Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

A very nice and fun day. We left around 9:30 for a reconnaissance mission to our local Costco to check out their optical department. Perhaps we shouldn't have opted to become Costco members first, as we were very underwhelmed by everything from the membership clerk immediately trying to upsell us to the fact that the optometrist isn't even associated with the store to my insurance not being accepted there to the place itself just being... meh. The checkout person at Stew Leonard's, where we wound up as a sort of therapeutic antidote (and it was just what we needed, we had a lot of fun there!) assured us that not all Costco warehouses were like that one, so now that we're members maybe we'll try one in NJ or CT one day, but this was not that day. The three hours away from my work keyboard did me a world of good, and the cherry on top was seeing Aaron Judge tie the American League home run record while his mom and the other record holder's son looked on and embraced. Considering Judge is only 30, he's probably accomplished his fair share of what one is supposed to accomplish when one is 35.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

Today was the first of three workdays when I've decided to take it easy and use up however much paid time off I can in between doing work, as the fiscal year winds down. I didn't really get more than an hour and a half, but tomorrow we're doing errands out of the house so I'm bound to get more. In the meantime, Robin got the laundry done and most of it's been folded and put away (there were some bits that had gotten caught in the fitted sheet so we're having to dry them on our towel drying rack) while I wait for Aaron Judge to hit his 61st home run. Maybe he needs to try a trick shot:

Via BoingBoing.


Monday, September 26, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

As I suspected, a somewhat difficult day. I've stopped trying to schedule meetings with our Tampa client out of respect for what they must be going through with the approaching hurricane, but I'm almost finished scheduling the client for one of my partners who's traveling after next week and needs tons of things set up before he leaves. That and gathering information for submitting fiscal-year-end expense reports pretty much exhausted me, and Judge still hasn't hit his 61st home run, so at this point it's a race between whether he'll do so tonight before I fall asleep. Honest, I'm not lazy though!

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

Wow, I could not seem to wake up today, and I'm not sure it was because of the impending storm (it's teeming out there now) as perhaps because of what I face at work tomorrow. I'm determined to take some time off this week before the end of the fiscal year, mostly mornings, but I'm just not sure I'll be able to. Still, I was able to stay alert enough to drive locally to pick up a few things at the local gourmet grocery, and to make French toast with the challah we'd bought yesterday (it came out great, thank goodness). Other than that, just a lazy day of looking up little known science facts.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

Gloriously cool again! Okay, the apartment holds in the cold and the landlord's not turning the heat on for awhile, so we're going to have to budget our open-window time, but it was still fun to tool around with the car windows open. We tried to get to Costco to check out their optometry department, but didn't realize just how popular they are on a late Saturday morning. We would have gotten there earlier but a neighbor set off a firework at around 1 AM, then the cat came 'round at 4, so it was a pretty broken night and we didn't really get going until at least 10:30. Oh well. We've decided to try Costco again during the week, as I have no morning meetings on my calendar and lots of vacation hours yet to be used. In the meantime there's baseball (as Aaron Judge continues his Quest for 61, 62 and beyond) and lots of comics to read and totally unrealistic movie character behavior.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

Another lovely weekend ahead! It was actually cool enough to put on a sweater when I went for my lunchtime walk to the bakery. Glorious! I wait all year for this season, so I'm in my happy place. So's Zed, as the windows are wide open (at least when it's not too cold) and I think he wants to get his battle gear on.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

Happy autumn, at long last! Work went well, logged off in great shape as usual, and the rain wasn't too torrential. The weather's cooled down considerably, setting off a cascade of pandemic-safe travel plans in my head. This weekend we attempt Costco's optical department to order new eyeglasses, then I hope to take a few mornings off in the coming week to eat up paid time off, next Saturday is the annual Rutgers frat reunion (as most of the frat bros are double-vaxxed and boosted this will probably be our only non-masked indoor event), at some point I'll need new sneakers so we have vague notions of traveling up to Woodbury Commons... but first things first. Need to check on whether the Earth is still round. I mean, you'd think, given that we have seasons.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

I think lack of work-life balance and an increased workload have unknowingly contributed to my blood pressure starting to rise more than I'd like, so I'm going to rejigger my meditation routine so that I actually start one again, at the end of each workday this time. Tomorrow's rain should bring glorious weather on Friday and Saturday and I'm poised to do some walking to take advantage of that. I want to be able to photograph Robin the way this guy photographs himself and his kids, but I don't have that kind of talent.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

Another busy day, lots of conferences as I prepared for the end of the fiscal year and the setting up of next month's meetings. By day's end I found a clear path out of the morass, but none out of slipping into work-life imbalance again. I'm out a day and a half at the beginning of next month though, so maybe I'll recover my equilibrium then. Tonight's baseball games certainly helped, no pitchers' duels but both the Yankees and Mets won. The weather still isn't autumnal, but even when the seasons change I'm not sure I'd want to be caught dead in any of this footwear.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Silly Site o' the Day

Work was a bit of a challenge, coming back from exactly one day of vacation to a flurry of emails, but I had a handle on things by the end of the day, even as it exhausted me. Spent as much of my little bit of free time as I could watching QEII finally being laid to rest, amid lots of no-context Brits. And now, back to Max Scherzer's so-far-perfect game...