It looks like this court date will actually happen, so I have to drive 4 hours tomorrow to get difficult child back to his college town for the evidence suppression hearing. It's scheduled for bright and early Thurs. morning so we have to get a hotel room. And today I heard from the atty that things won't be resolved on Thurs after all, in spite of it being called an omnibus hearing; apparently the judge doesn't have to, and doesn't usually, give a decision the same day so the attys continue to prepare for trial. So we have to go back for pretrial conferences in ten days and get another hotel room, because it's at 9 am! I just LOVE driving through the mountains repeatedly in winter weather. Bleargh. The bottom line is, it sounds more complicated and like it could drag on longer than I'd ever anticipated. I thought we'd be done, one way or the other, at the omnibus hearing. I'm not too optimistic that the judge will rule in difficult child's favor so it looks like the long haul. I'm a total babe in the woods with court stuff, but I guess I have some experience coming up. :\ On a brighter note, difficult child has held a job for three+ weeks now, and he got called today for another job (which he likes the sound of better)! He's also had a stable, cheerful mood for several days and that's so nice. I just hope he brings the same mood on the trip tomorrow. He's not a happy traveler, usually.