Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Oct. 10

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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. 189. I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.
  1. Mood:
  2. I’m still a little groggy this morning, but I had a nice, relaxing weekend. I need my tea to hurry up and work its magic, though, so go, caffeine, go!

  3. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you?
  4. Gosh, there are so many. One of my favorites was The Very Hungry Caterpillar; I remember my mom reading it to me all the time. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Charlotte’s Web and The Giving Tree were some of my other faves.

  5. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be?
  6. Sci-fi 4ever! Or maybe something with vampires.

  7. Are you saving up to buy anything?
  8. New office furniture, namely a larger desk, and a dining room set. Yep, after two years living here I still don’t have any furniture in my dining room (we eat at a coffee table on the living room floor). Not exciting, I know.

  9. Where was your first kiss?
  10. It was… I honestly can’t remember. But I guess it was pretty lame if my selective amnesia is kicking in, LOL!

  11. A book you started reading but never finished?
  12. Game of Thrones. I made it through about three quarters of it last summer but then couldn’t bring myself to finish it after [SPOILER ALERT! STOP READING HERE IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!] Ned lost his head.

    It broke my heart.

  13. Do you have a good luck charm?
  14. Nah, not really, but I do believe that randomness and chance are a part of life.

  15. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats?
  16. Lately, Chipotle, even though the way their menu is written drives me nuts. Why do they write, “cheese OR sour cream?” when you can have both?

  17. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life?
  18. I walked by (my mouth agape) Liz Phair at the airport in Las Vegas once, and last summer I spotted Carrie Anne Moss (Trinity!) buying gourmet cheese at a market in Vancouver. Oh, and this was kinda cool: a few years ago El Hub and I stood in line right behind George Lucas at the movies. I forget which movie it was, but he lives here in Marin County. We were both trying to play it cool and didn’t want to bother him, but I’m sure we looked like freaks. El Hub still regrets not telling George how much he likes the Clone Wars cartoon.

  19. Weekly goals:
  20. Be brave in all things.

Hey, hey, babe. :) It’s another Monday.

How was your weekend? Did you get any time to relax? I’m happy to report that I spent a number of hours reading and recharging my batteries on the couch. If you have a minute, please say hi and let me know how you’re doing today by filling out the Monday Poll.

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



1. Mood:
2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you?
3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be?
4. Are you saving up to buy anything?
5. Where was your first kiss?
6. A book you started reading but never finished?
7. Do you have a good luck charm?
8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats?
9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life?
10. Weekly goals:

You take it easy this week, okay? No stress allowed!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Lydia says:

    1. Mood: Good
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Where the Wild Things Are.
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Comedy.
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? Not right now.
    5. Where was your first kiss? At school.
    6. A book you started reading but never finished? None!
    7. Do you have a good luck charm?No
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats?Taste of Lebanon!
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Queen Latifah
    10. Weekly goals: To work out 3 times this week.

  2. Marina says:

    1. Mood: tired
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Pippi the Long Stocking
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? definitely a drama with a very complicated plot
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? I try to but it’s not really working , heh
    5. Where was your first kiss? outdoors near a big tree :)
    6. A book you started reading but never finished?I try to finish all the books, can’t think of any
    7. Do you have a good luck charm? I don’t believe in such things
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? pizza probably
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Mostly music bands that I like
    10. Weekly goals: keep calm and carry on ;)
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  3. 1. Mood:Excited about the week! Karen, the weather in NYC is unbelievable. It’s October and 85 today.
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Wow,k A Giving Tree is my absolute Fave!!! and Charlotte’s Web. I still cry during the movie.

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be?
    Action baby. I’d want to be the heroin!

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything?
    Yes, I want to move into a bigger apartment.

    5. Where was your first kiss?
    In Kindergarten. This boy just grabbed me and kissed me. I smacked him, but my first kiss was bad! lol

    6. A book you started reading but never finished?
    Don Quixote. That book is long as hell!

    7. Do you have a good luck charm?
    Nah
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats?
    I love Qdoba. Yum Mexican food and pretty cheap.
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life?
    Since I used to work in the news, I saw many. My best encounter though was with Salma Hayek. She is quite possibly the coolest nicest celeb I’ve ever met.
    10. Weekly goals:
    To blog more, and organize my room.

  4. Melissa says:

    1. Mood: Impatient! I wish UPS never invented tracking. Otherwise enjoying my day off.

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you?: The Story of Babar. Love that book. So much in fact I named my fat Russian Blue after it.

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be?: Comedy.

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything?: One of the Edland dressers from Ikea. Can’t decide which! I bought the dressing table (using as a desk it’s huge!) and the nighttable over the summer and they look awesome.

    5. Where was your first kiss?: A hookah bar in Manhattan.

    6. A book you started reading but never finished?: Geez, pretty much all over them. I’m so bad with reading for pleasure.

    7. Do you have a good luck charm?: A coin my best friend brought back from Paris over a decade ago.

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats?: Yatagan in the West VIllage. $2 falafel was amazing. They closed for health violations, I believe :(

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life?: Quite a few, nothing too spectacular. Steve Carell was pretty cool.

    10. Weekly goals: Do some what well, at least passing, on my neurophysiology exam :/

  5. Nina says:

    1. Mood: very sleepy but very happy! one more day of work and im on my way to a staycation!

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? the velveteen rabbit. it always gets me teary eyed!

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? dramedy LOL!

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? just saving. for a rainy day.

    5. Where was your first kiss? i refuse to answer on grounds that it might incriminate me.

    6. A book you started reading but never finished? there are a couple, but silmarillion is at the top of the list.

    7. Do you have a good luck charm? my gray pearl earrings.

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? in my neighborhood, we have a lot of hole in the wall places that we just love. the selection is pretty diverse – colombian, cuban, chinese/taiwanese, vietnamese, you name it we’ve got it. we eat at those places a lot!

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? i cant say i have seen any.

    10. Weekly goals: make it to tuesday 5 pm and then smile the biggest smile i can!

  6. steph b says:

    1. Mood: Chipper. Nothing like an 80 degree day off in October

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Corduroy and, when I got a little older, Harriet the Spy. Harriet totally rocked.

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Magical realism.

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? Vacation!

    5. Where was your first kiss? At summer camp after a dance.

    6. A book you started reading but never finished? I can’t not finish a book. Even if I hate it. It’ll bug me.

    7. Do you have a good luck charm? Nope.

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? Food trucks or Baja Fresh

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? I’ve worked in politics so I’ve met many senators, congressmen, cabinet secretaries. I’ve met a bunch of basketball players. A handful of actors. TV chefs.

    10. Weekly goals: Reach consensus at work.

  7. Ariel says:

    1. Mood:
    Full, I just had left over pot stickers, yum!

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you?
    Cinderella Skeleton. It was such a cool take on the story!

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be?
    An indie comedy fo sho. Lots of funny awkward situations set to hip music.

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything?
    A new tattoo :) I’m going to get a chandelier on my leg!

    5. Where was your first kiss?
    At the science fair in 8th grade :) Dorky.

    6. A book you started reading but never finished?
    Infinite Jest. I just could get into it.

    7. Do you have a good luck charm?
    A peso my bestfriend gave me.

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats?
    This cute little smoothie place by my dorm. They make the best soup and its only a dollar for a cup!
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life?
    Lots of bands and musicians. No one really cool :(
    10. Weekly goals:
    1. Go to the gym 3 times
    2. Find a Halloween costume
    3. Finish my comm speech
    4. Study for my merchandising test.

  8. Melissa says:

    1. Mood: Relaxed and rested.
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Pat the Bunny – I had it as a kid, and we bought it for our daughter and she loves it too. Daddy’s scratchy beard!
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Dark comedy
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? Clairsonic! Now that it’s cheaper, it should arrive in my bathroom sooner (plus it’s my birthday tomorrow so maybe I will get some cash!!)
    5. Where was your first kiss? Outside in the woods behind my apartment complex when I was in 5th grade. Just a peck :-)
    6. A book you started reading but never finished? The Corrections. It’s not the book, I just never have (or make) time to read.
    7. Do you have a good luck charm? No.
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? Honestly, the grocery store by my work has a deli and they make awesome salads, sandwiches, soup – I like getting healthy “fast” food.
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Carson Daly (he’s short!) let my friends and I up to TRL in 2001 because he liked our poster (we were so happy because it was Jan 2nd in NYC and it was COLD!) I saw Ludacris at the Playboy club in Vegas playing blackjack with Kato Kaelin (random).
    10. Weekly goals: Spend quality time with hubby today and tomorrow – we are kid free!!

    Have a great week everybody!

  9. Rita says:

    1. Mood: Fine I guess.
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? I don’t really have any.
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? A tragedy with horror elements.
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? A new computer, they will always brake at some point.
    5. Where was your first kiss? I nailed it: at 17, full moon, Friday the 13th, and an Italian ‘lover’…
    6. A book you started reading but never finished? At least a crime novel.
    7. Do you have a good luck charm? Not really.
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? Local hamburger bar.
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? I have seen the right hand of the previous Pope (it counts!) when he was visiting my town, the King of Sweden, the singer Sade, … hmm there could be others, not to mention many national celebrities.
    10. Weekly goals: Back to sports!

  10. Ashley says:

    1. Mood: a bit stressed, even though i have the day off.

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? miss spider’s tea party. i loved all things dainty/girly–i mean, i’m the kid who requested to wear lace gloves on Easter–so this book was my favorite.

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? screwball comedy.

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? yes! a million things at once. a city bag from Zara, a sweater from Anthropologie, a chemical peel to help the sun damage on my chest.

    5. Where was your first kiss? at party when i was a freshman in college and i was not entirely cohenerent. you live and you learn.

    6. A book you started reading but never finished? my sister’s keeper. i just could not get on board with the writing style.

    7. Do you have a good luck charm? none. except a positive attitude.

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? a food truck that comes around my neighborhood making delicious grilled cheese.

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? ben affleck. i feel there are more but i totally cannot remember right now. lots of musicians, as well, but i don’t consider them “famous.”

    10. Weekly goals: keep your head down, get your work done, then go absolutely buck wild friday night.

  11. Nikki B. says:

    1. Mood: Really tired…I went to bed early last night but for the life of me I couldn’t fall asleep or when I did, I couldn’t stay asleep :-(

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Any Curious George book or Shel Silverstein poetry book…reminds me of elementary school when my mom & I would go to the school library for reading time.

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Probably a drama/comedy – the drama would come from school while the comedy would come from my family. They’re their own circus but I love them.

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? Umm…sort of? My cousin & I want to go to Puerto Rico in March for our birthday. I’m horrible at saving tho. I’ve put myself on a no buy & am forcing myself to work out & reach a certain goal before spending any money. ::crosses fingers:: let’s see if it works.

    5. Where was your first kiss? Ha! On my middle school outdoor basketball court. 6th grade. Never forget it. LOL oh boy…

    6. A book you started reading but never finished? I don’t think that has ever happened to me. I try to finish all my books. And if I can’t (say cuz I’m borrowing from a friend or relative) I just wander to my nearest bookstore/library & finish it there.

    7. Do you have a good luck charm? My Arabic name pendant. My uncle got it for me when I started middle school and the only time I take it off is to work out or during a dance performance. It’s gotten me through some times…

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? For good food? Chipotle or Panera Bread. Looovvvee those places :-)

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? I have seen Sean Paul (the dancehall rapper) and Pitbull at Calle Ocho (they literally walked by my friends & I on their way to the stage) and Rupee (soca singer) at Universal’s Grad Bash (got a picture and autograph out of it too!!)

    10. Weekly goals: Continue my workouts especially since I practically took the weekend off…go through my closet before I leave for the weekend and get through the work week relatively stress free.

    Have a great week beauties!!! ~Laugh Often~Love More~Smile Always~ :-D

  12. Katie says:

    Hey Karen :) I had a pretty good weekend. It was surprisingly very warm here in Boston, MA and I enjoyed every second of it! :-D

    1. Mood: Pretty happy which is surprising for a Monday. Feeling lucky.

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Anything Shel Silverstein. I still enjoy his books so much! My favorite book of his is “Falling Up.”

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Oh man. Romantic love story saga crazy epic blah blah. The world would be like, “Twilight who?”

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? Not really. I buy what I want really.. I’m easy to please generally speaking. if I want something expensive, I’ll just pray I get it for my birthday or Christmas! :-P

    5. Where was your first kiss? In my neighbor Jesse Smith’s basement. We were playing Donkey Kong Country on Super Nintendo and said if he lost, (which he never did!) that he would kiss me. I remember that he ran DK off the cliff within 10 seconds and was beyond excited to kiss me.I remember running home afterwards almost dancing because I was so excited. It was cute and still is :)

    6. A book you started reading but never finished? The FountainHead. I love Ayn Rand but I couldn’t get through it for some reason. I love her other work though.

    7. Do you have a good luck charm? Yes! A few that are pretty personal so I’ll leave you in suspense!

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? Surprisingly, LongHorn Steakhouse. It’s delicious and reasonably priced!

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Cameron Diaz, Nigel Godrich, Steven Tyler, Liv Tyler, Mia Tyler.

    10. Weekly goals: Workout. Eat healthy. Think of others before myself sometimes :)

    Have a great Monday Tabs (you too, Karen!0

  13. Marian says:

    1. Mood: Pretty Good! I’m finished my work for the day and excited about tomorrow. I’m getting my chest length hair cut into a pixie!
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? The Steadfast Tin Soldier
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Action/ Adventure
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? Not really. I might start saving for an iPad.
    5. Where was your first kiss? On the dance floor.
    6. A book you started reading but never finished? Crime and Punishment
    7. Do you have a good luck charm? Nope
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? a nearby pizza joint called Pizza John’s
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Warren Beatty, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sting, John Waters and many of the actors in his early films, Roberta Flack, Carly Simon…probably more
    10. Weekly goals: stay the course

  14. Christy says:

    1. Mood: a little groggy but happy
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Berenstein Bears!
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? a comedy of errors lol
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? a trip to Europe in the spring!
    5. Where was your first kiss? on a playground maybe lol
    6. A book you started reading but never finished? Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin
    7. Do you have a good luck charm? nope
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? Wendy’s!
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Aaron Lewis at a concert!
    10. Weekly goals: with grad school and work I’m looking just to survive!
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  15. Pancakes says:

    Mood: mellow, but determined to get my work done today.
    Children’s book: Eloise. My grandma read it to me, it’s one of my clearest memories of her
    Movie: Drama with lots of love sprinkled throughout!
    Saving: Vacation. I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii.
    First Kiss: I can’t remember?! I’m feeling you on this answer, Karen!
    Book: Everything is Illuminated
    Good luck charm: none, but maybe I should look into that
    Cheap eats: Chipotle, always chipotle. Their new menu also drives me crazy.
    Celebrity sightings: Dave Grohl and his family at La Salsa; Susan Sarandon at LAX; Billy Zane in Chelsea, London.
    Weekly goals: Go for a run at least 4 days this week; work hard; be kind

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pancakes,

      I love your weekly goals for. I hope you don’t mind if I borrow both “work hard” and “be kind.”

      When you end up planning your trip to Hawaii let me know! If you go to Oahu I can recommend some fun things to do. I’ve visited there a bunch of times (family stuff); it’s really a magical place.

  16. Suri says:

    1. Mood: good. Thank God for three day weekends!
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Anything by Richard Scarry <3 and Cinderella
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Comedy
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? Not at the moment but I should be :\
    5. Where was your first kiss? Lord I can't remember!
    6. A book you started reading but never finished? The Lion, Witch and The Wardrobe. I adore the movie tho!
    7. Do you have a good luck charm? I have a cross that I carry with me at all times.
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? Wendys dollar menu.
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Actor Luis Guzman at a club in NYC.
    10. Weekly goals: just make it through with a smile on my face. And go grocery shopping!

  17. thepaigest says:

    HI KAREN! You don’t remember your first kiss I don’t believe it!!! LOL what are you hiding?? :)

    1. Mood: Happy reading City of Bones and loving it!!

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you?
    Anything shel Silverstein I used to try hard to memorize them! <3

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be?
    Something where I can have magic powers of course!!

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? YES I want that new Cha Cha Chocolate Kate Spade purse!! I want the little lipstick set from Kat Von D.

    5. Where was your first kiss? Sitting on the exit of a large concrete drainage ditch of all things!!

    6. A book you started reading but never finished? LOL I love me some SCI FI but I got this one book about robots that was so technical I had to just give up!!

    7. Do you have a good luck charm? Not so much I used to wear this fake glasses in nursing school for test and I seriously felt it gave me better grades

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? Man…. I love me some chipotle tooooo!! BUT the problem is I don't like anything healthy there. I'm addicted to that rice!

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Will Wheaton I have a pic with him, Officer Garcia from Reno 911 LOVE HIM!, Some of the cast from Freaks and Geeks, I was standing right next to Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, The guy that play Wyatt in Weird Science (childhood crush) I live in Austin so I used to try to go to all the movie stuff that's all…. It's been a while since I've been!

    10. Weekly goals: Party it up it's my Birthday :) I just bought some stuff from Shiro cosmetics so looking forward to that!!

    • Karen says:

      HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :) How are we celebrating?

      • thepaigest says:

        Thanks Karen!!!
        Most likely with Cupcakes, salmon, makeup, and mojito … these are a few of my favvvorite things *singing* :) Have you talked about what you’re going to be for Halloween yet?? I love your tips I’m hoping you’ll be doing a few looks for us this year!!!!

  18. lolamd says:

    1. Mood: Good despite it being a Monday. The weather is nice so I guess that makes up for it.
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Encyclopedia Brown or The Three Investigators.
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Comedy
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? Yes a house
    5. Where was your first kiss? Hmmm in high school.
    6. A book you started reading but never finished? In the Woods by Tana French. I got 75% through it. I just could not stand the main character. So I googled what happened in the end of the book. haha. After I found out, I stopped reading it.
    7. Do you have a good luck charm? Yes a pendant that I bought in Jerusalem.
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? I love this falafel place near my apt. They have this incredible spicy sauce that goes with it. I love all spicy food!
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Well I just say Pink the other day with her husband and new baby.
    10. Weekly goals: Get to the gym, eat healthy and stay positive

  19. Heidi says:

    1. Mood:

    Anxious. Two words — job hunting. The interview on Friday went okay as far as interviews go, but the job description they provided the employment agency with and the job that they described to me were two different things. They really focused on my ability (or lack thereof) to be able to carry boxes of files around. Really? For an executive assistant? Really? So, don’t think I’ll be offered anything there. The search continues.

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you?

    The Velveteen Rabbit still resonates with me so much to this day.

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be?

    I’d love for it to be a romantic comedy, but it’s probably more suited for an overwrought Lifetime Television Movie!

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything?

    When I’m in a position to do so, I really need a new television.

    5. Where was your first kiss?

    Grammar school library!

    6. A book you started reading but never finished?

    A Tale of Two Cities. It was required reading for school, but I just couldn’t get through it and ended up just checking out the Cliff Notes version. Oh, and any book that is an animal story, and the animal does not survive by the end of the book — yeah, I have to skip that final chapter!

    7. Do you have a good luck charm?

    I carry around a crystal that a dearly departed friend gave me years ago.

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats?

    I’m not a fan of fast food (not a lot of veggie options), so I’d have to say the Crepevine. They have EVERYTHING (not just crepes) and I think the prices are reasonable (nothing over $9.95) for the amount of food you get.

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life?

    When I lived in Marin County, CA I used to hang out at local clubs and would see lots of Bay Area musicians. Eric Martin (remember Mr. Big?), A couple of Journey members, a few from Huey Lewis and the News.

    10. Weekly goals:

    Try to line up another job interview, organize my computer desk (desk surface? haven’t seen it in ages!), and try my best to remain hopeful and positive!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heidi,

      Ah, bummer about the job. Let me guess — it was some sort of legal gig? Back in the day I was carrying boxes of files left and right. I think this means that there’s something better for you on the horizon.

      BTW, I love The Velveteen Rabbit. I still get teary sometimes when I read it.

  20. denise says:

    1. Mood: A little tried had weird dreams last night, but content

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? A wrinkle in time, a great time travel fantasy book
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? A dramatic thriller
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? I craving a purple leather jacket, but since I have several don’t think I can justify buying it

    5. Where was your first kiss? Pretty sure it was in my basement with a boy who lived up the street Joey, closed lips and a lot of head turning, lol

    6. A book you started reading but never finished? The Passage a thick vampire book I only read the first 20 pages and lost interest .Will probably finish it later though

    7. Do you have a good luck charm? Used to have a lucky blouse I’d wear when I took test in college. Now I keep a few cowry shells my sister gave in my purse, she said they insure you’ll always return home.
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? IHop , KFC , and a good cheap local Chinese takeout

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley both very nice

    10. Weekly goals: Exercise, eat healthy, stop online spending, focus on my career goals

    • Karen says:

      Hi Denise,

      Thanks for filling out the poll. :) What are your career goals for the week?

      • denise says:

        I stayed home with the kids for the last 7 years, they are now in college. Time for Mama to get back to work! I’m a RN shouldn’t be to hard, I hope anyway.Have a great productive week!

  21. Jessica Leigh says:

    1. Mood:
    Moving slowly out of annoyance … Mondays can do that.

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you?
    How to Eat Fried Worms! My 4th grade teacher read the book aloud to us and I thought it was awesome!

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be?
    Comedy – no doubt about it!

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything?
    Oh my! I have been saving for months now for an upcoming trip to Spain. I am so broke :( Just have to get through the rest of this month … and then start buying x-mas gifts :P

    5. Where was your first kiss?
    In the bus loop at my middle school. I will always remember it – not because it was special, but because of how absolutely awkward it was!

    6. A book you started reading but never finished?
    Krakatoa. I literally have been trying to finish this book for years! I brought it with me to work today and I am going to tackle it at lunch.

    7. Do you have a good luck charm?
    No, but I wish I did.

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats?
    I also like Chipotle and pretty much any place that sells dim sum.

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life?
    I have seen Wanda Sykes, Dave Chappell and Billy Joel. Billy Joel is so tiny in person!

    10. Weekly goals:
    Call my mother, spend some time with my friend for her B-day and clean my house!

  22. Tania says:

    1. Mood: awake
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. Yeah Levar read it on Reading Rainbow but you should look it up yourself. The pictures are on another level!
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Indie flick like Whip It.
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? I’m saving my money because I’m going on a work trip soon.
    5. Where was your first kiss? outside of my house by boyfriend (who ended up being gay) kissed me. He had braces!
    6. A book you started reading but never finished? I’m on the third Twilight book and I haven’t finished.
    7. Do you have a good luck charm? I have mantra’s I say but no good luck charms.
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? I LOVE Wendy’s and Sonic!!
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? I have famous family members! My second cousin is the late great Eric Turner who played for the Oakland Raiders. I’m also cousin’s to Reggis Sanders who played for the St. Louis Cardinals.
    10. Weekly goals: The Stewardship Campaign is driving me nuts! It will get done plus I have lots of organizing to do and I have to plan for my trip. Uggh what to pack?

  23. Ruchita says:

    1. Mood:
    Pretty good. My work deadline is over, so now I have some breathing room.

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you?
    Oh wow, there are so many b/c I loved to read. Charlotte’s Web, The Boxcar Children series and when I got older I loved Sweet Valley High and Nancy Drew.

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be?
    Hmm, maybe a Pixar movie with cute characters.

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything?
    Nope, nothing in particular. Good luck with your furniture search! My dining room is basically a “storage” area and we don’t even use the dinette table off the kitchen. We just eat on the couch while watching a movie. :-)

    5. Where was your first kiss?
    In someone’s house where I was attending a party. Not very memorable!

    6. A book you started reading but never finished?
    There have been several where I can’t remember the names, but I do recall picking up Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and just losing interest.

    7. Do you have a good luck charm?
    Nope

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats?
    Chipotle or Five Guys Burgers

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life?
    I met Kevin Smith when he was a guest speaker at college. I saw U2 doing their sound check for a few minutes. (They played at the football stadium at my college and I got to work at the concert)

    10. Weekly goals:
    Try to organize said dining/storage room and clean out my closet. I’ve been in a style rut lately and I need to get rid of the pieces that are not working.

    Have a great Monday!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruchita,

      I loved Sweet Valley High too. I always wanted to be Jessica (she seemed to have so much fun being bad!), although I’m really an Elizabeth through and through.

      Hope you had a great Monday, too!

  24. Chris25 says:

    1. Mood: Good. I had a great meeting with a photographer and I’m going on a job interview later today.

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you?: There are so many! Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Little House on the Prairie series, too many to name.

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be?: Tragedy & comedy.

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything?: No, I’m saving up to pay off my student loans.

    5. Where was your first kiss?: Riverside Park in Manhattan.

    6. A book you started reading but never finished?: Jubilee, a story about a slave woman who’s half white and is the product of an affair between her white master and his black slave. It was too painful to finish reading. :(

    7. Do you have a good luck charm?: My cats. :)

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats?: Mamoun Falafel

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life?: Debra Messing, Uma Thurman, William Fichtner. I used to work at the American Museum of Natural History, so I met a lot of people.

    10. Weekly goals: Keep blogging, add more things to my blog sale, study study study and search for models (need to update my portfolio).

  25. Rengirl says:

    1. Mood… Spent most of the weekend rewatching The Wonder Years (on Netflix now – yay!) so I’m feeling relaxed and still a bit nostalgic.

    2. A children’s book… James and the Giant Peach. My parents didn’t read to me when I was little but I read this at school and I still remember making the peach papier mache with insects made of pipe cleaners.

    3. If your life were fictionalized… I want to say it would be a sci-fi but who am I kidding. – It would be a romantic comedy.

    4. Are you saving up… I made a deal with myself that if I reach my ultimate weightloss goal I can by myself a new laptop. I’ll get the most tricked out Macbook pro available by that time. I started saving up for this event a couple months ago.

    5. First kiss… 10th grade, In the hallway, right before history class. My first boyfriend gave me my first kiss. On the mouth. No tongue but totally sweet.

    6. A book you started reading… Game of Thrones for me too! It just didn’t grab me.

    7. Do you have a good luck charm… Nope.

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats… Sushi Boy. Takumi combo for $5 yo!

    9. Famous people have you seen in real life… I live in LA so I’ve lost count.

    10. Weekly goals… Stop eating out! Home-cook at least 75% of this week’s meals. That’s a lot for me.

  26. Rachael says:

    1. Mood: Crabby, I had such a good weekend, I didn’t want it to end.

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Angelina Ballerina, I just bough a copy for my younger cousin for her birthday.

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Romantic Comedy/Drama

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? My wedding dress!

    5. Where was your first kiss? Around a fire at my first boyfriend’s place.

    6. A book you started reading but never finished? “A People’s History of the United States,” I had to read sections of it for my history class last semester.

    7. Do you have a good luck charm? No, but I’m always hoping I find one.

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? El Rincon, it’s a local Mexican chain and I swear not even two minutes have passed before my enchiladas are sitting in front of me.

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? I thought I saw Scarlett Johanson in Cleveland when they were filming the Avengers. Also my future father-in-law nearly ran over Neil Patrick Harris with a golf cart one time…

    10. Weekly goals: put the engagement announcement in the paper or my grandma will kill me; write a few papers; do not buy yarn or needles or patterns.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rachael,

      Girl, I still need to hear your engagement story! Share with the class!

      • Rachael says:

        It came completely out of left field. We were wandering around University Circle in Cleveland, there are a bunch of museums and great restaurants there. We were outside the Botanical Garden and then he just knelt down. I thought he was tying his shoe and next thing I know, I’m looking at a beautiful diamond and sapphire ring!

        We also picked a place to get married at, the Glidden House, which is not a half mile away from where we got engaged! We’ll be married on October 13th of next year, a little over a year from now!

        • Karen says:

          What a sweet story. I’m really happy for you! Can’t wait to hear about the dress shopping. :)

          Are you guys gonna have a big or small wedding? Ours was pretty tiny — less than 20 people.

          • Rachael says:

            I’m really looking forward to it! I haven’t worn a dress like that since my junior prom!

            I want a small wedding, but that won’t work since we both come from large families. All of his aunts and uncles total more than 20!

  27. gio says:

    1. Mood: ok

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? cinderella.

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? comedy

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? yes,a new camera

    5. Where was your first kiss? can’t remember.

    6. A book you started reading but never finished? I’ve always finished every book I’ve started, even those that I really didn’t like.

    7. Do you have a good luck charm? nope.

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? a nearby pizza restaurant.

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Duncan James.

    10. Weekly goals: get some sleep.
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  28. Christy says:

    1. Mood: Happy. It’s Thanksgiving Day here in Canada. So tonight I dine on a giant turkey dinner with my mom at the casino :) Much cheaper & easier than making a turkey :)
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Snow White, it was one of my favorites :$
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Romcom. They make me happy and a little sad too.
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? Not something, but potentially tuition money so I can go back to school
    5. Where was your first kiss? I was 16 and kissed my first guy in his parents basement.
    6. A book you started reading but never finished? Haha, way too many! I try to read them while on vacation, but I always find myself up to something else.
    7. Do you have a good luck charm? Not a specific one. I like to think that my Juicy charm bracelet is, but it hasn’t always worked.
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? The many pizza joints around the city that have a slice for $1.75 or less. If I can grab any type of veggie pizza and a chicken pizza I am happy.
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? My first brush with celebrity is John Travolta when he was filming Look Who’s Talking (got my first celeb autograph from him!). I must’ve been about 7 or 8 years old. Other celebs I’ve seen have been Kerri Russel (sold her a few products), Bif Naked (at the salon), Jwoww (at Pure in Las Vegas), some NHL & CFL players and a few NBA players when we still had an NBA team.
    10. Weekly goals: Write more, spend less, eat better and workout with my new gym buddy :)
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  29. Yinyan says:

    1. Mood: Trying to pump myself up for the upcoming week of work madness

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Boxcar Children books!

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Comedy – I somehow acquired a motley crew of friends over the years who do and say the most ridiculous things (including one who actually does stand-up comedy) , and I’m accident prone so the physical comedy possibilities are endless

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? A new car, this one feels like its about to kick the bucket soon…

    5. Where was your first kiss? At my 8th grade graduation dance with my first bf, oh the memories…

    6. A book you started reading but never finished? Lord of the Rings, the first book – couldn’t get past the first 50 pages describing the forest. I fell asleep reading it…twice.

    7. Do you have a good luck charm? Nope

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? A Vietnamese sandwich place down the street from work – their lemongrass beef banh mi is delicious and only $3.50!

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Backstreet Boys and Bobby Flay – not gonna lie, it took a lot of self restraint to not throw myself at any of them :)

    10. Weekly goals: Laundry, laundry and more laundry

    • Karen says:

      Hi Yinyan,

      That sandwich sounds delish! I’m craving now!

      Anywho, were you tempted to see the KNOTB/BSB tour?

      • Yinyan says:

        Saw them front row in Atlantic City!!! Possibly the best concert ever – I think BSB should tour with the New Kids permanently from now on :)
        How about you-did you ever end up getting tix to the show you were thinking about?

        • Karen says:

          Oh, fun! I know a few gals who went who loved the show.

          I didn’t end up going… I had it on my list of things to do over the summer but never got around to it (wah!).

          I wouldn’t be surprised if they do it again, though. Next time!

  30. Megan says:

    1. Mood: A little fired up! I am not a political correctness type of person, but Dr. Pepper’s new ad for their Ten soda (I’m sure it’s on YouTube) is blatantly sexist…in the worst, belittling way. I made my displeasure known on their FB wall, but…still. I hate hearing “Women can’t take a joke!”.
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? I was terrified of the book “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” for YEARS. I remember closing the book scared out of my mind. I read it again when I was 17 or 18 and couldn’t figure out what the heck had frightened me. I like to look back and remember what a weird kid I must have been. :)
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Sci-fi! At least then I’d get into space…I’ll never do it in real life.
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? We really, really need living room furniture. It looks like college kids live here.
    5. Where was your first kiss? The steps of my dorm, freshman year of college (I was a late bloomer!). He was a douche, but hey, it was a nice moment.
    6. A book you started reading but never finished? “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell,” by Susanna…something. I just can’t get into it!
    7. Do you have a good luck charm? Nah. I don’t believe in luck, although I do think positive thinking helps.
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? Liquid Planet, a local smoothie/pita/salad place.
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? A few Cleveland sports coaches/players around town…Michael Symon, at one of his restaurants.
    10. Weekly goals: I have a gigantic to-do list and it will be done by Thursday! Laundry, vacuuming, floor-washing, haircut, menu planning. I am gonna own that list.

  31. Twyla Munden says:

    1. Mood: Happy!! (my 1st apple pie turned out very yummy)
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? The Little People (about little people living in the walls of ur house, the trees, the trash….)
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? It would be a comedy, from start to finish…. I laugh at myself more than most..
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? a 2wk adventure to Ireland/Scotland for Sept 2012
    5. Where was your first kiss? walking up the street to my sisters house, by the boy who was a friend – he stole my first kiss cause he knew I’d never been kissed, thought he should surprise me.
    6. A book you started reading but never finished? I never do that.. Its a must to finish all books I start… and I only put the book down at end of chapters.. lol
    7. Do you have a good luck charm? yes, a four leaf clover framed.. found in my bf’s backyard
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? there is no such thing … lol
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Bif Naked on a cross walk in Toronto… LA last fall – Kate Walsh, Jimmy Kimmel, Armie Hammer, Tao Cruiz, Kenneth Cole, Greg Kinnear and at LAX – Ron Jeremy in red crocs …. LMAO
    10. Weekly goals: Start AM workouts b4 work starting tomorrow… get back to healthy eating (vaca was last wk)

  32. DanaJae says:

    1. Mood: eh just here today wishing I had the day off like my hubz
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? The light in the attic
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? DRAMA!
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? I was but just bought it on Friday – a lovely new Kate Spade bag!
    5. Where was your first kiss? In a barn and i’m allergic to hay! boo
    6. A book you started reading but never finished? Water for Elephants – IDK why, loved the movie but the book was just intolerable
    7. Do you have a good luck charm? My grandmother told me to always keep a silver dollar with me so I do in a little wallet – IDK if it’s lucky but it makes me feel safe
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? This little taco place down the street on sundays and tuesdays has $1 tacos!
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Fabio and Scott Lucas
    10. Weekly goals: 1200 calories a day and walk at lunch each day

    • Karen says:

      Hi DanaJae,

      Are you using a calorie counter? I use My Fitness Pal and it’s great!

      • DanaJae says:

        I used something on my iPhone for a bit but I was having a hard time finding things so I just write everything down.

        • Karen says:

          You should check out My Fitness Pal. They have a huge database of food so it’s always very easy to find stuff. There’s also tracking tools, too, so you can follow your progress. Some gals here recommended it and I’m so glad I tried it!

  33. Angelic Mariposa Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ says:

    1. Mood: jealous of my hubby who has the day off!!
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Madeline’s rescue and Amelia Bedelia
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Romantic Dramedy
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? nope but I should be
    5. Where was your first kiss ~with my husband? on a cruise where we met somewhere in the Caribbean
    6. A book you started reading but never finished? My Booky Wook by Russell Brand (UK Edt.)
    7. Do you have a good luck charm? don’t believe in luck
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? La Corona ~ lil Dominican spot that has now closed…need a new one!!
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Tyrese Gibson
    10. Weekly goals: to study and not obsess about makeup…gotta really work on the studying part because the latter seems impossible to stop!! :)

  34. Maria says:

    1. Mood: Happy
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Where the Wild Things Are
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Drama/Comedy
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? Never
    5. Where was your first kiss? In a bush next to my apartment, hiding from view when I was 14
    7. Do you have a good luck charm? $2 bills
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? LaVictoria
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Oscar DeLaHoya, various football players and people I don’t remember so maybe they’re celebrity isn’t so great…
    10. Weekly goals: Get my new puppy acclimated to my home, family and his big brother my 7 y/o doggy

  35. Stephanie says:

    1. Mood:
    Satisfied. (I had a great day)

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you?
    Oliver Twist(not really a book for kids).

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be?
    A drama-comedy.

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything?
    Yes, I’m saving for a new laptop and a new (3D) tv!

    5. Where was your first kiss?
    In a club with carnaval.. I didn’t even knew the guy.

    6. A book you started reading but never finished?
    First book of Twilight is still waiting for me to finish.

    7. Do you have a good luck charm?
    Yes, and not just one..

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats?
    At home, haha. I don’t have to pay anything.

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life?
    I’ve seen a lot of famous people. My moms works in the local theatre and every month I’ll go to a musical.. but if I had to say one name who is more internationally knowned; Lady Gaga.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Learn my ass off for two tests I have next monday.
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  36. Kim says:

    1. Mood: A little up and down; one of my friends is having a bit of drama and we’re alternating between being angry/upset and trying to make each other laugh. Via email, of course.
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? James and the Giant Peach was a fave when I was in Elementary school. Once a week, we’d all sit in the cafeteria and a teacher would read it to us. Her daughter had painted a beautiful picture of James flying on the peach on one wall of the cafeteria so we all felt like we were right there with him. :)
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Oh, definitely Sci-Fi/Superhero/Action. Like Tomb Raider or the Fifth Element. HAHA!
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? Yes, a new roof, new siding and an addition.
    5. Where was your first kiss? Behind the hockey rink in the town I live in now.
    6. A book you started reading but never finished? There have been many I haven’t particularly cared for, but I’ve always finished the books I’ve started.
    7. Do you have a good luck charm? Nah, I think I’m naturally pretty lucky.
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? Well, we’re pretty limited – the only fast food choice within 25 miles is McDonald’s.
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? I’ve seen athletes (faves being Peyton Manning and Alex Ovechkin) but not close enough to talk to. I walked by Mario Batali once in Manhattan and flew a couple of seats from Howard Dean when he was campaigning for the Presidential nomination. Other than that, I can’t think of any. But did I mention that Matt Damon was out here this summer (like 25 miles from here, even further in the sticks than we are)? I would have died if I’d walked in that store and seen him. Shriek!
    10. Weekly goals: Take it easy and enjoy the fact that soccer is over! YAY!! :)

    • Karen says:

      I love that book, Kim. I still dream about the parts where James eats trough the walls of the peach… I imagine it being very tasty. And fibrous!

      I hope things get sorted out with your friend. Thank goodness for email. It’s like the electronic high school cafeteria!

      • Kim says:

        HAHA! You know we’re getting a bit older when we consider taste AND fiber. :)

        Thanks! Yes, it’s true! I can’t remember what life was like before email and the internet, but I know it was much less convenient. :)

  37. Stef Smith says:

    1. Mood: Happy! I love Mondays, I know that’s odd, but I’m a stay at home Mom and both my kids are now in school, so I have a few hours of quiet now, and I loooooove it!

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? “Green Eggs and Ham”, we had it read so much to us kids that we had it memorized! Heck, I still do have it memorized, since I’ve read it so much to my kids!

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Comedy, because my life is crazy fun, and oddly there are a lot of fart jokes in it!

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? A grown up car, as our little compact is just getting too small, but not a mini-van, I don’t want to go there!

    5. Where was your first kiss? Ha! At a dog show, with a boy I had hated until that day!

    6. A book you started reading but never finished? “Water for Elephants.” I just don’t like the way that it’s written, but I will most likely finish it, just not right now.

    7. Do you have a good luck charm? No I don’t, which is odd, because I’m totally into that kind of thing, but I’ve found that things I want to be good luck charms, never really work.

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? I like Chipotle too! But it’s not exactly cheap with four people. Taco Bell is always good for a crunchy taco!

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Not too many, I did see Sweet Sensation, Linear, and Tommy Page (I loooooooved him!) when I was in high school (Did I just give my age away???), and I walked by that Angelyne in LA once. That’s about it. I have a friend that lives in LA and she’s always bumping into people, so it’s fun to hear that.

    10. Weekly goals: I’d like to get my big butt to the gym, but my car just doesn’t seem to want to drive that way in the morning! ha ha ha So I’ll settle on getting enough sleep and giving myself a really good manicure!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stef,

      LOL re: a comedy with fart jokes! My life feels like that too.

      And girl, I loved Sweet Sensation back in the day. I played that tape OUT.

  38. Catherine says:

    1. Mood: Tired – started the day off with coffee and now I’m experiencing the 3pm caffeine slump lol. I really need to start sleeping more than 5hrs a night!

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Where the Sidewalk Ends! Also really loved the Nancy Drew books, and Boxcar Children and Babysitter’s Club… and Amy’s Eyes.

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Ah. Slice of Life?

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? Combat boots, and running shoes, and a small coffee table for my reading nook, and shelving for my walls, and frames for my three prints/posters that don’t have frames yet, and also an amazing necklace I found at a little boutique near my house.

    5. Where was your first kiss? LOL. At a nightclub in downtown Taipei, Taiwan with a stranger I had only just met and never saw again. I don’t even think I knew his name, and I was 100% sober.

    6. A book you started reading but never finished? War and Peace. I always make it to the end of the first “book” and have never read past that lol. Anna Karenina too…

    7. Do you have a good luck charm? No.

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? Arizmendi’s? For pizza?

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Ah… I don’t think I’ve ever seen any famous people in real life – either that or they don’t really make an impression on me.

    10. Weekly goals: Stay awake. And do all my physical therapy exercises. And kick this stupid cough!

  39. Sarah says:

    1. Mood: Happy but filled w/ a little anxiety

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Where the sidewalks ends

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Sci-fi

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? Vacuum

    5. Where was your first kiss? Don’t remember

    6. A book you started reading but never finished? The Host by Stephanie Meyer.. I think she should stick to Vampires

    7. Do you have a good luck charm? No, just my faith

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? This local spot called Burrito King! Best burritos

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? I worked at a pretty well known Aquarium so I saw Paul Walker, Paula Abdul, Nicolas Cage, Robin Williams…etc

    10. Weekly goals: Stay on track with my weight watchers!

  40. Jana says:

    1. Mood: Sick. Coughing out phlegm isn’t cool -____-
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? This Australian book called ‘Possum Magic’ It’s about this Grandma who does bush magic and turns her grandchild invisible. So to get Hush to be visible again,they go on an adventure .. and has to eat all this food! .. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BboBeS-vhjg&feature=player_embedded#! <– watch this to listen to the story =]
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Not sure!
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? YES! A ticket out of Australia!!
    5. Where was your first kiss? *shakes head*
    6. A book you started reading but never finished? I usually finish the books I start!
    7. Do you have a good luck charm? My Lola's necklace
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? There isn't a lot of 'cheap eats' in Sydney! .. But I guess Mexican – $10 for a meal or Sushi Train in Market City! – $2.50 sushi! Except the last time I went there, I had food posioning -___-
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? I don't know if they're regarded as 'famous' but I've met 'youtube' famous people! LOL!
    10. Weekly goals: GET Better! .. and book High tea for Saturday! Which I will do now!

    Have a lovely day, Karen! ..=]

  41. Resa says:

    1. I’m happy though the weather is a bit of a downer haha
    2. Like you Karen, I love the Giving Tree but I also LOVE Love You Forever.
    3. RomCom with a mix of action and fantasy (think LoTR but less moody)
    4. I’ve been lemming for the Lorac Holiday Palette!
    5. Good girls don’t kiss and tell ;)
    6. I’ve been trying to read Hamlet and Sherlock Holmes.. having finished either yet haha.
    7. A lucky bracelet
    8. Lots of place, a local indian place and pho!
    9. Does seeing them in sports arena count? Because I’ve been to lots of baseball games.
    10. Weekly goals: Pay my bills! ALWAYS makes me superrr nervous.
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  42. Kate & Zena says:

    1. Mood:
    A bit tired (MATH!!!!) and stuffy from allergies. Them trees are finally shedding here and kicking up my allergies!

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you?
    Oh, there are so many as I was a big bibliophile, even back in my childhood. The first one that comes to mind though is a picture book (all pictures, no words) of The Nutcracker from the Tattered Cover Bookstore on LoDo Street in Denver. It was such an expensive book because it had 24 carat gold leaf on the cover and I had been begging for that book for Christmas. The illustrations were exquisite and engaging. (It didn’t help we were doing the ballet at the studio.) I spent hours a day making up stories in that book along with telling the actual story. I actually slept with that book along with my big Gundt bear from Germany and my baby one from Texas. It was stolen when I moved to Great Lakes (I spent DAYS searching for it. That book was not cheap), but I can still recall all the pictures. I wish the moving company men weren’t such jack asses because that really was my favorite book.

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be?
    Inspirational and Drama, I think. Inspirational because I was a “Never Child” and told I would never be able to do anything, and my mom didn’t accept that, and so she worked her butt off to make sure I would be able to do the things the doctors said I wouldn’t. Drama because I’m sure people would cry.

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything?
    Um, I should probably do that, shouldn’t I?

    5. Where was your first kiss?
    I’ve never had one yet; not one I’d define a kiss anyway.

    6. A book you started reading but never finished?
    The first book in the Redwall series. I could never get into it.

    7. Do you have a good luck charm?
    Yes, my great-grandmother’s ring.

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats?
    Sbarro’s! I love that restaurant!

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life?
    I’ve never met anyone really famous! Well, we met a Bears player (don’t remember his name) where my dad went crazy. I don’t know what I’d do if I ever saw someone famous; I think I might run in the opposite direction–I’m so shy!

    10. Weekly goals:
    -Continue doing my ballet DVD. Just because I’m resting a pulled muscle doesn’t mean I can permanently forget about the DVD (which I tend to do.) I love ballet, so I probably won’t forget.
    -Survive the hell of math. It just got two times harder!
    -Seriously, I have to bathe Zena. She might like to smell like Fritos; I don’t.
    -Do an 10-minute exercise involving weights. I bought them, I need to use them!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kate,

      I think I’d like to give Z. a big sniff (I love Fritos). :)

      What kind of weights did you get?

      • Kate & Zena says:

        I love Fritos too, but it smells horrendous on a dog! Zena’s paws are mostly eau de Frito, but her body is like Fritos, grass, carpet and weed pollen! Yuckie! And don’t get me started on behind her ears (ewwwwwwwwww.)

        I got walking dumbbells from Tone Fitness. I wanted the purple weights (as I love purple), but they weren’t in my weight! Mine are pink (and I really dislike that color.) I think I got the lowest possible weights you can possibly get–each weight is 1 lb (2 lbs all together.) My wrists gave out and dropped on 3 lb weights (6 lbs together) on my foot half way through the Kim Kardashian Ab Workout last summer (I personally don’t like her as she’s always overdone, but I love the workout) so I needed to go lighter. I wasn’t too thrilled by that one 3 lb weight landing on my toes; it hurt like a bee-yatch for a whole week!

  43. Jen says:

    1. Mood: Pretty good
    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? A CSI drama with me being on the crime solving side and not the victim side ;)
    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? a trip to Vietnam next spring
    5. Where was your first kiss? By a creek in Sonoma County
    6. A book you started reading but never finished? Moby Dick
    7. Do you have a good luck charm? Not really, but good luck is good to have!
    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? Ron’s Island Grill – a local Hawaiian plate lunch place. Yumm!!!
    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? George Lucas at the Corte Madera mall food court, Robin Williams at a Petaluma deli (I made him a sandwich!), and an old actor guy that I’d recognize again in a heartbeat but don’t know his name!
    10. Weekly goals: Get through the week drama-free!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jen,

      LOL, maybe seeing George Lucas is like a rite of passage if you live in or around Marin…

      • Jen says:

        Hi Karen,

        It must be! I was shy but couldn’t pass by a chance to say something to the guy that created the Star Wars movies. I was a huge fan as a kid. So I wished him a Merry Christmas after I asked if he was George Lucas. LOL

  44. Christina says:

    1. Mood: A lot better than this morning XD I just got back from my zumba class and it was the adrenaline rush I needed. I wasn’t able to finish one of my pharmacy supplemental apps because of some surprise prompts but hopefully I’ll be able to finish it this week!

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? Little Rabbit’s Loose Tooth :) It’s just adorable and I love bunnies very much.

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? A combination of comedy and slice-of-life. Whatever the genre of How I Met Your Mother is :)

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? I like to keep up a makeup fund in case any gorgeous collections come up!

    5. Where was your first kiss? *sigh and blush* I haven’t had my first kiss yet. Hopefully when it happens, it’ll be worth telling about! :)

    6. A book you started reading but never finished? Anna Karenina. I need more endurance before I can tackle it again X)

    7. Do you have a good luck charm? Sometimes I bring stuffed animals with me for comfort and sometimes I carry my rosary with me for extra support and divine intervention but I wouldn’t say I have a good luck charm.

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? Trader Joe’s? XD I honestly don’t really have a go-to place.

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? I haven’t met any famous people :O Unless you count webcomic artists at Comic-Con X) I’d love to meet some famous YouTubers though!

    10. Weekly goals: Make it through the end of the week and submit my last application by the weekend!

    • Karen says:

      Girl, get those applications done! Once you finish them you’ll feel the weight lift off you. :)

      Have a great week, and here’s to good writing. *raises cup*

  45. Emma B says:

    1.Stressed- I have a lot of assignments and exams this week.
    2. The Big Orange Splot by D. Manus Pinkwater any anything by Tomie Depaola
    3. Romantic comedy
    4. A new ipod
    5.Watching a movie at my house
    6. A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens. I tried reading it for school and never got through it.
    7. Not really; I believe in fate.
    8. Au Bon Pain and Trader’s Joes
    9. I haven’t met anyone famous, but my mom has seen Suri Cruise.
    10. Get through the week

  46. Rz821 says:

    1. Mood: exhausted & drained

    2. A children’s book that brings back fond memories for you? The giving tree

    3. If your life were fictionalized and made into a movie, what genre would it be? Dramedy

    4. Are you saving up to buy anything? Plane ticket to Greece this summer

    5. Where was your first kiss? 6th grade, school lunch recess, and I remember hating it. Haha thank goodness I’ve had much better experiences since then

    6. A book you started reading but never finished?medium raw by Anthony bourdain. Love him. Love his shows. Couldn’t get into the book.

    7. Do you have a good luck charm? Not really but I always wear my crosss and evil eye. In love that it’s vintage – my mom wore it all the time when she was a teen & has since given it to me

    8. Your favorite place to grab cheap eats? Whole foods

    9. Which celebrities or other famous people have you seen in real life? Michael Jackson, Christmas time in NYC. This was about 20 years ago. Several Greek singers. Julio Iglesias a few yrs ago. Some football player in a bikram yoga class I took over the summer. Can’t remember his name bc I know nothing about football but I do remember he played forth giants. Emme, don’t know her last name but she’s blonde and one of the first “plus sized models” altho I hate that term. Stevie wonder, about 15 yrs ago. Those r all the intteresting celebs I can remember.

    10. Weekly goals: take things one day at a time

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