Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 250

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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:
    Happy and mellow.
  2. What are you passionate about?
    Cats, makeup and blogging (obvs). And sleeping (LOL! It’s true though), movies, books, shoes and self-improvement.
  3. Do you have a favorite museum?
    The Musée d’Orsay in Paris. I’ve only been there once, and I’ve been plotting a return trip ever since. I love me some Impressionists. Oh, and the lightning in there is ah-may-zing! I could spend days there just marveling at how the light falls on the paintings and sculptures.
  4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year?
    Nordstrom gift cards, because my plan is it save up a few of them for a Burberry trench coat. It’s part of my new, updated wardrobe plan for 2013.

    If it looks like something Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Aniston might wear, then I’m going for it.

  5. Do you ever host dinner parties?
    Nope. But I could see myself wanting to if I had more time to practice cooking. I think it would be fun!
  6. One of your favorite holiday memories?
    The time Tabs knocked down our tree, kitty-ninja style.

    A couple years ago, I was sitting in the living room with my back to the tree when I heard a crash! I whipped around, and there it was, the tree, lying on its side, and I heard a scampering sound moving off into the distance…

    Tabs!

    To this day, I have no idea exactly how he did it. Was he trying to climb it or intentionally push it over? The world may never know…

    I can joke about it now, but I was furious at the time.

  7. I’m a chronic_________.
    Over-packer, but I’m working on it.
  8. What makes you go “arrrggh”?
    • Traffic on 880 South freeway when I’m driving home to see my parents
    • Paper cuts
    • When people handle money and then touch my food (on second thought, that’s more “ewww”)
    • When someone repeatedly kicks the back of my chair
    • When I don’t have time to exercise but really, really want to
  9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year?
    Hmm… Nothing too huge. Maybe painting my dining room and finally deciding on a table.

    It only took three years! — but I really like how they turned out.

  10. Weekly goals:
    To remember to take breaks throughout the day, to wrap a few presents, and to get my hair cut on Friday (FINALLY).

G’morning, sweets. :)



I hope your Monday got off to a swell start, but if it didn’t and you could use some cheering up, perhaps this link from reader Hafsa can help: 29 Guilty Faces of Cats in Christmas Trees.

Guilty!

Haha! I know, I know… I better laugh now because I won’t be laughing when Tabs unleashes his wrath on my poor tree…

I finally got some lights and ornaments on it last weekend (only on the upper branches, though, to keep things out of Tabs’ reach).

Every time I enter the room, I half expect to find the tree ripped to shreds.

Come to think of it, I should probably check on it… While I run downstairs, you fill out the Monday Poll. I’ll be right back. :)

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

Le List

1. Mood:
2. What are you passionate about?
3. Do you have a favorite museum?
4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year?
5. Do you ever host dinner parties?
6. One of your favorite holiday memories?
7. I’m a chronic_________.
8. What makes you go “arrrggh”?
9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year?
10. Weekly goals:

Have a wonderful week. I will if you do. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. 1. Mood: I am cold and tired, so not very happy ;-)
    2. What are you passionate about? music, probably.
    3. Do you have a favorite museum? I used to study arts and culture at uni so I think we’ve visited all the museums around. I’d love to visit Skansen one day.
    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? Givenchy Antigona bag and a trip to Barcelona.
    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? not really but I’d love to.
    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? that’s strange but I can’t think of anything specific right now.
    7. I’m a chronic_________. Hm, I am not even sure, will have to ask someone who knows me well.
    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? oh, so many things lol
    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? This year was major for me actually, I’ve accomplished a lot of things that were on my “list” for years.
    10. Weekly goals: plan my New Year activities.
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  2. Bele says:

    1. Mood: Happy

    2. What are you passionate about? Beauty, Blogging and the Web

    3. Do you have a favorite museum? Not yet

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? Samsung galaxy note

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? Perhaps twice in my lifetime but would love to host more

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? so many of them, but probably as a young girl seeing Santa for the first time and peeing in my pants because I was so scared. Although I should be embarrassed it makes me laugh

    7. I’m a chronic Web surfer, but i guess that’s not so bad

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? when i can’t find the item i just had in my hands

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? started my blog

    10. Weekly goals: to help out a friend, work on promoting my blog and just enjoy life
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  3. Christine says:

    1. Mood: Happy, tired, restless. In that order.

    2. What are you passionate about? Cats, knitting, learning, yoga.

    3. Do you have a favorite museum? I really love the Art Institute of Chicago and always have.

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? I guess now it’s a new computer…but that’ll be a “gift” to myself. I really wanted Tarte’s Carried Away set from Sephora but my mom couldn’t find it anywhere — we’re both sad!

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? No, I’d like to if I ever have more time and a dining room table — we have a formal dining room, but right now it’s storage.

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? Possibly my aunt setting her hair on fire. No one was hurt, but it was certainly a first for Christmas on my mom’s side.

    7. I’m a chronic_________. Over-thinker. And knitter. :P

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? People who don’t use turn signals, people who text/phone and drive, my laptop crashing and realizing I haven’t backed it up…

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? Keeping my job despite months of turmoil. And deciding to go back to school next year. :)

    10. Weekly goals: Sleep. Wake up before hitting the snooze 5 times. Do yoga in the morning. Wrap Christmas gifts.

  4. Nina says:

    1. Mood: quite happy!

    2. What are you passionate about? justice and fairness, books, makeup and life.

    3. Do you have a favorite museum? we have a little museum here called The Menil. i love how quiet and serene it is there.

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? giftcards to barnes and noble and amazon – 2013 will be the year i re-read the classics, methinks.

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? i have people over. usually there is food involved but nothing fancy.

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? the family getting together. :)

    7. I’m a chronic_________. SLEEPER. I love sleeping. LOL.

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? People who dont know how to drive, injustice and inconsiderate-ness.

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? I learned to relax.

    10. Weekly goals: Just ride the crest of happiness I am at right now.

  5. 1. Mood: In a hurry!

    2. What are you passionate about? Make-up and fashion. And writing. Oh and skiing, definitely skiing!

    3. Do you have a favorite museum? The British Museum in London.

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? Warm winter boots! And I got them for myself :-) They arrived in the mail today, and they’re SO fabulous :-)

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? Never! I go to plenty of them though ;-)

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? Exploring the tunnels under the old town of Rhodes with my brother.

    7. I’m a chronic perfectionist?

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? Dropping things.

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? Start up my business. And creating my website.

    10. Weekly goals: Too much to list here :-)
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  6. MM Curator says:

    1. Mood: Decent for a Monday, since I know Wednesday is my last day before a 2-week holiday break!

    2. What are you passionate about? – Art and makeup. I also just love the interwebz…I could spend all day online browsing at blogs and such.

    3. Do you have a favorite museum? – I can’t choose an absolute fave, but besides my own museum (haha), I love the Met in NYC because it has, like, everything, and the Walters Museum here in Baltimore – great collections, plus it’s also where I met my husband and got married. :)

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? – New laptop! I can’t afford it right now but I’m saving up.

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? – Nah, I think my head would explode if I tried to do anything fancy like that!

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? – Last year my mother had a little too much eggnog (she hardly drinks so when she does, it hits her fairly hard) and she was being really silly and dancing to the Christmas music we had on…too funny.

    7. I’m a chronic_________. Worrier. I am seriously the world champion of worrying.

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? – People sitting on my front steps, finding a bug in the house, discovering that my husband left the ice cream I made in the refrigerator instead of the freezer. LOL. He did this for the first time (and hopefully last!) on Saturday…it was totally soupy by the time I found it.

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? – Can I do two? I ran a half-marathon (impressive, considering how non-athletic I am!) and somehow landed another permanent job about 6 weeks after getting laid off from my previous job. My last stretch of unemployment lasted over a year and with this economy I really wasn’t confident I would get anything so quickly, but I did!

    10. Weekly goals: Get up the holiday exhibition, get 3 more runs in before Christmas.

    Good luck with the X-mas tree, Karen! I hope Tabs doesn’t do anything too mischievous!
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  7. MonicaP says:

    1. Mood: Happy. Working this week, then I’m off until Jan 2.
    2. What are you passionate about? Art history.
    3. Do you have a favorite museum? I did get to visit the Louvre in Paris and was amazed that everyone was clamoring around the Mona Lisa, when a Michelangelo Caravaggio painting was right there, Right There!! on an opposite wall.
    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? A finished remodel of our master bedroom closet at our desert house.
    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? Naw, too many people have all these odd dietary restrictions.
    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? Christmas in Hawaii.
    7. I’m a chronic, crazy, must be on time person.
    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? People who still write checks for purchases, really?
    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? I made it through the year :-)
    10. Weekly goals: Relax, relax, relax.

    Monica
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  8. MJ says:

    1. Mood:
    Sleepy and contemplative~

    2. What are you passionate about?|
    Art, jewelry making, video games, media, and makeup most recently of the bunch. :3

    3. Do you have a favorite museum?
    Mmmmm~ I don’t think I’ve really visited enough of them to really have a favorite unfortunately.

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year?
    Mmmm~ an illuminating mirror or just gift cards. XD I don’t really feel like I’m in need of much materially, I think. :) Maybe a kiln?

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties?
    No, but I think it would be fun! :D

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories?
    Saving my friend’s Christmas tree when I visited him for the holidays several years ago.

    They had gotten a real tree that was being sold by their local high school. If you had a stand from last year, you could bring it to them and the would install it for you when they delivered it.

    However, the little stand was missing the rubber part to help make sure water didn’t leak out from the dish thingy. We only found out when we had the tree completely set up and tried putting water in the basin, but it would just leak out all over the carpet.

    His family was starting to freak out a little, but I came up with an idea. I asked for an old rubber dog toy that the family dog didn’t play with, and cut it up to make my own stopper. We ended up using the makeshift stopper, a little bit of glue, and a plastic bag in order to keep the basin from leaking out. :3 My friend’s family likes to say that I saved their Christmas tree that year. XD

    7. I’m a chronic_________.
    Procrastinator. I’ll work on it…tomorrow. >>

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”?
    Mmm, drivers that weave in and out of traffic dangerously and without signalling, rude customers, and new medical insurance season. >.<

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year?
    I survived a year at a job that I really hated and was unhappy at (I was constantly setting myself deadlines like "If I can make it 6 months, I can quit"). I'm currently actually pretty okay with it now, atm. I'm a little surprised at how untroubled I feel with it now, considering how much I hated it during this past year.

    10. Weekly goals:
    -Reschedule a certification test
    -Decide on which biotech program I want to do
    -Finish up my Christmas gift wrapping/buying (only two more left! and waiting for another present in the mail!)
    -Figure out a good date for a little Christmas get together with some old friends

  9. Stef Smith says:

    1. Mood: Caffeinated and a little on edge, the kids’ Christmas vacation has started and they’re home and bored. Three weeks of bored kids. Thank God for coffee!
    2. What are you passionate about? Nail polish, peppermint mochas, Scooby Doo, coconut oil, Nikes, and these goofy kid games on my iPhone that the girls got me in to and I can’t stop playing!
    3. Do you have a favorite museum? I really like little hometown types of museums, that tell the story of the town.
    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? Nikes! Obnoxiously bright ones! And Starbucks gift cards, because I never carry cash and putting $4.35 on a debit card for a coffee just feels silly.
    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? We have a friend that comes over every Thursday night for dinner and to watch TV with me. We used to host a ton of BBQ’s, but then our friends starting adopting a wide variety of eating habits, we’ve got a vegetarian, a couple of vegans, so you can’t exactly grill a tri-tip or chicken tacos if nobody eats that stuff!
    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? When I was 8, I loved unicorns, like hard-core. As every other 8 year old girl in 1984 did. I got a giant stuffed unicorn that year, named her Guinevere, and I can’t believe how much I loved her. I still love her, I still sleep with her, she’ll be 29 next week. Yes, I am a 37 year old woman with a husband and two daughters who sleeps with a unicorn. I’m cool with that!
    7. I’m a chronic_________. List maker! And nail painter!
    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? People who can’t seem to drive normally in fog. It gets terribly foggy where I live every year, and it’s like these people have never seen fog in their lives! C’mon! Smudging a wet fingernail. The kids attacking the cat with love, which she isn’t as thrilled about as they are.
    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? Getting on a budget, finally being able to make it through a month without panic when it comes to money!
    10. Weekly goals: Put bows on all the presents, get in a two mile run/walk every day (for sanity, I mentioned the kids are home and bored), get all the laundry done!

  10. Dominique says:

    1. Mood: quite good

    2. What are you passionate about? English poets from the romantic period, makeup and perfumes, animals and biodiversity, seashore and sea, beauty

    3. Do you have a favorite museum? Le Louvre of course !

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? A beautiful 16 eyeshadow palette from Kiko

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? I used to a long time ago but now it’s not the case anymore

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? More than 20 years ago in Collioure, I was so happy then…

    7. I’m a chronic__pessimist
    _______.
    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? My neighbours because few of them recycle, I think they ought to be punished for that !

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? Signing petitions for animal welfare ( more than 1000 so far I know ) and becoming a half vegetarian to me it’s a very good thing both for animal welfare and environment. I won’t eat ” foie gras ” this year, I did it it was great time at my age !

    10. Weekly goals: None in fact except learning how to save up money, so much to pay and too many spending sprees !

  11. Tennyoceres says:

    1. Mood:
    Panic! Excitement! Fear! Joy! Relief! Anxiety! Yes, it must be those few days before the wedding day (this Friday).

    2. What are you passionate about?
    History, and to some extent politics. Some of the best drama known to man is not made up. If politics is essential for understanding a historical event (Battle of Thermopylae, Civil War, the Cold War the Crusades, the French Revolution) I love knowing that as well.

    3. Do you have a favorite museum?
    I haven’t stepped into the Smithsonian yet, but I have a feeling I could be there for weeks on end and still be entertained.

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year?
    That changes every day during December. Currently it’s a drawing tablet. My old one broke years ago and I have this itch to doodle things on Photoshop again.

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties?
    Yes, I do! Not often enough, though. Any excuse to cook for big parties and show off that my dad’s cooking skills have been passed down.

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories?
    Putting up lights and decorations on the Christmas tree with my family.

    7. I’m a chronic_________.
    Masturbator hehehehehehehe UGH mind out of gutter you are not 11 years old. Gifter. I genuinely love the people I care for and I give thoughtful gifts. Usually those thoughtful gifts are way over budget. My poor bank account.

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”?
    When older folks scold me like I’m their kid. I understand there’s an age difference and all but I am not 10 years old.

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year?
    Losing weight! I’m not at goal weight, but hey I lost enough for distant relatives that haven’t seen me in a while to notice.

    10. Weekly goals:
    * KEEP PACKING
    * Get to all of the beauty appointments (hair cut, nails, waxing) tomorrow
    * Curb spending to essentials until bachelorette night. But all the awesome Christmas sales start today ;_;
    * Get out old laptop bag to use as personal carry for plane flight. Gotta fit lots of things, including my laptop, in there.

  12. Katherine G says:

    1. Mood:
    ~Kinda sleepy…it’s foggy and rainy here in Frederick, MD.

    2. What are you passionate about?
    ~Definitely my job and the career I am going for. I am also passionate about exercise, eye makeup, taking care of myself and others, my fiance :), yoga (and teaching others what I know and have learned from yoga), horses, kayaking, sleeping (LOL), and reading.

    3. Do you have a favorite museum?
    ~I always have loved the museums on the National Mall in DC (which is not an actual mall, just called that). The Museum of Natural History is a long standing favorite and also the Air and Space Museum.

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year?
    ~Under Armour Storm running gear so it’s a little bit more pleasant to run outside in the elements. Other than that, not much. Anything I really want I save up for it and buy it myself.

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties?
    ~If you count family coming over, then yes. I have to make sure the house is clean and cook a good meal in any sense!

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories?
    ~Love your memory of Tabs knocking over the Christmas tree. I love how when I lived with my parents every Christmas morning we would be in our pajamas opening presents. Mom usually had a special Christmas breakfast that she cooked, too.

    7. I’m a chronic_________.
    ~worrier. Yoga has been helping this, though. That and slowing down and thinking things through.

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”?
    ~When people tailgate me when I’m doing the speed limit (especially in a residential area where cops sometimes like to hide, too), or a little over the speed limit.
    ~While we’re on the topic of driving, when people talk on their cell phones, text, or are otherwise distracted while driving. Pull over or else see ya in the ER or Shock Trauma….that’s all I gotta say.
    ~I also hate when people kick the back of my chair in a movie theatre or elsewhere.
    ~When people are rude in general.

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year?
    ~Got my Bachelor’s in psych/bio with an emphasis on trauma and forensics. A long time coming :)

    10. Weekly goals:
    ~Try to keep the house clean.
    ~Finish Christmas shopping.
    ~Do some solid workouts, keep working on Crane pose in yoga.

  13. Chelsea says:

    1. Mood: Apathetic. Two finals due today, one due tomorrow. I don’t need to even do well on them to get A’s in my classes.

    2. What are you passionate about? Beauty, Fashion, Bunnies, Advertising and Marketing Strategy, Linear Regressions

    3. Do you have a favorite museum? I’ve never been to the Musee D’Orsay, despite having been to Paris 3 times… Maybe next summer! I love the Louvre and the Cluny Museum too though, also in Paris…

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? Perfume (hoping for J’Adore or maybe some Chanel)! Also, my fiance bought me my first smartphone a few days ago!

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? Nope! I live in a one bedroom apartment, we don’t even have a dining table or dining room.

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? Laying under the tree with my brother and telling each other what we were getting, haha. Also, finding an awesome teddy bear sticking out of my stocking on Christmas morning when I was 6.

    7. I’m a chronic_________. product junkie! It’s terrible, I’m always wanting to try new skincare, and I really shouldn’t because my skin reacts badly to the vast majority of products. I’m also always wanting to try new mascaras. I like my Le Volume de Chanel, but I have a sample of YSL Effet Faux Cils Shocking from Sephora I’m itching to open, and there’s others I want to try too.

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? When professors don’t email me back!

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? I presented my first publication at a conference! Also won the Detroit AdCraft Club Scholarship (they gave out three, mine was the biggest, mwahaha) to sponsor that trip!

    10. Weekly goals: GET THROUGH FINALS and then clean up the mess that is my apartment. Also, I have not started Christmas shopping.

  14. 1. Mood: Good. I love the holidays!

    2. What are you passionate about? Reading. I can’t even tell you how much money I spend on books each year. Also puppies. I’m the person who shouts at hubby to “Stop!!!” if I see a loose dog and I’ll get out to try to save it.

    3. Do you have a favorite museum? The British Museum and National Gallery are amazing.

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? New kitchen countertops and new carpet in the basement.

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? Yes but they are usually pretty casual with friends. Noting too fancy or gourmet.

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? My parents surprised my sister and I one year with an actual pony (well a horse but pony sounds more fun). We went to the stable where we used to ride to give ally he horses treats on Christmas Eve and got to the last stall and there was a sign saying “Merry Christmas Leah and Diana” and our favorite lesson horse Eagle was inside with a big red bow on her neck. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

    7. I’m a chronic_________. Laundry avoider. I hate it. We have a laundry shoot down to the basement so it makes ignoring it a lot easier.

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? Loading the groceries into my car only to realize I forgot something and have to go back in again. “Arrrggghhh”

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? Something that I can’t announce for a couple more weeks but am really excited about :)

    10. Weekly goals: Get all my Christmas gifts mailed, do the laundry I’m avoiding and be healthy!
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  15. Linnea says:

    1. Mood: Good. A bit down for unknown reasons, but I know I can make it through!
    2. What are you passionate about? Animal and human rights, nail polish and shoes (more specifically booties).
    3. Do you have a favorite museum? I really loved Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, but I’m really not sure if it would be my favourite.. I feel like there’s a few more to see before I can declare it :)
    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? Not sure. I really wanted a watch, but budget constraints indicate that it might not happen. A popcorn popper will probably the thing I actually get that will top the list.
    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? I wish! I still feel like my house is not quite classy for dinner parties (read “furniture”).
    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? All of them? I love Christmas. One of my top memories in the past few years is my Mom getting a gift from my dad that I thought of and actually went out and bought (tickets to see literally her favourite band). They were super expensive, but when the present is SO good that the person doesn’t even know what to say and doesn’t realize it at first.. pretty good moment.
    7. I’m a chronic_________. Over-Packer, resolution-maker (and not keeper), and excuse giver. Working on all of them!
    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? Drivers, especially in my hometown, little girls dressing inappropriately, women in general not valuing themselves and their abilities enough. Politicians and Politics.
    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? Bought and moved into my house! That was a pretty big deal.
    10. Weekly goals: Relax, don’t get sick, get presents wrapped and leave work with nothing on my mind.

  16. gio says:

    1. Mood:
    ok

    2. What are you passionate about?
    Books, makeup, perfume and blogging.

    3. Do you have a favorite museum?
    Nope.

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year?
    A new camera.

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties?
    I haven’t yet. I’m not a very good cook.

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories?
    Finding a beautiful Barbie doll house under the Christmas tree when I was about 7.

    7. I’m a chronic_________.
    procrastinator.

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”?
    Way too many things lol.

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year?
    I made through this year!

    10. Weekly goals:
    Finish Christmas shopping and wrap gifts.
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  17. Ru says:

    1. Mood:

    Pondering. Trying to figure stuff out with the week forthcoming and life in general.

    2. What are you passionate about?

    Cooking, writing, makeup, sleep!

    3. Do you have a favorite museum?

    No

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year?

    Something food related I guess like an immersion blender.

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties?

    Not quite, but we have fam and friends over and there will be food… they aren’t formal.

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories?
    None, I don’t celebrate xmas!

    7. I’m a chronic FOODIE I guess! I’m just always obsessed with food.

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”?

    My annoying coworkers.

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year?

    Became a team leader/supervisor at work. Yaye to middle management!

    10. Weekly goals: Menu plan for family visit. Complete errands before family arrives!

  18. Katie says:

    1. Mood: Chill. Almost too chill! I’ve got a final tomorrow that I should start studying for…right now.

    2. What are you passionate about? Books. Writing. Learning. Family and friends. Well-made clothing. :)

    3. Do you have a favorite museum? Actually, one of my favorite places in the world is a museum – the Metropolitan Museum in NY. It’s ginormous, spanning centuries of art. I would love to visit it again.

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? I’m always looking to add to my wardrobe (sartorial AND nail polish), but nothing specifically “lust-worthy” this year.

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? I don’t have the place to do it because I live in a dorm.

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? My family doesn’t throw festive Christmas dinners anymore, so I really cherish those years when we did. When I was younger, the house would be completely decked out, particularly the dining room, which would look extravagant. All my aunts, uncles, and little cousins would have so much fun opening presents and enjoying great food. We don’t do it anymore because my mom’s getting older (and less inspired) to decorate/celebrate while I’m away.

    7. I’m a chronic_________. Procrastinator. Neat Freak.

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? When I’m having a bad brows or hair day. When the girls’ bathroom is looking particularly nasty, but I guess that’s more of an “eww,” too.

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? Nothing grand, but I finally created a professional resume this year! It’s a complete improvement from my high school “resume.” This may sound cheesy: looking at my resume makes me a bit more confident about my skills, which is the attitude I want when I apply or interview for jobs/internships.

    10. Weekly goals: After finishing my last final tomorrow, I plan to drive back to the Bay Area and do NOTHING!

  19. 1. Mood: Playing with my new camera, so REALLY happy!
    2. What are you passionate about? animals, blogging, beauty products :P
    3. Do you have a favorite museum? to be honest, I haven’t been to many–just the ones in my area. But I’d love to start going!
    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? I already got a camera, so I’ll go with lighting equipment. As far as beauty: Burberry palettes and Chanel’s Spring 2013 highlighter
    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? not at the moment but I definitely plan to!
    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? When I was young, my sister and I asked for a hamster for Christmas. When it was time to open presents, my dad ever-so-gently handed us a box with a lid over top. When we removed the lid, there was a hole at the bottom that had obviously been chewed by a small rodent. We had to search for the hamster for the next 20 minutes :P
    7. I’m a chronic_________. procrastinator. And forgetter-of-important-dates. and I’m ALWAYS late :/
    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? bad drivers, traffic, poor customer service, when people mess up my food order (I wouldn’t mind it so much if it were only once in a while, but this happens to me ALL. THE. TIME!)
    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? my blog! :D
    10. Weekly goals: get used to the new camera, finish Christmas shopping, do some research on studio lighting equipment
    Becca @ The Beauty Sample recently posted … The Lust List #3: Christmas Edition

  20. EmmyJean says:

    1. Mood: Well rested and content! (Only took 14 hours of sleep hehe)

    2. What are you passionate about?
    environmental concerns, engineering, and makeup :)

    3. Do you have a favorite museum?
    Nope, I like variety so going to any which one is fine by me.

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year?
    Nothing really…I have too much stuff as it is!

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties?
    Rarely do I have time, but I would like to someday.

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories?
    When I decided to sew all of my presents one year – best gifts ever!

    7. I’m a chronic_________.
    Sleeper. During the winter I like to hibernate.

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”?
    When people leave the restroom without washing their hands.
    Or not covering one’s mouth when coughing or sneezing.
    I’m a tad OCD and could answer this question for days hehe.

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year?
    My first internship! And not self sabotaging.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Go to pilates.
    Finish wrapping gifts.
    Research for senior design project.
    EmmyJean recently posted … Inspired by RenRen: Smoky Copper Eyes

  21. Kate & Zena says:

    1. Mood:
    Tired. Still waiting for the caffeine to kick in!

    2. What are you passionate about?
    Dogs! What else did you think?

    3. Do you have a favorite museum?
    I really loved the all the museums in Denver (seriously, ALL OF THEM.) The Museum of Science and Industry and the Planetarium in Chicago is great too. The museum in Milwaukee is good. I love the Art Museum in Chicago; their Impressionism wing is beautiful (all of their Monets!)

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year?
    Anything from my wishlists on ModCloth, quite seriously. I wasn’t too picky. XD

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties?
    Um, no.

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories?
    Ripping open presents. Always my favorite.

    7. I’m a chronic_________.
    Procrastinator.

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”?
    Messes and rude people.

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year?
    Teaching Zena “touch.” OMG, THAT TOOK FOREVER.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Get Dad, Mom, Grandma, and Grandpa presents.
    Wrap presents.
    Bake cookies.

  22. Alice A. says:

    1. Mood: Tired and pensive. Woke up to a cold and rainy day, which I love, especially since Mondays are my Saturdays and I get to stay in and gaze at the Christmas tree.
    2. What are you passionate about? Social justice, accessible healthcare and education, animal welfare/rescue, (and more trivially)vintage clothing, shoes, vintage embroidery, make up (I loooove lipstick), finding the perfect pencil skirt, dogs with pushed in faces.
    3. Do you have a favorite museum? It depends on the kind of artwork I’m in the mood to see. I love the Islamic art collection at the Met, the Arican Folk Art Museum for portraiture, and the De Young’s small but amazing collection of hundreds of years old lace. The SFMOMA sometimes has great shows, I loved the Kiki Smith and Francesca Woodman exhibits.
    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? I would really love to get an Ipad, or an Anthropologie gift card.
    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? I have, but it’s been a while. I am seriously burned out on human beings right now, I have a job involving very intense and frequent interactions with people which leaves me wanting solitude in my free time.
    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? After many years of not celebrating Christmas, I have fully embraced the beauty and pleasure of having a decorated home and participating in festivities. It is truly lovely to have that back in my life, on my own terms.
    7. I’m a chronic_________. Worrier.
    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? Running/being late, my house being cold, rudeness, people with a warped sense of entitlement.
    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? Going back to school at the age of 36.
    10. Weekly goals: Save a bit of money, take my dog out for at least one long walk daily, prepare nutritious meals, eat less sugar, bread, and cheese, read for pleasure at least three times per week.

  23. TrippyPixie says:

    1. Mood: Relaxed, since I’m on break now. However, I spent all day baking with my grandparents. It was a TON of work — we made only made one type of Christmas cookie today, and it took 7 hours. I’m really tired now!

    2. What are you passionate about?: Old movies. Or history.

    3. Do you have a favorite museum?: I can’t think of one.

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year?: A black pair of TOMS ballet flats.

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties?: My family’s done them a few times, but they’re so much work.

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories?: Every year, my family makes bacon-wrapped cocktail hot dogs with brown sugar. Years ago on Christmas Eve (when we open our presents), when my sisters and I were little, we accidentally poked through the aluminum foil pan with the toothpicks that we put through the hot dogs. The grease dripped onto the ham on the rack below in the oven, and when we came home from Mass, the ham was burning! We had to go to a grocery store that night in order to buy a new ham.

    7. I’m a chronic_________.: Procrastinator. Complainer. Eater. Sleeper.

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”?: Bad grammar on Facebook. It’s downright cringe-inducing.

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year?: Getting a full-ride scholarship for college!

    10. Weekly goals: Relax! Get ready for the holidays.

  24. Rachael says:

    1. Mood: Tired. I had a busy week and weekend.

    2. What are you passionate about? Food. I really enjoy reading about food and cooking and eating good food.

    3. Do you have a favorite museum? If aquariums count as museums then yes, all of the ones I’ve been too

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? Brave on Blu-Ray. My family is descended from one of the four clans mentioned!

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? I would if my friends had a more discernible palette and enjoyed fancier wines

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? Grandma having too much to drink and deciding that she would play Christmas carols on the piano. It’s bad but fun.

    7. I’m a chronic hair toucher. I love my curls.

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? When I get stuck at every single red lights when I am already running late.

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? Getting married to my best friend.

    10. Weekly goals: Harry Potter Marathon

  25. jess says:

    1. Mood: Great!
    2. What are you passionate about? helping people with mental health issue, animals and makeup!
    3. Do you have a favorite museum? no i don’t go to too many
    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? HBO girls dvd and some new clothes!
    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? yes but they aren’t formal. usually my parents, or his family. good food but casual. no fancy linens or decorations.
    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? going sledding with my cousins
    7. I’m a chronic_________. procrastinator, nail biter.
    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? when I have to repeat myself over and over. When people are really self absorbed. When people push by you in public and don’t apologize. When silverwear clangs together. When my favorite TV show recorded something else instead.
    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? Losing the honeymoon/newlywed 15 I had gained! Getting all A’s in grad school.
    10. Weekly goals: buy presents, exercise and relax!

  26. Melissa says:

    1. Mood: Happy! My brother and his new girlfriend came up for the holiday from Florida. It’s nice to see them.

    2. What are you passionate about?: Science!

    3. Do you have a favorite museum?: Museum of Natural History

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year?: I don’t really have a wishlist this year, but a new pair of glasses would be nice.

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties?: Never a formal one.

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories?: Sneaking out of my room in the middle of the night to look at the Christmas tree and the presents. It was IMPOSSIBLE to go back to sleep after that.

    7. I’m a chronic_________.: knitter.

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”?: People that walk to slowly on the sidewalk.

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year?: Passing my comprehensive exams!

    10. Weekly goals: Finish up my finals!

  27. Megan B. says:

    1. Mood: Exhausted!
    2. What are you passionate about? History, animals, love.
    3. Do you have a favorite museum? No.
    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? Stila In the Light Palette and a pair of boots.
    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? Nope.
    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? Every year my whole family is together.
    7. I’m a chronic_________. Self-pessimist. I am way too hard on myself.
    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? Jerks.
    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? I got a 3.85 GPA.
    10. Weekly goals: Finish my knitting and shopping for Friday!

  28. Suri says:

    1. Mood: Tired. I worked a 10 hour day today but it wasn’t that bad.
    2. What are you passionate about? Education, learning, reading, fairness, makeup, being happy.
    3. Do you have a favorite museum? American Museum of Natural History in NYC. I just love strolling around.
    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year? Pandora charms for my bracelet. Since I’m looking at a Pandora bag under the tree I think I’m covered :)
    5. Do you ever host dinner parties? No my apt is way too small but if I had the room I would totally do it.
    6. One of your favorite holiday memories? Our first Christmas together is our own place. It was just nice to have a space of our own to decorate and make it homey.
    7. I’m a chronic_________. Procrastinator. It doesn’t matter what it is I will always wait til the last minute.
    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”? Being late, people that can’t stop talking, stupid people.
    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year? Going back to grad school for educational leadership. I’ve been thinking about doing it for a while and procrastinated but I pushed myself because the time was right and it’s been a great experience.
    10. Weekly goals: Wrap presents, get a few more presents, make sure everything at work is ready for when we come back from holiday break.

  29. Natasha says:

    Le List

    1. Mood:
    excited. I’m in Tel Aviv for the first time and there is so much to see and do!

    2. What are you passionate about?
    henna and glitter body art, being in new places (not so thrilled with the process of getting to exotic places, but I love BEING there), skincare and makeup, the history of ordinary things — scientists just figured out that neolithic Polish artifacts are, in fact, cheese strainers, which pushes back the date of cheese-making by a few thousand years; that kind of stuff ignites my imagination, astronomy discoveries(kind of a given since my hubby is an astronomer and discovering new planets is what he does), cats, and lots more.

    3. Do you have a favorite museum?
    I adore the Met in NYC and try to visit every other year when we are with the in-laws –trading off with hubby’s fave museum, Natural History/Hayden Planetarium. In San Diego, my fave is the Mingei b/c it focuses on the art of the ordinary.

    4. What’s at the top of your gift wishlist this year?
    Not much. A trip to Israel is hard to top.

    5. Do you ever host dinner parties?
    No,

    6. One of your favorite holiday memories?
    When my elderly childhood cat, Tigger, jumped up on the table at Thanksgiving and tried to haul off a turkey 3 times her size without any teeth! SHe had spark! Loved that cat!

    7. I’m a chronic_________.
    Overpacker, procrastinator of things I don’t like doing.

    8. What makes you go “arrrggh”?
    Refilling a prescription online only to find out that the doctor didn’t authorize it whenI get to the pharmacy b/c they never called to tell me.

    9. What’s one of the best things you accomplished this year?
    I painted a picture and shared it with nearly 200 strangers in a postcard swap. I met a ton of cool artists and got some amazing cards, too.

    10. Weekly goals: see Jaffa, get henna, buy a hamsa, spend time at the beach, take more pix of Israeli cats.

  30. Alison says:

    I LOVE Burberry’s aesthetic. Its been one of my lifelong dreams to have one of their classic navy trench coats in my wardrobe, too. Perhaps we can save together!

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