As you know, this is when we listen to a lovely rendition of Ave Maria (as well as something somewhat less timeless) and, in recent years, discuss what we’re giving up for Lent.
So, this year, I’m giving up carbs for Lent again. (And talked about it at work and my co-workers have decided to put together a “Biggest Loser” contest to help suck all of the fun out of self-deprivation.) In addition to that, I’m giving up wine which, apparently, also has carbs in it.
I’m not giving up buying video games for Lent this year because, surprisingly, I don’t think I have to do that anymore. Huh. Funny how that worked out.
So it’s just no carbs, no booze, and mindfully working toward mindfully taking pleasure in my vices rather than being joylessly habituated to them.
And, of course, it’s always nice to take Maribou out to the IHOP and talk about how far we’ve come and how far we’ve yet to go.
(And I need another “Oh, I remember that song!” song for the post… here’s one.)
So… what are you giving up for Lent?
EDIT: I’ve decided to close the comments on this post. It was supposed to be a place where people could talk about what they were doing, not about what other people were doing wrong.
EDIT EDIT: I’ve decided to reopen the comments on this post. I’ve opened a post in the sidebar where people can talk about how other people are doing it wrong. If you are inclined to tell other people that they’re doing it wrong, please do it here.