Happy Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras!
I am going to participate in Lent this year, even though I am somewhat of a lapsed Catholic. I remember when I was younger I told my mom I was going to give up bananas. She knew I was just being cheeky and told me that I had to give up something I really liked. I almost always ended up choosing chocolate or sweets, but I don’t think I ever had a perfect Lent. That is until one year I decided to give up chocolate while I was living in France, FRANCE of all places, with the very finest chocolateries and patisseries. I actually did it. All 40 days. I may or may not have been motivated by the fact that the previous time I had lived in France I had brought home 15 extra pounds of chocolate and pastries on my person. My mom and even my childhood friend had even said that I was “chunky.” Heck no. Not again.
This year I’ve decided to participate in Lent again, even though I’m a lapsed Catholic. I did complete my First Holy Communion back in the day, so these traditions are just kind of engrained in me no matter how lapsed I become. Rather than just subtract a habit, I’m also going to add one.
Add: Blogging every day. Oh boy this is going to be a challenge. Especially because I didn’t even sit down and relax after work (I did laundry, cooked dinner, cleaned the kitchen, worked out, showered, and I’m just now writing at 10 p.m. and I have to get up tomorrow at 4:30 a.m. Lord have mercy!)
Subtract: Meat, including pork, chicken, and beef (not including turkey or fish). I’ve been kinda sorta been wanting to become vegetarian. Not an actual 100% all the time vegetarian because I like a little gray area, but an 80% vegetarian. Plus, I just learned from a co-worker today that carnival (carneval in Italian) comes from the word carne meaning meat. During the Lenten fasting period, people would eat all the meat on Fat Tuesday before it went bad, and then abstain from it until the springtime when animals repopulated. Or something like that. I don’t have an official source to quote, except my co-worker from New Orleans.
I also heard on the radio that today is Random Acts of Kindness day, but shouldn’t we be kind and polite every day? Nonetheless, it reminded me of the time that a random stranger in the drive-thru paid for my coffee, and it made my whole day seem all sorts of magical. It just really touched my heart and made me feel special, even though I didn’t know who that person was and they didn’t know who I was. I’m going to start doing more Random Acts of Kindness.
Another random thing I heard on the radio is this weatherman celebrating thundersnow, which is apparently snow with thunder and lightning. He’s more excited than a kid on Christmas. I just love it though, should’t we all strive to do something that we love that much?