Daughter called, subdued, around 10:00. She had called and cancelled out on walking the dog. She didn't expect me to come get "a bratty b*****." She also commented on how I had taken the remotes for both TVs and her computer. (I love being able to lock things up). She was watching a movie on her DVD player. I called her a little after 11:00 and told her I had to go to the bank, and was willing to stop by and pick her up while I was out.
She told me that Kitten was afraid of the noises she was hearing outside the windows and doors. I asked if she'd been afraid. "A little." I really struggled with what to do about lunch, but then I realized that she wasn't going to like all the veggies we ordered on the pizza. So, I let her have pizza with us. She quietly picked off the green peppers and mushrooms.
She folded and stapled newsletters, and then I gave her some shredding to do. She tried to shred a catalogue. The shredder survived, but it took some work to make it operational again. That ended her cooperation. She spent the rest of the afternoon laying on the love seat in my study.
She says she's learned and she's going to change. I suggested she pick one thing to do differently. She's going to practice getting up with the alarm while we're on vacation. Do I think she's learned her lesson? No. But I have learned that it bothers her to be at home alone. I have learned that I can leave her alone. I have learned that I don't need to get sucked into the morning battle. A successful day.