My computer(s) have been yucky for the past few weeks.  Tonight, I fixed one of them, this excites me and I decided I needed to post…anything at all.  So, here is my ramble on Lent.

I went the first twenty-one full years of my life before I knew what lent was.  Growing up in an evangelical church, you just don’t participate in  the same religious activities as those who are Catholic or Lutheran.  I’d heard the terms, Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and such.  I literally had no idea what they meant.

When I moved to Seattle at 21, I began working at a coffee shop where a family of five Catholic girls also worked and hung out when they were not working.  We became friends. Soon after the discussed whatvice to give up for forty days.  What?!  I’s never heard of such practices, but it fascinated me.  So, I asked questions about Lent and the Catholic religion.  Knowing nothing, they taught me much.

When I was a kid, we were taught not that Catholics were in the wrong, but that they develeoped a lot of religious hoopla that was unnecessary in the church.  Now, I think about the Baptist school I went to and the hoopla they practiced that was completely non-biblical. ie wearing skirts past the knee, never going to movies etc.

So, I have decided to cross over and do something for Lent.  I was thinking of giving up going to the coffee shop, as that would certainly save me some money.  But, I will be on vacation in next forty  days and though I don’t mind my own percolated brew from home, I don’t think I can stomach hotel coffee.  I don’t think I drink enough alcohol to warrant giving that up.  There’s no way I am sacrificing my computer or the internet because, you know, I NEED it for communications and I just cannot miss an email or a facebook Wall post, you know?  (This is not working, Lent is about sacrifice…is it not?)  Hmm…


I wrote this yesterday.  After much thought I decided that I am going to give up “lazy dinners”.  By that I mean I am not going to serve The Max a hard boiled egg, a hunk of cheese and broccoli and call that supper time.  For the next forty days (if we are indeed at home during the dinner hour) I am going to fix supper just as they suggest on Public Service Announcements.    It still feels like a resolution, and oh well.

I think the hardest part of this will be keeping my cupboards and fridge stocked with enough ingredients to make a meal 7 days of the week.  Of course, we have food in the house, but we  are grazers and a big meal is not the norm.  Eating all night long, however, is.

So, eat a “family meal” for 40 days.  Should be fun.  If you want to come over I will totally add another place setting to the table, just let me know.


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7 Responses to Lent

  1. Like last year, I decided to give up nothing for Lent. It’s much harder than it sounds, I’m always tempted to give something up, but my faith is too strong for it. 🙂

  2. Stephanie says:

    I went to Catholic school and endured a pretty hefty “I’ve Found Jesus” stage in college…and I STILL don’t understand what the big deal is about Lent. Perhaps I’m weak-willed, but giving something up for 40 days never resulted in my heart and mind being more focused on Jesus. No, I always ended up pissed off and obsessed with how much I missed whatever it was I’d given up. The Lord was always proud…

    That being said, I think your “Family Dinner” idea is a great one! If you come up w/ any good ones, pass along the recipes. I can’t cook worth a damn…

  3. dailytri says:

    Lent is a highly overrated, mysterious tradition and most Catholics have no idea why they sacrifice (like giving up chocolate or beer or masturbating – puh-leeze). I was Catholic for 21 of my 43 years on earth and never heard a fellow Catholic extol on the virtues of the Lenten season.

  4. Amy says:

    I used to date a guy who was raised Catholic and though he rarely practiced, he was always very sanctimonious about only eating fish on Fridays during Lent. I used to tell him “I really don’t think Jesus will care if you eat a burger tonight…”

  5. Greg says:

    I just do like some comedian once said and give up hope.

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  7. alisa says:

    oh krissy, none of us are even catholic anymore! i agree that catholics create a lot of religious, unnecessary hoopla. oh catholics…

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