>Fat Tuesday!

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It’s Fat Tuesday! 
Mardi Gras! 
Carnivale! 
Shrove Tuesday!
Yup, it’s the last day of Ordinary Time, the day before Ash Wednesday.  So, today is the feast, the fest, the fete…the party.  I love the folklore and history of today, the tradition of pancakes for supper – to use up the fats and dairy stuff in the house before the ascetic season of Lent.  Nowadays, that “using it up before it goes bad” isn’t a factor so much, but I love the tradition anyhow.  
I have stewed about finalizing my Lenten efforts.  This article is a good one, with a good reminder and perspective.  It’s very easy for me to give up too much of or the ‘wrong’ food items.  It’s so ingrained for me to give up some foodstuff that I feel like a cheat if I don’t somehow.  And  yet, I have food issues (Because I have arrested development and am like a 4 year old if told I can’t have something……infantile, I know.)  due to my lack of discipline, the effects of said infantile issues on my children (Yes, cranky much? And, yes, again, my failing, I realize that, thank you very much), and being diabetic my body just whacks out easily somehow it seems. 
Yeah, I think that the bulk of my Lenten consideration needs to be centered around prayer and silence.  I’m always crazy distracted in prayer, and well, I’m  never very good at silence.  
I crave it, but even when I find it, I can’t seem to get my whirling dervish of a mind to slow down and shut up.  
Really.  
So, to that end, I think I need to work on that.   
Shut up and listen for pete’s sake.  Please.
For today, I once again refer you to the marvelous supersite of all things Lent: questions, resources, history, ideas: Aggie Catholics.  
**disclaimer: this post is largely from last year, because I’ve got that distracted mind and am juggling multi issues at home.  So, I’m taking a short cut. It’s allowed today, I looked it up.**
So, tomorrow: Into the Desert, Lent begins.
Today: 
Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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