After the end of his First Year of teaching, he went home to Massachusetts to visit his parents, and - as usual - got bogged down. I'm not sure what the dynamic there is, but I have my suspicions. His doting mother is the kind to hold his hand and wipe his butt, and Buster is the kind to enjoy that. Since arriving back in MA, he has been ever so reluctant to answer my questions, but since his parents jump on the webcam with him to M whenever he's there, he can't avoid answering completely. For the past several weeks, though, the webcams have meant I have to be in the room, because his parents ask me about stuff and it's much more interactive than when it's just Buster and M by themselves. Last time, when his parents were finished and had left the room, I took a break for a brief minute and came back in to find Buster asking M what her Thanksgiving plans were! He's got some nerve...
What I've been able to find out so far:
- He now "can't make any plans" for the summer. (which relieves me of trying to work out any arrangements with him)
- His finances are "a shambles" (duh, I guess that's what happens when you never open your mail)
- He still has no place to live and no arrangements have been made.
- After telling me a week and a half ago that he was heading back to CO, as of Wednesday, he is still in Massachusetts.
I was excited to learn that after all these years of him getting away with contributing next to nothing, that his monthly check would be close to being Actually Helpful. Still less than my monthly bill for daycare, but still. However, I also knew that it was folly to count on it. Since I bought the new townhouse at the same time, which raised my Housing budget, I admit I was kind of hoping to see that money.
Fortunately, I also just had my first Review at work, having been there a year now, and was granted a token raise. (2.5%) That helps, and although it isn't as much as I'd hoped, I also know that in this economy I'm grateful to have a job and any raise at all. So, as usual, I am managing on my own. My job has been crazy stressful for the past couple months, and I've been scrambling. I hate feeling so crunched that it's hard to find time to make routine appointments like get my hair cut. As soon as school let out and the dreaded Homework stopped for the year, swim lessons started, and we're rushing off after work for those. I'm kind of beat.
I made a reservation to escape to higher ground for the 4th of July weekend. Last year I whisked us off to Aspen, but this year we are going to stay in a cabin in Estes Park in a campground. The cabins are supposed to have individual fire pits just outside their front doors, so we'll be able to roast marshmallows and make S'mores, so M is stoked. The cabin is really to make it easier to manage the kid and the dog, since the tent I own is a relatively small lightweight backpacking tent, and I don't know how this new dog will cope with the whole camping thing. I decided to avoid it altogether and go for a cabin. Easier, if not as rustic and secluded as I wanted. I'll be able to bring up a bunch of groceries and not have to worry about bears and raccoons, and just relax.
Also, nearby in the town of Estes Park, which is surrounded by Rocky Mountain National Park, is a large dog park where we can take the dog and let her run. So the whole thing sounds stellar, and I'm looking forward to a few days off.