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Giggle Goose
02-25-2009, 12:55 PM
Regardless of your faith or beliefs, many of you might know that today is Ash Wednesday. This starts the forty-day period before Easter in which Christians are supposed to give up something in observance of the season.

I don't want to debate about beliefs or anything; please save those comments for a Fratching thread. I just want to know if you gave up anything for Lent? Or, if you don't observe it, if you had to give up something, what would it be?

This season makes me think a lot about the things in life we take for granted. In the past I've tried giving up soda, coffee, candy, etc.; and this year's sounds totally ridiculous. Facebook. Yes, I've deactivated my account. I know it sounds silly, but it's something that for a while I thought I couldn't do without. Maybe I'll learn something from this! :angel:

Jester
02-25-2009, 12:59 PM
A few people at work have mentioned Lent to me. I have been amused, as I am Jewish, so needless to say, won't be giving anything up.

Now, if I followed the Jewish faith (I don't), there are more than enough holidays that are all about fasting where I really don't think I would feel the need to give anything more up, especially considering my love for food.

That being said, having been sick for the last week (I hate this!), I have by default given up alcohol. And I think we all know how much I love my beer. This makes me a sad panderer. :(

taurinejunkie
02-25-2009, 01:19 PM
I have no religious beliefs whatsoever, so I will not be giving anything up. If I had to though, probably a certain seven-leaved plant. I hope using that expression is PC enough for the site.

smileyeagle1021
02-25-2009, 01:22 PM
i'm not sure there is a politically correct way to put what I'm giving up for Lent (or at least some of what I'm giving up for Lent).
What I can put without fear of modhammer is that I'm going to give up something that I have carried with me for way too long... I"m going to give up self pity.

Rapscallion
02-25-2009, 01:37 PM
Due to having nearly killed myself in GK's exercise class, I've cut out the stupidly large food portions (a pan for two meals is going to last six, if this lunchtime is anything to go by).

Oh, and desserts for the most part, and enjoying myself (sob!).

Rapscallion

Rapscallion
02-25-2009, 01:37 PM
i'm not sure there is a politically correct way to put what I'm giving up for Lent (or at least some of what I'm giving up for Lent).
What I can put without fear of modhammer is that I'm going to give up something that I have carried with me for way too long... I"m going to give up self pity.

Feel free to PM a mod if you're worried about such as this.

Rapscallion

AdminAssistant
02-25-2009, 01:44 PM
In the past I've done Lent* - gave up pizza, alcohol, soda... I like to quit drinking for a while every now and then, to give my liver a break and because I have an alcoholic parent. I like to know I can quit if I want to.

I've been so busy this semester I haven't even been able to think of something I can give up.

* I'm not Catholic, but I have a friend who is, and we used to do Lent together.

draftermatt
02-25-2009, 01:56 PM
I'm going to give up eating more than what I bring for lunch.

In other words no going to the snack machine after lunch.

On weekends this means that I will not be hitting the pantry longingly at 2 PM.

CaroPhoenix
02-25-2009, 02:26 PM
I am giving up McDonald's, Burger King, Arby's, Roy Rogers, Wendy's, Taco Bell, KFC and Popeye's Fried Chicken.

Also, of course, no eating meat on Fridays.

Mr. Rum is going to be giving up the above-mentioned restaurants too. :D

smileyeagle1021
02-25-2009, 04:48 PM
Feel free to PM a mod if you're worried about such as this.

Rapscallion

actually, that was kind of code for I was too embarrassed to admit it publicly :ashamed:

Becks
02-25-2009, 04:54 PM
This year, I'm giving up my after work Pepsi.

And perhaps french fries. (See the getting in shape thread.)

I have hopes.

KiaKat
02-25-2009, 04:58 PM
I was baptised Anglican, and raised Congregationalist. We didn't really give anything up for Lent, although my mom was raised Catholic (even went to Catholic HS and college), and the rest of the family usually gave something up.

I've been vegetarian for the last 15 years, so giving up meat isn't on the books.

I work in a wine store and am studying to be a Master Sommelier, so giving up booze doesn't really work.

I don't eat too much candy or chocolate, so I could give those up, but, frankly, during certain times my chocolate is the only thing that keeps me sane.

You'd have to pry my coffee out of my cold, dead hands. Not happening. The resulting migraines are miserable, and not worth it.

Sex? HAH. I'm not tormenting my poor (Jewish) boyfriend with that.

Besides, these days, I tend to follow the Jewish holidays as much as the Christian ones, and as Jester said, there are many that require *actual* fasting for a day. I find those to be a bit more personally affective than the Lent concept of giving one (or a few) thing(s) up for 40 days.

But, of course, that's me. Others may certainly have their opinion.

I do expect today to be quite slow, as <store> is in a heavily Christian area, with many people being *very* religious. I've seen a number of ashy foreheads walking around.

And, although I have a few interesting observations, I'll leave it there so as not to write a novel.

SengaKitty
02-25-2009, 05:53 PM
I honestly don't know what I'd give up. I look around, first at Sir, and go "Nope, not giving up sex", then at my cigarettes. If I give up those, I'd better give up sex, cause I have to have my after sex cigarette. I'd also have to give up coffee if i gave up cigarettes cause I have to have one with my coffee. I've determined I'd be a bad Catholic. Ah well. I'd probably give up chocolate and sweets all together. At least it would be good for my waist line.

ETA: I wasn't raised anything until I was 10, when my mother who was raised Episcopalian converted to Judaism and I converted with her. Less than a year later I found paganism, and have been a practicing Pagan for the past 11 years.

Bella_Vixen
02-25-2009, 05:54 PM
As usual, I am going to try to stop swearing.

I've gotten a lot better because where I work now, I can't just leave the register to go scream in the cooler/back room.

And going to try to cut down my soda intake. I managed to do this when on Weight Watchers. I went from having 2 Pepsis a day to 2 a week.

BookstoreEscapee
02-25-2009, 11:00 PM
I was raised Methodist, and now I am not religious at all. I have never done Lent. I suppose if I had to pick something it would be some form of junk food. Or maybe TV.

I have a friend from college who always gave up chocolate. Another gave up cursing one year. She put money in a can whenever she slipped, and donated it to something (I don't remember what).

Facebook. Yes, I've deactivated my account. I know it sounds silly, but it's something that for a while I thought I couldn't do

Oddly enough, I just signed up on Facebook last night :lol:
I really did it so I could see Ex's Pablo tribute on his page, but his computer is being fixed so I don't know when he'll be able to log in and respond to my friend request. I have some other friends on there, too. Though I predict I will have the world's most boring FB page.

Broomjockey
02-26-2009, 12:07 AM
actually, that was kind of code

Please don't use us as an excuse. :)

Bella_Vixen
02-26-2009, 06:11 AM
Day 1. Drank 1 Pepsi. yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.

Jack T. Chance
02-26-2009, 06:29 AM
I only tried giving something up for Lent once (I was raised non-denominational Christian, but am now a devout Agnostic) and I won't make that mistake again!
:no:

You see, I once decided to give up women for Lent... And it's the Lent that never ends! Now I can't find a woman to save my life! :doh:

At this point, my balls are so blue, you might think they're black! :banghead:

Any attractive, single ladies on the board that'd like to help me take care of that problem? :eyewaggle:

Yeah... I didn't think so. :blink:

JoitheArtist
02-26-2009, 07:59 PM
I was raised Baptist (Lent? Papistry!!) and am now traditional Anglican but often mistaken for Catholic. :lol:

Giving up all sweets, and meat. :cry: Pretty standard, for me. Though one time I gave up reading, and nearly went crazy! :)

CaroPhoenix
02-26-2009, 08:09 PM
I was raised Baptist (Lent? Papistry!!) and am now traditional Anglican but often mistaken for Catholic. :lol:

Giving up all sweets, and meat. :cry: Pretty standard, for me. Though one time I gave up reading, and nearly went crazy! :)

Isn't Anglican just Catholic-lite? :p

I gave up Pop Tarts one year. It was the only thing I'd eat for breakfast, so finding something else to eat got old really quickly.

I have survived the no local fast food restaurants ... so far. ;)

Jester
02-26-2009, 11:56 PM
My joke with customers when the subject of Lent comes up is that the thing that I am giving up for Lent is giving things up! :lol:


You see, I once decided to give up women for Lent...

You poor, sick, misguided bastard. What in the hell were you thinking.

I would give up beer before I gave up women. We all know how much I love beer.
I would give up rum before I gave up women. I do likes me some rum.
Hell, I would give up all booze before I gave up women!

I would probably give up most, if not all, tv, a good amount of foods I love, porn, and even my goofy hats before I gave up women. I'm sorry, but I am not only a romantic at heart, but I am a HORNY romantic, damn it!

Jack, seriously....what on god's green earth were you thinking, man? :eek:

Becks
02-27-2009, 02:39 AM
My joke with customers when the subject of Lent comes up is that the thing that I am giving up for Lent is giving things up! :lol:

Bella and I have done that for years.

Grams and the nun great aunts weren't horribly amused.

Jack T. Chance
02-27-2009, 06:16 AM
You poor, sick, misguided bastard. What in the hell were you thinking.

I would give up beer before I gave up women. We all know how much I love beer.
I would give up rum before I gave up women. I do likes me some rum.
Hell, I would give up all booze before I gave up women!

I would probably give up most, if not all, tv, a good amount of foods I love, porn, and even my goofy hats before I gave up women. I'm sorry, but I am not only a romantic at heart, but I am a HORNY romantic, damn it!

Jack, seriously....what on god's green earth were you thinking, man? :eek:You know, I had a very long post explaining myself, typed up and ready to go... then I hit the wrong button on my computer and accidentally deleted it! :banghead: :smash: :rage:

Fuck it, I'll type it up tomorrow... I'm tired and don't feel like having to retype it all right now.

crazylegs
02-27-2009, 09:48 AM
That being said, having been sick for the last week (I hate this!), I have by default given up alcohol. And I think we all know how much I love my beer. This makes me a sad panderer. :(

So it would appear that a beer a day doesn't work to stop you from being ill then...? :p

edible_hat
02-27-2009, 10:07 AM
As usual, I am going to try to stop swearing

I'm giving up swearing in English... does that count? I'll keep using the rude Polish, German, Italian and Japanese words I know though.


My joke with customers when the subject of Lent comes up is that the thing that I am giving up for Lent is giving things up! :lol:

My grandparents on my dad's side were Catholic, and one of the family jokes is that my dad and my uncle gave up religion for Lent. Then at the end of Lent, well they weren't observing it anymore so they didn't have to be religious again. (My aunt still considers herself Catholic but doesn't go to church, she does however keep a Bible and rosary beads near her bed)

Jester
02-27-2009, 12:58 PM
So it would appear that a beer a day doesn't work to stop you from being ill then...? :p

I have two words for you, and they are NOT "happy birthday"!!!

Actually, this is something that appears to be going around Key West, and for whatever reason, it got me, and good. But slowly I am rebounding, and this morning am probably at 90%. Still not drinking or bicycling, but we'll see how the next few days go......

blas
02-27-2009, 05:30 PM
Well it's too late now to give up drinking, smoking, sex, tanning, swearing, Days of Our Lives.....

I will say I give up Starbucks.

Dreamstalker
02-27-2009, 08:02 PM
I was going to give up chocolate, but as luck would have it Wednesday is the day my local drugstore starts stocking for Easter...the display of Cadbury eggs was calling to me.

So I guess I'll do soda.

CaroPhoenix
02-27-2009, 08:10 PM
I would give up rum before I gave up women. I do likes me some rum.

Awww ... Jester! I like you too! :lol:

Of course no one can give me up - I'm a Rum and a Woman! :roll:

Yeah ... I need food in my system ... I'm loopy. *wanders off to get a slice of the pizza that just arrived*

protege
02-27-2009, 08:37 PM
I was raised Catholic, but I no longer follow it. Even so, my family didn't really do the "giving it up" for Lent. We also didn't believe in not eating meat on Fridays either. Mainly because I don't like fish :p

Bella_Vixen
02-28-2009, 07:29 AM
I'm giving up swearing in English... does that count? I'll keep using the rude Polish, German, Italian and Japanese words I know though.


Works for me.

I'm jealous. I cannot learn/remember other languages. I've tried. *pout*


Day 3: still drinking only 1 Pepsi a day. But my days off will be the real test.

crazylegs
02-28-2009, 07:35 PM
I have two words for you, and they are NOT "happy birthday"!!!

Merry Christmas...? :D

edible_hat
02-28-2009, 10:22 PM
I'm jealous. I cannot learn/remember other languages. I've tried. *pout

You've just got to remember the swear words. ;)

Bella_Vixen
02-28-2009, 11:34 PM
You've just got to remember the swear words. ;)

That's true...

Now I just need to meet someone who speaks the languages...

:lol:

edible_hat
02-28-2009, 11:39 PM
That's true...

Now I just need to meet someone who speaks the languages...

:lol:

http://www.insults.net/html/swear/

Bella_Vixen
02-28-2009, 11:46 PM
edible_hat, I :love: you. :lol:

Dawnchaser
03-01-2009, 04:56 AM
I've given up painkillers and alcohol (mostly because I've been known to use alcohol as a painkiller) for Lent...

I'll have to rethink that if I end up severely injured and NEED painkillers...for now, it's just a lot more comfortable to have them; I don't NEED them. Not sure how pleasant I will be without them, but...luckily I won't be the one annoyed by it :lol:

And of course the meat on Fridays...although given how much I love veggie pizza, that's not really much of a sacrifice.

Bella_Vixen
03-01-2009, 05:56 AM
I had 2 Pepsis today. (I still consider it to be Saturday. So there. :)

Oh well. It's only been 4 days.

Becks
03-01-2009, 07:40 AM
http://www.insults.net/html/swear/

Pronunciations would be nice...

:wistful sigh:

Back on topic--I had a soda (Friday) night.

And fries.

:blink: