Under Pressure

55 Reasons Challenge

8.) Their incredible grace under pressure

 

Richard does have a knack for staying calm under pressure. He amazes me with his self-control.

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it’s Arm-eh-TIDGE, damn it!

 

He’s so selfless, always putting his own needs aside for the wants of others.

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this pen seems to be out of ink, I’ll go find another…

 

The man exudes patience. he says he has moments when he feels like throwing chairs out of windows, but I just can’t see it.

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ask me about the Circus, I dare you

 

and he always says the right thing, so poised and sophisticated!

two words: Party Trick
two words: Party Trick

 

*cheeky grin* 

 

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Harry Jasper Kennedy

Harry Kennedy, the quintessential boy next door that moved into town and stole my heart. okay, maybe I’m the one who moved into town since I didn’t discover him until long after he first appeared in 2006 but he had me at “hello”. 

 
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I’ve always been drawn to the boy next door type, the wholesome nice guy with the stand up character and playful personality– Harry fits that description to a T. he has a quiet demeanor, may even appear a little aloof, but is not lacking in confidence.

confident, creepster- it’s all relative

 

he’s laid back, casual, someone who is happy just going with the flow. he’s well read

make that fan-fiction and you've got yourself a deal!
make that fan-fiction and you’ve got yourself a deal!

 

enjoys taking walks and is friendly to pretty much everyone, girls and guys alike.

"...and Lord help the sister who comes between me and my man"
“…and Lord help the sister who comes between me and my man”

 

I liked Harry instantly, and that has never really waned. he’s not perfect but I don’t really want perfect. 

but stop the interrupting, because that shit's annoying
but stop the interrupting, because that shit’s annoying!

 

We don’t really know much about Harry, other than he’s an accountant who works in the city and has decided to relocate to the country and commute. he must have a decent job to be able to afford that cottage but he seems like maybe he’s become disillusioned with city life. 

 

what a surprise to actually receive a visit from a neighbor. I lived on the same street in London for 15 whole years and the bell never rang once.

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Harry falls for Geraldine right away, as she does him, but he’s much more impulsive

 
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 while she talks herself out of it being real.

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a cute story with a happy ending and a lot of endearing humor along the way. 

 
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 Harry and his story may not be deep, it may not have a lot of action or soul-searching angst, but it touches a part of me that is very real. 

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that room is missing a cat…or four.

 

and on days when the world turns me upside down and pulls me in opposite directions, Harry brings me back down to earth and helps plant my feet on solid ground. Life is simple, it’s people who make it complicated.

 

Harry is simple, he uncomplicates me.

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Break Time!

Before I delve into the video goodness of the interviews that took place at Comic-Con, let’s talk about a few things:

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:star: The Apparel: blue shoes, can’t go wrong with anything blue in my opinion. even this:

the force is strong with this one
the force is strong with this one

I happen to really like the grey “letter jacket” type coat. though it does remind me of when I was in High School and took to wearing my brother’s letter jacket while he was away at college. it never dawned on me that this could be boyfriend repellent. I was clueless in the dating department.

he's looking at me, right? I'm pretty sure he's looking at me
he’s looking at me, right? I’m pretty sure he’s looking at me

:star: The Hair & Close-Cropped Beard: win/win! I’ve always been pro-Armitage beard myself, he seems more at ease when he’s wearing a beard. the hair- I like the new coiffed ‘do too. both of these are worthy of discussion but all Richard seems to want to talk about is his derriere…

hey! that's our job!
hey! that’s our job!

:star: The Trailer:

*shocked silence*

followed closely by “DAMN IT!” I thought I was all resigned not to watch Richard’s upcoming episodes of Hannibal but after seeing that tease, how can I resist? it’s scary and sensual and disturbing and all around intriguing. the way he pops his back into place, and how eerily straight his posture is when reading the magazine, and the ball hat–I do have a soft spot for ball hats

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Swoonitage

the (big) part of me that shies away from gore is still wary though, as is my sissy psyche. confession: remember when I had that disturbing dream that I was Dolarhyde and broke into my own house? when I close the windows each night now before I go to bed, I check the lock on that particular window twice and then nod to myself “so Dolarhyde doesn’t get in”. true story.

*hides under covers*
*Mommy!*

:star: The Antics of Boyish Armitage:

throwing name card to audience member

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work it, baby!

throwing toy dragon to audience member

does Richard have anger issues? he sure does like to throw things
does Richard have anger issues? he sure does like to throw things!

okay, break time’s over! 

but first– Bonus pics for no reason whatsoever:

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Okay, carry on.

 

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Smiling’s My Favorite

Music & More Challenge

39.) Photoshoot that makes you smile

David Venni, tagged

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I often cite the David Venni photoshoot as my favorite photoshoot overall but the tagged bunch in particular makes me smile. the grey suit with surrounding walls are my favorite, lighthearted but meaningful. it just occurred to me that maybe he’s trying to look fierce?

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the hands are prominent throughout the entire series, it’s something that heavily influences my fondness for the shoot as a whole.

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and there’s just something about that blue shirt and accompanying facial scruff that I can’t seem to tear my eyes away from! 

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I’m not sure why these particular shots were overlooked in the untagging process but I still enjoy them, regardless. 

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:star: :star: :star:

music question: a song that makes you smile

I wanna be sedated by the Ramones

it helps me find the humor in exasperating situations (which are often of my own making..)

Hurry hurry hurry before I go insane I can’t control my fingers I can’t control my brain

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Pick-Me-Up

Music & More Challenge

 

38.) of the RA dvds that you own, which one could you not live without?

The Vicar of Dibley: the handsome stranger

I don’t think that came as a surprise to anyone, did it? I don’t own a lot of Richard’s films to begin with but if I could only keep one, it would have to be Harry.

 

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that choice is not necessarily based on which film I think is the best or which film I think Richard was better in but rather which film makes me feel good. I often turn to The Handsome Stranger when I’m in need of a pick-me-up. it’s an easy program to watch, fun and light, no matter which point in the story you’re watching. sometimes I’ll watch certain scenes when I only have a few minutes to spare.

The Date is a favorite of mine–spot on comic delivery

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The Walk makes me feel all warm and fuzzy

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as does The Goodnight Kiss

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I like the bit with Rosie too, when Harry gets all bashful

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and The Proposal scene too, of course

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I’m also fond of scenes that don’t have Harry in them: when Alice thinks she’s going to Narnia, or the book club meeting, or Jim’s Agony Aunt letters. it’s just an all around good time and I’d surely miss it if I could never see it again.

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:star: :star: :star:

 

music question: a song you couldn’t live without

there isn’t really one song that I couldn’t absolutely live without and really, if I never hear a certain song again, it will still live on inside my head.  so I’m tweaking this question a bit to: the song that always seems to end up on my mp3 player, regardless of the tone I try to set with my choices. and that would be

 

Freak the Freak Out by Victoria Justice

 

I know, right? but this song is definitely a pick-me-up. I cannot listen to this song and not bob my head around to the music or sing out the lyrics. it lets me get my frustrations out and often leaves me with a sense of empowerment.

 

I’m so sick of it,
Your attention deficit
Never listen, never listen.

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Prince Thorin

The first Richard Armitage character I became acquainted with was Thorin Oakenshield from The Hobbit: an unexpected journey. My first impressions of Thorin centered around the heavy responsibilities he carried upon his shoulders and how he seemed to wear his pride like a protective armor. I thought Thorin resisted the friendship between himself and Bilbo due to a superiority complex, and that it was less a case of accepting the friendship as becoming resigned to it. Thorin grew to respect Bilbo because he willingly subjected himself to the hardships that they all suffered along the journey, while also becoming a useful addition to the company. I still see those things in Thorin, but now I see so much more. 

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Prince Thorin was a protector– he was softer before the dragon came. his father and grandfather were ahead of him in line to the throne–he was expected to observe, to learn, to hone his bravery on the battlefield. there is a lightness to his being when we see the younger version of Thorin in the flashback scenes– his stance isn’t as rigid and rooted as it becomes later, and there’s almost a shyness there. Prince Thorin is capable, can jump into action and take charge, as we see when he realizes it’s a dragon that is on the wind. Thorin shouts out orders immediately and grabs Balin to save him from the first attack of fire. but there is also fear. later, Thorin will try to mask that fear with arrogance and authority, but young Thorin wears his heart on his sleeve. when the Elves turn away and refuse to help– the incredulity upon his face. Prince Thorin had a trusting heart. 

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After the dragon came, Thorin quickly became weighed down by responsibility, his stance changed to carry that load. his face became closed off, making the eyes stand out more than they did before. with age Thorin became more stoic, his body owning the space around him; older Thorin was solid. he no longer wore his heart on his sleeve, I would even venture a guess that he no longer believed he had one. Thorin was a leader now, a provider, and he would be damned if he let youthful fancies cloud his judgment. 

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Prince Thorin wasn’t gone for good though, just hiding. when the keyhole didn’t appear: the vulnerability, the defeat, the loss of purpose. the acorn scene with Bilbo: the smile that made my heart hurt and soar at the same time.

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Bilbo was able to reach the young Prince that was still inside of Thorin. the friendship that grew between them was the one thing that Thorin felt was his– apart from titles and responsibilities, from expectations and limitations. Bilbo saw Thorin, valued him for who he was, not who he was “meant” to be. I imagine that was scary and comforting and everything in between for Thorin, but it was real. the one real thing that Thorin possessed. 

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I see you Thorin. I see me reflected back in you.

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A Personal Approach

Blog Introspection Challenge

15.) Any blogging role-models?

 

I certainly take the things that I like and admire from other bloggers and adapt them to my own style, but I wouldn’t say I have specific role-models in that regard. there isn’t one blog or one blogger that I like or admire above all others; I just soak it all in like a sponge. I tend to like the blogs that take a more personal approach to things though, put a bit of themselves in there alongside the subject they are blogging about.

me, giving of myself for Richard
me, giving of myself for Richard

I can get news and updates anywhere, but I can only get you on your blog.

I want you. not Insurance Salesman you.
I said you. not Insurance Salesman you.

….and I’ve finished another Challenge! woo-who!!

 

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I enjoyed this challenge immensely because it really helped me look back at where I’ve been in relation to my own blog, not just my interactions in the fandom or my interest in Richard. I’m a very introspective person by nature and had been doing a lot of soul-searching prior to this challenge in regards to what direction I wanted this blog to go, as I headed into my third year of blogging. it’s been very helpful and I’ve enjoyed answering the questions a lot! I did a much more compact version of it on my non-Richard Armitage blog too.

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I said “non”. I know it’s hard to fathom but there is such a thing!

Next time I’ll start looking back at all the RA characters, until then, here’s a fanvid of my favorite  “character” to carry you through the weekend:

 

 

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