Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Banished for Forty Days

Chocolate. That's right. Chocolate. You're outta here . . . for the next 40 days.

Normally, I'm the kind of Lent-observer who tries to take on something positive - like writing more cards to friends or learning a new skill - rather than engaging in the giver-upper discipline.

But my favorite Welsh woman, Liz, has declared chocolate off-limits until Easter, and to show my support , I'm banishing the yummy, succulent, smooth, creamy, brain-cell-enhancing, endorphine-boosting, ultimate "reward" food, as well. Sigh.

Not that I've been indulging much lately anyway, what with the WeightWatchers and all. But the next time I feel the need for a pity-party, I'll have to reach for another stress-relieving drug.

On the up-side, I can let myself off the card-writing hook.


jomoore said...

Thomas asked me last night, "What are you giving up for Lent, Mum?".

I've already given up chocolate (the obvious choice) because I can't do moderation...

So, I've decided to give up the sneaky little 'cheats' on my diet. So the next 40 days (and 40 nights) will see me following my new regime 100%.

I love that picture, Mary. That'll be us on Easter Sunday! :o)

Anonymous said...

And after forty days, she descended unto Wal-Mart for their marked-down chocolate Easter bunnies.
Cuz 15:4-6.

Anonymous said...

And it was good. Mary wept.
Cuz 15: 7-8

MaryB said...

Jo - Ooooh. Your Lent giving-upping is harder than mine. Hang in there. And, yes, I plan to spend 40 days' worth of extra points on Easter morning!

Cuz - "And Satan said to Mary, 'If thou be such a big-shot, turn these stones into Ghiradelli Chocolate squares.' And Mary answered, saying 'Woman shall not live by Ghiradelli Chocolate squares alone, but by healthy fruits and vegetables and a little exercise once in a while.'" Ghiradelli 4:3-4 (with apologies to Matthew)

And let me close with: "Life is a cabaret, old chum." Liza 12:23

Liz Hinds said...

We can do it, Mary! (Well, I'll have to now you've taken me up on it! I was sort of hoping everyone would forget ...)

And as Cuz says, easter eggs are cheaper after Easter!

Anonymous said...

"Life is a Cabernet"
Earnest & Julio Gallo

I don't think there is a Wal-Mart in Manhattan, is there? Check out Zabars or Dean & Deluca.

I always hit Target for the pastel M&Ms when they go half off. YUM!

Anonymous said...

And lo, all the descendents of Ilder said, Amen.

Anonymous said...

Mary Ilder Catherine Susan Virginia Emeline... to you cuz.
We all knew her "chocolate" of
choice was made by Bruden (sp?)

MaryB said...

Was that the "chocolate" that she'd spit in the sink?

Anonymous said...

Yep, that was it.

Correct spelling.... Bruton.

What was so funny about that was she so condemned smoking, drinking, card playing, dancing but snuff dipping was another story. So just remember she is a saint now, sitting on a cloud and if there is dippin' in heaven don't look up.

Anonymous said...

She also spat her "chocolate" in the hot floor register. What a smell it did make. Forgive me grandma, for I have sinned.

Joy Des Jardins said...

Whoooo-eeeee, that's tough Mary. Giving up chocolate for 40 days....I'd need duct tape over my mouth and around my wrists. Good luck, but I bet you really don't need it.

Anonymous said...

What am I giving up for lent? I'm following up last year, when I decided to "give up the funk" with hopping on a new bandwagon.

I'm gonna stop snitchin'.



MaryB said...

So that was you who told on me? I always suspected . . .

The whole chocolate thing is very hard today - aargh!