Tuesday, 4 March 2014 was Shrove Tuesday within the Christian community. It’s known all over the world under different names… I learned yesterday that it’s called “Fat Tuesday” in the USA. Here in the UK, we call it “Pancake Day”.
I didn’t realise what day it was until it was too late.
I headed out to my local Asda to pick up some pancake mix. Nothing. The shelves were empty for the batter mix, nutella, golden syrup and maple syrup… So I thought, ‘ok, let’s do this the real way. I’ll buy some flour and I will make my own batter!’ So, I headed to the baking aisle… What?! The shelves were empty of both plain and self-raising flour!! Slightly upset and annoyed at my forgetfulness, I returned to my car carrying treats for my little man and a few bits for the house.
Outcome of the day? No pancakes 😦
That brings us up to date. Today, Wednesday, 5 March 2014 is Ash Wednesday. Today is the first day of Lent in the Christian Church. Lent is when Jesus spent 40 days and 40 nights fasting in the desert. The more modern tradition is to either give something up for the 40 days and nights, or to take something honourable on (such as volunteering, etc.). Many people choose to give up chocolate, or alcohol. It may seem so pitiful, however, that can be a big deal for some people. I have never participated in Lent before. However, last night I decided… ‘I’ll give up coffee…’
So, today is day 1 of my coffee rehabilitation. I have had no coffee what-so-ever, yet I have had 4 cups of tea (which, even though doesn’t have anywhere near as much, still has caffeine in it). It was rather amusing this morning in work, as I was rather jittery, and I did get the giggles at one point.
Oh, I feel that I must make it known at this point that my regular consumption is anywhere from 6 – 15 cups of coffee per day.
This afternoon, things died down, and I felt like normal. Thinking about it, I don’t think I am going to have a problem in giving up coffee. Sure, I miss the taste already, and my colleagues’ freshly brewed coffee smelled so scrummy today, but in the long run, this will benefit my health.
On the way home from work I had also made the decision to make a blog post every day for 40 days. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to blog about on a daily basis, as if I blogged about my life I would surely bore you to tears. So, I will try to keep you (and myself) on your toes by making little quips here, photo’s there… Even if I just post a one lined joke, I will count that as a post.
Giving my history of “I promise to post more often”, would you like to make a bet as to how long I can actually keep this up for..?