Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Silly Site o' the Day

As the plantar pain eases in the left foot, the right foot begins to act up again. Not sure if it's also plantar-related, but at least I have plenty of braces from which to choose. Currently wearing two neoprene heel cushions; I wish they'd had these back in the days of my heel spurs (or, going back to when I was a kid, the palmar warts that led to the other kids mocking me as Tippy-Toes for awhile). In any case, I think I'm getting better but who knows any more. And this is all just in time for spring allergies to begin at least a month early; not even my annual cup of coffee helped today. Why can't I be like one of those women in disaster movies?



Via BoingBoing.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Silly Site o' the Day

I'm wearing the first of two new plantar braces. This one is a two-partner, a light and flexible heel gel cap on the inside covered with a neoprene protector. Took a bit to figure out how to match 'em up but now that they're on I feel like they'll do a nice job for wearing around the house (for work I still have the old brace, and for the commute I have the custom orthotics in my sneakers). Looking forward to brace #2 which should arrive tomorrow. Of course, it doesn't matter in the long run, because we'll all be replaced by dolphins soon:



Via Laughing Squid.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Silly Site o' the Day

My goodness, that was a long commute. The NYC commuter buses are on a Saturday schedule today, which means they come every half hour. I knew I wasn't going to make the 5:30, so I leisurely strolled to refill my MetroCard then huffed and puffed down and back up stairs because the elevator was out. Didn't do my foot much good. Made it in plenty of time for the 6:00 - which never came. So half an hour later we all piled onto the 6:30, which filled up quickly, then right after the last pick-up the 6:00 bus came out from behind us as if to taunt us. So yeah, not fun. Take me away, Trumprimatologist (via BoingBoing)!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Silly Site o' the Day

Robin and I both worked today (he on his actual art, me on ironing), despite our bone-tiredness that persists. I wonder if it goes with the thanks-a-lot-global-climate-change weather? I think I'm already getting spring allergies! The potentially good news is that my ArchGlove plantar brace worked with my old slippers so I didn't have to wear sneakers around the house all day, and the pain does seem to have lessened quite a bit. I've ordered some other kinds of plantar braces via Amazon that are designed to work specifically with heel pain, so I think I'm well on the road back to recovery. Alas, I don't get the day off tomorrow, so I'm putting the ArchGlobe in my pocket for work purposes. Meanwhile, after Robin and I were both done working we had a lovely time just being with each other, so in his honour I present:



Via Laughing Squid. Did you know the British also make fun of American teeth as being too fake and perfect? It's true! Although by and large our teeth tend to be worse than theirs...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Silly Site o' the Day

I barely got through the supermarket today, having had a very broken night of stomach pain and such interrupting my sleep, so I'm pretty wiped now. Just enough energy to blog about color-changing dominoes:



Via Laughing Squid.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Silly Site o' the Day

As long as I had sneakers on today (I changed back from my work shoes mid-afternoon) the foot was fine and I could even walk unaided for brief periods of time. So that bodes well for the weekend, as does the weather. I'm no fan of global climate change but I do appreciate not having to deal with too much cold and snow this month. Particularly with my favorite artist by my side! And I think Robin will appreciate these illustrated client requests from an artist who was expected to donate his time, energy and talent for no compensation.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Silly Site o' the Day

The foot is getting incrementally better, but I'm still impatient, I want it to be all better now. It's been pretty much all year that the Sisterhood of the Traveling Foot Pain has affected one foot or the other, and I'm hoping by March to be rid of the cane altogether once the leg cramps or releases or whatever. Meanwhile, got lots done at work, laying groundwork for tomorrow's tasks, and I'm just beat. But you know, even in our self-absorption we should never forget the non-existent victims of the non-existent Bowling Green Massacree. Won't you help out? (Via Peter David.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Silly Site o' the Day

Photo day today at the office, so here are some Hieronymus Bosch figurines (via Arthur).

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Silly Site o' the Day

Wow, what a great Valentine's Day. Robin bought me two dozen roses and a heart-shaped box of sugar-free chocolates, and of course I bought him sushi. Can't think of a much more romantic evening than that! Let's celebrate with some Simon's Cat, shall we?



And here's their Guide to Love:



Hope you all had a lovely day out there!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Silly Site o' the Day

The morning commute was, as feared, very difficult, but Robin managed to get me and my laptop onto the bus, and I was somehow able to get it from there to the office to my workstation. It helped that I have a nifty new iPhone SE whose battery doesn't mysteriously drain every time I take a photo or look at it in cold weather or play Pokemon GO. Took them all of five minutes to get my work email and work-related apps onto it, and I'm getting the hang of"touch, then press to open" fingerprint technology, which fortunately is not superseded by my alphanumeric security code the firm requires me to have. By lunchtime I was able to limp outside to refill my commuter card, now that they've repaired the elevator access to the subway station. By end of day I was limping at a much faster pace. Tonight I'm wearing an old work shoe (with a new plantar orthotic) on my left foot and a slipper on my right, in the hopes that helps heal the, er, heel even more. I can almost see the light at the end of this tunnel. But ah, will it be filled by London Rock?



Via Laughing Squid.