Caitlin and Deanne were sleeping, but Christof was having none of it, so I ended up leaving him in his new walker while Hetal and I got some sleep.
The next morning, Jin got a call from Ayden. He told her he got married, but he hoped that wouldn’t hurt their relationship.
She told him to take his money and shove it, and then hung up. Jin is an amazing woman. Sure, she’s a hideous old maid trapped into providing free child care, but she has principles!
Jin tried to pretend she wasn’t bothered and went to cook some dinner.
But you could tell it was on her mind.
Then again, she might just be a really bad cook.
This was not my and Hetal’s best moment, but we were desperate!
Sometimes Hetal is the only part of life that keeps me going.
Afterward, I finally got to take some time with Dinah. It’s been so long since I got to play with my sweet kitties.
And Jin ate her own cooking, since nobody else would. And Cheshire scratched up our good folding chair.
OK, this place was a pit, and we only had burned hot dogs to eat. It was time for me to step up and whip us into shape. First I cooked some dinner.
It was pancakes, which is all I know how to make. Everyone will eat it and like it.
Actually, it wasn’t too bad if I do say so myself.
Then I cleaned up the cat puke that had been sitting in the floor for a week.
Then I told Branden to GO TO BED. And to my shock, he did!
Meanwhile, Ayden called Jin again. She told him to shove off.
And then she passed out. This thing with her man really has her off her game.
But Branden got a decent amount of sleep and did 11% of his homework in the morning before dashing off to meet the bus on time. I will have to remember to tell him to go to bed more often.
We didn’t get much sleep, and I had to dash off to work. Hetal stepped up to take care of the kids.
She’s come such a long way from the independent woman who wasn’t sure she wanted to have children. Now she’s a great mom, and she’s about to be fired from her job! What a turnaround.
She even managed to actually read Branden that bedtime story he’s been begging for.
Jin just wouldn’t let go of the hot dog thing until she produced some we could eat.
Kitties! (I don’t have a segue, but who needs one of those anyway?)
Cheshire and Strawberry.
Peanut, Cheshire, Raspberry, and Plum.
Dinah and Raspberry.
I have such a wonderful kitty family.
Actually, I’m posting all that sweetness to distract myself by how lousy the evening was.
OK, look, I worked all day with no break, and the kids wouldn’t let me sleep, OK??
And then there was a golden moment.
Everyone was sleeping so peacefully AT THE SAME TIME.
Well, 6 out of 7 ain’t bad.
Passing out: 5 + 4 = 9.
Oh the fail, it makes you want to cry. But then there’s a baby and two toddlers. It’s pretty much what I expected.
That woohoo while Christof was in the room was totally autonomous, I swear!
While Branden was wandering around, refusing to sleep without a bedtime story, I noticed that Allison had a “Go to sleep” interaction with him. She used it, and he went to sleep! But I haven’t seen it since. I’m not sure what makes it show up.
Also, you should probably get an extra point deduction when the torch holder fails. :-p It’s pretty much what she said. She was moving from baby/toddler crisis to baby/toddler crisis that the idiots weren’t dealing with, and every time she tried to go to bed, a crying kid would wake her up. She actually went to work, and I think she even got promoted, but she couldn’t sleep THERE because there was an emergency and the fire truck was about to break down. I should’ve just left her at the fire house to get a little bit of sleep before throwing her back into the lion’s den.
Poor Allison. It will get better.
On the bright side, Hetal has a Faithful reputation, which is pretty amazing considering her LTW is Master Romancer. Allison must be doing something right.
Hetal and Allison being so Faithful is very sweet! Hetal has come a long way as a mom, too, which is nice to see. I guess some of Jin's genes are in there after all!
Poor Jin's love life, though. It's a good thing that she's so awesome.
The kittens are adorable. I can't imagine trying to chose between them!
I'm glad that Allison got the household under control, but that's a lot of sleeping fail!
Yeah, the passing out was horrifying. But I was honestly afraid that managing a baby and two toddlers would end up with the social worker, so I'll take the sleep fail.
Jin has an amazingly active social life for an idiot. It's fun to watch. I was pretty ticked off when SP announced that Ayden Van Gould had gotten married, though. He IMMEDIATELY called Jin.
Poor Jin just when her love life was getting nice :'( All the kittens I just love them all but maybe Rasberry is my favorite…. That is one thing Ihate about doing a isbi challge that the kids almost always never finsh thier homework >.< Great chapter! 🙂 😀
Thanks! Now that I've been forced to fight my inner control freak, I have to say that this ISBI is so much fun. Someone is always doing something hilarious.
So, it occurs to me that I haven't used Jin's free action for this life state. I'm contemplating using it to snag Ayden.
What do you think?
I live in fear of social workers in my ISBI! Luckily, Frank's a good dad. I can't imagine trying it with so many kids and kitties!
Sounds like something Jin would like! But… would you move him in?
Probably just see if I could snag him as a boyfriend. Then perhaps when she's an elder she can move in with him. Which would make it too bad for her having any kids with him — which would be younger that her grandkids anyway, which makes the brain hurt. But it would give her a nice exit rather than just living her life out in the household.
Actually, I'm taking a minor cheat for reloading when the social worker came for the cats. I just couldn't keep the social motive high enough on all of them simultaneously, and when the social worker comes, she takes them all I think.
I'll take a point hit for the social worker coming, but I am NOT going to lose all those cats!!
Then I tried something else — I used Twallan's Retuner to remove React Negatively and React Neutrally from their autonomous actions. These seem to be actions that revolve around yowling at food that is left out, and since this is an ISBI, there's always a ton of food left out. Those actions seem to be very high priority. Once they were removed, the cats started interacting with each other just fine and stopped being constantly lonely.
Yes … I like this plan. Poor Jin needs her happy ever after as she does so much on autonomy for her family 🙂
Ok, let's try this again.
Don't be too hard on Allison as she's a very good torch holder all things considered. She does have a lot on her plate so a little fail every so often is to be expected. I'm just impressed that you managed to get them all asleep at the same time and 95% of the family actually in bed! Naughty Branden letting the side down.
I loved seeing the kitty pic spam. I'm still undecided as to which kitten I prefer the most. Plum or Peanut probably …
I do really like Peanut. He's a good mix of his parents — a mix of markings, Dinah's face shape, Cheshire's tail, and Dinah's ears. Plum is also a good mix of markings, but I don't think he has Dinah's ears, and I think those red-tipped ears on the purple face are striking.
It'll be hard to tell until the kittens age up, but I do have a soft spot for Strawberry just because she's such a skinny thing and the other three turned out puffy.
*He told her he got married, but he hoped that wouldn't hurt their relationship.* That was unexpected and made me snort Mello Yello. Ow!!
Ya know, that is really just a disturbing piece of artwork to be hanging over a toilet. Just saying. Dis-tur-bing. 🙂
Go Branden, sleep and homework and catching the bus. *That's my boy*
Lots of kitty spam whoo-hoo! But Peanut is still the best. *Is much and disturbingly obsessed* but i'm not disturbing artwork. um, i have confuzzled myself. please carry on. 😉
Bwah! You have the most entertaining comments!
I never think to put up artwork. I love the stuff in this house. The bathroom was REALLY DECORATED. And there was a surrealist painting of a grilled cheese sandwich in the bedroom that I think I moved to family inventory while I was expanding the house and need to put back.
I was just laughing out loud at that pile of cat sick I’d seen for a couple posts, and then Allison cleaned it up… oh man, priceless.
I loved how Branded was asleep on a park bench! Too much fun!