Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mardi Gras!!!

I hope you have your beads out and your hurricane cups ready to go! It's Fat Tuesday!!! I went down to Mardi Gras 2005 two months after my December college graduation. I went with one other girlfriend and man, good times. New Orleans knows how to throw a good party!

I guess the origination of the partying and debauchery is to get everything out of your system before Lent. Growing up as a non-Catholic, I never observed Lent. Starting in High School I was noticing my Catholic friends giving something up for the 40 days before Easter. Every year I make a half hearted attempt to give something up and to test my self control. I don't think I've ever made it through the first weekend.

I've been thinking for a couple days what I would give up this year and I can rationalize my way out of anything. Alcohol? We're taking a vaca to Manhattan in March and I would hate to not be able to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail with the amazing food I'm sure we'll stumble upon. Sweets? French Fries? I don't partake in these things too often, so it wouldn't be too much of a challenge. I could ADD something to my daily routine or diet that would be beneficial. Ensure I drink my 8 glasses of water everyday? Eat my veggies? Exercise daily? 

I need ideas, what are you giving up for Lent?

1 comment:

  1. I really like the idea of adding a good habit instead of subtracting a bad habit (and it doesn't sound like french fries are much of a habit for you). Some of my favorite habits right now are daily letters and cleaning while it's clean. Both give me a lot of happiness, but in different ways!