If you missed the start of this series, you can find it here. A lot of things will be the same or very similar.
Last night’s Drop Off went pretty well. Mr Incredible accompanied me instead of Ben, but that was a minor thing. By the time I pulled into the driveway, the night meds were doing their thing and Ben was ready for bedtime. I made that happen as quickly as possible. Then I ate the rest of my pulled pork sammich and waited for sunset. No clouds, I wasn’t expecting a grand show.
Then it was just enjoying the quiet and getting ready for bed. I took my pill at 10pm hoping to be out by 11pm. I saw 11:09 but don’t recall any time after that so I didn’t make my goal, but close enough.
No Bounce this morning. At 2:30 I heard “Gramma! I need help! Gramma come living room.” Wha tha… I got up and found Ben putting the costume back on. JIMINEY CRICKET ON A MOTORSCOOTER!! Seriously?! At 2:30am?! He needed help putting the belt on and doing the velcro closes in the back. Welcome to Casa Cuckoo!
I Huffed and Puffed for ten minutes or so while I was moving Ben’s things, my things and my self to the living room. I was tired and I was cranky! Ben, sorry… Mr Incredible just ignored me and watched his tablet. We settled on the couch. I texted Daughter to let her know we were awake. She forgot to take her Monster Energy Drink with her so she was dragging.
For the next couple hours Ben watched his tablet, occasionally getting up to admire himself in the mirror or the fridge door, and I stayed awake by working on the Mixtape post. And coffee, I drank three cups of coffee.
Around 6:00 Daughter texted and asked how we were doing. I told her it was going okay, he had started doing the chalk thang a little while before and that since he was pretty chill, I was planning on waiting until 7:00 to give him his meds. I didn’t want him to get sleepy before we had to come pick her up. She told me to do whatever I thought was best.
At 6:30 I uncovered Sven and turned his lights on. He was awake but hadn’t moved all night. I got him some fresh food and even added a grasshopper since today was a celebration day (also to tempt him… I worry every time he does the Brumation thing). His eyes followed but his body didnt move.
At 7:00 I gave Mr Incredible the meds and told him that he had about ten more minutes before he needed to go potty and get his shoes on so we could go get his Mama. Skipping the play by play, he was READY at 7:10. I told him it wasn’t time yet but he just stood in front of the door, telling me he was ready. We left early and I drove very slow.
We arrived as Daughter was walking out of the building. She got in the car and we headed home, with a quick stop at 7-11 to get Hershey bars for Ben. The corner market only has the King Size and Ben doesn’t like those. It must be the regular size Hershey bar.
When we parked the car we could see Zeus in the front window of the house, barking like crazy. We almost couldn’t get in the door, Zeus was wiggling, whining, barking, running between us… I guess he was happy that we were back after THIRTY WHOLE MINUTES.
He nearly toppled Big Ben again and I did NOT want to do Arts and Crafts Time. I sat in a chair, told him to SIT! It took five or six times for him to do it, then I greeted him and gave him pets and scratches.
He saw Daughter and started wiggling again. She just looked at him, waiting for him to sit. We worked with him every day after she got off work at the previous place. He knows to sit and wait and he’ll get his greeting. He may be a Big Dumb Dog but he’s also a smart dog, he knows what he’s supposed to do. He got no greeting from Daughter.
Ben had run off to Daughter’s room. I went to see what he was doing. He was trying to turn on Daughter’s laptop. I told her, she said she didn’t care. I was hoping he’d want to hang out in her room, have a little nap. I went to grab his tablet and water bottle and he decided he’d rather be in the living room. Dang!
He did eventually fall asleep but not until 9:15. I set a different alarm for 11:00, pushing his 10:30 med back a half hour. I dozed on my bed until 11:00 then went to wake him up for meds. He woke up (ish), sat up and took the pill, then flopped back down and went back to sleep. Okay… I went back to my room after switching the window AC on. The Guessers guessed it would be in the low-mid 80s (28-30c) and I didn’t want the living room to get too warm since Mr Incredible was with us and his costume is kinda warm.
At 12:45 I heard “Gramma?” from the living room. He was awake. I told him I was coming, gathered my things and went to the couch. We hung out until around 2:00 when Daughter got up. After using the bathroom she got her stuff and came to take over. I gave my report and went back to my room. I actually started to doze again. Then all Hell broke loose.
Around 3:15 Ben got up and started beating up boxes. Daughter got increasingly upset. Then he went after the box blocking the window over the AC unit. She started using all three of his names. She got angrier and angrier… I’m sure she felt that he was purposely defying her. He wound up going outside and tipping the wood at the gate. A definite act of defiance. She had slammed the side door closed behind him, then gone off to her room and closed herself in.
I stayed in my room. This was an argument, I would be in the way. After she went to her room, I listened for Ben. He was saying “I win! Mr Incredible wins!” I guess he had been Mr Incredible beating up bad guys. He came back in the house and asked me to come to the living room. I told him I would come if he was done with the boxes… was he done? He said he was. I got my stuff and went to the couch, after helping him out of his costume to use the bathroom, then helping him put it back on. He laid down with his tablet but didn’t put his earbuds in. I think the situation with Daughter upset him as much as it did her. I talked to him like normal, played with his toes… I didn’t bring up what happened between him and Daughter, she needs to talk to him. I don’t know if she’s ready to be the adult and get over her hurt feelings or her tiredness or whatever her issue is.
The idea that Brian had for doing POV “Guest Blogging” from Sven and Zeus was/IS an excellent idea… it’s just not happening for Adventure One Hundred. It’s 4:00 PDT as I’m writing now. I don’t know what the rest of the evening will be like. I know that I need to drive Daughter to work in about two and a half hours. Younger was planning on bringing Kris over for another injection, but I haven’t heard from her yet today. I’m going to go ahead and post this and concentrate on Ben. The next couple hours may be fine or they may be really hard. There’s no way to know.
I had chosen this song before things turned
Thanks for coming by Casa Cuckoo today and for the past ninety-nine days. You guys keep me going. Your support means more than I have words to express. I’ll be here with coffee tomorrow. I hope to see you.