Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 262

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for March 11, 2013

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. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes?
    Like the look, hate the feel. They hoit!
  2. How often do you wear colorful clothing?
    Mmm…pretty often. Maybe every other day or so. I wear gray and black a lot ’cause they hide my feline overlord’s tabby fur better, but especially this time of year, I love dresses and tops in bright jewel tones and pretty pastel shades.
  3. Close your eyes and listen for a moment… What sounds do you hear?
    My fingers clacking on the keyboard, the hum of the fan in the computer, the birds singing outside and Tabs purring on my lap.
  4. If you could only choose one — powder, cream, gel or liquid blush — which would you choose?
    Powder, because I prefer how it blends.
  5. I’m currently on a quest to _______.
    Convince El Hub and Tabs that we need another cat. :D
  6. What’s your favorite poem?
    When You Are Old, by William Butler Yeats.
  7. Have you ever taught a class on something?
    When I was a teenager, I taught piano to some kids in my neighborhood.

    Ah, those poor children, LOL!

  8. If you were forced to evacuate your home in an emergency, what are five items you would grab?
    Assuming Tabs and El Hub were safe and out of the house, I’d grab 1) my black Rick Steve’s carry-on bag (it holds a TON of stuff), and fill it with 2) my tech essentials (my backup drive, phone and charger, laptop and camera), 3) a change of clothes, 4) the travel bag I always keep ready and stocked with toiletry essentials (makeup, toothbrush, meds, etc.) and 5) my passport.
  9. Something you’re looking forward to this week?
    Visiting the new NARS San Francisco boutique on Friday! Now I have a new place to play with makeup when I go to the city. :)
  10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle?
    Nope, but I’ve always wanted to. They look fun, and I have a pretty decent sense of balance, so I’m curious how I’d do.

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

Le List

1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes?
2. How often do you wear colorful clothing?
3. What sounds do you hear right now?
4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush?
5. I’m currently on a quest to _____.
6. What’s your favorite poem?
7. Have you ever taught a class on something?
8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab?
9. Something you’re looking forward to this week?
10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



Karen

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  1. Christine says:

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes?
    Love them on other people, but I’m careful about wearing them because my feet are big and usually it makes my feet look like clown feet.

    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing?
    Pretty often; I love wearing green, purple, red, and pink. Very glad I don’t work in retail anymore with the standard black-on-black dress clothes.

    3. What sounds do you hear right now?
    An interview with an acrobat on WGN’s midday news.

    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush?
    Powder, I feel like it blends and builds much more evenly on my super pale skin.

    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____.
    Get a darned job! And finish knitting a hat.

    6. What’s your favorite poem?
    The Hollow Men, T. S. Eliot

    7. Have you ever taught a class on something?
    Nope.

    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab?
    Also assuming the SO and the cat are out: Ilsa’s cat food, phone, laptop/charger, pants, wallet.

    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week?
    Buying paint for the new apartment! And countertop!

    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle?
    Nope. I’m pretty sure I’m too clumsy.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Christine,

      How long have you had your kitty, Ilsa? What’s she like?

      • Christine says:

        We got her from a rescue about a year and a half ago before she was a year old. She’s cross-eyed and completely adorable…and doesn’t know how to “cat” — she’s completely oblivious to how other cats act and react around her and just wants to be their BFF.
        How long have you had Tabs?

        • Karen says:

          I love cross-eyed kitties. They’re adorable!

          Tabs has ruled my life for about 6 years now. One day he showed up on my doorstep and never left. :)

  2. Megan B says:

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes? They look so cute, but are murder on my wide feet.
    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing? Not often, I’m definitely more a fan of neutrals.
    3. What sounds do you hear right now? The printer whirring.
    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush? I don’t wear blush, I wear powder highlighter though.
    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____. Get up the nerve to call a marshal to deliver my papers.
    6. What’s your favorite poem? I have no idea.
    7. Have you ever taught a class on something? Just a grad class that I was part of.
    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab? My two cats, my heirloom jewelry, my cell phone and charger, my computer.
    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week? GoT night with Nicki, Tudors night with Lyndsey, Knit Night on Friday, two St. Patrick’s Day parties. Quite a lot!
    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle? Nope.

  3. Lorraine says:

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes? I have some that are booties, but wear them rarely. they remind me of watching What Not to Wear. the hosts recommended them constantly.

    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing? 4-5 times.

    3. What sounds do you hear right now? my noisy
    -even-when-they are-turned-off electronics: drives me nuts(i think it is the DVR/cable box), traffic outside

    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush? powder, please. love brushes, hate mess and bother of the other options

    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____. clean my house before company arrives

    6. What’s your favorite poem? The Heavy Bear Who Goes with Me by Delmore Scwartz.

    7. Have you ever taught a class on something? No, but I used to give speeches for work.

    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab?
    a folder with important papers(birth certs,ss cards etc), laptop, my estee lauder nail polish collection, photo of my grandma, my daughter’s dance bag

    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week? seeing the sun

    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle? Nope but I have mad respect for those who have.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lorraine,

      How many polishes do you have in your EL collection, and what color’s your fave?

      • Lorraine says:

        about 22(my friend and I exchange favorite colors- so I don’t have an exact count right now). If I had to pick a favorite, it would be Surreal Violet.
        But I am loving every collection they’ve made since Tom P came on board. color so fashion forward and unique! not to mention they wear well and easy formula to work with. Now if they would only do something about those brushes- not the worst but I’ve used much better. and for $20 a bottle, we should have the best!

  4. 1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes? they are fine.
    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing? does red or crimson counts as colourful ;)
    3. What sounds do you hear right now?
    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush? cream all the way.
    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____. find time to go on a holiday in April /May.
    6. What’s your favorite poem? I don’t like poems.
    7. Have you ever taught a class on something? yes, English language and culture.
    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab? laptop, makeup, handbag (where I have pretty much everything) and maybe some clothes.
    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week? I am going shopping with a friend tmrw after work. Don’t really like shopping but this time I am excited as have some things on my list.
    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle? no.
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  5. Dominique says:

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes? I don’t like it very much

    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing? Quite often, especially bright red or blue colours

    3. What sounds do you hear right now? lol my PC !

    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush? Powder most of the time, but also cream and liquid from time to time

    5. I’m currently on a quest to a brand new car in fact_____.

    6. What’s your favorite poem? Baudelaire ” les Chats ”

    7. Have you ever taught a class on something? Yes German !

    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab? The Glinda and Theodora palettes, my Burberry lipstick in Military Red, one The Body Shop body butter, my cellular phone and a perfume, maybe ” Jour ” I think. In fact my chest of drawers that would be more simple :) anf course but she is not an item so I didn’t mention her, first of all my beloved cat !

    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week? To get my (old ) car again and go shopping ( shoes, makeup, )

    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle? No !

  6. Agata says:

    HI Karen, great poll questions. Now let’s see how many hours it will take me to fill it in, I am trying to do it in between calls and work has been insanely busy today…

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes?
    I love them, I think they look really elegant.

    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing?
    Almost every day. I try to wear colorful tops and accessories, I stick to neutral bottoms.

    3. What sounds do you hear right now?
    Silence. I am sure I will hear the phone ring in just a sec.

    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush?
    Powder. I have never used gel blush.

    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____.
    find a perfect peachy-coral blush with a little bit of shimmer. Any recommendations?

    6. What’s your favorite poem?
    John Donne’s “The Good-Morrow”. Do you know this one? It’s so beautiful!

    7. Have you ever taught a class on something?
    Yes, many times. In Poland I worked as an ESL teacher so I taught multiple classes every day and it was my dream job. I really miss teaching.

    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab?
    My cell phone, my stuffed Webkinz cat Matylda that I couldn’t live without (she looks almost like Marmalade), I’d try to shove as much make up into a bag as I could. I think that’s all.

    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week?
    Zumba class tonight and going out to lunch/shopping with a friend on Wed. ( I went to Target on Saturday and they have so much cute stuff…There is a handbag I really want…:))

    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle?
    I tried to but it’s way too difficult. Last year during an annual family hayride party the theme was Circus and my mother in law somehow got a unicycle for kids to play with. It was a lot of fun :)

  7. Ruchita says:

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes?
    I love all manner of pointy-toed shoes. I’ve found certain brands are more comfy than others.

    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing?
    Almost every day. I usually like one pop of color in my outfit.

    3. What sounds do you hear right now?
    People talking on conference calls, typing, cars on the highway.

    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush?
    Powder.

    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____.
    Find the perfect pair of summer sandals. I’ve got a coupon from DSW buring a hole in my pocket.

    6. What’s your favorite poem?
    Can’t think of one off the top of my head. I haven’t read poetry since high school.

    7. Have you ever taught a class on something?
    Nope. I’ve given advice on things, but nothing official.

    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab?
    Yikes, assuming all the humans and cats are safe I’d grab 1 – cell phone, 2 – change of clothes, including comfy shoes, 3 – iPad, 4 – water bottles (I love the Camelbak ones) 5 – Cat food.

    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week?
    Going to happy hour on Friday with friends.

    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle?
    Nope. I’m not even sure where I would find one to give it a test ride. :-)

    Happy Monday!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruchita,

      Have a glass of wine for me when you hit up happy hour with your friends on Friday!

      Oh, and if you find some cute summer sandals at DSW, please let me know. I’m on a quest to find some new shoes too.

  8. Trude says:

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes? Love them on other women, but for some reason never on myself.

    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing? At least one piece every day. I rarely wear all black or neutrals!

    3. What sounds do you hear right now? The hum of the space heater, faint sounds of traffic (our office is right off the 10 freeway outside of LA), me sniffling from my crazy allergies.

    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush? Powder. I never did master getting cream or liquid to sit right over my foundation!

    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____. Pay off all debt. It’s been a tough slog but so worth it!

    6. What’s your favorite poem? So many. Jewel’s “A Night Without Armor” from her book of poetry is wonderful.

    7. Have you ever taught a class on something? I used to substitute teach when I was thinking about doing my credentials, so I’ve taught a little bit of everything! I’ve also assisted in photography classes.

    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab? My dog, my EHD, jewelry box with heirloom pieces, old photo albums and my wallet. Everything else can be replaced.

    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week? A close friend is coming over for dinner and a healthy walk. We keep each other motivated and moving, and also catch up on each other’s lives. :)

    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle? Nope! I’ll leave that up to the professionals. ;)
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  9. Hannah says:

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes?
    No thank you! My feet are big enough without adding extra length.

    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing?
    Quite often. Jeans are pretty standard, but I love colorful tops, and when the weather gets nicer, sundresses are my favorite.

    3. What sounds do you hear right now?
    The clothes washer filling up, the dryer running, my cat yowling for attention, my nails clicking on the keyboard (a sign that I need to trim my talons!), the drip of snow melting off the roof, and the song Exodus by the Cinematic orchestra playing in my head.

    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush?
    I love the way powder blends into my skin, but cream is my favorite because I can use my fingers and it gives a lovely finish.

    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____.
    Finish some of my school projects that will be due soon, register for next fall, and come to terms with some big changes in my life that will be coming soon.

    6. What’s your favorite poem?
    Oh, that’s tough. An old favorite, probably the one that really started my loving poetry is The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, by T.S. Eliot.

    7. Have you ever taught a class on something?
    Not really a class, but I used to teach my little sister how to to play piano.

    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab?
    My family and both the cats. After that, I don’t know. Things, in the long run, don’t really matter. If I had enough time, I’d grab a change of clothes, toiletries, passport and wallet, a first aid kit, the things that would help in an emergency. But I’d probably also grab my writing journal.

    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week?
    Trying out a new yoga video I picked up from the library, and the sense of accomplishment I’ll have when I’ve finished some of these blasted school projects!

    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle?
    I can’t say I have, but I love riding a normal bike!

  10. Tania says:

    Karen,
    Girl you should have a YouTube channel. Complete with a Tabs cam. There’s this YouTube beauty guru named Rachel Whitehurst, she’s awesome and has a cat named Squeezy. Him and Tabs would be friends!

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes?
    They cool
    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing?
    I only wear one colorful piece at a time. No neon and no pastels ever.
    3. What sounds do you hear right now?
    Heater, traffic, the rumbly in my tumbly.
    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush?
    No blush I am much to hard rock for blush.
    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____.
    Find really good books to load onto my kindle fire.
    6. What’s your favorite poem?
    7. Have you ever taught a class on something?
    Schooled some ladies on how to utilize the ‘net. I think that they just liked hearing me talk.
    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab? Kindle fire, phone, chargers, money, and my stocked toilery bag.
    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week?
    St. Patty’s with my mom, it’s her b-day.
    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle?
    No I’m scared I’m uncoordinated. Plus my foot hurts as I stepped on a glass and failed to go to the E R in enough time.

  11. Dee (and Maitai) says:

    First off, when did NARS put a botique in San Francisco? Please, give all the details on your trip down there. I’m visiting back home next month, so that will be first on my list to check out.

    1. Only manageable after a few cocktails.
    2. Always try to incorporate bright colours into my wardrobe.
    3. Someone mowing way off in the distance.
    4. Powder.
    5. Unpack everything and organize our new apartment.
    6. This one I read in the fourth grade called “the punishment”. All it said was, ‘eating cauliflower for an hour’. It’s just stuck since, although I forgot who the author was.
    7. Oh no, teaching is not a strong point.
    8. This also assumes that everyone is safe, my phone, a change of clothes, a chunk of my designer shoe collection, comfortable shoes, a painting I have from my grandfather.
    9. The moment everything is put away, so we can have guests over.
    10. Nope, but it would be nice to try.

  12. Laura says:

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes? Don’t like them so much, a bit too harsh/strict looking.

    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing? ALL THE TIME from May to September. Then I wear colors on my lips and nails.

    3. What sounds do you hear right now? Rihanna “Stay”, I’m listening to it while writing.

    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush? Powder and cream, sometimes at the same time.

    5. I’m currently on a quest to get all the lip colors in the world.

    6. What’s your favorite poem? I don’t think I have one.

    7. Have you ever taught a class on something? I’m (almost) an english teacher. So yea that’s basically what I do everyday.

    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab? Laptop, wallet, jewels, lipsticks, family album photos.

    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week? A quiet weekend with my man, going to see Oz at the movie theater.

    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle? God no! I can’t even ride a regular cycle!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Laura,

      That’s awesome that you’re almost an English teacher. Are you currently getting your teaching credential?

      • Laura says:

        I have a master’s degree already. Now I have to pass the national “competitive exam” (there are no better way to say this in english) that will testify I’m a teacher. The process may be different in the US.

  13. Katherine G says:

    Le List

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes?
    ~I love them, if they are broken in they aren’t so bad. My round toe interview shoes are actually more painful to wear for a few hours. My dream pointy-toe stilettos are Louboutins, but they are way out of my price range.

    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing?
    ~Yellow is my fave color, so I wear that quite a bit. I love bright clothes, and I have a lot of neutrals, too, so they go well together.

    3. What sounds do you hear right now?
    ~A commercial on TV and me typing.

    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush?
    ~I love my Nars Orgasm blush in the cream Multiple and powder form. I swear by that blush – I tried one other (Rimmel Lasting Finish in Autumn Catwalk) and hubby likes this one the best.

    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____.
    ~Be fitter, faster, stronger and a better person overall.

    6. What’s your favorite poem?
    ~I used to love Edgar Allan Poe, anything, and Emily Dickinson.

    7. Have you ever taught a class on something?
    ~I’ve taught IV’s at work before (and wound care, and orthopedic care), taught children how to ride horses, and acted as a fitness coach based on what I know from time to time.

    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab?
    ~A huge bag to store a bunch of stuff (assuming my hubby is safely out the door, too), any electronics like my computer/phone/mp3, my teddy bear from when I was a baby, and any pics/memories around that I can’t replace.

    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week?
    ~My workouts, spending time with the hubby before he goes to work, joining a gun range nearby.

    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle?
    ~No, and I don’t think I’d be great at it – not great balance on my part! I’d try it though and give a good effort before calling it a day.

  14. Yogirl says:

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes? I like them when I don’t have to walk too much that day.
    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing? I wear mostly black, grey, navy clothes but with some colorful tops or scarves.
    3. What sounds do you hear right now? The radio, my parents in the next room and the wind at the blinds (I can’t hear the snow falling- again)
    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush? Powder
    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____. Convince my boss to let me go to Toronto to work there.
    6. What’s your favorite poem? I don’t have one
    7. Have you ever taught a class on something? Yes, yoga.
    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab? My LV bag, a small picture, passport and as many clothes and accessoires I can carry, and my laptop
    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week? Making plans to move to Toronto for a year or two.
    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle? No, I don’t like bycycles in general
    Have a wonderful week everyone :-)

  15. Julia Alkaseltzer says:

    Hi Karen!

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes?
    Never worn them, but I look at them and think, “Ooh, pretty! ..But the pain we must endure to wear them..”
    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing?
    Love colorful clothing! They makes me feel bright and happy.
    3. What sounds do you hear right now?
    The leafblower outside my apartment. I get annoyed already when I’m fully awake–imagine being woken up by that sound.
    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush?
    Powder! The others are always fun to try out, but powder is of course a first love.
    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____.
    –help my sister find a job. I’m helping her in every way that I can.
    6. What’s your favorite poem?

    Promise yourself to be strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
    To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
    To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
    To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
    To think only the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.
    To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
    To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
    To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
    To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
    To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
    -Christian D. Larson

    7. Have you ever taught a class on something?
    The closest thing to teaching was being the clarinet section leader in the high scool marching band.
    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab?
    1) purse
    2) Laptop
    3) bottled water
    4) toiletries bag
    5) 1st aid kit
    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week?
    Thursday evening after work (Friday’s my day off) and I’m hoping some of my coworkers want to hang out for happy hour somewhere.
    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle?
    No, but I salute anyone I’ve seen riding one. Those things are intimidating!

  16. Poll day, hurrayz!

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes? Not for me! My feat are already the size of a cruise ship. The last thing I need is for them to look even bigger. And pointy.

    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing? Often enough :-)

    3. What sounds do you hear right now? My boyfriend clicking with his mouse in the next room. And some weird noises in the hall.

    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush? Cream!

    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____. Find us a great place to live.

    6. What’s your favorite poem? Don’t have one.

    7. Have you ever taught a class on something? Yes, I’ve hosted several make-up workshops, and I taught French for a couple of months in secondary school.

    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab? My hand bag, lap top, and as much clothes and make-up as I could grab! God Karen, don’t put these awful thoughts in my head, jeez! ;-)

    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week? Hopefully receiving some good news tomorrow or Wednesday!

    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle? Nope. And that is probably for the best.
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  17. Lydia says:

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes? They hoit me too.
    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing? Not often.
    3. What sounds do you hear right now? The Kardashians.
    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush? Cream
    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____. Find a new job!
    6. What’s your favorite poem? One that one of my clients wrote me.
    7. Have you ever taught a class on something? Nope!
    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab? My cat, my phone, my laotop, a folder with all my important documents, and dry shampoo.
    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week? The weekend!
    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle? No.

  18. Natasha says:

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes?
    Hate them. They’re ugly and they hurt my feet, which makes them even more ugly…feet aren’t shaped with pointy toes!

    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing?
    Most every day.

    3. What sounds do you hear right now?
    Top 40 on the office radio, the office freezer humming, my boss calling in his liquor order, and the florist’s delivery truck for the folks next door.

    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush?
    Powder. I’ve tried to like creams, but I always go back to powders.

    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____.
    Finish my taxes…. so many receipts to organize… I know, I should do this throughout the year, but I don’t so taxtime is always crazy…

    6. What’s your favorite poem?
    Not really up on poetry… the only one that comes to is Tiger, Tiger from William Blake…

    7. Have you ever taught a class on something?
    Lots of classes! I’ve taught Chinese Cuisine, ESL, Mad Science, children’s chess as well as classes on henna art. Love teaching!

    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab?
    Assuming hubby and the cats are out in the car waiting for me, I’d grab the backup hard-drive, my purse (which has wallet and phone and make-up essentials), my iPad, wedding album, my bag of charging cords.

    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week?
    Seeing the podiatrist so I can finally learn what’s causing my heel pain — and hopefully get a plan to stop it.

    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle?
    No. But I know 2 people who have…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Natasha,

      Sorry to hear about your heel pain. I went through a spell after doing a half-marathon a few years ago and it was rough (turned out it was plantar fasciitis). Anyway, I hope you get better soon!

  19. GUSnail says:

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes? I don’t mind if they’re not the super long pointy shoes. That being said, I rarely wear anything too fancy on my feet.

    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing? Not too often, although I try to include a bright shirt now and then. Mostly different shades of blue and pinky purples.

    3. What sounds do you hear right now? My officemates on a conference call, the humming of the HVAC.

    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush? Cream-so versatile

    5. I’m currently on a quest to find a great place to thread my eyebrows. I’m on a retinol cream, so I can’t wax them anymore.

    6. What’s your favorite poem? Not sure I have one? Although I’m a big fan of Psalms 23-that’s a poem.

    7. Have you ever taught a class on something? Not a class per se, but I’ve tutored people in Spanish and Math in the past.

    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab? Hmm-assuming the family is safe, I’d just grab my purse, phone, Passports and a bit of cash we have stashed.

    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week? Going out to dinner on Sunday :)

    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle? No, I doubt I have the balance for it.

  20. Let says:

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes? Not really a fan of how they look. Also, they hurt.
    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing? Pretty often, but usually cardigans or skirts though. I prefer my t-shirts to be white or grey haha.
    3. What sounds do you hear right now? Slight wind and some random birds I guess…
    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush? Either powder or cream.
    5. I’m currently on a quest to _survive the week_.
    6. What’s your favorite poem? Not really a fan of poems.. I usually get self-conscious reading poems..
    7. Have you ever taught a class on something? No.
    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab? Phone, wallet, passport, jacket/scarf, a folder of important documents.
    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week? Sunday. My mom is going to visit me :-).
    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle? No.

  21. Stephanie Smith says:

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes? They look great on other people!
    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing? Every day! I love color!
    3. What sounds do you hear right now? My kid smooching on my cat, and “The Bible” on tv.
    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush? Cream and stain.
    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____. Learn how to cook paleo food, and drink my coffee without cream and sugar.
    6. What’s your favorite poem? “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, and “Having a Coke With You” by Frank O’Hara.
    7. Have you ever taught a class on something? My Mom is a teacher, and I’ve gone in and taught her class how to make figures out of origami.
    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab? If my husband, children, and pets were safe, then I would grab my unicorn I’ve slept with since I was 8, my photo albums, the back up hard drive that has all our family photos on it, my iPhone, and a good pair of shoes to wear. (If the family wasn’t safe, then the husband, the kids, the cat, the hermit crabs, and the corn snakes.)
    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week? This is the last week of school before the kids have Spring Break, and when they go back, they’ll be at their new campus, so I’m looking forward to that! We’re also going to Disneyland for the kids’ first time, and my first time in 20 years!, next week.
    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle? Yes! My Grandma got my Grandpa one for Christmas when I was 9 or 10. All of us kids took turns trying to ride it. It wasn’t pretty.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      What’s your stuffed unicorn’s name? The bunny that I sleep with (I’ve had her for 20 or so odd years) is named Charmin.

      Have fun at Disneyland!

  22. 1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes? Love the look, but don’t love the super thin, long pointed ones. Those look like elf shoes, in my opinion :P
    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing? Not too often. My closet is more filled with casual basics in shades of white, black, grey, etc. so I can mix and match easily. I do have some bright shirts though that I bust out during the spring/summer
    3. What sounds do you hear right now? My computer humming, the wind blowing through the window, a car driving by, the neighbors dog barking (as usual)
    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush? Powder
    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____. Improve myself and my life in every aspect
    6. What’s your favorite poem? There are just so many I don’t know if I’d exactly say I had just one favorite. But I think one that has me dreaming of spring is Daffodils by William Wordsworth
    7. Have you ever taught a class on something? Nope
    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab? My dog, my camera, my purse (that contains my Nook, phone, wallet with ID, etc.), and a duffel bag filled with all my favorite skincare items and clothes
    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week? Going to the Giorgio Armani counter and FINALLY getting my hands on the Maestro foundation and the new ETK Quad Shimmer in Mirage
    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle? No. Maybe this summer I’ll try!
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  23. Suri says:

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes? Just like you Karen I love the look but those suckas hurt!
    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing? At least 4xs a week. I like to wear a colorful shirt, shoes, or accessories.
    3. What sounds do you hear right now? The TV
    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush? I use powder because I have oily skin.
    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____. Clean and organize my place.
    6. What’s your favorite poem? Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou. All about the girl power!
    7. Have you ever taught a class on something? Yes. My job is a special education teacher from grades 1-5 so I have taught reading, writing, phonics, math, science, and social studies for the last 7 years. Now I work with teachers and teach them stuff!
    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab? wallet, phone, car keys, shoes, and jacket. So not beauty related but they’re essential!
    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week? Working out more. I know it’s time to step it up so I’m carving out some time to do it.
    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle? No I can’t even ride a regular bike ::shame::

  24. Rosie says:

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes? meh. My pinky toe on my right foot is oddly shaped.
    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing? not very often but today I wore a mint colored sweater and received lots of compliments on it. i might be more adventurous in the future
    3. What sounds do you hear right now? my son singing Roxanne, while playing PS3
    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush? none. I have rosacea so my cheeks are pink anyway.
    5. I’m currently on a quest to CLEAN MY ROOM. YES I AM 46 AND MY ROOM IS ALWAYS THE LAST TO BE CLEANED. my hub’s side is tidy.
    6. What’s your favorite poem?
    “The trouble with a kitten is that
    Eventually it becomes a cat.” My husband is allergic :( and I had to tell my daughter that poem over and over. She is 20 now with her own place, and her own cat.
    7. Have you ever taught a class on something? I used to teach Spanish to 6,7 and 8th graders at a Catholic School. NO comment.
    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab?
    DOG. Son. Husband. Purse. Cellphone.
    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week? chiropractor appt tomorrow. my lower back hurts.
    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle? once when i was young. At least I tried to. I fell over.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rosie,

      Your answers made me LOL! Too funny.

      Also, I came this close to buying a mint sweater last weekend. It’s a very in color this season, apparently. What does yours look like?

  25. Melissa says:

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes?: Super business-y to me.

    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing?: Rarely, I’m more into neutral/dark clothing with contrasting accessories.

    3. What sounds do you hear right now?: The radio on in the background.

    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush?: I like cream the best, those sticks by Tarte are great!

    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____.: Get a place of my own!

    6. What’s your favorite poem?: Jesenje veče by Antun Gustav Matos

    7. Have you ever taught a class on something?: Yes! I was a graduate TA for audiology and aural rehab, and I’m a certified teacher of students with speech and language disabilities, preK to 12th grade.

    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab?: My fat Russian blue, a box that I keep special things in (some of my grandmother’s jewelry, sentimental letters/photos), my diplomas, purse, and my music

    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week?: Friday!

    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle?: No, but I’m sure it’d be fun to try!

  26. Lisa says:

    I love that poem! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Diana says:

    e List

    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes?
    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing? Quite often. I love bright colors. They work well with my skintone NC40
    3. What sounds do you hear right now? An airplane flying overhead…wish I were on it :-)
    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush? Cream blush. After a LONG love affair with powder (Nars Deep Throat, Dollymix, MAC Warm Soul)I find it gives the most natural flush and makes my skin look amazing.
    5. I’m currently on a quest to _____. Lose some weight. Four kids will ruin you, I tell ya.
    6. What’s your favorite poem? Probably Footprints by Anonymous. Every time I think of an event that was so traumatic I thought I’d never get through, I think of this poem and how true it is.
    7. Have you ever taught a class on something? I am a teacher. I teach kids everyday.
    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab? Aside from my kids/hubby, I would grab my huge rubbermaid full of my kids scrapbooks, my makeup bag (vain I know), my favorite pair of jeans, my purse (everything important is already in that)
    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week? FRIDAY!
    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle? No. No desire to…ever.

  28. Ra says:

    A bit late to the party but here I go:
    1. How do you feel about pointy-toed shoes?
    I don’t like the look normally. Rounded ones are my favourite.
    2. How often do you wear colorful clothing?
    Not very often. But in Spring I like peachy, apricoty hues :-)
    3. What sounds do you hear right now?
    The noise of my laptop.
    4. Powder, cream, gel or liquid blush?
    Powder. I realised cream/ liquid ones look a bit too ‘teenage glow’ on me. Too natural :-)
    5. I’m currently on a quest to clean the house!
    6. What’s your favorite poem? ‘Shall I compare thee to a summers day…’
    7. Have you ever taught a class on something? No.
    8. You’re forced to evacuate! What are five items you would grab?
    My hubs :-), jacket, socks, underwear, toothbrush.
    9. Something you’re looking forward to this week?
    Saturday!
    10. Have you ever ridden a unicycle?
    No but I admire those who can!

  29. Rosie says:

    Hi Karen! I’M very late with a response, sorry!! So glad it is Friday. My mint sweater is very thin cotton. clingy, but not tight. it has a keyhole neckline. it is about 8 years old but it always looks good. very flattering. the funny thing about it is that there are 2 very small flowers on the right side about 2 inches above the hem. they are sewn on and they look like they’re suede but they can’t be, because I wash it in the machine. when i wear it to work, people think there is something on my sweater, until they realize that they are supposed to be there. It always generates the same response, “Oh Rosie, there is.. oh are those flowers?” That happened about 10 times on Monday. Finally, my friend says, “do you want me to just cut those off?” I said, NO! I love my tiny flowers!”

    This was probably more than you wanted to know about my sweater. Love to read your columns! Let me know if you have any hand me downs.
    PS. Just painted my nails shamrock glitter green. I married an Irishman. Happy St. Patty’s day to you & Tabs

    • Karen says:

      Sounds pretty, Rosie! And I hope those flowers never get cut off or fall off your mint green sweater. :) I’m still pining over the one I saw last week at the mall. I may have to go and “visit” it this weekend.

      Your mani sounds fun and festive. Are you guys celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at your house? We’ll probably grab a beer and I might make El Hub some cornedbeef and cabbage.

      Happy weekend!

  30. Rosie says:

    We’re heading to a local Irish pub to have some bangers and mash and a pint o’ Guinness. I’m not much of a drinker (he’s Irish, not me ;) Happy Weekend!

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