Thud-worthy moments . . .


Courtesy of Mr. Richard Crispin Armitage.






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I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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    • Hooray! I just went and looked at the stills. I wish some of them were sharper. There he is, in the water again, bless his heart, and roaring. I love it when he roars! I have to get the latest version of Flash Player before I can watch the vid, unfortunately. That will take a little time.

      • It’s a fascinating behind-the-scenes look, such a massive production, it’s a wonder it all comes together the way it does. Kudos to PJ and his team!
        Richard is still lying low, bless him, although the other dwarves are up for some camera time, even Orlando Bloom gets in on the act.
        Hmmm, I wonder if Richard plays nine square!! 😉

        • Of course, my less-than-high-speed connection is taking forever. I have it downloading with Realplayer, but that is going to take a while, too. I am having to watch bits of it as it buffers. *sigh* Our boy is just not one for trying to hog the camera.

          • I’ve worked out that it’s not my internet connection that is causing the frustrating slowness, it’s the laptop itself (my son’s is fine using the same connection). Urrggghh, now I have to get it looked at. I’m not tech-savvy enough to work it out myself. 😦

            • I wish I could send Benny over to look it over for you. Unfortunately, Centurylink is pretty much the only game in town out here in the country (other than dial-up) unless you go with Hughes Net, which costs something like $350 to start and at least $50 a month for the basic internet package. We’ll stick with what we’ve got.

            • I have the same problem at home! My PC is so damn slow because it’s a pre-historic oldie, and low in memory. But everything seems to be fine when I take the laptop home from work (which happens a lot these days- because of a certain TDHBEW!). Problem is I’m not allowed to download anything (softwares and such) onto my work laptop! Ah well you can’t have everything, can you?

              • I hope you win the lotto so you can get your own powerful laptop and download what you wish. I know about the work thing because I did public-sector projects for many years, where everything I did on a computer could be audited.

  1. The caption on the first photo says it all!! Thank you, Angie..I’m just imagining Guy with Richard’s current beard…such a gorgeous image 🙂

    Isn’t it wonderful to have the new video blog? I just knew Peter would come through for us about now..he’s knows when he’s kept us waiting long enough, the cheeky thing 🙂

    BTW….have you read judiang’s latest post? I’m on Cymbalta but now wonder if I might need something extra, too!!!! 😉

    • @ Kathryn, I haven’t seen judiang’s post, but you might want to ask your doctor about gabapentin (U.S. trade name = Neurontin). Initially developed as an anti-seizure medication, it was found to work on nerve pain, exactly the kind of pain fibromyalgia causes. Some people tolerate it better than others; it can make you a bit loopy. It’s comparatively inexpensive. If there are no contraindications and if you tolerate it well, it could be quite helpful. (I had to take the maximum dose to help control the pain before I had surgery last year.)

      • Thank you, Leigh…I’ll look into it next time I go to my doctor.

        I have always felt that, if I could get some decent sleep, I’d be able to manage a whole lot better anyway. But nobody seems to be able to fix that problem and regular, restful sleep’s, of course, the precursor to getting better.

        But the chronic fatigue side of FMS is the most frustrating part for me and it irks me that I get to do so few interesting things that I’ve planned because my battery’s suddenly gone flat yet again!

        But I could be so much worse off than I am and I’m well aware of that, so I try not to get my knickers in a knot over it too often 🙂

        Coming here 😉 and to a couple of other friendly blogs helps to keep the old spirit up

    • It’s felt hot and stuffy to me all night. It’s 70 degrees so the A/C is not running, but I haven’t been able to get comfortable. I have to keep my hair up in a ponytail or I feel as if it is smothering me. Same ol, same ol’ . . . 😉

  2. Thanks for the heads up Mezz. I just finished watching the 7th vlog and it is fantastic even though you don’t see much of Richard in it. My God!!! The Hobbit must cost millions and millions to make. I am very impressed. The few glimpses of Richard that you see he looks so much more comfortable and relaxed as an actor. And OH SO HANDSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH MY GOD!!!!

    I bet he is going to feel a little weird when it all wraps up shortly. I do hope that he takes a break for at least a little while before his next project.

    • I am telling ya, ladies, Richard may be wearing lots of hair and some prosthetics, but he’s still gorgeous. You’ve got the eyes, you’ve got the voice, the presence . . . and I will bet you lots of audience members will go home wanting to know more about the man playing the King Under the Mountain. These will be the most expensive films ever made, as I recall.

      • Even just glimpses of him set my heart pounding, he truly does have such a great presence. He IS Thorin, and looking very comfortable, as Xenia says.

        • Same here. Every time he appeared for a second my heart skipped a beat. Just seeing his character’s name on that box…God what is this guy doing to me?

  3. Well, I had better get ready for work. The mortgage company won’t find it funny if I skip this months payment. But it is sure nice to get to working with Richard on my mind.

  4. What a wonderful surprise this morning. I was in need of a vlog. What a production. I think PJ is a genius. How the man pulls it all together, I will never know. I was just happy to see a glimpse of Richard. It is so exciting to wait for the Hobbit and Thorin. Who knew I was going to fall in love with a long haired, shaggy dwarf named Thorin that I have yet to see in action.

    Angie, I empathize with you. I have sleepless nights all the time. ANd the lack of recuperating sleep makes me prone to a lot of inflammation. Here is wishing you some pain free rest.

    • I have trouble getting to sleep all the time, so I emphatize with Angie too! Lack of sleep makes me irritable and forgetful..Can’t concentrate at work..

      • My sympathies, Judit. I have a friend who has suffered from insomnia her whole life. Finally, pushing 70, she has found a physio who gave her exercises and prescribed a sleeping position. Now she can fall asleep, and her health and concentration have improved immensely. Is this an option you could try?

        • Thanks for the tip, Leigh. Yes, I probably should do exercises before I go to sleep especially since my neck is giving me a lot of trouble. I do occasionally see a physio.but I know that in itself is far from enough- I really should do the stuff she says I should at home and on a regular basis.

        • ‘morning, ladies….or whatever time it is at your house 🙂

          It’s 11 42am Thursday for me and I’m still grinning like an idiot over the new vlog – can’t get enough of it.

          Just one little complaint – how come we can see the Dwarves floating along in open barrels? They’re supposed to be closed in with the lids on and some are actually supposed to be in those big old wooden vats anyway? Tut, tut, PJ 😉 Just kidding…I’ll love whatever you do, even if it’s a slight departure from the book. 🙂

          Even though it must have been horrendous for Richard in that barrel, at least it was better than been enclosed! 🙂 I’m so claustrophobic that I hyperventilate every time I listen to that part of the audiobook…as well as when the Dwarves are in the tunnels and Mirkwood, etc. I have too much bloody imagination!

  5. Great “thud-worthy moments, Angie!! Something to spend the day drooling over along with the latest glimpses of him from the latest PJ vlog.

    I’m beginning to think Sir Peter really knows what he is about as he just gives us these tantalizing little snippets which keep us on the edge of our seats!!! 😉 Do you think our wishes will be granted in the final Production blog and he’ll allow us to see a lot more of Thorin? It’s like he’s withholding this drug we need to feed our RAddiction, knowing it will make us crave him even more!! 😀 Or is this all Richard’s doing – making us wait until December when we will see Thorin in all his glory as we are meant to see him??

    Of course it is also possible that none of the above is what is really going on – except in my imagination!! 😉 But he sure is THE hottest dwarf ever!!!!!!!! *thud*

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