Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Monday, December 06, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

Happy milestone birthday to my wonderful husband Robin! We had a low-key day, like most everything is nowadays, with me taking care of business during work hours and spending as much time as I can during the rest of the day. Because he's got such a keen eye, I'm sure Robin would appreciate these ugly designs.

Sunday, December 05, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

A nice quiet home day, except for all that grating. Who would have thought a butternut squash took so much grating? But the squash latkes were delicious and just about worth it. Say, did you know Mark Evanier has been posting all sorts of Chanukah videos? Well, he has.

Saturday, December 04, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

It's been one heck of an anniversary. Robin woke me up in the wee small hours-- actually, he and our shouting basement neighbor woke me-- to inform me that all the electricity was out. We found out later that morning that it was just a partial outage, most of the kitchen outlets were still operational including the fridge, so Robin kludged together a few extension cords so we could boot up our router and keep our phones and pads charged. Worst of all, the boiler was on the circuit that had fritzed out. I had hoped to get our grocery shopping done, and buy him an anniversary card when I couldn't locate the one I swore I'd already bought, but we spent much of the morning with the landlord, his handyman, the electrician, and neighbors. Turns out the power was half-out for all four houses along our row, which indicated it was definitely a ConEd problem. The good news is, they located and repaired the problem by 10:30, and we were nice and toasty again by 11 in time to relax a bit and do our shopping a bit later but not appreciably so. Interestingly, the lights all seem much brighter now than they have in months, which leads me to believe this issue has been building for longer than just a day or so. We had a lovely anniversary together the rest of the afternoon and evening, got lots of online and in-person congrats on our special day, and once again everyone commented on Robin's weight loss but nobody on his shaved head. Me, I'm just grateful he's no longer subject to any tragic hair accidents.

Friday, December 03, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

It's not just the post-birthday doldrums. Something seems to be seriously amiss with our electricity. It's been dimming and blipping out, sometimes for at least 10 seconds straight before reluctantly coming back on. We finally got a hold of the landlord, who will be bringing an electrician in tomorrow morning to take a look at things. I'm just grateful I was able to get my work done with minimal interruption; the work laptop is now turned off for the weekend to avert whatever might be coming. I definitely have a feeling of impending wossname! I just need to relax and watch the German kitties shop:

Via BoingBoing.

Thursday, December 02, 2021

Will You Still Need Me?

Sometimes I wonder. But I am indeed 64 now, and I still need me. I'm very self-amusing, after all. It's been a fun birthday. From all the greetings from work colleagues to calls from most of my immediate family (and a former boss!) to lots of Facebook posts to an actual virtual party thrown for me by my Firesign friends, to of course spending the day with my favorite person and pet, it's been quite the whirlwind. I'm giving myself a birthday present by not doing a Silly Site today.

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

White Rabbits, and welcome to December! After yesterday's madness I was able to get so much done today, from catching up on finances to taking inventory of my jeans (in the process of weeding out the larger sized ones and replacing them with my current size) to getting back on the bike to preparing my holiday card list (alas, not clever enough for these cards). When I'm not completely overwhelmed I find I have energy for stuff. And just in time for my birthday tomorrow...

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

As predicted, another tough day. I knew it would be hard to juggle all my new folks without dropping a ball, and today's was pretty large but I was forgiven in short order. It pays to rack up professionalism points! But now that November is behind us, I think it's time for some sea shanties, don't you?

Via Wil Wheaton.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

Today was the start of probably the toughest work week I've had in a long time. I'm barely keeping my head above water, and I think tomorrow will be even more challenging. So no squash latkes, no finance catch-up, very little besides work then collapse. Oh, and catching up on Star Trek: Discovery now that we've finished the Beatles Get Back docu. Cute ads during Star Trek for a ST-themed game, which reminded me of this:

Via Laughing Squid.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

I think supply-chain issues are starting to hit our local grocery stores a bit harder. Our usual place was out of both our TP brand and my preferred cream cheese flavors, so I went to a second shop to get those plus visit the half-price card store down the street to secure holiday cards. Alas, they had only one fairly uninspiring variety, and I pretty much cleaned them out. Beggars can't be choosers, I suppose. And it's better than nothing. I bet if I looked I couldn't find any of these either.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

Time to see Mom! Which was a lovely visit, with my brother and sis-in-law making the tasty kosher meal, and I got a bite or two of the desserts we brought before we had to be on the road. I wanted to hit the NJ Turnpike by dark, which I did, and... then... we... got... SLAMMED on the road leading to the GW Bridge, and sat there for almost 90 minutes. I thought all the heavy traffic would be tomorrow, but I guess it was inevitable, between the NJ partiers who like to go into NYC on Saturday nights and all the folks from New England who couldn't get home any other way but still had many miles to go. I think that's the last time I attempt an out-of-state trip any time during that particular 4-day weekend! I'd love a recovery day but we still need to grocery shop tomorrow. I would like to lodge a protest...