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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lent

Wow!  Thanks for all the comments yesterday!  It's so nice to have people truly understand how good it feels when something like that happens.  My always-been-thin friends would be like "Great??"

OK...I don't talk about it much on my blog or even in "real life" really, but I'm Catholic.  Born and raised.  Now, I'm not devout...in fact, I think in Catholic terms, I'm a bad Catholic.  Other Catholics hate me because I'm the one who shows up on Easter, Christmas, Ash Wednesday and clog the parking lots, causing a standing-room-only situation inside when they normally don't have to deal with that many people.  I'm a holiday Catholic...I admit.  Both my girls have been baptized but I'm afraid I haven't enrolled them in Sunday School yet and I've really gotta get on that.  Why, you ask?  Because the one thing I do have a lot of is Catholic guilt. 

So anywayz...the Catholic season of Lent is upon us and it's a time where some people fast and all of us don't eat meat on Fridays.  Usually, something else is sacrificed for these 40 days and 40 nights.  I've had all kinds of sacrifices over the years...chocolate (did the best I could), all sweets (ever notice how Lent falls right around girl scout cookie time?), alcohol, caffeine and road rage.  So I came up with a few ideas this year...one was giving up sarcasm.  Then I figured it'd be easier taking a vow of silence so I scratched that idea.  So without further ado...the two I'm going with:
  1. No more cussing.
  2. No more talking bad about people.
I feel I should offer clarification.  It's not like I run around talking like a sailor and cussing people out.  But I have noticed that as my kids have gotten older, I'm not as good about it as I should be and I'm starting to hear my adorable little 5 and 3 year olds repeat some choice words throughout the day.  I thought about doing a cuss jar but I don't think I can afford it.  Just kiddin' but seriously...not doing a cuss jar.

As for the talking bad about people.  I'm catty.  Not in a "OMG! Did you see what she was wearing?" kind of way but more in a "How stupid can you be?" kind of way.  I'm considering anytime I've called another driver an "idiot" to be saying something bad about someone and calling my coworkers "incompetent" as well.  This is gonna be tough folks because to be honest, I feel that most of the time, what I'm saying is true.  However, it's not productive.  Maybe I'll be able to exist in a more Zen like state if I can let go of some of these things and not allow other people to affect me on that kind of level or take me to Negative Town.

So there you go.  Stuff I'm giving up for Lent.  Exciting stuff, isn't it?  I know a lot of other bloggers struggle with what to write about some days.  Judging from this post, I'm no exception.  LOL.  For the record, I did NOT do my 5k training at home on Monday.  Who else saw that coming?  I'm making my way to the gym today to get back to it.  I only have 17 days until my 5k...not a lot of time...not sure if it's enough time, but I'm going to do my best.  Happy Hump Day!

9 comments:

nikki said...

See, I'm more of the "OMG! Did you see what she was wearing?" type! LOL, j/k - well, kind of ;) You'll do great on your 5k. I'm still chicken...perhaps if I just do it, I'll surprise myself? Anywho, you'll rock this 5k :)

Bonnie said...

I need to do better around my kids too. Good luck.

Ginger aka Gidget said...

It's times like this that I'm glad I'm just a good ol' Baptist. LOL! I tried giving up meat in solidarity with my Catholic friends. I failed. LOL! I also love bacon, which I tell my Jewish friends is another reason why I like being Baptist. Ha! But, I should give up cussing. Some days I'm like a sailor when someone ticks me off. :)

Leslie said...

I'm so right there with you about the incompetant people and bad drivers! Hmmm, maybe if you do achieve a zen like state I might have to give up those two things as well. LOL

amandakiska said...

What great things to give up for Lent! Good job!

Ronnie said...

I like your choices, they're really great! :)

Amanda said...

Really good lent choices! Some days I am a cussing fool!

Amanda said...

I am Catholic and still trying to decide what to give up. But boy, I would have a hard time giving up swearing...good luck!

Camille said...

MY husband wants me to give up cussing. He thinks it would be so much quieter.