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Choccie, hugs, and pressies: Fedoralady’s Christmas 2012

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Got my replacement card reader today and thought I would share a few photos from the family Christmas in Birmingham. Some of this offers proof we share the same DNA.  Entered into evidence, these photos of my great-niece A licking the bowl after her auntie SB  finishes whipping up something chocolatey.

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Thirty-plus years ago, a little blonde-haired toddler absolutely adored her youngest aunt’s boyfriend. She couldn’t quite manage to pronounce his name, so she called him “Ben-jie.” And now that little blonde is all grown up and her little girl also adores that tall man with the sweet smile. Maybe one day, that dark-haired little girl’s child will feel the very same–although I am not sure “Ben-jie” will still  be able to lift the little one to touch the ceiling .

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Our lovely sixteen-year-old H seems very pleased with those Amazon and Target giftcards.

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We are all just a bunch of hams.

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Hope you all had wonderful Christmases with those near and dear to you.

It’s Christmas Time Once Again . . .

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It’s now past 12 here in Lower Alabama and Christmas morning has officially arrived. Alabama was the first state in the U.S. to make Christmas an official holiday. We have always loved our celebrations here–families gathering to feast from sideboards groaning from the number of dishes upon them, houses decked out festively, people decked out just as festively in their Christmas ties and appliqued cardigans. We like to do it up right!

Small town Christmas parades, folks getting out at night just to drive around and enjoy all those pretty lights . . . church pageants with children sporting tinsel halos and cardboard wings, bathrobes and yarn beards. Even if they fluff their lines, it doesn’t matter. They delight us.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed, happy, healthy, inspiring year to come. And Happy Hobbit-viewing to our friends Down Under as TH arrives in theatres for Boxing Day!

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Feeling festive again!

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I know some of my RA friends. including our own dear Judit, are going to be in London for tomorrow night’s big premiere of The Hobbit.  My fellow blogger, Seba aka gisbornesboy, is in a theatre in Stockholm (?) Sweden right now totally enraptured, I am certain.

The fantastic story is unfolding before him and Richard stands larger than life as Thorin, that deep, chocolatey voice resonating through the theatre. It must seem like Christmas has arrived a couple of weeks early.  I wish everyone participating in red carpet/premiere activities tonight and tomorrow a wonderful time. What a holiday season this one has already been for Richard Armitage/Tolkien fans!  Truly it helps make our spirits bright . . .

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More Tokyo Boy: RA Fanart fun

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A few more fun pieces of RA fanart from Tokyo, both the press conference and RA on the red carpet. Got about five hours of sleep this afternoon after being up all night again, but I don’t regret being there for the live streaming (stuttering though it was) for both the PR and the red carpet. Those Japanese surely know how to put on a show! Oh, and in case you haven’t heard, that’s a Calvin Klein waxed wool suit Mr. A is wearing. Hmmm. Wool. In Blue. A possible homage to Sweetie John the sheep farmer and his blue coveralls? 😉  And his stylist confirms he WILL be wearing a tux for the Royal Premiere in London. 😀 Oh, Judit, you lucky girl!

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Guyday Friday: ‘Tis the season to be stunning

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It’s the official kickoff of Christmas shopping in these parts today, and my official kickoff to sharing more holiday fun with our Richard and his ChaRActers. To help get you in a festive mood, here’s some Guy to make your season merry and bright . . . 😉


I just had to share. (Warning: potential cuteness overload)

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This is the Christmas e-card I created for my sister featuring her adorable dog, Hannah. I played around and sent her a few samples yesterday to get some feedback and this is the style she requested. I have done cards for each of my cats, but soggy weather has prevented me getting any progress made with the canines’ photos. They won’t be as agreeable about posing as their little lady cousin. 😉

Fedoralady is in the mood . . .

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The holiday mood, that is. (Oh, I know what you were thinking . . . maybe I’m in the mood for that, too.  You never know . . .)

I am currently watching the Hallmark Channel, which has already starting running their Christmas movies in marathons on the weekends. The movies tend to provide cuteness overload and  be a bit sappy and schmaltzy, but what can I say–I am in a sappy, schmaltzy mood.

In a festive mood.

I want to don a Santa hat and my red high-top Reeboks with the green glitter shoelaces and jingle bells (yes, I do own a pair) and go Christmas caroling.

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Look up my mama’s recipe for fruitcake cookies so I can make the house smell deliciously spicy.  Watch my favorite version of “A Christmas Carol” with the amazing Alistair Sim as Scrooge.

For an unemployed lady with a busted toe and a house that needs serious attention, I am in a positively euphoric mood.  And I attribute a lot of this to a certain vertically challenged hairy dude and to the man who brought him to life. I am looking so forward to the holidays this year, and to the Christmas present that will arrive in mid-December . . .

I guess you could say that—

Halloween Week at TAE!

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Two cousins, the boy dressed in military camouflage and the girl in a ballerina outfit, wait outside a door as they go trick-or-treating, October 31, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Halloween will arrive here in the U.S. this Wednesday, October 31,  but celebrations are already underway (as you may have noticed right here at this blog).

The holiday is a pretty big deal in our country; visit a retail outlet such as Wal-Mart and you’ll see many racks of full costumes and Halloween-oriented tee-shirts for children and adults, along with a myriad of accessories from fake blood to fairy wings and Day-Glo wigs.  Your sweet tooth can go into overdrive from the bags and bags of candy, individually-wrapped goodies designed to be to handed out to miniature superheroes, vampires and princesses who show up on your doorstep with cries of “trick or treat!”

These kids featured in The Beach Reporter, a California newspaper, are all decked out for the holiday and their school’s carnival.

Cable and satellite channels hold “Fright Fests” throughout the month airing classic horror films such as “Frankenstein” and “Dracula” along with more contemporary “scary movies.” Television specials focus on communities and families known for their all-out celebrations of the holiday.

Organizations host haunted house attractions–Terror on the Gulf, Panic in the Park, the Haunted Hayride–providing thrills and chills as they raise funds for worthy causes. Many schools and churches hold Halloween carnivals or harvest festivals  offering games, costume contests and other activities.

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English: This is The Bates Motel and haunted Hayride in Glen Mills, PA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here at The Armitage Effect, we will  celebrate the occasion by blogging  about some of our favorite spooky movies (personally, I am into atmosphere and suspense rather than excessive blood and gore), Halloween-themed songs,  share Halloween fan art and who knows? You just might discover a surprise or two. Hopefully you will find it interesting, fun and even educational.
But mostly, we want to have—FUN.  😉

OT: A birthday at the beach

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Here I am, sitting in the dark of the condo’s living room, tapping away. I was so tired last night I fell asleep with this computer in my lap while the Alabama-Tennessee football game was on. This is an amazing feat when you consider my oldest sister, ever the enthusiastic Bama supporter, was yelling, leaping, clapping and in general making lots of noise (we won). Even with our own red-haired Mouth of the South lustily cheering her team on, I still zonked out.   I guess you could say I was bloody knackered. 😉

Benny saw I had dropped off and  gently suggested I go to bed. Having already cleaned my face, brushed my teeth and taken out my contacts, I shuffled off to don my PJs and slip between the sheets. I actually fell asleep before 10 p.m., which is a rarity for me. And then I woke up three hours later, which is not–a rarity, that is. *sigh* Oh, well, it’s not as if I have to get up and go to work in a few hours, right?

On a happier note, the weather was beautiful when we arrived here. The condo unit is on the 9th floor, giving you a spectacular view from the balcony of the blue waters of the Gulf and the strip of sugar white beach. Benny filmed the sunset with his videocam.

Benny and I along with my two sisters and BIL enjoyed a delicious supper of Chicken Bruschetta, risotto, (even Gordon Ramsey would approve of my sis’s risotto–perfect texture and perfectly delicious), a Caesar salad and garlic toast, topped off with Mr. Fedoralady’s yummy German chocolate birthday cake for dessert.  Benny seemed to enjoy digging through his bag filled with miniature candy treats, gummi bears, almond crescent cookies and, of course, his Doctor Who DVD featuring the Doctor of his youth, Tom Baker.  Here is some fan art celebrating my favorite fellow in all the world–my dearest Benny.

Back to regularly scheduled programming later this morning. I might be asleep but WP, good Lord willing and the Creek don’t rise, will automatically post Mr. A for me. 😉

That’s Fedoralady’s middle sister checking out the contents of Hubby’s goodie bag.

Oh, those alpha males . . .

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Thorin for Thursday . . . now HE’S a bit jealous of this affable Oklahoma school teacher with no name who seems to be stealing his thunder.  Bad enough I have to deal with stroppy Guy. *sigh*  Gee, these alpha males . . . they need to learn from the CReAtor and take a chill pill.