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Dear Mother Nature, I love it when you make stuff look like a Monet painting. (This is Stafford Lake, which is just down the street from me.)

So…what is the Monday Poll?

Excellent question! It isn’t, contrary to its name, an actual poll, like with little clicky buttons. It’s just a list of five more or less random questions I’ve been posting on this blog every Monday morning for the past quadrillion years (since 2007). I love reading your answers, and it helps me get my week off to a good start.

1. Does pineapple belong on pizza?

Heck, sure, why not? Granted, it’s not my first choice for a pizza topping (give me a margherita pizza any day of the week), I’ll get down with a pineapple combo. Just as long as I don’t think too deeply about how it’s like putting ketchup on pineapple (which is what pineapple on pizza seems like to me), I’m cool.

2. Do you know any men who wear women’s perfume?

Haha! Yeah. My dad. He wore my mom’s Romeo Gigli perfume for years! I’ll sneak a spray of El Hub’s Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue for Men every once in a while, so I totally get it.

3. Black or brown eyeliner?

Brown, please.

4. How well would you do if you had to put makeup on someone else in the back of a moving car?

I might do alright if we were stuck in bumper-to-bumper Bay Area traffic (my peeps on 880, you know what I’m talking about), and the car was just craaaawling, but if that car was actually, ya know, moving…my subject/victim would end up looking like a demented horror movie clown.

5. [FILL IN THE BLANK] is good for your health.

Oh, sooooooo many things, like smiling, planning, shoes that don’t hurt your feet, and maintaining a positive inner voice.

First things first

I missed most of last night’s NBA Finals game between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors because I had three million loads of laundry to finish, but I did catch the last minute, which apparently was all I needed to see.

Accurate footage of me during the last few seconds:

I hope you got a chance to rest last weekend. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about downtime, and I keep forgetting that relaxing and doing nothing are just as important as checking tasks off your to-do list.

I felt like we needed some downtime, so last Saturday El Hub, Connor Claire and I drove down to Stafford Lake (they have free parking every first Saturday of the month!) for a few hours. While they fished, I sat on a nearby bench and read some of my book, The Dreamers, by Karen Thomson Walker.

It was a gloriously much-needed break.

If you didn’t get enough rest, I hope you can sneak some in this week. I know you know this already, but downtime is very good for you.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Question time! Here they are to copy/paste with your answers in a comment. Talk to you soon.

1. Does pineapple belong on pizza?
2. Do you know any men who wear women’s perfume?
3. Black or brown eyeliner?
4. How well would you do if you had to put makeup on someone else in the back of a moving car?
5. [FILL IN THE BLANK] is good for your health.

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