Best of 2009 from My Blog as Voted by a Panel of Me

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It's that time again… the old End of the Year recap of what I, Cathy Zielske, deem to be the best and brightest of my blog posts from our soon to be departing 2009. If you recall last year's list, then surely you know what might be in store for you.

Oh sure, there weren't any Tom Cruise Scrapbooking parodies, but I believe 2009 will go down as yet another year in which I blogged.


1. Fans of Photosynthesis


I kill plants. And I like to talk about it.

2. You…You Are Awesome

My favorite YouTube clip of the year.

3. Aidan Turns 13


A little sweet. A lot sentimental. I wish I wrote like this about everything.

4. How Can You Not See That?


Pictionary is fun for the whole family, and makes for funny blog posts.

5. Dusting in Hell


Hell hath no fury like a dusty CD tower (except I wouldn't know because as we come to find out, I actually haven't been to hell…yet.)

6. Chubby Holla!


Sometimes, I talk about my puffier regions.

7. This is The Boy


Kids are so great for giving you stuff to write about.

8. Summer Vacation Recap (and here and here)


Best. Road. Trip. Ever.

9. Hyperbole 2009

Design Your Life Promo from Cathy Zielske on Vimeo.

Lose a pant size. Seriously.

10. Never Say Never


Every now and then, you'll find a pretty good non-hair related idea on this here blog.


And that, blog readers, is my non-scientific list of favorite posts from 2009.

I want to say thank you for reading.

When I first started blogging, which was back in 2005 (even though my archives only go back to 2007, on account of me deciding I didn't want to blog anymore because what was the point really, and then I pulled my blog down) I never imagined that I would have readers, I just wanted to have my own website-looking thingie because Ali had one and man, that was pretty cool, and she didn't even know HTML so that meant I could do one too!

It also meant I could write run-on sentences with regularity.

Thanks for being here with me this year, and Happy Everything to you in 2010.

Peace and Love,


Cathy ZielskeBest of 2009 from My Blog as Voted by a Panel of Me

62 Comments on “Best of 2009 from My Blog as Voted by a Panel of Me”

  1. #6

    OMG, OMG, I’m seriously dying here laughing SO hard at your Pictionary post. So glad you did this recap (and LOL at your “panel of me”). Gonna have to get some sleep and come back and check out any others I missed.

    I love laughing that hard. Thank you dear woman.

  2. #7

    Why didn’t I see your promo for Design Your Life? I loved the class but if I would have seen that video I just really don’t know if I could have scrapped without cracking a smile.

  3. #8

    Thanks for the recap. I had missed the post with the Awesome clip on it. It was definitely worth the 16 mins. What an amazing reminder of how a simple comment can change someone’s day/life.

    May 2010 be as good to you as you are to it! 😉

  4. #9

    Happy New Year to you! I think you should resolve to blog five times a day, because your posts always make me laugh. And, I get sad when you don’t blog! Have a great 2010.

  5. #11
    Cathy K.

    Thanks for making me laugh out loud, letting me know I’m not alone in my battle with weight watchers or my desire to keep my scrapbooking simple and the writing of run on sentences. Hope you, your family and all of your loyal blog readers have a wonderfully happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

  6. #14

    I have enjoyed your blog more than any other. I presently have 124 in my Reader, but I mostly look at the pretty pictures, I barely read them. You have the pretty pictures, but the WORDS are what keep me coming back for more. I can’t believe it’s been since 2005!! Oh and then that dark silent period when you stopped blogging. Boy did that suck. We all rejoiced when you returned. And the blogging world has never been the same since. You rock Cathy Z. Love your blog and love you. Happy New Year!! xo

  7. #16

    My favortite post was “dick weed”

    Thanks for making me laugh — look forward to sharing 2010 with you.

  8. #17

    hilarious 🙂 so glad you have your blog, I find a lot of inspiration on it and your posts never fail to put a smile on my face! Happy New Year!

  9. #20
    Sonja Chandler

    Thank YOU Mrs. Zielske!

    I love being one of your readers! You funny! I like funny.

    And you are awfully darn good at scrapbooking. When I grow up I want to be able to do it like you. As of now.. I have a looong way to go. But I’m not giving up. No way. And you keep me inspired. Thanks for that too.

    Oh and Happy New Year!

  10. #21

    Happy New Year Cathy! Your blog has both inspired me and made me laugh on many a day! Keep on keepin’ on!

  11. #22
    Pam Spradlin

    Happy New Year Cathy to you and your family. Your blog makes me smile quite regularly. Thank you for that.

  12. #26
    Stéphanie B.

    Just a little note for you and for your 2009 blog posts: I enjoyed every single one, as I plugged in my computer every morning and headed straight to the shortcut on my desktop that would bring me to your place: the heart and soul of your point of view on every day life. I can say you entertained me a lot with your humour, videos and other youtube pearls. You also made me think about important things or relationships, not to mention that you gave me the opportunity to travel thru North Minnesota (Now I want to do a road trip too). Thank you for writing to us everyday, and for writing it with such style!
    Happy New Year to the Zielske family, all the best for you in 2010!

  13. #27

    Ma’am, I am sorry. You call yourself a plant killer? That is nothing. I have zero, plants (nil, nada, non, zip, zilch) in my apartment. I have had some over the years, but they are all dead. Including the cactus, and including the ones that belonged to my grandparents that my mom kept alive for decades. Then I took them when my parents moved out of the country, and now they are gone. Gone! (the plants, not my parents). You might hate photosynthesis, but with a mere touch, I can disrupt the process.

    That said, you have greatly influenced my scrapbooking style, and for that, I thank you. When I am stuck, I look to your blog, your books, and Simple Scrapbooks Mag, for inspiration. So, Happy 2010 to you.

    “I kill plants.” As, if…

  14. #28
    Rachel Smith

    As I have told you on several occassions, I adore you (& Ali) and you have made this year so much brighter with your wit and your willingness to share yourself! Reading your blog is one of ye best parts of my day and I am excited about taking your DYL class! Thank you again for just being the awesome woman you are!!

  15. #29
    Beth Ann

    Thanks for all your blogging in 2009 – I have gotten many a smile from you that brightened a crappy day. Happy happy New Years to you and your family!

  16. #30

    Thank you, Cathy. Sometimes I feel a bit blue and then I read your blog and am perked up by it. You have a way of making the most mundane events seem exciting. I absolutely loved your vacation travelogue, and the fun you had with your kids and husband. I’m sure you have no idea of how your blog affects the reader. Please, never stop blogging.

  17. #31
    Linda J

    Thank you Cathy for all the smiles you’ve given me while reading your blog, along with tons of inspiration for scrapbook pages too.
    I just watched your favorite YouTube clip — and WOW, loved it, perfect timing to bring in a New Year with a new attitude.:)

  18. #33

    Thank you for sharing your life with us. I’m a faithful reader, even though I don’t comment too often. You’re also an inspiration to the scrapbooking community. May God bless you and your family in the new year.

  19. #34

    Happy New Year Cathie! I always love when your blog posts pop up on my reader list. Always entertaining. Always inspiring. Here’s to 2010 and all it has to offer!

  20. #35
    Laura Glover

    Kathy, I’ve loved your blog, your writing, your scrapbooking…your ability to be so open, honest and to absolutely make my day when I’ve had a not so good one. Thank you. I can’t wait for 2010. And, your blog is at the very tip top of my favorite list. Happy New Year!!

    from the tundra (Upper Peninsula of Michigan…a little like Minnesota.)

  21. #37

    Thanks for taking the time to blog. Your blog is one of my ‘happy finds’ of ’09. Looking forward to 2010.

  22. #38

    I think the judging panel did a great job in compiling their best of list. Thanks so much for all the entertainment and wonderful posts this past year.

  23. #39

    Thanks for blogging, I look forward to reading your blog everyday (week day that is). It seems to give me a chance to laugh at the day ahead. Thanks.

  24. #40
    Karen M.

    You rock CZ – you make me laugh and consider life from a slightly different perspective. It’s all good!

    So thank you!

  25. #41

    I am also a plant killer. I don’t own any, and won’t bring them in the house because I know what I have in plan for them. A slow and painful death and that’s cruel.
    Love the videos!

  26. #45

    I am a recent follower of your blog, although I have know you from the Scrapping world for many years, and I have to say I am hooked. I love reading your status updates on FB, for I know I can count on a smile, if not an outright ‘spraying’ of my monitor. I love your straightforward sense of humor, but also your insightful comments.
    How appropriate that you should post that “validated” film, for that is what you do…bring a smile to people to brighten their day. Keep up the good work!

    Wishing you a happy new year filled with more laughter and love!

  27. #47
    Megan P

    thank you for your blog posts! i look forward to them every day!
    and i love playing pictionary with my sisters, we draw things like two lines and get it right away! it’s so much fun
    Have a very happy new year!


  28. #48
    Kim in Cambridge, UK

    Love your blog Cathy, I didn’t anticipate, when I first found your blog, that it would become the first thing I checked every day, when I turned on my computer. You always make me smile, keep up the fantastic inspirational writing! Your templates are tops too!

    Wishing you, Dan, Aidan and Cole a fantastic 2010, from little old England!

    Big Hugs

  29. #49

    Thanks, Cathy, for the every day laughs. I really enjoy reading your blog and look forward to it. Don’t even think about pulling it down (again).

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  30. #50
    Laura in Iowa

    Happy New Year Cathy! I always look forward to your musings and pictures and scrapbooking ideas. Thanks for sharing with us.

  31. #51

    So happy you kept blogging. You keep it real and funny and that’s what we love about you. Thanks for sharing your talent and your family with us all. Hope you all have a wonderful New Year!

  32. #54
    Deb J

    I’m looking forward to another year with you. Have a wonderful New Year’s Day and many blessings for 2010.

  33. #55

    Every.Single.Time. you make me smile.
    Thanks for a year of grins, giggles & outright guffaws. You inspire me.
    Happy New Year!

  34. #56

    As long as you promise to be as funny and honest and real as you were in 2009 I’ll keep popping in to see what you have to say in 2010!

  35. #59
    Kathy in MN

    A Happy New Year to you too! Today its been almost a year since I’ve been reading your Awesome blog and YOU ~ YOU ARE AWESOME! (best vid evr).

  36. #60
    Christy B

    Happy new year – I look forward to your blog posts almost everyday. Thanks for sharing a slice of life.

    Also, my husband bought me Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life for Christmas…based on your recommendation from your BPS class. Didn’t get to take the class – but the book is AWESOME. Thanks for the recommendation.

  37. #61

    Hi Cathy! I somehow missed “Validation” from earlier this year and love it! Thanks for the great recap and sharing yourself and your life in your blogs!

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