Mar 1, 2009

Show and Tell: Goodbye My Lovers

Musings of A Beautiful Mess

For Show and Tell this week, I'm show AND telling you what I gave up for Lent.

I normally give up one thing for Lent. My father, sister and I usually all give up the same thing. My dad and I are always really good about sticking to it, my sister on the other hand, not so much. She's a bad Catholic. We tell her often, she's going to hell. She does not think this is funny in the least. My dad and I find it hilarious. I think Dran got our mom's sense of humor and I got our dad's. Sucks to be her *evil laugh*

So, this year, my dad and I decided to give up ALL our "vices". We've given up soda before, that wasn't very hard. We've given up chocolate before, that was A LOT more difficult, and we've given up hard liquor before. That one was really easy, since we don't really drink all that much. Although, giving up hard liquor led me to drink more beer, which for some reason or another, I can't handle. 4 beers, and I have to be carried into the house, but 4 shots of tequila and I'm good to go. My body is and always be a mystery to me.

My dad and I were talking and we, well I decided we were going to give up chocolate, fast food AND soda. We was a bit apprehensive about it, but agreed to it. He told me he wasn't going to give up beer and I told him I wasn't going to give up wine. So, he suggested I give up beer and he gives up wine. He said he was sacrificing for me and I for him. Dran hasn't jumped on our "give up all things good" bandwagon, yet. I think she might be passing on it this year. She is no fun and I'm going to have to tease her more this year then normal, I think.

So far it hasn't been hard at all. On Friday, I was really hungry while we were out running errands, but I couldn't stop to eat anywhere, since I gave up fast food. We stopped at a gas station to pick something up on the go and I couldn't grab my normal energy bar, as it is covered in chocolate. OOPS! I ended up grabbing some popcorn, so it wasn't all that bad.

Every year I succeed in not cheating, even though I get teased about it. Never once have I ever faltered during Lent. Even giving up meat on Fridays hasn't been difficult. Since my family isn't participating in Lent, I usually just do "meatless Fridays" on my own. This is another bonding thing my dad and I do. We do this together and it's just another chance for us to get closer.

Easter will be full of chocolate, soda, fast food, meat AND beer for me. I'll be filling up Easter baskets and eating chocolate until I get sick. It'll be good times ;o)

Go over to Mel's blog and check out what the rest of the the class is showing this week.


19 friends have commented:

Kristin on March 1, 2009 at 12:27 PM said...

Good for you. I think its funny the way you tease your sister.

Brenna on March 1, 2009 at 2:09 PM said...

Hey, I've given up all that too! Not, however, for any reason that's going to get me closer to the pearly gates. :) I started on Weight Watchers again last week, and so far I'm 5 lbs down. Amazing what no beer (actually, I'm off alcohol all together right now--and you know, I reallllly do miss wine!), no soda, no fast food, and no chocolate will do for a girl! Hopefully you get some beneficial side effects to go along with your "good Catholic" star (or good Christian I guess, since we always gave something up for Lent and I was raised Methodist).

In Due Time on March 1, 2009 at 2:24 PM said...

Ugh. I'm back to about a 2 liter a day coke addiction.

Your post makes me want to go grab a beer, a greasy meal, m&m's, AND a soda.

So, if you'll excuse me...LOL

Carrie on March 1, 2009 at 3:17 PM said...

Wow! You are a good Catholic. My Catholic friends usually do something half-assed like give up candy but not chocolate or ice cream but not cookies. You've got some will power!!

eden on March 1, 2009 at 4:30 PM said...


I was waiting for the pic to load, already smiling, wondering what it could be. I love it ... and good for you!

I'm a lapsed Catholic - I gave up Lent for Lent. Guess I'll see your sister in hell.


The Steadfast Warrior on March 1, 2009 at 5:28 PM said...

That's some committment! Good luck and enjoy those Easter baskets! :)-

Liv on March 1, 2009 at 6:17 PM said...

Ha, ha...I find it funny that you and your dad tease your sis about being a bad Catholic and she doesn't like it in the least.

I'm definitely thankful for my good sense of humor.

Way to go on being so good and giving up your vices. Keep up the good work!

alicia on March 2, 2009 at 9:20 AM said...

oh my goodness you are a strong girl! No way could i give up any of those things, not to mention them all at once!!!! ahhhh good luck :)

Danifred on March 2, 2009 at 11:27 AM said...

And I thought giving up my Diet Coke during pregnancy was hard? I cannot imagine doing it all at once (my soda, my beer, my chocolate and my beloved fast food!!!)

Anonymous said...

GL! That's a lot of yummy stuff to give up! I could give up beer pretty easily, but not my complimentary AF-arrival wine binge.

Hope that your body feels the great effects of such a healthy vow!


Lori on March 2, 2009 at 4:32 PM said...

I am in awe of you.

One year I gave up sugar, and everything it's in.

Not easy!

I admire your fortitude.

Kymberli on March 2, 2009 at 5:41 PM said...

Oooohhhhh Mug root beer. That's porn right there on that screen.

Anonymous said...

That's pretty darn adventurous! :) Here it makes going out on Friday night a pain in the arse. Too many people go out for fish or chicken instead of staying home.

natalie on March 3, 2009 at 12:13 PM said...

Wow, way to go!! I gave up fast food...but I can't imagine giving up the others on top of it! You're a strong woman :)

WiseGuy on March 4, 2009 at 5:24 AM said...

Wow! That is amazing! And your determination is commendable. The other aspect that you are using this to bond with your family is very appreciable.

I love chocolates like crazy. I hope you have a bigtime chocfest on Easter. Rock on!

Tiffanie on March 4, 2009 at 5:38 AM said...

that's an awesome post! what a nice way to do something w/ your dad. and, holy shit, i can't believe you never cheat! you are a way better person than i:) good luck. i can't wait to see pics of you drunk on beer and eating fast food/choc off of your kitchen floor, all hasselhoff style like an asshole when your time is up!

SS on March 4, 2009 at 6:19 AM said...

Really sacraficing! Episcopalians aren't as serious about lent, but I usually give up something. This year it's processed foods (chips, candy bars tec.). If it is not something that can be easily made in m kitchen (easily figured out by reading the ingredients), it can't go in my mouth.

Though not processed drinks, I am still downing 4 cans of diet coke a day. Need to work on that!

Thanks for commenting on my blog- I am looking forward to reading yours!

TSM Oregon on March 4, 2009 at 11:46 PM said... this mean we can't do breakfast until after Easter? Cuz that was some serious fun!

CTagsGirl on March 5, 2009 at 5:46 PM said...

You are SO brave, girl! Giving-up beer, Arby's AND chocolate?! My Lutheran-self is envious of your Catholic devotion! :) Mega kudos to you.

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