It’s that time again *insert fanfare*

Or not.  It’s the 4th Blogiversary of Ancient Armitage – I’m almost chagrined to say it out loud, because new visitors might wonder if there is any blogger on the premises lately.  Some days I wonder myself.  Recent events point to a day in the not too distant future where I may again have time, headspace and inspiration all at once, but until then, I thought I might share a highlight reel of the past four years.

  1.  Post of recent interest…no small wonder given the recent classically inspired tweet
  2. The most visited post of the past year where I spoke my mind about speaking my mind.
  3. The All-Time most popular post …art history teacher of the world, I AM SO SORRY!
  4. Favorite post title yet:

5. Favorite Holiday post 2014…15…16…for reasons

6.  Favorite ARTSY post.

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7. Because THIS really should happen…


These are just a few – that struck me today.  If you have a favorite blast from the past, feel free to link it in the comments.  Thanks to everyone who has wandered by, read, commented and most of all stuck around – I hope you’ll hang around for more!

Three years Richard Armitage?

Doesn’t seem like it could possibly be that long, but calendars do not lie – today is my 3rd Blogiversary and look who threw me a little party…

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Things have been a bit slow around here of late – not for lack of inspiRAtion – but for 60 hour work weeks, homeschooling child,  dance lessons, cello lesson, voice lessons,  et cetera, et cetera ad infinitum.  The mundane is really taking a bite out of my fun time I’ll tell you!  However, I am determined to carve out more time for what continues to be a really great thinking and creative space for me, so please stay tuned.

In looking back over my three blogging years, one cumulative statistic that continues to crack me up is that a post from my very first year continues to be the one that generates the most page views…and not for the intended reasons.  By now, I’m very sure that more than a few unwitting undergraduates assigned to research Greek sculpture have landed here at Ancient Armitage for the discussion of

Richard Armitage and the classical canon of sculptuRAl proportions.



(and apologies to colleagues worldwide for leading your peeps astray…)


That’s right – it’s my blogiversary….my SECOND blogiversary!!  

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Before I go any further I want to say THANK YOU to each and every person who has ever passed through here…even the spammers!   I am always mildly surprised to look at my stats…“Well look at that – there are people who come here…and then come back for more!”  🙂  It is a highlight of my day to see new people wander in and look around, and especially to “talk” with friends I’ve made in this virtual world.

Two years, and I feel like I have only scratched the surface of things to talk about…I have yet to finish my tour through the Olympian Gods (I’ve been kind of dabbling with Poseidon lately…I wonder if there’s a water hazard coming up on Pilgrimage?)  I was looking over the Roman Virtues yesterday and realized there’s plenty more of those to cover.  Of course, once I solve my download issues, I will finally tackle the Sophocles-Armitage connection vis-à-vis The Crucible.  Things have definitely slowed down here lately as I’ve been trying to adjust to my new career situation.  With massive budget cuts looming, I imagine there will be angst on that front for some time.  All the more reason to spend more time here….budget cuts I can’t do much about…Richard Armitage and the Classical Tradition?  I’m all over that!

So, how to mark the 2nd Blogiversary?  I was thinking about it yesterday, and of course I clicked right over to the “Anniversary Gifts by Year” website to investigate.  Anniversary two is traditionally marked by gifts of the COTTON variety.  Hmmm…what sort of cotton mementos could I come up with?

An appropriately blog themed T-shirt?

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Not a bad choice….could do it in a variety of fashion colors…

What else?  Linens maybe?

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Hmmm – tempting…

I thought about it…for about a minute.   I already have a king sized pillow that my husband refers to as my “boyfriend” – he’s a pretty good sport, but I’m guessing this might be slightly OTT even for him.

However…with some modification…

Perfect! (Is there anything you can't customize on the internet?)

(Is there anything you can’t customize on the internet?)

I can see it now…my own line of Ancient Armitage cotton apparel and linens!


It doesn’t seem possible, but…

It’s my blogiversary!!

Isn't he just so sweet to have some new pix hit the wire just in time for the celebration?

Isn’t he just so sweet to have some new pix hit the wire just in time for the celebration?

Thanks to all my followers, old and new and to everyone who’s dropped by here and there.  I don’t say it often enough, but I really appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my ramblings!  I feel like I’ve only just gotten started, so stay tuned for more to come!