Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Dec. 12

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  • You might be wondering, “So what the heck is this Monday Poll thing anyway?”
    Well, it isn’t much of a poll. It’s more just a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past three years, which I guess makes this somewhere around Vol. 198. I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.
  1. Mood:
  2. Not bad at all for a Monday. :) And I bet I’ll feel even better once I get in a few miles on the treadmill. My inner night owl can’t believe I’m saying this, but I really am turning into a morning person.

  3. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?
  4. I wish I knew, but if I can nip one in the bud as soon as I start feeling symptoms, I’ll usually feel better in a few days. I’m a firm believer in Cold-Eeze zinc lozenges, drinking tons of water with Emergen-C, skipping workouts and just taking it easy.

  5. Your longest road trip?
  6. I’m not sure if it was the longest in terms of distance, but it sure felt like it. when I was 15 my parents loaded everyone up in the RV, and we went from the San Francisco Bay Area all the way up to Canada.

    You know how it is when you’re that age, too, trapped in close quarters with your parents and no means of escape… Let’s just say that it was a very, very long trip.

  7. Something you enjoyed last weekend?
  8. Curling up on the couch under a blanket and watching a couple movies on TV, The Debt and Water for Elephants. Oh, I also had fun cruising Pier 1 for furniture and Christmas decorations.

  9. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time?
  10. Their eyes, and I always notice when they’re smiling. :)

  11. Who taught you to drive?
  12. My dad, God love him, and it was about as much fun as a root canal. Before my first lesson, my mom made huge signs that read “Student Driver” and tried to tape them to the car, but I fought her tooth and nail on it and eventually won…

    I knew things weren’t going well when after 5 minutes my dad was already yelling that I was “DRIVING TOO FAST!” which I was, but in my defense the car had a broken speedometer.

    After a day or so of this, he gave up and enrolled me in driving school, haha…

  13. Your idols when you were a kid?
  14. Outside of family, her Madge-esty, of course! And I also thought that Barbra Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters were pretty cool.

  15. Who’s the strongest person you know?
  16. It’s a tie between my mom, my mother-in-law and my friend, Jen. All three are pretty tough ladies.

  17. Your favorite cold weather beverage?
  18. Please pass me a piping hot soy chai latte, please. Pronto!

  19. Weekly goals:
  20. Make some headway on a few writing projects, clean and organize my bookshelf, hang Tabs’ Christmas stocking, and soak up the holiday spirit!

Hey, hey, friend. I hope you had a nice weekend. Do you have a minute to let me know how you’re doing in today’s Monday Poll? I feel like we need to catch up.



  • To complete the Monday Poll, just copy the following list, and paste it with your answers in the comments.



1. Mood:
2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?
3. Your longest road trip?
4. Something you enjoyed last weekend?
5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time?
6. Who taught you to drive?
7. Your idols when you were a kid?
8. Who’s the strongest person you know?
9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?
10. Weekly goals:

You have a good week, okay? And try your best to smile. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Casey says:

    1. Mood: Great – had a wonderful weekend with family

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? Chicken noodle soup and some rest.

    3. Your longest road trip? I once drove from Reno to Las Vegas. That is a very boring drive, it felt much longer than it actually was/is.

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? Hanging out with my brother. It had been too long since his last visit.

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? Their smile – it speaks volumes.

    6. Who taught you to drive? My dad, and he was very brave and patient.

    7. Your idols when you were a kid? Don’t laugh – for the longest time I wanted to be a Solid Gold Dancer. So naturally, I looked up to them. I also wanted to be on Kids, INC on the Disney Channel.

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? My husband – he’s a rock and always very supportive.

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage? Peppermint hot chocolate

    10. Weekly goals: Finish sending out my Christmas cards and spend some quality time with my husband.

  2. 1. Mood:pretty amazing.
    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?
    Take Oscillocinum! Amazing stuff
    3. Your longest road trip?
    To Florida was a lot of fun, with the whole fam.
    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend?
    Some delicious Jamaican Food. YUmmy!
    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? Their teeth. I had braces for years, and it’s the first thing I look at.
    6. Who taught you to drive?
    LOL, failed the driving test twice. Still can’t drive.
    7. Your idols when you were a kid?
    Princess Diana. I loved her!
    8. Who’s the strongest person you know?
    My mom and my mom in law too. They are both so different but it doesn’t get any stronger than those two.
    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?
    HOt Chocolate. Yummy
    10. Weekly goals:
    To blog more. To finally get my wisdom tooth taken out. To smile more too.

  3. Marina says:

    1. Mood: tired, is that even a mood?
    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?lots of tea and blankets.
    3. Your longest road trip? I am not even sure now…
    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? I was visiting my family, it was FAB!
    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? Just everything in general
    6. Who taught you to drive? I don’t drive lol
    7. Your idols when you were a kid? My granddad
    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? my Dad, kind of ;)
    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?tea
    10. Weekly goals: did not set any yet…
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  4. Christina says:

    1. Mood: Buh… I little dazed *__* I was supposed to wake up 3 hours ago and… I guess something did not work out according to plan.

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? Plenty of rest and fluids but my mom, the RN, swears by Vitamin C and Echinacea supplements when you feel the start of a cold going on!

    3. Your longest road trip? Probably the family road trip from Bonita, CA to Las Vegas, NV. When I was younger, we’d always go there for some reason. Always a reunion or a wedding there.

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? Hanging out with my besties at Panera! :D Well, it started out at Panera then migrated to Sushiya (so much food eaten :x). What made it EXTRA cool was that I was able to go to Sephora and use a $20 gift card beforehand :P

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? Usually, I tend to notice how nice and approachable they are but, if not, how much they smile.

    6. Who taught you to drive? At first my dad taught me (eep) but then my dad hired someone from a driving school to teach me. Both had that essence of Filipino dad that pretty much made you nervous the entire lesson. I still wonder how I can drive now XD

    7. Your idols when you were a kid? I’m honestly not sure who I really looked up to as a kid? XD I know I must’ve looked up to my parents but I can’t think of any celebrities that came to mind.

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? It’s a tie between my parents.

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage? Hot chocolate with marshmallows :3

    10. Weekly goals: Get some more leisure reading done! :) And work on my aunt and uncle’s wedding scrapbook! And ugh… at some point, I have to drive up to my college to send a transcript over to PharmCAS and update my application. Wee XP

    • Karen says:

      Good to know about the Echinacea supplements, Christina. I’ll try that next time I feel the sniffles coming.

      Sounds like you and I had similar experiences with driving lessons, haha!

      What are you up to this week? It’s break for you, right?

  5. lolamd says:

    1. Mood:
    Good and well rested!

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?
    Sleep, chicken noodle soup, hot tea and an orange. Works for me!

    3. Your longest road trip?
    To Florida with my parents.

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend?
    Brunch with my college friends. It was so much fund.

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time?
    Either their handshake or their smile

    6. Who taught you to drive?
    My dad. Man was he impatient with me..haha

    7. Your idols when you were a kid?
    I loved Madonna!

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know?
    My parents.

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?
    I love hot cider or egg nog during the holidays.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Hit the gym, eat healthy and stay positive

  6. Flos says:

    1. Mood:
    Very happy! It’s evening here, and after a day of working at home (gotta love that!) I had the time to make dinner, eat dinner, have a long bath (including hair mask and full body scrub), and still have time left to leave my answers to your Monday poll with my bunny on my lap.

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?
    Sleep. And eat chicken soup with ginger.

    3. Your longest road trip?
    Stockholm to Haparanda, when I was studying there, good times :)

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend?
    Decorating the Christmas tree! I LOVE it :)

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time?
    Their hands and nails, and then their eyes, I guess.

    6. Who taught you to drive?
    My dad. He was great, very calm, and he never stressed out.

    7. Your idols when you were a kid?
    I didn’t really have idols when I was a kid, but if I had to pick somebody now, I really like Paloma Faith. She’s sort of my girl crush/idol in one :)

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know?
    Both my parents.

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?
    Mulled wine.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Keep as relaxed as I can, only one week to go before two weeks of rest!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Flos,

      Sounds like you’re having the perfect Monday evening. How is Littlefoot doing these days? I hope she’s good!

      • Flos says:

        Hi Karen!

        Yeah, perfect it was. Tuesday evening already though…
        Littlefoot is doing great! She loves the presents under the Christmas tree, I’ll probably be repacking all of them a couple of times before Christmas ;) No problems with Tabs on that part?

  7. Katie says:

    1. Mood: The rainy weather here in SoCal is making a bit drowsy, but I’m in a OK mood.

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? Drink lots of liquids (particularly OJ), and keep yourself warm.

    3. Your longest road trip? The time my family drove from our home in the Bay Area all the way to Idaho in one day!

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? I stayed in over the weekend. I got my face threaded yesterday. It feels and looks good, so I guess that’s enjoyable, haha.

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? Definitely their demeanor – how does their personality translate?

    6. Who taught you to drive? My dad, too! Oh my gosh, it was horrible because he doesn’t have the patience for teaching of any kind, let alone driving. Of course, I wouldn’t have my driving skills now if it weren’t for him.

    7. Your idols when you were a kid? My parents. I wasn’t familiar with pop culture when I was young.

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? My mom!

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage? My mom’s homemade red bean & Boba drink. It is absolutely splendid for warming yourself up!

    10. Weekly goals: I am studying like crazy today/tonight, and then I am free to lounge around and sleep after TOMORROW MORNING’S LAST FINAL! I cannot wait to go back home to the Bay with my housemate on Thursday. I am also planning to decorate the house (put up the lights, tree, etc.) this weekend (my mom is the only one motivated to do this every Christmas, but she has a bad back this year).

  8. Ruchita says:

    Le List

    1. Mood:
    Not too bad for a Monday.

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?
    Drink lots of water and get some rest. I’m lucky that I haven’t had a cold in a while, but the zinc lozenges definitely help when I first feel like I’m getting sick.

    3. Your longest road trip?
    This was not the longest in distance, but mentally it took forever. When I went to India a few years ago, we traveled from New Delhi to the town of Rishikesh where the Ganges river is. Road trips in India are not like the U.S. There are so many cars honking along with cows and horses and traffic “laws” are very loosely enforced. No one pays attention so the lines on the roads and they just drive in whatever lane they fancy.

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend?
    Cupcakes! Even though it’s past Thanksgiving, I had some canned pumpkin left over that I used to make pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time?
    Their handshake. This is probably shallow, but I notice clothes – especially well dressed women, b/c I’ll secretly check for style inspiration. :-)

    6. Who taught you to drive?
    My dad. I can relate with what you said about it being as fun as a root canal!

    7. Your idols when you were a kid?
    Hm, do bands count? I was pretty into Bon Jovi. :-)

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know?
    Tie betwen my mom and sister-in-law.

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?
    Hot tea. I’m really digging the Sweet Coconut Thai. I have it almost every day at work. Thanks for the reccomendation!

    10. Weekly goals:
    Try and find some low impact exercises. I got shin splits from working too hard on the 30-Day Shred and I pushed myself when I should have rested. I hate to lose momentum, so I’m going to look for some pilates or yoga.

    Happy Monday!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruchita,

      Glad you are enjoying the Sweet Coconut Chai tea. :) How do you drink yours? I like mine with milk and sugar.

      Anywho, bummer that you got shin splints, but that’s great to hear you’ve been keeping up with your fitness goals. If you find any good pilates DVDs let me know! I need some core work.

  9. Nina says:

    1. Mood: i feel so meh this monday. i go sick last night an it was a throwup-y mess. im still sick today. :-(

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? alka seltzer cold and cough fizz tablets. i swert by those!

    3. Your longest road trip? we drove from Houston to Vegas. it was tons of fun since it was me and a bunch of cousins!

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? finishing up my Christmas shopping. got See’s peanut brittle for my boss. whatever i buy heneforth will be little things for the furkids and the hubs.

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? if they have sincere eyes.

    6. Who taught you to drive? thankfully, it was a driving school instructor. however, it also meant the car had those student driver stickers in the doors.

    7. Your idols when you were a kid? Madge, for sure.

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? my mom.

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage? like you, a soy chai latte!

    10. Weekly goals:just get better. please

    • Karen says:

      Oh no, Nina. :( That sounds terrible. Are you home now? Or at work?

      • Nina says:

        i stayed home yesterday and mostly crashed about in the recliner. didnt eat til the hubs came home at 3. he was worried because i wasnt answering calls so he decided to go home.

        my biggest comforty of yesterday was LOL and Linus just staying with me almost the whole day in the recliner. Linus isnt a lap cat but he was yesterday!

        im at work today – here’s hoping i make it through the day!

  10. Cosette says:

    1. Mood:
    Sleepy! It’s quite a gloomy day where I am, and I can’t seem to make myself do anything.

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?
    Soup. Just soup.

    3. Your longest road trip?
    Probably the drive from my parents’ house in Dallas, TX to my place in Savannah, GA. 17 hours is far too long to stay cooped up in a car.

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend?
    Art gallery openings and an H&M shopping trip!

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time?
    Usually their eyes or their smile.

    6. Who taught you to drive?
    This terrible lady that my high school hired. All she would talk to me about while I was learning to drive was how terrible it was to be a teacher. Worst 2 and a half hours ever.

    7. Your idols when you were a kid?
    They’re not real people, but Sailor Moon and all of her friends actually!

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know?
    My Mom, she is currently fighting cancer and refuses to let it win!

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?
    Peppermint hot chocolate :)

    10. Weekly goals:
    -Get presents wrapped
    -Pick out wall colors for my new apartment
    -Stay positive and don’t let anything get me down!

  11. gio says:

    1. Mood:
    ok

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?
    Keep warm, rest and drink lots of liquids.

    3. Your longest road trip?
    to Milan when I was a child.

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend?
    decorating the Christmas tree.

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time?
    their eyes.

    6. Who taught you to drive?
    the driver instructor.

    7. Your idols when you were a kid?
    my mom

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know?
    my boyfriend

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?
    hot chocolate.

    10. Weekly goals:
    eat healthily.
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  12. Marian says:

    1. Mood: Relaxed. Nice to be finished the Christmas stuff and I’m finished my work at home for the day.
    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? I like to baby myself with lots of movies, warm blankets, hot tea, cough drops, soup. Other than that, only time seems to take care of it.
    3. Your longest road trip? When I was single, I used to drive all over the country by myself just to see what was in other places. I think my longest drive was to Canada.
    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? Ice Cream. I was bad….very bad.
    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? It depends on the person. Sometimes it’s their voice. Sometimes eyes or lips. ..the way they’re dressed.
    6. Who taught you to drive? I went to driving school. My boyfriend also let me practice in his car and he took me to get my license.
    7. Your idols when you were a kid? My idols were people I knew…teachers, my parents, family members.
    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? I am
    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage? Oh, I like so many! Cinnamon or Chai tea, coffee, hot cocoa. I also drink iced tea year round.
    10. Weekly goals: work out, eat well, relax and enjoy myself.

  13. Rachael says:

    1. Mood: Blah, it’s finals week. I just want it to end already!

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? Blankets on the couch, watching instant stream from Netflix with my fur babies.

    3. Your longest road trip? We drove one holiday to Charleston. I remember it because my twin and I were learning to drive. We about died on the West Virginia turnpike with him driving.

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? Having tea/lunch with my Granma while I was running errands up by her place.

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? Their handshake. I’m a military brat so I have a very firm handshake and like when I get them in return.

    6. Who taught you to drive? Both my mom and my dad. Dad taught me how to drive in the snow and flip people off while driving.

    7. Your idols when you were a kid? My mom.

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? Physically or emotionally? I don’t know a lot of physically strong people, but my grandma is the most emotionally strong person.

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage? Tea, but I also drink it year round.

    10. Weekly goals: Survive finals week, enjoy my girls weekend with mom and grandma and knit like a crazy person.

  14. Tessa says:

    1. Mood: Finished the math chapter I Had to finish! So pretty proud :)
    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? Eat enough fruit and stay positive
    3. Your longest road trip? By bus, to Rome. 24 hours, that was long!
    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? Watching the Little Mermaid 2. Last time I’d seen it was about 7 years ago, and it was too long!
    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? Their accent, if they have one.
    6. Who taught you to drive? My dad is currently trying to do so, but that is not officially allowed here.
    7. Your idols when you were a kid? My teacher
    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? My mom, she went through such a tough time a few years back. Her sister died, and she had two small children back then.
    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage? Noodles, for now, but that changes weekly!
    10. Weekly goals: go running.

  15. Suri says:

    1. Mood: Ok. I had a really long work day with an all day headache but coming home to see my hubby made me feel better.
    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? Lots of rest and Chicken soup..preferably from my mom or the Spanish restaurants here in NYC. They must have magic potion in them.
    3. Your longest road trip? Boston, MA the day after a Nor’Easter Snow Storm in Jan in the freezing cold.
    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? Being with my parents, hubby, brother, sis in law and my neice and nephews for my neice’s first daycare holiday show. I can’t believe she’s 2 and dancing around on a stage!
    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? Their smile and body language.
    6. Who taught you to drive? Of course he yelled at me, but he wouldn’t let me drive his car BEFORE I paid and took lessons from a driving school.
    7. Your idols when you were a kid? My mom and Mariah Carey.
    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? Definitely my mom. She’s still working and going to kidney dialysis 3xs a week. Plus she takes care of her grandkids and home and is still fierce! Love my momma!
    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage? Hot Chocolate.
    10. Weekly goals: Finish my laundry (I’m down to one bag!), start my Christmas shopping and get some rest.

  16. Let says:

    1. Mood: happy
    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? Lots of sleep
    3. Your longest road trip? I took a train from Tokyo to Sapporo (~8 hours) two years ago.
    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? A good night’s sleep.
    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? Their facial expressions.
    6. Who taught you to drive? I took lesson from a driving school.
    7. Your idols when you were a kid? Not sure…
    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? My parents.
    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage? Earl grey tea; white satin mocha from a cafe near my apartment.
    10. Weekly goals: Ace my finals.

  17. Patty says:

    1. Mood:
    Calm and happy I’ve finished most of my Christmas shopping.

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?
    Hot tea with lemon, buttered toast, Coricidin, a soft blanket, and a snuggly cat.

    3. Your longest road trip?
    Northern VA to FL

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend?
    Sleeping 6 hrs in a row without waking up.

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time?
    Their eyes first, then their smile/teeth.

    6. Who taught you to drive?
    My husband started to, then after yelling at me, I opted for a driving teacher.

    7. Your idols when you were a kid?
    My father, an older sister and brother. I, unfortunately, took my mother for granted until I was a teenager and realized how truly nice she was.

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know?
    My younger sister who survived breast cancer and the chemo, radiation and all the other things which are part of those treatments, and continued to work during all that, AND gave my husband and me amazing moral support and love through his battle with cancer at the same time. We used to joke about me being the only one with hair and maybe I should shave my head and eyebrows to fit in. (I didn’t after my husband objected)

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?
    Cocoa

    10. Weekly goals:
    To clean house thoroughly, get all the laundry done and not forget to send my vet a Christmas card.

  18. Stèphanie says:

    1. Mood:
    Tired! Just came back from a party.. danced my ass off all night!

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?
    I always steam with mint, drink lots of tea and soup. Oh, and most importantly; watch kidsmovies!

    3. Your longest road trip?
    Roadtrip from my place here in the Netherlands, till Rome, Italy during a summer holiday. It took days before we got there with our caravan. (Also took a roadtrip to Budapest, Barcelona and Praha.)

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend?
    Christmasshopping!

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time?
    I look at every single thing! Does the person look good, is he hygenic, is he nice, how does his shoes look like, bodylanguage, smell/scent, smile.. you name it.

    6. Who taught you to drive?
    My driving instructor.

    7. Your idols when you were a kid?
    Spice Girls! I loved them. Nowadays it’s my grandma.

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know?
    My mom and my grandma. They’ve been through a lot, still are.. they don’t show to the real world what kind of problems they have in their life.

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?
    Hot chocolate.. but only when it’s really, really cold. I mean freezing cold.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Learn for my test, and pass my test this wednesday, do something about school.. I’m very lax in doing things lately.
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  19. Linnea says:

    1. Mood: Pretty good. Counting the seconds until today is over. I’ve reached that well known point of accepting nothing productive is going to happen, so I’m just waiting :)
    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? Sleep, lots of fluids, and nothing too crazy. Maybe some ColdFx(I don’t know if you guys have this in the States, but its pretty fabulous if you take it early enough)
    3. Your longest road trip? Depends. Driving? 11 hours out to the West coast. Not driving, but in a car? Out to Manitoba (~15 hours). In a bus? I think we took a trip all the way to Winnipeg in my school trips.
    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? This past weekend? Watching a cheesy romance movie (Hallmark movie for real!) on sunday night after all the craziness of the weekend was over. Also, going to my Dad’s Christmas party, which was pretty fantastic until people started getting kicked out of the bar :)
    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? Their smile.
    6. Who taught you to drive? My mom mostly, but I was also enrolled in driving school(a really good idea for anyone out there that has teenagers!). My mom taught me how to drive “shift” when I was like… 12.
    7. Your idols when you were a kid? I’m not sure. Definitely Hermione from Harry Potter, and later on, my Oma. Probably various teachers as well.
    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? My Oma. Hands down, takes the cake. Worked in Austria during WWII, immigrated to Canada, had a Chemistry degree from 1932(as a woman), and worked her ass off to make it in Canada. That and some more personal stuff. She’s 90 now, and I wish I could tell her how I feel (I’ve tried, but with little success).
    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage? I like a Chai latte or some mulled wine.
    10. Weekly goals:Take it easy, but get some stuff done at work. Also, lose the nerves for the party on friday, and clean a bit!

  20. Ariel says:

    1. Mood: Hungry
    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?
    Rest, and vitamin C
    3. Your longest road trip?
    Boulder, CO to Portland, ME
    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend?
    Wrapping gifts
    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time?
    Body language and mood
    6. Who taught you to drive?
    I took a driver’s course when I was 15.
    7. Your idols when you were a kid?
    Didn’t have any really. Too busy being a kid to think about idolizing anyone.
    8. Who’s the strongest person you know?
    A friend of mine has been through a divorce, death of of her best friend and mother, and she has managed to bounce back and live a full and happy life.
    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?
    Coffee
    10. Weekly goals:
    Stick to my new workout plan

  21. Chris25 says:

    1. Mood: Pretty good. I just handed in my anthro paper. It was hell, but I survived!
    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?: I got a Kenyan recipe from my BFF: egg yolk & honey mixed in a mug. Boil milk, add crushed black paper and allow to simmer. Pour that into the egg/honey mix and stir. Drink while hot and then go to bed.
    3. Your longest road trip?: My sister used to attend college upstate, and the drive was 7 & 1/2 hours one way.
    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend?: Eating sushi with the boyfriend.
    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time?: Their skin: are they wearing makeup, or are they lucky? :P
    6. Who taught you to drive?: I don’t even know how to drive. Shameful, I know, but living in NY means I can walk or take the subway, so I was never forced to learn.
    7. Your idols when you were a kid?: Madonna, Pat Benatar, Geronimo, and Bruce Springsteen.
    8. Who’s the strongest person you know?: Me.
    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?: Boiled milk, sometimes mixed with Milo.
    10. Weekly goals: Photographing for the blog, holiday baking and shopping.

  22. Kate & Zena says:

    1. Mood:
    So tired. Took my math final today!

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?
    Sleep and whining. At least, whining makes ME feel better!

    3. Your longest road trip?
    Texas to Wisconsin. My dad got lost and kept going in circles at first, but my dad wouldn’t admit it! We spent three hours going in circles!

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend?
    Sleeping with Zena. This may not sound like much, but I spent all weekend studying for my math final. It was the only happy thing for me!

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time?
    Posture

    6. Who taught you to drive?
    My mom! My dad was verboten from teaching me.

    7. Your idols when you were a kid?
    Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Grandma and my mumsy (Mom.) I always idolized the singers I listened to, until I realized they weren’t the best idols to look up to when I was older and picked true role models.

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know?
    My mom and my grandma.

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?
    Hot cocoa

    10. Weekly goals:
    -Catch up on my Zzzzzzzz’s
    -Finish up the other 1/2 of my Grandpa’s present.
    -Get my mom’s, my brother’s and my aunt’s presents and then I. Am. DONE!!!! Woo hoo!
    -Wrap presents.
    -Nag Dad for more Christmas presents.
    -Cook homemade German Spritz cookies.
    -Make apple and caramel pie.
    -Maybe find time for more z’s.

  23. Lydia says:

    1. Mood: Happy to be done with work.
    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? Rest.
    3. Your longest road trip? Hmm probably from Illinois to Michigan which isn’t that far.
    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? Christkrindle market.
    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? Their personality and their smile.
    6. Who taught you to drive? An old boyfriend.
    7. Your idols when you were a kid? Punky Brewster.
    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? My boyfriend!
    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage? Coffee.
    10. Weekly goals: To work out more this week and to get things done on my to do list!

  24. Wendy says:

    1. Mood: Relaxed. Drinking a glass of wine while waiting for Saint Hubby to finish cooking dinner.

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? Rest, water, citrus fruit, Airborne supplement

    3. Your longest road trip? Arizona to Florida when I was 5 . Florida to California (roundtrip) with a stop at the Grand Canyon when I was 10. No seat belts were required back then. I’m surprised I survived childhood.

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? 2 hour Thai massage. My friend and I both studied Thai massage in Thailand (different schools, different times). He visits my area twice a year and we trade massages.

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? Posture and gait

    6. Who taught you to drive? Watching my parents drive… It’s a pretty simple concept. I learned how to legally drive standard in drivers ed class in high school. A local car dealer supplied our school with new cars every year. A year later, my boyfriend taught me how to drive manual. Poor guy. I think I burned out his car’s clutch. Now I drive a stick shift Jeep Wrangler and love it!

    7. Your idols when you were a kid? Didn’t have any.

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? My father.

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage? Pinot Noir or coffee with Coffee-mate

    10. Weekly goals: Started Christmas shopping yesterday and got most of it accomplished at the Apple store and Nordstroms. I need to pick up 4 more presents after dinner. Other than that, just survive the week.

  25. PS says:

    1. Mood: Decent:)

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?

    Plenty of sleep/vitamin C

    3. Your longest road trip?

    West coast to east coast & then east coast to west coast. 2nd time was a straight shot. Alternated driving, no sleep 3 days.

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend?

    My eggnog latte & spending time with family.

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time?

    Personality!

    6. Who taught you to drive?

    Both my parents, but my dad was way cooler & much more patient. He didn’t scare quite so easily. :)

    7. Your idols when you were a kid?

    I know nerdy, but I looked up to my parents. I didn’t really idolize anyone.

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know?

    My father.

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?

    Extra hot, soy eggnog latte.

    10. Weekly goals:

    Gotta get started on Christmas shopping.

  26. Mood: Ready to start the week!! I really loved Water for Elephants too!! I want Reese’s finger waves, all those hours in beauty school and I don’t know if I could do it on myself *sigh*

    Who taught you to drive? My dad taught me and he was not very patient but I drive like a dude so I thank him, I’m aggressive when I need to be which makes driving in NYC a snap!!

    Who’s the strongest person you know? My Grandmother who I miss dearly, it was 3 years yesterday since her passing. She gave me my sense of style, love of stilleto’s and her house was my favorite place to paint my nails!!

    Your favorite cold weather beverage? Spanish Corte hot chocolate with a lil cinnamon

    Weekly goals: to stop procrastinating and start working out!!

  27. Stef Smith says:

    1. Mood: I know it’s odd to say, but TGIM! I love Mondays when the kids go back to school, then I get some quiet time.
    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? Chicken soup and lots of rest.
    3. Your longest road trip? I haven’t gone on too many, but the one I remember the most is when I was 14 and we were driving to Sacramento from Central California where we live, and we got stuck in a horrible horrible dust storm.
    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? Finally getting the Christmas tree decorated, it had been up with the lights and bulbs on, but no actual decorations. Now it’s up and it’s beautiful!
    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? How firm their handshake is, if it’s wimpy, I’m grossed out. Also, if they make eye contact and if they smile.
    6. Who taught you to drive? Both my parents. I vividly remember my Mom telling me, “LINE TO LINE!!!” when making a turn. I still think to myself “line to line” when I turn!
    7. Your idols when you were a kid? Madonna and Miss Piggy (who is still my idol!)
    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? My two daughters, they can do anything! And they have terrific body confidence!
    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage? Coffee! I just started drinking it about six months ago, after I turned 36, and it has changed my life!
    10. Weekly goals: My baby is turning 6 tomorrow, *sob*, so I need to make sure I pick up the cake pops at Starbucks that I ordered and get them to her classroom. I’d like to squeeze in a workout or two, and my kitchen floor really needs a good mopping! Ahhh, the excitment!

  28. jen. says:

    Oh my god. Student driver signs on the car! That’s mortifying!!

    1. Mood: I was in a great mood all day (I played hooky from school), but then Enzo ate some money that was on the table, and now I’m really annoyed at him!
    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? Spicy food (aka Sriracha on everything- especially pho).
    3. Your longest road trip? When I was in elementary school, we went on a family road trip from AZ to North Carolina, then up to Indiana, and back. Loooooong trip.
    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? Watching bad tv with the SO.
    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? Their teeth.
    6. Who taught you to drive? My dad. He’s a cop, and it was…. not really fun.
    7. Your idols when you were a kid? I’m not sure.
    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? My friend Shell.
    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage? Definitely a chai latte. Lately I’ve been drinking a lot of Tazo’s Zen, which is really good, too.
    10. Weekly goals: run run run. Figure out what to get my brother for his birthday (he is super hard to shop for), make cookies for people at work. Then I’ll be on winter break! Hooray!

  29. Camille says:

    1. Mood:
    bittersweet. had a lovely malling trip after a weekend at my parents’ house, but came back to my apt. & my fish had died. i haven’t told my husband yet. :o/

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?
    sleep & water. and if you’re down: hot lemon tea, with honey, and a shot of gin. (my LoLa’s doing. LoL)

    3. Your longest road trip?
    time wise: 30 hrs — from the province of leyte, philippines back to taytay, rizal.

    distance wise: Nor*cal to fort knox, kentucky

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend?
    talking with my husband for more than 20 minutes :o)

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time?
    eyes & teeth. and if we shake hands, how well of a grip they have.

    6. Who taught you to drive?
    my dad. he’s a lot more calm than my mom

    7. Your idols when you were a kid?
    madonna was really awesome. but i can’t recall wanting to be like anyone, when i was a kid. :o/ kind of sad, now that i think of it……

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know?
    my sister. i’ve seen her give birth to 2 of her 3 boys. it was pretty scary. she has done a lot, before 30, and she’s still carrying on a full load: marriage, 3 monsters, nursing school, and part time work. how do working mothers do it?!

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?
    white chocolate mocha with soy milk.

    10. Weekly goals:
    to get more studying done! :o)

    happy monday!!!!

  30. Melissa says:

    1. Mood: Blah, didn’t have such a great evening

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? I fully agree with Emergen-C, tons of water, sleep, and that new Vick’s Natures Remedy cold medicine.

    3. Your longest road trip? I drove from New York to California when I joined the Navy. My first duty station was San Diego :-) (I love you and miss you San Diego!)

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? Napping. Haven’t done it in a while and I loved every minute of it.

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? If they say “um” …a lot, if they offer to shake your hand, and whether or not they look you in the eye.
    6. Who taught you to drive? My mom. I failed my first driver’s test because I rolled a stop sign. But that’s how she taught me so I didn’t know better lol

    7. Your idols when you were a kid? Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Prince.

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? My husband. For a myriad of reasons, and none of them involve lifting a single weight.

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage? Vanilla Chai Latte – which I’m actually about to enjoy right now.

    10. Weekly goals: Win the lottery. I’m tired of going to work everyday – there are more fun things I want to do :-)

  31. Lisa says:

    1. Mood: good! I got a lot done today, and I got a great workout in too.
    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? Sleep. And lots of tea, preferably with honey.
    3. Your longest road trip? Colorado to Massachusetts. I’ve driven it 2 times round trip, and it’s pretty boring!
    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? Making sushi with the boy :) I’m finally getting good at shaping the rice right for nigiri.
    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? Usually their smile. I pay a lot more attention to faces.
    6. Who taught you to drive? My older sister. She was very patient with me, even though I killed the engine a lot (learning on a stick)
    7. Your idols when you were a kid? My grandmother, and a local writer whose books I loved.
    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? My younger sister. She’s stubborn, driven, and incredibly persistent. When she does anything, she does it 100%!
    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage? I’ve been drinking chai lattes lately, and they’re super delicious! Every once in a while, I get a hot chocolate :)
    10. Weekly goals: Get ready for my trip to Amsterdam, finish up my work, and get enough sleep!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lisa,

      Oh, I love chai lattes too! Have you ever tried one with soy milk? It adds a nutty flavor to it.

      So jealous that you’re visiting Amsterdam, btw. Are you going for work or fun?

  32. Christy says:

    1. Mood: Good. Just got back from the casino with my mom and I have a belly full of buffet food :) Actually so full, my abs hurt…
    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? I load up on my multi-vitamin, extra vitamin D3, calcium and vitamin C. I sleep more and I I also do more cardio to burn those baddies away.
    3. Your longest road trip? From Vancouver to Edmonton, than to Yellowknife (all in Canada). Thankfully it wasn’t snowing. Oh yea, and there’s the return trip too.
    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? I had a feast of food! (Combo bday dinners with my honey ;) I had a delicious sticky pecan bun, chocolate fondue with loads of fruit, ebi mayo (deep fried prawns with Japanese mayonaise), pumpkin croquette and bbq eel with mushroom rice gratin. It was sooooo delicious! We had a wonderful feast at some of our favorite restaurants :)
    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? Hair and clothing. After that, breath and amount of eye contact.
    6. Who taught you to drive? My mom. She forced me since I had delayed it for many years.
    7. Your idols when you were a kid? Kylie Minogue, Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson. I loved Janet’s hair!
    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? My mom. She’s taken a lot of crap in the past.
    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?Hot chocolate, with a close second is my all time favorite (even in summer) a skinny hazelnut latte.
    10. Weekly goals: Put my Christmas tree and workout for at least half an hour everyday!
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  33. Katie says:

    1. Mood:
    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?
    Lots of tea and some day/NyQuil!

    3. Your longest road trip?
    From Indiana to the southern tip of Florida.

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend?
    Baking cookies with my mom.

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time?
    Their smile :)

    6. Who taught you to drive?
    My dad

    7. Your idols when you were a kid?
    The spice girls

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know?
    My boyfriend

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?
    Coffee

    10. Weekly goals:
    Workout 3 times and study for my stock broker license.

  34. Bronwyn says:

    1. Mood:
    A sort of short term boredom arising from long term excitement – I finished work last week but I go on a holiday on Sunday… this waiting period is pretty terrible
    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?
    I’m one of those ‘ignore it’ types until you feel bad enough that you can’t talk… then Panadol Cold and Flu, Berocca and a nice bed to curl up on.
    3. Your longest road trip?
    That me personally was a driver for? Melbourne,Vic to Sunshine Coast, QLD. Otherwise a Easter holiday my family spend driving around beyond the black stump in Queensland
    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend?
    A good walk to the shopping centre rather than driving on a cool but sunny summer day.
    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time?
    Generally whether they look friendly, be it smiling, the tone of their voice, the look in their eyes.
    6. Who taught you to drive?
    My mum was a driving instructor for 12 years so… NOT her. She got one of her colleagues to teach me because we would have driven each other mad.
    7. Your idols when you were a kid?
    I don’t think/can’t think of any. I guess while I respect other people I’ve never really been one to idolise any particular people. A little bit because having answers to such questions opened me up for being wrong… lets just say I was better at things with a single correct answer as a child :).
    8. Who’s the strongest person you know?
    My aunt (who is not a real related aunt). I’ve known her my whole life and she is just an amazing woman. Served in the army, chaplained at a hospital until a couple years ago, survived all manor of things… If I can make half as much of my own life I”ll be happy.
    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?
    Hot Chocolate – though I’ve made the conscious decision a month or two ago to develop a taste for tea because it is more readily available in some social contexts.
    10. Weekly goals:
    Sort out everything with the finance man.
    Track down best friend (have to wait for her to return from her work out of town).
    Don’t forget anything critical when I’m packing for my holiday

  35. Leah says:

    1. Mood: Tired, so very very tired

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? The Ginger People ginger chews, green tea, raw honey, ginger tea (Chinese remedy)

    3. Your longest road trip? 1700 miles. Up to Prince Edward Island and back to MA

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? Baking cookies, dinner party. The Muppets

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? Their clothes

    6. Who taught you to drive? My Dad and Mom–I had to learn on a standard!

    7. Your idols when you were a kid? The ‘big kids’ with the better tree forts and and extension cord to the fort so they could play video games in there (I grew up in the country)

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? Pretty much me. I also hang out with a lot of engineers so they are all bizarre.

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage? Mulled cider (with Cabin Fever maple whiskey)

    10. Weekly goals: To work out every night except Friday. 2 holiday parties last week killed my beauty sleep.

  36. Pamela M says:

    1. Alright
    2. I slam down orange by the gallon
    3. From Dallas Tx to Las Vegas
    4. New makeup from Chanel
    5. Their facial features
    6. My Dad and metro driving school
    7. Barbie? Lol
    8. My dad and my dads mom
    9. Fancy coffees from starbucks
    10. Watch what I eat and work out in the morning before work.

  37. Kim says:

    I didn’t get to drop in yesterday afternoon, but just wanted to send a quick note about fighting a cold. As awful as it feels at the time (not to mention counter-intuitive) I find that nothing sends a cold packing as quickly as working out HARD when I feel it coming on. I don’t know if it super-charges those little white cells, or what. But, doing a good workout and sweating up a storm is my sure-fire cold fighter. Not to say that I always do it; I don’t always have the willpower and sometimes I just can’t resist jammies, a warm comforter and some quality nap time. Which does nothing for my cold, sadly. :)

  38. Sydney says:

    1. Mood:
    Festive

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?
    Robutussin and rest

    3. Your longest road trip?
    Cleveland to Orlando

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend?
    Going to watch my sister cheer with my family.

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time?
    What they smell like. That’s important.

    6. Who taught you to drive?
    My mom.

    7. Your idols when you were a kid?
    DIsney Princesses and the Olsen twins.

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know?
    My mom.

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?
    Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

    10. Weekly goals:
    Finish Christmas Shopping.

  39. Katherine G says:

    1. Mood:
    ~Happy. Tomorrow’s my fiance’s birthday and I’m excited to treat him to some good stuff. Sorry this comment is late, worked all weekend and it was a rough one.

    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold?
    ~I work in 2 ER’s, and I’ve seen so many different ways to treat colds it’s not even funny. I personally am a believer that small doses of alcohol really helps kill colds and the flu. I don’t tell my patients my methods though. I believe in lots of Nyquil over the course of a few days, screwdrivers (orange juice with a small amount of vodka), and hot toddies (herbal or regular tea with honey and a small amount of whiskey). The key with this practice is moderation. You don’t want to use enough to be considered an alcoholic or drunkie. You use just enough to help you sleep at night and help symptoms. It works for me, and kills colds in a few days that normally take weeks to recover from.

    3. Your longest road trip?
    ~From Maryland to Myrtle Beach, SC.

    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend?
    ~Getting our Christmas tree last Friday. It’s a nice seven and a half footer, and will have room for lots of ornaments!

    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time?
    ~I meet a lot of new people for the first time in my job and I don’t judge them (they are patients coming to me for help). But, in my personal life, I tend to notice if they are genuine and if they smile. If they seem reserved and/or fake, I don’t warm up to them easily.

    6. Who taught you to drive?
    ~Both parents. Mom used to grab the dashboard and gasp every time she thought we were going to crash or something.

    7. Your idols when you were a kid?
    ~Some of these people are still my idols – Monty Roberts, renowned horse trainer/clinician; George Morris, Olympian and renowned horse trainer/clinician; anyone who worked in healthcare and/or veterinary practices; Karen and David O’Connor, Olympian equestrians in the sport of Eventing; and my parents.

    8. Who’s the strongest person you know?
    ~My fiance. He’s been through some tough stuff and has come out strong and with a great outlook on life. Some of the cancer patients I took care of when I worked Oncology are also awe-inspiring.

    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage?
    ~Hot tea or apple cider.

    10. Weekly goals: Get the tree decorated, finish schoolwork for the semester, and clean up the house a little bit.

  40. Katie says:

    1. Mood: I’m alright.
    2. What’s the best way to treat/cure a cold? Take a lot of vitamin C!
    3. Your longest road trip? Um…3 days to South Carolina.
    4. Something you enjoyed last weekend? I work all weekend, so my fun is during the week days :)
    5. What are the first things you notice about people when you meet them for the first time? Personality, how easy they are to talk to.
    6. Who taught you to drive? My mom, also, driving school.
    7. Your idols when you were a kid? Ginger from Gilligan’s Island.
    8. Who’s the strongest person you know? My mother.
    9. Your favorite cold weather beverage? Coffee, hot chocolate, chai.
    10. Weekly goals: Pass my final exams. :)

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