Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 603

The adventures of a girl and her horse!

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. What’s your favorite genre to read?

    Hmm… Well, apparently, based on the last few books I’ve read (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Lilac Girls and Lost Roses), these days it’s historical fiction.

    But I’m also a sucker for cookbooks.

    2. What time did you go to sleep last night?

    A little after 10 p.m. Hawaii time. Connor usually goes to bed between 8-9, but we’re staying in Waikiki for the next few days, and the hustle and bustle down here is LOUD.

    Back when I was a city girl and lived on one of the noisiest streets in San Francisco (Geary), I could sleep right through the car horns, sirens and boisterous sidewalk conversations about people meeting up with friends, but not so much anymore. Now I’m like, “WHY DON’T Y’ALL JUST MEET AT THE STARBUCKS!?”

    3. Choose an eyeshadow: matte blue or metallic green?

    Matte Blue! Navy, specifically. And I’d apply it with a wet angled brush as a liner.

    4. Something you accomplished recently?

    I rode a horse for the first time, and woo-hoo — I didn’t fall off! 🐴

    5. Who’s the best dressed person in your family?

    LOL. It’s gotta be the baby, hands down. She’s got the most colorful collection of tutus, and she isn’t afraid of bold prints.

My (not so little) pony, Napoleon

I crossed one of the items off my bucket list this trip. I finally rode a horse!

It happened at Kualoa Ranch, which is a huge ranch at the base of the Ko’olau mountains on Oahu.

You know the Jurassic Park movies? Many of the jungle scenes from the various movies were filmed there. 🦖

They have a whole bunch of things to do at the ranch, like zip lines, ATV tours and horseback rides. I was really surprised and impressed by the whole place.

Luckily, I was paired with the most gentle horse, a blonde boy named Napoleon, who, I was told when we finished the ride, is the horse they give to the elderly and children…

LOL! He was a great listener and super sweet, and I may or may not have teared up a little when I had to leave him at the end of the ride.

The most surprising things to me about riding a horse?

  1. How high off the ground it felt! Holy crap, the ground seemed really far away.
  2. Also, the amount of core muscles involved. By the end of the ride, I felt like I had worked out for 60 minutes.
  3. Lastly, how unpredictable animals are. I don’t know why, but I was surprised when Napoleon would do his own horse thing, like veer off to a patch of yummy-looking grass (which happened only once… He was a good listener, but apparently this grass was too delicious to resist).

It was one of the funnest things I’ve done in ages, and it made me wish I had a horse buddy to hang out with on the regular.

Have a wonderful rest of your day and a great week. Talk to you soon.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Here are the questions to copy/paste with your answers in a comment. Talk to ya soon.

1. What’s your favorite genre to read?
2. What time did you go to sleep last night?
3. Choose an eyeshadow: matte blue or metallic green?
4. Something you accomplished recently?
5. Who’s the best dressed person in your family?

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