Part 99 ~ 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.

Yesterday, after we touched and went our separate ways, Ben ate a little of his chicken and announced he was ready for bedtime. I put him the tub for a soak, then Daughter got him a nightgown and tucked him in. All in keeping with the New Routine. Daughter goes back to work tonight for the first of three consecutive shifts. Now we see if the New Routine will stick.

After Ben was in bed, Daughter ordered food from the burger place on the corner. They have these creations with tater tots… usually I get the BBQ Pulled Pork Tots, which is a mess of crispy tots covered with pulled pork, cheddar cheese, cole slaw, a few onion rings, and drizzled with BBQ sauce and ranch dressing. YUM! I just got the pulled pork sammich last night, basically the same mess, without the tots, on a brioche bun.

Anyway, the order was ready around the same time as the beginning of sunset, so I took some pictures on the walk over to pick it up, the walk back and then from my side door once I was home. Last night was a beautiful, awe inspiring show

After the sunset I just relaxed and read, wrote some emails, did the “getting ready for bed” stuff, took my pill and opened an ebook. When I noticed it was 1:00am, I closed the ebook, put down my phone and closed my eyes, talking myself into dreamland.

The Bounce was a little before 5am. Zeus was first today with the ear sniffing, then Ben with a fifteen seconds spooning cuddle, followed by “Gramma come living room.” I just said okay, and he took off. He came back a bit later to repeat his command and I got up that time. He was doing the chalk thang when I stumbled out and straight to the coffee pot, then the couch.

6:30 meds and the uncovering and lighting of Sven’s world. He was in the same place I left him last night, the Pouting Corner.

“What do you want?”

I settled back on the couch with Ben and goofed around on my phone. I woke from a doze around 7:15 and saw that Ben had also fallen asleep. I gathered my things and went back to my room… where I wound up konking out again.

I woke up around 10:00 to Daughter’s voice. She was talking to Ben who had apparently also just woken up. She got her stuff and went to sit with Ben. I stayed quietly in my room… no need to alert everyone that I was awake… right, right? Right, right!

I heard Daughter giving Ben his pill at 10:30. Then it was Arts and Crafts Time. Sigh… Apparently Dogzilla had toppled Big Ben once again. I made the necessary repairs, but wait! A remodel was called for. This remodel included cutting the top off of one pyramid, taping some dominoes together into a rectangular shape, taping some other dominoes into another rectangular shape, taping the whole mess together as instructed by HRH and affixing that to the top of Big Ben, first removing the castle/tower/thingy that was originally there (and recently returned there after the Dogzilla Incident).

After I had completed all my repairs and miscellaneous other duties, I was permitted to return to my room, and laundry. Daughter had somehow managed to use ninja-like stealth to wash her load of clothes while I was sleeping. The washer is right outside my bedroom window, I must’ve been OUT! Anyway, she had washed Ben’s stuff after he woke up and I needed to wash the little that I had so I could take it ALL over to the dryers across the street. Bedding still gets hung up outside, and thank goodness for a washer big enough to wash comforters, even if it’s only one at a time.

The clothes were washed and ready for transport around 1:00. I was worried about leaving. We’d been having decent days and I didn’t want to break the bubble by walking out the front door. It needed to be done. I figured since I was out I’d go get more wine for Daughter, more Cheetos for Ben (I found him a new, bigger water bottle too) and some Grandma’s Peanut Butter cookies for me. I quickly scanned for crap, I mean stuff, to add to the emergency stash, but didn’t see anything that would be acceptable to HRH. I’ll send Younger on a mission to the dollar store. She’ll be happy to spend my money.

At 2:00 I went and got the clothes, brought them home, deposited Daughter’s basket in her room and folded mine and Ben’s stuff. I put the folded clothes away and was stretching out, trying to cool off (it was a warm one today… 88F [31c]) when Daughter went to her room to charge her devices. I got up and gathered my stuff to go to the living room. Daughter told me he was fine, I didn’t have to get up. I figured Why put off the inevitable… Ben would say “Gramma come living room.” sooner or later, might as well just go.

I was greeted, not by Ben, but by Mr Incredible.

Look at those muscles

(I’m breaking one of my rules with this picture, but I couldn’t resist sharing it. I talked to Daughter about it… Being completely honest about how autism impacts Ben and us means protecting his anonymity. I’m on a very fine line posting the picture, but I think enough of his features are blurred.)

Anyway, Mr Incredible lifted a bunch of things to show me how strong he was, then he settled on the couch to watch his tablet.

It’s getting close to time to start winding down and seeing if we can put the New Routine in place. Earlier dinner, then bath, then meds at 6:15-6:20. Ben and I have to drive Daughter to work tonight and drop her off, then he’ll go to bedtime when we get home. Fingers crossed it all works out.

Tonight’s song was inspired by Mr Incredible. He’s a hero for sure! He just kicked some kootie’s butt. (I’ve read that children don’t always have respiratory problems with THE Kootie. As sick as he was, it’s entirely possible that he had IT. No way to know without an antibodies test. We still don’t know how many of us are asymptomatic carriers. Daughter tested negative, but I’ve never been tested. I’m the one who runs all the errands, comes into contact with people. I’m careful but not SUPER vigilant. There’s still so much we don’t know…)

Thanks for spending some time with us at Casa Cuckoo. Laundry days are always exciting, aren’t they?! We’ll see you tomorrow for the BIG 100! I don’t know what’s going to happen. Every day is an adventure and I look forward to having you share it with us!






20 thoughts on “Part 99 ~ The Adventures of King Ben & Zeus the Big Dumb Dog

    1. Thank you! I had a “proud Gramma” moment and couldn’t help myself๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™Š He’s eating now… fingers crossed we drop Daughter off with no problems, then I get him into bed with no problems ๐Ÿคž

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  1. Mr. Incredible! Does Ben like watching the movie? Good luck with everything tonight. ๐Ÿฅฐ Canโ€™t wait to see whatโ€™s in store for tomorrow….โ˜บ๏ธ๐ŸŽถโœจ

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    1. I hope I haven’t hyped it too much… it could be a disastrous day๐Ÿ˜ฑ. Hopefully not!
      The drop off of Daughter went okay… Mr Incredible accompanied us๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฅฐ

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  2. That tater tot dish with pulled pork sounds pretty darn good. I have a pork shoulder in the crock pot right now. Forgot to plug it in, so we will have it later in the weekend.

    I also made brioche buns last night to go with home made raviolis and bolognese sauce. My husband gobbled it up. Tonight we had left over chili.

    It’s been hot here too and the neighbors are having their patio ripped up, so it has been loud and dusty in our back yard. It will look nice when it’s finished.

    I love Pixar and The Incredibles. My boss is an animator there and worked on Coco and others. King Ben looks happy all dressed up. My boys loved costumes too.

    Hope all went well with your daughter’s new schedule.


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    1. The only hiccup was no bath and Mr Incredible went along in the car๐Ÿ˜‚ By the time I got back home he was ready to be Ben again so I put his PJs on, wiped him down and tucked him in. That’s a success.

      Now, I just have to make sure I keep him awake (NEVER thought I’d have to keep him awake) long enough in the morning to pick her up๐Ÿ˜‰

      The tots are SO good! It’s a little local place. They started next to the corner market and it’s done so well they opened 2 other locations. Next time you’re in the San Diego area you should definitely try it.

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  3. I think you’re on the good side of the fine line with the photo. It’s essentially anonymous and it’s actually very cute, and now you have something to share with King Ben in later years…

    Now the Pulled Pork Tots? Holy cow that sounds delicious…

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    1. They are beyond good! It was a genius idea. Within a year they opened a 2nd location, then a 3rd.
      The things they do to tots & waffle fries…๐Ÿคค Then they have burgers, dogs and micro brews on tap๐Ÿ˜ฒ
      If you’re ever in the San Diego area, I’ll treat. I know the owners ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. Great costume! We had one of those too, although, you know, Spiderman was the character that went on car rides and store trips with me ๐Ÿ™‚ Overall, sounds like a pleasant day which is great. I hope the new routine sticks for you! Have a great one!

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    1. Thanks Robyn! I was thinking of SpiderDeclan when Mr Incredible got in my car yesterday evening… AND this morning ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜† at least there were PJs overnight๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฅฐ

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      1. I was thinking about Ben as Big Hero 6 has been on 24/7 for the past month. AND THEN – there was a change up to Toy Story today….what?!?! At least they’re not awful movies, but my goodness, I can quote them at this point!

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        1. I remember putting the VHS copy of The Lion King on top of the fridge in “time out” because I couldn’t take it anymore… pretty funny now. Ben has a movie (currently Hocus Pocus) on repeat at all times. Luckily the volume is at 0.๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคช

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