Hubby Googled Preoccupied With Armitage

So last night, profoundly tickled by my own new Giffing skills, I proudly showed Hubby my new GIFs, and he was of course very impressed… if not with my GIFs, then at least with my determination to tackle a new, somewhat technically demanding (if you’re *me*) project. We got to talking about the blog, the blog stats, the search terms that I know of, etc. Hubby said he still hadn’t really visited on his own time to see what I’ve been up to, and I must admit, that bothered me a bit. Nevermind that I kept it a secret for the first few months and then accidentally outed myself

Beg Pardon

I guess now that the cat’s out of the bag, I expected he might show at least a little interest in what I’ve been up to, but apparently not. I didn’t know whether he just really has no interest in the topic of Richard, or whether maybe he actually has some level of displeasure/jealousy/irritation etc. I suppose my tone of voice, or perhaps my indignant facial expression, must have cued him, because he quickly added that he didn’t know if he was “allowed” to look at the blog.

Screenshot1I told him to basically enter at his own risk, or not, and I fear I may have come across as a bit petulant, because with a raised eyebrow, he typed in “preoccupied with armitage” into his phone google app, and saw this: ——->

Yeah, so somehow or other, Ladies, the top suggestion seems to be the tag “Shirtless Richard Armitage” (I can’t imagine why…) and when you click on it, it leads here. Yes, that tag is on some all of my top-viewed posts. I immediately began to regret my peevish tone.

“Just what kind of blog are you running?” he asked mildly.

“That… ah… that does look a bit shady.” (Gulp!)

Believe So

But Hubby clicked on “Shirtless Richard Armitage” and read the top post, which involved some shenanigans in the surgical suite. And as he read the post, and viewed the many lovely examples of Richard’s manly chest, that eyebrow went a bit lot higher.


Bad Idea

When he finished reading that, he commented to the effect that me, myself and my surgery tech are a lethal combination, and should no longer be unchaperoned together in the surgical suite. Then he saw my trepidation, he reassured me that this came as no surprise. “You forget I’ve seen your fridge.”


At any rate, now Hubby knows just what kind of blog I’m running.

Just what kind of tags I’m tagging.

Let the ribbing begin. LOL

Busted! I Busted Myself, Actually…


Love it when Hubby gives me the raised eyebrow… I get it a lot.

So the last two mornings, I was a bit disconcerted to see my WordPress stats page open in the browser, when I knew that I had closed all those blogging-related windows the night before. Hubby always gets up and around before I do in the mornings, and he enjoys a bit of computer time while he eats breakfast and has his coffee.

As some of you may know, Hubby has been blithely unaware of my blogging activities up until now. I haven’t told him specifically that I was blogging about Richard, and he’s assumed my activity was all on forums. I do read aloud my spoofs and dreams, but he didn’t know that was blogged material. It’s not that I’ve really tried to hide it from him. No browser history deleted, no blogging in incognito mode… but he’s just not naturally a snooper (like me) and he probably hears enough about Richard Armitage that he doesn’t seek out any Richard-related material that he knows I look at on my own time.

Anyway, back to this morning. After finding for the second day in a row that the WordPress Stats window was up, I figured the game was over. So when we passed each other on the highway as he was returning from dropping the kids off and I was heading out to work… I called him.

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“I… ah… saw you found my WordPress stats!”

Silence. Then, “Your what?”

“My WordPress blog stats. You opened that window two days in a row.”

“I’m confused. What stats?”

“Oh. Well, there was a window open that I know I closed, and I thought you were looking at it.”

“What stats?”

“Nothing. Never you mind.”

“Now I’m curious. The browser restarted in the middle of the night and I ok’d it to start up the last browsing session. That’s all. What stats were these?”

“Well, crap. It doesn’t matter. You haven’t noticed anything up until now, but I thought you had. My bad!”

Silence. Then, “You know I’m dying to find out what you’re talking about, and I’m almost home.”

“My blog stats.”

“You have a blog now? Oh, is it that ‘Me and Richard’ blog? Are you famous or something?”

“No! No, that’s not my blog. I’m ‘Preoccupied with Armitage’ and I’m not at all famous.”

“Oh, I have seen that. That was you? I want to read it.”

“That’s really not necessary. Besides, I’ve read you my spoofs and my dreams already.”

“Your dreams are scarily detailed.”


“Can I read it?”

“Hubby is almost as big of a tag as Richard Armitage. But you really don’t need to read it.”

“You don’t want me to read it?”

“I sometimes write limericks. I started it because I can’t say everything I want to say on forums. The moderators.”

“I’ll have to think of a punishment for you, now.”

“Yes, I suppose so.”


I’m told this one has six strings, and frets. I highly doubt I would have noticed. His fretless has the same shape, and the same type and color of wood grain. What fun he could have had on his forum…

“I might have to get a new bass.”

“You already have two basses.”

“It’ll be here tomorrow. Just to the music store… I want to check it out before I buy it.”

“Oh. When were you planning to tell me? Or were you just gonna get it and bank on me not noticing? Likely outcome.”

“I thought I’d just put it on the stand and see how long it took you to notice. There’s a big thread on TalkBass about how to hide basses from wives and I wanted to write about hiding one in plain sight.”

“Well, go for it. Don’t tell me if you end up with it, and we’ll see.”

“No. Too late for that now.”

“I know the feeling.”

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Wonder if I’ll have a new commentator on the blog soon?


Nominated? Me?


Richard Armitage London Studios

Thank you, KellyDS!

The other day, KellyDS came out of Nowhere in Particular RA and nominated me for this neat little deal called the Liebster Award. As I understand it, this is a friendly initiative to encourage bloggers to reach out, discover new blogs, help promote other blogs, etc. The German word Liebster, we have on good authority, translates to favorite, or beloved. I was nominated! How kind is that? I find it interesting to ponder how quickly this could spread in *our* little blogging community… as I’ve already seen a bit of overlap in the nominations and we have a relatively small community of Armitage bloggers. Not that it’s limited to Armitage bloggers… but I’m afraid my nominations will have to trend in that direction, seeing as how I rarely look at other types of blogs.




So these are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog into your post.
  2. Answer 11 questions which you have been asked by the nominating blogger.
  3. Nominate 5 to 11 other bloggers who have less than 1.000 followers.
  4. Add a new list of 11 questions for the nominated bloggers.
  5. Paste these rules into your post.
  6. Make sure your nominees know about your post and their nomination.

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Here are the questions that came from out of Nowhere in Particular RA:

1.) Is there a song that you like different versions, i.e.covers of?  which is your favorite?

“Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. This one gives me chills almost no matter who sings it. But my favorite version is Leonard Cohen singing it. My kids think this low, raspy version is a scary Halloween song. Hallelujah/Halloween… no big difference. To give them credit… the lyrics ARE disturbing. Lol

2.) What is something you’re afraid of that you’d like to force yourself to face?

I’ve always wanted to write and publish a novel. But I’m afraid of the possibility of rejection.

3.)  What is your favorite footwear of Richard’s?


Rocking the Thorin footwear.

Just kidding! Probably these —–>


Yum. Saw these on a google search… from






4.) What is your favorite photography subject to view? (flowers, buildings, etc. not RA 😀 )

I love photos of eerie landscapes, trees and forests. Also cool macro-images of life forms, like corals, shrimp, mushrooms, small creatures.

5.) What is a habit of yours that you’d like to break?

How embarrassing! I’m a scab picker. Yuck. Lol.

6.) Have you ever had a dream about Richard Armitage? share a short summary

Oh, have I! I’ve had several dream-scape encounters with RA. I’ve shared detailed accounts of these with my personal favorite being the time Richard Armitage- or was it Lucas North?- visited my vet office. (And played me like a violin.)

7.) What was the first professional play/musical that you saw and how did it affect you?

Mom took me to see Les Miserables when I was a teenager. I couldn’t get “I Dreamed a Dream” or “Master of the House” out of my head for weeks. Loved it. Went home and read it. Still do.

8.) What has been your least favorite pet that you’ve owned and why?

brazilian rainbow boa1Probably my Brazilian Rainbow Boa. I’d had a very sweet/docile Columbian Red-Tailed Boa in college (all our friends called him “Puppy Snake” because he was so chill…) but he went with the boyfriend when we broke up. I got to vet school and wanted another snake, so I picked one I’d always admired for the sake of gorgeous iridescent coloration. Bad idea- it was an aggressive, scary snake, and it bit me every time I had to handle it!

9.) If you could insert yourself into a RA film as an original character, which would it be and how would you effect the outcome of the story?

Well, I think I’d like to be Elizabeta. But after a bit of wavering just for good form, I’d drop my new husband like a hot potato and return to Lucas in a heartbeat. Then we’d have no need to endure any more of Sarah’s horrendous accent than necessary because Lucas would be with me. Not to mention that this should prevent the whole Maya/John Bateman debacle and Lucas could just stay Lucas right up until the end.

10.) What is your favorite movie about classical mythology?

Obscura… help! I don’t know that I’ve even watched Troy.

11.) share a random Richard Armitage related confession

I’d be very interested to know what Richard Armitage is like with a baby or small children. I’d give anything to see how he interacts with the little ones. What I’d love the most would be to have a nanny cam on him while he babysat for me. How I’d love to see how he would contend with my very perverse but engaging six-year old boy, and my Swisher-smitten little three-year old daughter.

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OK, so on to my nominations, and please know that I will absolutely not be phased if any of these bloggers don’t have the time or inclination to participate… it’s a busy time of year, and maybe this type of campaign is either not your thing, or you’ve already been nominated by someone else (at least one has, in this list =)…

I nominate:

Wormwood Scrubs

Armitage Agonistes

me + richard armitage

zee’s muse

Something About Love

Guylty Pleasure

Armitageitis – The Perpetual State of Being in Awe of Richard Armitage EDITED: She’s now on WordPress!

And my questions are:

1. How or why did you choose the name of your blog?

2. What is your specialty dish- that you’d cook for company, or take to a potluck?

3. If you were at a karaoke party with Richard Armitage, and Richard owed you a song of your choice, what would you have him sing?

4. If you had the opportunity to interview Richard Armitage, what question(s) would you pose?

5. Aside from any Richarding pursuits, what is your guilty pleasure?

6. Do you have a hobby, craft or artistic outlet, or one that you’ve always wanted to learn but don’t have the time for?

7. Are you an “animal person”? If so, tell me a little about your favorite pet, past or present.

8. Who is the funniest person you know?

9. I really love to read, almost anything well-written: fantasy, suspense, science fiction, legal/police procedurals, romantic novels and classics… except non-fiction, which isn’t my cup of tea. What works of fiction would you recommend a friend?

10. If Richard Armitage was to be cast in a remake of a classic or popular film or series, what role would you choose for him, and why?

11. I know Richard has said he would never do a reality TV show, but if he was to change his mind and appear (as himself), which one would amuse or delight you the most? If the thought of Richard in a reality TV show horrifies you, which one would horrify you the most?