Part 61 ~ The Adventures of King Ben & Zeus the Big Dumb Dog

If you missed the start of this series, you can find it here. A lot of things will be the same or very similar.

Beautiful sunset last night! Fast moving clouds that were ever-changing, then for 10 minutes…glorious color (I’m rather proud that I got the panorama setting to work)

No filter, and my phone camera doesn’t do it justice.

I got a second wind after Ben went to sleep and I was awake until after midnight.

Then at 2:30 came The Bounce and the demand “Gramma come living room!” Oh, I craved more sleep, I felt like crying. I didn’t get up right away, hoping he’d let me rest. No dice, probably because our internet went down. Stupid internet.

At 3:30 I got up. I couldn’t sleep, he wouldn’t let me, so I might as well sit in the living room. Ben was very upset at the internet not working. He asked me about every 30 seconds if it was “all better”…

The internet finally came back on at 5:30. We’re used to it dropping now and then, usually around 8 or 9 in the morning. We figure it’s the high demand as people sign into work or school… or maybe our ISP just sucks. It’s the main one in the area.

Daughter got up at 6:30, right after I gave Ben his meds and uncovered Mr Sven Dragon. She kept saying she didnt want to go do the physical and drug test, should’ve rescheduled… I told her it’s better to just get it over with.

We left at 7:15, just wrapped a blanket (it was chilly this morning) around Ben’s shoulders and walked to the car. He asked if we were going to the store. I told him we were dropping Mommy off at an office and going back home. He put the window down and grooved on the scenery. It’s the first time he’s been away from the house since March 13th.

After dropping Daughter off, he said “Time to go home.” I told him good job! He was right, time to go home. When we got home, he came in the house and sat down and started watching his tablet. Whew! Success!

To people who don’t live with an autistic child, this probably seems like much ado about nothing, but it IS a big deal. Especially since he’s been so edgy lately, so on the verge of an explosion. He could’ve just as easily decided he didn’t want to come back home and taken off down the street, or started kicking the door once we were inside. I’m glad it went well and I praised him a LOT.

Daughter texted around 9:00 to say that she was waiting to do the drug test but couldn’t pee. I hate it when that happens. My pain doc tests me periodically, and I always use the bathroom before I leave the house, so sometimes I’m stuck there, chugging water. Sometimes they just let me go. I’ve never had a questionable test result.

She texted again at 10:30 to tell me she’d finally peed and was now on the way to the Vampires (phlebotomists) to get her labs done. I was in the middle of getting Ben’s meds ready. I told her to let me know when to come get her.

She texted back about 10 minutes later that she was done. I told Ben “Let’s go get Mom.” He ran to his room for his vest, tie and jacket. I told him he didn’t need all that, we were just picking her up and bringing her home. He carried the stuff out to the car with him. Whatever. We went and got her and came home, no problems.

She took over Living Room Duty and I went to my room for Horizontal Time. Ben went back to doing the chalk thang.

I went through my email, a little WP, played a game, watched a video… the drive had woken me up, even though I was tired.Β  Around 2:00 I was starting to feel the warm, drifty feeling of a doze.

Then there was a bedquake because Ben had Bounced onto my bed with a “Hi Gramma!” I said hello back and checked the time… 3:30! Nice! Another hour and a half to add to my tally. That brought me almost 4 hours total. I’ve been surviving on 4 hours, usually broken, for a while now.

Ben settled in with some popcorn and his tablet. He hung out with me, eating popcorn, watching his tablet and occasionally asking me to open a juice for him, until about 5:00. Very chill, very nice. I was able to get my eyes to focus, which was also nice.

Sven just laid in one spot all day. He didn’t want to eat, he didn’t get Judgey. Maybe he was just having a chill day too. He was mostly yellow, so I’m not going to worry (too much) about it.

Today was a very much needed, relaxing day. It started WAY too early, and the internet being down was worrisome, but those are the only bad things that happened today.

I’m going to leave you with this short video from the Redwoods. If you’re ever able to see them for yourself, I strongly, strongly encourage you to do it. Two thousand year old trees are indescribable. The forest is breathtaking and peaceful… magical.


I’ll see you tomorrow, thanks for hanging out with us, especially this morning, I was worried about the drive, but your good thoughts and support helped. I believe that! I hope you all have some peace and chill! Ride the Zen, take care of yourselves, and come hang out some more!








17 thoughts on “Part 61 ~ The Adventures of King Ben & Zeus the Big Dumb Dog

    1. Meeeeee too! Thank you, I hope so too! I’m gonna enjoy my favorite time: sunset & twilight, which is right now, gonna eat and then off to dreamland 🀞
      I hope you sleep well too! Insomnia is awful!β˜ΉπŸ€—

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  1. Great about Ben staying calm in the car! Wish you could get more sleep tho 😴

    I had a long day with work etc and it was hard to wind down. I am trying! Got lots to do tomorrow too. Things be happening 😬

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  2. Wow, that is great! I was nervous too when I read you all were going in the car and you were bringing him home alone. That’s great he came right inside.I am really happy you had such a chill day. Even though the bedquake was really early! Hoping for another good one for all those at casa cuckoo!

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  3. Thank you for the beautiful dose of chill…great way to start my morning. I hope to see the redwoods one day, can hardly imagine. The woodpecker at the beginning of the clip, I have those here!! They nest in the tall dead pines near the lake. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’πŸ¦πŸ₯°πŸŽ‰

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    1. Cool! A little bit of home and an adventure to some place that’s new too.πŸ’ƒπŸΌ I’ve only been to the redwoods once, 40 years ago (I hate writing that. I’m not that old am I?😲) on a family trip, but I remember it very clearly.
      I’m happy you got some ZenπŸ¦„! Yay!πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ¦‹πŸŒΊπŸŒ»πŸžπŸ€—πŸ₯°

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  4. Phew, so relieved for you that the car journeys worked out. Well done King Ben – perhaps he enjoyed the change of scenery? Glad you got to have a relaxed day. πŸ’•

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    1. Yes, well done Ben indeed! I was encouraged by how well he did, and I’m thinking about taking him on longer drives. There are mountains 40 miles east and the ocean is about 15 miles west. I’d want someone to be at home, waiting, just in case, the first few times.
      Anyway, yes… a big relief and the rest of the day was a nice change from all the tension too.πŸ€—πŸŒΊπŸ¦‹πŸ’Œ

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  5. My situation obviously doesn’t compare to yours, but we do share one thing in common: I rarely get more than 4 or 5 hours of slumber a night, so I definitely get the feels about that angle of your situation. I’m an extreme night-owl, so I rarely feel the least bit sleepy until 3 or 4 in the morning. Partner, on the other hand, is usually up at 7 or 8 in the morning. He tries to be quiet, but you know how it goes. I usually alert to activity in the house, because anxiety rules my life, so I’m often up when he’s up.

    So I know what it’s like to never get enough sleep. You try your best to function, but everything is surreal and out of balance. Folks who snooze easily don’t really understand this mess. It wears you down and makes you a little crazy. Sending you a big digital hug about the lack of zzzz’s.

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