So today is Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/Pancake Tuesday, depending on where you are. Which means that tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. I'm not actually Catholic, but I don't think it hurts to give up a bad habit for 40 days. Plus since the 13 flatmates are doing it, why not?
Jess is giving up meat for Lent (she obviously has my full support on this one, as I haven't had meat in about 6 years). She is also giving up bitching. I'm not that good.
Tom is giving up Diet Coke- which won't be easy. He probably has about 4 litres a day- not kidding.
Kam is giving up Baileys.
Then there's me. What could I give up? Here were some suggestions from flatmates:
Chocolate: I'd love to give up chocolate for 40 days. But then my bitching would tripple- at least. I will try to cut down on the chocolate consumption though.
Knitting: No way in hell. I'd give up food entirely before I did that.
Drinking: Nope. I don't think my weekly G&T at knitting night is a problem.
Crap Books (ie Twilight): Nope- I've saved the 4th and final book for the flight home. Which is before Lent is over. Plus the latest Sookie Stackhouse book comes out in paperback March 30, which I will probably spend that day locked up in my room reading.
So after a minute we finally decided: I need to give up procrastination and naps- which for me go hand in hand. Hopefully this will help me (a) get papers done at a reasonable time and (b) help my sleep cycle get back to normal. However, it is likely that by the time Easter hits, I will need to go to Caffienoholics Anonymous. We'll see.
But tonight I'm going to knit. And then come back and chat on Ravelry boards for an hour or so, and then facebook for an hour or so, and go to bed without doing much work at all on my essays. I'm enjoying my last day of procrastination and nap time as much as I can.
Are you giving anything up for Lent? Do you think I should give up something else for Lent? Leave it all in the comments, the 5th commenter will get a terribly British blog prize!