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Ash Wednesday

Last night was Mardi Gras; I had a pretty low-key evening. Wore my leather jacket with the beads I got in New Orleans on them and went to a party my church was throwing. Got more "Hi John" pictures from people. Nothing terribly decadent. But, then, it's only Atlanta.

Today is Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting, abstaining from meat and getting ashes smootched on one's forehead. Went to an evening Mass in the house where the Emory Catholic Center has been for as long as I can humanly remember. The place was packed, to the point that the communion line went out of the house and into the front yard. I have no idea what the passers by thought. I just took it as a reminder that the Divine is everywhere, not just in places with stained glass windows.

It's traditional to give something up for the duration of Lent. I usually take it as a time to examine my addictions and see if I can do without them for 40 days. My two main addictions of late seem to be naps and the internet. I gave up the internet one year and it was too painful to imagine; giving up naps may be too much to ask, given my wonky work schedule. So as a sort of compromise, I'm not giving up the internet completely, but I'm limiting the time-wasting portions of it (message boards, ljdrama.org, etc.) to a maximum of an hour a day. So you'll be seeing a little less of me in the usual places and maybe a little more of me here. (Composing entries here doesn't count against the hour limit, because, um, just because.)

I'm off to go and spend my hour now.


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Feb. 25th, 2004 06:17 pm (UTC)
I gave up deep fried foods. I spend part of the day thinking about the Lenten season. I did fast today. I have had a grand total of a veggie burrito and a handful of nuts along with lots of water. Pretty good for me.
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