Monday, February 4, 2008

If only we could eat, drink, and dance naked every tuesday.....

I am starting to think about what I want to give up for Lent. I am not a strict Catholic or fervent about self denial, but I find it a nice ritual that reminds us what is really important, and those things that we really dont need. A little self work for God/Allah/Energy/or simply to be lest wasteful or self absorbed. I was discussing it with my coworkers today over mac n cheese (high calorie comfort food, how nice of you to remind me of this task). I voiced coffee....and immediately realized that I should heed Ali's advice that it would be like not breathing. Plus the look from my equally obsessed coworker Elisa officially crossed that off my list. I thought about bread, like my sister Caitlin always used to do, and then I realized that I don't eat that much of it and havent even eaten any today. Not an option. Sticky notes? As a way to reduce my paper waste, instead using one pad of paper to write everything down? But I almost think my incessant note taking would equal just as much paper on a legal pad then on pink and yellow stickies. Plus it helps to add color and decor to my cube. No....seriously, don't judge! Umm...I'm stumpted. Any ideas? oh WAIT. I could give up eating out!? that would QUITE the challenge. Seeing as every "lets hang out" requires it. I am going to think about that one. Any suggestions? I would greatly appreciate it. Especially from those who know my vices! Ready, set, go.

6 comments:

Lauren said...

ok except when im around cuz... HELLO SPECIAL OCCASION. I wouldn't give up anything that would effect other people. Since its supposed to be a personal thing. Me? I think I'm giving up candy. It might kill me this year but it probably will ensure that I lose like 10 lbs considering how much of it I eat. :) Love you!

Lauren said...

effect? affect? someone help me please.

Claire said...

effect and affect. here's a trick. think of the A as refering to action, so affect is the verb, and effect is the noun. Although in psychology affect is often used as a noun. (but ignore that, cause its not in general speech) There ya go!

marisjager said...

maybe no unnecessary target purchases... whenever i go there to get the one thing that i need, i end up getting 4 things that i dont need. same with the grocery store. or, maybe, if you buy coffee, you aren't allowed to get disposable cups, and you have to bring your travel cup every day. i dont know, i'm not good at this kind of stuff :) i like to indulge too much...

*********************** said...

Nicole did something really cool last year. "40 dollars for 40 days." She gave herself 40 bucks for all of Lent. This did not include money for food, transportation, etc. It limited her spending on eating out, beverages, shopping, etc. You could tweak it if you want, like discount when Lauren comes, but I think this idea incorporates the ideas you had and suggestions from others.

Lauren said...

im still confused on effect and affect. i just pick one and stick with it for everything.... its not a good habit seeing as how writing is my WHOLE LIFE. haha