Happy Fat Tuesday, gluttons! I have been mulling over what to give up for Lent during the past few weeks. I traditionally give up junk food, which in my mind I don’t eat a lot of, so it makes me feel like I could take it a step further. Also, giving up junk food is a vain sacrifice, not something that makes me rely more on God or that promotes spiritual growth. For this yeah, I have been considering:
Bread & Potatoes
Drinking everything but water
Some of these things, as much as I would like to do them are just not a reality for me. I have decided on a combination of junk food, bread, potatoes, and cheese. Yes, this is in the same vein as the junk food vanity thing, but I LOVE cheese and ice cream and this combination will really be a sacrifice, rather than just a stricter diet. I am going to make a conscious effort to say a prayer every time I am faced with a temptation. and I’ve found cheese is in pretty much everything I eat, so it will be tough. No pizza, no sandwiches, no ice cream, no chips and salsa, no cheese on my salad, no fried, no mashed potatoes. Let the 40 days begin!
Oh, and speaking of prayer, I have also downloaded the Magnificat Lenten app and intend to read/do it each day.
I’ll miss all my friends who are giving up Facebook. See you all in 40 days!!
Yesterday we had a bunch of friends over for Easter dinner. It was nice to have a sort of family kind of thing since none of us have family here. I made my bunny cake and, unfortunately, that’s the only thing I managed to take a picture of. I wish I’d gotten a picture of the meal – including my first ham, which turned out quite well I think!
It was a perfect beautiful day yesterday. We hung out, talked, ate, played on the roof deck, and I had a great time. There were 9 of us there and it was nice to have people to hang out and chat with. It definitely felt like a holiday, which was nice, because holidays can tend not to feel that way if you’re not with family.
We didn’t actually go to church yesterday, we went to the Easter Vigil on Saturday night because I was someone’s sponsor through RCIA and they do all their baptisms and confirmations at that mass. It was long, but it wasn’t miserable long, maybe because I was involved throughout. My favorite part was by far the fire at the beginning. So you walk into the church and it’s all dark – no lights on, but everyone gets an unlit candle. To start mass they have this big pedestal they light a fire on the top of in the back of the church, the priest then lights a candle from that which he uses to light the paschal candle and from the priest’s candle the flame/light spreads rapidly. All the candidates/catechumans and their sponsors (me) were standing in the back with the priests, deacons, alter servers, lecters, etc. We all lit our candles from the priests and others around us and then it spread from us to the congregation in the the pews and up to the front of the church. It was really amazing to see and was beautiful to see this giant, old church lit by hundreds of candles. The way the light spread felt very unifying and I couldn’t help but smile. I don’t know if I can handle an Easter Vigil again next year, but that feeling I had and that part of the mass will make me at least consider it.
There are people I have met who are of the opinion that one should pray outside of their bed. This way you don’t fall asleep. I can’t help but wonder, what is bad about falling asleep praying? I kind of like the idea of starting your prayers once you get into bed. Prayer isn’t all about talking, there needs to be listening as well. What sounds more peaceful than falling asleep in prayer? The idea makes me smile.
I have been neglectful. I haven’t posted in so long. I would say it’s because I’ve been busy, but I’m always busy. Everyone’s always busy. I think I’m slowly starting to lose interest. Sad, right? Anyway, I have a funny comment from church yesterday that I want to share.
So at the end of mass the priest made all his announcements about the homeless shelter, volunteering, a group they have for parents raising children in the city with faith, etc. As we were walking out and shaking all 3 of the priest’s hands in the back of the church, one of them said to tbf: “Good morning young man, do you have any children?” He looked at me and said, “no.” The priest said, “well, go home and make some and come to my meeting.” *jaw drop* Can a priest say that?? Haha, I laughed about it for like 5 mins. I even called to tell my mom cause I thought she might laugh. She didn’t find it funny. Oops.
Friday: Dinner with tbf and his family
Saturday: Watched Tech beat A&M! Went to Central Park and took pictures of fall coming!
Then I went to Hill Country to watch Texas maintain their #1 spot in the BCS. FUN. TIMES.
Sunday: Mass at St. Patrick’s at 10:15 am. It was PACKED and all the tourists hung around after to take pics of the Cardinal who performs that mass. I’d never gone to it before, I wonder if it’s always that way. Saw a pidgeon in the subway on the platform on the way home. I felt really bad for it because there’s no food down there for it and it’s likely to get hit by a train. *frown* At home I cleaned and baked, then hung out with some girl friends and finished mom’s scarf I’ve been working on. I thought I might like it better finished, but I don’t. I like the pattern, but I just totally hate the yarn.
Today I came home to 2 envelopes on my bed. One had my pay check stub in it. Into the filing system that goes. The other was from the Diocese of New York. It was my ticket to see the Pope on Saturday! I am going with my bf, his sister and her husband. We will have to be there at 6am Saturday, but it’ll be worth it to see the Pope in the US. Tickets were free. Can’t wait!
I haven’t really over indulged on anything. For Lent I gave up “junk food,” which I realize is different for everyone. In junk food I included eating out, with the exception of special occasions (Europe where I obviously couldn’t make my own food, but even there I tried to eat well). I mostly ate sandwiches, soup and fruit for 40 days. March 20th I reserved Athena for April 14th when we would go to Hut’s Hamburgers for dinner. The first Wednesday after Easter, 2 for 1 burger night. We had burgers and fries and water. Those fries were the first and only fried thing I’ve had since I’ve been able to eat them. For dessert we went to Amy’s where I had a small belgian chocolate with a reece’s in it. Other than that I’ve still been making my food and eating well. I haven’t had a soda yet. I’ve been eating chocolate every day though. I blame that on the fact that there is Easter candy sitting around at work. I want to continue to eat well though…and not so much eat out. I don’t have the money to spend on eating out when preparing my own food is so much cheaper…and so much better for me! Yesterday I was debating getting Marble Slab or a Coke on my break. I couldn’t decide which was less worse for me than the other, so I just didn’t get either.