Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

Why did nobody mention the Emmys are on tonight? I usually keep meticulous track of these things. Dang this pandemic anyway, where one day just goes into another and all our former markers might as well be thrown out along with my latest batch of comics and graphic novels (okay, they weren't thrown out, just given to an enterprising neighbor around the block who resells the stuff, but they're out of our apartment now!). Anyway, rooting for John Oliver as usual:

I should probably mark the 2022 Emmys on my calendar now so I don't forget them too...

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Since we'll be traveling down to NJ in a few days, we decided to forgo any outside activity this weekend. There are signs of autumn, today was the first day we were able to reopen the windows in at least a week, but the weather's not quite where I want it yet. And, you know, pandemic; I know at least three people with breakout infections and I don't want to be another! So Robin did the vacuuming and we're trying to take care of other household stuff as long as we're indoors, including cooking once I have the mental energy. I might even download one of these handy widgets that hide everything but the recipe one is seeking, because I really don't want to know people's life stories that badly.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

I wonder if I'm ever going to have a relatively easy work day again. I'm glad I got my expected tasks done this morning, because I had a few unexpected ones towards the end of the day. I need to be constantly alert much more than I've been, especially as we come to the end of the fiscal year. At least Robin (who vacuumed today as well as changing the vinegar pots, the little bugs have been awful lately) and Zed keep me grounded and sane, even when Zed is as silly as these kitties. On to the weekend!

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

It finally cooled down enough for us to do a decent and comprehensive grocery shopping trip, between the time when the morning rain stopped and the evening storms were slated to begin. Nothing at all this afternoon, but we couldn't count on that so I took a long lunch and got 'er done. So nice to have a full fridge again! But weirdly, all the fruit we were able to find a couple weeks ago is now gone. No peaches, no cherries, it's like the supermarket decided It's Going To Be Autumn and That's That. I also found out Mom needs us to come down and take her to a medical appointment next week, so I've got the day off work and maybe the NJ supermarket will have what we couldn't find up here. Or maybe I'll just learn alla bout how to cut and serve cheese:

Via Laughing Squid.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

Payday, and I'm all set for food shopping tomorrow! We're going to try for around noon, as it should be a relatively light day at work so I can afford to be away from keyboard for slightly more than an hour. I've scheduled a last-minute vacation day next week so I can help Mom out with an appointment she has, possibly bring her a new iPad which I ordered via my work "points" today (if it arrives in time), and maybe even get her to pose for an album cover like these care home residents did.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

Stuff do-age today! We watched the Apple presentation and I'm pretty much sold on a new iPad mini since I needed a new one anyway. Robin took care of the laundry and I actually accomplished most of the folding, we're eating down today and tomorrow as we're waiting until it cools down again to go shopping, I've been chiseling away at the DVR'ed shows, Alton and Elizabeth are on the YouTube in less than half an hour (have I mentioned lately how QQ is like the highlight of my viewing week?), our finances are in order, and as soon as the summer heat goes away I'll truly be in my happy place. Let's celebrate with some stop-motion veggies:

Via Laughing Squid.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

My left foot is still weary from the Botanical Garden, but I can move around just fine with the plantar brace. So happy I can work from home! My productivity has never been better, and with a full week like this one all I have to do is put the work laptop to sleep and it takes me like two seconds to boot it up again the next morning. All caught up on most work stuff, partners happy, etc. The signs are looking good!

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

So, so knackered from yesterday's outing! I think it's a combination of outdoor allergens and the fact that it's suddenly turned back into summer. So a bit nothing day today but I got through reading and DVR watching and didn't hear any more ooh-ess-eh 9/11 "celebration" stuff so I'm counting that as a win. Also I've been self-soothing by looking at photos of shampooed and blow-dried cows. So fluffy...

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

As I've mentioned, I've been feeling a little stir-crazy of late, while at the same time realizing that this pandemic is far from over. So with the weather so lovely, I was hoping to do something outdoors and safe. But given the day, the Cow Parade was out of the question. So at the last minute we decided on the NY Botanical Garden - and I mean really last minute, in that I bought the tickets at around 10 AM for 11 AM entry. An enjoyable stroll, worth the $15 NY-resident discount for outside grounds only (which suited me fine), and we were able to keep socially distanced from the other supposedly fully-vaccinated folks most of the time. But after 90 minutes we were thoroughly exhausted, so hightailed it out of there and were home in 15 minutes. The Kusama exhibit was whelming, but really on the level of, say, Jim Bachor's potholes. And we managed to avoid the nouns-verbs-9-11 stuff most of the day, but I'm getting an overdose of it now from FOX's Yankees-Mets coverage. I feel ill. Going back to watch the game without the sound, I think.

Twenty? Try TWO HUNDRED.

Can we stop with the fetishizing now? Please? I was working in Manhattan 20 years ago, it will remain seared into my brain for the rest of my life, I don't need all this salivating over reminding me. It only serves to punch up the jingoism at the expense of what really mattered at Ground Zero immediately after the tragedy. And this year of all years? Give me a break. More than 3000 people, most of them my fellow New Yorkers, lost their lives that day. More than TWO HUNDRED TIMES that number of my fellow Americans have lost their lives in the last year and a half. I'm sure we'll be debating for eons to come whether this tragedy as preventable as that one, but I'm just fatigued by it all, and trying not to fall into despair among the remembrances. I really wish my best friend Leah (whose birthday this would have been) were still here with me...

Friday, September 10, 2021

Silly Site o' the Day

I really don't like when a numerically-significant anniversary falls on a Saturday and folks decide that the entire weekend surrounding it is therefore appropriate for commemoration. It's like the day after Thanksgiving morphing into Black Friday Month. Maybe it's because time has no meaning in these Adjectival Whatevers, where one day just sort of flows into another because we're not going anywhere due to this damn virus mutating. I hope to rectify that tomorrow, we'll see. In the meantime I'm through another day of work in good shape, as usual, and looking forward to a restful couple of days with Robin and the cat, who may or may not be subject to cardboard. It's not for me to say!