Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

The parameters of my new workload are finally starting to come together at the office, and I've surprised myself with how well I seem to be handling them. Or it could just be the season; once the rain stopped I felt like it was starting to become autumn in earnest. Which means my annual submission to the will of the Great Pumpkin Spice Conspiracy. Alas, I think John Oliver is onto us:



Typical Englishman. Look, I don't tell you not to eat your bloody Marmite, and you stay away from my pumpkin spice, deal?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

Hooray, we have achieved both light and (intermittent, as usual) heat in the living room! I'm still shivery though, from having endured a homeward commute whilst wearing a fairly soaked hoodie, so let's hope that doesn't blossom into a full-blown cold. I need to think warm thoughts of far away places, and Air New Zealand may have just the remedy:



Via The Mary Sue and lots of other places. Love all the cameos!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

Meanwhile, in Chicago, during a commercial break from doing the local news:



Via BoingBoing.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

A door closes, a window opens. The toe is healing (I hope) but the antibiotics have some unexpected side effects and, more importantly, my plantar fasciitis is back with a vengeance. So after walking normally for one day I'm back to limping. Took all morning to get caught up, and now I can finally breathe while I eat lunch and blog. Plus, Jenny Slate has a new Marcel The Shell (With Shoes On) video out!:



Via Cute Overload. And the World Series begins this evening!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

My ticker got the green light once more, I did as much ironing as I could before the living room got too dark, and I've even rested and read a few comics this weekend. Not ready for the work week to come but at least it's only four days long. Not sure when I'll feel fully recovered from NY Comic Con. Wow though, so many women there, it really looked to be 50/50. How can that be when GirlsDon'tReadComics (via The Mary Sue)?...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

Today was our annual sojourn to VE Macy Park to take fall foliage photos, which have been posted to my Facebook page. Ever since the hurricane a few years back the park just isn't that spectacular. Now we get a lot of trees still green and others that have already lost their leaves; the harmony of past years is no longer in evidence. We might try again next Sunday if I'm up to it. The foot is coming along fine but I'm still recovering from so many body aches as a result of having to walk differently because of the ingrown nail that my body hasn't been up to ironing, so I plan to do that before and after my cardio appointment tomorrow, if the sun stays bright long enough (our living room overhead light is currently on the fritz awaiting landlord repair). I wouldn't mind making a dent in my DVR watching and blog reading either, but I think that'll wind up waiting until after the World Series. At least I can watch clever Sesame Street segments, though:



Via The Mary Sue. Love them Rube Goldberg machines, and love the way Sesame Street gets kids jazzed about science!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

Ahhh, blessed relief! The toe is understandably sore but the obstruction has been snipped away and I'm on the road to recovery - a road which I can now walk pain-free. Of course, my foot cramped twice while we were out and about doing necessary errands locally then in Yonkers, but it was so worth it to be able to stroll around the yuppie paradise faux village that is Ridge Hill! Although every store we went in (okay, except the Apple store and maybe Clarke's shoes) seems to have succumbed to the Great Pumpkin Spice Conspiracy (in which I myself am, full disclosure, a willing and sometimes eager participant). Ooh, scary! Speaking of which, here's a period table of phobias, fears and unspeakable horrors by the fellow behind Laugh Out Loud Cats (via BoingBoing)...that's right, Hallowe'en is just around the corner! Speaking of which, happy birthday to my youngest brother Jay!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

Phew, am I home yet? Tough day for this desk jockey, spent most of it entering information into the world's longest expense report, and the software kept getting slower and slower until I found myself transported to memories of the early '90s, waiting for my 2400 baud modem to connect and the simplest of emails to download. The ingrown toenail keeps getting worse as well, and naturally today was comics shopping day. I was wiped by the time I took the stairwell down from Midtown Comics (did I mention that descending stairs makes the toe hurt more than anything else?), and laden with two heavy bags I still had to hobble two blocks over to catch the express bus at Bryant Park - which was, naturally, over half an hour in coming. I'm so glad I'm getting this toe taken care of tomorrow morning! I'm even happier that I've taken Monday off and will finally have some down time to recover from jury duty, NYCC and a week's worth of workload. Maybe I'll even make a dent in my blog reading again. Although I have plenty of Silly Sites saved up, so how about the history of the English language in handy dandy chart form? Thanks, io9!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

How does Neil Patrick Harris get ready to host the Oscars? By bringing out a weird book and an even weirder video:



Via Mark Evanier.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Silly Site o' the Day

First world problems continue, as I was finally able to make an appointment for the weekend with a podiatrist local to my home to take care of an increasingly painful ingrown toenail. The fellow local to my office is out through next Thursday, and this won't wait another week. Just have to play through the pain in the meantime. They didn't have problems like this in the olden days, you know. They probably just filed down toenails or chopped the toes off. I'm such a wuss. But at least I haven't been made into a gif like these 600-year-old manuscript pictures or vintage photos from 100 years ago. thanks, io9!