Saturday, October 11, 2014

What Tomorrow Brings

Sadly Thomas's work anxiety is back. We were free of this for a few weeks and last night it began again. For starters, I don't like this. Any march towards something that might indicate a relapse is not a good thing. Sure, it's just anxiety but with other things that have been going on, this is one more thing to add to the list. I'm a little bit nervous about this trip to Seattle tomorrow because it will be breaking Thomas and the rest of the family out of a pretty entrenched routine so it may not be all good. He is very excited about the trip because we are going to visit a lot of places he wants to see like the Space Needle and the zoo (weather permitting) and the aquarium and the science center. I let him pick our destinations for the trip where he, of course, also included dinner out at The Cheesecake Factory. On our walk yesterday I tried to entice him with all of the flavors of cheesecake they have and he really wants a piece of plain old New York cheesecake. For some reason I've always thought that was a little odd only because they have a cookies and cream one (my fav) that is a flavor he likes in his ice cream yet he still settles on plain cheesecake. I am happy though that he's excited and I'd get him anything he wants.

Yesterday we went for our walk again. I added another couple of blocks making our walks now two miles long. I am so happy about it because it will get him some decent exercise. Our conversation was nearly non-existent except for him to lament having to walk the dog because the dog doesn't follow his "rules". To ease his frustration, I offered to take over walking the dog and was promptly, and with an edge to his voice, told me he didn't want me to do it because I don't keep proper control over the dog. I had to laugh inside about that because the difference between the two of us is that he's like a drill instructor with the dog, holding court over exactly where she can go to the bathroom and what side of the sidewalk she can walk on. I, on the other hand, give her free reign over the sidewalk and whenever and wherever she needs to go to the bathroom, I let her. Essentially, I let her be a dog. So I left Thomas to walk her and had to remind him several times that she's just a dog and she doesn't understand his unreasonable rules for her behavior. I can actually see her look at him with, "What do you mean I can't walk over there?" sad eyes. I think we need to work on that, especially with Thomas's growing frustration.

Well, today will be spend packing for the trip and trying to get everything ready. We take off at 7 a.m. and the drive is 6 1/2 hours for us to Seattle. I grew up in that area so it'll be good to be "home" again for a few days. I wish we had more time but I think 3 days will be enough. I don't want to overload Thomas.

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