If you missed the start of this series, you can find it here. A lot of things will be the same or very similar.
Sunset was kind of a dud, but then the Parrots came…
after the Parrots landed in my Pecan Tree (yes, it deserves proper noun status), I switched to video. I have a five second video, but even though I upgraded from Freeloader, I still can’t play videos unless I go for “premium”. Fuck that noise! WP is WAY too glitchy to give them more money.
Anyway, the Parrots hung out in my tree for about five minutes, and I was barely containing myself. I wanted to jump up and down like I’d been called to “Come On Down!” I’m kinda bummed that I can’t play the video for you. Maybe I can figure out a way to use Google Drive and just include a link… if I have time, and if I remember. Big IFs! *
Ben was chill the rest of the evening. He ate most of his steak, had his meds and bath, then off to bedtime with Dogzilla. Daughter went to her room, and I started going through my WP Reader. SOOOO behind!
Younger called me to tell me after waiting over an hour at a drive-through testing site, she came to a sign that read “3 hours wait from this point”, so she found a place that made appointments. She and Partner will be tested Wednesday, I forgot what time she said. Hopefully she will get her results soon. When Older had the bronchitis that turned into pneumonia, her Kootie test results came back really fast. The next day, I think.
I got through my Reader around 9pm then I nuked some food, ate the food, let the food settle, took my meds around 11pm and konked until 5:15am when the Bounce occurred.
Ben “cuddled” with me for a while then ran off. I dozed… then he Bounced and “cuddled” again… then he ran off again. He came back once more to command me to Couch Sittin Duty, but Daughter took first shift. She was reminded via phone notification that she has a Zoom with his med doctor this morning…. “before 10am, I can’t remember”. I got up and went to visit my friend, Coffee Dragon. Then I went to look at the sky…Meh… and c-c-cold! It was 38°F (3°C). TOO dang cold for Meh!
I heard the call of gulls around 7:15am, so I braved the frigid weather and went to look. Georgie and Gracie were playing in the sky over my house. They were joined by some friends (?) near the market, and they landed for a minute, but then they were off again. Ya know… places to go, dumpsters to dive…
At 8:30am I took over Couch Sittin Duty so Daughter could Zoom with Ben’s med doctor. She couldn’t find the paper with the Zoom info on it. I asked “Don’t you have a number you can text her at?” Daughter said she’d just texted. Ben was doing his chalk thang, mostly just making a pile of chalk dust. UGH!
At 9am Daughter announced that she’d found the paper, the meeting was at 10:15am. I told her “Whatever you want to do. All I have to do is change my shoes.” about getting the tree. She hemmed and hawed… I seriously get SOO freakin’ frustrated. I was ready at 8am, I’d been waiting on her. At 9:20 she put her clothes in the washer, then we put slippers and a jacket on Ben, grabbed his mask and we headed off. Luckily the store is right by the hospital where she works, super close.
It was nearly empty, so we rushed in, Ben said “That one!” pointing at a net-wrapped seven foot Douglas Fir, Daughter grabbed it. I grabbed gift wrap and clear tape, and onward to check-out. Self checkout, Ben dancing and making faces at himself in front of the security camera and monitor, Daughter paying, then back to the car.
We got home and got the tree into the stand, watered and boughs relaxing, just in time for Daughter to make it to the 10:15am Zoom. Younger called while we were getting the tree stabilized in the stand. She had just done her Kootie test, she and Partner both. They will have their results in two to five days. Hopefully two, so she can help decorate the tree on Friday evening… her birthday, actually.
The Zoom went fine. They are switching Ben’s morning Adderall to an extended release pill. That’s excellent. Hopefully the coverage will be longer. Daughter hung up her laundry, then took over Couch Sittin Duty. I went back to Horizontal Time.
The Honey Baked Ham was delivered around 11:30am. Tree AND ham in the house. Christmas was officially a GO! Hopefully that will be the end of Daughter’s worries and tears about Christmas. I hate when my girls cry!
At 1:15pm Daughter asked me if I would please, please go to In-N-Out. Of course I said yes. They are ALWAYS hella busy, but they’ve got the waiting line system down better than amusement park rides. With driving time to and from, the total time was forty-five minutes, so I waited twenty-five or thirty minutes for the four Double Doubles – three no onion, one animal , and four fries, two for Ben cuz he doesn’t do burgers and he’s a bottomless pit these days. I ate the fries right away. I don’t know of anyplace where the fries are good cold. Rally’s aka Checker’s big bucket of fries is okay a few hours later…edible, but I wouldn’t say good.
Anyway, I gave Ben his fries but he didn’t seem interested. I gave Daughter her bag o’ Salt and Grease Burgers which is what we call them, and went to get Horizontal after eating my fries. I’ll eat the Animal Style burger later.
At 2:45pm Daughter said she was gonna fold her laundry and stretch out. I told her to set an alarm cuz she was gonna sleep. No doubt about it. She’d just eaten, it was that time of day… she was gonna sleep. She said she’d set an alarm for 4:30. I told her “oooh-kaaaay”. Ben was playing in the living room and outside. Back and forth, so I stayed in my room, waiting for the Royal Command to relocate.
At 4pm Daughter texted me that she was just falling asleep, she set her alarm for 5pm. I sent her a bunch of laughing emojis and “okay”. I am beyond tired of this whole work night sleeping thing. I swear, I’m just gonna tell her to stay in her room all day from when we get home from picking her up, til it’s time to take her back. I will make Ben’s “orange chicken” tonight, I will bathe him and get him ready, I will probably have to wake her up to get ready for work, and then I will drive her to work. But first, I’m gonna see what sunset looks like tonight.
To celebrate the success of The Great Tree Adventure, and because it’s one of my favorite Christmas songs, this version, from Meet Me In St Louis, one of my favorite movies. And don’t these lyric seem to apply to 2020?!
Thanks for coming with us on the Great Tree Adventure. FINALLY, right?! A pretty chill day with some stuff going right. That’s always nice. Human nature seems to put more weight on things that go wrong, I’d rather acknowledge all the good things. It’s make my general outlook more pleasant… makes me happier, more content. Tomorrow’s agenda includes picking Daughter up from work, and a whole lotta Couch Sittin, then Driving Miss Daisy again in the evening. Hopefully the day won’t start at 4am. If it does, the Coffee Dragon will Burble and Hiss super fast for us. ¡Hasta mañana!