Happy Valentine’s Day 2017… #CelebRAteLove Contribution, with Short Limerick =)


Thorin bearing a Valentine’s bouquet… my office. That’s not too shabby!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!! And a special shout-out to Guylty for the impetus to make something, anything happen on this poor, sad blog! So! While my preoccupationwitharmitage was definitely rejuvenated after my wonderful trip to NYC, a Stage Door Runner event, and 4 performances of Love, Love, Love… it didn’t really translate into a whole lot more blogging on my part. And I really wish that wasn’t the case. Life is just busy right now, and the lovely Richard Armitage has a lot of competition for my time and energy.

I’m elbows deep in another quilt, the kids have a ton of extracurricular activities, the veterinary business is going gangbusters, and it’s just about time to start gathering material for the accountant. But I did have the energy to set up a little office photo shoot… since I knew everyone would probably appreciate Thorin bearing Valentine’s flowers!

He does look rather manfully romantic, there in front of a little collection of Armitage memorabilia, the dog curled up at his feet…




Introducing Roxie, our small dog-like animal.

Oh yeah, and speaking of that dog curled up at Thorin’s feet… I don’t know that I have ever formally introduced my new child, Roxie! Our sweet little Girlfriend did pass away late last spring, and it wasn’t long before we were fortunate enough to welcome Roxie, a 2-year-old rescued Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, into the fold. She’s pretty stinking cute, and has provided all kinds of entertainment and pure, loyal affection. This dog is my shadow. She could probably fill up a blog post, or even a blog of her own with all her antics, but since I’m on the subject, I’ll give you her short story… she was purchased as a puppy by an elderly man with cancer, and after he passed away, she spent several days alone with his body. Needless to say, we work on separation anxiety issues! She was then sold to a family who loved her, but their 60lb boxer was terrified of her 10lb ferocious self, so she went to the Cavalier Rescue organization. Aside from her separation anxiety, she also had bilateral luxated patellas (knee-caps out of socket) since puppyhood, which caused her to spend her entire life completely unable to bend her hind legs. She now has both her knees repaired and fully functioning, and a family that absolutely adores her, not to mention a mom who doesn’t put up with any bullshit terrorizing other animals. She goes back and forth to the clinic with me, tries to steal into the exam rooms to accompany me, enjoys greeting clients in the lobby, believes she has been wrongfully banned from the sterile surgery suite, and absolutely loves the kids. And their socks. And their dirty underwear. I love her so much!



Hubby playing Bass while I sew. We barely fit in the craft room!


My three kids!

And since it’s the holiday of love, and Roxie had a photo op, I would be remiss if I didn’t include the other Valentines in my life… Hubby, My Young Love, and his adorable Little Sister. They bring laughter, smiles and all kinds of good feels on a daily basis. So blessed!






v4But back to my Valentine’s collaboRAtion… my office sports a little bit of memoRAbilia, as you can see. Several magnets on my mini-fridge, several framed photos that were gifted to me, a lovely Francis Dolarhyde shrine, subtle Richarding tree ornaments, post-cards, and mementos from my trip to Greece. Not to mention my very own, life-sized, always amorous Thorin Oakenshield.





A Valentine’s Care Package from Guylty!

Naturally, after I had already taken my photo, yet more Valentine’s goodness arrived in a package from Ireland! Guylty, you’re amazing! Thornton’s Fabulous Fudge, a cucumber face mask (can’t wait to surprise the kids with my green face!), a heart-shaped candle holder, lotion and an unusually sexy post-card all bundled together in a clever handmade zipper bag which is a total shout-out (to the discerning, in-the-know eye) to Mr. A….  Gah! I LOVE IT! I The interior is lined with water-proof vinyl, really nice, and the exterior sports custom fabric… peaches, roses, chess piece kings, red dragon symbols, vinyl records (is that a nod to young Kenneth?) and of course, that unmistakable silhouette (with nape curls!). Thank you!!


v8And finally, although this came a little early for Valentine’s Day, for me it was truly inspiring.

Richard Armitage, filming Ocean’s Eight.

*fans self*

Seriously, if I saw him walking down the street, I’d admire from a distance. I really would.

But if I saw him walking Borzois down the street… I make no promises.

I mean, I’ve always had a major attraction to sighthounds.

And, Dayum.


I want some.

If this can’t make me wax poetic, nothing can. Well worth a little ode…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

















Limerick: JHolland Update

Not much has been seen on the Preoccupied blog…

I’ve been on travel, then returned to a serious backlog!

Not an appointment slot free

Laundry waiting for me

The past few days have been quite the slog!


While I was gone, I’m happy to say

The Young Love celebrated a very special day!

After a couple of months of regrowth

On not one eyelid, but both

His eyelashes earned him an XBox to play!




Hubby taught his favorite duckling a trick that’s a lark:

He holds up a grasshopper, and the duck leaps like a shark

Hubby proudly dubbed him “Jaws”

As we all dutifully applause

As the duck snatches the treat in an exquisite arc!


Yesterday evening, we had quite the scare…

Mom called crying, and tearing at her hair!

The gate was unlatched

She thought her new puppy was snatched…

And she’d searched with no luck… Despair!


I dutifully posted pics on the local Lost/Found page

On Facebook and Craigslist, and offered my aid…

The news spread fast

Then Mom found her at last

In the yard cowering under bushes, of firecrackers afraid!


I caught up on the two Hannibal episodes I’d missed…

And was pleased by the drubbing Crawford  dealt with his fists!

Just 2 more episodes to go

Before Francis Dolarhyde shows

Can’t help but wonder if the poor ratings will persist!


So I’m glad to be back blogging, but one problem remains:

I don’t have much to blog about; writer’s block to blame!

I hope Richard’s killer debut

Might inspire me anew

So I can finally get back in the game!








Limerick: April Fools, Indeed!

It started when my young love asked to wear lipstick to school…

I stared at him, gaping, then he said “APRIL FOOLS!”

So right from the start

I thought I’d take part

… But it seems writer’s block has decided to rule.


Fortunately, other bloggers have not had this quandary:

And Richard was cast in a blockbuster rom-com quite promptly

But this news was indeed

Intended to mislead

An April Fools tradition we’ll remember quite fondly. =)


It was announced that RAPS, Inc. will no longer Shrine for RA!

Fans shocked to discover Skarsgård instead reassigned for display.

As if we would drool…

No matter how cool!

CEO Guylty has much to answer for this day!


Then Perry broke the news about Richard’s new starring role:

He’ll play neither a knight, nor a monk with bald skull.

She let it be known

He’d been cast as a stone!

Though a precious relic, this particular script may be dull.


On to the news that has puzzled quite a tally:

Guillermo Del Toro to direct the Hannibal finale!

Oops, nevermind!

Mistake! Let’s rewind…

Find something else about which to rally.


Then Richard’s exhortations to keep it classy on Twitter!

His desire understandable, but some will surely titter…

Remember Bombur was “horny”

And other sketchy posts so corny?

How can we trust RA as the Twitter Babysitter?


I thought about spoofing this Twitter situation…

But when I sat down to write, my skills went on vacation!

I was left with a gimmick:

You guessed it- a limerick!

Which I’ll post, but with much reservation.