Surely a man who loves to laugh.

Mine eyes are dazzled. What a grin!

It’s been a dreary winter’s day here in LA (Lower Alabama) following a rainy, painful night. I had to turn the lamp on earlier to have enough light to read. I needed some sunshine.

And I found it.

Richard Armitage–the cure for Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder?

RA: the cure for S.A.D.?

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  1. He sure is! Maybe I should have read this post before I made my sexist remark about Richard on IWantToBeAPinUp’s blog!

    I’m feeling a little antsy and sarky and just plain yucky from a night like yours, too, Angie….I’ll plaster these photos and the ones on Pinup girl’s blog all over my screen to cheer me up, shall I?

    The weather’s greyish and a little cool for summer here today (Friday, 11.57am), too.

  2. See…I can’t even hit the “enter” key fast enough after I’ve finished typing to get the bloody time right!

    Ah, Richard/Harry…where art thou? I desperately need a cuddle.

  3. Sorry, sorry, sorry.

    I’l go take my shower and make my way to the shopping centre to grab some lunch and the visit my doctor.

    See ya later, alligators. Maybe I’ll be more cheerful “in a while, crocodile”s

  4. Dreary, grey, un-summery day here, but the cooler temperature and rain has been welcome after a couple of hot days.
    Not being very original here but OMG…he takes my breath away, such a beautiful man, and a beautiful, sunshiny smile.

  5. I’m happy you managed to turn S.A.D into FAB! RA will do that 🙂
    When the sky is grey or, as the case may be in my neck of the woods, snowing insanely his smile is a great source of vitamin D 🙂

    • Really…so that’s all I have to do……look at Richard’s smiling face?

      You see, as a part of fibromyalgia, my body doesn’t produce enough seretonin and thence not enough melatonin. My bodyclock just doesn’t work – I live in Australia but my body’s on London time! My doctor tells me that I need to get out in the morning sun to reset my bodyclock.

      Maybe all I really need is more and more of Richard’s sunny smiles!

      • Well, Kathryngaul,

        I figure that sunny smile cannot hurt us in any way–it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg as some meds do or harmful side effects–and it certainly puts me in a happier frame of mind. 😀 My bodyclock is thoroughly screwed up. Here I am in the US and I am posting stuff at 2 and 3 a.m. my time. We haven’t had much sun of late to get out in.

        • Yeah..same here in Canberra…we’ve had a few days of grey skies, on and off rain and cooler temperatures. Strange temps for summer! I think Mezz said it’s been similar in Victoria (our southernmost mainland State) where she lives.

          Well, it’s after 1 am again so I’ll attempt to get some sleep soon…..have finished listening to “The Hobbit” once again so I’m thinking of one of Richard’s Georgette Heyer audiobooks for tonight.

          Oh, talking about sleeping and lack of melatonin, Angie. Has that melatonin-based sleeping aid named something like “Circadia” been approved in the US?

          Our guys still haven’t approved it as yet. It’s the usual complaint they have about melatonin…that there aren’t enough studies showing its long-term affects/effects. But how can there be sufficient people who’ve taken it for a long period anyway if it’s not on the National Health List? A high dosage of Melatonin as an alternative medicine is too expensive on a long-term basis for a lot of people and is hard to find. I won’t be to afford it long-term until it gets onto the NHL!

          Apparently, you need to take it for a minimum of 6 months before you can say it’s doing you
          any good, tooany good, too.any good, too!

          • I hope you get some rest, KG. I haven’t heard about any drug by that name yet. It takes so long for drugs to be approved sometimes. I guess I should be grateful they have started doing more and more research related to FMS and now have drugs to help treat it, although they can be quite pricey. And that they figured out that depression wasn’t making us hurt; the chronic and sometimes deep pain was making us feel depressed.

          • FMS is such a bloody trial, isn’t it? There’s a “new” Rx being heavily advertised in the U.S., “Lyrica”, but it’s fiendishly expensive, not covered by most insurance, and loaded with side effects. Its precursor, gabapentin (aka “neurontin”) works on nerve pain so it’s a relatively good choice to treat fibromyalgia and has fewer side effects than Lyrica. However, at higher doses, it can make you “loopy.” It was originally an anti-seizure med and is still prescribed for that purpose.
            Meanwhile, some sun and a good dose of Vitamin RA sure help.

      • Or you could just listen to your body and move to London 😉 maybe you could be a little someone’s roommate? I joke, but I’m very sorry for your problems and I really do hope a picture of RA in the morning eases your symptoms 😉

        • You’re a darling!

          Would you believe that 2 emails about flights (No. 1 regarding flights to London and No. 2 regarding flights to NZ) have arrived in my inbox today!

          Is it a sign, do you think?

          If I were a little younger (and a lot richerf!!!) , I would be on an aeroplane to London in a heartbeat. I’ve only ever been once – in 1997 – and loved every minute I was there.

          I’ve never been to New Zealand either – although it’s just a couple of hours across the Tasman from me! – and I’d love to go there, too.

          He he, he…I’ve just noticed that that bloody American spellchecker that’s attached here doesn’t like the English version of what Americans call an “airplane”….yuck, yuck, yuck!!!!!! Well, up your nose with a rubber hose, Spellchecker, I will never spell anything the American way so you’d better get used to it! It’s the principle of the thing…..it’s OK for Americans but not for the rest of we English-speaking peoples, so just suck it up!

        • My husband has suggested I take up bartending or consider becoming a vampire. 😉 I’m not much of a drinker and I’m really not into blood. I was actually hoping at one time when he was in the AF we’d be posted to England, but it didn’t happen, alas. We spent a few days there in 1999 and would love to go back. I find working on my mental attitude really does help me deal with the physical symptoms.

          • Mind over matter. I was actually raised in Manchester and mention that everytime someone talkes about N&S and Milton I feel compelled to add that it doesn’t look that way now 😉 I love Britain, the TV, the food (I know, shock, horror), the accent, the attitude.

            • Manchester! I just watched 24 Hour Party People again while I was fiddling about on the computer. Some of my favorite people were/are Brits. I have a lovely older friend from Yorkshire, Olga, who is now losing her battle with cancer. She married a local gentleman whom she met at an outdoor concert in London and came here to live a number of years ago. She was one of the Land Girls back in WWII.

              • I’m so sorry about your friend 😦 How romantic to meet a dashing gentleman at an outdoor concert in London! American’s do have a thing for Brits. I once had a friend from NY comment on my faux British accent that everything I say sounds so smart hehehe I guarantee it isn’t 😉

              • She fought a long time but it’s finally winning the battle. And Herbert is quite a dashing southern gentleman (and younger than she is, too). 😉 On the commercial for Mistresses on BBCA, the voice-over says, “Adultery sounds classier with a British accent” 😉

            • Hmmmmm….now, Pinup girl…if you were raised in Manchester, how can you have a faux British accent?

              Hmmmm.. again….I’ll admit that I’m a snob (I like educated-sounding accents and I’m proud of the fact that people comment that Matthew, Melanie and I speak well) so I really don’t understand why English people don’t all speak roughly the same; after all, England is such a small country when you compare it with America and Australia. So how come 2 villages 5 miles can have citizens who speak the same language so differently?

              I’ve been told it’s the northern way but I simply can’t comprehend why anyone would want to cling to saying such things as “he were, she were, it were, I were” and then go ahead and say “you was”, etc.!!! And why do they leave out “the” so often? And what’s this thing about not pronouncing the “t” at the end of a word or sometimes the ones in the middle of a word (eg. better, little, etc)

              So, if you could explain it to me, or if you could point me to someone or somewhere I can find an explanation, I would be extremely grateful. Sometimes I even find a Yorkshire accent harder to understand than an Irish, Scottish or Welsh one.

              I also have a friend from Yorkshire (she has spent almost 39 years here) and I still have to ask her to repeat most of her words when she’s on the phone! She’s easier to understand when I’m facing her, of course.

              I’m curious, that’s all. Everyone’s entitled to speak in whichever manner he/she wishes. I’m simply interested in language and how it develops.

              Sorry…but unless reasonably-priced English food has improved one heck of a lot since 1997, I’ll once again stick to Indian or Asian or whatever cuisine if I ever get back there. I’m talking about the English food that the poor old tourist can actually afford to buy. I was totally shocked at the cost of food in London – one needed a rather deep pocket in order to eat well. I certainly hope all Londoners are well paid.

              However, I do love English television and movies and luckily we get quite a few (mostly from the BBC and ITV) on our free-to-air television channels.

              And, of course, I’ve been mad for that guy who played that lanky centurion in “Cleopatra” in 1999….since 1999.

          • My husband and I had four weeks in England last year, our second visit. I don’t know if it’s because of our British ancestry but we love it there. I would get on a plane to return in a heartbeat if the opportunity presented itself, although as I get older the prospect of an approx. 23 hour flight is not very appealing!

            • Yeah, My sister and I have speculated before that it’s imprinted on our genetic memories, this great affection and affinity we have for England. She spent six weeks abroad in her teens with a student group–four weeks at Balliol College, Oxford with weekend excursions to other towns and cities and then two weeks of travel including Italy and France and I am not sure where else. I was nine going on ten and was thrilled to read those air mail letters with the details of her experiences. She got to celebrate her 16th birthday abroad. She also had some Italian guy following her down the street calling out, “Beautiful American girl! Come with me . . .” Needless to say, she didn’t go with him. 😉 I have spent only a few days in England but I loved every minute of it. I have so many favorite English authors and actors and films . . .

          • Kathryn, I’ve been wondering about the same thing! How is it possible that they have a different type of accent in every town, village etc. in England? How did they come about? Italy is similar in terms of having lots of different dialects and accents but then it is a relatively new country (only been in existing in its current form since 1860 or thereabouts), before that there were so many duchies, principalities etc. so that explains a little bit the differences in the dialects, but England has been there for a 1000 years (or more) and it is a relatively small country, so I’m puzzled too by the existence of all those accents too.

    • I think I suffer a bit from S.A.D. so I need to look for sunshine any way I can get it. 😀 We haven’t had any snow this year–not that we usually do, but if it is going to snow here, it’s generally going to be Feb. or March.

        • We lived in the midwest for a decade which means every winter we had snow and in some case, ice storms. I agree, it’s nice to watch it from inside, nursing a mug of hot chocolate or coffee, a warm cat purring at your side. But I do not miss scraping windshields, shoveling sidewalks, having to park and walk up the hill to your house because it’s too slippery to drive, NTM the many times I managed to fall.

          • I like references to the US 🙂 I am getting my masters in American culture and for me the midwest means Willa Cather books and orphan trains. Just a silly association.
            Right now it’s white on the ground and white in the air with all the snow falling. It does look stunning 🙂

            • Willa Cather, yes, one of the most well-known writers from that part of the country. I am from Harper Lee territory–the reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird and Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump. I love watching snow from the inside out. It can be breathtaking.

          • Let alone the significance of “heated garage” when looking for a dwelling, the necessity of carrying a squeezeable tube of powdered graphite so you can get your car key to work, the sudden automatic-weapons-fire sound effects as the trees explode because of the frozen sap, the sexiness of wearing long underwear and snow bibs under your street clothes with a down parka over the top and a wool muffler over your nose and mouth, waiting for a bus that does not come, what de-icing salt does to your boots … (And when SO comes to bed and parks his frozen feet between your thighs, you resist the urge to strike back.)

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