Difficulties in getting said kids clothed and fed and reasonably groomed are exacerbated when one of them is ill. Like Jack - who I was pretty sure had strep throat (later confirmed by the MD.)
But this Monday was like no other.
Fast forward to the afternoon.
Jack is napping. (finally)
Anna is off to gymnastics with Deonne (so that I can stay home and tend to sick-o.)
James is watching TV after school and generally being a lazy sloth - begging for more snacks and laughing like a hyena to whatever garbage was playing on Cartoon Network.
I'm making a daily sweep through the downstairs - picking up errant socks, piling up random pieces of toys and junk that the kids have strewn about - and reach down to pick up one of the boys rubber snakes.
That started to turn it's head and look at me right as I was about to touch it.
I'm sure you can guess what happened next. Yeah - I'm not proud. I screamed. Like a girl. A lot.
James came round the corner to see what the fuss was about. And he screamed. Like a girl. A lot.
I tried to make him pick it up to take it outside - cause it was just sitting there - staring at us and not moving. For a moment I thought I might have imagined it - and it was indeed just a toy snake. Until it moved. And slithered. And wiggled it's little tail.
So I tried again to get James to be the 'man of the house.' No go.
I debated waking Jack up and throwing him in the car and driving away - anywhere - to get away from the vermin in the house. But seeing as he was still recovering from strep - and really needed the sleep after a restless night the night before - I decided that was a bad idea.
So I sent James for help.
He returned moments later with Steven. Who is Steven, you ask? The FIVE year old kid who lives next door. Who happily showed up with a paper plate and a grin - ready to save us all from the serpent from hell.
And he tried - he diligently tried to capture the snake. He followed it into the hall closet - started pulling boots and jackets and other such winter items out of the closet in an attempt to find the evil one. He asked me to help him empty the closet so he could get it.
Rather - I told him to stuff everything back in the closet and barricade the door and leave it until Deonne came home. All the while trying to get the creepy heebie jeebies to go away...
So Deonne finally makes it home after gymnastics - gets a good giggle out of the whole ordeal - and then proceeds to empty the closet. And comes back upstairs empty handed. No snake. He tried. I kinda freaked out - okay - I more than kinda freaked out - then said a few silent prayers that this thing had slithered off somewhere to die.
Fast forward. We get through dinner. All is calm. (as calm as it gets round these parts anyways) We start getting the kids ready for their bath - I walk in our bedroom - and see a pretty good blob of ooey gooey blood. On the floor. Actually - on my favorite jeans which happened to be on the floor.
Shit. That's where the cat had been sleeping.
So upon examination of Juna - the cat with the propensity to have clogged anal gland (APPARENTLY), we discover yep - she's blown her ass out again. Ruptured abscessed anal duct.
Fantastic ending to a banner day for the Longs.
Monday morning chaos + strep throat + snake in the house + abscessed anal duct.
Can't wait to see what Tuesday brings.