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I have never posted about Lent.  And to top off this awkwardness I am feeling I am sitting at my computer with a large glass of ice water instead of my usual hot cup of coffee and splash of cream.  So my eyes are a little out of focus and my mind a little fuzzy ... but here goes!

Lent is a special time.  According to this website ... lent is defined as the "forty-day period before Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday. We skip Sundays when we count the forty days, because Sundays commemorate the Resurrection. Lent begins on 9 March 2011 and ends on 23 April 2011, which is the day before Easter."

He goes on to say ...

"Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock. Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days."

For me lent is just that ... a time of reflection and taking stock.  Where do I need to focus, what could I do without it my life and lastly ... what do I need to spend more time doing?  After much consideration I deciding that I needed to spend 40 days without caffeine, all bread products and all refined sugar.  Although I am not so much dependent on caffeine I do LOVE my morning coffee and I have been living for my Lucky Buck trenta shaken black tea no sugar.  Loving and living for are not good.  We will take a break from one another for 40 days and hopefully will have a more balanced relationship when we meet again!

Bread and sugar and a whole different ball game.  I am addicted to both.  Addiction is bad and I am going cold turkey.  At the end of lent I will eat both in extreme moderation.  It will be a huge treat instead of a daily indulgence. 

I am taking on a couple of things ... and so far I like them all.  Since Papa moved in I have once again picked up cooking.  I do not mean prepping something easy for dinner ... I mean full on making dinner.  I used to prepare "dinner" every night with the exception of the night the house was cleaned.  But therapy for the middle child and life got in the way and we began to indulge more in easy dinners and take out.  Neither are good for the waist line or the budget. 

I have also been spending a lot more of my days at home.  There is always a lot to do and I feel so much more accomplished at night when they are done and the house is tidy and organized.  This is a gift I am giving to both my family and myself.  I feel better and they love a stress free mommy!!!

Lastly I am reading.  I love to read and I never indugle myself in this area.  I currently have four books on my bedside table and I am looking forward to finishing each one of them. 

I hope your day is a good one.  As I sit at my computer with the rainy, dreary day outside I would love an everything bagel toasted and a hot cup of coffee.  But I will refrain from both and be a better person in the end for it!


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