9 Things I Wish I Could Do

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1. Master using the MAC 224 windshield wiper brush.


2. Teleport to Hawaii, catch some early morning waves on Oahu and then have macadamia nut pancakes from Boots & Kimo’s for breakfast.

3. Interview C. Bale for the blog. *gushes*

4. Perfect the art of the blended, grey smokey eye (I have a hard time with this one!).

5. Keep Tabs safe indoors without feeling guilty about stealing his outdoor cat freedom.

6. Be able to ride a bike without having to hold on to the handle bars.

7. Get my parents to understand what a blog is.

8. Have coffee with El Hub at a Paris cafe and spend the afternoon at the Musee d’Orsay.

9. Sleep in.

What are some things you wish you could do? Share them with me in the comments. 🙂

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  1. Jaime says:

    1. Cut down my beauty collection.

    2. Eat cheese at Neil’s Yard Dairy in London, shop at Top Shop, visit the Tate Museum.

    3. Stay on a budget.

    4. Find the perfect nude shimmery shadow.

    5. Cook more.

    6. Find a lipstick that stays on!

    7. Lose that extra 15 lbs.

  2. Karen says:

    Hi Jaime,

    I’m with you on the cheese eating bit! Mmmm…. sharp cheddar.

    Regarding lipstick — are you using a lipliner?

  3. Dao says:

    Tabs is so cute, I keep on calling him Stripes 🙂 About #4, whenever I do a proper smokey eyes look, I’ll let you know.

    1. Finish my thesis: it’s like a love-hate relationship right now and I’m trapped!
    2. Stick to my budget
    3. Wear bright lip colors: I have small lips, bright/dark colors make them look smaller
    4. Have a pet
    5. Read more novels
    6. Know what holds in my future
    7. Eat junk food without gaining weight
    8. Go back home for 3 months, eat, sleep, and be spoiled rotten
    9. Learn to speak another language

    Daos last blog post..You’re Gonna Love Me: MAC Emanuel Ungaro

  4. Jess says:

    1. I wish I could make a good living in the tropics

    2. Sew my own clothes

    3. Find my perfect foundation!!!

    4. Go to a movie instead of going to work today

    5. Go back to school for free

    6. Live and work in Spain

    7. Speak French, Japanese, and German for 5 total languages!

    8. Write a screenplay and turn it into a famous tv show

    9. go back to bed!

  5. Rowena says:


    I definately share with you the cat guilt and the wanting to interview mr Bale.

    I would….

    1. Sleep a lot more

    2. Speak every language in the world

    3. Go to Tokyo

    4. Get a really hot bod

    5. Eat an American cafe where the waitress says ‘do you want more coffee, sugar?’

    6. Marry Mr Bale – be his second wife

    Rowenas last blog post..Best swimwear for the summer

  6. Louise says:

    1. Make my boyfriend ethousiastic for long journeys to almost every country of the world (he is a stay-at-home boy)

    2. Speak Japanese, Chinese, Portugese, Russian fluently.

    3. Find a product that would erase my wrinkles without any side effects. Also, the product makes my skin smooth and evenly toned within a week.

    4. Something that would morph my heavy thighs into beautifully shaped, hotpants ready pins

    5. A cure for my psoriasis

    6. Finalise two or three Master degrees in one year…Cum laude.

    7. Be really happy every day…

  7. Megan says:

    9 Things I wish I could do…

    1. Learn how to give bad news without dread and anxiety. (I think I am going to have to fire someone in the upcoming week or two. Thus far I’ve only ever had to fire two people…and I hate it. I hate hate hate being the bad guy.)

    2. Build my own furniture so it would be exactly what I want.

    3. Have the guts to look for a new job that would allow me to use my creativity more often.

    4. Learn to let go of things that are not in my direct control. Not worry about them and let whatever happens happen.

    5. Take a month off to get all the things done that I need to get done.

    6. Teleport me and the boyf to Beijing so he could see some of the olympics. Although I may just want to teleport him. LOL he has olympic fever and is driving me nuts.

    7. Develop some superior speed painting skills and finish all the painting in one day (tomorrow). 🙂

    8. Develop my own make up and fragrance line. Including the perfect mascara AKA Lash Crack.

    9. Take the initiative and the time to actually write the stories that are always going on in my head on paper.

  8. Angelica says:

    1. Stop worrying about the past.

    2. Buy a house so that I can finally get the rescue dog I’ve been wanting.

    3. Make my kidneys work as they should.

    4. Got to France, but just for the cheese!

    5. Get the job that I want and deserve.

    6. Marry Mr. Bale!

    7. Take that painting class.

    8. Finally lose the last 30 pounds.

  9. Brittany says:


    1. Fix the health problems my grandfather is currently having.
    2. Make my mom happy. Although, this would probably happen if I could make number one happen.
    3. Own/fly an airplane. Heading home tomorrow and I’m not looking forward to driving the 5 hours.
    4. Make my cat enjoy car rides (see above, lol).
    5. Also make my cat stop shedding.
    6. Travel – everywhere. India is number one on my list, closely followed by Kenya.
    7. Read the newspaper every single day. I just can’t bring myself to do it!
    8. Start my own cosmetics line (I wish!)
    9. Stop watching crappy reality tv 😛

  10. Elena says:

    Hey Karen,

    This list is a fun one. 🙂

    1. Invest in a decent set of brushes (MAC or Billy B)

    2. Visit my family in Paris for the remainder of summer (or life)

    3. Study hard and get really (really!) good grades

    4. Sleep in all day without any guilt (hah!)

    5. Take two days each week for my friends: one for a shopping trip and one to cook and have dinner together

    6. Figure out why radio stations only play good music when I’m *not* in traffic

    7. Find some magical, legal way to obtain a lifetime’s supply of free MAC

  11. Tekoa says:

    1) Master the art of applying nail polish. I’m trying to learn!

    2) Have my own makeup vanity table under the perfect natural light conditions.

    3) Be more outgoing.

    4) Have 12 cats including a siamese from every colour point. What? I love kitties!

    5) Travel to Japan.

    6) Win a shopping spree at Sephora.

    7) Cure all deadly diseases.

    8) Date Orlando Bloom

    9) Win the lottery.

  12. Lehea says:

    I wish I could…
    1. Find a nursing job. It’s hard being a new grad. 🙁

    2. Work on my surfing skills.

    3. Live in Hawaii, which will allow me to do #2.

    4. Get a dog. I really really want one!

    5. Be more creative with eyeshadow and improve on blending.

    6. Lose weight and actually keep it off.

    7. Pay off my credit cards and not worry about it for a while.

  13. 1. Ride a bike, I had a really bad accident when I was 7, that left me scarred for life.

    2. Go to Paris

    3. Graduate, and get married NOW

    4. Interview Vimi Joshi or Mickey Contractor, or even just take a class with them, (they are M.A.C Senior Artists)

    5. Acquire M.A.C Pleasureflush skinfinish

    6. Take a long vacation in Hawaii

    7. Own a M.A.C store, haha

    8. Lose 5 pounds

    9. Go skydiving

  14. 1. Ride a bike, I had a really bad accident when I was 7, that left me scarred for life.

    2. Go to Paris

    3. Graduate, and get married NOW

    4. Interview Vimi Joshi or Mickey Contractor, or even just take a class with them, (they are M.A.C Senior Artists)

    5. Acquire M.A.C Pleasureflush skinfinish

    6. Take a long vacation in Hawaii

    7. Own a M.A.C store, haha

    8. Go skydiving

    9. Lose 5 lbs

  15. Tanya says:

    1. Stop buying taupe shadows (yeah right!).

    2. Perfect my mom’s lasagna. I just can’t make it like she can.

    3. Meet Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. I swear I won’t be a total fangirl.

    4. Bellydance! I’ve got the belly, now I need the dance 😉

    5. Play guitar (Successfully, lol. I can strum a few chords but that’s it!).

    6. Move to Switzerland. I just want to be among the green grass, cows, and cheese.

    7. Learn to ice skate just to satisfy my childhood dream of one day becoming an Ice Capades performer (I quickly realized I was too chunky and couldn’t skate, thus this dream was nixed).

    8. Own a bookstore/cupcake bakery/beauty boutique! Yes. All in one store 😀

    Tanyas last blog post..WWYD? – Here Comes The Bride(smaid).

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    I have lots of names for him so we’ll just add Stripes to the growing list. 🙂 He also goes by: Tab-money, T-money, Thug Life, Worms, Tabs Christian, Fussy Tabby, Fat Ass, Stinks…

    How far along are you on your thesis?

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Jess,

    Aye, I wish I could make a good living in the tropics, too. And to go back to school for free. Sigh, I loved school…

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Rowena,

    Oh gosh! I really want to keep him in the house to keep him safe. He’s so used to cruising the neighborhood, though, and I fear that keeping him in 24-7 will do something to his mental health. 🙁

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Louise,

    I want something to instantly morph my stomach into abs of steel! 🙂

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Megan,

    You know I’d be all over your Lash Crack!

    I am constantly working on your #4. It’s a hard thing for me to do, too.

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Angelica,

    I got dibs on C. Bale, girle. 😉

    I would love to get a rescue dog, too. Do you ever watch The Dog Whisperer on National Geographic?

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Brittany,

    Good luck getting your cat home. We tried to take Tabs to a vet 10 minutes away and he did not do well in the car. 🙁 Do you have any recommendations on how I can make it a bit easier for him?

    I hope your grandfather gets to feeling better.

  23. Karen says:

    Hi Elena,

    MAC Brushes are fab… if you’re going to take the plunge I suggest springing for the brushes with the long handles, not the ones the sell in sets during the holiday season. The sets are a’ight, but I’ve noticed the regular brushes perform much better.

    Lucky you that you have relatives in Paris! I am jealous. 🙂

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Tekoa,

    LOL, I gotta tell you a funny story. Last weekened I was with El Hub in the kitty aisle at Target. We were looking for some toys and an over-the-doorknob scratcher thingy for Tabs, and we couldn’t decide between two brands. This lady who was there with us turned to us, pointed at one of the scratchers, and said, “I have 29 cats, and they all like THAT ONE.” El Hub and I were like, um, SOLD!

  25. Karen says:

    Hi Lehea,

    Congrats on your getting your nursing degree! I had a friend a few years ago and her sister was a nurse here in the bay area. Her sister used some sort of nursing employment service that placed nurses all over the US, and landed a gig on Oahu. I dunno if you’ve considered that option, but maybe using a similar service could help get you where you want quicker. It’s hard searching for a job, so I feel ya pain. Your degree is *soooo* marketable though. You’ll get a gig in no time!

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Iheartmakeup,

    If you owned a MAC store I would totally shop there. 🙂

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Tanya,

    OMG — that store sounds like my dream come true.

    Funny, a cupcake store opened up right down the street from my house. I’m in big trubs.

  28. EtherealPrey says:

    9 things I wish I could do?

    1. go on a cruise around the world
    2. start and run my own toy company and give hasbro and mattel a run for their money
    3. sit and meditate and try to find enlightenment under the Bodhi tree
    4. be able to draw without the use of illustrator
    5. go to aussie land and swim and see the coral reef
    6. learn to swim so i can do the above
    7. go to amsterdam and be bad
    8. go to ireland and drink Guinness the way it was meant to be drunk!
    9. have my dream loft apt in the city, nyc, or paris, or tokyo, or london

    EtherealPreys last blog post..my new digs

  29. Brittany says:

    This is going to sound horrible, but my cat does pretty well if you put him in something like a clothes basket and a toss a blanket in there and then cover him up. He can hide and he’s contained in a small space, so he’s pretty happy.

    I don’t know what kind of car you drive, but I have an SUV and I also lay down the seats in the back so that if he escapes from the clothes basket it’s not a big deal and he can roam around and sit by the window and look at other cars.

    My cat is obviously way too spoiled. 😛

  30. Karen says:

    Hi EtherealPrey,

    Gotta learn how to swim before you take the cruise, girl! 😉

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Brittany,

    Aww, your cat is such a good boy! I wish I could put Tabs in a basket. Unfortunately he’d probably try to escape (he’s a Houdini cat). We ended up putting him in a tall box last week and we had to seal it shut with tape in order to get him to the vet. It was quite an adventure. He ended up putting some holes into El Hub’s favorite t-shirt.

  32. babyu21 says:

    Universe please make these things happen sooner rather than later

    I wish I could (closes eyes really tight)
    1. Buy my own home
    2. Start my own business (a line of hair care products)
    3. Find a wonderful loving man to marry
    4. Get a great job with wonderful benefits
    5. Spend the winter in Jamaica
    6. Buy my mom and grandparents a home
    7. Plan my finacial future (stick to a budget)
    8. Learn to swim (I am almost 30)
    9. Get my MBA and Law degree (hey its a wish)

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Babyu21,

    🙂 Let me know if you need someone to review your hair products when you get your business started!

  34. Chess says:

    Awww, Karen, I know just how you feel about Tabs. My mother’s kitty (she’s only a year old!) broke her leg playing on the fence earlier this year, and it hasn’t healed very well so she’s still walking with a limp. My mother has had to make the hard decision to keep her as an “inside kitty” from now on, even though little Jemima really misses playing outside, but Mother thinks it’s safest for her to stick to clambering over the couch instead of along a six-foot, inch-wide fence from now on, with her bad leg and everything. Stil, it’s hard, because we feel so bad for the poor wee mite, who still sits inside looking out the window with these big sad eyes, longing for the time she used to have out there.

    I wish Tabs and Jemima could go on a playdate! Maybe then we wouldn’t keep so bad for keeping them hidden away from the world. 🙂

  35. Alyssa says:

    Ahhh! LOVE this! And 9 is my lucky number…coincidence? I think not.

    1) Go upstairs – RIGHT after I am done with this and clean/organize my room. Why else did I drag myself to Target this morning for all of those plastic containers?! Ugh.

    2) Meet the love of my life. *Sigh*

    3) Find that perfect shade of golden-y/wheat-y/ash-y blonde with subtle sunlit streaks on the tips…or just a 4-year-old with naturally highlighted hair frolicking down at the beach, bring him into my hair guy, and demand the same look. Anyone have a kid I can borrow? 🙂

    4) Make all A’s for my upcoming senior year of college. Where has all the time gone?

    5) Make more friends this year!

    6) Laugh whenever and wherever possible.

    7) Love more.

    8) Travel to Greece with my entire family…for a month.

    9) Make this year a year to remember.

    Absolutely loved this, Karen. I see that much of this is actually in my control…thanks!

  36. Angelica says:


    I have 3 cats and I find that this works for me: place kitty in a sturdy cat carrier (everyone should have one because they are a neccessary for emergencies i.e. natural disasters), place carriered kitty in the car, wrap/drape kitty’s favorite blanket over the carrier(so they can only see you from the front of the carrier and nothing else) and drive like your grandmother is sitting in the seat next to you. I have transported them to and from my in-laws place – 3.5 hrs away – and have had very little trouble during our trips. Good luck!

    Yes, I have watched the Dog Whisperer. I love Cesar! But, his show was not on when I had my 2 problem strays (read: headstrong) for 14 years. They recently died, and now I am aching for more doggy kids.

  37. Tiera says:

    1. Find a way to make mango season last all year long

    2. Have the night off

    3. Be in Florida when the UH football team opens against the Gators

    4. Travel to France

    5. Afford to buy out Cult of Cherry next Thursday

    6. Bake a cake… from scratch

    7. Vacuum my car (but it’ll be too dark when I get home)

    8. Get a new computer chair that allows me to be taller (not way the boss will spring for it)

    9. Make a complete living with my own business, rather than doing it on the side!

  38. Tiffany says:

    1. finish my thesis proposal
    2. learn how to forgive
    3. stop buying things I don’t need
    4. travel more
    5. find a great signature perfume
    6. not worry so much (especially about things I can’t control)
    7. find the perfect foundation
    8. be a mother
    9. get a second doggie – so Lucky could have a buddy 🙂

  39. seriously says:

    1. Find a job that makes me happy

    2. Fall in love with someone who loves me back

    3. Cure my dog’s allergies

    4. Get out of debt – including student loans

    5. Stick to a budget

    6. Visit every continent

    7. Live in another country

    8. Figure out what I want to do with my hair

    9. Learn to deal with stress better

  40. betsy says:

    I recently just did #8 with el boyfriend and man was it awesome! D’Orsay might just be my favorite museum in Paris. Aaaahh…..*nostalgializes*

    I wish I could ride a bike without holding the handlebars too!

    betsys last blog post..Foie-gras this!

  41. Yesi says:

    1.Travel the world
    2. Own all of Stephenie Meyer’s books
    3. Dance professional ballet
    4. Meet my favorite music artists
    5. Speak fluent German and Japanese
    6. Have the perfect bf
    7. Maintain nice, clean skin
    8. Live a good spiritual life!
    9. Own a million dollar website

  42. Miss QQ says:

    I wish I could :
    1. tumble, twist, somersault and jump like the gymnasts in the Olympic games
    2. learn the name of every shade of colour
    3. sleep and wake up only at the time I want
    4. fall in love with the person who loves me back
    5. eat what I want, when I want, and not be restricted by my stomach (I have gastric problems)
    6. truly indulge in something without any feelings of guilt
    7. learn to play the harp
    8. own a house, and a home, of my own
    9. be happy with myself now (instead of only when I’m old and haggard, or worse, never)

  43. Kelly says:

    I wish I could:
    1. Write and shoot a film that would inspire other filmmakers the way “Star Wars” and “The Godfather” inspired me.

    2. Find a man who loved me as much as I loved him, yet understood my need for indepence.

    3. Have a couple of kids.

    4. Make enough money doing a job I love that I could support myself and still have enough left over to help others.

    5. Always be curious and keep my desire to learn.

    6. Be able to find something to laugh about in every situation as laughter is the perfect antidote to difficult times.

    7. Not always be on a diet and accept my body as is.

    8. Travel around the world with friends and family.

    9. Live in London or Dublin.

  44. Marisol says:

    I think that C Bale probably exfoliates. Don’t you think?

    Marisols last blog post..Quarterlife crisis explored

  45. Marisol says:

    I think that C Bale probably exfoliates. Don’t you think? LOL

    1. See the Effiel Tower at night
    2. Balance a checkbook
    3. Skydive
    4. Be able to see clearly without the use of contact lenses or glasses
    5. Ride a motorcycle
    6. Live in the city of my dreams (currently SF)
    7. Go to Burning Man
    8. Have friends over and cook them a dinner that I can be proud of
    9. Be truly happy

    Marisols last blog post..Quarterlife crisis explored

  46. Karen says:

    Hi Chess,

    Awww, poor Jemima. I hope she heals up very soon. Does she have any other kitties to play with at home?

    I would love for Tabs to come over and play with her. What does she look like btw? LOL, I just realized that made me sound like a kitty matchmaking service!

  47. Karen says:

    Hi Alyssa,

    You’re welcome! Hope you got that room cleaned out (that’s on my to-do list for this weekend, too).

    Have a good one!

  48. Karen says:

    Hi Angelica,

    These are very helpful tips! It looks like we’ll have to get one of the super sturdy ones for the cat eventually, as he’s quite the escape artist.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. When my family lab died a few years ago it hurt so much! I hope some doggy kids come into your life soon. 🙂

  49. Karen says:

    Hi Tiera,

    Ha! I added your #2 to my list. 🙂

  50. Karen says:

    Hi Tiffany,

    I added many of these to mine, too. What’s your thesis on?

  51. Karen says:

    Hi Seriously,

    Your poor dog! What is he/she allergic to?

  52. Karen says:

    Hi Betsy,

    It’s my *favorite* museum in Paris. I went frickin’ BUCK WILD when I hit the Renoir and Monet paintings. Oh, I could live in that space!

  53. Karen says:

    Hi Yesi,

    Yup, you and me both on #9!

  54. Karen says:

    Hi Miss QQ,

    Oh boy, I hear you on #3. I’ve been waking up lately in the middle of the night and it has not been cool.

  55. Karen says:

    Hi Kelly,

    I gotta tell you that I’ve watched The Godfather about a billion times. It’s one of my favorite movies, too.

  56. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    Oh yah! I bet he moisturizes, too. 🙂

  57. *jen says:

    Ok, girl… let’s see if I can help a bit with #1 and therefore #4.

    When you’re holding your #224, keep your hand at the far end of the brush handly and not close to the brush tip. This technique will help you ease-off the pressure and allow for lighter work and more blending oomph. The brush should only be touching the eye lightly, just the tapered tip and not the whole brush head. That will help not create too much muddiness or streaking.

    Also, the 224 is not just for windshield wiping! To really get the best use of it, try moving it in tiny circles where two colors meet (like on the border). This motion will gently blend the colors without creating mud.

    Lastly, to really rock the grey eye (or any smoky eye) sometimes you need “a bridge color” like Saddle to safely transition from smoke to skin. Hope this helps, even just a little!?

    And when it gets down to it, I wish I could:
    – Speak Spanish
    – become a runner without hurting too much
    – write a kid’s book
    – find out what happened to all of those CDs that went missing at work
    -get pregnant!

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