Best of 2008

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life53 Comments


I know that this year-end recap thing is either a) done WAY better than I could do it, or b) lame, but I thought I'd share my favorite posts of 2008 with you, the ones you had to:  a) enjoy,  b) think about, or c) endure, scratching your head and wondering why in God's name you read this blog.

All of my love, blog readers. And I really do mean that. You let me share my voice, however strange and idiosyncratic it may be at times, and you comment. It means a lot.

Without further adieu, the Best of 2008 as voted by a panel of me:


The Scrapbooking Indoctrination Video They Didn't Want You to See
This truly was the high point for me, in terms of a) making an ass of myself and b) making an ass of myself.

Teaching Aidan an Important Life Lesson
It just feels so right when you KNOW you are passing along information that's this good.

The Tag Book Post
This was probably the only relevant scrapbook related thing of 2008 with great value. You can search my blog using the Google search for all relevant "tag book" posts. Enjoy!

Six Word Memoirs 
Didn't come  up with this, but I loved the book, and now there's even a deluxe edition. The video still makes me weepy.

Proof My Husband Likes Me
Just a simple story that I shared with a lot of people throughout the year. It later became a scrapbook page.

Why I like to use "dick weed" in my everyday conversations
Self explanatory, really.

King of the World
Cole as the St. Paul Saints Mini Super Fan. Sniff. It will be his last year as Super Fan has moved away.

Because this got more non-giveaway related comments than anything I have ever posted. Ever.

And there you  have it.

One thing this tells me: i need to write more often and better. But hey, at least I worked "dick weed" into my faves for 2008.

Happy New Year's Eve and thank you so much for spending a wee bit of your internet browsing time with me.

Cathy ZielskeBest of 2008

53 Comments on “Best of 2008”

  1. #1
    Kim Strother

    Cathy- Happy New year to you and your family. So sad you didn’t post about DYL for me it was a 3 month hi-light with you. But very glad you got dick weed in there!! LOL! I kind of like that term myself!!

  2. #2

    hehehe. Thanks, Cathy, for this post. I laughed and cried a second time. Those were some of my very favorites, too. πŸ™‚
    Have a very happy New Year.

  3. #4

    Ah, don’t you love the ability to determine what in fact is the best πŸ™‚ It’s a fantastic self affirmation and I do indeed think others should do it more often.
    A great new year to you and your family!

  4. #6
    Vicki Ellen

    May you and your family experience many, many blessings and a peace-filled year in 2009!! Thank you for your inspiration – your humor – your insight — and for sharing it with all of us. You are our gift!

  5. #7

    what this post tells ME is that you need to change NOTHING about your blog.

    and I’m white and nerdy πŸ™‚

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, my friend.

  6. #8
    liz a.

    you are the best….no! really! and i cried when reading about your husband wanting to live one day longer and cried during the cancer video and bawled over your friend mary! life is such a harsh but beautiful thing…and every minute is precious! i personally think “dickweed” is a fabulous word and i plan to use it in 2009! thank you for every single wonderful line you wrote in 2008, and i look forward to 2009 with you!

  7. #9
    Robyn K.

    Cathy –

    don’t forget – Rock of Love Bus starts on VH1 Sunday night….the girls look like the best bet yet – and all the clips show the bandana…….

    Happy New Year – and thank you for your entertaining, and teaching (Design your Life Alum here.)

  8. #10
    Carol Parsons

    Thanks Cathy, you are a regular blog spot for me and I truly enjoy what you have to say. Have a great new year!

  9. #14

    Thanks for sharing a little of yourself with us. I love reading your blog. It truely is my number one fave.

  10. #15
    Deborah P

    Thanks for letting us re-live parts of 2008 with you without going through all the archives! I enjoyed them the posts all over again.

    The best of 2009 to you and Dan, Aidan and Cole.

  11. #16

    Thank you for everything you do, Cathy! You are my daily inspiration and entertainment. I absolutely love reading your blog.

    And by the way, I totally freaked out on the printer give-away video – you said my name and said “Hi Kim” – I looked closely and I was thee last person on the list of students. I think that will be my claim to fame this year. Thank you for making me feel special in a class so huge!

    Merry 2009 to you and your wonderful family.

    Kim (aka ZoezMom)

  12. #17
    kismet art

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you-
    because of you I will now live longer because I think it has been scientifically proven that those who laugh live longer-
    and Cathy, you make me laugh, and smile, and think, and create.
    Thank you for sharing- happy 2009 to you and your family.

  13. #18
    Cassonda Tadlock

    Happy New Year to you too, Cathy!! I still have that parody video of yours bookmarked and watch it from time to time for a really good laugh!!!! Bwaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaa

  14. #19

    Ahhh Good times, good posts!
    As much as I love Ali, Stacy and Donna, how could you not. Such lovely, talented woman just like yourself. I can NOT imagine them using dick weed in any sentance, OK Maybe Donna LOL. Point is that I always feel like you are my neighbor and you are always real!
    Thanks for all the good times and for keeping it real!
    Happy New YEAR to you and your family.

  15. #20

    Had a chuckle at “Mini Fan” as my son’s a huge minor league fan, such great fun, eh? Great photos and routine they did. Interesting about “the wave” – we only get it at our stadium with the A’s affiliate team comes to play, otherwise zilch audience participation involving movement [unless it’s YMCA or chicken dance]. Happy 2009 – and thanks for your yearly wrap up. πŸ™‚

  16. #21

    Happy New Year, Cathy! Just wanted to say thanks for the list of “best” – I loved every single one of them the first time AND the second. You make me laugh, you make me cry, you make me think, you make me feel…and I love ya for it. You are a gift, truly.

  17. #22
    Carrie H.

    I love the white & nerdy post… I will have to agree that makes the top!!! Have a great new year!!!

  18. #23
    Sara S

    love your post… am addicted and check it daily – even on weekends when i know you usually dont post. thanks for sharing pieces of your life with us (me). happy new year!!!

  19. #24
    Lovebug Kat

    ahhhh, how funny is it that so many of my top 2008 chuckles are contained in this post.
    You do amuse me, Mrs Z!
    Looking forward to more inspiration and giggles from you in 2009.
    Happy New Year to you and yours Cathy

  20. #25

    Your video was downright crazy!!!

    Were you smoking the dick weed? (Did you need to?) ha.ha.

    Love your blog–glad I happened upon it, but wish I had found it sooner!!!

    Happy New Year!!!

  21. #27

    You make my life better. Just finished the last DYL layout today and couldn’t be happier with the whole experience. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  22. #28
    Marcie L

    Thanks to your blog readers? Thank YOU Cathy; your sense of humor and fabulous way of relating stories never fails to make my day.
    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  23. #29

    Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing your assorted silly and profound moments with us.
    Just so you know, I check your blog and Pioneer Woman’s every day, because inevitably you provide the silly thought that helps me regain my own sense of humor.
    I love the way you write, and you teach well, too. DYL was awesome, and the kick in the butt I needed.
    So here’s to another year of assorted excuses to say “dick weed” πŸ˜‰

  24. #31

    Love you, love your blog (but not in a stalkerish type way) Can’t wait to see what new word you will work in to your vocabulary in 2009!!

  25. #32
    Tracy McC

    AAAhhh good times great laughs
    Thanks for keepin it real Tom, I mean Cathy!!
    looking fwd to learn’n and laughing with you in 09….

  26. #33

    Thanks Cathy for DYL this year. It was truly a highlight of my scrapbooking year. Your blog is now one of my favorites, and I look forward to more “doses” of CZ in 2009!! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  27. #34
    Kathy Lindstrom

    Ok, I just started reading your blog in September, so thanks for the retrospective on the year. I am sitting here with literally tears streaming down my face…I LOL’d (like they heard me on the other floor of the house) howling at the Tom Cruise video. And OMG-the Oprah entry right under this one!! I can relate. And so can that bag of Peanut M&M’s I just had to (HAD TO) buy two days ago at Target and is now half gone (or more) because I’m having some sort of an irritated, PMS, post Christmas, pre-new years and can’t the kids be back in school yet?, freezing my arse off and sick of shoveling snow chocolate fest this week.

    And today you are my hero.
    Happy New Year!

  28. #36

    thank YOU! for making me laugh, cry and teaching me a thing or two about design. still working on getting DY done. loved meeting you at inspired! happy new year to you beautiful lady! ciao!

  29. #37

    Happy New Year to you and yours and thank you for your year in review – love all your posts! Any chance of doing another design class at BPS this year – I’m having withdrawal symptoms ;o). Hope 2009 is a good one for your family.

  30. #38
    Tonja Trump

    THANK YOU for your inspiration, your quirks, your humor, sharing your life, your artistry and design, for helping with my project, and I mean all that..hehe..Happy New Year!!

  31. #41
    Maureen C

    Thanks Cathy for sharing so much of you and your family too! They are very good sports. And Dooce does not do it better than you. Thanks for the tag books, loved using them. Your blog rocks. Blessings in 2009!

  32. #42

    Hi Cathy–I found your blog midway thru 2008 and now check it daily–LOVE the laughs; info and ideas….THANKs for the recap!! Dickweed had my onthe floor in hysterics!!! Happy 2008!!!

    OOO darn, I mean 2009!!!!

  33. #43
    Jeannette P

    Isn’t it fun to have your own blog that you can do what you want & it doesn’t really matter if anyone cares what you say or not It’s a matter of don’t read if you don’t like it. I love having my blog so I can share & it is really awesome when people actually type comments.

    Happy New Year Cathy.

  34. #44
    Kate Anderson

    Happy new year Cathy.
    You make me laugh so hard I cry.
    love your sense of humour.
    As a kiwi scrapper i am sooo glad you made it down here way back for crafting connections in wellington.
    Have a wonderful year.

  35. #45
    Kim Borochaner

    “Old Greg” was my favorite post! Wait…was that 2008? Any way, loved it. My husband and I quote it to each other all the time!

  36. #46
    Michelle Giaimo

    Happy New year from a DYL alum. Looking forward to more CZ in 2009. Best to you and yours.

  37. #47
    Michelle Giaimo

    Happy New year from a DYL alum. Looking forward to more CZ in 2009. Best to you and yours.

  38. #48
    Katie Scott

    ok so did you see marley & me – and you know how they made a book from a bunch of columns & then turned it into a movie – same deal in the imaginary world of carrie bradshaw – she made her columns into a book

    why don’t you write a book. a real book. a sort of autobiographical kind of novel.

    you can do it. you are funny. people would read it. even non scrapbooking people. think about that.

  39. #49

    I just want to thank you for your blog. You make me laugh when I should be working, you make me laugh when I really need it! I’m not a scrapbooker, but would love to start someday… as for now, I’ll just continue to read your genius blog and look for you on the mean streets of salt lake city! πŸ™‚

    White and Nerdy still gets me every time! Thanks Cole!!!

  40. #50
    Amanda D

    The dick weed post had me crunched over HOWLING with tears in my eyes. And the self-portrait with a toilet made me think that I just HAVE to move to St. Paul and be your friend. You rock!

  41. #52
    Wendy Bretz

    these are ALL great posts
    but I swear the Tom Cruise Parody is classic and I’ll remember that one FOREVER!! πŸ™‚
    thanks for being you cathy πŸ™‚

  42. #53
    Tracy Anderson

    OK… all of those posts were great… but, the Dick Weed post has got to be tops… not just because your post is awesome, but if you take the time to read through all the reader comments, it just keeps you laughing and laughing…. for a good half hour, at least. Man, is THAT good for the soul πŸ™‚

    My cousin just had a baby in July and she is trying very hard to clean up some of her language before he starts speaking…. so, she recently shared with me that she has determined that she says “That is SO Gay” more often than she would like. So, she has modified it… Now, she tries to say “That is SO Bert & Ernie.”

    Cracked me up…

    Thanks for the recap of such great posts, Cathy… you are awesome πŸ™‚

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