Top Five :: Things That Have Been Keeping Me Away

by Samantha ~ December 6th, 2012. Filed under: top five.

I am embarrassingly far behind with everything on 523! And, on my to-do lists, and on Haute Macabre, and on my photography. I’ve been having one of those stretches where time just seems to get away from you, and none of your usual hobbies really get pushed to the front. What have I been up to?


We went to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving, and stayed for a few days after. It was great, full of friends and family and food. I sadly didn’t get to see everyone I had hoped to, but there’s always next time. I’ve got a massive pile of photos and scraps to sort through to post a recap here!

2. PALEO! 

After eating our way across LA, Ryan & I decided to get back on the Paleo routine. We’re giving ourselves one Cheat Day a week, and our first was yesterday. I feel gross today, and am looking forward to getting back into a week of juices, smoothies, and protein packed meals. My diet now is mainly Green Monster Juice, Pineapple, Orange & Mango smoothies, and bowls of spinach, lentils, chicken, & strawberries. I wrote about this diet a bit more extensively earlier this year, so I’ll save you the details for now.


There are so many books waiting for me to list them on Stacked right now that it’s ridiculous. I’ve read some really awesome stuff, and some not so awesome stuff that I couldn’t get past the first few chapters (don’t waste your time with The Last Werewolf That Learned to Write a Novel From a 16 Year Old Gawth or The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland Without Ever Trying To Shorten A Sentence Or Pretend Like She Wasn’t Rewriting Alice’s Adventures in Narnia). My favorites of the last few months have been John Dies At The End, Down and Out in Paris and London, and Gone Girl.


Ok, so not really, seriously time traveling, but I’ve still been watching a lot of Doctor Who. I finally accepted the fact that David Tennant is gone, and that it isn’t really the biggest deal ever, since he was the tenth doctor, and I’m sure the forty years of Doctors prior to him meant lots and lots to other people, and I should just get over it and watch some new episodes. So, I did, and I’m enjoying them quite a bit. I’m still not that far in to Matt Smith’s (only about halfway through his first season), and I’m not loving Amy Pond as the companion. She’s a little too Look How Bold and Snarky I Am for me.

I am super excited to see Neil Gaiman’s episode, and I have had a few laugh out loud moments, so, Mister Smith, you might be growing on me, just a tiny bit.

And, as a side note, I have already bought myself three of the eight items I posted earlier.

5. Work, and Other General Things That Are Unexciting

Yeah… this one is super dull, but it’s a truth fact. Sometimes, things are just dull, and you’re running around doing errands and going to work and doing Normal Stuff. I don’t ever talk about my day job here (well … I work nights, but let’s not get technical), because I like keeping it as What I Do For Money and not How I Define Myself. I will say that I do work service industry, as you know, and sometimes it’s just exhausting, and when you’re not there you don’t really want to do much else. The past few weeks have been like that, and it’s caused me to neglect updating here, which I enjoy doing immensely, and neglect other parts of my creative brains. Maybe that means that I need to set a New Year’s Resolution to devote more time to my outlets, and less time to BBC sci-fi shows.


So, there you have Five Excuses For Why I Haven’t Been Updating. Pretty lame, right?


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5 Responses to Top Five :: Things That Have Been Keeping Me Away

  1. Rebecca

    If it makes you feel any better, I’ve seen ALL of the Matt Smith episodes to date and still miss David Tennant. And this is in the context of having been a die-hard Tom Baker fan for decades…David BLEW HIM AWAY and Matt is just a pale shadow of the time lord I love.

  2. Samantha

    Rebecca, I’m not sure if that makes me feel better or worse! Not likely I’ll stop watching, though!

  3. Mike

    For no particular reason, I’ve never felt the urge to go anywhere near Los Angeles. Maybe because entertainment and media make it seem like such a vapid wasteland of excess. I’m glad I no longer work in the service industry as it intensified my intolerance for other people, particularly those of limited intelligence. I should never be allowed to be around other people, it just turns me into a bigger asshole than I normally am.

  4. Samantha

    Mike, yeah, I could see that. It’s definitely not all glitz & glamour there, but the media isn’t terribly far off with a lot of its portrayals. Being out there definitely reminded me that I’m not for big cities anymore!

  5. Mike

    The only big city I still love is NYC and it’s been too long since I was there. I’d love to leave Toronto and move way up north to some small town in the middle of nowhere. Ahh to dream.

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