Richard Armitage: ‘I’ve just tipped over the totty totaliser.’

So, think what you will of the Ed Potton article in The Sunday Times (thanks to RAUS on Facebook for the text) but that right there is some absolutely awesome alliteration Armitage!

Jeez...who is this geezer?! Richard Armitage for Daman Mag by Mitchell Nguyen Mc Cormack Source

Jeez…who is this geezer?!
Richard Armitage for DAMAN Mag by Mitchell Nguyen Mc Cormack

I highly doubt that Richard Armitage is unaware that he is *moderately* attractive 😉 but rather than sounding like a completely self absorbed tool by replying “yeah, I know, I’m a stone cold fox,” he generally gives a modest shrug off to questions about his physical appeal.    This is nothing new, he’s been doing it forever.   The age based qualifier is something kind of new though and it stuck me as rather funny since 43 is hardly qualified for geezerdom.

This whole topic reminded me vividly of a list my friends and I had as twenty year old college students two decades ago…a compilation of singers, actors and other celebs we classified as 40 and F*#kable.  A few of the front runners in 1991?

Sean Connery

Sean Connery


Harrison Ford

Rutger Hauer

Rutger Hauer



And so on.  Considering that Sean Connery was in his early 60’s at the time we 20’s compiled our short list, I’d say that Richard Armitage’s “totty-ness” is fairly secure for a good while.

I do have to admit something though…

Richard Armitage for Daman Mag by Mitchell Nguyen Mc Cormack Source

Richard Armitage for DAMAN Mag by Mitchell Nguyen Mc Cormack

It is *totally* disconcerting that the new object of my affections is so wholly age appropriate!  Hmph!



UPDATE REVISTED: TBOTFA Chicago Fan Event…Proposed Activities


Hello again Windy City Contingent!!  As we get closer and closer to the event, my Elf on the ground and I (pointy hats off to Elf – she’s doing all the real work – I’m just doin’ the promo!) are looking to firm things up a bit.  In order to do so, we need some feedback from people who are firmly planning to attend the event on Saturday December 20th.  The film time is 1:30pm (you’ll find a link to tickets HERE) so there is time for activities both before and after viewing the film.  Here is a text of an email detailing some of the possible venues.

I thought I would send a few possibilities and ideas for the activities of the BOFA viewing event, so we can start thinking about them.  
I have made a point of looking at restaurants that are within reasonable walking distance of the theater.  Besides MacGuffins and the Asian fusion restaurant (Niu) that are right next to the theater, there are several others a block or two away.  Volare, an authentic Italian restaurant (i.e., not part of a large chain), is about a block away to the west on the lower level (i.e., without any stairs to climb).  I had lunch there a week or so ago, and found the food very good.  The site is  About two blocks north of the theater, on Ohio Street, are two restaurants next to each other, Bombay Grill and Emilio’s Tapas, and further to the west along that Ohio Street block is Sayat Nova, an Armenian restaurant (i.e., Mediterranean food) that my husband and I have visited for years and really like.  Here is its link:
Of course, we may not be choosing places to eat by how near they are.  If we want to choose landmark places, there are at least two that come to mind as favorites.  The first is the Walnut Room at Macy’s (formerly Marshall Fields).  Our ITS group in August wanted to go there, but could not get a reservation because someone had rented the whole venue.  On the Saturday before Christmas, we would of course have to plan our visit–either make reservations (I’d have to see if they take them), or hang around in the store with flashers until our number comes up (I’ve done that too).  The other possibility I think of is the Signature Room at the Hancock Building,  I am familiar with it, having organized banquets that took place there.  It has fantastic views, like the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower.  There is a buffet lunch for $20.  Of course, there are other landmark venues (e.g., Palmer House, Navy Pier) or restaurants (Maggiano’s, Lawry’s, Pizzeria Uno, Heaven on Seven, etc.) that are not too far away.  I can check out anything that we are interested in.  
For other activities, I think we would want indoor ones, although Grant Park has activities like ice skating that we could at least watch.  The Art Institute has a wonderful exhibit on Byzantine art, and some other things.

What I need from you all is

(1) notification that you will attend

(2) an idea of your preferences for restaurants and other activities (there are a lot of variety to choose from, and we will make every effort to accommodate, but are generally working on the *majority rules* system.)

You can comment here with your answers to (1) and (2), or send me an email at:

Thanks for your help!!

inter alia: A Time to be Thankful

2014 has been a year of personal highs and lows, but as we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the US, I’m thankful for all of the blessings that have come my way…many of them from Armitageworld.


I spent last night in the kitchen making my contribution to the feast being hosted at my cousin’s home this year.  We each received an assignment…mine was one pumpkin and one pecan pie and cranberries.  I tried my hand at fresh cranberry sauce (so easy) but am bringing a can for those who just can’t stand the chunks. (Chunk oppressors are hiding *everywhere*)

As I go to experience the holiday with my extended family, I wish you all a great day.  Whether you are a fellow American celebrating Thanksgiving, or a fellow earthling celebrating Thursday…I’m guessing we can each find something to be thankful for.

Peace and Love to all!

et alia: WTH Wisconsin!!

“Wisconsin…if you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes.”  I’ve heard that often enough, but the past week or so has proven it true…

THURSDAY evening around 11pm:


Yesterday..SUNDAY, it was 50°F



Seriously?  WTH!?  I’m left with one obvious conclusion:


Demeter…aka “Mother Nature” really needs to do something about these wicked mood swings!

spReAd the Love Gives Back Week 3: Lucas North

SpReAd the Love Gives Back Week 3!!

SpReAd The Love

WOW…I mean *really* WOW!  Week 2 a la Guy of Gisborne was incredible.  The reports of kindnesses really do lift the spirits in an amazing ways – thanks to all who participated and congratulations again to the winner of the hand beaded by Jazzy bracelet:  zeesmuse!

For this week’s drawing, I tried my hand at a little jewelry making in honor of Lucas North.

Lovely Lucas Locket Lovely Lucas Locket

This locket is fully reversible.  Filled with jewels reflecting Lucas’ baby blues, worn one way there is a tiny image of the spy himself.  Turned around, you can wear Lucas against your heart and show just his initial to the world. (A lobster claw clasp makes reversing the locket simple.)  I carried the cool blue color palette to the charms and added some I thought were representative of this character.  A tiny Big Ben symbolizes his return to England after years of…

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Um, Hi! Remember me?

I’m the person who used to find time to blog about the various and sundry concerning Richard Armitage a few times a week.  Note to self – in future, avoid starting new parallel job while up to neck in work with existing job.  Never fear,  it will take me a few more weeks to even things out to level, but I’ll be back at full force soon.  In the meantime,  I’ve at least been able to lurk around here and there enough to have seen a whole slew of baguette puns centering around the latest from the newly crowned “Selfie King.”

I've got nothing that isn't half baked...

I’ve got nothing that isn’t half baked…mais ce sont quelques belles baguettes monsieur!

It kind of makes me wish that Richard Armitage could have a trip to Athens on deck so we might get to see something along the lines of this in a future tweet…

See - I even gave him a handy fig leaf just in case...    :D   (I'm sorry Apollo Belvedere!!)

See – I even gave him a handy fig leaf just in case… 😀  (I’m sorry Apollo Belvedere!!)

**In case you’re wondering, I have very little control over where my mind wanders on any given day…who knows what tomorrow might conjure!  😉  **





SpReAd The Love Gives Back Week 2: Guy of Gisborne

take a peek at what’s up for kindness raffle in this week’s SpReAd the Love Gives back drawing :

SpReAd The Love

It’s been a crazy week here so I’m a lot later getting this up than I wanted but I wanted to give you all a look at this week’s prize.

Multi-strand bracelet that does say Guy of Gisborne in there somewhere. Multi-strand bracelet that does say Guy of Gisborne in there somewhere.

What makes this Guy-related is the text on the paper beads, verses I – XXXIX of “Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne” from The Oxford Book of Ballads (Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed., 1910) which you can find here.

While all of the beads are strung there’s no clasp on it yet. When we choose a winner tomorrow that person is going to need to measure their wrist and then email me the size they come up with (I’ll give you directions if you need them so it isn’t too tight). We have just over 24 hours left for this giveaway so if this is the one you want comment with a kindness below or…

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UPDATE: The Battle of the Five Armies Fan Event – Chicago Edition

Back in October I polled the Chicago area fan population about a favored day to assemble as a group for the opening weekend of the final Hobbit installment:  The Battle of the Five Armies.  Of the dates given, Saturday December 20th was the favorite by a narrow margin.  After several conversations, my elf on the ground in Chicago and I have set the date as Saturday December 20th for a 1:30 pm screening at the AMC River East 21 Theater.

Click HERE for tickets

Click HERE for tickets

We’ll be in touch soon with a more complete itinerary for the day’s events, but we wanted to get the date and time set so everyone who is planning to attend could get their tickets.   If you are planning to attend, could you let me know in comments or via email at – we need to get a firmer number to make restaurant reservations.

Happy clicking Chicago contingent!



Click here for tickets

SpReAd The Love Gives Back Week 2: Guy of Gisborne

Round 2 – a la Gisborne…

SpReAd The Love

Our first week of STL Gives Back was amazing! Thank you all so much for all the kindnesses that you submitted and, in case you missed it, our winner was Kitty who’ll be getting a paperback copy of In Consequence by Trudy Brasure. Thanks to everyone who entered and a special thanks to Trudy for donating a copy of her novel!

Our giveaways are all fan made items inspired by some of Richard Armitage’s most popular characters. This week’s giveaway, a jet and paper bead multi-strand bracelet, was inspired by Guy of Gisborne and is handmade by me. I’m still finishing it but as a preview, these are some of the materials I’m working with.

beadsguyofgisbornestl Jet beads and parchment paper. Hmmm, how could that say Guy of Gisborne?

Okay, again leave a comment with a kindness that you’ve done or that’s been done for you and your name will be entered into this…

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