Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

Even though Friday the 13th done fell on a Saturday this month, it wasn't unlucky for me at all. The car is still working fine, we didn't need the windshield wiper fluid as it got a good cleaning from the rain, which stopped as we pulled into the supermarket parking lot, we were home too late to see the results of the Tour de France Stage 14 but the usual suspects came in as expected, both NY baseball teams won, we watched a terrific documentary on the Indigo Girls, and I did my usual Saturday "chores" leaving us both ready to give blood tomorrow morning. Robin's been doing some coloring so I'm sure he knows all about this, and it was pretty cool sitting in the home office today with him there as well (I was there to lay out my pills for the next week and make sure my refill orders were in). The start of a nice weekend! Off to watch the Copa America third place match...

Friday, July 12, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

I breezed through my work today and gave myself a couple extra hours PTO, since it was relatively slow. I think I'm getting the hang of this relaxation thing. Might even watch some nature shows over the weekend. Speaking of which, here's a fun faux-Attenborough:


Thursday, July 11, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

All my work tech was right where I'd left it in my locking file cabinet and, while it took about an hour or two, I caught up from yesterday and got a lot of stuff done. So much so that I decided to leave early (having arrived early) and beat the rush hour traffic, which we did miraculously. Great driver, and surprisingly few obstacles in either direction. It's like folks are still on holiday or something. Looking forward to four consecutive days at home, even if two of them consist of working. Not looking forward to exploring Instagram if they have photos like these; I mean, I want to keep up with What The Kids Are Doing but not this badly.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

My first No-Work Wednesday of the summer, and I'm still addicted enough to my email and texts that I did follow along but, because I had no laptop with me at home, no actual work got done, just me schmoozing and giving pointers in our exec assistant Teams chat. So restful! Of course it would be a lot better if I could go anywhere; we tried to get the windshield washer reservoir looked at but the auto shop guy said his usual mechanic was on vacay this week and could we come back another day at 9 when the fill-in mechanics arrive, so I'll schlep it back down on Friday. I can't wait for the weather to cooperate more so I can take advantage of being a tourist in my own city! Even if I have to mask to avoid any pandemic resurgence, like others are actually still doing.

Tuesday, July 09, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

Long but rewarding day in the office, where I got my steps in by traversing the perimeter of the floor where I sit at least five times, repeatedly printing out more copies of a proposal for a partner sitting way the heck at the other end of the floor from the only working color copier (and my workstation being near neither). Not even my partner, but I like making new connections so I didn't really mind, and my hallux didn't even complain so I suspect that infection is gone for good. Alas, the heat wave is sapping much of my wherewithal from other areas, so I have to be very careful when I go anywhere outside. Tomorrow I get to rest, and Thursday I'm right back in Manhattan, but at least I left my laptop there today so I don't have to schlep it in. Meanwhile Robin did some coloring work for his current assignment, so maybe I should tell him about Text2Color (via BoingBoing)... nah, I bet he knows all this stuff already.

Monday, July 08, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

Back to work, but thank goodness not back to the office until tomorrow, so I could relax inside, eat healthy food (glucose numbers have really gone down in the past week!), and try to find stuff to watch as the Mets disappointed again and there was no football (both Euros and Copa resume tomorrow) or cycling (rest day at the Tour de France). I managed to find enough work to do that I only took about 90 minutes of PTO down-time. I suppose I should be grateful during this heat wave that I don't have a yard to tend, but if I did it would be filled with banana ducks.

Sunday, July 07, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

And that's a wrap for the last day of my company's summer shutdown week! I must confess, as a routine-centered kinda gal, I'm almost looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow (especially since it's a work-from-home day) and implementing my rest-of-summer plan to take off every Wednesday that I can. I like the idea of two days on, one day off, two days on, two days off, particularly when half the "on" days are working from home. Feels much more like semi-retirement. I might even get into some new routines, as my vague plans to restart the how-to-draw book and get through my DVR and other such things haven't really come to fruition in the past week. Maybe I'll subscribe to more amusing Instagram feeds, like Uglydesign (via BoingBoing, and I mean really, shrimp nails?) or even *gasp* podcasts...

Saturday, July 06, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

Grocery shopping went quickly, the car is fine and I'm planning on getting the windshield washer mechanism fixed on Wednesday, and we were able to spend the rest of this awful hot and sticky day indoors with lovely working ACs, watching the Euros or Copa or baseball or whatever it is... biking?... lots of sports throughout. Definitely getting psyched for the Olympics! Although please, no more AI-generated video of gymnastics, that's downright creepy.

Friday, July 05, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

I think my body feels the impending heat wave. I just couldn't get enough energy up to go on the bike today, but as I know I have to return to work in a couple of days I'm not beating myself up about it. It's hard for me to get worked up about much of anything this week, even as I watch my Facebook friends go off the rails about an election that isn't even happening until November and ohhhh so much can occur between now and then. For instance, we could get more videos like this. (Sorry, I won't link to former-Twitter directly.)


Thursday, July 04, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

The results are in on this Independence Day. The Brits have retained their sanity while the Americans seem to be losing theirs. I'm not sure if this guy won or not:

(Via BoingBoing) I kinda hope so, that's around where Robin used to live. In any case, the good(ish) guys seem to have won there, while we're here whining about an old guy doing badly in a debate against a felon who should have been disqualified for office at least a decade ago. In other news, the banging of fireworks does not seem to abate even in a room with both the AC and fan going at full white-noise, so welcome to the Fourth. At least we had a lovely holiday meal and watched some fun movies. Perhaps back on the bike tomorrow.