If you missed the start of this series, you can find it here. A lot of things will be the same or very similar.
Ben continued to be very hyper and getting into everything last night. We stuck to the schedule, even after Daughter’s BFF arrived. Dinner, bath and bed were on time.
Daughter’s other friend arrived after Ben was in bed, while I was waiting for sunset. The noise level increasing as they talked over each other. I stayed in my room until sunset.
They stayed until 10:30ish. I was dozey and waiting for some quiet. I did actually sleep from about 10:30 until 1:00am. I got up and took my pill, did my night things and went back to bed, probably asleep again by 2:00.
Ben gave me the “Gramma come living room” command just before 6:00am. When I’d dragged myself out of bed and stumbled to the living room I saw Ben… he was Fully Dressed. I settled on the couch and tried to get my brain in gear. I also had a talk with myself about the day ahead. There were errands that needed to be run and Daughter going back to work for the next three nights. I needed to center myself, reach for my Zen and stay in that zone. Whatever has been building in Ben will either continue to vent in the afternoons or he will have a BIG explosion. I was going to do my best to stay calm, go with whatever was happening and NOT get upset or stressed out because that was guaranteed to make things worse.
I got my coffee and started going through my email. Ben was doing his “angry words” and I thought about just ignoring it, waiting until after his meds to reinforce the idea that his “angry words” hurt my ears, but decided to go ahead and talk to him about it then. He was having a rough time being still and I was just waiting for the time to give him his meds.
I made him sit down and plug his tablet in, it was at 27% and I gave him a baggie of cereal. Finally meds were given and Sven was uncovered. I peeked, got The Glare and put the blanket back down. Ben moved to the chalk area and started rebuilding his city.
Daughter got up at 7:30 to take over. She saw Ben, saw what he was wearing and said “Oh, shit.” I told her that was my thoughts on the matter too. I told her I was going to attempt to stay in the zone and just get through the day.
She took over Couch Sittin’ and I went to my room. Ben went back and forth between us. He was making his Happy Noises while playing with his chalk, that was a good sign. And the thing everyone looks forward to, LAUNDRY, was started at 9:45.
My and Ben’s load followed Daughter’s and just before noon I took the clothes over to the dryers. The lady who runs the laundromat has been giving me a hard time about using the quarter changer, like for-ev-er. Something about people getting quarters and not using the machines. I dunno… true, I only use the dryers, but I use all the quarters I get there in their machines. I don’t think it’s personal, but dang! why does she have to say something every time? They need to get one of the changers that does nickles and dimes too cuz I always seem to have a bunch of them. Ugh! I guess everyone has their pet peeves and hers is people getting quarters and not putting them into the machines. Are quarters the new T.P. or something? Did I miss a memo?
I picked the clothes up from the dryers at 12:30. Still no mail for us. Daughter was supposed to get paid today and she thought she had fixed whatever with her direct deposit, but no paycheck in her account. I’d been waiting to go to the store until she got paid. With Younger being out of work or only working reduced hours, our income has been smaller, plus I’ve been helping Younger out here and there. But no direct deposit, no check in the mail… time to bust out a credit card. Our poor credit cards are suffering during this time too. We put a lot of stuff on them since March. Having Ben home is expensive and Older also took a week off between jobs.
Anyway, after folding and putting the clean clothes away, I went to the grocery store. My local store is rearranging everything so it took me a little longer than usual, but luckily I found everything on my list. They even had Ben’s pink cookies on sale 2/$7.00 and his poofs were 3/$5.00 and the Hershey bars were $1.00 each. I love when the stuff on my list is on sale.
I got home from the store around 1:30pm and went to lay down. All that running around in the hot part of the day made me feel sweaty and gross, but at least it was over.
Daughter went to go lay down in her room at 2:00. Ben was doing the chalk thing, but I knew he’d come get me so I just went to the living room.
Ben did the chalk thang for a while then moved to the couch next to me for some Tablet Time. He surfed for a while, had me write “The End” a few times, asked me for tape for a few things… normal Ben Stuff.
Pretty soon we’ll begin the countdown. Daughter has work to we have to do stuff on time tonight. We haven’t had any problems on her days off, but life, the universe, Mr Murphy… whatever, likes to throw a curveball every once in a while. Or sometimes daily, even hourly.
Anyway, I’m going to prepare myself for the next two hours and hope it all goes smoothly. Here’s a song for ya. Sing along, you know the words.
Thank you for hanging out and doing LAUNDRY and grocery shopping with us. A very exciting day, right?! Come on back tomorrow, every day is a new Adventure.