Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Double-Nickel to Others, Platinum to Me

Today is Robin's 55th birthday. Here's a lovely photo showing an English robin in the wintertime; in England that's the avian symbol of winter just like the cardinal is here. Not sure what more I can say about Robin that I haven't said before. He's my emotional rock, my best friend, and the intangible benefits I derive from our marriage are too numerous to count. Plus, OMG that English accent, and that artistic talent! Happy birthday, my love. See you tonight for (presumably) some well-earned sushi.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

What a difference a day makes! Robin's tech is running smoothly again (apparently there was an outage on Apple's part which may have contributed to the issues) as is my car. The auto shop owner came by with two mechanics, who couldn't refit the belt with the car in our driveway so they drove it back (sans the power steering!) to the shop, belted and returned it by the time I got home. We'll be celebrating our anniversary about a week late but no less enthusiastically now that we have a working vehicle again! Can you dig it? I knew that you could...

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

Between the car situation (I chafe under enforced inactivity!) and Robin's tech acting up for no reason whatsoever, I don't feel particularly silly at the moment, but let's give it a try anyway. Here, you may as well be as depressed as us:



Via PZ Myers. I haven't worn makeup since well before I married Robin 18 years ago today...

To Life

We were all set to go to the mall for our 18th wedding anniversary, where we could do some impulse shopping, I could get a haircut, and of course there's the conveyor belt sushi... when the power steering belt just installed on my car last Saturday came off. (Must have happened sometime after we got home yesterday, as it was fine during our errands, thank goodness.) Naturally it being a Sunday our local auto shop is closed today, so instead of going out we'll be staying in, prepping our holiday table and so forth. Thank goodness I love spending time with Robin so much.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

Now that I've cleared that "beginning my 60th turn around this world" hurdle, things seem to be looking up. A small leg cramp this morning seems to have released much of the pain I've been feeling this last couple of weeks and, aside from a little lingering annoyance in the big arthritic toe, I'm more or less walking normally now. Which gave us the opportunity to do all our errands (including the yearly sojourn to buy holiday cards) today and left us free to plan a nice anniversary outing tomorrow. Not only that, but I've finished my ironing and have enough tops to wear through the next three weeks (after which we go on a 1-week break), so we can lay out the holiday table tomorrow morning and start looking to decorate it. Good job Chanukah and Christmas coincide this year, I don't think I'd have been ready to light candles before now! And right now we're getting into the holiday spirit by watching It's A Wonderful Life and marvelling at all the ways in which our president elect resembles Mr. Potter (only I'd sooner take Lionel Barrymore's character as president, at least he's shrewd). Next up sometime this month, I hope they rerun Desk Set, which puts me in mind of this:



Via Laughing Squid. And now, back to Zuzu's petals...

Friday, December 02, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

Home after a nice sushi date-night dinner, but pretty wiped. Going to bed now. Enjoy Simon's Cat:



Is there a cat around who doesn't do this?

Fifty-Nine, More or Less Fine

If I had been born in the 19th century, I'd probably have been dead by now. By the turn of the last century I might have been alive but considered quite old and/or lucky. Nowadays I'm late middle age, but feeling old depending on how my legs and feet are feeling. Today, they're feeling around 59, so I guess that's good. I won't be dancing any jigs soon, but then again I never have. Other than occasional mobility issues I'm generally happy and healthy; I still have close relatives from the generation before me so that's pretty extraordinary as far as I'm concerned; I have lots of Facebook friends (and even Google, worryingly, has wished me a happy birthday) and actual real-life friends, including my first husband; I have Robin and his family and friends; and now I have Zed or Zebedee or "kissy-sounds" or whatever he's answering to these days. It's a full and lovely life, and I hope it will become even fuller as I get retirement age (I'm figuring maybe another decade) and fall back on my writing again. Until then, my writing is right here, or occasionally on Facebook, and I thank all of you still out there for reading.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

White Rabbits! Can I have one of their feet? It would serve me better than my own, particularly after having to descend and climb subway stairs, then take a five-block walk to a hotel, stand around for half an hour, sit uncomfortably for a further two and a half hours, then walk from 45th and Seventh Avenue to 51st and Lexington. I'm pretty hobbled now, even used the cane at work for awhile. Not the best way to lead into my birthday tomorrow. On the other hand, lots of people have it way worse, as this horror movie plot generator illustrates.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

The somewhat good news is that the foot pain has crystallized into one specific area, my right big toe, which has arthritis, and I guess the rainy weather has aggravated that. The bad news is that it hurt so much last night that I got very little sleep, so I'm hitting the hay now and bidding November a not-so-fond farewell. Via BoingBoing, here's a calculator to make you even more depressed.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

The arthritic right big toe flared up like a mofo today, probably because of the rain, but at least that pain has overtaken all the other pains in the foot so, um, yay? Meanwhile, my new iPad came in today, and I haven't played with it at all yet because of Zed, who seems to get into and under everything lately. So I'll be taking it to bed now, propping up my poor foot, and leaving you with another iPhone parody:



Via Laughing Squid.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

Man, it's tough coming back to a full day of work after four consecutive days off. But I got through it, foot pain and all. Of course, that meant I didn't get out and about, which means I have no idea if there were any funny city signs for me to investigate.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Silly Site o' the Day

A nice quiet day at home helped the foot situation a bit, but of course I have a week of walking ahead of me now. New slippers should be here tomorrow, I hope they help a bit. New iPad mini (my birthday/anniversary/holiday present from Rob) will be here on Tuesday, that will help my mood a lot more. Meanwhile, Robin's new camera (his birthday/anniversary/holiday present from me) arrived today, and Zebedee/Zed/The Cat is proving a terrific subject. Pretty soon Robin will be engaging Zed in a series of movie re-creation photos like this...