Mardi Gras

It feels like every day is Fat-One-Day-Or-Another around the office lately. First the holidays and then the Valentine’s Day dessert party, and today there are cookies. It’s like we can’t stop ourselves any more.

When the clock strikes 6, it’s time to transition to the evening vices. It’s beer o’clock! It’s the working person’s reward for cubicle cramp, mental malaise, the paltry palate of the live long work day. Beer, it’s not just for breakfast anymore, as the cute little refrigerator magnets say.

So here we are, Mardi Gras. Not being Catholic, not being from nor ever having been to New Orleans, I’ve never wholeheartedly celebrated either Mardi Gras or Lent. But this year, it feels like someone has to put her food down. Foot, I mean put her foot down. On something. Just one thing.

Either the sugar or the beer would hurt at one time of day or the other. Probably beer would hurt more, because it’s also a social activity, a reason to go out, an aid to conversation (up until a certain point, when it isn’t, of course). It provides an excuse to venture off to some new venue or neighborhood–an adventure!

Should “the giving up” be less painful, and therefore more likely to succeed? Or should the deprivation be more painful, making it more significant, and  perhaps more thought-provoking?

If you were me, what would you give up?

8 thoughts on “Mardi Gras

  1. Giving up sugar would technically mean giving up beer, as well as a whole lot of other things that contain (natural and unnatural) sugar (beets! carrots! bread!). So give up beer, or more narrowly define the sugar sacrifice. Either way, I predict a tough 40 days for you – and for me, as I’m giving up bourbon and pants.

  2. Forty. Days. FORTY. That’s why I voted for NOTHING.

    I’d say “sugar!” if you were Catholic. But you aren’t, so you get nothing for your efforts. Well, except for feeling better. Although I worry for MM’s safety.

  3. Actually Lent is 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday sundown. However all Sundays of Lent, like Sundays throughout the year, are mini-Easters. Therefore, whatever you give up for Lent you can have on Sundays. Most people find the following Monday too difficult to get back into, so they just give whatever up during the Sundays too. Lent is 40 days and if you count the Sundays, it’s like 46.

    • Thanks, Damian! I had figured out the 40-day thing. I think I knew without knowing–the whole “40 days & 40 nights” verse.But I did NOT know I could “cheat” on Sundays. You are right, however, it seems easier to do without than to manage moderation!

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