Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Friday, May 17, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

The car's back, Robin looked under the hood and the power steering belt is definitely more in place than it seemed to be the last couple times they adjusted it. So I guess my summer project may be finding a new auto shop; as nice as these guys are I think there has been some erosion of trust in competency. But before that I have to handle a commuter card that's not working at present (not a big deal, I can use my phone and pay with my debit card for awhile) and a home keyboard whose keys are starting to stick. Tech and I, we have a tenuous relationship. Hoping to take some days off once the allergy season wanes (if it ever does) and see some Manhattan sites, but alas, not this one any more...

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

The car is fixed and will be returned tomorrow. The mechanics assert they've figured out the issue, but I'm still going to pay a call on a local Hyundai dealership and have them do a diagnostic to make sure it's all copacetic. I had so little work today I decided to leave early and take a couple PTO hours, since I have tons to spare, and my bus driver was someone I hadn't seen since the pandemic so it was nice catching up with him. I'm trying to make a habit out of early departures on slow days, so doubtless I'll see him again. I logged back on when I got home so I was able to handle things that had come in during my commute, but I like how this worked so it's definitely a tactic for the future. I feel like celebrating with a cheese vending machine!

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

I filled out my workday nicely, and have decided to cut back to only two in-office days a week unless I'm needed for something special. Next week I'm needed on Tuesday and Wednesday so that works nicely, but I just need more me-time in the summer, time to meet my PTO goals and relax a bit. That'll be a lot easier once the car is fixed. I'd rather they find the reason the power steering belt keeps falling off and take their time fixing it than rush through it, so I'll wait to call them until tomorrow. The rain didn't help my mood that much, I don't think I'll feel right again until the car's back in its parking spot (even though I do see it on the homeward bound bus so I know it's okay). I'm sure my mood will lighten up as the season goes on and the Summer Olympics loom, complete with hidden spotters:

Via Laughing Squid.


Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

While I've been awake since about 4 AM due to worry and nightmares (let's see, I dreamt my alarm clock had been hacked, no wait it was actually my work laptop had been stolen, and some shadowy forces were chasing me and Robin), I've ended the day a bit more mellow than it started. The car is back in the shop, where the mechanics will try to figure out why the power steering belt keeps falling off the brand new assembly, and I had more than enough work to occupy my brain for the day, plus it didn't hurt that part of my schedule included a noontime meditation session. The evening commute was a bit more crowded than I would have preferred, as I had seat company much of the way which really tends to throw my body out of alignment, but I'm hoping a shower will ease all of that. A vacation would be better, although not in any Indiana parks if this is what's in store:

Via Laughing Squid.


Monday, May 13, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

Today I feel anything but silly. But the good news first. I finally got to see Mom, after being sidelined from the last planned visit by my car's power steering belt assembly needing replacement. All in all it was a good visit and I took photos which I'll treasure and all that. The bad news is, my worst fear was realized, in that the same power steering belt just repaired less than two months ago came off while we were homeward bound on the NJ Turnpike. It's a good thing I learned to drive before power steering was a thing, enough muscle memory kicked in that I was able to navigate us home, but not before at least one very harrowing experience trying to turn onto Riverside Drive after exiting the GWB and almost getting into an accident because I couldn't navigate the hard left angle. I'm at my wits' end now trying to figure out how to get this power steering belt fixed permanently. The auto shop will replace it again for free, for the third time, but I don't want this to keep happening and I can't really afford a new car. Nor can I really ride a bike any more, even one with a leather banana holder. At the moment I just need a bit more perspective but I'm pretty shaken up. The important thing is, the car is in its usual spot at the house and Robin and I are fine, and I need to hold onto that as I start my in-office Manhattan days for the week.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

As we had no prepped dinners and it turned a bit cool, I decided to make a stir fry again, which turned out fine except I still can't get the hang of getting the tofu crispy. We'll be heading to Mom's tomorrow to celebrate Mother's Day a day late, so I got lots of rest in preparation for a day of driving. So glad it's baseball season again, and I'm tempted to even check out some minor league ball:

Via BoingBoing.


Saturday, May 11, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

A lovely day, and tomorrow won't be as lovely, so we ventured out to Kura conveyor-belt sushi in Scarsdale again, spent way too much money (but cheap if you consider we aren't going on any vacations), and perused the Super ShopRite in the same strip mall complex so I could pick up stuff I usually find only in the ShopRite by Mom's house. The supermarket was weird, sort of two buildings smushed into one with a ramp between the two in the back of the store, and after our meal we weren't much in the mood to shop, so I got most everything on my list and realized afterwards that I had forgotten to include premade dinners. So this week I'll be choosing from the freezer and larder, as well as cooking a stir fry tomorrow when I feel like eating again. My updated notary stamp also arrived, which I'm taking to work on Tuesday so I can begin notarizing again. Apparently my online notary license (which I never fully pursued after being commissioned as the needed equipment is a bit cost-prohibitive, and not worth it once our back-to-office mandate kicked in) supersedes my traditional one, but allows me to notarize traditionally as well. I didn't find out any of this a colleague told me she'd visited the Bronx County court to verify my notarization and found out my old stamp was no good. Once I contactt the NYS Department of State folks they were very kind and communicative about all of this, and even sent me a PDF of my new licensure so I had proof of my new number and expiration to order the stamp. Sorry to bore you with all this techie stuff, but sometimes I put things in my blog as much for me to remember as to communicate with others. It could be more boring, it could be The Hobbit read like a shipping forecast:

Via Laughing Squid.


Friday, May 10, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

Work pretty much sailed by, I got to put my feet up throughout the day, and Mom's flowers and Mother's Day gift arrived. The gift was in my mailbox to give her when we see her on Monday; alas, the flowers were from a new place I'd tried and I should have read the reviews about the place, as UPS didn't deliver them to Mom's house until 8:15, well after my brother and sister-in-law (who were visiting Mom could have helped bring them into the house and set them up) had left the premises. I'm still fuming over the fact that a 93-year-old woman who's not that physically strong had to do all that herself. But in a way it's fitting, this Jewish guilt. Maybe I would have been better buying her a kiddie race car that doubles as a floor cleaner.

Thursday, May 09, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

My (I thought) brilliant and logical suggestion for time off this summer was scuttled, so it's onto plan B, which I hit on as I decided to leave the office early because there was nothing for which anyone needed me so I took an impromptu few hours paid time off. I've decided to do that again in the summer months, but with a lot more structure. So I plan to take off off Wednesday afternoons to do things in Manhattan as I'll be there anyway, and we'll see how that goes. It's all weather-dependent anyway. But I wouldn't mind taking in stuff like the NYC-Dublin portal that just went up.

Wednesday, May 08, 2024

Silly Site o' the Day

It appears that being outside for the last few days has left its mark on us, and that mark is mostly made of pollen. But I still had to go through a whole Manhattan workday, which didn't really energize me despite the lovely weather. I wore my rain jacket as it absolutely teemed down during the morning commute, then went from my basement seat to bright sunshine at lunch, found out there was a street fair on the block where I usually get my lunch, perused the whole thing in 80-plus degree weather with my rain jacket still on... well, at least the street fair was fun. I felt pretty safe too, all things considered. Then back into the basement which grew colder as outside grew warmer, then back to my locking file cabinet by my usual workstation to put my stuff away, then home and I'm exhausted just thinking about it. I need a vacation! I'm trying to formulate a plan that will let me use the 135+ hours I need to take by September so I don't lose those. It's not like I could have take time off to go anywhere during the pandemic, or during our busy season which began just as the pandemic numbers fell, and this month and next I need to be onsite for inspections... so like when do they expect me to take it? So much for lip service to Mental Health Month. Oh well, I get to take Monday to visit Mom, not really a vacation considering all the driving but at least it's a change of scenery. Sometimes it seems I'd be better off as a dog flying Bark Air...