I can smell the Pronto Pups already

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life60 Comments

Jennifer R. was close in her guess. I will mount this on the inside of the Honda Civic's dashboard window as I drive the gauntlet that is my neighborhood during these last two weeks of summer, and that oughta ward off those pesky "PARK HERE! $10!!!!!", over-exclamating, little fiends. I think the flowers soften the message a bit, and really … Read More

Cathy ZielskeI can smell the Pronto Pups already

How to lose a dog

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life32 Comments

The night before last, for nearly 5 good minutes, I lost Brandi the dog. In my home. It's hard to lose a 75-pound chocolate lab who can't hear, see or walk well. I realize this. But when I came home from dropping off my sick G5 at the Apple Store, I came in and she was nowhere to be found … Read More

Cathy ZielskeHow to lose a dog

Goodbye, G5, alas…did we really know ye?

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life32 Comments

Don't let that splashy, moderately outdated flat screen monitor fool you—THIS is what underpowered design stations looks like. Ladies and gentlemen, the G5 has left the building. Now for those of you who don't routinely base your self-esteem on what your computer allows you to do, or don't earn your healthcare plan from it, maybe my tale of woe will … Read More

Cathy ZielskeGoodbye, G5, alas…did we really know ye?

10 years and under need not apply

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life29 Comments

Meet Brandi. Our newest temporary tenant. Approximate duration of stay: 14 days. Current age: 13. And who is currently making soft whining noises, and staring at me, and who woke Dan up at 5 a.m. this morning. And who walks really loudly because it's sort of hard for her to walk, so with her little talons hitting the wood, it … Read More

Cathy Zielske10 years and under need not apply

Wee bits of goth nostalgia

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life28 Comments

So yesterday, as will happen on occasions too numerous to mention, I got sucked into the YouTube vortex, searching for more bits of my partially squandered youth. I was reading this post on Dooce.com about YouTube, and how back in the PYT (pre-YouTube, not Pretty Young Thing) era you'd have to stay up to see MTV's 120 Minutes in the … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWee bits of goth nostalgia

Old pictures

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life12 Comments

By old pictures, I don't mean, fading-color-and-rounded- corners-circa-1972 old…no, just old as in, 2005. Because I'm not presently taking photos every day of my life, I'm browsing through my 13,500-picture-strong iPhoto library, just to see what photos stand out. To see which ones trigger the strongest and most interesting memories. Or, just to see which shots make me smile. End … Read More

Cathy ZielskeOld pictures

Well, Kiaora to You, Mr. Finn

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life39 Comments

Okay…I'm geeking out, or at least I did geek out REAL bad yesterday at roughly 4 p.m. C.S.T. That's when the mail came. And I geeked out royally. The backstory first… I have a friend named Krista, who is a righteous babe, a music publicist and a digital scrapbook product designer, and who also has one extra tag she can … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWell, Kiaora to You, Mr. Finn

That time of year

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking57 Comments

And that time of the year is? The time to update the kids' school albums, as seen in that compelling piece of literature, Clean&Simple, Pt. Deux. It's the one album project (or rather, two) that I absolutely love because all of the guesswork is removed from the equation. I go to my cabinet, I pull out the appropriate materials file … Read More

Cathy ZielskeThat time of year


Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking28 Comments

I did it. I finally made a digital layout that I am digging, thanks in large part to Jessica Sprague and the latest CK Kit of the Month. I just got the files to play with last night, and made this layout in like, 10 minutes. Now THAT is some scrap productivity. (click to see it larger.) The only thing … Read More

Cathy ZielskeScrap-o-rama

Life celebrations

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life13 Comments

There is a really powerful and amazing Peter Gabriel song, from the Up album, called "I Grieve." For those of you who've seen the film, City of Angels, you may remember a version of it from a scene in that movie. There's a part of the song that talks about the place in which we, as souls, live. Our earthly … Read More

Cathy ZielskeLife celebrations