Illustrator has really added some fun to my life. I spent my last two evenings working this out. The hard part wasn't the design, it was picking the colors.
Option 2 was what I started the design with, but the more I used it the more I disliked the red. Once I switched to Option 1, it was smooth sailing.
Click on the About Me tab to see the entire design. Next up - Charlie's page. Time for a major blog revamp.
In case you are wondering-