Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Sept. 20

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Trying to break in the Blanche Boots; apparently El Hub isn’t the only one who hates them

  1. Mood:
  2. I’m running ragged this morning (have an appointment in the city), but I guess it’s good to get an early start.

  3. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______.
  4. …blog, live in a place called Novato, or have hairy knuckles and toes.

  5. Are you an organized person?
  6. In some ways, I think so, but not when it comes to my desk. I can always find important paperwork because I keep that kind of stuff in file cabinets.

  7. What’s the last book you finished?
  8. Mockingjay, the third and allegedly final book in The Hunger Games love series. What an emotional wringer, but sooo worth it, *tears*.

  9. Did/do you have a favorite teacher?
  10. Oh, Ms. Hartunian…you were the shizz! She was my fourth grade teacher, and the only person — aside from my husband — who encouraged me to write for a living. I’d love to tell her how much she helped my confidence and how much it meant to me (on the off chance you’re reading this, Ms. Hartunian, thank you. :) )

  11. Complete this bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______.
  12. …winning the lottery.

  13. What’s your biggest time waster?
  14. Pointless worry about things that are out of my control. I do it so much, you’d think I enjoy it!

  15. Something you refuse to eat?
  16. Calamari. It’s so chewy, like seafood gum, blech!

  17. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay?
  18. Yes, but I have to be in the right mood (they’re high maintenance).

  19. Weekly goals:
  20. Over popcorn last night, it occurred to me that I really should take better care of my body. I say this every week (le sigh!), but I really have to start getting to bed earlier and laying off the junk food. It all starts tonight!



What’s up, buttercup? Are you ready for fall? It gets here Wednesday, which means this is our last Monday Poll of the summer. That feels weird to say… Doesn’t it seem like we were just talking about summer plans?

I’m sad to see summer end, but I am looking forward to fall, especially Halloween and Thanksgiving because, ya know, the food. :)

Okay, it’s that time again. Are you ready for this?

Let me know what you’re up to this week by completing the Monday Poll (it’s easy). Just copy the following list, and paste it with your answers in the comments.



1. Mood:
2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______.
3. Are you an organized person?
4. What’s the last book you finished?
5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher?
6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______.
7. What’s your biggest time waster?
8. Something you refuse to eat?
9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay?
10. Weekly goals:

Here’s to a fantastic fall!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Nina says:

    Le List

    1. Mood: bleary eyed! read too much!

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. get married. :D

    3. Are you an organized person? yes. :) the hubs isnt though so … its a constant struggle.

    4. What’s the last book you finished? the hunger games. awesome!

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? ms. salazar, high school english!

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. at the beach!

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? the. interwebz. :D

    8. Something you refuse to eat? cilantro. beans.

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? nay. i feel it ages women.

    10. Weekly goals: read some more! not do too much damage at the vv launch,

    have an awesome week! pretty shoes up thar!!!

    • Karen says:

      You are so funny! I dunno why, but I would’ve never would’ve pegged you as cilantro hater, lol.

      Are all the renovations done at work?

      • Nina says:

        yes they are. i reorg’d my office and i feel soooo much better sitting here facing the door rather than facing the wall! :D

        cilantro IS bad for you! dont let anyone tell you otherwise! :P

    • Amber says:

      Cilantro is evil. I will tolerate very small pieces in my pho if they put it in there by accident, but I always ask them not to!

      Mark recently had fish tacos with a lot of cilantro. I told him it smelled so soapy at the table that I kept thinking I was in the shower. :P
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      • Nina says:

        Scott (thats the Hubs) hearts it… and will sometimes chew on it to make me gag! :D

        When I order pho I say several times “no cilantro”; same w/ Banh Mi! :D

        • Solé says:

          Fun fact of the day: Cilantro aversion is genetic. It tastes completely unpalatable to people who have the genetic aversion.

          • Nina says:

            Wow – thanks! Ive disliked it ever since I was young! I remember my mom trying to feed me fried fish with a cilantro sauce and I spit it out – I was maybe three. Got sent to timeout for that! :D

  2. Marina says:

    1. Mood:ready to conquer the World!
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d start a blog, I always knew that I would do makeovers for others but had no idea I would write about makeup :)
    3. Are you an organized person? NO, and I HATE it.
    4. What’s the last book you finished? It was a serious book about addictions and how people become addicted.
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher?Yes, I loved almost all our teachers at uni.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be hmm, don’t know .
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Unfortunately, I have to agree with you.
    8. Something you refuse to eat? pork, I just hate the way it tastes.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? yay, esp for photo shoots!
    10. Weekly goals: finish the fall magazine and have a mini break on the weekend.
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  3. Sarah says:

    1. Mood:
    Meh…It’s Monday, and I feel sorry for this week alread.

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______.
    …be 30.

    3. Are you an organized person?
    About certain things. I’m neurotic about the way my clothes are folded and their placement in the drawers, but not neurotic enough about folding them in the first place. They usually just hang out on my dining room table.

    4. What’s the last book you finished?
    “Why Men Love Bitches”…super fun read!

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher?
    I sure did…HS Senior English, Ms. Adams

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______.
    on the beach.

    7. What’s your biggest time waster?
    uh…this? And Facebook.

    8. Something you refuse to eat?
    Olives….it’s a texture thing.

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay?
    nay.
    10. Weekly goals:
    Get back on the treadmill after my 3-week hiatus, mail my “Thank You” notes from my birthday, take my mom out for her birthday dinner.

  4. 1. Mood:
    Accomplished! I’ve just finished up my Ethics Review Board form to be handed in tomorrow, and am so relieved.

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______.
    Learn to love things I never thought I’d love, like my hair… or even use things I never thought I’d use, like makeup haha :P

    3. Are you an organized person?
    Tremendously so. Everything about me has to be organised.

    4. What’s the last book you finished?
    The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain.

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher?
    I do! I have several, and they’re from University.

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______.

    7. What’s your biggest time waster?

    8. Something you refuse to eat?
    Parsley and celery. Eeewww.

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay?
    I guess it depends on the person’s skin tone. It could look good on them. But personally on me, it’d make me look Goth!

    10. Weekly goals:
    Plan out my assignments further, have group meetings where relevant and delegate and clarify duties, restock my T. LeClerc pressed powder, schedule a facial for next week (Hopefully! I’m overdue!), do as much reading and relaxing as I can.
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    • Oops, forgot about nos. 6 and 7 :( My bad.

      6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______.
      Rich than famous.

      7. What’s your biggest time waster?
      Procrastination, obviously. Second would be ever last minute changing schedules, that wastes a lot of time especially if I have stuff planned out.
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  5. Amber says:

    Please post pictures soon of you making those shoes look hot. I still have my doubts. :D

    1. Mood: Good! Even though it’s a five-day week!

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d live in Texas or think about becoming a farmer!

    3. Are you an organized person? I wish! Sometimes I pretend (see my last post).

    4. What’s the last book you finished? Perfume: the Story of a Murderer (in June). SO good! I still haven’t finished the book I started right after that. It’s HARD. I may give up.

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? I had a lot of really good teachers. Can’t say one stands above all others.

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be vacationing!

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Internets! I always have five more minutes for you, Internets.

    8. Something you refuse to eat? Mustard. The smell makes me ill. I am picky about a lot of foods, but mustard really stands at the top of things I cannot stand.

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Nay! But today I am wearing a VERY bold lip for me for work. I kinda like it. Nobody has looked at me funny, and it hasn’t ended up smeared across my face (yet). This may be a sea change moment.

    10. Weekly goals: be unafraid.
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  6. marisol says:

    1. Mood: sad. My cousin went back to Spain yesterday morning & I already miss her especially since i don’t know when I’ll see her again.
    2. Growing up, I never thought I wouldn’t be a millionaire. hee hee
    3. Are you an organized person? Depends on different areas of my life.
    4. What’s the last book you finished? I’ve been reading a lot of paranormal romance books lately (sshh its my dirty lil secret) but I think I am going to give Hunger Games another try.
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? I can’t think of one that stands out.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be sleeping.
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? My iPhone
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Bad Mexican foods… I can tell when it’s gonna be bad.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Nay
    10. Weekly goals: get back to a routine and start working on getting things done.

    Have a great week!

  7. lo says:

    1. Mood: Just ok :)
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. EVER want to go to med school… I swore I never would, and then one semi-useless bachelors degree later, here I am!
    3. Are you an organized person? Mentally, yes… I love outlines and charts and filing. In the rest of my life, not so much haha.
    4. What’s the last book you finished? Anne of Green Gables! I was obsessed with them and have the whole series, which I found last week and couldn’t wait to reread.
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Dr. Warren. Coolest guy ever! I took human osteo (all about bones) with him, and he ran the forensics lab at my uni. So nice and encouraging.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. Painting my nails.
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Internet fo sho. Or just letting myself get distracted by little things, instead of something I really need to be doing.
    8. Something you refuse to eat? I can’t really think of anything. (I love calamari!)
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Nay. I look like a baby vampire playing with mommy vamp’s lipstick!
    10. Weekly goals: Finish apps. Buy a birthday present for my little bro.

  8. Corinne says:

    1. Mood: Bummed due to sprained ankle
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d be a stay at home mom.
    3. Are you an organized person? For the most part, yes
    4. What’s the last book you finished? Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Mrs. Yang, my 3rd grade teacher. She was awesome at keeping us motivated in her class.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be on vacation.
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Mindless web surfing and reality tv
    8. Something you refuse to eat? anything with s soft, mushy texture
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Nay
    10. Weekly goals: I have a mini goals for the week but most importantly is to celebrate my birthday with the ones I love.

  9. Anne says:

    1. Mood: Nervous, I start my volunteer position at the Moksha studio tonight, I’m a little nervous about being the new girl!
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d be doing Marketing!
    3. Are you an organized person? Yep!
    4. What’s the last book you finished? On Thursday I finished a book about an 18 year old with a year to live, and the choices he makes, it was very good, sad and uplifting, don’t remember the title.
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Um…I think my fave was Dr.Fracchia who taught me that arch was cool.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be on Ton Sai in Thailand!
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? This blog!
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Cold cuts.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Yay!
    10. Weekly goals: To go to yoga two times after tonight, after all, it’s now free for me since I am a volunteer. And NO MORE POTATO CHIPS!

  10. 1. Mood: Hungry! It’s lunchtime!
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d be living in Philadelphia!
    3. Are you an organized person? Yes. So much so my husband gets annoyed by it.
    4. What’s the last book you finished? So long ago I don’t even remember.
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Yes, Cindy Reimer in Kindegarten. =)
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be shopping
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Watching TV.
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Meat, because I’m vegetarian.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Yay if appropriate for the situation. Otherwise, too high maintenance and too attention-grabbing.
    10. Weekly goals: Buy a comforter, setup new dresser and nightstand. work out 4 times.
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  11. Danielle F says:

    1. Mood: Slightly tired, I did a boot camp workout this morning that kicked my butt.
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. Love makeup and beauty products as much as I do. I was very much a tomboy when I was younger!
    3. Are you an organized person? Yes and no. I call my desk an well-orchestrated disaster.
    4. What’s the last book you finished? Eat Pray Love. Saw the movie and had to read the book again.
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Professor Mozingo from college. My first business class professor and he was an amazingly talented businessman who knew how to motivate and reward his students. I still have an email he sent me saved and feel like framing it because the words encourage me so much.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. shopping.
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Worrying and trying to multitask too much. I skip around a lot and get easily distracted by interruptions
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Raw or undercooked meat. Still bloody? No thanks!
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Yay-if I’m in costume. Otherwise, bold is fine, but super dark makes me look like I should be in costume.
    10. Weekly goals: To get everything done and my to-do list and schedule a dental appointment-yuck.

  12. Tessa says:

    1. Mood: tired, i just had a long day of school, with some tough subjects
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ever get older than 13, all 16 year olds seemed so old and wise ;D
    3. Are you an organized person? No, but I want to become a scientist, so it fits the picture.
    4. What’s the last book you finished? A thousand splendid suns, it truely is an amazing book. I’m now reading Macbeth for english though.
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Yes, my maths teacher, which i had as a teacher for two years. I think my current chemistry teacher is nice too…
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______sailing/surfing. I just can’t help it, i’m an addict
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? My phone. I installed so many useless apps, and use them when i have to do homework…
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Somr kinds of meat, especily raw ones.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Nay, not for me at least. I have a fair skin and I am sixteen, so it would look weird.
    10. Weekly goals: continue to make sure all products in and around the house will get replaced by ones which are not tested on animals :D

  13. Vanessa H says:

    1. Mood:
    Awake, alert, and happy.

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______.
    Be this outgoing, I was always painfully shy.

    3. Are you an organized person?
    YES! The container store is my heaven.

    4. What’s the last book you finished?
    Lipstick Jungle…it was okay.

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher?
    Mr. Bogard, my high school English teacher. He didn’t bullsh!t, and he taught us things we actually use in everyday adult life. I didn’t love him until after I graduated when everything he had said finally made sense.

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______.
    Winning the lotto.

    7. What’s your biggest time waster?
    Web surfing :-/

    8. Something you refuse to eat?
    Lamb. HATE it.

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay?
    YAY! For special occasions though lol

    10. Weekly goals:
    Get through work, get to bed on time, and prepare for my awesome weekend. Clubbing in LA on Friday for my friend’s birthday and Saturday night movie with my bff :-)
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  14. lolamd says:

    1. Mood: Pissed off
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d __be married____.
    3. Are you an organized person? yes
    4. What’s the last book you finished? the girl who played with firm
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? not really
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be travelling the world ______.
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? work..haha
    8. Something you refuse to eat? anything pork related
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? depends on the person. on me, it doesn’t look so good.
    10. Weekly goals: to not let the little things affect me and workout and eat healthy.

  15. Faye says:

    1. Mood: Somewhat anxious — it’s a crazy week and I hope I get everything done I need to!
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d: be working for the government.
    3. Are you an organized person? LOL — I’m super-organized to the point of being diagnosed with OCD as a kid. It doesn’t interfere with my life, but organization and neatness are pretty much my middle names.
    4. What’s the last book you finished? “Wintergirls,” by Laurie Halse Anderson. Very affecting and hits a bit too close to home, but very good.
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Yes, one of my professors who taught British Literature in college — I took the class just for fun and to fulfill a Humanities requirement, and I loved her. She was amazing!
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be reading.
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? I’m actually pretty regimented and don’t waste a lot of time (not that I”m so great — I just have too much to do!), but I can get lost in a good book now and then.
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Cabbage, liver, and sweet potatoes
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Sometimes. I”m very fair, so not too often, but at something like a holiday party if I’m feeling daring, I’ll go for a red or dark-berry lip.
    10. Weekly goals: To finish writing performance evaluations at work; to finish the cooking and baking I need to do for an upcoming family event; to ask vendors for donation items (for an upcoming Chinese acution I’m helping to coordinate for a local charity).

  16. Kelly says:

    1. Mood: Kind of blah

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. Be working at a science based company :/

    3. Are you an organized person? Very!

    4. What’s the last book you finished? I am embarrassed to admit, but Pretty Little Liars book #2. Just finished last night but want to start something more…adult!

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Not really until college. I had some pretty bad teachers in middle school/high school and a few good English professors in college

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. Rich

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Working

    8. Something you refuse to eat? Any seafood

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Yay but like you, gotta be in the mood

    10. Weekly goals: Veg at night and watch major new fall shows (yay!!), drink tons of water and try to exercise a couple times
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  17. Toni says:

    1. Mood: Great! Feel like doing some fall cleaning/purging!

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. Be a stay-at-home wife and mom, but I love it! I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

    3. Are you an organized person? Not by a long shot – I really have to work at it and I fail most of the time. I consider my organizational skills a continual “work in progress”

    4. What’s the last book you finished? Some Christian fiction romance books

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? My 7th grade English teacher, my 12th grade AP biology teacher, and my advisors in college. They were great teachers and supported & believed in me.

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. Shopping! (or Reading!)

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Watching YouTube

    8. Something you refuse to eat? Beets, peas of any variety, and squash

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Yay on others, nay on me.

    10. Weekly goals: Get my outfit ready for tomorrow night’s Venomous Villains launch party, balance the checkbook, return books to library, homeschool lesson plans

  18. Linnea says:

    1. Mood: Happy. Tired.
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______.
    Be in love.
    3. Are you an organized person?
    hmm.. depends on what you’re looking at. I want to be..
    4. What’s the last book you finished?
    Lisa Klepyas: Blue-eyed Devil.
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher?
    Yes. Band Teacher in High School: Mr. Johnson. He taught me to be myself.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______.
    Sleeping/Reading/Shopping/Cuddling.
    7. What’s your biggest time waster?
    Reading.
    8. Something you refuse to eat?
    French Onion Soup.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay?
    Nay for me. Love on other people!
    10. Weekly goals: I’ve also figured out that I have to start taking care of myself. I need to start regularly exercising.

  19. melissa says:

    1. Mood: i’m feeling pretty good. i’ve been up since 7:30 running around. it’s nice to be productive!
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. actually GROW up!
    3. Are you an organized person? yeah, i am pretty well organized. i like to avoid unneeded stress
    4. What’s the last book you finished? LA Candy…woo!
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? i always LOVED my 3rd grade teacher. i think it was because she was just out of college.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. riding my horse
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? THE INTERNET!!
    8. Something you refuse to eat? milk!! eeek!
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? not on me, but i think some people can pull them off fabulously.
    10. Weekly goals: stay busy, get ready for my BFFs wedding!

  20. Ru says:

    1. Mood: Tired
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d __move out of NYC__.
    3. Are you an organized person? Mostly, and mostly in my head lol
    4. What’s the last book you finished? Gosh, I think it was one of the twilight ones. I used to read ALOT when I was younger, and now I’ve become lazy or something.
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Yea, my 4th grade teacher who recognized my writitng talent
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ___at home sleeping, watching netflixes, playing the sims_____. (this is true almost any time)
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? I’m not really a time wasting sort of person, but I guess tv
    8. Something you refuse to eat? frio gra ever again YUCK- whats so great about liver juice?!
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Not for me, it just doesnt work for my skin color
    10. Weekly goals: Well I was gonna say work out, but that doesn’t seem like its gonna happen. How about- study atleast 2hrs a day for my professional certification

  21. Lisa S. says:

    No time for the list. But don’t let anyone tell you those shoes are questionable, they are FAB!

  22. Wendy says:

    1. Mood: Extremely pensive and plaqued by anxiety
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d end up in the worst econcomy since the great depression.
    3. Are you an organized person? I am an organized mess. LOL
    4. What’s the last book you finished? It’s been so long since I could read a book, I forget. (bad eyes)
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Yes. Mrs. Hagar – would give anythng to find her. 5th grade.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be dead.
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Internet
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Oatmeal
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Nay
    10. Weekly goals: Don’t miss time from work.

  23. Beth says:

    1. Mood: A lot of Mixed emotions…
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. Live back in WI
    3. Are you an organized person? overall, yes.
    4. What’s the last book you finished? A Novel About Mary, President Lincolin’s wife
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? I woudl say Ms. Slimack – 6th grade
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. TAKING A NAP!
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? The internet!
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Eggs!
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? If done tastefully, yes….but NOT any crazy color like black or blue
    10. Weekly goals: To hit a home run on my interview on Wednesday!!!!

  24. gio says:

    1. Mood: ok

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d blog about makeup.

    3. Are you an organized person? yes.

    4. What’s the last book you finished? The six wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser.

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? My high school Latin and history teacher.

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be in London.

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? internet.

    8. Something you refuse to eat? liver and onions

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? yay

    10. Weekly goals: work out more.
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  25. Trisha says:

    1. Mood: Very motivated. Much better than last week.

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. Actually be a writer. Since writing was always under the “starving artist” umbrella, I didn’t expect it to happen. But here I am. :)

    3. Are you an organized person? Yes. For the most part. And I find organizing stuff FUN. For instance, my DVDs are in genre order, instead of alphabetically, so I can find what I’m looking for quicker.

    4. What’s the last book you finished? The Killing Room by John Manning. It was descent, although a little disturbing at the end.

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? I had a few that I liked. My first grade teacher was so nice. She remembered me for years, even in 6th grade.

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. playing video games. Oh man, would I ever.

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Internet. Internet in general. That’s a big waste. Unless I’m reading Makeup and Beauty Blog. ;)

    8. Something you refuse to eat? Green Peppers. Ewww. I hate the flavor. I even hate the smell.

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Yay for others, but it doesn’t look good on me.

    10. Weekly goals: Continue having Fridays off since three-day weekends are awesome.
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  26. Lisa says:

    1. Mood: a little sleepy, but excited for fall classes to start.
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______
    3. Are you an organized person? Not really! My google calendar keeps me alive.
    4. What’s the last book you finished? Darwin’s Children, Greg Bear. It was ‘meh’.
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? My advisor is pretty awesome. She’s crazy smart, which means she’s also a little crazy, generally in a good way
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______ swimming!
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Makeup blogs…
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Raw tomatoes. It’s a texture thing, I think.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Nay on me. Too pale!
    10. Weekly goals: Get classes off to a good start, finish prepping for teaching, work out!

  27. Solé says:

    Hi Karen! I must confess, I don’t like the peep-toe boots. I wear boots in winter when it’s cold and I imagine my toes would freeze, so the whole concept is just confusing to me. Other than that, they are gorgeous.

    1. Mood: Excited to start school again this Thursday, but also relaxed because I cleaned the crap out of my room, reorganized my closet, and got rid of a bunch of clutter. Yay!

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d be finishing college and having my first baby in my mid-thirties, but life is full of surprises.

    3. Are you an organized person? Yes, but mostly at work when I have a job. At home, things tend to pile up, and then I spend a whole afternoon filing. But my closets are always organized.

    4. What’s the last book you finished? I don’t remember, to be honest. I’m currently reading four pregnancy books and one baby book, but I’m not finished with any of them.

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? I’ve had many over the years. I’ve been lucky, I guess.

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ??? No idea. I tend to enjoy the moment, so I’m usually doing what I’d rather be doing, if that makes any sense. Unless it’s studying. Then I’d rather be doing any number of different things.

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Procrastinating. Whatever I do when I’m procrastinating, be it watch TV, word games, waste time on FB, etc.

    8. Something you refuse to eat? Mussels and tripe.

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? It depends…I did this a lot in the 90s, to the point where I burned out and didn’t do dark lips for more than ten years. This fall/winter, I plan to try it again, although in a more classy way than I did it back then.

    10. Weekly goals: Finish cleaning and organizing the house (I think I’m nesting), get a hold of a professor for an independent study class, make a guest list to give to my sister for my baby shower, buy groceries, order my textbooks, and be completely ready for school by Thursday.

  28. Eva Bethel says:

    1. Mood: blah
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d live in America & own a reptile business.

    3. Are you an organized person? With certain things yes……….other things – I could end up on the show Hoarders…lol

    4. What’s the last book you finished? I Like Pumpkins (with my 6 year old son)

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? YES! My art teacher in middle school in New Zealand – Mr Powley! He was a total hippy.

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be in Jamaica.

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Facebook

    8. Something you refuse to eat? Fatty meat *gags*

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? nay! I’m a chapstick – nude gloss kinda gal :o)

    10. Weekly goals: Making it to next week without losing my mind :o)~

  29. Eva Bethel says:

    Wait, Karen – you have hairy knuckles?? ahahaha

  30. Kim says:

    1. Mood: Pretty good!
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d still live in the area where I grew up.
    3. Are you an organized person? Oh, gosh no. I’ve always relied on my memory and multi-tasking skills, which aren’t what they used to be. Word to the wise, youngsters. :)
    4. What’s the last book you finished? Mockingjay! I felt like it was a really satisfying conclusion and was really happily surprised.
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? A few. My first grade teacher Mrs. Racine, my social studies teacher Mr. McManus and my English teacher Mr. Powers. I also loved my husband/wife English profs in college.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be sleeping!
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Nagging my kids to pick up their things.
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Sadly, seafood…. that whole anaphylaxis is a bummer.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Yay on others; nay on me.
    10. Weekly goals: Keep the house clean and be asleep by 10 every night!

    Hey, hey! Look at those sweet kicks! I think Tabs is just worried that you’re after his sock in that top picture. :)

    And without spoiling anything for any of the other readers (hopefully), I’m just going to say “Your favorite color is orange, but not bright orange. More like the sunset”. That line brought on a straight 5 minutes of sobbing. REAL! :)

  31. Liz! says:

    1. Mood: Out of sorts. I couldn’t sleep last night, so I stayed up til 4 and consequently woke up crazy late. I sprained my ankle 5 days ago and haven’t been able to do my normal routine things and that has been frustrating me.

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______….do a lot of things, good and bad. I never really thought I would get married, but I am, and to a wonderful man at that. I never though I would burn out and suffer from compassion fatigue because I’ve always cared about people. I never thought I would go into the psych field anyways, I always wanted to be a marine biologist!

    3. Are you an organized person? Yes, but I always have at least one space in my life that I am messy with. Currently it’s my little table next to my side of the bed.

    4. What’s the last book you finished? Eat. Pray. Love. I had mixed feelings about it.

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? I was lucky to have so many wonderful teachers. Mrs. Rouff in 8th grade helped me so much with math and actually made me look forward to it. Mrs. Cantelloni was a hoot in second grade. Dr. Mostert in college just really expanded my mind on a lot of things, and definately heightened my global awareness.

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______ snuggling.

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Unnecessary stress and worry. And most of it is unnecessary.

    8. Something you refuse to eat? I don’t really like pork.

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? I can appreciate them, but the look isn’t for me.

    10. Weekly goals: Treat my ankle as nice as possible so it heals, stay on top of homework, be super nice to husband since he is doing my share of the chores since I can’t.

  32. Rengirl says:

    1. Mood: Excellent! I’m having a good makeup day which is always a grand way to start the day.

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. Oh boy… lots of things. Things that should not be listed on the very public comments section of a popular makeup blog!

    3. Are you an organized person? I am organized in every way except for my car. It’s got all kinds of trash and random junk on the inside and the outside is covered in bird crap and hasn’t been washed in months. It seriously looks like it belongs to a different person.

    4. What’s the last book you finished? Hmmm… last night I read “Goodnight Moon” to the kids – does that count? This is just sad, I can’t remember.

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Mr. Buma my high school physics teacher is all kinds of awesome.

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. Sleeping.

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Playing video games and watching TV. I spend a shameful amount of time doing both.

    8. Something you refuse to eat? I’ll eat just about anything.

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Nay. I have full lips so dark lips would create an unbalanced look for me.

    10. Weekly goals: Now I feel ashamed about my dirty ass car and the lack of books in my life. I should do something about that.

  33. Mood:
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d a mother. I hated kids. lol
    3. Are you an organized person? Not at all.
    4. What’s the last book you finished? The Water Secret by dr. Murad. a must read
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Yes Mrs Jones my sixth grade teacher. I love her. She caught me getting my first kiss in the school hallway and she didn’t even call my parents. loI hope she’s ok.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be eating fast food than what I normally eat.
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Twitter. lol
    8. Something you refuse to eat? fast food, just because I know how crappy it is for me.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay?yay
    10. Weekly goals: to stop spending so much time on twitter. to write 3 blog post, and to laugh more.

  34. oh fyi, my mood is amazing today!
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  35. Laurels says:

    1. Mood: I feel energized! I hope this keeps going during the week.
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. want to have kids. Now it’s the only thing I think about.
    3. Are you an organized person? Oh I can only wish to be organized. Although I know where everything is in the mess…that’s somewhat organized, no?
    4. What’s the last book you finished? Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It by Henriette Anne Klauser…great book. I needed the motivation.
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Mr. Herrick! He made me realize my potential in literature. I still love him to this day.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. On a beach, sippin’ on a mojito
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Youtube
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Pigeon peas…ew.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? I say nay….I just…eh….No me gusta.
    10. Weekly goals: Finish my to do list at work and probably bake my husband a cake.

  36. lexi says:

    1. Mood: pretty OK. I’m loving this “sleeping with the window open” fall-thing happening.

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d not want to have kids. But more and more, seems like it isn’t in the cards and I’m so completely OK with that.

    3. Are you an organized person? HELLS yes. To a fault, perhaps, but not OCD about it.

    4. What’s the last book you finished? Work full time and school full time leaves me with not so much fun reading time. However, I have the best intentions to read the True Blood series.

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Not really.

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be…in med school!

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Stress, both good and bad. Clenchinh my jaw and grinding my teeth also aren’t doing me any favors.

    8. Something you refuse to eat? Pork products of any kind.

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Yay – especially for me with cat-green eyes. Yay! But yes, upkeep is demanding.

    10. Weekly goals: do well on my first exam this weekend, eat better lunches, cut out the sweets.

  37. luv2smilexo says:

    1. Mood:
    tired. It certainly doesnt help that I dread the art class that was my first class this morning.

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______.
    actually like the bay area. Now that I’m away, I miss it all the time!!

    3. Are you an organized person?
    I would classify myself more as organized chaos.

    4. What’s the last book you finished?
    …I dont have time to read anything non school related. Its sad I know.

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher?
    Since I’m still in school, I’ll say my current favorite professor is Dr. Keith. He is so sweet and funny and kind of looks like a turtle :P

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______.
    sleeping. It seems like no one is ever getting enough

    7. What’s your biggest time waster?
    Makeupalley. I’m pretty much always on it lol

    8. Something you refuse to eat?
    I didnt really like oysters but I have been told to try them a different way :P

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay?
    yay if my skin is clear. which it hasnt been for quite some time.

    10. Weekly goals:
    clean my room! Yay!! my first week that get a job is not a goal! because i got one! as a receptionist at a vets office *dances around*
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  38. Kayann says:

    1. Mood: Anxious, mad (phone, cable and internet bill was practially my mortage bill!), hungry.

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. Be a good cook.

    3. Are you an organized person? I’m organized chaos. :) I know where I put things if my house is a mess but once i clean it…Good LUCK!

    4. What’s the last book you finished? hmmm…..I think it was the last Harry Potter book but right now I’m reading The Swan Theives. Super good!

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Mr Johnson! Awesome world history teacher!

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. cooking, reading, EATING!

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Sweating the small stuff, misreading recipes, much much more

    8. Something you refuse to eat? It used to be calamri (now I <3 it) I would have to say balut. I haven't had it since I was 4. I'm not going to start now!

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? nay, I'm not adventous enough!

    10. Weekly goals: laundry, pack something anything!

  39. Casey says:

    1. Mood: tired – stayed up late last night watching a movie
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d be living outside of the SF Bay Area
    3. Are you an organized person? Yes – almost to a fault
    4. What’s the last book you finished? Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Miss Orr – my Englsh teacher from high school. An amazing teacher who let me know that loving to read is ok.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be on vacation!
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Reality TV – I am strong enough to admit it, I watch 19 Kids and Counting (gasp!)
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Celery.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Nay, I tried and the look takes too much maintenance
    10. Weekly goals: gym, gym and a yoga class.

  40. Carolanne says:

    ooooohmygosh was Mockingjay hard to get through! not difficult in the sense that it was bad, but in the sense that i would have to stop and take a few moments to calm my fragile heart down! i won’t get into details here in case someone hasn’t read it yet and plans to, but boy oh boy! i DO think it was a little rushed in the ending though =/ but still really good! my favorite of the series, though, is Catching Fire <3 I HEART FINNICK!!!

  41. Rachael says:

    1. Mood: Excited. Chris got me tickets to go see Jujubee at the Interbelt tonight.
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. be working at a bar
    3. Are you an organized person? God no, I found a pair of false eyelashes in my purse last night. I don’t know which organizational system requires that (besides a fierce one lol).
    4. What’s the last book you finished? Pride and Prejudice for like the 18 time.
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Mrs. Covington, she inspired me to do forensics and genetics.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. dancing.
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? TV, I’m addicted to Futurama and Big Bang Theory
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Peppers of any kind.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? I rock the plum pout year round, so its a big hells yea to me.
    10. Weekly goals: Jujubee tonight, Gleek it out with my best girl, watch the new Big Bang Theory, and finish the laundry that never seems to be finished.
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  42. Shannon says:

    1. Mood:
    Pretty busy! Which has actually been kind of nice.
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______.
    want to be in school for the rest of my life. i.e., become a teacher. Funny how goals and dreams change.
    3. Are you an organized person?
    I like to think so. I love being organized. But I’m not always successful at it.
    4. What’s the last book you finished?
    oh geez…. I think it was “The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker.” It could’ve been an AWESOME story if it hadn’t buckled to some modern-romance-novel standards and vices. The romantic references seemed totally out of place in the context of the rest of the story… sigh!
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher?
    Can I have several? If I had to pick one, it would be my AWESOME Wind Ensemble instructor. He’s probably one of the most amazing, inspired, inspiring, cheerful, fun people I have ever met in my life. He’s a big part of the reason I want to study music and go to grad school, I think. Him and my philosophy prof. and another music professor. Ha.. the list kind of goes on :)
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______.
    reading. Or making music.
    7. What’s your biggest time waster?
    probably… watching television or facebooking it up.
    8. Something you refuse to eat?
    SHRIMP. puke. I hate the stuff.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay?
    depends, but I’m willing to grant a tentative “yay.”
    10. Weekly goals:
    To get enough sleep to have energy to live life! :) a worthy goal, I think.

  43. sarab says:

    1. Mood: blah.

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. be living in Mexico.

    3. Are you an organized person? Yes.

    4. What’s the last book you finished? Balun Kanal, a classic in Mexican literature about the social changes in a small town in the 40′s.

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? I liked some but no one stands above the others so I guess I didn´t have a favourite.

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. at the beach.

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Solitaire games… lame, I know.

    8. Something you refuse to eat? Animal internal organs. Btw calamari are gummy because they are not well cooked.

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? I like the idea of it but no in real life.

    10. Weekly goals: Finish setting up the Etsy shop.

  44. Trude says:

    1. Mood: Pretty good. Got some things I want to do tonight, and I’m finally feeling migraine-free after an awful one that started Thursday night and lasted through yesterday.

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. Not be using my college degree! :)

    3. Are you an organized person? Yup! I rarely, if ever, lose anything.

    4. What’s the last book you finished? A Dragonfly in Amber, by Diana Gabaldon. I’m going back and re-reading the Outlander series. It’s just so good!

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? My high school mentor was amazing, and so was the one I had in college. I still visit both of them. :)

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. Taking photos!

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? I guess you could say gaming. But sometimes you just have to let the mind wander and focus on other things!

    8. Something you refuse to eat? Pickles, bananas, bell peppers. Basically, anything that takes over the flavor of what it’s in.

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Yay on other people, not so much for me.

    10. Weekly goals: Finish processing & blog a photo session, starting hanging art prints in my office (finally).
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  45. Marian says:

    1. Mood: Relaxed, happy
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d live this long.
    3. Are you an organized person? Yes
    4. What’s the last book you finished? The Help
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Mr. Tyndall, my 7th grade science teacher. He used to get me out of other classes and we would watch foreign films together.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be shopping!
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Definately the computer!
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Cilantro. To me, it tastes like soap.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Not for me. I have uber small lips.
    10. Weekly goals: clean out drawers and closets and make a trip to Goodwill.

  46. HanaBerlin says:

    1. Mood: I’m good, just very hungry!
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d be working with kids!
    3. Are you an organized person? Somewhat, ha ha ha. Depends.
    4. What’s the last book you finished? The Collected Tales Of Nikolai Gogol.
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Yes! My Psy of Human Sexuality Prof. She was very funny.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be napping.
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? TV.
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Ham, it’s so gross!
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Nay.
    10. Weekly goals: Get my hair did and sleep in on Sunday!

  47. Megan says:

    1.Mood:
    Relieved I can (finally) relax!

    2.Growing up, I never thought I’d ______.
    be anything like I am now! :)

    3.Are you an organized person?
    Sometimes!

    4.What’s the last book you finished?
    Alas, Babylon! by Pat Frank

    5.Did/do you have a favorite teacher?
    Hmmm… maybe my 5th grade choir director, Mrs. Blaker?

    6.Complete this bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______.
    …winning the lottery.

    7.What’s your biggest time waster?
    Getting angry/overly upset over small, petty things!

    8.Something you refuse to eat?
    Mushroooms. I’ve despised them since childhood.

    9.Uber-dark lips — yay or nay?
    Nay. I’m not a huge fan of a strong lip, period.

    10.Weekly goals:
    To work out more than once a week…. about a month ago… I was working out 5 days a week!

  48. Salvinia says:

    1. Mood: a mixture of anxiety, since I just started a new job; and irritation, since I’m enduring an annoying cold that just won’t go away.
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d move to Australia.
    3. Are you an organized person? Not especially, but I’m not disorganized, either.
    4. What’s the last book you finished? The Little Red Writing Book by Mark Tredinnick.
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Probably my high school art teacher. She was the only one who didn’t mind that I drew all over my schoolwork!
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be at the beach.
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? It’s a toss-up between the internet and video games.
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Meat from any animal, including fish.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Nay on me, yay on some other people.
    10. Weekly goals: Do some productive writing and get over this cold once and for all!

  49. Christy says:

    1. Mood: Excited and a bit nervous. So many things to do this week!
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. I never thought I’d still be wondering where I am heading career wise.
    3. Are you an organized person? Yes and no. I can be when I have the urge and motivation. Sometimes if I feel overwhelmed, I go….huh, well maybe later. That turns out to be awhile until I get sick of how disorganized it is and I organize ;)
    4. What’s the last book you finished? Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Fun and dreamy :)
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? I can’t remember her name, but it was my physical education teacher. I tried really hard in her class and would always struggle to compete and play. Being the heavier one in class, it was hard for me. I just gave it my effort and she gave me an A one term. She recognized my effort while others hung back.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. I’d rather be on the elliptical.
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? I play too many Facebook games, like Farmville and Cafe World. I can’t help but play them, they’re so addictive. :$
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Anything to do with feet or intestines. I hate chicken feet or pigs feet. Always irks me when I see them at the grocery store.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Yay when balanced with other makeup.
    10. Weekly goals: Sleep at least 7 hours every night and go to the gym at least 4 times this week (at least 30 minutes of cardio and hopefully an hour of weights).
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  50. Dini says:

    1. Mood: Kind of tired and bleargh. I think it’s because Aunt Flo’s in town and also because there’s so much to do at work today.

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d be so up in the air about what I wanted in life.

    3. Are you an organized person? Yes and no. Everything has its place but sometimes I’m too lazy to put it back.

    4. What’s the last book you finished? A few, A Walk to Remember, Shopaholic Ties the Knot and Girl With A Dragon Tattoo – so good!

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Mr. Brumsickle, he got me into history and I totally loved him!

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be at home reading a book in bed.

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Web surfing and watching movie trailers.

    8. Something you refuse to eat? McDonald’s.

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Nay.

    10. Weekly goals: To learn how to do yoga breathing from the moms.

  51. Elle says:

    Mood:
    Stressed from work, with the forehead breakouts to prove it!!!!

    Growing up, I never thought I’d ______.
    Hmmm…I still feel like a kid sometimes, so I don’t know :) I did always want to move to New York, so maybe I never thought I’d still be in Chicago.

    Are you an organized person?
    Sometimes. There’s a method to my madness. I will say this though–all of my CDs are in their proper cases!

    What’s the last book you finished?
    Bonk – The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. It was awesome.

    Did/do you have a favorite teacher?
    Probably too many to name, but the ones that spring to mind right away are Mrs. Mohammadi, Mrs. Pajack (pretty much the perfect 1st grade teacher), Mrs. Stach-Wilen for helping me with math and tennis, Mr. Nelson, and Prof. McDade for being the cutest and coolest prof at Northwestern :)

    Complete this bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______.
    …winning the lottery. -DITTO! It’s depressing to think about how many school loans I still have to pay…

    What’s your biggest time waster?
    Uh…right now, Gossip Girl.

    Something you refuse to eat?
    I’m the least picky eater in the world but I can’t get down with, like, organ meats.

    Uber-dark lips — yay or nay?
    Yay.

    Weekly goals:
    Figure out whether or not I want to blog $150 on a clarisonic for my angry angry skin, work out 3x again like I did last week, and clean!

    • Karen says:

      Oh no, what’s going on with your skin? Is it misbehaving?

      • Elle says:

        It is TOTALLY misbehaving. Every time I think one zit is shrinking, another BIGGER one pops up!! I’ve switched back to just Cetaphil and cut back on the moisturizer since I ahve oliy skin, but it’s still angry. I’m debating getting a Clarisonic but it’s pricey and I don’t know if it would help my skin. Have you tried it? I should search your blog for a review :)

  52. Aileen del Rosario says:

    1. Mood: Tired, but upbeat! New contacts came in the mail today and plans coming together well for Mom’s 70th burfday party on Saturday!
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d revel in being a stay at home mom with two boys and an awesome husband.
    3. Are you an organized person? Yes, when it’s important. Not at all when it doesn’t really matter.
    4. What’s the last book you finished? The Search by Nora Roberts.
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Yes. Mr. Crandell in freshman English. So fun… he let us write funny sentences for vocab: EX: “Disdain” is different from dat dain.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ASLEEP.
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Facebook, online window shopping (ugh!)
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Lobster. (Double ugh!)
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Yay and Sexay!
    10. Weekly goals: Keep up exercise routine. Get to sleep on time. Drink more water. Come up with more ambitious weekly goals.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Aileen,

      Ahhh, fresh contacts. I put on a new pair today and I swear my eyes went ahhh! A big fat woot-woot for Accuvue Oasis!

      Happy early to your mom, btw. :) Where are you guys hosting the party?

      • Aileen says:

        Hi Karen,

        New contacts are working out great! My brothers and sister and I wanted a fancy party at a hotel or sumpin’ but my Mom prefered something less formal, so we’re partying at her house. THERE’S GONNA BE LECHON! Everyone’s coming, too! Will wish her Happy Happy from you and thanks for the warm wishes.

        Great blog by the way–I just love it! Your product photos look better than the professional images on their web sites. I esp. enjoyed the UB 24/7 liner swatches on your eyelid… I tried something similar to that at home and ended up making a huge mess. It was not pretty. You pulled it off really well on your blog! Ack! Look at my wrist! Gotta go rouse the troops for school! Take care!

  53. Suri says:

    know what you’re up to this week by completing the Monday Poll (it’s easy). Just copy the following list, and paste it with your answers in the comments.

    1. Mood: tired!
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. become a teacher

    3. Are you an organized person? For the most parts but I have my pockets of messiness

    4. What’s the last book you finished? Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? I had quite a few but my fav was my college history prof Dr. Hughes-He made history fun

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. shopping

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? crossword puzzles

    8. Something you refuse to eat? cow tongue and things of that nature

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? I like them but I don’t tend go for it alot

    10. Weekly goals get some sleep, organize my work stuff, just feel better over all

    • Karen says:

      Speaking of cow tongues and various other types of mystery meat, my cousins in the Philippines fed me fried brains once without telling me. It was actually kind tasty until I found out what it was…

  54. Rosie says:

    1. Mood: tired. 10pm and i just got home from work
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d have kids! I have two wonderful ones, 13 & 18.
    3. Are you an organized person? not so much. but i know where everything is when asked
    4. What’s the last book you finished? Flipped by Wendelin van Draanen, my son & I had a book report due. lol
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Mr. Valdes in 11th grade was our English teacher & Drama coach. He was fun
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be at Sephora
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? facebook
    8. Something you refuse to eat? brussel sprouts. i dont even know if they are good or bad. i wont eat them
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? not on me.
    10. Weekly goals: not sure about the week but i need to make it to payday (Thurs) with only $3

  55. jen. says:

    1. Mood: Pretty good. I haven’t been as hermit-y as usual this past week, so I’m a little tired but okay.

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. Um… I never thought I’d actually be a grown up? That summarizes the hundred or so things I never thought I’d be/ do/ aspire to.

    3. Are you an organized person? I am super organized! I have to be for work especially, but I tend toward it anyway.

    4. What’s the last book you finished? When You Are Engulfed in Flames.

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? My senior year English teacher, Mr. Swanson. I was lucky enough to have many many good teachers, though.

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. Sleeping, unfortunately.

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? A combination of the internet plus my poor memory (I spend a lot of times forgetting things, forgetting what I was doing, and looking up things I forgot).

    8. Something you refuse to eat? Um, this is weird, but sandwiches. HATE them. My mom used to try to make me eat them when I was in school, and I hid them all in my closet. Hahaha.

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Nay. I prefer bright to dark on myself. I’ve been wearing a lot of red lipstick lately, which is out of character for me, but fun!

    10. Weekly goals: Find a new doctor, find a new hairstylist. I need to get my hair thinned out sooooooo badly, it’s not even funny.

  56. paige says:

    1. Mood: mellow
    2. Growing up, I never thought i’d not know what i wanted to do when i grew up.
    3. Are you an organized person? somewhat…
    4. What’s the last book you finished? catcher in the rye. favorite book!
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? my piano teacher, mrs. bizzell. she was wonderful.
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be sleeping.
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? oh god. this website sucks all my time up. i always check it out before class because you write so well and all your posts are informative and helpful!! i can’t get enough!
    8. Something you refuse to eat? chili.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? yay if the eyes are not as loud…. unless it’s halloween then go for it!
    10. Weekly goals: find a therapist, get a haircut and start my diet.

  57. Erica says:

    1. Mood: Tired, a little lonely

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______become poor :P

    3. Are you an organized person? VERY organized. In fact I have a habit in organizing just everything.

    4. What’s the last book you finished? I don’t even remember.

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? It would be my teacher in grade 1, she was so nice and used to send me letters after she left the school.

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______ slimmer

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Daydreaming…

    8. Something you refuse to eat? Unknown animals, intestines of animals (which is pretty common in Asia)

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? NOOOO!!

    10. Weekly goals: Major clean-up at home and spend time wisely.

  58. inaya says:

    I CONFESS! I STARED AT UR SILKY SMOOTH LEGS FOR 2 WHOLE MINUTES! WHOA! BOMBSHELL! If i could shave like that i wouldn’t care if there was a forest on my toes! what do you use and how do you do it?

  59. Jessica says:

    1. Mood: Happy

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______.

    actually be married and purchasing my first home at age 26. I always thought I would be in my 30′s before this happend.

    3. Are you an organized person?

    Yes! Everything has a spot!

    4. What’s the last book you finished?

    Honestly I don’t even remember.

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher?

    My sixth grade math teacher Mr.Sylvester. He was a retired army colonel and was strict, yet funny.

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______.

    Shopping!

    7. What’s your biggest time waster?

    My biggest time waster would be over analyzing everything. It takes me forever to come to a decision and even when I do, I often change it many, many times.

    8. Something you refuse to eat?

    I refuse to eat alligator or anything else that comes out of a swamp or is out of the norm for me. I’m a chicken girl!

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay?

    Nay on me. I hate when the dark colors settles into my lip lines and I am so fair dark lips can make me look goth.

    10. Weekly goals:

    I hardly ever live up to my weekly goals, so I think I am going to leave them blank this week!

  60. meibaola says:

    1. Mood: I feel lonely, but i LOVE the things I am doing.
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d be on my own.
    3. Are you an organized person? Not really, but I am trying.
    4. What’s the last book you finished? The Secret Agent by J. Conrad.
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Yes, the History of Italian Language professor at uni. Great guy!
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be drinking a beer with my friends.
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Makeup and beauty blogs and videos.
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Cow’s tongue and chicken legs.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Not on me.
    10. Weekly goals: Iron all that stuff so I can wear it!

  61. Tammy says:

    1. Mood:
    Tired, but not sleepy, and it’s really late. I have to be up really early, too.

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______.
    be where I am right now. Stuck.

    3. Are you an organized person?
    Dude, I have a purse organizer. No black-hole-in-the-purse for me!

    4. What’s the last book you finished?
    Don’t laugh, “Dead in the Family,” the 10th Sookie Stackhouse novel. Starting “The Hunger Games” now, thanks to you!

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher?
    My college professor, Dr. Gustafson.

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______.
    winning the lottery, too.

    7. What’s your biggest time waster?
    Letting go of things I can’t control and getting started on things that I can control.

    8. Something you refuse to eat?
    Nam prik, a Thai dish that looks like baby poop and smells horrid. Everyone swears it tastes divine, but I just can’t bring myself to eat it. Funny thing is I’ll eat lots of other weird things like durian and fried bugs.

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay?
    Nay. I’m just barely getting comfortable wearing red lipstick!

    10. Weekly goals:
    Continue my job search. Write a cover letter. Start learning about how to become a freelance writer.
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  62. ShanaT says:

    Hi Karen! Everybody has a different opinion about MockingJay it seems. I personally was happy with the ending and her choice in the end, but I thought there was too much violence that got in the way of the story….. anyway I still love the books even though they make me cry!

    1. Mood: Very energetic just finished pilates class

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. Marry an Asian guy. I grew up in small towns in the US and Canada with all white populations so I never had much exposure to other cultures until I got older. Now I married to the most beautiful guy…..

    3. Are you an organized person? Very, drives other people nuts!

    4. What’s the last book you finished? I just finished The Swan Thieves. It’s very good, alittle slow at times but a satisfying read.

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? My 5th and 6th Grade teacher Mrs.Brookes. The most amazing teacher ever. She is what inspired me to become a teacher.

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. sleeping!

    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Reading…

    8. Something you refuse to eat? Offal and most seafood

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Yes in the right setting

    10. Weekly goals: Try not to get sunburnt at the lake tomorrow!

    • Karen says:

      I was happy with her choice at the end, too. It’s *exactly* how I would’ve ended the story. Perhaps the people who wanted an alternate ending wanted it to tie up nicely, like with what Stephanie Meyer did with the Twilight books? Who knows. What I do know is when the books get made into a movie, the director better not muck it up!

  63. astrid says:

    It’s a little late, but I’ll join in anyways :)
    1. Mood:
    Tuesdays rocks! Somehow my Tuesdays are always better than my Mondays, anyways.

    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______.
    be living in Berlin, Germany. I thought I would go abroad for my study, but never thought to call it home.

    3. Are you an organized person?
    Depends. I’m very organized when it comes to holiday planning, but in terms of workspace and home, not at all.

    4. What’s the last book you finished?
    John Connolly’s The Book of Lost Things. It’s a fairy tale for adults. Not the disney kind.

    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher?
    My math teacher, Pak Kantari. And my art teacher during high school, she made me realized I have talent in art.

    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______.
    On vacation!

    7. What’s your biggest time waster?
    Browsing around makeup blogs. Ha! But I absolutely love your blog, Karen <3

    8. Something you refuse to eat?
    Frog legs. I don't even want to be near it. Eww…

    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay?
    I couldn't pull it off without hubs laughing his arse, so probably nay for now.

    10. Weekly goals:
    I made a bet that I'll be really done with editing my novel. I want to win that bet!
    astrid recently posted … Loving a Character

    • Karen says:

      Hi Astrid,

      How do you like living in Germany? How long have you been there?

      • astrid says:

        6 years this year :). To be honest, it wasn’t what we planned. I and hubs went for our masters degrees in Germany, then he found a job in Berlin.

        Living in Germany for me wasn’t like love at first sight. It’s something like an amicable relationship. I grow to like it more with each passing year, so who knows what next year would bring ;). I love Berlin though, it’s a great city to live in! (ps: Berlin is not a typical German city IMHO)

  64. 1. Mood: Sleepy
    2. Growing up, I never thought I’d ______. work in Corporate
    3. Are you an organized person? Extremely, I’m actually anal about it.
    4. What’s the last book you finished? One Fifth Avenue
    5. Did/do you have a favorite teacher? Yes, my Kindergarten teacher!
    6. Complete the following bumper sticker: I’d rather be ______. Somewhere far away.
    7. What’s your biggest time waster? Facebook
    8. Something you refuse to eat? Brain.
    9. Uber-dark lips — yay or nay? Yay, they scream fall.
    10. Weekly goals: Eat healthy.

  65. danielle says:

    omg i can’t believe you live in novato! im 16, i stumbled upon your blog and i’ve been reading it for a few months now, and you inspired me to start my own. (stil starting it up so i don’t want to post the name yet.) i knew you lived in the bay area, but that’s so weird that you live in my same city. do you ever come to the mcdonalds in downtown? (thats where i work, i wonder if ive seen you before).

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