Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Even Jesus Had a Doubting Thomas

Today is Fat Tuesday, the day all good Catholics live it up before beginning the arduous six-week period of self flagellation known as Lent. For 46 of the 52 weeks of the year, I don’t consider myself a very good Catholic but; I pride myself on my devotion to the Lenten ritual for those remaining six weeks.

Seriously, I am a Lent animal; I rock the meatless Fridays and, sacrifice? I am all about sacrifice. To the surprise of no one in my family, I will be giving up my beloved chocolate again this year.

In a surprising twist, however, I have also decided to refrain from drinking Diet Pepsi.

Yes, really.

Don't feel bad for doubting me; Hugh doesn’t think I can do it, either. Nor, for the record, does The Teenager (will I ever get used to calling her that?). Hell, the Man-Cub, who is usually my biggest supporter, is dubious and, if I’m correct, my Dad just read my declaration and went pshaw.

Whatever, you doubters.

I can do it. I know I can because I’ve done it before, twice and, granted, I was incubating fetuses both times but; I’ve got the willpower and I have faith and, really, isn’t faith what Lent is all about?

Yes, yes it is.

On an unrelated and uninteresting note; I have also decided to grow out my current hairstyle.

Let’s recap:

Six weeks of bad hair days, no chocolate and no Diet Pepsi, surrounded by people who have no faith in me.

I am going to be so pleasant to be around.

Isn’t my family lucky?


  1. If nothing else, you'll have rockin' blog rants...posts. LOL!

  2. You can do it! I am a huge fan of Coca-Cola, but I gave it up nearly two years ago. I STILL crave it, but I haven't given in. If I can do it (for two years), you can do it for lent.

  3. Giving up both chocolate and soda--you are amazing!

  4. You go, girl! I am a fellow Diet Pepsi addict - I am addicted to the Max version, however. And I am so glad I'm not Catholic. 'Cause if I was, the competitor within might try it too so as not to be out done. GOOD LUCK.

  5. No doubting here....we women are amazing when we put our minds to it!

  6. wow that is awesome.. and I KNOW you too well that if you set your mind to it you can do it!!!!