It’s no shot of me in my bathroom mirror, but it’ll do in a pinch

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life46 Comments


[outtake from a photoshoot for our Jan/Feb. Editors Note team shot]

I  haven’t done a tag thing in a coon's age. Thanks to Krista, now I can say I'm much more current with that:

1. Name your two favorite scrapbooking topics:
Me and myself.

2. Where are the two best places you’ve been to?
New Zealand and Cafe Rio.

3. Name two things you do every day:
Drink coffee and use the bathroom.

4. Tell us two things that pretty much everyone knows about you:
I drink coffee and use the bathroom.

5. Tell us two things that everyone DOESN’T know about you:
1) I make good decisions.
2) I was the Everett School District Spelling Bee champ in the 6th grade. I went to the state finals and made it into the final group of 30 after 9 or so rounds, and went out on the word, “cantilever.” I had never even HEARD that word in my life. I believe that I was robbed of my one shot at true glory—a trip to the national spelling bee. To this day, I refuse to use that word in a sentence.

6. Tell us two things that got you into the hobby of scrapping:
1) Walking into an Archiver's store.
2) Drinking the Kool-aid.

7. Tell us two things that you want to accomplish in the next six months:
1) I would like to become a more savvy photographer in the digital realm and to that end, I recently purchased Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3.
2) I would like to have a smaller ass.

8. Name your two favorite scrapping tools:
Gin and tonic.

9. Name your two favorite sources of scrapping inspiration:
Fergie and Ali.

10. How has your scrapping changed since you started?
I do it far less.

11. What scrapbooking project have you yet to try but would love to?
I would like to alter Donna Downey.

I will tag Donna just for shits and giggles, as my mom might say.

Cathy ZielskeIt’s no shot of me in my bathroom mirror, but it’ll do in a pinch

46 Comments on “It’s no shot of me in my bathroom mirror, but it’ll do in a pinch”

  1. #2

    I literally cannot express how hilarious you are! I would have to make up my own superlative and frankly, I’m much too lazy to do that.

  2. #4

    I love Cafe Rio!…at least the one in St. George. I always have to go there when we visit family. Is that the one…or do you have one in Minneapolis???

  3. #5
    Beth S.

    I am glad that I’m working from home today – it’s very embarrassing to laugh out loud in the office. And, Cathy, you always make me laugh out loud. Thanks.
    Disney is the best – get the fast passes for your favorite rides and be sure to eat at a character meal – it’s fun. We really liked the one at the Contemporary hotel. Also, the nighttime show at MGM is awesome. Advice from my 13 year old: bring a pen and a notebook – autographs are in. Also, be prepared to spend alot of money on pins (but, hey, you don’t go to Disney all the time).

  4. #10
    Julie Mitchell from Canada

    Pouhahaha, you are such a riot!! I really needed this giggle today. I’ve got a boy who threw up in the bus today. The timing was pretty bad. Thank god for grandma who can take over the mommy thing. It may not be pretty when I get back.

  5. #11

    I am so very pleased that I could up your coolness quotient by tagging you and thus having you complete the tag. Wait, no, not coolness. Apparently I’ve brought you more up-to-date. See, I read it and already just decided that you are now much cooler for having done my tag. Yeah…

    So what’s REALLY funny… to me anyway… is that one of my answers to things that people don’t know about me is that I spent a summer living in NYC during college and working at Engineering News Record magazine, right? (I’m guessing you read what I wrote on my thingie…) So ENR, as it’s lovingly called, is as about as exciting as it gets (not really, but I’m not an engineer either). However, I am very grateful to them for actually letting me write stuff that summer and giving me a byline! That was huge, especially when some of my internship pals who were working at places like Glamour and Cosmo were reduced to cleaning out the makeup closet(and not getting to keep any of it) , while I was getting a byline. Yeah, who’s happy with the magazine they got now, huh? Anyway, I digress.

    What I wanted to tell you, and I feel it truly may be the reason we were destined to meet and become friends (Neil who?) is that my first byline story that summer was about a CANTILEVERED chute on some construction site. Apparently it was a big deal that it was cantilevered. See… it’s that word. I had to use it in the story more than once and you lost your shot at glory because of it. Synergy, sistah, synergy.

    (Actually, we both know it’s Neil’s fault I met you… wonder if we could cantilever Neil?)

  6. #13
    Lori Cej

    Cathy! You always crack me up! Thanks for the sunshine today! Oh, I hope your SB mojo comes back before the end of May—I see you are comin’ to Buffalo, NY for CKC–and, because of you—I WILL be there! I cannot wait! YOU ROCK!!!
    Lori C

  7. #14
    Lori Cej

    Cathy! You always crack me up! Thanks for the sunshine today! Oh, I hope your SB mojo comes back before the end of May—I see you are comin’ to Buffalo, NY for CKC–and, because of you—I WILL be there! I cannot wait! YOU ROCK!!!
    Lori C

  8. #16

    This sure gave me a laugh this morning… err… afternoon. I need to wake up earlier so that 2pm doesn’t feel like the “morning” to me. LOL.

    Anywho… Why is that you can write this and STILL be considered a humble human being?! I mean, not many people could pull off that feat!

    If somebody else had written this, for example, I would be like, “Ugh! She’s so full of herself.” But you? I’m staying, “That’s some funny stuff right there! Cathy rocks!” THAT, my friend, is talent! Genius! Brilliant! Just… all of it. 🙂

  9. #18

    Hi – I really enjoy your blog, especially because we have similar tastes in music (Journey rocks!) and your retro music clip and video postings always make me smile… I LOVE Fleetwood Mac but hadn’t seen the Sound Stage clip of “Say Goodbye”… So much better than the album version! Anyway, I was lamenting that I wished I had an MP3 of the live version of the song for my iPod and my extremely smart and geeky husband said “not a problem” and created one. Don’t ask how cause it is beyond me. Anyway, if you are interested, email me and I will gladly send it to you!

  10. #19

    2. High five!

    3&4. Gotta love coffee.

    7.2. I’m sorry, but is that even possible?!

    9. How can anyone NOT be inspired by “…my hump my hump my lovely lady lumps”, such poetry.

    But the pic, now that’s scary. I wouldn’t mess with you!

  11. #22
    Nicki Lundeen

    Yours is the only blog that I read and laught out loud. I wish I had a friend like you…it would be a blast! Thanks for sharing?!

  12. #23
    emily ruth

    hello, funny. those are the best answers i’ve seen yet on a tag…i’m going to be sure to try out your favorite tools next time i scrap for fun…talk about a coons age…

  13. #24

    Ahh, such a refreshing sense of humor you have. What with actually swearing and being honest about drinking the scrapbooking kool-aid.


  14. #25

    I SO love that I can just stroll over to your blog any time I need a good giggle! Happy Wednesday!

  15. #26
    Rita Weiss

    gin and tonic….love it. mine is wine & more wine. hence, the off balanced pages, ripped paper, and crooked photos. hee. your blog is so refreshing.

  16. #27

    Girlfriend, one of your funniest posts EVER. Fergie? Kool-aid? You’re rocking the funny today, my friend.

  17. #28
    Wendy P

    CZ, we must be sistahs from another motha…I too drink coffee and use the bathroom everyday!! Imagine that. You are so funny, my husband, who is reading over my should right now, can not see why I am cracking up over a “computer entry”. BLAHAHAHA to him!

  18. #30

    Not only did my mom say “shits and giggles” there was whole of “shit or get off the pot”Ahhhh…the developmental language of my childhood,,,You rock Mom!
    Thanks fr the funny tag toady!

  19. #32

    Makes lunchtime(I’m on GMT in the UK) at work so much more amusing.
    Thanks for your refreshing sense of humour in the Scrapbooking world.

  20. #34
    lynn whelan

    I’m sorry, but I just can’t let this one go without a comment. I was sitting here doing my no.2 (ha, no pun intended, well ok, maybe) and LOL, while my husband helped our daughter with last minute homework. Of course he knows that means I’m reading YOUR blog because it’s most often the one that makes me laugh, and I hadn’t even gotten to no.s 8 & 10. Of course I loved every single one!!!

  21. #35

    OMG! you are too much! thanks for a good off to get my scrapbook tools – gin and tonic!!!

  22. #37

    OK…at the risk of making it so your head won’t fit into your orange jumper[that we have all come to know and love]…how do you do it?…You can even make a blog tag entertaining???….I’ve never seen or heard of such a thing???…and yet…here it is!

  23. #38

    Can’t tell you how long I’ve been looking for the official Cathy Z blog… so glad I finally stumbled upon it. I’m an ad agency copywriter type for 20… er 25… er 30 some years now and I cannot believe you’re a designer type. You are all out one of the funniest writers in the world. Seriously, have you ever tried stand up? Love both your books. Love that I just learned you’re coming to Buffalo for CKC. See you there… will you autograph my copy of clean & simple?

  24. #39

    OK. Have to thank you! Wasn’t a great day for me, but thanks for making me laugh! Gin & tonic, alter Donna Downey, a smaller ass……you are TOO FUNNY! I was LOL-ing all by myself here.

  25. #40

    You’re the best! Thanks for making me laugh. Now cleaning the guinea pig cage won’t seem so bad. : )

  26. #42
    Carolyn from Canada

    I’m sorry to say, but you just used cantilever in a sentence.

    Since I’m still laughing over your Tom Cruise impersonation I decided to give you an award. Here it is: ttp://

    (As if you have time.)

    Cheers, eh.

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