LD is super overworked at her job, which is a mass of backbiting and undercutting, apparently. I really don't want her to lose her value there, because frankly she was lucky to get that job (at a place she'd worked years before) because of the three-year gap in her resume. She makes twice what I do, and with three kids she needs it. When a kid is sick, she racks up yet another unwanted absence.
So when she texted me that Crab was sick, I drove up there after work. She left me with Crab lying on the couch watching TV. I walked over to her kids' school and picked up the other two; I'm on the list, this having happened before. They watched a lot of cartoons (Garfield! Phineas and Ferb! Some French series of shorts about a shark who loves a clueless mermaid and protects her from the hyena who wants to eat her!) while I graded some papers. I made them two corn dogs, two breads with Nutella, and two pears. Also Popsicles, after they took their various medicines (diuretic for Crab's stomach, antibiotic for Cake's ear infection, reading log time for KJr's lectophobia). They eat huge amounts. They are pretty big. Wait til they're teenagers!
[Her kids are big because LD is tall. LD is five foot eleven; I am five foot five or so on a good day. We are both fine with this reversal of typical gender body dimorphism. Some people aren't. Her kids love to point it out. Crab told her recently that daddies shouldn't be shorter than mommies. They can be the same size, but not shorter. On a similar note, apparently one of the topics covered on LD's last talk with Zaftig was battles with weight, and the perils of a woman weighing more than her partner. LD doesn't talk about her weight to Zaftig because she doesn't want to hurt her feelings --- LD and I weigh approximately the same.]
After a couple solid hours of work, LD drove all the way down to my place, where she fed the dogs (she has been around enough that, unbelievable as it may seem, Dog II --- who has lunged snarling at my landlord, my neighbor, and my brother when he came to stay for a week once --- allows her to pet him and even enter the house without me, although he does run around crazily, barking and jumping on her). Then she drove way back up to Mannontown to her house, where we all (including the kids!) had dinner of salmon and pasta. So domestic. Then the kids were driven reluctantly to bed. We cleaned up, I tried with mixed success to pay LD's bills online, and then we absconded to the couch for some adult time. We also watched some of "The Office" (UK), which I love.
LD and I butt heads occasionally on her willingness to let kids in her bed. I think as a third grade boy, KJr is getting too old to share his mother's bed. In particular I dislike the demanding way he asks her to go to bed, as if he were a partner in the bedtime process and not a child. She would be happy to have her children sleep with her every day until they go to college. It's not such a big thing to argue over, but I wish it didn't gnaw at me. I certainly don't want to create rivalries before their time or have petty jealousy about her kid, for Pete's sake.
I got home around half past midnight. I'd been gone from home since about 7 a.m. This was only possible because of the thousands of dollars I put into having a six-foot fence built around my yard and a dog door put in the back. These improvements have really changed how I structure my day! My schedule used to be tied to getting home to let dogs out.