I know that I have titled this essay implying that the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage is RelAxing, but that is only one of his hunk-ilicious spheres that I wish to explore today. We’ll leave his “god’s gift to women” and “sexy doesn’t cover the half of him” for another time. *wink* But after a long day at my office on Wednesday—wrestling with rescissions, renovations, replacements, and reviews—RelAxation is what I needed.
So here are a few Richard Armitage portraits that various friends have shared lately—which means since I switched over to my new computer and started saving images on it or transferring files to it two weeks ago—that I find RelAxing. And where possible, I will try to contextualize the portrait—though I am going from memory.
1) A 2012 THAUJ Wellington Premiere interview portrait, shared by Simonne (Thanks!)—with Richard Armitage’s friendly smile and comfortable pose, he looks quite relaxed, himself. The edit credit says MajesticThorinnn. And I gaussian blurred the image .5 to remove some of the pixelization that probably occurred due to my resizing the image.
2) A Soulful Eyes portrait of Richard Armitage as tweet shared by Laura Day. The portrait looks to be from a sitting photographed by David Venni in 2009. Here is a blog post by kelbel75 at her Nowhere in Particular blog with similar portrait images . I could lose myself in RA’s peepers, and his artfully shaved stubble that draws attention to his strong jawline so well—in BW or full color. Sighhh! The BW edit credit looks like it is labeled as Alana. And I brightened the BW image a bit (left). Then I couldn’t leave well enough alone and I edited the image (right) to add a sepia like skin tone and grey blue eyes. Purrrr! Sleepy smoulder thy name is Richard Armitage! And his small smile softens the smoulder to tampen down the desire quotient. Then again, maybe not. Sighhh! As I replied to Laura, I love all of Richard Armitage’s looks—be they gaze, glare, stare, and smirk, etc.
3) And finally, coming a bit more forward in time to 2013 below is what I believe is a Richard Armitage portrait by Leslie Hassler—as shared by Marcia BB. Again, RA gazes through the camera lens—but not confrontationally so, more inquisitively. Perhaps he wonders who is on the other side gazing at the image. But he looks calm. And I love the layered look with both a knitted vest and outer sweater over a plaid shirt. But the crowning glory of this portrait must be his hair. Oh would that he might let it grow this long again. Sighhh! I miss running my fingers through my hubby’s natural curls, too. He has to keep it short for work.
And why is all of my attention on RelAxation today? Well I alluded to it at the start of this essay—in terms of replacement … of my knees now becoming a more pressing reality for me after a visit with my orthopedic surgeon on Tuesday. It seems that the arthritis has worn down my knee cartilage in such a way as to start to bend my lower legs outward—the opposite of bowed legs. It’s not visibly noticeable to anyone but the surgeon—until he pointed it out to me, and now I can see what he is talking about. Not that I need to worry about walking in a straight line—I’m always sober. Ha!—but stairs are a big issue for me, even climbing the two steps into the house from the garage are not as graceful as I would like. Happily, we have a single story ranch home. But I have had more falls than I would like in the past year due to my knees buckling or almost dislocating. Now, I know why! Sheesh!
And the operations for each knee will likely occur during two different Summers—to give me time to heal and recuperate between the surgeries, after the 6 to 8 weeks of initial surgical healing and physical therapy. I just haven’t decided if we will get started this Summer. I don’t know if I am quite ready to go all bionic woman yet. Ha! But new knees will give me a better quality of life—in terms of walking from point A to point B, not falling, and/or navigating stairs more easily (or at all). And new knees might allow me to literally kick up my exercise/physical therapy regimen as I work toward a healthier me. Zumba, here I come! Ha! So I’m trying to resign myself to possibly having the first knee replacement operation on my left knee this Summer. But I haven’t checked into the health insurance aspect of it yet. So we’ll see.
So if anyone out there has had their knee (s) replaced, please feel free to share your experiences with me. And if you have a RelAxation technique, please share that/him with me, too! *wink*