I am not very good at keeping my New Year’s resolutions. But I thought of some I’d like to tackle. Richard and his ChaRActers helped me out with the illustrations. Some are very tongue-in-cheek and others more serious. Here are some of them:
(And I’d like to hear him say that word, too.)
Balsamaceous: (adjective): Possessing healing or restorative properties.
The word derives from the Latin balsamum, “resin of the balm tree.” The substance is historically celebrated for its aroma and healing properties.
Just a few examples of Mr. A’s balsamaceous characters. But of course, the most balsamaceous of them all is the man himself.
There’s a chill in the air here and a jacket and shoes do not go amiss when you venture outside. You step out onto the balcony and drink in the morning beauty, always amazed at the ever-changing seascape before you. A couple walks slowly down the beach, pausing to watch a bird skipping across the water’s surface as it does a bit of fishing for its breakfast.
Even as I enjoy all the splendid beauty of Mother Nature on this Monday morning, I am reminded that many people are facing a difficult day that may bring more than inconvenience and frustration. This storm could wreak significant havoc on life and property. Remember you are in our thoughts and prayers. I hope these images will lift your spirits, along with the knowledge that people who may live far away from you still care.
I made this video last year after a series of deadly tornadoes took a devastating toll on Alabama and other states in what was called “April’s Fury.” I share it again now as a reminder we all need to encourage and support one another in times like this. No man (or woman) is an island . . .
catholicon: (noun) universal remedy; panacea.
Dr. Alex Track, Richard’s character in The Golden Hour, is the caring, determined, dedicated physician who soars high in the sky in a heli as part of the emergency medical air service. He’s just the doctor you’d want to come to your rescue, to be at your bedside, to give you a reassuring hug, to smile into your eyes as you awaken from a deep sleep.
Surely Dr. Track is an excellent catholicon, good for whatever may ail you. And when I am feeling low, I like to imagine Dr. Track bringing his medical kit to my side. Such thoughts are quite the panacea, let me tell you. I should also mention he’s quite gorgeous and looks a treat in bright orange coveralls, no mean feat.
Of course, the same thing could be said of Mr. A himself–he is certainly capable of cheering up an awful lot of us and somehow making everything much better, isn’t he??
So, I was looking for something light and fun to watch this morning. And I ran across a 1997 documentary titled Trekkies featuring a variety of Star Trek fans of all ages and backgrounds along with cast members from the original show and its spin-offs.
I watched the original ST as a child, crushed on Mr. Spock and have a soft spot for that lovable ham, William Shatner. Later I was a fan of The Next Generation and other spin-off shows and films. I decided resistance was futile and I settled back to watch it.
It’s a really fun and interesting documentary, even if you aren’t a Star Trek fan. But the thing that particularly piqued my interest was the Star Trek dental office. The dentist and his wife were dedicated Trekkies and the office was literally filled with all sorts of Star Trek memorabilia. Even the staff dressed in uniforms straight off the Starship Enterprise. Check it out in the trailer below. Star Base Dental appears at the 53 second mark:
Like a lot of people, I have no great love of going to the dentist, even though my doc is a nice guy. The sound of a drill is equivalent to nails scratching on a chalkboard in terms of sending a very unpleasant shiver down my spine.
But–I can only think I would find the dental offices much more appealing with a—Richarding Theme!
Screencaps and promo stills of Richard Armitage hanging on the walls, life-size cardboard cutouts of Richard and his various chaRActers scattered around, Richard’s velvet and honey baritone caressing my ears through the loudspeakers of the office’s stereo system. The waiting room would have a television with DVDs of RA’s work/interviews/fanvids running continuously.
The sight and sound of RA all around me would surely help put me into a state of dental bliss . . .
Of course, if my dentist looked like RA, that would be dandy, too–although I fear I really would do some serious drooling . . . ah, it would be worth it!!
To be perfectly honest, I don’t feel terribly motivated today. My knee is doing that wierd twingy thing it does in advance of bad weather, I’m having allergy attacks for some inexplicable reason, and my disjointed night of sleep is catching up with me.
Never let it be said such matters stand in the way of sharing the glories of Mr. A and his ChaRActers, however.
Yeah, I know a few aren’t listed and/or pictured, but you get the idea.
Some sweet Lucas Blue Eyes . . .
Huggable Harry is in the pink of things . . .
Word Press is being stroppy tonight here at Chez Fedoralady. Just doesn’t want to let me add any more artwork. Anyway, here’s more of those lovely smiles from Mr. A–Lucas, on a charm offensive (and he’s an ace at it) and Mr. Thornton taking a break from looking stern and rather grim to captivate us with a sweet, sweet smile, crinkles and eyelashes and all.
More writing done–a good start on the “new” Chapter 3. Time is still scrambled up for me somehow. Sleep is erratic. This afternoon, a heavy thundershower but no nearby lightning strikes or loss of power, thank heavens. Just messes with my FMS.
However, looking into the face of Dr. Track–kind blue eyes, crinkled brow and that sweet smile–allows me to answer his question in the affirmative. Hope it does the same for you.
Saw this Tweet this morning by @OonaCC and retweeted by @fabomanto. It made me smile so I thought I would share:
Richard is getting freckles and he looks EVEN FITTER. Just a warning, women are already fainting on set.
I have no diffculty believing any of this could be true although I cannot absolutely ascertain its veracity.
I have noticed RA’s tendency to freckle in certain close-ups from past roles taken out of doors.
He has an uncanny ability to look fitter every time I see him.
And between the summer heat and the hotness of the man, fainting sounds entirely feasible.
If it is true, it sounds as if RA may need sunscreen and the ladies might need the ministrations of a certain physician who has the capability to make neon orange really sexy . .
After slipping into a semi-comatose state for half the day, I’ve been trying to reach the state unemployment office again. And yet again, no luck. I’m feeling a bit like banging my head against the nearest wall. However, my head is feeling reasonably well right now, so I am going to resist the impulse.
Besides, I have no health insurance so poor Benny would be left having to patch me up. OK, Pity Party over for now. More of the pretty, pretty man in various roles . . . enjoy.
Her Royal Highness Queen Puddie has been hanging out with me–actually hanging over my arm and occasionally climbing up on my chest between my head and my laptop. As the saying goes, “her daddy wasn’t no glassmaker.” It’s a little hard to see the screen when a large, fluffy cat is in the line of sight. Anyway, here are some more images of Richard’s good guy characters . . .