2011 25/03

What I should have given up for Lent

We are just over two weeks into the Lent season and I’m wondering how you’re doing on those things you gave up for Lent, if you gave up something for Lent.  Has it been easier than you thought?  Or are you struggling?

(Lent is the 40 day season leading up to Easter. If you’re unfamiliar with the practice of “giving up something for Lent”, do a little Googling to see what I’m talking about.)

I did not give up anything for Lent this year.  I thought about it.  I debated.  I came up with a list.  Then, somewhere between bottles and burping and a newborn, toddler, and preschooler running amuck, well it just got forgotten about.  Or I should say it just didn’t get acted upon.  But, here are the lists of what I could not give up for Lent and what I should have given up for Lent.

What I COULD NOT give up for Lent:

  1. Caffeine — I’m actually not a big caffeine addict.  Well, I should say I wasn’t always a caffeine addict.  But, since having Talon and averaging 3-4 hours of sleep each night but still needing to keep up with a toddler and preschooler during the day, caffeine is what gets me through my days.  It’s what helps me function on some sort of level.  So, caffeine is a must right now.
    Also, did you see what my husband bought me for an early Mother’s Day gift:

    Keurig Single Shot Coffee Maker
  2. Chocolate — No, I don’t actually need chocolate to function right now but it sure does give me a little “pick-me-up” during the day.  I probably should have given up chocolate as it would have probably been helpful in my weight loss attempts but, let’s be honest, I’m weak.  And I love Easter candy.  It’s my favorite kind of candy.  Slap a picture of an Easter bunny on it and it becomes irresistable to me!
  3. Angry Birds — Actually you could just label this one as my iPhone!  Those 3am feedings are a lonely time.  My iPhone keeps me sane for that hour or so.  Really, my iPhone keeps me sane pretty much all day (and when I’m up throughout the night).  I can’t be on my computer or even my iPad while I’m feeding, burping, or rocking Talon.  However, I have become a master at maneuvering my iPhone with one hand.  I am able to read and respond to emails, text, Tweet, Facebook, play Words With Friends, and dominate Angry Birds.  Speaking of Angry Birds…have you seen the new Rio edition?  LOVE IT!  The graphics on this edition are amazing and those little monkeys on the “Jungle Escape” boards are awesome!

What I SHOULD HAVE given up for Lent

  1. A good night’s sleep — Well, I’ve already mentioned that I average 3-4 hours of sleep each night.  And no, I don’t get naps during the day.  Easy.  Done.
  2. Eating warm meals — Unless my husband happens to be home and not dealing with something related to work, getting to eat a meal while it’s still warm is pretty rare.  If Talon does happen to be sleeping when I’m making a meal, I eat that meal very quickly because 9 times out of 10 he’ll wake up before I get to finish eating.  This is also true about coffee.  I’ve now acquired the tolerance for drinking cold coffee.  It’s all about getting the caffeine!
  3. A relaxing shower — Let me just say that I’m very appreciative that I actually do get a shower each day.  However, most of those days my shower is under 5 minutes.  Get in, get washed, get out, and hopefully the baby isn’t screaming within that time frame.  And those 5 minutes I am in the shower, it’s usually filled with one or both of the girls coming into the bathroom complaining or crying about something!
  4. Blogging — Let’s face it, the opportunities for me to sit down and write these days are few and far between.  If my fingers didn’t cramp up, I’d try to blog from my phone but I don’t have the patience for that.  A typical blog post now takes me a few days to write because I’m usually interrupted by something or someone every few minutes.  As much as I love writing here, it wouldn’t have been hard to give it up for a few weeks.

See, now those are things I could have succeed in!  But, alas, that’s not what Lent’s about.  It’s not about giving up things that are easy or convenient. Yeah, I probably should have given up the chocolate.  Next year.

Did you give up anything for Lent?  How has that been going for you?

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  • I’m so glad you posted this. On Ash Wednesday I said to myself, “Well, I failed Lent already.” I didn’t go get ashes and I ate meat for lunch and dinner. And then I didn’t come up with a thing to give up for Lent. And it wasn’t that I forgot, I just didn’t do it. On Ash Wednesday night, I decided to give up worrying. I think I’ve written to you before about how both my baby and I were in the hospital when she was 3 weeks old. Well, now we have tons of bills and collectors calling us all the time. Not only do I worry constantly about the baby, but now the finances. But I decided that each time I start worrying, I will start praying. I haven’t been completely successful, but I guess it’s a process.

  • Oh Mandi! I really hope things work out with your medical bills. I can’t imagine having the “extra” hospital costs on top of the “having a baby” costs. I will definitely keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you sort all of that out!

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