, I'd say. Thought I'd try my hand at that Miksang photography that Ali was talking about on her blog. Huh? Yes? And Dan debuted "1950s" guy. The only thing you're not seeing in this photo is the gin … Read More

Cathy ZielskeHope your Fourth was lovely

Declaring my independence from generalized expectations

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life204 Comments

Falling under the respective headings of “No Festering Allowed,” “Appropriate F-bomb Usage Guidelines,” and, of course, “Excessive Punctuation 101,” I have a need to write today to address one poster’s comment from yesterday. It read as follows: PLEASE!!! NO MORE ABOUT THE F*CKING iPHONE! IT'S AN OVERPRICED TRENDY PHONE! I expected more from you 🙁 Posted by: Stephanie | July … Read More

Cathy ZielskeDeclaring my independence from generalized expectations

I wish…

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life16 Comments

…that I could just take the entire summer off. And slip and slide, baby. (with lots of sunscreen, bug spray, of course, and… central air.)

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Looking forward to senior travel packages

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life34 Comments

Flying home today, from SLC, I sat next to the sweetest retired couple, who were returning from a tour group visit to Yellowstone National Park. As they spoke, I learned they were from extreme upstate New York, just a few miles from the Canadian border, and that they took a trip a year. Next year, they are planning a group … Read More

Cathy ZielskeLooking forward to senior travel packages

I was a Roland girl

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life47 Comments

In the category of Going against the obvious choice, (much like my preference for Grieco over Depp, which actually was period related, in that, i'm no fool in 2007—I'd choose Depp) i was a Roland (yes, look right) girl. Deciding I needed to take a break from searching YouTube for every obscure Neil Finn-related clip I could unearth, I was … Read More

Cathy ZielskeI was a Roland girl