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I know I’m devoting the entire month to the love of Doctor Who, but what’s a true obsession if you don’t have a few things that just make you mad about it, right? And it isn’t fair to you to make out that the series is ALL THAT without telling you about the things I don’t like too. So, in no particular order, some things I actually kind of hate about Doctor Who.

  1. River Song – I know, some people think she’s great. And in fairness, I don’t hate her quite as much as I did when we first met her. She had the potential to be an absolutely awesome character – it’s actually kind of cool to see the Doctor with an equal. But River’s personality is incredibly annoying, which makes just about everything she’s in incredibly difficult to watch! (I feel like I should point out that I do get why she acts the way she does. I just really don’t like it.) So, at the beginning I hated her for her attitude, and by the end, I didn’t like her for who she was. I guessed it way ahead and I had several other ideas that I would have liked better, that I personally think would have been much more epic. I’ll put up with her since she cleaned up her act, but I sincerely hope we’re done with her.
  2. Big decisions being made for the wrong reasons – I know it’s not very realistic, but I’m a big believer in story. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t believe anyone can know what a story is going to be when they start. So, making permanent decisions, like say, leaving the show and not allowing “your characters” to be used under any circumstances ever again? Not very clever. And I am definitely not a fan of permanent solutions. Except death. I can live with dead characters staying dead. But otherwise, if there’s possibilities, I want them to stay possibilities.
  3. The loose ends – Normally I’m okay with a few loose ends. I usually love dreaming up what happened next, or in between. And I get it, I do. It’s not possible to put every single thing on the screen. But seriously, you can’t leave big gaping questions as cliffhangers and then NOT ANSWER THEM! Specifically, at the end of season 5, they left us with more questions than answers – who blew up the TARDIS? Why did they do it? And what’s up with the Silence? Of those questions, only one has been answered, and that was the least of the three. Two seasons on, and we still don’t know the answers. How is that fair? HOW?!

All of that said, I swear Doctor Who is still my favorite TV show ever. It can’t be perfect, but it’s certainly good enough for me!

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Dear Elyen,
That sounds so formal, doesn’t it? It’s not like we’re writing letters or anything after all. This is a blog, and anybody can see it (although I’m pretty sure it’s just us right now). How does one start a blog post that’s supposed to be addressed to your best friend who moved all the way across the continent?
Sorry. I’ll try again.

Hey Elyen,
It feels like months since you went away, when in fact it has only been a few days. I get that you wanted to get away and start a new chapter and all, but when I imagined graduating college, I always thought it would be both of us, together. We’d sit together even though we were out of order, and we’d laugh at everyone’s outfits to keep from going to sleep during the speech. Remind me again, why did you decide to transfer to the boonies of Alaska halfway through your degree?! Everything was perfectly fine right here in Philadelphia.
It’s seriously strange not having someone with me through all my classes. I didn’t realize until you left how few people I actually know. We spent so much time together that I don’t know what to do with myself anymore. My mother suggested I join some sort of extra-curricular when she called the other day (“just to check in” but we both know she’s terrified you moving will somehow break me or something), but I really don’t think that’s me. Besides, it’s either chess club or cheerleading, or worse, a sorority (YUCK!) and can you honestly see me doing any of that? I certainly can’t.
Anyway, not much has happened since you left. Classes have barely started, and I sat through more “let’s go over the syllabus so you can’t blame me when you miss an assignment” seminars than I care to count. I Skyped with my cousin Alyssa yesterday – thank goodness for Skype or we’d never be able to have a proper conversation in sign. I’m still amazed at the people (like my own little brother!) who refuse to learn sign and therefore can’t communicate with her. It would drive me nuts to have to deal with a translator! Anyway, she’s settling in to college, figuring out her classes and such. Hard to believe that was us, just two years ago. Apparently her ASL translator is another student who happened to be taking most of the same classes (and is being paid to attend the rest with her) and he’s “very hot.” She’ll have him wrapped around her pinky by the end of the week!
Oh! And one final piece of juicy gossip. Remember Tia and Michael, the infamous on-again-off-again couple? Well, apparently they’ve split up for good now. Tia showed up with some incredibly ripped lifeguard escorting her to classes all day. You should have seen Michael’s face! He was clearly thinking murderous thoughts ALL. DAY.
I guess that’s about it. Don’t forget I want to know all about your adventures at the University of the Hinterlands!
I miss you!
Rachel

Don’t forget to head over to Winter Distractions in two weeks to see Elyen’s response!


As you’ve probably noticed, I talk a lot about Kristilyn. You’re probably wondering by now – who the eff is this awesome person I’ve been spending so much time talking about? Well, today, all (okay, some of) your questions will be answered! I’ve asked Kristilyn to come visit and answer a few questions about herself!

Describe your blog in one sentence or less.

A mish mash of ALL THE THINGS I like to do in my spare time, from the TV
shows or movies I get obsessed with, to the music I love to listen to or
make, and to all the randomness I like to create, be it writing, crafting,
cooking, or anything that suits my fancy.

What is your favorite type of post/crafting and why?

Personally, I like the cooking posts, mainly because when I can post about
something, it means that it turned out awesome! I experiment a lot in the
kitchen, so when something turns out amazing, it’s reason to celebrate. But
really, my most favourite thing to do is create SONGS! In the winter it’s a
tough thing since my recording equipment doesn’t like the furnace, or the
dryness in the house, but in the spring and summer I could make music all
day long. And, of course, I love writing about my favourite TV shows, mainly
because I haven’t done it before and because I get obsessed with so many of
them!

Your blog is mostly about what you do in your free time – what do you do
for work?

Well, I’m a relief worker at my local library. I adore books and reading, so
it just made sense to work there. My schedule is all over the place, but I
absolutely love it when I get to go to work! I can talk to people about
books, see what books go out a lot, and get to pet all the new pretty books
when they come in — without spending a penny! I also volunteer at a school
library, which means I get to put away books, prep books for the shelves,
and many other odd jobs. I LOVE IT. It’s great to hear young kids so excited
about reading!

Your house is on fire – what are the 5 things (assuming all people/pets
got out) you’d save?

Thank you for assuming all people and pets get out — that would take up all
of my spots!

Let’s see, if my house was on fire (which is something my husband and I
actually had to face a few years ago, when there were fires in the area), I
would save:

1. My piano. (Because that beast will DEFINITELY fit in the car.)
2. Penpal letters and birthday cards (Sentimental things.)
3. My books. (Can I take them all?)
4. My computer. (Because it has ALL THE IMPORTANT THINGS on it, plus photos
and whatnot.)
5. My signed stuff. (Signed CDs, books, and other swag.)

This is a HARD question. I would be in a serious panic if I had to go
through this again!

What are you obsessed with right now? What is your ALL TIME favorite
obsession?

Well, right now I’m obsessed with this little show — I’m sure no one has
heard of it! — called Doctor Who. It has completely taken over my life and
I’m quite happy to call myself a Whovian.

I’m also very obsessed with crocheting, something I tried to do a year ago,
but finally picked up this year.

A few of my other obsessions include:

1. Gilmore Girls
2. Hawksley Workman
3. Honeycrisp Apples
4. Contemporary YA books
5. David Tennant
6. YouTube
7. Glenn Gould
8. Dead Like Me

I don’t think I could pick ONE ULTIMATE OBSESSSION, because my life really
revolves around all of these things I love so much. I’m also a bit of a mood
obsessor, so I could go an entire month OBSESSED with my piano, only to
ignore it the next month and dive into a new TV show.

Thank you for having me, Anne!

And thank you to you, Kristilyn for joining us!


You all know Kristilyn, right? She’s the one who runs Reading in Winter and Winter Distractions and does almost all of my really nifty designs? Well she does cool stuff, and sometimes that makes me want to do it too.

A few weeks ago she featured a crocheted headband she’d found a tutorial for online. Now, while I do lots of crafty stuff, for some reason crochet never stuck. My mom or grandma would teach me, I’d do a block or two and then forget how and have to be taught again. But that headband was so cute, I knew I had to try.

Headband picture

Excuse the crappy hair. It doesn’t like being tamed.

And VOILA! I did mine in a nice blue with a gray stripe, since my favorite color is blue and 3/4 of my clothes are blue so it would match. And it doesn’t make my hair flip up funny in the back! MAJOR PERK!


Welcome to Obsessed with Creativity!

In case you didn’t want to watch all of that, this blog will be home to all of my obsessions. I’m hoping to feature posts on music, movies, TV shows, crafting and cooking, as well as the occasional life-happenings type post. There’s no schedule – stick around and we’ll see what happens 🙂

Kristilyn lives at Reading in Winter and A Winter Crafter normally, and I  love her, so I can totally tease her as much as I want.