Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

So today has been about taking the bad with the good, and finding some sort of happy medium. Just as baseball is reeling over the needless speed-related death of a promising and well-loved 24-year-old player, muting the Mets' celebration of their truly historic 17-0 blowout of the Phillies, so our forward momentum in the pre-guest pre-kitty Purge of Aught-Sixteen (we bought a fifth tray table plus a new foldout table, cleared the coat closet, assembled our new laundry hamper, and lots of things went on the throw-out pile) was made a lot less joyful by the news that Mom is in the hospital after having taken a minor tumble. No broken bones, a few bruises, more of a scare than anything else, but as she's had a lot of other aches and pains of late they're keeping her overnight for tests and observations and other fun things hospitals do. I'm hoping at this point it's a matter of adjusting her meds, but I'm now planning on taking my last vacation day of Fiscal Year 2016 on Wednesday and preparing to make the 4-hour trek down to South Jersey and back. Although I feel a lot better after having spoken with her, I'm so emotionally drained all I can think to do is sleep, and hope to regain my equilibrium in time for work tomorrow. At the moment I feel like my life is just sort of blank windows waiting to be moved around (via BoingBoing).

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

Because yesterday was a stay-at-home day prepping for October's company (as I suspect most weekend days from now on will be), we took care of errands today. Shopping was okay, but the mall was more or less a wasted trip. After consulting with Macy's customer service we decided not to pursue getting replacements for the two Gibson Soho Lounge red and white bowls because they only come in a set and we'd have to send back the entire box and besides which it's out of stock everywhere now anyway, although if we wanted to buy another set I'd go for the reversed colors, but I really don't, all I want is two bowls to match the broken ones in one of the boxes we bought last December... Ah well, not worth it. And we didn't have much joy at Target, although I did buy a new shower curtain and liner, and new bathroom rugs. Tomorrow we work on opening up enough space in our coat closet for our guests' outerwear, and continuing to purge stuff elsewhere in our 750 square feet. Little by little, we're getting there! The catalogs are starting to show holiday stuff, but unfortunately in this country the decorative Christmastime bird is the cardinal rather than the robin as it is in England. I don't know how either of these sit with John Oliver, who can't be arsed with any damn bird anyway:



Via Mark Evanier.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

It was supposed to be a day of rest, and I'm going to take a nap any minute, I swear, but it was hard to resist the call of forward movement with Robin's college friends visiting a bit more than a month from now. So we finally unpacked the new dishware we bought last New Year's Eve (two broken bowls, alas, which means the dreaded Follow-Up Action) and set up the new cordless landline set we've had for a couple of months, and tomorrow if I have the energy I'm cleaning out our coat/jacket closet so there's room for our friends' stuff when they come in. Meanwhile, off to sleep now, but not before wishing our friend Peter David a very happy 60th birthday (I think I've known him since we were both in our late 20's, which is like half our lives - wow!) and to honor the Writer of Stuff let's play with words:



Via Laughing Squid.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

For some reason - maybe nursing a cold, considering how I haven't been able to get rid of excess phlegm in months? - I'm just thoroughly exhausted today and very grateful that I'm taking the day off tomorrow. Not sure what we're going to do, but I wouldn't be unhappy if we just opted to stay in, as temperatures are supposed to soar a bit again. Of course, if we'd only had this we might have thought about the beach:



Via The Mary Sue. I'm guessing if we did have that we'd be thinking more of takeout than beach...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

Going to be a long day, as we have our annual end-of-fiscal-year block party at the office so I'll be home even later than usual on this UN week. So let's have a silly site now: BoingBoing's collection of Billy West doing his Futurama voice of Zapp Brannigan delivering actual Donald Trump quotes.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

As the UN sessions continue to snarl traffic, I stayed an extra half hour at work (as it made no difference, I still got the bus with my usual driver) to run off a large quantity of letters on my dedicated printer, which tends to squeak so I wanted to do it when few people were around. I like this little baby, it's one of the few pieces of hardware I still have from my former company, but Matthew Inman does want to remind us that printers were sent from hell.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

Between work and the UN session, it's going to be a busy week, and my commute's had a half hour each way added to it. Just can't let everyday stuff like that in these illustrations get to me...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

So I'm watching the Emmys suddenly realizing how few of the shows they mention I actually watch or have even heard of. I increasingly feel that way about the Grammys as well. Maybe I should just stick to YouTube subscriptions, but even there I don't feel like I'm hip to the zeitgeist. Should I start with Golden Thrones? Via Laughing Squid.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

Lots of things hurt on me, as I suspected they would after yesterday's combined 4+ hours of driving, so I took it easy after our errands. Tomorrow's the Emmy Awards, but the one I'm really looking forward to is the Golden Probes (via The Mary Sue.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

Home from visiting Mom in the former Land of Dial-Up, where I ran a few errands for her and treated myself to lunch at the local (very good) sushi place. Did I ever mention that finding sushi restaurants is my mutant superpower? Here are some other fairly odd and useless mutant powers:



Via Laughing Squid.