Part 156 ~ 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.

Everything was running late with the schedule last night. First med was late because dinner was going to be late. It wasn’t a huge deal, but it kinda was… to me.

Ben was in my room and it was crazy humid and no breeze and it was just yucky. Daughter gave Ben first med at 6pm, then went to make his chicken breast. Ben decided he needed me to Write The Words. Ugh! Okay, whatever… keep him happy until his food is ready. So I wrote words until 6:30 when Daughter brought the rest of his meds and his chicken.

I tried to get Ben to focus on eating but he was looking for a different movie, more words. Meanwhile I’m going to the side door to get my Sciencey pictures of where the Sun is setting, with Zeus following and slipping past me to go outside, so I have to wait for him to come back in after I take a picture or three, so I can close the door cuz AC, and yucky humidity.

Ben was eating so slowly and I kept trying to hurry him up, in between taking pictures, because we were running SO late, and I was bummed that I was missing the pretty sunset and my ME time, plus I still needed to give him his bath. I was voicing my displeasure by “Huffing and Puffing”.(Huffing and Puffing is me blowing off steam… irritated, but not really angry. Ben can tell the difference and ignores the H and P)

Daughter got tired of my H and P and decided to run Ben’s bath, even though he’d eaten less than half of his food. I was still trying to get him to pay more attention to eating than his tablet, and still taking occasional pictures.

She came to get him to get in the bath and started taking his hair down. She was going to do his bath AND wash his hair. He wasn’t liking that idea and ran away outside. I was gonna stay out of it, Daughter was already irritated with me. Ben had closed the side door behind him, and when no came to get him, he knocked. Daughter ignored the knocking, so I let him in. This was gonna go downhill if it kept up.

He went to the bathroom and Daughter followed. I was going into the kitchen to put his chicken in there and he ran out again and grabbed my hand to pull me into the bathroom. Fine, sure… I’ll do the bath, I usually do it anyway. I’ll even wash his hair since that’s what Daughter told him. He insisted the bathroom door be closed so it was a sauna in there. I got him cleaned up, hair washed, brushed and rebraided, then left him to play. Daughter was picking up chalk and dominoes. She was also wearing her “Upset” face and Broadcasting feelings to go with the face. Swell!

Ben got out of the tub and was trying to put his bathrobe on. Good for him for remembering! I went to help him and grabbed his stuff to put it in his room. Daughter got him into his jammies and that was that.

She went back to picking up chalk and dominoes. (All of this happened between 6:30 and 7:00) Younger called a little after 7pm to let me know she was here. She came over to bring greens for Sven because we don’t have any and he moved earlier. Really moved, turned around.

I was just going to get whatever they had at the corner market, but Younger was going to be out anyway so she brought greens. Sven had gone back to sleep by the time she came over, but we had food for him now if he decided to quit brumating.

Younger followed me, telling me about her interview and how well it went, as I went out to take more pictures, then we went out front again, she was going to leave, but decided to come back in for a few minutes. While we had been out front, Older had gone to her room. I told her I was sorry for upsetting her. Younger and I were in my room and I was telling her about the magazine I’d grabbed from the mailbox when she got here, and the story that went with the irony if it arriving today, when Older came to my door and said she wasn’t mad, she was just trying to do his bath so I’d quit with the H and P. I exclaimed out loud over something in my email regarding the magazine (my brain was running in overdrive… remember, all this happened in a now forty-five minute time frame), I immediately apologized for interrupting her, but she left and went back to her room. I apologized again.

Younger left a couple minutes after that and I went down to Older’s room to see if she wanted anything from the market. I was getting Oreos, poofs and a coke for Ben. After the wackiness of the weather and the last hour of insanity, I was afraid of Mr Murphy seizing the opportunity and causing Ben to wake up super early, demanding one or all of those snacks that we were out of.

She didn’t want anything from market, but she did ask me not to talk about “house stuff” in front of Younger. HUH, WHA? She said Younger doesn’t live here anymore and she doesn’t want me to talk about stuff in front of her… like everything being behind tonight, or me apologizing for upsetting her. It made absolutely no sense to me, it’s her sister fer cryin out loud, but I agreed to her request. Then I apologized again, extremely confused, and went to market.

Ah, yes… the sunset… Sciencey Stuff and pretties and an hour of insanity for me.

Then I did my regular night stuff. When I noticed that it was 1:15am, I took my pill. Morning would be Bouncing me soon and I needed to get some sleep.

Ben and Zeus came and got me at 6:15am. So I got like four, maybe four and a half hours of sleep. I knew it would be like that. What I didn’t know was, the second words out of Ben mouth after “Gramma come living room” were “Write The Words”. Sigh…

It was my fault. I told him last night we would write the names from the second movie when he woke up. Thankfully I didn’t promise more last night, because he remembers. I’ve tried to explain that to Daughter, but she doesn’t listen. So, before I even had my first cup of coffee, I was writing words. (We were back in my room, Daughter got up when she heard us moving around and we’d never settled in the living room)

After writing the names of the cast for whatever movie it was, he agreed that we were all done and released me from duty… temporarily, of course. I took the basket full of my and his dirty clothes around to the washer. I even managed to navigate the fence thingy without falling down and splitting my newly healed shin open. YAY ME!

When I uncovered Sven this morning, I saw that he was awake, so I put some greens out for him

Look at the grumpy black beard!

I took the one picture and left him alone. You know how he hates to be paparazzi’d. I went back to my room and caught up on my WP Reader and played some games… stuff, you know…

Around 10:00am I went to ask Daughter what time she wanted me to take over Couch Sittin Duty. She stayed awake all night, bingeing on some show. She’s gonna need to sleep before she goes to work tonight. I’d told her when my clothes were done in the washer, but it wasn’t until I went out to the living room that she thought to get up and put hers in.

While I was out there I looked at Sven. He’d eaten his nom noms! And moved to the Judgey Corner.

I told him that I’d put him in the shower when the washer was done. We don’t want the water temperature changing while he’s enjoying his Shower Bliss.

Speaking of…

While Sven was in the shower I took the clothes to the laundromat. The Quarter Lady was there, but either she was in a good mood or she finally realized the error of her position. When I told her all I had was a ten, but only want five in quarters, she very happily assisted me. I’m glad she didn’t give me a hard time, but that means I have to go back to autocorrect being my main nemesis. I’ve been fighting that beast for years! I tried to call Daughter to see if she wanted me to get a Happy Meal for Ben before coming home, she didn’t answer, so I went home.

Ben grabbed me as soon as I walked in, wanting to know where his white shirts, blue vest and blue tie were. He was Fully Dressed… of course he was! I got the shirt, vest and a tie. The blue tie has been MIA for a while. I told him if he was gonna wear all those clothes, he needed to stay in the living room. It was TOO hot in my room. Of course he needed help. Yeah right, he can put the stuff on just fine when he’s decided he wants to.

I got Sven out of the shower and put him back in his terrarium. Hopefully he’s done brumating and will be rejoining the family frolics by judging us from his Judgey Corner.

I hollered out the noon alarm and then I put my shoes and mask on to go get the clothes from the dryers. The Quarter Lady waved at me as I left. I know my glasses need to be replaced, but it was definitely the Quarter Lady. I was within three feet of her when I got the quarters earlier. She kinda freaked me out by being so nice.

Anyway, I brought the clothes home, sent Daughter off to sleep, folded and put away my stuff and Ben’s stuff and began my Couch Sittin. It sure felt a lot later than 12:30pm.

Ben dumped his chalk… ALL of his chalk, it fills a box now, and got ready to do his thang. I started picking up the dominoes. He had the hiccups and I’ve written before about how irritating I find hiccups. He started telling me to get dressed and go to the store for new chalk… while hiccuping. It would’ve been funny if it wasn’t so irritating and a little anxiety inducing with that phrase. I just ignored it, hoping he’d stop. And would you believe he did?! Both the phrase and the hiccups. WHOA!

After the 2:30 med alarm and delivery of the meds, he was still doing chalk and singing and grunting and just being Ben. Around 3:00 he said “Take a picture. I did it!” I asked what he’d done. He said “It’s Shrek 2” pointing at his latest creation


I asked if it was the credits of Shrek 2 and he said Yes. So a mystery has been solved. This creation at least is the credits of Shrek 2 and he did it from memory. I’ve always suspected his memory was either photographic or very, very good. I guess I was right.

Daughter got up at 4:45 and took over Couch Sittin. Ben and Zeus came and got Horizontal with me. I texted Younger to see if she was still gonna be here tonight, we’d talked about it during the Hour Of Crazy. She said she would be.

And so we’re entering the Pregame Show. Knowing that Younger will be here takes a lot of the stress out of getting Ben ready for bed or ready to ride along when I Drive Miss Daisy. With him being Fully Dressed, I always worry. Sometimes it’s just dress-up, but generally it’s a sign of trouble. We got lucky today. Hopefully the luck holds until he’s asleep… or even longer.

Another random song I heard on the radio. I love this song.

What a crazy night last night, and what a strange day today. Discoveries, awakenings, victories and Laundry. It’s been a full day and we’re not even done just yet, We still have to Drive Miss Daisy. Come on by tomorrow and we’ll pick up where we left off. Life is never boring at Casa Cuckoo and we enjoy sharing our Adventures with our friends. Hasta maรฑana.






25 thoughts on “Part 156 ~ The Adventures of King Ben & Zeus the Big Dumb Dog

    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฅฐ It was a DAY! And last night’s hour of crazy๐Ÿ™„ It’s Casa Cuckoo ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚ Sweet Dreams ๐Ÿชโœจ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆœ๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿฆ‹

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  1. Ben was being cool and that made your day better. My elder daughter is like that, doesnโ€™t wants me to share her stuff with her siblings! Strange, right! Take care and get an early night tonight.

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    1. I dont know how early it will be, but it wont be 1am๐Ÿ™„
      Yeah, I don’t get the “don’t tell” stuff. It’s like they’re still children๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ
      Have a fantastic Sunday!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฅฐ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ

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  2. Well, I’m a bit blue that the encounter with Quarter Lady didn’t include some slap-fest, “West Side Story” dance rumble. I mean, it’s nice that it went pleasantly, mostly, I suppose, but a small part of me was very invested in a showdown. Perhaps I have a slightly vindictive nature that might require a bit of counseling.

    Speaking of counseling, and these are just my own thoughts, not a recommendation: Older really needs to get over it. You are ALL family, which means it’s perfectly fine to share things with Younger. You do SO much for Ben, and Older, and Younger, Live your life in a way that makes you happy and let the chips fall. Hugs.

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    1. Thank you! She most definitely needs counseling and I’ve been talking to both of my daughters about it for YEARS. They dont want to.
      My daughters have NEVER gotten along. It’s hard to believe they share the same DNA and upbringing. Two very different people who do NOT like each other. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ
      It used to bother me, now it only bothers me when they yammer at me about the other.
      I’ve already told them both that I’m running away from home in 10 years or less. As soon as Ben is settled into his “adult” life, I’m off on a madcap adventure๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. Between your H and P and daughter broadcasting her “upset” face – sounds like a tough night! I am not going to lie, I hate it when Bob talks about our family problems with his family or mine. They ARE family, but to me I just want him and everyone else to know “We’re fine.” It is silly,I know. They are family.
    I loved seeing Sven! So good to see a happy dragon. And a happy quarter lady?!?! What?!?!?! That makes for a great day, for sure! Just leave it up to autocorrect to ruin things now. ๐Ÿ™‚
    That is cool that Ben does the credits. The kids have been watching all the Shrek movies this summer. I am going to have to watch the credits to see Ben’s creation in real life now!
    I hope you guys have a great day today, with a happy Sven and all!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I think Older was upset because she feels that Younger judges her. They have NEVER gotten along. But Younger is still here a lot and though she doesn’t LIVE here, it’s still feels like she’s part of our core. It’s not like my mother or their cousins๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ
      I’m just here for Ben then in 10 years or less, I’m running away from home. I’ve already told them both. Hopefully they’ll be able to sort themselves by then๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿคฃ

      I was kinda bummed that the Quarter Lady was so nice… it was weird and anti-climactic. I was ready to do battle. I wonder if she’s playing a game with me or if she finally realized calling me a liar was WAAAY out of line.๐Ÿค”

      Stay cool, have a great Sunday!๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ’ž

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  4. I love how Ben made the credits of Shrek 2 with the chalk.

    I see Mike Myers there; Eddie Murphy here; and Cameron Diaz here.

    Or is it a design?

    Looks like many members of the crew – at minimum sound; lighting; CGI.

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    1. I think it’s the end end. With the white circles as logos for different unions or companies. I havent compared it. But it’s so interesting to see his autistic mind at work. This is the first creation that he’s explained… or been able to explain. Speech is still sometimes a challenge for him.

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      1. So you would go backwards.

        And for each creation there would be an explanation – or more than one.

        A big difference between being able to explain and explaining/accessing the explanations.

        White circles for different unions or companies – like the Cinematographic Union or the American Humane Society.

        I started spotting them in my Warner Brothers cartoon watching times with the whole “That’s all folks” and then I understood why you would watch a credit.

        And I like to see who to credit or to blame when a particular element of a film or TV series is popping and banging.

        “No ogres were hurt in the making of this film – and no donkeys either”.

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        1. Ben has always liked watching the credits. Some movies, I think it was the animation alongside the credits, like Meet The Robinsons with the train or time machine going by, or Madagascar with the dancing. Then with non animated movies, I thought it was just soothing to see the patterns smoothly rolling past… I’m guessing at this, because he still struggles with verbal communication and I don’t know if he has the vocabulary to express his thoughts and feelings to type them out. We’re getting there, slowly but surely.
          He’s always been very visual… examining things from different angles and distances.

          I’ve found that I began to recognize names of crew members through watching credits with Ben.๐Ÿ˜

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    1. I definitely don’t get bored. It took me years to realize that other people’s lives aren’t as crazy as mine. It’s almost always been hectic for one reason or another, so I’m sorta used to it. Better than any “reality” show, right?! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ’Œ๐Ÿ’Œ๐Ÿ’Œ

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  5. Glad you are hanging in there for the time being Angie. We all want to run away sometimes.
    My older dropped off his dog today. I love having him. We got in a small walk. The smoke here is unbearable.
    We still haven’t heard from the younger one. And the older one always complains about him. I listen. It’s all I can do. He also complains about the noise from the condo next door. It has been going on for a few months. The dog get scared and Curtis’ ADHD kicks into high gear. He doesn’t know what to do. He wants to run away too.In any case, he has the day off and I’m enjoying the grand dog.

    Stay cool. Nice to see Ben having fun with the chalk. I’m grateful he gives you a break while focusing on the chalk and dominoes.


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    1. Ugh! I’m sure Andrew doesn’t realize how worried you are, but gosh… you’d think he’d check in. You said he’s house sitting for your sister? Maybe she could put a bug in his ear๐Ÿ˜‰

      We lived in an apartment for a year after my ex left, and I HATED it. Neighbors above and to both side. I’m spoiled from living in houses. Our family home was a duplex, but it still felt like a house! The shared wall was kitchen & bath and a storage room, no biggie.

      Have fun with the grand dog!๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ’•


    1. Ben says the chalk creation is the credits from Shrek 2. I think the circles are company logos. He’s had a thing about the credits since forever.

      The horrid humidity IS making some pretty sunsets, bug I’m honestly willing to trade a few duller skies for some cooler weather ๐Ÿฅต

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      1. Ugh humidity!! You poor dear ๐Ÿ’ž (hooray Iโ€™m on my phone where all the emojis live!! Lol). Iโ€™m with you, canโ€™t stand humidity. With prevailing winds coming out of the SSE most of the year (including the hotter months), itโ€™s a reality I can relate to all too well ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜. All I know is that This, Too, Shall Pass, although I know that does exactly jack shizz to help anything right now ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ’—. Big (cooling) hugs to you, my Cosmic Sister!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ€๐ŸŒŸโ˜ฎ๏ธ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒ†๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒต๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿ’Œ

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        1. Thanks you! Hugs accepted and returned๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฅฐ We usually get some humidity in late August and early September, when the tropical storms are hitting Baja, but it seems like it’s just hanging around for-ev-er this summer๐Ÿ˜ซ It’s better than the Santa Ana winds (hot, dry from the desert) right now with all the fires.
          We’re just not used to it, us spoiled SoCal peeps ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿงกโค๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜Ž

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