Rufus is a service dog in training. He ain't no German Shepherd. This guy is the size of a pony. Seriously. He has to be big because he has to be able to carry a full grown, 165 pound man, Sis B's son who is a quadriplegic. If I were to put a saddle on him I could easily take him for a Sunday's canter around the neighborhood without even making him break a sweat. So, I feel rather brave for offering to watch him. Luckily he is usually a very well behaved creature. He was laying calmly on the floor as I sat taking attendance. Then, "Woooosh", I feel the air current move as he moves his gargantuous body up. I quickly grab onto the handle of his vest and maneuver him out to the hall so he doesn't get the kids riled up. If he ever took off running I would either loose my arm or be carried away with him. but he is good. As I take him out I am met by Sis. W who tells me that Sweet Terror is about to be kicked out of nursery for bad behavior. "Dang it all and rasslefrazzlencamelpoop!" I think to myself. I heave Rufus toward the nursery in time to collect the psychotic terror that comes out screaming and pulling her hair. Apparently when they asked her to sit down for snack time she picked up her snack, chucked it at them, threw her cup to the floor, ran under the table to scream, etc... So, I spent the rest of church in the hall with Behemouth Dog and Sweet Terror. The depressing part is that the dog was better trained than my little rose. On the way home S.T. screamed about leaving church, screamed about being put in the car, screamed about being taken out of the car, screamed about being put in the house, threw her lunch on the floor, screamed and kicked about taking a nap, and promptly fell asleep.
Now, after a day like that I usually want several BIG bowls of ice cream to freeze out my headache. Alas! My freezer had betrayed me and there was not even a spoonful left of the sweet cold stuffs that would bring me peace. So instead I settled for making my favorite salsa and yummy no bake cookies.
Lizzy's Favorite Salsa (this is the lazy Sunday quick version):
Seed and chop 1/2 cucumber
Seed and chop one large tomato, or three roma tomatoes
Chop 1/2 medium onion
Seed and chop 1/2 bell pepper
Mince a good handful of cilantro
Stir together with some garlic salt
Liberally shake on Green Tabasco Sauce (it must be green).
A couple splashes of lemon juice, a good stir, some yummy chips and sour cream, and you are good to go.
For full enjoyment, eat when all the kids are down for naps. AAAaaaaahhhh. Food in silence.
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