So, some may recall that niece and nephew (Sis's kiddos) were taken by CPS this past Thursday? Mum's been trying to get a loan, APPROVED, and is now waiting on closing. It's been a strain, high electric, high water for this house that's way too big. I think it was too big when her and hubby moved there, but that's me. In any case, in the divorce she's allowed to live there until it sells, but she has to maintain it and be ready on 5 mins (or less) notice to leave so it can be shown... etc. Pretty stressful. So, she's checking the mail and sees vouchers for free play at some such casino in Shreveport. Pay for a cheap hotel, but food and shuttle are included. Something like $200 in vouchers. She called to invite me to go with... leave Sat morning, 6am or so, and come back Sunday 7pm or so. AND she invited Sis. Now, I might be able to talk my MIL into taking the kiddos (DH works all day Sat) and I don't mind playing penny slots. Drink for free playing those, shuttle is driving, so not too shabby. But the only time I've gone was with her (and hubby) and DH years ago. Seems weird to try going without him... even if it is poda be a "Girls Night Out" sort of thing... she's harping on that since Bro can't come. But besides that... she says "We can drink for free"... not "You" or even "Y'all" but "We"... this from the woman in AA. Been in it quite a while, running meetings, volunteering, teaching CPS classes... etc. There should NOT be a we in that department for her. That's worrisome. Secondly, I am not too thrilled with the idea that as a reward for using drugs and getting her kids taken away AGAIN that sis is being rewarded with a Girls Night Out drinking casino party. So... am I just being judgey or does anyone else see these as valid concerns? Should I even bother calling and asking MIL about sitting and go if she's up for it... or should I just say she can't do it and not go. I worry that the two of them will be a walking disaster together, but I also am not all that keen on babysitting either. It is kinda fun to go when things go well, but only time I did was with DH, don't know that it'd be as fun without my partner. Anywho, thoughts appreciated... I was typing this as mom was talking so now I'ma go run it by DH and see what he thinks... he knows me (and them) well enough that he'll probably bring up my own concerns and then leave it to me... hence asking for WoW from any willing to toss in their two pennies.