1. To finally get out of the house alone, to put the rubbish out, to pick up some supplies and have a hot chocolate and a cake and a read of my magazine.
2. The mother and I have a very quiet and fond laugh at Alec's characteristic diction: "Juthst put the thtick in the depot over thayer, crew!"
3. Alec in his bedtime tantrum says he hates me and that I'm not very nice. I tell him that I'm not there to be liked, I'm there to look after him; and this seems to be the right thing to say.