Smile, it’s Monday and Connor and I are your biggest fans!

So…what is the Monday Poll?

Well, it isn’t exactly a poll. It’s more of a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past 10 (!) years. (It’s like a kickstart for your brain.) I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

1. Is there any takeout place or coffee shop where folks usually/frequently mess up your name?

It’s Karen, spelled the conventional way, but I’ll be darned if I don’t get some very creative takes on my name at Starbucks.

I picked up a drink once that said “Cairn” on the side of the cup…like the terrier. LOL! another time somebody wrote “Carrot,” and I gotta hand it to them for that one. but do I look like somebody named after that vegetable??


2. Something you need to do today?

Just one of many things I need to do today, because the baby caught her first cold and it’s been…an adventure, but I need to wash the bedding in the guest room because We had company over, and I always like to keep fresh sheets in there, just in case somebody stops by unexpectedly and needs to stay the night.

Not that that ever happens… Last weekend was my in-laws, and we knew they were visiting ahead of time, but I still like to have that room ready just in case somebody ever does stop by completely out of the blue.

Weird, I know.


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3. You’re out running errands one morning when you realize — OH, NO! — that you must have lost or forgotten your phone at home. What do you do?

If Connor were with me, I’d probably wouldn’t worry about it because, you know, if I really needed to get hold of someone, I’d find a way — ask someone to borrow their phone, find a payphone (do they still have those??) — but if Connor wasn’t with me, I’d probably jet back home to check, and if I still couldn’t find it, I’d use Apple’s find my Phone and remotely wipe it if I saw it moving around on that little map.

4. Where are you right now?

In my office, which overlooks our little neighborhood circle, looking out my windows from my desk and waiting for Connor Claire and the sun to rise.

5. finish the following sentence: I believe…

I believe that no matter what happens, you have to get back up, get back in there and try again. If you fall 99 times, you get back up and go for #100.

Happy Monday, amiga! I don’t know what it’s like out there, but we’re definitely starting to feel the effects of fall here, which means it’s almost full-time stretchy pants time, woot!

It’s getting chilly at night, and the oak trees all over our place are dropping leaves like crazy! It still warms up to about 80 in the daytime, but it’s weird. We’re on that summer-fall cusp.

About the stretchy pants, though, it’s not like stretchy pants ever go out of style (because every day can be a stretchy pants day), and I currently have my eye on a new pair of cuties with faux leather on the sides by Senita.

Speaking of stretchy pants, may each day this week be as good to you as your favorite pair of stretchy pants.


Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. I love that picture at the top, but that was taken on Friday before Connor’s nose started running. She’s in full-on cold mode now and none too pleased about it. If you know of any good toddler cold remedies or tips, please share. There’s a very unhappy baby over here.