I have often said that I would love to have more hours in my days and more days in my week–to write. Ha! Well “today”–February 29th, Leap Year [(1)]–is that extra day. So, what am I going to do with this extra day? Who knows at this point? I leave it up to the fates. Ha! What follows are my random musings–of a mostly nonsensical variety–with my tongue firmly planted in my oh so facetious cheek. Ha!
- I still won’t be watching much television. I watch PBS’ “Downton Abbey” on my laptop via streaming video (from www.pbs.org). And, of course, I have my growing Richard Armitage video collection. My hubby bought me Spooks (series 7, 8, and 9)and Robin Hood (series 1, 2, 3) for Christmas. These dvd sets joined “North & South”, “The Vicar of Dibley: A Wholly, Holy Happy Ending”, “Sparkhouse”, and “The Impressionists”. Sighhhhh! But that’s pretty much it as to my “tv” viewing on my laptop. Ha! However, I also love renting movies from my local library or renting or buying tv shows and movies on iTunes to watch on my lap top. Last year, I watched the completely adorable movie, called “Leap Year” [(2) right] starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode.
And we bought my hubby wireless earphones so he can listen to and enjoy his “man shows” on tv without disturbing me as I write. Hey, the sounds and screeching of “Pawn Stars”, “American Pickers”, and (horrors!) “Storage Wars” are not conducive to me writing love scenes. Ha! But my respecting my hubby’s viewing choices also helps him give me inspiration in that regard. Ha! To be fair, he also watches a lot of History Channel documentaries.
- Speaking of writing, you, my readers, have convinced me to serialize my 193 page fan fiction “North & South: Nurturing Love” [(3) right] midquel, as I call it, here on my blog. So, I have to figure out a way to chunk it into manageable bits for posting after I finish serializing “Mr. Romance”. I’m also prepping another of my contemporary original fiction love stories–this one involving a “mature woman of 49” because some of you wanted me to share it since love comes to us at all ages. Hey, I can relate. I’m in the “mature track” as well–and love with my beloved is sweeter than ever. My hubby of 22 years and I plan to still be “fooling around” as we call it forty years from now when we fall out of our side by side rocking chairs when our pacemakers give out. Ha!
- About that maturity thing–part 1. I think I’ve mentioned here on my blog before that my doctor last year said that my uterine ultrasound looked like I had the uterus of a young woman. Gosh, I hope she wasn’t missing it. Ha! Just a little gynecological humor there. And for the two guys/males who are now following my blog–you know who you are–sorry about the feminine humor here. But if you guys can ask girls to pull your finger, then we women can talk about our uteri. Ha! Besides fellas, you’ll know that you’re truly in love with your beloved when she asks you to pick up some of her feminine products at the store, and you ask “And what brand do you like, sweetie?” Ha! I sent me hubby to the story with an empty package wrapper the first few times he purchased them for me on his own. Now’s he’s a pro at picking them up. Of course, I make it worth his while. *wink*
- About that maturity thing–part 2. But seriously, it is rather nice to have people tell me that they think I’m about 7 years younger than I am. It happened to me again on Monday at a doctor’s appointment. We were chatting and relating info, as one does, and I made a reference to getting free parking since I’m now in my 26th year at my university. Woo hoo! She looked at me incredulously and said that I must have started there very young, since she thought I was 45 years old. I self deprecatingly told her that my youthful appearance is because I am letting my hair grow long to do the “locks of love” cut (http://www.locksoflove.org/)–well, that is my rationalization for allowing my vanity to take hold. Ha! And I do have rather beautiful brunette hair [(4) right] that falls in soft curls over my shoulders. Or at least, that’s what my hubby tells me. So I look forward to donating 10 inches of my hair in about two years.
I also take care of my skin with moisturizers and no sun tanning, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink alcohol, and I’m chubby which smooths out any wrinkles that might be lurking there. Maybe that’s why I like those crinkles pictures of Richard Armitage [(5) right]–apart from how devastatingly handsome he is in addition to him being brilliantly talented as an actor–because he has always had more crinkles than I do, even though I would be a cougarette to his panther. Ha! Hey, you knew that I had to work RA into this post again somehow. Ha! Okay, RA doesn’t really look crinkley in this picture here. Maybe they’ve air brushed them. This is just one of my favorite portraits of Richard Armitage from his July 2011 Project Magazine Photoshoot. And hey, it’s Leap Year, so I can leap tangentially if I want to in my writing of this essay. Ha!
- And we women need to get our mammograms done annually [(6) right]. It’s the squish that could save our lives. My local medical facility gives us pink carnations when we we are done. Okay, that’s not an expensive parting gift, but it is the thought that counts. So, if you haven’t scheduled your mammogram yet, then please take this extra day and go get it scheduled. Here is a handy link for you http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/mammograms.cfm
- And since Leap Year falls on a Wednesday, my hubby and I will have our usual lunch date–don’t know where yet. But, as long as I am with my beloved, the restaurant choice and its decor doesn’t matter. We make our own ambiance. Ha!
- I hope you all have a wonderful Leap Year extra day for yourselves–whether you spend it or save it.Cheers! Grati ;->
(1) Leap Year — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leap_year
(2) Leap Year movie — http://i2.listal.com/image/1376692/600full-leap-year-poster.jpg
(3) John Thornton (portrayed by Richard Armitage) kissing the love of his life Margaret Hale (portrayed by Daniella Denby-Ashe) in the BBC’s 2004 production of “North & South” was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/nands/album/episode4/slides/ns4-340.html
(4) Grati’s long hair, picture taken about two weeks ago.
(5) Cropped closeup image of Richard Armitage at his July 2011 Project Magazine photo shoot, the photographer was Matt Holyoak, pix 07 was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Promos/ProjectMagJuly2011/album/slides/MattHolyoak-07.html
(6) pink breast cancer awareness ribbon — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_ribbon