If you missed the start of this series, you can find it here. A lot of things will be the same or very similar.
Dinner, bath, bedtime. He was awake and laughing and roaring an hour later but he was in his room. Good enough.
I took a few pictures for my Science Project. The sky looked like it was cloudy, but it wasn’t clouds. Not rain clouds anyway…
The Sun was a gross orange color when it was higher, then it was a neon ruby red. I tried to capture the color, but the pink I got is a pale imitation. It makes me think of the Stephen King book Under The Dome.
I ate some food, did the Things and at 9:40 I took my pill. I planned to go to sleep early. Real, actual SLEEP…
I was out pretty quickly and except for a brief wakeup around 3:30am, I slept all night. It was ear sniffing that woke me up. Ben doesn’t Bounce or even yell as he runs by anymore. That is both good and scary.
It’s good because he’s more independent, doesn’t need me right next to him every minute. The scary is what he might get into when he’s unsupervised. Thank goodness for the Big Dumb back up alarm!
I dragged myself out of bed and went to see what Ben was doing. He was sitting on the couch watching his tablet. Nice! I got his stuff, got my stuff and started the Morning Stuff.
No pretty sunrise today. The sky was completely overcast. I couldn’t see any sign of the Sun. It still smelled smokey, but either I’m getting used to it, or it’s somewhat dissipated. We do get what’s called the Marine Layer, clouds coming in off the ocean overnight, so the overcast could be Marine Layer clouds. If so, it’s good news temperature wise. It takes a while for the clouds to burn off and it’s cooler.
I uncovered Sven and turned his lights on, got him some food, petted him, talked to him and paparazzi’d him.
Daughter got up around 7:45 and took over Couch Sittin. Ben was back and forth between my room and the living room until around 8:15, then he went outside. I got up to see what he was getting into out there, and found him in his dirt hole, busting the side of the concrete walkway. Since it wasn’t 104°F and the sky wasnt icky brown, orange and yellow, I let him be. It wasn’t too early, too hot, or too destructive. There was a mess of old chalk out there that I tried to get him to bust instead, but I guess that isn’t as much fun.
He came back inside around 9:00am. The air quality is bad, so I was glad. He wasn’t running around, but inside we have the AC units running to help filter the air.
He had a Group Zoom on the schedule for 9:30, but we decided to skip it. There was another Group scheduled for 11:00, that would work better for an attempt. He was restless this morning… Ants In His Pants. When he’s restless like that, he’s like dry tinder, a spark will set him on fire and melting down. Zoom School isn’t worth it.
Daughter got all excited over a letter from Transportation for our school district. It was a bus route, containing bus number, driver, pick up and drop off times. She immediately fired off an email to her boss at work, advising she would need to leave fifteen minutes earlier to be able to be home for the bus pickup time.
I walked over to market while she was doing this. I found out after I got back, ten minutes later. I told her that just because he has been assigned to a route does NOT mean his school will be opening. (DUH!) By then it was almost time to try Zooming, so she got it set up and got Ben to sit down.
They expected Ben to listen to the Teacher’s Aide read a story, show slides and talk about germs and hand washing for thirty minutes. They set a timer for him and he did really well for Ben. I don’t think he learned anything, but he sat in the chair for the whole time. I gave him a new box of chalk for doing so well. He took it, but was bummed it wasn’t the $100 Batman costume that he Has To Have. I tried to order it for him when he first showed it to me, I have a gift card to cover part of the cost, but the bank beat me to my available credit with interest charges, so he has to wait a little longer until Mom gets paid. I think he’ll live.
Anyway, after Ben was released from the Zoom chair, Daughter asked his teacher about the transportation notice. His school, which in a different city’s district, is NOT opening. I didn’t say “I told you so.” but I wanted to. Her desire overrode her logic for a bit there.
It took Ben nearly an hour to calm down and stop the Angry Words after Zooming. SOOO not worth it! But, we’re scheduled to try again tomorrow. Ugh! Meanwhile, Daughter decided she wanted to make fries. She heated up the oil and cut up the taters.
Then she decided she’d hold Sven while she was cooking… Unsurprisingly Sven didn’t like that idea. She yelled to me to come get him and put him in the shower. Sheesh! She was definitely on a Brain Fart roll today. I put Sven in the shower. He couldn’t decide if he liked it or not. The weather is probably affecting him too. His… umm… lizard brain is probably not liking the smoky air.
Ben ate his homemade fries and I explained to Daughter about the bus. I guess what seemed completely obvious to me wasn’t obvious to her. Ben’s teacher had emailed her with a tentative hybrid on campus start date of September 28, with Ben attending on Monday and Tuesday. Daughter still didn’t understand how that would work with his bus, since the notice from Transportation shows Monday through Friday. I told her that he has a spot reserved on that bus number, that route with those times. Whether he uses the spot or not, it’s there. She wondered if she’d have to call him off for the days he doesn’t go. (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) I told her that I hoped the different District Personnel were in communication, but if not, we should only have to advise them once. And bottom line, we could always drive him. We weren’t sure we were going to have a bus available anyway.
Around 2:15 Ben came into my room, got under the blankets, and watched his tablet. About ten minutes later he asked for Oreo cookies. I told him to get them. He said (say it with me now) “I need help.” I told him he was a lazypants, he should just say that. The med alarm had just gone off, so I got up to fetch Oreos for HRH and get his meds too. By 3pm he’d run off, back to the living room and his dominoes.
Ben was back and forth a lot. It’s that magical time of day when he’s most restless, late afternoon. The Sun is going down in an hour or so, dinner, bath and bedtime are approaching, it’s time to get ready for the schedule. No Driving Miss Daisy, but we keep to the schedule anyway.
I’m glad you stopped by Casa Cuckoo today. Except for the post-Zoom hour, it was a fabulously relaxed day. The temperature was bearable and the vibe was groovy. If the air hadn’t been so toxic and stinky we could’ve finally opened up doors and windows. Aw well… something to look forward to… an adventure for another day. We’ve got a lot of nothing planned for tomorrow, but I hope you’ll stop by and hang out anyway. We’ll find some way to entertain ourselves… we always do. ¡Hasta mañana!