If you missed the start of this series, you can find it here. A lot of things will be the same or very similar.
The rest of the Pregame Show went okay. I put Ben in the bath around 5:30pm and Daughter gave him all of his meds at 5:45. He played for a little while, but not too long. He sat on the couch in his bathroom with his tablet and I brought his pizza to him. He wasn’t eating. I took a few pictures of the sun going down, not sure if I’d get a picture of where it touched the “horizon”.
Daughter helped Ben put his Jack Skellington onesie jammas on and Ben said “ready to go bedtime”. We reminded him that we needed to take Mom to work and he grabbed his Peppa Pig phone and said “gotta call someone” and “Auntie on the way. Auntie’s coming” so we told him again that Auntie couldn’t come, she was at work.
He repeated the same words in different variations and his tone of voice was getting angrier and angrier. He was pacing, he was looking out the peephole in the door. He took his pizza to his room, telling us again that he was ready for bed.
Daughter got ready for work early. Ben was getting more agitated and it was better to just drop her off then come home and let him go to bed. We wound up dropping her off at 6:30pm. She was a half hour early. I got him home, got him tucked in and kissed and I didn’t hear anything else from him. I’m sure he was tired… he’d been up since 3am.
I texted Daughter to let her know and took more pictures of the sky. The Sun was gone, no birds, but the colors were pretty and the moon came out of hiding.
I did the Night Stuff. Then I did some WP, wrote an email, texted Younger, then later with Older. I couldn’t figure out what to eat, so I chugged an Ensure and took my pill around 11:45. I was still awake at midnight, but not too much later I don’t think.
My wakeup this morning was the yelling run-by variety, with Zeus providing the ear-sniffing and bedquakes. It was a little after 6am when I found my phone to check the time.
Off to the living room… regular stuff, gathering the things, feeding the Dogzilla, uncovering Sven and feeding him…
The sky was completely overcast. I couldn’t even tell where the sun was. I had a general idea from watching the Sun rise on many mornings, but the clouds were pretty thick. I didn’t mind, cuz it meant it would be cooler. The clear sunrises are pretty, but in the warm seasons that means its gonna be a hot day.
I gave Ben countdown warnings about picking Mom up from work, and he still waited til it was time to go to grab a bunch of his stuff to bring with him. He used to do that every morning when it was time to wait for the bus. Maddening!
We got Daughter, got home and got past the whining, wiggling Dogzilla and Ben did NOT bang his head and fall down. YAY!! He ran outside and was playing in his dirt hole. Daughter went to her room and at first I did the Couch Sittin, but decided if he was gonna be in the dirt hole, I might as well get Horizontal in my room, so I did. I was only in there about ten or fifteen minutes before Ben was at my bedroom door saying “Gramma come living room please” at least he said please.
He sat down and did the chalk thang, and I messed around on my phone… WP, email and texting a friend. Sven was Glass Surfing and acting all crazy so I put him in the shower, then took him outside in the sun (which finally burnt through the clouds) for a few minutes. Then brought him back in and put him in his terrarium. He looked at his food dish, still saw greens, glared at me and went to the Judgey Corner. Poor Sven…
Ben was still working on his chalk creation when the 10:45 med alarm went off. I took the med to him, along with his water bottle. He finally finished around 11:30 and joined me on the couch, after telling Zeus to “Scoot!”
The mess he makes with the chalk! I guess I should be happy it’s tile and not carpet, and that it keeps him occupied for so long. It’s Crayola chalk, so its non-toxic… still… the mess!
Ben and I just hung out, with the 1pm and 2:30pm med alarms as the only thing to mark the passage of time. He had me Write The Words, or fetch this or that for him, but it was chill. Daughter got up around 2:45. I gave my report and went to lay down. Horizontal Time, hallelujah! My back and my abdomen both were unhappy.
Horizontal Time turned into dozing time. I kept trying to fight it off, but kept losing. I don’t like to sleep in the late afternoon unless I’m planning to be up super late, and especially if I have things I have to do, like getting Ben ready to ride along when I Drive Miss Daisy this evening. Sleeping in late afternoon makes me logey!
At 3:45pm I jerked myself awake. I was slipping into actual sleep. I drank some coffee and moved around a little to get my blood pumping. Then I went over to market to get a few things.
Younger called me while I was at market to ask about Ben. I told her he’d been fine today and that he did okay last night. She said she would just come. I told her it wasn’t needed and that he shouldn’t get used to her always being here. She agreed, but said she likes putting him to bed and missed him. She wanted to come. I told her that she was always welcome to come over and to see Ben. I told Older when I got back home but havent said anything to Ben yet, in case she changes her mind, or something happens.
Daughter is heating up his chicken nuggets in the toaster oven. Ben is tearing the house apart looking for something, he can’t say what, but it must be important. I’m glad Younger is coming… things are chaotic right now and would only get worse if we were trying to make Ben stick to a time schedule. Sometimes I really just want to run away and keep going.
This song pretty much says it…
I am so happy you stopped by and hung out with us today. Overall it was a good day. We didn’t do a whole lot, but when Daughter works, it’s generally just me and Ben hanging out in the living room while Daughter sleeps. She has work again tonight, but then she’s off until Friday night. We have Zooms scheduled for tomorrow, but we’ll figure that out tomorrow. Every day is a little bit different and things can change pretty fast. We have some crazy times and we have some chill times. Come back tomorrow, see what’s what and share our adventures. It’s always more fun with your friends along. ¡Hasta mañana!