that perfect hand…

In Ocean's 11, Danny said that "the house always wins. If you play long enough, never change the stakes, then the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big… and then, you take the house." Here's the hand I've been dealt, sometimes it's risky and sometimes it's safe, but all the time… it's perfect. It's mine.

sacrifice

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So I missed lent.

Actually, I didn’t. I was all set to write about how I missed the season this year and subsequently, missed giving something up. However, upon some .25 second research, I learned that it actually starts tomorrow.

Crap.

What should I give up this year? Last year I attempted to give up bread. That didn’t work, I kept forgetting about it. The year before I took a year off. My most successful lenten sacrifice was in ’08 when I gave up coffee for 40 days — no cheating whatsoever. And the year before that when I gave up milk/cream/sugar in my coffee and haven’t enjoyed it in my coffee since.

What should I give up this year?

Here are my current things:

1. facial foundation make up
2. desserts (every form…after dinner, after lunch, and after breakfast — sometimes, it happens)

My breast feeding cousin-in-law Chrissy, who wishes to remain anonymous yet isn’t, said she will not be joining me in giving up desserts because she says Kalli, her baby girl, needs them.

She also is not hypocritical, stating that I cannot have exemptions. There is a new frozen yogurt joint in town that is AH-mazing so I want to visit it once or twice in the next 40 days — my only exception to my fast. Not only will Chrissy not partake in the fast, but she is ensuring that I only commit if I plan to commit 100%. I have visions of her sitting on the couch, eating espresso and ice cream and watching over her bowl as I suffer. No exemptions, no cheating. To quote:  “Kate, this is God we’re talking about. You can’t mess with him, God has no exemptions.” Wow. Okay.

Here’s the idea: I don’t really think anything I can give up for lent will in ANY way signify the greatest sacrifice of all, but relatively speaking – this will be a good challenge for me. Really good challenge and way to be reminded of why I am giving some things up to begin with.

Plus it’ll keep my breast feeding cousin-in-law entertained.

 

Any other suggestions?

 

Cheers!

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3 thoughts on “sacrifice

  1. I was totally expecting this post to be about getting a new niece or nephew in the morning…

    I have never in my life given anything up for lent. However, I’m thinking about doing it this year. But if I do it, I want to give it 100%, so I’ve been having trouble thinking about what to give up. And I think the winner is SWEETS. In all forms. This will be especially though because I have a sweet tooth. But then I think about the sacrifice Christ made for us and am embarrassed that sweets might be too big of a sacrifice to make for him. Yikes.

    Can’t wait to hear about that baby 🙂

  2. So for the past 4 years you have asked me every year what I am giving up for lent and I have never given up anything for lent. This year I decided to give up bread and baking for lent, because you asked me again and I gave it careful consideration and decided that bread and baking would be most challenging for me. So you have spurred me on to a new level. Way to go!

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