I was looking for an Ubuntu variant that I could just install and be up and running quickly. Xubuntu seemed to do the trick. I tried tried the latest version 13.10. Once I added all my familiar programs that I was used to, it was a fun distro. I added the Nemo File Manager to replace PCMan which looks smilar to the Nautilus File Manager from Gnome. Also added Docky, Deluge, and Screenlets. Below are my screenshots.
You can download Xububuntu 13.10 here: http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/