I Prefer Morris

Music & More Challenge

36.) what is the last fanfic you read?

Raising Nemo by Zeesmuse

Nemo is a stray puppy that was found by Into the Storm’s Gary Fuller (It surprises me when I see his last name as Fuller. I still think of it as”Morris” in my head). Gary’s boys have gone off to college, leaving an empty house behind for their single father. Gary is feeling a bit lost without them so, against his better judgement, he decides to keep the puppy. he soon finds that having a dog is like raising another child. Between his dog making constant messes of things and being overworked and taken advantage of in his job, Gary is trying to weather the transition in stride. He’s often clueless though; good thing he’s become friendly with that cute woman who works at the pet store…

do not forget to let the dog out. trust.
do not forget to let the dog out. trust.

music question: a song by the last band you saw play live

Pilot Speed

I question that because I saw them 6 years ago, has it really been that that long since I saw a band play live? wow. I listen to small time bands at local festivals and in pubs, etc. but it’s been awhile since I purchased a ticket to specifically see a band. at any rate, Pilot Speed is memorable for me because I liked the way their lead singer periodically stopped playing his piano in order to clap his hands or sway them around to the beat of the song.


Survey Says

Last week I participated in a questionnaire for the Liebster Award. I then nominated a few bloggers and provided questions for them to answer. Preoccupied with Armitage and Ancient Armitage have since answered the questions on their own blogs and passed the nominations forward. So now I’m going to answer my own questions. I enjoy doing this because it makes me really stop and think about what I like/don’t like and why, instead of just giving rote answers. okay, here goes:


1.) is there a song you like different versions, covers, of? which is your favorite?

I enjoy song covers in general. I find it interesting to see how different artists emphasize certain parts of a song or even change it completely. “Hallelujah” is a song cover that I enjoy various versions of, though I prefer the Rufus Wainwright version. Some think it’s a depressing song but I find beauty in it’s realism. how love can make us lose ourselves in negative ways, yet we keep coming back for more.

She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

don't look at me like that Guy, it's a metaphor!
don’t look at me like that Guy, it’s a metaphor!

Most of the lyrics do center around the bleak retelling of a past relationship, but it includes lyrics like this as well:


And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

oh, like that one better, do ya?
like that one better, do you? (me too)

2.) what is something that you’re afraid of that you’d like to force yourself to face?

my aversion to drinking alcohol. not that I want to force myself to like it but I close myself off to the possibility that I could.  I learned, by trial and error, not to trust what anyone said while drinking. It wasn’t the negative things said that were the problem, it was the positive. It messes with your psyche when people can only give you compliments while under the influence, show you affection while chasing a buzz, share their hidden fears and desires with you while struggling to remain conscious- and then walking right past you without a second glance when they’re sober.


3.) what is your favorite footware of Richard’s?

The boots. any and all kinds.



4.) what is your favorite photography subject?




5.) what is a habit of yours that you’d like to break?

procrastination. I somehow see it as a control issue: you can’t make me do this until I’m good and ready to do so! but then if I”m never really ready and it’s something that I should/have to do, then I’m late or at least down to the very last minute. it’s annoying to me and I’m sure doubly annoying to others.


6.) have you ever had a dream about Richard Armitage? share a short summary.

My sister had come for a visit (I don’t actually have a sister), so I was cooking a big dinner for her and our family. We sat down to eat and the adults suddenly started snickering because apparently I was the worst cook ever and could even mess up boiling water. Richard dumped salt, like heaping mounds of it, over everyone’s plates to save them from my horrible cooking. I dejectedly arose from the table and started cleaning up while my sister declared we were having cake & ice cream for dinner, making the kids cheer. Afterwards Richard felt bad, so he invited me out onto the porch with him, where I perched myself on his knee as he kissed my head in apology…the end. 


he was a jerkface & I was pathetic; good times!

whot? hand over the salt!

7.) what was the first professional play you saw and how did it affect you?

Peter Pan, when I was 17 years old. I was fascinated to see how the story was brought to life. It was a smaller production so although Peter did fly, some of the sets where just tricks of light and shadows instead of elaborate sets, which I found very inventive.


8.) what has been your least favorite pet that you owned and why?

my pet mouse, Pat. he was mean and put me in embarrassing situations.


9.) if you could insert yourself into a RA film as an original character, which would it be and how would you effect the outcome of the story?

Since I can only share one example, though I have several (active daydreamer, remember!) I’m going to go with the Into the Storm version where I’m Kaitlyn’s single mother who teams up with Gary to find our missing children. we get together in the end, which may prove awkward for Donnie.

Trey: did you hear the good news? Dad bought Kaitlyn’s mom a ring! Donnie: FML.

10.) what is your favorite movie about classical mythology?

up until a few years ago I would have quickly answered “Clash of the Titans” because there wasn’t really much else to choose from. We have several more movies that could fit into this category now, but I tend to get them all mixed up. Which one cooked people alive inside that big metal cow? I’ll go with that one…


11.) share a random Richard Armitage related confession

Thorin has become one of my favorite RA characters, and that was a development I did not anticipate. I liked him instantly in The Hobbit: an unexpected journey but he was pretentious, had long hair, and I knew his story ended with him succumbing to the gold sickness and acting like a spoiled brat; kind of killed the swoon factor. But now he’s really grown on me and I respect him immensely (collecting all of the fan quotes for The Thorin Project greatly aided in this). When I saw the recent conclusion to his story, I didn’t look at him as being a spoiled brat but someone who had very human faults that he tried to fight and overcome. I have very warm feelings towards Thorin now, and when you factor in that it’s because of him that I was drawn into my Richard Armitage Admiration to begin with, he holds a special place in my heart that even Harry can’t touch.

he’s a snazzy dresser as well


It’s the Little Things

The Battle of the Five Armies promo blitz is upon us.

Are we having fun yet?

me, browsing my Twitter timeline
me, browsing my Twitter timeline

Promotional Tours have trouble holding my attention. I absorb things at a much slower pace. I’d rather click on something out of genuine curiosity than obligation. When things are thrown at me all at once, it just becomes too much. I like seeing the different clothes Richard turns up in and I enjoy reading/viewing the various interviews but I need to do it on my own time frame.

he likes colorful socks...Oof! *gets taken down by furry Emu*
he likes colorful socks…Oof! *gets taken down by furry Emu*

This is not to say that I don’t fangirl, that I don’t get excited about things. the things I prefer are just slightly lower-key. This summer when a performance of The Crucible was cancelled and Richard unexpectedly showed up to converse with fans, casually dressed in a baseball cap


and jeans that made his legs look miles long


I had a meltdown! I was seriously excited, like Beatle Mania kind of excited. over a hat.


and even though the stories that came pouring in about how affecting John Proctor was in his intensity made me puff up with well-wishing pride, Gary Morris(I know it’s “Fuller” but I like Morris better) in his starched slacks entranced me so much that I found myself willingly attending a Tornado flick. My family suspects Voodoo Magic, it’s the only reasonable explanation.

"I'm nerdy in the extreme and whiter than sour cream"
“I’m nerdy in the extreme and whiter than sour cream”

My approach to photoshoots are similar. An overall image may grab my attention initially but it’s the little things in them that will really cement a photo into my consciousness.

veins in the hand
those veins in the hand

the blue LV sweater is a prime example. I never recoiled from it like so many others did but I could take it or leave it. as it became a more familiar sight though, I found myself really drawn in by it. Richard in that sweater conveys a strong sense of virility: the contrast of the heavy sweater against the forearms, the bulk it adds to his commanding stride, the touch of whimsy it stands against in the superhero tone.

love that expression!
love that expression!

As the BOTFA promos and premieres continue, I will be reading spoilers and I will be sighing over suits


and I will be perusing the interviews in hopes that my RA will make an appearance:

TPS: were you required to wear any prosthetics? you have a sizable nose in the films

RA: umm…that’s actually my nose

TPS: oh, is it

RA: no, I’m kidding! I’m joking!

TPS: oh, God [… ] I nearly sank through the floor

but all in moderation. after it’s all said and done I’ll go back and savor all the things that I missed, spread them out over the dry months ahead. RichardArmitageCentral and RichardArmitageNet make this very easy and convenient. BIG THANKS go out to the special people who collect and archive for these sites so brilliantly ❤

if Richard shows up in the funky button jeans though, I will not be held responsible for my actions.

decorum? what decorum?

*interview excerpt from audio of The Picture Show interview on Irish Radio.

More Than Average

Music & More Challenge

3.) favorite outfit from an interview

I don’t like the long hair but with it pulled back here, I can pretend that it’s short. There are probably other interview outfits that are more popular and well known by fans but it’s the simplicity of this one, the casual classiness, that grabs me.

that leg slouch with the hands in the jeans pockets contributes to my overall feeling as well. It’s the “every man” quality, while being just a little bit more than average, of Richard Armitage that entices me. This outfit represents that perfectly.

“don’t go to bed without your Skants!”

and the Music part of the Challenge:

favorite song with a color in the title: Yellow Submarine by the Beatles

because it’s just fun to sing! when you sing the distorted “yellow” towards the end though, it must be in an exaggerated British accent. it’s a rule.

Think It Through, Armitage!

Today is Richard’s birthday.

Instead of waxing lyrical about him

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose

I think it’s time to start another blogging challenge!

*cue trumpets and fanfare*

So you know how I like to modify already existing blogging challenges to fit my needs, right? Well, my friend just started the 365 day Music Challenge…I am NOT going to blog for 365 days straight! *yikes* but I did start answering the questions just for fun. I only made it to #66 before I gave up.

I lacked the proper motivation

Since I always say that everything comes back to Richard, I’m going to adapt those questions for a new RA Challenge. A very random RA Challenge that very loosely resembles the original questions but I’ll also answer the music questions too because: why not? At the beginning my interpretations stayed normal enough without repeating questions that I’ve done in other Challenges (what is this now, number 3? 4? I think I may be a Challenge whore *blushes*) but the further along it went the more slap-happy I became. I hope you’ll stick around and join me for the madness.


Music & More Challenge

1.) a favorite recent interview

Can I just say how much I am enjoying Richard and Max doing promos together? There’s an easy camaraderie between them that is nice to see. Although having teenage sons seems to be rubbing off on Richard’s posture. Sit up straight! Square those shoulders! (that was said in my Dad’s voice, in case you didn’t recognize it).

I like how both Richard and Max seem to be in awe of Sarah’s weather knowledge in preparation for her role as Allison. They even go so far as to suggest that she’s the real hero of the story. interesting.

smart is the new sexy

Richard seems to be at ease in this interview, smirking at Max while he’s talking, using a multitude of hand gestures himself (was that supposed to be a shark?), and making up more words (“found-footish” sounds legit to me. but then so does “strategery”, so maybe I’m not the best judge). I liked when he referred to Donnie and Trey as his boys too, it made me feel all gooey.

RA Into the Storm Final Scene
here’s a story of a man named Gary, who was alienating 2 boys of his own…

and the surprise Richard exhibits when he finds out Weta worked on some of the special effects in the movie was cute too. As was the red-telephone-box-bit. Think it through, Armitage! totally sounds like something that would come out of my mouth. I may just have to steal it.

and now the Music part of the Challenge

your favorite song today: Haunted by Sinead O’Conner & Shane MacGowan


he’s kind of shy

but that’s the kind of girl I am,

he’s my kind of guy