Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

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I can't believe vacation's over already. No regrets at all, but it's much easier to do "staycations" than to deal with two rounds of jetlag and having to gear up for the holiday season. Yesterday's snow kind of put pay to plans to buy holiday cards this weekend, but our annual Riggs Residence Roundup is completed and I'm all packed up for work tomorrow. We haven't put up our card wreath nor tabletop tree yet, haven't even laid out the table, but we're thinking of going minimalist this year anyway...

Saturday, December 09, 2017

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I didn't think I'd be experiencing jet lag on the return voyage from England, but yesterday was pretty stressful both physically and mentally so I just kind of crashed today. Plus, I'm still bummed I didn't know about the special Marks & Spencer avocados, or I would have gotten at least one. But we're home now, the photos have been sorted for later uploading, the holiday card list is updated, my finances are ready to be tackled tomorrow, all the Premiere League games are now wiped from the DVR except the one I saw in person on my birthday, but that's about it. Off to another nap.

Friday, December 08, 2017

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Home again, at the end of a very long day. Got up at 3 AM, showered and dressed, checked in around 4 AM, very full plane left around 6 and arrived prior to 9 AM New York time, too early for the customs people to begin their day so we had to wait... then it took forever to get through customs, then my Uber app wasn't working, but we were home by 11:30 then did some necessaries before doing the shopping because, hey, welcome home and did you know it's going to SNOW tomorrow? Anyway, I think I've probably been up around 24 hours so far, give or take, but we're going nowhere for the weekend so that'll help. I'm about to call it a day, but Robin's already gone to bed which means I have no help fixing our wifi which keeps shutting out. Only got about halfway through this killer video:



Via BoingBoing. Great to see us older women still rocking!

Thursday, December 07, 2017

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And as we prepare to return across the pond, I wanted to leave you with some life hacks you shouldn't do, via Wil Wheaton. See you tomorrow, presumably back safe and sound!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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Happy birthday to my beloved Robin! We're in England as you read this, celebrating with Rob's brother Terry and his family "oop north," but of course this post is pre-written so the blog will have new daily content even while I'm not at home. Not sure how the vacation is going as I haven't yet taken it at the time I write, but I can tell you how the marriage is going. Pretty well, actually! When we fight, we both feel awful about it and make up almost immediately. The love always far outweighs the little stumbles. I'm still astounded we found each other and have built this wonderful life together, and how we've completed each other's thoughts and sentences from the very beginning of our relationship. I love waking up to that accent! And have I mentioned he's a hell of an artist? Plus, he can pronounce all these words that are very difficult for a Scotswoman:



(Via Laughing Squid.) And he can translate Geordie-speak, which really comes in handy in this area!

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

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Let's catch up with Cookie Monster for a change:



Via Mark Evanier.

Monday, December 04, 2017

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This is scheduled to post on my and Robin's 19th anniversary, which we plan to spend mostly riding trains through the English countryside. We will not be staying at any AirBNBs:



Via Laughing Squid.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

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Say, whatever happened to John Moschitta Jr., who made a great living out of being "The World's Fastest Talker" back in the early '80s?



Via Laughing Squid.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

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It's a milestone for me, my 60th birthday. I'll probably do some real-time updates on Facebook, but as I'm typing this from the recent past when I was a wee lass of 59, I just want to thank everyone who's gotten me through this past six decades on this planet and made my life as relatively comfortable and easy to bear as it's been. I'm probably at my first English football game as you read this (Liverpool, my favorite team, versus Brighton, around where Robin and I are staying these first few vacation days), learning new slang terms for male and female genitalia (via io9). And what old gal could ask for anything more?

Friday, December 01, 2017

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White Rabbits from England, and welcome to clickbait! You wouldn't believe #6 in this series of clickpaid parody sites (via BoingBoing)! Or that some academics choose to do dissertations on clickbait (also via BoingBoing)! Well, some people will believe anything.