Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Friday, May 27, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

Got through my first shortened Friday of the summer, headed down to the local gourmet place for some shopping, then returned to find a jury summons in the mail. Naturally it conflicts with a medical appointment, which I've now cancelled. Hoping that, since it says I'm an alternate juror, I won't have to make the 90-minute local bus trip in and remain masked all day (because I wouldn't dare be without one unless I'm outside and there's nobody around me, which isn't very likely), but I don't think I'll be that lucky. Oh well, maybe I'll pass some cool murals on the way, or perhaps even interactive sculptures.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Sillly Site o' the Day

Pretty sure the allergens are kicking in once more, because my first-ever home COVID test came out negative, so I'm assuming nothing was picked up from my sojourn into Manhattan. I'm just so tired, though. But I was lying face-down on the bed reaching for something in the lowest dresser drawer when I felt a sort of weird ping, and immediately I knew my back had loosened (and I hadn't even realized it was tight, although my intercostals have been killing me since Tuesday's bus ride) and I could once again walk without knee or foot pain. So that's a good sign leading into the coming 3-day weekend! And design week continues with a look at logos with hidden meanings.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

So many body aches from yesterday's Manhattan sojourn! And allergens seem to be all over, wafting in on the noise of the Yonkers neighbors' gardening crew and the landlord loudly talking to another realtor between our house and the next one (both of which he presently owns). All of this, plus tragedy upon tragedy in this country, made it more difficult to concentrate on work, but I got all of it done so I'll never have to rely on Icelandic horses!


Via Laughing Squid.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

Got up at least an hour before I wanted to, and 30 minutes before I had set my alarm for early departure into The City to drop off my PBF and visit the office. What a horrid express bus ride down into Manhattan! But seeing four of my partners and a few others I've missed dearly almost made up for it. I had my mask on until the hugs started; despite the latest rise in COVID rates, I just needed the personal connection, however briefly, with these folks I support and see all too seldom. Still, I masked up as soon as I entered the elevator down to the lobby, and was grateful to be back home and presumably safe by 10:45 or so when I logged on and actually started (or continued?) my workday. So now that I'm back in my happy place, let's check out a new Randy Rainbow song celebrating the kind of eyewear I used to don back when I was a kid:

Monday, May 23, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

Another nice quiet day enabled me to start my 24-hour PBF test to drop off at the lab in Manhattan tomorrow prior to visiting coworkers at the office for an hour or so, whereupon I head straight back home to log on. I plan on being masked the entire time. Speaking of work, let's revisit logos again! Here are some logos with hidden meanings.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

My leg is still twinging a bit, so the compression sock didn't completely solve it, but I think I just need to do a few calf stretches against the bed, and I'm hoping to be back on the bike tomorrow. Between the leg, the heat, and the still-sore shoulder from COVID vaccine booster #2, I'm skipping that again today. I never thought I'd miss going on the bike, but it's become a routine and I'm nothing if not a creature of habit. At least I caught up on finances and even set things up to pay my car registration online first thing tomorrow. The heat appears to be breaking now, we just had a heck of a storm come through for like 10 minutes. Should I send a complaint to Earth Reviews about this past weekend?

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

Life during COVID time continues, with numbers rising and friend after friend going on vacation and to conventions, many unmasked. But I've run out of sympathy for folks who should know better, and am trying to concentrate on keeping myself and Robin safe. So today we got our second booster shot at our favorite pharmacy, which took all of ten minutes for the both of us. I had an 11 AM appointment and his was at noontime, we got there around 10:50 and, including shopping for health-related stuff, were out and on our way to the supermarket by 11:10. That had us back in our air-conditioned home (Robin had turned on the ACs before we left) by 12:30 when the temperature had just hit 80 degrees, so we even missed the worst of the heat and humidity today. Aside from the expected injection site pain, and weariness that I'm sure was caused more by the weather than the shot, I have no real symptoms of anything yet. I've just donned compression socks to try and get rid of the calf spasms, and so far they're working better than anything else I tried, so with any luck tomorrow I can finally make salad and do a bit of cooking I'd been putting off due to it involving standing. In other news, apparently there was an election in Australia today, so I may as well recycle this from the last election:

 Via BoingBoing.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

Another really good day at work, where I finished migration and backing up my electronic files from my work laptop's hard drive into my "personal drive" on the firm's cloud-based servers. And apparently the crude first-draft tutorial I wrote is getting accolades, according to my supervisor, so a "progression" (exec assistants can't really be promoted) would seem to be assured now, which will mean greater financial security. I was fairly euphoric through most of the day, which was only marred by shooting low-level pain down my left calf, preventing me from going on the exercise bike until I can figure out how to mitigate it. In the meantime, let's stay with the branding theme and take a look at some brutally honest slogans.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

With so many colleagues complaining about laptop failure (mine is a fair bit newer than theirs, I got it about a month before the COVID shutdown and subsequent work-from-home-forever period began) and their inability to access files, I decided this relative downtime was the perfect opportunity to migrate my electronic files to my personal networked drive in the cloud. I began the process yesterday, archiving all my data that I don't use that often, and today I backed up all the rest. While I was moving or copying I said to myself, "self (because that's what I call myself), since you're doing this for the first time and learning as you go, this would make a handy step-by-step tutorial for others to do it too." I sent it to my supervisor and mentor, and within like 10 minutes it had gone all the way up the ladder to the head of administration, who has been planning to migrate her own files so it was, like, a perfect storm. So much for keeping a low'ish profile until my retirement in half a dozen years! Our look at logos continues with The Worst Logo Failures Ever.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

Much as I don't want to see it there, I've reinstated my "Life During COVID Time" label for the foreseeable future, as what some people call the "fifth wave" washes over the NY environs. I miss my coworkers and am still planning on coming into the office for an hour or so next Tuesday (after dropping something off at my doctor's office nearby), but now I'm fairly certain I'll be masked the entire time. I made our appointments for our second boosters this weekend, where it should feel nice to be in an air-conditioned pharmacy during the 90-plus-degree weather. We'll be heading to the supermarket after that, then home very fast so nothing gets too warm. I attended a virtual rebranding seminar today, so let's look at logos this week. Here are some brutally honest ones.