Angela is. Quiet.
Ok, "quiet" isn't the right word. "Busy", and "self amused" is better. As much as she adores Axel, Angela is pretty set in her ways, and her "way" is to come home from school each day and either watch some TV or hang out in her basement bedroom, reenacting her entire school day (or whatever she just watched on TV.) She can spend HOURS down there, coming up for air only when she's hungry. I think this is pretty typical of teenagers. (the hanging out in the room thing, not the pretend play thing.) But don't worry, I can get her to play with Axel pretty easily.
So yesterday, in the middle of the day, Angela's teacher sent an email out to all the parents about choosing electives for next year, Angela's first year at.the.high.school. She gave several choices and asked us to discuss them with our child, or if we wanted she could talk to the kids about them while they're at school. She needed our responses as soon as possible.
I was just about to send a reply, asking her talk to Angela about her preference between cooking class and a woods class, since she really likes both and the teacher needed our responses ASAP. I was just hitting "send" when I remembered....
Angela was not AT school. She was HERE at HOME, in her basement bedroom where I couldn't hear her! She had stayed home sick and was enjoying the extra time to herself in her basement lair.
I had totally forgotten my kid was here! You are welcome to nominate me for mother of the year now.