Just a little update:
Sweet Man called and described our large and lovely hotel room in Bloomington. Then he topped it with better news: that he won't be working 6 days a week, 12 hours a day, here, as he does on other assignments...he'll have a more normal schedule.
So, the kids and I extricated ourselves from my dad's house and hightailed it west.
Now we're safe and together. And excited to explore a new town and see some friends who live here.