What I'm Giving Up for Lent:
posted by Amy

Today is Ash Wednesday. I know this because 1) one of my students had ashes on his forehead (and thankfully I realized this just before discreetly letting him know that he had some dirt on his face), and 2) the large and prosperous church at the entrance to my neighborhood held Ash Wednesday services at noon, which meant many jaywalking Christians blocked the road as I tried to drive home.

(Secret wish: that the church-goers in my neighborhood would stop jaywalking and thus making me take the Lord's name in vain when I nearly take out an elderly couple.)

Anyway, I thought long and hard about what I'd give up for Lent. Or maybe I just read Susan's idea instead. Whatever. Susan's giving up multi-tasking for Lent, and I'm going to copy her. For forty days, I'm going to do one thing at a time whenever possible.

I hate multi-tasking anyway, and I'm terrible at it. It makes me grumpy, and it makes me feel like I haven't done anything well even if I've accomplished a lot. It's been a necessity, though, for years. Now that my kids are a little bit older, I think I can try this. Besides wanting to be a little more focused and, well, sane, I also want to see what happens when I'm not doing five things at once. Will we, as in the five of us living in this house, all survive? Will we eat much more takeout (is it even possible for us to eat more takeout than we already do)? Stay tuned.