August Birthdays

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I know many of you are thinking about Richard Armitage’s birthday coming up on August 22. In my household, however, we are celebrating two other birthday’s this week! My husband’s birthday was this weekend and, at his request, I cooked chili for dinner and we finished off with his favourite dessert, vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries. My younger son turns 16 this week — and his milestone birthday is August 22! We are going out for dinner tonight to celebrate, as he leaves for a 10-night leadership camp tomorrow

…. leaving me free thereafter to think about a certain celebrity birthday!

Treats for me:

My Armitage-related spending might be getting a little out of control right now. (Not sorry.)

  • Phone CasePhone case camouflagedNot too long ago, I bought myself a discreet fangirling case for my cell phone through Redbubble. It’s one of Guylty’s RA designs and goes well with the Guylty-made pillow that I won in the Valentine’s Day Raffle. (Thanks Guylty!)
  • After reading all the raves about the RA character John Standring, I ordered Sparkhouse from Amazon. It’s a region 2 DVD, but I can play it on my laptop. It arrives tomorrow! Maybe I’ll watch it on August 22!
  • Over on Guylty’s blog, she was mentioning how she was doing her crafting while listening to the RA-narrated Lords of the North. I’ve read really good things about this, but as far as I knew, it hasn’t been available anywhere. But when I commented on this, “snowyjo” shared that there was one MP3 copy on eBay coming out of Australia. I can play MP3s in my car (which is where I usually listen to audiobooks), so I went ahead and ordered it! The shipping was free and it should arrive by mid-September.

Now… should I also do some bidding in the RA birthday auction? (See below.) (Absolutely no spending on ANYTHING come the fall.)

Fundraising Auction:

CelebRAtionWithPurpose is the tag for Guylty Pleasure’s charity auction in honour of RA’s birthday. There are hand-made and autographed items, as well as other pieces that an RA fan would value. Her post describes how to bid on the 15 items/sets over the next couple of days (watch the deadlines!), with all proceeds going to British charity Young Minds. This is one of the charities Richard Armitage supports through Just Giving, and it focuses on “the wellbeing and mental health of young people, helping young people have the strongest possible voice in improving their mental health.” What an opportunity to buy a RAPS, a plushie, or other goodies, while supporting a worthy cause!

Other Charitable Opportunities:

Some fans like to contribute to one of the charities supported by RA on his Just Giving page. Servetus at Me+Richard Armitage has thoughtfully provided a list here. Gratiana Lovelace at Something About Love (A) suggested collecting loose change to send to one of those charities as a birthday tribute and even designed a graphic for the change jar! All the small amounts can add up to something big!

Other Birthday Frivolities:

Planning for a fantasy RA birthday bash has been going on over at Something About Love (A). Grati suggested a beautiful (fantasy) venue in Osoyoos, British Columbia, which is the Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort and Spa. My family and I go to Osoyoos every year (see my most recent trip here), and I’ve had dinner at Spirit Ridge and done a tasting at the winery. The Nk’Mip Cellars has some good wine and has an interesting history, being North America’s first Aboriginal owned-and-operated winery. We decided that a nice Pinot Noir would go well with the fantasy dinner.

Have a great week everyone!

15 thoughts on “August Birthdays

  1. Hi IFT, Thanks for linking to my RA birthday related blog posts! Thanks for sharing! And I love That you have been to the Spirit Ridge Winery for the Fantasy RA Birthday Bash that I dreamed up!

    And as to August Birthdays explanations–of which we had two in our family, on the same date, 70 years apart–I’m blaming it on the December Christmas Cheer Effect. *wink* Ha! Hugs & Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. Wow, lots of birthday action then! Sweet 16… (I have one such in my house, too ☺️). It’s good to know that you are treating yourself to some nice little gifts, too. That phone case looks really good, I have to say.
    And I am so curious to know what you will say about Lords of the North. (I am now watching the TV show that is based on the story of Uhtred – The Last Kingdom.)
    And many thanks for the shout out to the auctions. We are off to a really good start!


    • It’s been a busy weekend!
      Yes, the phone case is really good quality. And like you had said, no one actually asks about it! Very discreet!
      I’m looking forward to the “new” audiobook. That was an unexpected find.
      The auctions really took off overnight! Looks like you will raise a lot.


      • The auctions take me by surprise every time. Adding up the starting bids, we would have made 325 Euro – and of course I had hoped for more than that, roughly twice the amount. We have already surpassed that… thanks to all. They know who they are 😉 Fantastic result already.

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  3. Lots of birthday action. 🙂
    Happy belated birthday to your husband and son! Ah, 16! My son turned 16 this past July. I so well remember being 16 myself! Isn’t it strange that our kids are now that age?
    It’s nice that you got to treat yourself to some RA gifts. Enjoy!

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