Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Post Mardi Gras post...

Hi there! Well, the Mardi Gras season is officially over. Today there are remnants of the celebration everywhere. Beads, trash, get the picture. And today is Ash Wednesday, with is the end of Mardi Gras, the beginning of Lent. I grew up Catholic and we always observed Lent. We did so by giving up something that was crowding our lives, that got in the way of our spiritual growth. As a child, I would give up sweets or gum because, as a child...what can really be getting in the way of your spiritual growth, right? As I got older, I started doing things for others, like doing volunteer work or helping out someone less fortunate than me. I haven't really done anything special for Lent in several years, for whatever reason, I've been lax. This year, I've given a bit of thought about the concept of Lent, about simplifying, de-cluttering the soul, if you will. I've decided that I'm going to abstain from alcohol for Lent. I love wine and I drink it often. I think it's something that I've grown to depend on for many relax after a hard day, to escape when I just don't want to deal, the list could go on. So, here goes. I'm a little worried, because I'm a very social person, we entertain alot. But, I'm just going to have to entertain without a cocktail in my hand.

I'm going to leave you with pics from our Mardi Gras costume ball. We went as the entertainment (lounge singers) and the Captain and First Officer of the Costa Concordia Cruise ship. Probably in bad taste, but we did have a good time. I hope all is going well with you guys. Take care!
Big Hugs!

John, me, Ginger and Mark

Me and Ginger...seaweed and shrimp in our hair.


Jacquie said...

Love the pics! As usual, you look like you had a fab time!

vickyd said...

I'm glad you had a good Mardi Gras...we did too. The crowds in NOLA were the largest since Katrina!!

A.J. said...

Seriously, what good is costume party if you can't dress up in something a little wrong? :)

While I am not Catholic nor do I regularly observe Lent, I do commend you for giving up something that will truly challenge you.

As for entertaining w/o alcohol, perhaps you could get creative finding tasty "mocktail" recipes?

Anonymous said...

Great pictures.
I gave up alcohol last year. If I was with folks that were drinking I just got a virgin version of the drink. IE- grape juice instead of wine- Virgin Mary instead of hloody Mary. I got through it.
THis year I am considering adding something. (need to decide quick) like 15 minutes of pray/quiet a day.

Laura Belle said...

Great pictures! I think that's hilarious.

And good luck with the alcohol situation!!! You can do it!

MandaPanda said...

Great costume idea! I'm giving up chocolate for lent...mostly because it's a daily treat I give myself and I figure Jesus didn't get treats, so there ya go.

Andrea said...

Love the Mardi Gras pics! I think giving up alcohol for lent is a great idea! And think of all the calories you will save :)

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