Soooooo, if you're Catholic, you may be in the same boat as me today; having given something up for Lent. It's day 4, and what did I give up?
Usually, for Lent I give up something food related. I usually use it as a good way to diet because I'm a very guilt-driven person, so what better way to stick to a diet than good ole' religious guilt? (just kidding) Well, this year, I'm not doing that. This year, I wanted to do something that was actually constructive and had meaning (not that fitting into summer clothes isn't constructive or meaningful, cuz it is!). So, it's...(drumroll)...television. We don't have cable, but we do have Netflix, AND, some networks have their shows on their websites, so we do still watch television. So, basically every night, after getting a minimal amount of stuff done, we will crash on the couch and see what we can watch. I feel like I just want to shut my brain off at the end of the day. Well, we've officially run out of Netflix shows to binge (I am pretty picky though so really, we've just run out of stuff that I'm willing to watch) and everything we haven't watched just looks too negative and depressing or scary, so I'm just not interested. This has made me really think about my evenings. I feel like I could be doing something else more productive than turning into a drooling vegetable in front of the screen. And, I'm always saying I don't have time to do stuff. Like read a book (I've been wanting to read Rediscovering Catholicism, which is perfect for Lent), or exercise, or clean up, or write on this blog, or whatever. So, for these 40 days, I'm doing those things. I think I'm going to get a LOT done. Or, at least that's the plan. Maybe I'll take up a hobby or something! Or, maybe I'll actually just get some much needed sleep!
Am I going to miss it? Yes. Hello?! Designated Survivor is starting back up next week! UG! I guess I'll just have to wait til after Easter to find out what happens! (NOBODY TELL ME) But, I cannot wait to see what I'm going to accomplish (again, even if it's just more sleep). It has been 3 days so far. What have I done? Day 1 of Lent, went out with a few gal pals and then came home and actually fell asleep in my bed instead of on the couch. Day 2, I got a ton of housework done and actually had the kids' stuff ready for school for the next morning (total accomplishment). Day 3, I slept and slept; it was heavenly. The plan for tonight is to work on that basement bathroom so I can officially post it! We'll see if that happens. This sleep thing is actually pretty wonderful!
What are you giving up?