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Should I give up meat for Lent?

I may lose friends over this.

Experimental cooking could potentially get REALLY interesting.

Hangover meals will have to be completely rethought, and the Jucy Lucy tour may need to take a break.

I’m thisclose to deciding to give up meat for Lent. I am still considering the details and the rules (red meat vs. seafood vs. poultry; timing, exceptions), but I’m considering them.

I keep wanting to make major lifestyle improvements, and this of course includes eating habits. Sometimes the best way to do overhauls is to just quit cold turkey (no pun intended). I’m on a mission to revitalize and refocus my life. It seems as though the conscious sacrifice of something I not only love but is a total habit in my life would be a nice little jump-start to a new perspective. Also, I’ve been making some bad personal decisions and could really use an exercise in self-discipline.


But meat? Where did this thought even come from? I am SUCH a carnivore. I like my steaks pink, burgers juicy, and believe bacon could have a place at every meal. Can I do this? Should I do this?

I’m so curious as to the kinds of questions this could answer: Could I be satisfied with substitutes for protein and iron? Would I miss it? Will I feel healthier? My veggie friends rave about their energy levels and how fresh and light and fantastic they feel as they frolic through rainbows and flowers. Or something. Could I feel this way, too?

I should note that I am zero percent Catholic and only vaguely religious, so I recognize that I’m jumping on an old tradition in the name of personal betterment. God would dig that though, right? That being said, since I don’t practice Catholic anything, I’ve never given anything up for Lent because I a) didn’t have to and b) didn’t want to. But the idea of self-sacrifice is intriguing and I wonder if this might be an interesting little experiment.

I’ll let you know what I decide.

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Updates on Teaching, Craftiness, Dating, Food Blogging, and Life in General

I’m not much for long-winded “this is what I’ve been doing” posts, but I’m making an exception here.  Hopefully this won’t be too long-winded, but I’ve taken sort of an unplanned break from this part of my world and for good reasons, so… here’s what you’ve missed:

St. Kate’s: This was an amazingly awesome opportunity and I had a blast doing it (with your help and feedback!).  I spoke to a receptive, eager, and fantastic group of women an Intro to PR/Marketing class at St. Kate’s about why brands and marketers should be paying attention to things like blogs and Twitter, and how to start owning and maintaining your own personal brand.  I’m not a trained expert or professional by any means, but I was asked to share my personal experiences of what started as a hobby and turned into a significant little corner of my life.  I was a little nervous as I’ve never been much for public speaking, but I just kept reminding myself of all the times I’ve stood up in front of major national advertisers and defended how their ad agency spent their big budgets; this group was obviously much more forgiving than any client I’ve ever presented to.

Etsy: I made the New Year’s Resolution to send more cards.  I have some close, precious friends that are miles and miles away and wanted to make a major effort to keep in touch.  While Facebook, GMail, etc., are all great and wonderful tools to keep updated, cards – I believe – are still much more personal.  I decided to kick that up a notch (BAM!) and make them myself.  Then I figured out that was really fun and I didn’t totally suck at it.  Some of my cards are actually pretty good.  I love the whole premise behind Etsy and decided it’d be fun to give it a shot.  Once I get things a little more organized, I’ll announce the opening, beg you all to check it out, spread the word and support local stuff.  Because I know you all like that sort of thing.  I’m starting with cards and t-shirts, but hope to expand that as I learn new things.

Dating: I don’t go too much into that here because once a guy actually sticks, blogging about it isn’t nearly as fun as talking about bad dates or adventures.  The short story is this: I started dating a guy way too soon after he’d ended a major relationship and expected it to go somewhere (because I’m tired of serial dating and let’s face it – I’m just that kinda girl). When it became apparent that it wasn’t going anywhere, that sucked for about 2 days and then I realized we should just be friends instead. So, we are and I am… moving on.

Food blogging: I promise to do more of it (at your requests) and to try to do it better.  My roommates and I are hitting up Oceanaire on Sunday for Restaurant Week, so you KNOW I’ll be talking about that. I’m also excited for the change in seasons (it’s coming, right?) and things like fresh food, farmers’ markets, etc., and hope to continue this healthy cooking adventure in a big way.

Life in general: has been so fucking fantastic (sorry Mom). Seriously. I’m kind of having the time of my life right now, and I’m looking forward to getting back into blogosphere about it and subjecting you all to these whims and ramblings.

This is provided you haven’t forgotten about me, right?

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