Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 226

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the makeup and beauty blog monday poll

  • 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 four years. I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.
  1. Mood:
    Okay. Actually, not too bad at all. Slowly but surely, I’m starting to feel more like myself again.
  2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine?
    Um, sleep? Dude! How awesome would it be if you could buy sleep in cans?! Like if you could chug a few hours whenever you needed the extra rest.

    I also wouldn’t mind vending machines that dispensed piping hot French fries, assuming they were good fries (I like my fries skinny, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside), emergency shoes (for those times when you notice how funky your shoes are only after you’ve already reached your destination, and by then it’s too late to change) and soft, fluffy blue-eyed kittens with rhinestone collars.

  3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet?
    There are a few, like my bed, my parents’ kitchen, sometimes the library (I love how books smell), and if it’s sunny outside, then I like to take walks around Indian Valley here in Novato.

    Oh, and sometimes I’ll stop by a church outside of mass hours, when they’re usually very quiet. I find it very comforting and peaceful.

  4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight?
    YES, and it was awful. I usually do my darnedest to avoid having to check in any bags (don’t like letting them out of my sight), but a couple years ago, on my way back from a brief trip to Italy, I must have tried to bring back one too many boxes of Italian chocolate, because the airline made me check the bag.

    Of course, it went missing somewhere between my connecting flight in Germany and home here in California.

    Thank goodness the airline tracked it down and got it back to me the next day (and with all the precious chocolate intact, LOL!).

  5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends?
    I have, and it can be a lot of fun, especially if they’re good friends. I’ve also taken a couple of trips with friends of a friend of a friend that ended up being a little…challenging, to say the least.

    Travel can bring out the best and worst in people, especially people who don’t know each other very well. It can be stressful being on the road with someone, people getting hungry at different times, wanting to see and do different things, being trapped in cramped spaces for long periods of time.

  6. How would you describe your laugh?
    Ha! I have a few different versions, but I think my most interesting laugh is when I’m busting a gut, laughing hysterically, I do this silent thing with my mouth wide open, but where no sound comes out. :) My eyes are often also closed, and tears may or may not be streaming down my cheeks.
  7. I wish I were more _________.
    I wish I were more forgiving both of myself and others. I think I hold on to things for a long time. Probably longer than I should.
  8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand?
    Wow, I can’t remember. I think it might’ve been 2001? Holy crap!
  9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors?
    About 20 hours ago, yesterday afternoon when I took Tabs for a walk around the neighborhood.
  10. Weekly goals:
    To try to run every day this week, because I think it really helps my mood, and to just keep on keepin’ on.

    I’m not going to try to bite off too much yet.

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



1. Mood:
2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine?
3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet?
4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight?
5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends?
6. How would you describe your laugh?
7. I wish I were more _________.
8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand?
9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors?
10. Weekly goals:

Hang in there this week, and I’ll try to do the same.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Rachael says:

    1. Mood: Burnt out. It’s been busy the last couple of days. I need a break.

    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? I would have to agree with you on kittens, preferably exotic shorthairs or Scottish folds, and then zucchini fritters. I love them, especially this time of year with a Greek yogurt dip.

    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? The bath tub. I still have to let the animals in the the bathroom or they’ll try to fit themselves under the door. Gotta make sure I don’t drown so they get fed on time.

    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? Thankfully no, knock on wood.

    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? We used to go all the time when I was growing up with my mom’s best friend’s family. Her daughter and I are still really close.

    6. How would you describe your laugh? Annoying and loud.

    7. I wish I were more _________ organized. I feel like I’m always forgetting where I put something.

    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? Yesterday. I wrote the florist from my wedding a thank you note and some pictures of the flowers so she can show them off in her portfolio.

    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? Almost every weekend. I hate being stuck inside, maybe it’s cause I grew up on a tree farm. For now the best I can get is the sunroom with all the windows and screen door open trying to catch some air.

    10. Weekly goals: study, study, and more studying.

  2. Ru says:

    1. Mood: Tired, productive

    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine?
    Unrealistic: Time
    Realistic: Salads (fresh ones)

    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet?
    B&N and just read a random book

    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight?
    No (thank goodness) but it happens to my hubby all the time. It’s like he’s cursed!

    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends?
    Yes, in college. It was fun. As an adult I feel like people’s leave times/interests/finances don’t always line up with mine.

    6. How would you describe your laugh?
    Wow, that’s a hard question. I try not to laugh too loud. I “sniker” or “chuckle” most of the time. When I burst out laughing it’s really loud (can’t help it).

    7. I wish I were more _________.
    Patient, forgiving. I do believe I can improve my patience, but I don’t like to forgive grave errors…

    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand?
    I love doing this. It’s SO personnel. Um.. but it’s been years

    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors?
    It’s been a while now. 2 weeks ago Hubby and I went on a 13 mile bike ride

    10. Weekly goals:
    Get through work (busy week), get back to Zumba, take care of self

  3. Yogirl says:

    1. Mood: Okay, tired, lots of work till Friday.
    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? I usually don’t buy anything from a vending machine, but a short massage neck/shoulders/ feet would be great.
    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? My appartment, or I go for a walk with earphones and some calming yoga music.
    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? No, horrible thought.
    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? Yes… it is okay with separate rooms and enough time for yourself.
    6. How would you describe your laugh? No idea….
    7. I wish I were more disciplined concerning my sports program and my diet.
    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? I sometimes write postcards, but a letter… years ago.
    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? On Saturday I took a nap on my parents’ terrace and the birds were singing, wonderful.
    10. Weekly goals: Finish my presentation for Friday, keep calm and carry on. And trying to get more than 5 hours of sleep per night.

    Have a wonderful week everyone!

  4. Dominique says:

    1. Mood: Good !

    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? Yoghourt chocolate with chips of strawberry ( I love it but it’s not available in France )

    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? In the woods or near the ocean shore

    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? Yes, my beauty case went to Lyon and not to Paris, but a man from Air France fixed it just on time ! I was lucky.

    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? Yes I went to Collioure with friend, it’s a very pretty village close to Spain, where Matisse and other famous painters stayed for a while. Gorgeous place, very nice trip !

    6. How would you describe your laugh? A bit hysterical I fear !

    7. I wish I were more ____sociable_____.

    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? 2010 maybe, I used to write very often but I stopped.

    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? Last Saturday, great walk through the woods, I love Nature ( even if there were many mosquitoes around )

    10. Weekly goals: Shopping ( shoes if I found some ), and trying to control my spending sprees !

  5. 1. Mood: groggy and a bit discouraged…

    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? awesome emergency skincare products (nail file, face masks, face mist, primer, etc.)–these would be SO great!

    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? I will take a walk with my dog in the evening when the sun is just about to set.

    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? oh yeah–so awful.

    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? nope :/

    6. How would you describe your laugh? I’m not sure I WANT to describe it in such a public domain. Suffice it to say that for a long time, I was *very* well known for my laugh. People would say that if they were unable to find me in a crowd, they’d just have to stop for a minute and listen and then follow the sound of my laugh

    7. I wish I were more _________.–grown up?

    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? probably 4 or 5 years ago

    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? yesterday!

    10. Weekly goals: don’t give up! Keep working hard!
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  6. sweeks1980 says:

    1. Mood:
    OhmygodIHaveSoMuchtoDo!!!! That’s a mood, right :)

    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine?
    I second Karen’s French fries idea! I’d also love to be able to buy emergency hair products (like bobby pins, dry shampoo, and hair ties) from a vending machine. I always seem to need them when I don’t have any in my purse.

    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet?
    The courtyard at the public library is great for some peace and quiet. I also love taking walks at my mom’s place at night. She lives in a tiny town, so it is very peaceful.

    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight?
    This has only happened once, and my luggage arrived the next day (I was very relieved).

    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends?
    My friend and I went on a trip to the Southern Festival of Books one year. Other than that, I mostly travel with family.

    6. How would you describe your laugh?
    I either tend to cackle or “tee-hee” (according to my sister).

    7. I wish I were more _________.
    Productive and decisive

    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand?
    I wrote a thank-you note two weeks ago. However, it has been forever since I’ve written an actual letter (not a card) by hand.

    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors?
    When my mom and sister were visiting me two weeks ago, we walked through the Public Garden and Boston Common. It was a lovely afternoon, and we had the added bonus of seeing a number of wedding parties posing for pictures.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Finish another section of my dissertation, pack more boxes, and decide where I’m going to live when I move (I have too many options).

  7. Adrienne says:

    Hi Karen! I’m glad you’re starting to feel better. I have to commend you, it can be really hard to admit to yourself and others when you need a time out. Good job for listening to your body and your mind and giving yourself a breather :)

    1. Mood: sleepy! I’m liking that sleep in a can idea! Also a little pessimistic, which I don’t like, but I feel stuck in a bit of a rut and I work for a large corporation and a manager who doesn’t, well, manage, loo

    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? Beer! Haha. Pennsylvania has these really strict liquor sale laws, but a year or so back they tried this “wine vending machine” idea that made no sense and was a huge hassle, lol. But beer in a vending machine could be very nice on those days when you just need a cold one!

    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? My bed usually. In college I always had a friend’s dorm/ apartment outside of mine that was my “happy place,” my friends Chris and Aaron had the best one freshman year. I miss that.

    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? No, but it terrifies me! *frantically knocks on wood*

    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends?
    My friends and I went to an all inclusive resort hotel in the Dominican Republic after we graduated, there were some of the usual little issues traveling with so many people, but it was so amazing and fun and just the perfect ending to college. On the last night my friend Jamie and I, both were on the trip with significant others back home, after eveyone was in bed or hooking up (lol), we just brought a bottle to the beach, ran around like tipsy fools, and laid on   lounge chairs on a deserted beach and watched a lightning storm at sea :)  The whole trip I felt like a girl in a movie!

    6. How would you describe your laugh?
    It varies a lot, but often its an Uncharacteristic loud bursting laugh

    7. I wish I were more _________.
    Non-neurotic, haha

    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? Yikes! Beyond postcards, no idea!

    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors?
    I hung out in a city park recently..lol. Actually it’s been a while now!

    10. Weekly goals: 
    Job applications, cleaning apartment, getting rid of lots of stuff so my girlfriend doesn’t kill me when we move in together :P

  8. Nina says:

    Hey there, Karen! :-)

    1. Mood: Not bad at all, other than being so busy at work!

    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? Emergency flats! I also love how Japanese movies show rows of vending machines that dispence various sorts of drinks (hot and cold, even alcoholic!), and food!

    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? When it isnt too hot, I sit out in the deck. Otherwise, I take a long, solitary walk.

    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? It hasnt happened to me, thank goodness!

    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? I have – several times. The most memorable was when a group of girlfriends and I went to Disneyland. There’s something about that place that transforms adults into giggling kids!

    6. How would you describe your laugh? My laugh can range from a shy giggle to a loud roar! :P

    7. I wish I were more _________. Patient. :-) Don’t we all?

    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? A long letter? The Hubs for his birthday last year!

    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? We drove to the beach last weekend!

    10. Weekly goals: Just to try and not be overly stressed at work! Please?

  9. M.A.Leal says:

    1. Mood: Very tired.
    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? Shoes. That would be amazing.
    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? Yes. I go to the library.
    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? No, thankfully.
    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? Yes, went to Italy in 2010 with a group of girlfriends. It was so much fun!
    6. How would you describe your laugh? Very truthful. I don’t fake my laughs.
    7. I wish I were more _________. Assertive and confident.
    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? Last month. Actually it was a postcard, but it counts.
    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? I think it was last summer. Not sure.
    10. Weekly goals: Stay positive and read a lot.

  10. Sofia says:

    1. Mood: Nothing special. Actually slightly cranky as I have an electricity problem with my bathroom and I dont know when that will be sorted. A phone call to the electrician tomorrow might give me a clue as to when it could be fixed.

    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? Ice cream! Havent seen one in Barcelona with ice cream!

    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? As with you, to a church, out of mass times. Or also to the Chinese restaurant to have a noodle soup. Yes this is rather bizarre because its not exactly quiet at all (quite the opposite in fact) but I just sit there alone with my own thoughts.

    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? Yes, and it sucks. Got it back about 3 days later.

    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? Yes, with close friends, and it was great fun.

    6. How would you describe your laugh? Never thought about this one… But when I do get a histerical laugh its like with tears and I cant stop and my tummy really hurts!

    7. I wish I were more _________. Forgiving, and I have to learn to stop nearing a grudge.

    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? About 7 years ago. It was a very long letter. The person hurt me so much that I never handed it over to read. I later destroyed the letter… See, I developed a grudge there!, ok not really because looking back I know that person didn’t deserve to read my letter anyway.

    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? A week ago at the beach.

    10. Weekly goals: Excercise more frequently than what I’ve been doing the last few weeks, which was only once a week.

  11. Jenna N. says:

    1. Mood: HUNGRY. IS HUNGRY A MOOD?

    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? Real, good food. For which to satiate my current hunger. I’m at my law school right now (taking a summer course) and wishing there was a decent option. I’ll probably go with peanut butter filled pretzels. They aren’t as awesome as they sound =(

    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? My apartment is pretty much always quiet and peaceful. My boyfriend is good about putting on headphones and keeping clear of me when I need it =)

    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? NO, but it’s my biggest fear! Now that checked bags usually cost money, I will be even better about avoiding it.

    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? Yes; to North Carolina with 3 of my closest friends from college during our senior year spring break. It was fun; there were a few tense moments and a few arguments, but overall we got along great and had a blast, even though it wasn’t warm enough for the beach.

    6. How would you describe your laugh? I was just thinking the other day how I cannot ever remember what my laugh sounds like. Is that weird? I think that’s weird.

    7. I wish I were more _________. Rich! I hate living on paltry student loans. I so miss my early post-college days of $30-$35K a year. That sounds like so much income right now.

    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? Eesh, like middle school, to our class-assigned penpal halfway across the country.

    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? I’ve taken some good state park hikes these past few months but nothing major.

    10. Weekly goals: Be better about not coming to school hungry or not bringing a snack; stay on top of my homework; do an amazing job on my take-home final which is being distributed on Thursday…

  12. Katherine G says:

    1. Mood:
    ~Sick (got a tummy bug), and a little sad. I just found out this afternoon from an old riding buddy how one of my favorite school horses died. And because he had died from his new owner abusing him, I feel even more guilty that I never had the money to buy him as a teen/young adult.

    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine?
    ~Hmmmm…sleep too, lol. I feel like I can never get enough, yet I feel bad when I sleep the day away! Damn having a Type A personality…

    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet?
    ~I like to go out by the river, or go kayaking. When I can, I try to go to hang out with horses. That always makes me smile.

    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight?
    ~I haven’t flown since I was 11 (I’m 24 now), and didn’t lose any luggage then, but that is my biggest fear when I do fly again.

    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends?
    ~I have! 2 camping trips with one group of friends, and a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC, with another group of friends. It is a lot of fun.

    6. How would you describe your laugh?
    ~Genuine and infectious. When I really get laughing, I can get other people laughing! :)

    7. I wish I were more _________.
    ~tough about certain things. Certain things are hard for me to just brush off. Unfortunately I have a good memory and I remember how I was treated or what someone said about me without really knowing the situation. I wish I could just brush stuff like that off easier and go about my life without caring about what people think on certain things.

    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand?
    ~Not in a while…I’m big on e-mail.

    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors?
    ~This past weekend! GM car show in PA on Friday, long motorcycle ride Saturday, and out at the gun range Sunday for a good 3 hours.

    10. Weekly goals:
    ~Start unpacking what I’ve moved over here, do some cleaning, do some heavy duty working out, and stay positive (even when it’s hard).

  13. MJ says:

    1. Mood:
    Sleepy, a bit anxious. I have quite a bit to do for the next few days but taking a little break between my errands. :)

    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine?
    Emergency vending machine, but the contents that come out change depending on your emergency and what you’re most frantic about at the time (could be time, makeup, etc etc).

    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet?
    The bathtub is my favorite reflecting spot. At times when I’m really anxious and stressed out, I’ve found myself curling up in a towel after a shower, laying another towel down, and then kind of just lay down at the bottom of the tub for about 15 minutes or so if I have the time. It’s a little cold at first, but the heat generated gets insulated in that tiny space and is quite comfortable. There was a place in Santa Cruz I used to go, which was this quarry made into an amphitheater on the UCSC campus. It’s my favorite spot on that campus. However, I can’t visit it anymore since I’m in SoCal now.

    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight?
    Nope, not yet. I imagine it’ll happpen eventually though.

    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends?
    Mmmm no flights. I’m actually heading to Anime Expo in LA with a bunch of my friends this weekend though, so I’m super excited. :) I have gone on a snowboarding/ski trip in the winter with my brothers and mutual friends in Lake Tahoe before. :)

    6. How would you describe your laugh?
    I laugh a little differently depending on what it is. I giggle a lot. Although, when I’m really amused, it’s usually pretty quiet with some sort of hiccuping sounds as I’m doubled over in laughter. Eyes closed, tears down face sort of laughter. I’ll usually try to talk in between which generally doesn’t work out. XD

    7. I wish I were more _________.
    Decisive and strong. I’m a little bitter about my parent’s psychological hold on me in regards to future careers and what not. I wish I had been stronger when I was younger so I could’ve stood up for my talents instead of just giving in. Now, I sort of feel like it’s too late for that.

    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand?
    April or May last year. I was going through some complicated stuff at the time and I also had to go back up to NorCal (I had been down in SoCal to help my mom out since she was by herself while my dad was traveling). I was also going to be addressing some of these complicated issues while I was gone, so my now boyfriend was a bit concerned. I wrote a tiny letter on a small piece of paper telling him how much fun I had reconnecting with him and that although I was going to be gone for the next few months, that everything would turn out fine so he shouldn’t worry. I hid it in his car to find later after I was gone, which he did. He teared up a little and found it very comforting. ^^;

    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors?
    Outside of just walking around the neighborhood? Sometime last year while I was still in NorCal, my sister-in-law’s brother came up to visit and brought his family with him (wife and two young kids). We decided to go out to one of the nearby lakes and take a walk around the lake. At some point, the paved trail disappeared and turned into a dirt trail. Instead of turning around, we decided to press on and just make our way completely around the lake. The dirt trails got narrower and started heading off in different directions. It also started raining pretty heavily.

    What was supposed to be a “little stroll at the lake” turned into an 8.9 mile hike in the rain while pushing a stroller with small children in it (the stroller had covers on it so the kids didn’t get wet). XD At times, the paths would get really narrow and steep that we couldn’t push the stroller across so we had to take the kids out and carry them. It was at least 2 hours and we hadn’t had any water before hand. :P It was…tiring and kinda fun. XD Oh. And the front tire to the stroller broke. :P

    10. Weekly goals:
    Finish up my friend’s cosplay pieces (hairclips, t-shirts, and modified bra straps).
    Bake cookies for the guys Wednesday night.
    Attend the Copic marker and makeup workshops at AX this year.
    Do at least one bold makeup look.
    Have fun this weekend. :)

  14. Shannon says:

    1. Mood: Alright. I’m fairly exhausted and ready to just go home and crash. This past weekend was good, but not restful in the slightest.
    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? dry shampoo. Or cute hats. My hair is frequently a little jankier than is ideal.
    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? It depends on the time of day and what I need emotionally. Sometimes I’ll go down to the river, sometimes I’ll just go on a bike ride, or go wander around campus. When I need to be still, my bed or couch.
    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? Yes! It was pretty annoying. My hubby and I landed in New York City and didn’t have our baggage… luckily, it did get delivered to our friend’s apartment the next day.
    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? I’ve taken trips with my husband (if that counts), but have almost always been with family. I’m going on a little camping trip with my friends in a week, and I’m really looking forward to it!
    6. How would you describe your laugh? oh gosh. it’s probably really weird. If I get really excited, it will involve hand-flapping. pretty weird.
    7. I wish I were more _________. outgoing. Like, in an immediate sense. I’m super open and chatty with my close friends, but if I don’t know someone very well, it’s hard for me to keep up a conversation.
    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? Hmm… maybe spring of 2011? Perhaps spring of 2010. I did send someone a hand-written note card a month or so ago, if that counts! It was basically a mini-letter. :)
    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? This morning when I walked on the river trail to get to work. So pretty!
    10. Weekly goals: to slow down a bit. Maybe sleep a bit more :) And enjoy the weather as it gets warmer!

  15. Ruchita says:

    1. Mood:
    Hungry! It’s past 6:30 here on the East coast and I haven’t started dinner yet.

    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine?
    Maybe a pillow and blanket so I could take an impromptu nap.

    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet?
    Out on my back patio. Or I’ll stay in the house and turn off the phone and TV.

    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight?
    Luckily, no. But I do remember it happening when I traveled with my parents when I was a kid.

    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends?
    Yes! Just last November me and my two best friends (that I’ve known since middle school) went to Miami for a girls weekend. It was a lot of fun. But I agree that sometimest traveling brings out the worst in people!

    6. How would you describe your laugh?
    Gosh, I don’t know. It guess it’s more like a giggle. But if I find something really funny I’ll double over and do the silent laugh.

    7. I wish I were more _________.
    Outgoing and friendly with people. I tend to be a loner, other than hanging with my close friends.

    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand?
    It’s been years. A while back I found some old letters my friends and I wrote to each other during summers off from middle school. That was fun trip down memory lane!

    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors?
    Yesterday. I spent time on the patio watching Mingus and Ella nom on grass in the back yard while I read Twilight for the millionth time. It was the most relaxing weekend I’ve had in a long time.

    10. Weekly goals:
    I managed to keep up with the house work last week so I want to do the same this week. Also we’re having people over for the 4th of July so I want to get started with menu planning and grocery shopping.

    Hope you have a good week. :-)

  16. Marian says:

    1. Mood: Good despite being a little sick. Was sick over the weekend.
    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? Nothing. I don’t like vending machines.
    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? My bedroom, for a walk, into my head.
    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? Never. Knock wood.
    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? I used to all the time when I was single. Those trips are some of my fondest memories.
    6. How would you describe your laugh? I’m a giggler.
    7. I wish I were more _kind________.
    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? 12 years go?
    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? Today. Had to tend to my plants.
    10. Weekly goals: Feel better, clean my kitchen, start teaching my daughter to drive. Pray for me!!!!

  17. musical says:

    Hello, lady K! So good to see you and glad to hear that the meow time is working fer ya’!

    1. Mood: Calm,
    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? Fresh food ;).
    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? A long walk on a promenade (not quiet in the literal sense, but very calming)
    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? No.
    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? Yes!
    6. How would you describe your laugh? Giggles
    7. I wish I were more ___calm______.
    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? Oh, that was a long time ago-probably 10-12 years ago!
    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? Last weekend.
    10. Weekly goals: To be more calm and be more kind to myself.

  18. Wendy says:

    1. Mood: Exhausted. My entire body is sore. Allergies aren’t helping.

    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? Sunshine

    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? My bed if I’m tired. Outdoors in the country for a walk when I’m not tired.

    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? Yes, I knew Continental was going to lose it even before I boarded my flight. It was delivered the next day.

    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? Yes. But, I’ve never roomed with them. Makes the trip more enjoyable.

    6. How would you describe your laugh? Contagious.

    7. I wish I were more _________. Hardy. The older I get the more sensitive my skin, stomach and pollen/weather changing allergies get. I can no longer eat ice cream or drink milk. I have to avoid chemical sunscreens and certain lotions/soaps. I have to keep a supply of sinus medication on hand at all times.

    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? I have no idea! Probably 5-6 years ago?

    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? Went kayaking with my girlfriend this weekend. The reason my body is so sore! I need to toughen up quick, going cycling with friends on Wednesday.

    10. Weekly goals: Rest, catch up on laundry, clean, buy jojoba oil, find my arnica for all the bruises I got from dragging my heavy kayak across the portage.

  19. Mood:
    Excited, and happy. Happy that you are feeling like your old self again!
    What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine?
    1) sleep is a good one 2) Gelato (I love Gelato! .
    Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet?
    The park near my house. My deck. And my church too.

    Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight?
    Yes, but they found it a day letter , thank heavens!!

    Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends?
    IYes, many. I make sure every year to plan a trip with me and my girls!

    How would you describe your laugh?
    Loud, I embarass my friends with how loud I laugh, but why should I stifle my happiness.
    I wish I were more ________.
    organized. I’ve tried, and it’s stil hard.
    When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand?
    Seven years ago. I wrote my friend a letter on how much she meant to me for her bday. I was a bit broke and couldn’t afford to buy anything, but it was a hit.
    When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors?
    Two hours ago. Took my lil man to the park. d
    Weekly goals:
    To try to run too, and to smile more.
    Karen, so happy you’re back. You know I adore you. Take your time coming back. Hugs

  20. Stef Smith says:

    1. Mood: Good! It’s a beautiful day!
    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? Starbucks Mocha Coconut Frappuccinos, pop in five bucks, get the Frap! And I want one at my house, pronto!
    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? My room, I’ll lock the door so the kids can’t get in, or I’ll go on a walk.
    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? Nope, but I’ve only flown once in my life. I should get working to change that!
    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? Just a short road trip to visit another friend. I don’t travel much, and I don’t want to travel with my friends, I love them, but I’d like to keep them as friends!
    6. How would you describe your laugh? Loud and snorty! ha ha ha A little oinky because I make a piggy snort, I always think it’s funny, so I laugh more! All good laughs are loud!
    7. I wish I were more _________. Active. Not only to lose a few pounds, but there are times when instead of playing with the kids, I’ll have them go outside and play and I’ll stay inside. That’s sucky.
    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? I write to my Grandma every month, and I’ve been writing letters to my girlfriends that live out of town. Facebook and email are wonderful, but nothing beats getting a letter.
    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? Yesterday, I took my kids swimming at my Grandma’s house. I sat with my 91 year old Grandma while my kids swam, it was a little chilly for me, and it was wonderful!
    10. Weekly goals: Exercise, exercise, exercise! And cut Frappuccinos and chips out of the diet!

  21. Tiera says:

    Glad to have you back!

    1. Mood: Pretty chipper. I got a lot of rest this weekend, but also got a lot done, and am breathing a sigh of relief — and I’m ready to tackle the week ahead :)

    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? Acai smoothies. Good ones :)

    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? My bedroom, definitely. There’s also a park near my house that I love to go to when I need to get out of the house. It can get crowded with kids and sports and stuff, but I try to find a quiet table off in a corner. And worst case scenario, I can park my car just about anywhere (in the shade!) and put in my earphones.

    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? Once. It was a while ago. I was fed up on the trip, but thankfully it was found and returned when I got home. And thankfully my mom was on the trip with me to buy me some clothes haha!

    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? Only a couple of times, and they were (mostly) great! It felt very *grown up*, lol. I’m planning a trip to NYC with one of my friends this winter, too — can’t wait!

    6. How would you describe your laugh? Hmm, not sure. Loud? Haha!

    7. I wish I were more _________. Calm. I get agitated (and angry) too quickly!

    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? Probably late last year. I have a friend in Seattle who’s great about sending cards and postcards — but I’m TERRIBLE at responding!

    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? A couple of weeks ago? I try to get to the beach or a hike a couple of times a month.

    10. Weekly goals: Tackle my giant mountain of laundry, get back on the healthy eating train (this weekend was a hot mess), and start applying for a second job.
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  22. Christina says:

    1. Mood: I remembered to take my vitamins today so I definitely feel more energized. I’ve been sort of up and down from a combination of graduating from college and re-applying to get into pharmacy school.

    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? I would LOVE it if you could buy sleep from a vending machine. I guess the closest thing is energy drinks :P I would love fluffy bunnies, french fries, and more time. I have no idea how the last one would work but I know I always need it!

    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? When I’m up in La Jolla, it would be my bed in my apartment since I live in a relatively quiet area. When I’m back in my hometown, probably my own bedroom or I have to drive around someplace in the area to just reflect.

    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? I haven’t but, then again, I’m not much of a traveler! I definitely would love to travel now that I (kind of) have more time but I would be none too pleased if my luggage was lost XD

    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? When I was in middle school, I went on an east coast trip with some “acquaintance friends.” It was definitely… trying since I wasn’t really close with the girl I was “buddied up” with. She was really hard to compromise with and it definitely didn’t make the trip as enjoyable as it could have been. But I would love to travel with my super close friends someday!

    6. How would you describe your laugh? Ooooooooh I have a TON of different laughs because I am easily amused. When I find something especially hilarious I do a “scream laugh” where I basically scream “HAH” between laughing so hard that no sound comes out and I start shaking.

    7. I wish I were more _________. “Assertive,” definitely. I can be very timid and worried about stepping on other people’s toes that I don’t let my voice be heard as often as it should.

    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? Probably when a guy I used to be really close with was working at a summer camp and he had limited access to the internet. I believe that was about two summers ago.

    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? My bestie and I drove up to the UCSD to meet another friend who just graduated. I’m not sure if that counts :P But we are planning on going to the San Diego Zoo in a few days!

    10. Weekly goals: At the moment, I’m trying to get some volunteer positions and prepare for a class that I have to take during summer. I’m also trying not to overwhelm myself with things I should do, want to do, need to do, etc.

  23. Katie says:

    1. Mood: Meh. Monday evening, ya know? But I’m very happy to see you’re better, Karen.
    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? If vending machines can sell freaking iPods now, we should be able to buy pretty much anything!
    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? My room is my haven. If I have free time, I also like to go outdoors, take a walk, get some fresh air.
    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? Nope! I hope it never happens in the future.
    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? I don’t know if it’s the fact that I’m a twenty-something, but I have a serious case of wanderlust, and really, really, REALLY want to impulsively (or not-so-impulsively) take a road trip with my best friend. I need to convince her…and save more $$.
    6. How would you describe your laugh? I DO THE EXACT SAME THING, KAREN! The laugh where you’re in tears, grabbing the sides of your body, but NO sound comes out because that’s how funny whatever you’re laughing at is. My normal laugh sounds mature, pronounced, strong.
    7. I wish I were more _________. resilient. I need to develop more willpower.
    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? I was asked this question in my journal the other day, and I said, “no clue.” I would like to starting writing to friends, though, because letters in the mail are so pleasant and sincere.
    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? When I went hiking at Runyon Canyon (near Hollywood). The hike kicked my *ss, but, wow, the view was amazing.
    10. Weekly goals: Ditto, Karen, ditto. Run. Every. Day.

    Have a lovely week, everyone!

  24. Melissa says:

    1. Mood: tired! Just got in and it’s 1:22 in the morning- New York time.

    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine?: Fresh foods.

    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet?: I have my quiet places in a park in Brooklyn.

    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight?: I’ve never checked a bag, but my brother’s lost one. Didn’t get back to him until after our vacation..

    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends?: Yes! Florida last year.

    6. How would you describe your laugh?: Pretty quiet.

    7. I wish I were more _________.: outgoing.

    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand?: A couple of days ago.

    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors?: It’s been a while.

    10. Weekly goals: Finish up my last week of clinic and prepare for my new patients. It never ends!

    Have a great week, everyone!

  25. RIta says:

    1. Mood: Tired.
    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? I use them very rarely, can’t even say.
    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? Just home.
    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? No (and I’m travelling next week).
    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? Yes, but not of late.
    6. How would you describe your laugh? I don’t want to know.
    7. I wish I were more _________. productive
    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? I think it was in 1995.
    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? Not this year! We have had a somewhat freezing summer so far.
    10. Weekly goals: Preparing for my trip next week.

  26. Ana says:

    1. Mood: Excited! my trip to Yucatán, Mexico is coming next week!
    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? Makeup and perfumes LOL!
    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? Yep! my best friend’s house or stay in my room cleaning, playing with my kitty cat Orion!
    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? No! Luckly no : P
    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? Yes! Once of twice to LA and Arizona :)
    6. How would you describe your laugh? loudy LOL XD
    7. I wish I were more PATIENT.
    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? Hmmm… two years ago!
    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? Today :)
    10. Weekly goals: clean my room, do some laundry, pack for my trip.

  27. Karen B says:

    1. Mood: Nervous and elated both at the same time
    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? A new mascara. And then they would have ALL the brands available so I could always pick the one I want.
    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? My grandpa’s garden. It’s so beautiful out there this time of year.
    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? Not lost but delivered later when I came back from my trip to Canada.
    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? Yes. My best friend joined us on our trip to Denmark last summer. And we’re going on a citytrip to Rotterdam on the 10th. Yay!
    6. How would you describe your laugh? Loud. Hahaha. Heartily. I don’t do laughing half-heartedly.
    7. I wish I were more _________. chilled out.
    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? Last week. I LOVE snail mail.
    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? Since Easter. That sounds awful.
    10. Weekly goals: finish unpacking all my stuff in my room, add new songs to my song portfolio, try to figure out how I’m going to go apartment hunting in Cardiff… Ehehehe.

  28. Twyla says:

    1. Mood: oh so very tired. but smiley just the same
    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine? time and energy.. I know you can energy drinks from the VM but I want real energy, the stuff that comes from within out of nowhere. And time as It seems to pass to quickly.
    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet? I go to the Ocean. When I’m in Newfoundland I have a special spot that I climb down to over looking the ocean and I’m instantly at ease. In Halifax, I go to Peggys Cove and sit on the rocks til I’m at ease.
    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight? Yes and I almost lost 1 in Jamaica in May, the suitcase I looked at was exactly like mine but a shade smaller, and when I opened it, there was a pair of socks and I knew I didn’t pack socks for JA. This lady comes running up to me dragging my suitcase, saying her bf took it as hers, she’s so glad I was still here (looking around for my bag)… On the flight back, we joked about her BF and she said “If we hadn’t realized it, we’d have been very bored at Hedosim and you would of had a lot of fun”……….. Umh, I wonder what was in that suitcase?? Thankfully my carry on always has my summer dresses & bathing suits just in case!! Lol
    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends? Yes twice. Once I went to JA with 2 gf’s, one of which had just lost her dad so we catered to her to keep her mind off stuff. Then 10months later her & I went to Mexico, apparently I was expected to cater to her again, I didn’t, we no longer speak. Sad but true.
    6. How would you describe your laugh? Its a witchs cackle and it has an evil undertone.
    7. I wish I were more … On time.. I’m always 10 minutes late, running behind, in a rush and still late. I don’t judge time & travel very well.
    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand? Does a note on the inside of a card count? if not, it was back in the day of penpals before email.
    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? Saturday – I went for a walk on a trail, met to lovely deer, watched 2 bluejays swoop thru the trees and ducks resting on a log… and I walked 2.5kms..
    10. Weekly goals: Survive 3 15hr work days this wk, walk the 2 nights I’m off, finish my anklet and play with the 2 new programs I downloaded for MAC for photography. :)

  29. Natasha says:

    1. Mood: Great!

    2. What’s something you wish you could buy from a vending machine?
    More time… But I would settle for little bibimbap rolls like you can find in Seoul. Emergency sunscreen would be awesome… There’s a lot of things that I’d love to find in a vending machine… like spare underwear vending machines in the luggage area of airports for people with lost luggage!

    3. Is there someplace you go when you need some peace and quiet?
    My workroom. Has my books, sewing machine, paints, jewelry stuff… anything a girl could possibly need to make something pretty and distracting.

    4. Have you ever had a checked-in bag lost during a flight?
    YES! Fortunately, the last time was on the way home, so I didn’t miss anything.

    5. Speaking of traveling, have you ever taken a trip with friends?
    I went to a conference with a couple of friends — it was a blast! But I’ve never been on a real vacation trip with folks other than family — would really like to, but the spouse would get jealous, and if he went, it would become a family vacation…

    6. How would you describe your laugh? mild giggle to snorting guffaws.

    7. I wish I were more _________.
    handy around the house and garden; it would be really useful to be able to fix a toilet or prune the roses.

    8. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand?
    Can’t remember.

    9. When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors? Today! I work several days a week in local parks. But as far as real outdoors goes, we try to go for a hike once a month. And the MIL is visiting us from NYC next week so we’ll have to make a trip to the beach.

    10. Weekly goals: Not stress out too much about MIL’s visit. Clean what needs cleaning. Make a new poster for my facepaint designs. Not let ANYONE cut into my haircut/pedicure time on Thursday; the schedule keeps filling up, but that time at the salon is written in STONE. Spend quality time with the puddies, Sahara and Java.

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