Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

Did a bit of work today on call, but mostly just to get in practice for tomorrow and Monday as I'm feeling quite under the weather. I've just finished sweating out some of it doing the dishes, no more coughing at least (it wasn't a dry cough), still body aches but most of this is definitely attributable to seasonal allergies. When I'm at the office during weekdays I don't feel this as I'm so sealed up, but here in Bronkers everything is blooming, and it's taking its toll. Still, better than the alternative. We're far from coronavirus jumping the shark. Or are we?



Via Laura on Facebook.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

Up early two days in a row, only today it was by choice, as we decided to go to the local Stop & Shop during their "old folks' hour" (around 6:30) and the gourmet grocery right across the street (which opens at 7), and it was about as perfect as could be hoped given the current circumstances. We got everything on our list and then some, and the fridge is full and happy, as are our tummies. Since I'd prepared mentally it was a lot easier to get through the busy workday, and I promised to be "on call" during the weekend so I'll have my work laptop plugged in to help out if necessary. After we did our shopping I gassed up the car ($2.10 per gallon right around the corner from where we live), so that's one less thing I have to worry about, not that we're going anywhere much yet. Even so, with anxiety being as high as it is all around the place, I wouldn't be surprised to find myself reacting like one of these Brits:



Via BoingBoing.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

Weird dreams again last night, all coronavirus anxiety and such, so work was not easy today. Fortunately I got through it and am more than ready to collapse. Here's a sweet little flipbook animation, via BoingBoing.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

During times like these you should always listen to doctors. Here's one of my favorite Doctors (via Vinnie).

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Sily Site o' the Day

Today is Mom's 89th birthday, and among all the other things for which I'm grateful in these trying times (being able to work from home, living in a nice house in a quiet neighborhood a 10-minute walk away from a sparsely-shopped grocery store, being healthy) is that she's still around and sharp as a tack, despite some physical ailments. Fortunately she's used to "sheltering in place" so she's just fine through this madness. Mom likes photos so here are some fun optical illusions. Happy birthday, Mom, and many more!

Monday, March 23, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

The "essential services only" NYC lockdown has begun, and most of the restaurants from which we've ordered takeout are now closed. Diamond, the monopoly comics distributor, has announced no new distribution after this week. My commuter card company reminded me by email that I can turn that off if need be, which I really need to. So, because I'm fortunate enough to still have a job, I'm saving quite a bit of money so far, albeit not by choice. I'm still nervous about our next grocery foray, but we're fine in the meantime, I don't think we'll need to resort to eating Legos:



Via Laughing Squid. Did I say fine? Well, except for the constant drip of existential dread, of course. And allergies. But no virus! And it snowed today, so we stayed indoors (yes, the ironing got done)...

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

Since I won't be wearing work clothes for quite some time, I decided to get rid of all my ironing today. I got about halfway through, and will probably finish tomorrow. I've started making a list of things that need doing as long as I'm home all day every day, and that was top of the list. Next will be boxing up the comics from the last few years, hoping to get rid of them as soon as things return to near-normal, if they ever do. Meanwhile, with no sports to watch, Nick Heath is desperately trying to occupy himself.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

I'm starting to recognize when I'm dehydrated. I didn't drink a lot this morning and I could hardly get out of bed. So I'm forcing myself to drink water even when I don't think I'm thirsty. I finally made a list of things that need doing around the house (i.e., spring cleaning now that it's spring), stuff I need to do daily (like taking my pills and such), and stuff what I want to learn like restarting my art lessons from the master of the house. For now I'm finishing my comics reading pile and maybe doing some ironing tomorrow while going through my Netflix queue. It's not like I have nothing to do, I just need to be more organized about it, and as luck would have it that's my forte. I mean, I'd like to make extraordinary egg-based bento boxes like these, but that's not where I'm strong, so you go with what you can.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

So far so good (meaning we're still healthy). Happy spring? Went shopping this morning during the "over 60" hour and it was miserable. Don't plan on doing that again. We'll more than survive with the walking-distance sparsely-shopped grocery store, bodegas, Amazon, and take-out. And I'm so grateful I have a job where I can work from home, even if it aggravated me a bit towards the end of the day. But I'm unplugged now for the weekend, and ready for more Too Cute and maybe putting stuff on cats, before they're called home to their mothership.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Silly Site o' the Day

How do you know, in your self-isolation, if you have enough toilet paper? This site will calculate it for you. Via BoingBoing. Now stop hoarding!