Simple Things Thursday – The Lee Pace Problem

It is said simplest things bring happiness, passion, and meaning into one’s life. The actor Lee Pace has become a source of happiness in recent weeks. Normally, I am not one of the folks to be given to obsession or ‘fangirling’ over an actor. I do have favorites but my favoritism has never been like this. I barely recognize myself anymore. This lack of recognition proves to be blog worthy. So new, so happy… so happy…

As I’m behind the times (so to speak), I was first introduced to the work of Lee Pace in the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in December 2014. I appreciated his character, Thranduil, more than the actor. My current laptop – acquired in early 2015 – is named Thranduil and the background photo is of Lee Pace as Thranduil. (This has been the previous extent of my ‘fangirling’.) Never gave this much thought until 2 weeks ago when I watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for the first time. I was horribly disappointed that there wasn’t more Thranduil in the film so I promptly checked out the rest of The Hobbit films from my library.

In The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies, I found myself enamored with Lee Pace, not just the character he portrayed. From there, I watched – in rapid succession – Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, The Fall, Possession, Guardians of the Galaxy, Soldier’s Girl, Season 1 of Halt and Catch Fire, and (endured) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. All but three of the remaining films he’s been in, and Season 2 of Halt and Catch Fire, have been located and will be here tomorrow for my viewing pleasure.

It is the acquisition of the remaining films and tolerance for films I didn’t like much – Lee Pace being their only bright spot – which told me I had a problem never experienced before. I have never understood people’s desire to go to Cons, write fanfic, create websites in homage, collect images of their interest, view every show or movie an actor/actress has been in, etc. I understand better now. It disturbs me that I understand. No longer recognize myself especially after the poetry incident. Yes, there are poems where Lee Pace has served as inspiration. *hangs head in shame* So embarrassed I am but it is futile to deny it. Nor can I deny that I’ve spent time with image searches…

Knowledge escapes me as to why I have developed this (unfamiliar) obsession. I’m enjoying it despite my confusion as to what I have become. This enjoyment, this happiness is so simple, pure, and perfect. I worry I will destroy it but I’m determined to leave it be and go on basking.

Lee Pace

Simple Things Thursday – Establishing Normalcy

A week and a half ago, I began moving into my new place even though it wasn’t done yet. This past weekend, things were finished up and should have been completely done, but the stove started shooting out sparks. The sparks started a small fire. Queue the need for new stove which should be arriving today. For all intents and purposes, I live in my new place full-time now. Anubis, the feline overlord, arrived here on Sunday much to his terror. He’s slowly getting use to the noises and quirks of this place.

I may not have a functional kitchen yet but I have the rest of the basics.

After two years of living with other people and one year without my feline overlord, it is very strange for it to just be the two of us.

After two years of having 80% of everything I own in boxes, it is strange to unpack. The process reminds me of unearthing unknown treasures.

I am grateful the rehab process on the new place is done. I am grateful that I have been able to move in this month, and move in at my own pace. I had hoped to move in October but it was beginning to look like December for such. More than happy to split the difference in the end.

Since moving in, I’ve experience one blizzard that was to be a trace of snow, and another blizzard which turned out to be nothing but really strong winds with very cold temperatures. Very grateful, however, for the warm weather during the days of home rehab and repair.

Once I finish settling in this week (next week?), things will be start getting back to normal on this blog. I did think I had set up Poetry Wednesday for the month of November. Alas, I did not. Oh well. It is NaNoWriMo after all which – by some miracle – I have managed to keep up with despite all the rehab, repair, and moving chaos.