Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Friday, October 23, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

I was actually awoken around midnight with terrible knee pain. Not sure this is the swelling any more. Could be the tendons, so I've just switched braces to the tendon one. Still hoping to get down the stairs, into the car to vote, and back up tomorrow. Going to watch the World Series and shower. Here, have some cat pictures.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

Well, I must have gotten cocky again when I climbed the 28 steps "normally" yesterday, because my knee is hurting again. I have to remember I just can't ascend and descend stairs like a normal person yet! Work went well, I'm still trying to anticipate what my two new partners will have in store for me but I think I'm in good shape for now. But dang, I wanted to go for a walk today... and there's nothing to watch on TV so I think I'm just going to bed early. I hope this improves again by Saturday when I go to vote, bemasked, but alas not in any of these cool ones.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

My recovering knee and the rest of me ventured out to a dental office in Scarsdale today (since I'm not going back to Manhattan in a pandemic and likely not even after, as we're all now "field admins" working from home for the rest of our careers at the firm) to have the take a look at one of my back teeth (I think it's #2, a molar) which cracked due to having no real structure years after I had a root canal done on it. Naturally I'm going to need a crown; naturally since US healthcare is so screwed up I have to wait 6-8 weeks for my insurance company to pre-approve me. So I'm going back there during our firm's shutdown week between Christmas and New Year's Day to get fitted, then back a couple weeks after that to have the crown actually installed. But hey, I got out of the house and my knee felt fine and it was a nice day for an open-car-window drive and it was super-weird to be in front of medical strangers without a mask. The tooth area doesn't hurt at all, of course, but my jaw is hella sore after the novocaine and all that poking about. But it's done now, as is my year-end review with my supervisor (all good marks), so let's move on to some signs of the times.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

Boy did I need the perks I allowed myself this evening (sushi dinner and Quarantine Quitchen) - turns out I have another "new" partner to support at work, one who's likely to keep me on my toes and exercise probably all of my hard-earned skills. I'm sure things will settle in as I get to know her, but I have a feeling I'm in for a bit of a challenge in the meantime! Deep breaths, and think good thoughts about good news...

Monday, October 19, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

No pain at all on the stairs, in the shower, pretty much anywhere. Brace stays on at least one more night, but off during the day if I'm not going out. Never thought I'd get to this point again, so I want to remain careful! Not that I have any plans to go anywhere I don't need to, and of course I'll always wear a mask:

 Via BoingBoing. Wanted to get that posted before Disney takes it down...

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

The day started really shaky but got better as we went along. I didn't get more than an hour of sleep, so doing Old Folks Hour at the supermarket was a bit harder than I expected, but the good news is I was able to lean on the shopping cart much of the way through and we felt much safer out in Yonkers than in our business district, and got everything on our list except the 4 or 5 things we forgot to put on there. I spent much time crashing as my knee improved quite a bit. No pain at all except getting into the car and rolling over the wrong way in bed, which means the brace stays on at night. But I'm getting there! Pretty soon I'll be cooking again and taking strange photos for Rate My Plate.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

Forward movement at last, and I mean that quite literally. I braved the two flights of stairs down to the ground today to see if I could drive around locally to (a) mail out some bills (we spotted our mailman on the way so they went right into his gloved hands), (b) spot any decent local foliage (not yet), and (c) check out where our probable new primary care physician works to figure out how best to get to her (local bus). The knee twinged a bit during the drive but at least I know I can do it now! Alas, not up to cooking yet so we're "eating down" until we shop tomorrow morning, which - hooray! - I know we can do. Now if you'll excuse me I need to study some maps.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

Dreary day, but at least I'm better now. Ran a low-grade fever and everything last night, and neither of us slept much. Robin caught up a bit on sleep today, and I absolutely conked around 4:30 with my cell phone by my side in case something came up during the last hour of work (it didn't), but I'm must relieved to be back to "damn, my swollen knee hurts" and not "omg I feel like crap." Zed seems unaffected, as usual. I don't think he will ever come to resemble each of us the way these cat-person doppelgangers do.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

Not feeling very well - might have been something I ate - so I have to type fast to avert the full-blown chills, by which time I need to be under at least two blankets. Let's all get ready for the strangest Hallowe'en ever with Elvira:

She has a pretty nice voice! Via BoingBoing. Brr.... oh dear, excuse me...

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

Same old same old, nothing new to report. Knee still way too swollen to go anywhere (thankful for my work-from-home job during this pandemic, but sad to be missing autumn), work stuff continues apace, etc. Here, have some Nature Planet, and I'm sorry it features Adam Sandler narrating:


Via BoingBoing.