When my family gets to reminiscing about the house I grew up in, one of the major topics of conversation is the trees and flower beds. My mom spent hours working to make sure the weeds were gone and that the beds were full of bright, cheery flowers. When my parents sold the house eight years ago the real estate agent went on and on about how the house had such wonderful curb appeal. Of note among the foliage was a beautiful crimson maple in the middle of our front yard, that stood taller than our two story house. In the fall it looked like it was on fire. And every year, from the time I was six, I looked forward to seeing the explosion of color.
Last night we were on the phone with my brother when he hurriedly got off the phone to herd the kids into Walmart. My sister-in-law was inside and called him to say they were under a tornado warning. After getting off the phone, we were glued to both The Weather Channel and Facebook to make sure that friends and family were okay. My brother and his family were hunkered down in dressing rooms as the storm passed over. One teenage girl I used to watch myself, was babysitting. She took the little boy to the basement and sang to him as trees crashed into the house. All I can say is praise God there were no fatalities! But many friends spent today cleaning up debris and securing their homes with tarps. All while hoping that power would be restored.
We also heard from our next door neighbor this evening. They suffered roof damage and downed trees. And my childhood home? The siding was ripped off and that beautiful crimson maple is now laying across two yards. I can’t deny it makes me sad. But when I hear that tornadoes took the lives of nine more people in Oklahoma last night it provides me with some much needed perspective. Houses and trees are just stuff. They’re important to us, but they can be replaced. People are what really matter.
I don’t normally do this, but I’m urging everyone to give whatever they can. Between the devastation in Oklahoma, the damage in Missouri, and the flooding in Kentucky, every penny given can make a difference. There are many reputable organizations through which to donate, the Red Cross among them.
Yesterday I spent the day outside power washing the driveway. So today me and my tomato hued skin are taking a break and hiding from the sun, which gives me a chance to play around a bit. A couple of the new-to-us Ascroft pics that have come out in the last several days are just lovely and possibly some of my all-time favorites.
Because I like them so much I want to be able to use them as wallpapers on my laptop. But I’m weird I guess, and pretty much refuse to center the image with just a random solid color behind it, or crop the image so that it fills the screen but cuts off a lot of the original picture. Because of that, I’ve been playing around with trying to figure out how to extend the backgrounds. I thought I would share these in case anyone else would like to use them.
I had trouble with the first one, so the background is stretched out rather funny, but in the end I like how it turned out:
The next one seriously might be my new absolute favorite RA photo ever. Jeans, t-shirt, Converse sneakers and a big, almost goofy smile. Yup, it’s a keeper (and my current wallpaper):
Gotta say thanks to RANet for finding and sharing the HQ version of all of these pics. They make playing with the photos in Photoshop so much more enjoyable.
I’m sure everyone has seen the Popcorn Taxi interview with Richard Armitage by now. If you haven’t yet, you can see it here.
There was a lot about this interview that I really enjoyed. RA and the interviewer seemed to have a good rapport, he was given time to flesh out his answers and of course there was all of that speaking with his hands (which I love). But there was one moment that really stood out to me. We already knew about the question where Richard was asked who would win in a cage fight–Thorin or Dwalin. But his reaction in the video was just priceless. It was like he was saying, “Duh! Isn’t the answer obvious?”
His reaction here reminds me so much of how my friends and I are together that it just adds another thing to the list of reasons I like the guy. I went ahead and made a gif of his reaction, because I was watching these few seconds on repeat anyway.
Oh, and this post definitely gets the beardy goodness tag, because look at that gorgeous facial hair!
I’ve been busy getting ready to head out of town for the holiday weekend, but I wanted to do an update for those of you not on Twitter. It sounds like two more of the dwarves will be getting on board with their red plaid shirts soon!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Ebb and flow seems to be a good description of my life as a fangirl. There are times when I’m exuberant. Times I not only want, but seem to need the shared experience with other fans–the reassurance that although the journey is different for each of us, we’re all in the same boat. Not to mention the joint enthusiasm when new photos, interviews and such are released. Then there are times that I’m more withdrawn. I still look with pleasure and watch with rapture but the desire to share the experience is low or even non-existent. I simply have nothing to say or contribute to the conversation and all of my enjoyment is this internalized thing and there just aren’t any words.
In case you can’t tell by the lack of posts here of late, I’m feeling rather withdrawn. But I did make a new wallpaper today with the most recent Robert Ascroft photo and I thought I would share:
Hopefully I’ll be back to my more lively, engaged self soon. But it the meantime, I hope y’all enjoy the wallpaper.
Because Judiang is in need of a house call. That is the only explanation for what I witnessed tonight on Skype. Prepare yourself for the clear evidence that Judiang is in need of some special attention from the good doctor:
Do not try to adjust your screen.
You are not seeing things!
Judiang likes the baby beard!!!! But only on Richard. Although can you blame her? Look at this face:
Okay, so maybe she’s not sick. Her taste is just improving! Love ya, Judiang.
We’ve all been squeeing over the pics on twitter of @merilyn066 and @lady0akenshield getting to meet Richard. Then the video of RA on Mornings (Is that the name of the show?) became available and I found myself squeeing all over again when I saw that they were actually in the segment!
Y’all should know by now that I like to make gifs out of the videos, so I made one of from the video that has both the ladies and RA:
One of the caps was really cool I thought, with the silhouette of the ladies and Richard in the same frame:
We’re all just so excited for you both! May the rest of the day be just as amazing for you and the rest of the Aussie fans attending the Q&A tonight.
Can Richard Armitage not keep his story straight? Did his tastes change this much between the November/December press tour and the end of April? Is he taking one for the team in trying to get the beard to grow back faster?
It really does crack me up when he contradicts himself in interviews that aren’t all that far apart. Kind of like how he was 6’2, 6’2 and 1/2 and so on during The Hobbit press tour. And now he’s done it again. At around 41 seconds into the below interview he says: “…pints of wine though, I don’t really drink beer.”
And now just a few months later he’s touting beer as the way to quickly grow his beard back.
Thanks to RANet for the scan. Highlighting added by me.
So does beer really help with facial hair growth? I did a quick, far from exhaustive search of Google and the only information I found seems to indicate the opposite. Apparently alcohol reduces testosterone levels and therefore slows beard growth! Maybe it’s an urban legend?
Oh well, as long as he keeps looking like this, he can say whatever he wants!
but really, putting a watermark over Richard Armitage’s mouth! Who does that?
So yeah, I’m a bad, bad girl and I did my best to liberate that gorgeous mouth from obtrusive text.
Ah…not perfect, but much better.
Seriously, I don’t think he has any idea how much a few of us fangirls are squeeing right now!
Six to go!
Tags: Adam Brown, Aidan Turner, Another One Down, Dean O'Gorman, Dwarf Uniform, Graham McTavish, James Nesbitt, Red Plaid, Richard Armitage, The Hunt for Red Plaid, William Kircher