Raffles, prizes, spies, and things

It was the school fair recently and Elizabeth won two raffle prizes. She’s always winning things. Once she’s old enough to bet on the Melbourne Cup I’m copying her bets. The first prize was an enormous basket of toys, games, and things for the garden. The second prize was a Β£25 voucher for a restaurant in Aberdeen. We also bought some DVDs for 20p including Argo, which I’ve always wanted to see. We watched it over the weekend and it was great – oh the suspense!

Ben’s sister once told me that she thought Ben was a spy because he travels so much and often to strange places that a spy might visit like Colombia and Israel. She thinks the mathematics and chess is just a ruse. He denies it of course, but then a spy would do exactly that.

I’ve got a vein running down one side of my face beside my eye. Perhaps I’ve got a brain tumour and the blood vessels are growing and creating an elaborate network to feed it? Ok, so I don’t really think that but it did cross my mind πŸ™‚


  1. Argo – I must put that on my rental list. Ben always looks very jovial in your pictures. That must be a bluff too, to disguise his cunning spy-like self. What a clever man.

  2. I have seen Argo, and liked it. It is clever, and if I am not mistaken, based on a real life event. We all have veins running down our faces. It is just some are more noticeable than others. I don’t think any of have noticed πŸ™‚

      1. It was a true story with a Canadian angle πŸ™‚ but was kept top secret for 18-20 years. That’s the reason we didn’t see it sooner. I have become a big fan of Afflect’s films.

  3. Such a funny post Rachel and congratulations to Elizabeth! Argo is a great movie but the suspense is such that I could never watch it again. Your spy story reminded me of someone who worked for a spy agency or so I was told. A friend used to complain that he was always asking questions and never revealing anything of himself. Have you noticed those traits in Ben? And of course he’s going to deny everything. Lastly, in reference to imagined medical conditions, do you remember the story of your mother telling her father that she thought she had brucellosis?

    1. I haven’t heard the brucellosis story but it sounds funny.

      Ben is definitely not forthcoming with information about himself so that’s another tick on the list πŸ™‚

  4. I enjoyed Argo, especially the final scenes. Nearly died from stress! πŸ™‚ Ben Afleck was also quite pleasant to look at on the big screen too. Never hurts.

    As for Elizabeth’s winning prizes, some people *do* seem to have all the luck when it comes to raffles and so on. A friend of mine used to win a lot of raffles. One time, it was a huge plasma TV when these TVs were first introduced onto the market. Another, it was a Mercedes Benz. Because he was present at the draw, he also won a second car, a Holden Barina. Talk about lucky! These wins within months of each other.

    If Ben’s a spy, he’s doing a great job. A bit like Superman. I wonder if he gets into fisticuffs with baddies when he goes away.

    Good luck with the veins in your face. Perhaps they’re merely part of keeping all the bits in working order. Hope that’s the case. πŸ™‚

    1. Ben Affleck is great in the film and I love his beard. I hope he keeps it.

      Wow to all the prizes your friend has won. Elizabeth definitely seems to have a winning streak and it has been going on for quite a while.

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