Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

I didn't expect or have the energy to take a walk today, but it was just too lovely and Robin offered to come with me. For the first time we carried our masks instead of wearing them, and didn't run across a single soul to justify us putting them on again (well, a couple kids for like 30 seconds, but that was it). All the blossoms are out, I took tons of photos! Now it's time to sit back with a nice slice or two of pizza toast:

Via Laughing Squid. No, we are not eating this tonight.


Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

I finally got my "medi-pedi"! It's been almost two years since I last saw the podiatrist, but considering his office is about 6 blocks from my house and I'm working from home now, it's certainly going to be less time than that before getting my feet checked again. I walked to and from his office, and the hill on the way back was daunting but I made it okay. Now I don't feel like doing anything but sleeping. And maybe wearing camouflage.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

Another great day at the (home) office, followed by my TV highlight of the week, Quarantine Quitchen with Alton Brown and Elizabeth Ingram Brown, where they made a drink somewhat similar to what Robin made me tonight. We used vodka, Chambord, and lemon-lime soda; they used pineapple juice instead of the soda, and in different proportions, and they didn't care for theirs. but mine was so tasty I had two. For which I'll no doubt pay tomorrow. At least I didn't attempt any Lego cooking!

Monday, April 05, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

 Now that we're all fully vaccinated and ready to rejoin the rest of the world as long as they're the same, it's time to make some doctor appointments! So I started that today, and have an appointment with my podiatrist on Wednesday afternoon. So amazing that I can just take 45 minutes or so and walk there and back even during work hours! Very similar to what I used to do with all my specialists at Columbia Doctors when I worked in Manhattan, three blocks away from that facility. Now we're in the process of getting all new folks, and spring is a great time to get that taken care of! Otherwise work is going extremely well, and I actually did 15+ minutes on the bike today, which amazed me. Things are looking up! Can cooking be far behind? Well, trompe l'oeil cooking probably is.

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

 Another day of "I don't want to do anything much and I'm not going to beat myself up over it," particularly given my just-finished work week. Meanwhile, some people are still celebrating April Fools' Day, so there you go.

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

I was able to get out for a round-the-block walk today to mail out bills; fortunately the foot seems to be easing. So weird how this pain comes and goes. Meanwhile, we (okay, mostly Robin) finally got rid of the boxes that have been Zed's living room playthings since last October, and he doesn't seem terribly traumatized by their absence. We also got new pillows, which are growing on me but not so much on Robin. Now that we've achieved immunity and work has eased up again, I feel like we can finally look forward once more, and all this constitutes my version of spring cleaning. Maybe I'll get on the bike tomorrow, or just find inspiration in the reading room.

Friday, April 02, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

A quiet day at the home office, a painful day at the home as my plantar decided (possibly because of the dip in temperature) to act up. So it was a day of elevation and massage and bracing and walking with the cane and all the other things I do when this happens, in the hopes that it'll go away as suddenly as it flared up and I can get around this weekend when the weather turns nice again. Will I see giants? Or just take photos of flowers and other blossoms? Time will tell.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

White Rabbits, and welcome to April, appropriately! This is traditionally one of my favorite days because it's usually chock full of Silly Sites, but of course because of the last adjectival year that's been cut way back. Here's a good list of some of the corporate-led spoofs this year. More importantly, despite being dog-tired from working until almost 11 PM last night then being woken by the cat at 4:30 this morning, I managed to get through my workday (albeit with 2.5 hours of official "paid time off" to rest), watch the Yankees lose while my laptop's OS was upgrading, do my Woolite wash, and even catch up on finances and pay the bills, so I consider today to have been more than successful. That's not even mentioning it's Freedom Day for me and Robin, 14 days after our second COVID vaccine shot. We dared celebrate by going downstairs to retrieve packages and mail without masks! I can't wait to shop at normal hours again.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

At least I got a decent night's sleep, but I'm still on the clock monitoring what we call the "SOS mailbox" to help finalize firm reports due today. The end of March is a huge deadline so it's all hands (well, ten hands, five women) on deck to help as needed. It feels later than it is, but I'm hoping to be able to stay on until 10 PM, despite some physical aches and pains, mostly acid reflux that came out of nowhere. Robin and I have both been coughing a lot as well, and he's sneezed repeatedly, so perhaps this is all due to allergens, in which case I pray the rain washes some of that away so we can see the beautiful fashions of nature to come (after the weather dries out and warms up again, that is).

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

So today and tomorrow are the busy days for me at work. Stayed until about ten minutes ago tonight when I realized I could no longer focus on the screen, probably because I've been up since around 5 AM (we did what I hope is our last Old Folks Hour shopping, since we're fully COVID-immune as of Thursday). At least I ate before logging off, although it was not some poorly conceived "Italian" dish...