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.
I’m like Tony the Tiger today. I feel grrreatt! This is the first week in months that I haven’t had some little side project or house thingy to do, so I feel pretty good about that.
Oh, and I actually went to bed at a decent hour for a change! — yup, because I finished watching the last episode of Friday Night Lights. In total, I watched all 73 or 74 episodes of that show in three weeks!
Wow, that’s a lot of TV… But it was great TV. I’m serious, what a wonderful show. Highly recommended, even if you only have a tiny bit of interest in football.
Yes, ma’am, today feels like it’s going to be a great day.
- Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep?
I do. Most importantly, I need at least a couple hours away from the computer, which is actually easier said than done. And not just my main computer, but every little Internet-connected device. Smartphones and tablets (we have a first-gen Kindle Fire) make it so easy to surf the Web from the couch.
Every night, after I put away the gizmos, I make myself a big cup of Sleepytime Tea, which I sip while I watch something brainless on TV. That’s been my main bedtime ritual for years.
I think it also helps, for various reasons, when I get in a workout earlier in the day. Running relieves my lower back pain and makes me feel a little better about myself (like I’ve actually done something productive that day).
- What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting?
I think it was the Chanel and Laura Mercier counters at Nordie’s a couple weeks ago. So much fun! There are some really passionate makeup artists at both counters (at the Village in Corte Madera), and the passion they have for their lines always gets me fired up.
- Do you ever take pictures with your phone? If you do, what do you like to snap?
Do I ever take pictures with my phone? Um, survey says, YES! I feel naked without some kind of camera with me at all times, and that little camera on the iPhone is surprisingly good (if you hold it very steady).
Most of the pics in my camera roll are of food, felines and other random things that make me laugh (like the pic at the top of this post).
- What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read?
Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Great, great book. No kidding, but I’ve re-read it at least 20 times! Anne’s so funny and inspiring that I always feel better about myself when I read it. Whenever I start doubting myself or freaking out about something related to writing, that book almost always helps. It’s like medicine for self-sabotaging inner artists.
In it Anne talks a lot about fiction writing, but I recommend it for anyone who writes anything for work, school or even blogging.
Oh, and once, get this: I bumped into Anne Lamott in a movie theater restroom here in Marin County, which is where she’s from, but I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to bother her, so I just gave her a smile. Someone else walked up to her assertively a moment earlier and said that Bird by Bird had changed their life, and Anne looked kind of taken aback/annoyed! I guess she really wanted to get back to her movie.
- What’s the secret in your secret sauce?
Two handfuls of tabby cat hair and a dozen cheesy jokes, LOL!
Nah, not really. I guess if there is a secret to…anything, it’s to try to maintain a positive attitude, no matter what.
- What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t?
I miss sleeping soundly all night, every night. I miss not having to think about grownup things all the time. I miss seeing my family every day.
I don’t miss having to spend 10-20 minutes looking for a place to park my car when I lived in San Francisco. I don’t miss living with strangers who always ate my food in the fridge (food that was clearly marked with my name on it!). And I don’t miss spending all day working in a cubicle and feeling absolutely miserable about myself.
- Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged?
Chanel’s Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder in Translucent 3. It was a splurge a couple weeks ago, and I’m really loving it so far. The powder is super fine, and I know it’ll last a while because I find myself having to hardly use any to get a nice, completely matte finish.
- What’s your favorite teen movie?
OOH! Tough question. I like so many of them, but the first one that came to mind is Clueless.
You know, I just read in Entertainment Weekly that that movie just turned 17 years old… 17 years old! I still remember seeing it in the theater when I went to school in Davis.
Wow, was it really that long ago? YIKES!
- Weekly goals:
Don’t give in to the fear! Don’t do it!
Hey, hey friend! How goes it today? I hope your Monday got off to a smooove start.
If you have a second, let me know how you’re doing today in this week’s Monday Poll. I always like to hear from you at the start of the week (and all throughout the week, of course).
To complete the Monday Poll, just copy the following list, and paste it with your answers in the comments.
2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep?
3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting?
4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone?
5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read?
6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce?
7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t?
8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged?
9. What’s your favorite teen movie?
10. Weekly goals:
I’m gonna make a quick Starbucks run, and I’ll be right back. Can I interest you in one of their pumpkin spice lattes? ‘Tis the season, and all that.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,