Pieces of Fat Tuesday

In an attempt to think about ANYTHING ELSE besides the depressing state of my life, today is Fat Tuesday, which for me is every Tuesday, and who misses Topamax?

So, tomorrow starts the official Lenten season, and I like to give something up even though I'm not really religious. I have no idea what Ima give up this year, since I can only go about 20 minutes without sleeping at this juncture.

What are you going to give up?

Feetses Henry is going to give up being so tense. Perhaps I caught my sleeping sickness from Henry.

Bad
Edsel is going to give up foaming at the mouth.

Talu
Tallulah is going to try to be less cynical.

Suspiciousminds
Whereas Francis has promised to be more suspicious.

Cleen
Cleancleanclean
Micleenyet
Winston has decided to work on his OCD over the next 40 days.

So what are you giving up for Lent, if anything? Do tell.

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Author: June

At one point, I was sort of hot, in a "she's 27 and probably a 7" kind of a way. Now I'm old and have to develop a charming personality. Guess how that's going.

173 thoughts on “Pieces of Fat Tuesday”

  1. Hulk (Friggin' freezing rain here tomorrow. Either the damn miner or the effing groundhog is a lying sack of SHIT!) says:

    Yeah. Me too, Kelly.
    Geez…who the hell came up with THAT as a delicacy??
    People. They’re the WORST…

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  2. Hulk (Friggin' freezing rain here tomorrow. Either the damn miner or the effing groundhog is a lying sack of SHIT!) says:

    Yeah. Me too, Kelly.
    Geez…who the hell came up with THAT as a delicacy??
    People. They’re the WORST…

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  3. Hulk (Friggin' freezing rain here tomorrow. Either the damn miner or the effing groundhog is a lying sack of SHIT!) says:

    Yeah. Me too, Kelly.
    Geez…who the hell came up with THAT as a delicacy??
    People. They’re the WORST…

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  4. PJ has made a pledge to herself 3 years ago that she will never willfully bring on suffering that doesn't have a benefit greater than the suffering. says:

    Nice, Barb. A combination of adding on and giving up.

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  5. I’m going to follow Talu on this and try to give up the cynical.
    Hulk, HAHAHAHA on the ‘I’m out!’.
    2nd Favorite Seinfeld line ever, next to:
    ‘I don’t know how you guys walk around with those things.’

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  6. Gawd damnitall to aitch ee double toothpicks, I’m giving up swearing for Lent. It’s going to be a bitch, but if I picture my grandmother in the Great Beyond pointing at me like the Ghost from Christmas Future, I’ll be too scared to drop f-bombs.
    In our neck of the woods, we call brussel sprouts Barbie Doll Heads. And they’re yummy with pancetta.

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  7. After the morning I’ve had, I’d like to give up work for 40 days, please!

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  8. Once I quit laughing at all y’all (yous guys?) I found myself inspired. I’m going to DO something, rather than give up something (or maybe what I’m giving up is procrastination). I’m going to revisist the TO DO list I made in January, update it and do one thing on the list per day for the days of Lent. And even those 40 (47?) days would only make a dent in the list.
    I too really like the 40 bags in 40 days project, Barb. There are many bags to be filled in my TO DO list.

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  9. When Siren said Balut, it hit me like a ton of bricks. That’s what they made them eat on Survivor one time! O. M. G.! I don’t think even for the million bucks I could have done that.
    Love the 40 bags in 40 days! I may have to do that as well.
    And . . . .
    For all you Brussel Sprout lovers and soon-to-be-converts:
    Here’s my favorite recipe
    1 lb. Brussel Sprouts
    6 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled, reserving drippings
    1/8 cup onion, sliced (I use garlic)
    1/4 cup white wine vinegar
    1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
    1 tsp. sugar
    1 tsp. Dijon mustard
    Steam the brussels and keep warm. Cook the onion in the bacon drippings until limp; remove the pan for the heat. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Add to the sprouts and toss until all are well coated; serve hot.
    Delicioso!

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  10. Goodness Gracious! I’m going to give up scaring children. I just read “over 5000 children are startled to death each year. Picture this, family fun, little Susie running down the hallway and Daddy jumps out from behind a door, yells BOO! or gotcha or whatever. Well it turns out, little Susie can collapse or fallover and die!”
    I will just have to cope, somehow.

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  11. Goodness Gracious! I’m going to give up scaring children. I just read “over 5000 children are startled to death each year. Picture this, family fun, little Susie running down the hallway and Daddy jumps out from behind a door, yells BOO! or gotcha or whatever. Well it turns out, little Susie can collapse or fallover and die!”
    I will just have to cope, somehow.

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  12. Goodness Gracious! I’m going to give up scaring children. I just read “over 5000 children are startled to death each year. Picture this, family fun, little Susie running down the hallway and Daddy jumps out from behind a door, yells BOO! or gotcha or whatever. Well it turns out, little Susie can collapse or fallover and die!”
    I will just have to cope, somehow.

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  13. Cosmo’s Dad, that’s the first time anyone’s ever said anything about children that makes me think it could actually be fun to have them.

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  14. Sadie, Letha & Lisa Pie thank you for the well-wishes. Most appreciated!
    And Hulkie is killing me today with his comments!
    And last, who knew about all these fabulous brussel sprout recipes? I just chop min in half, toss with olive oil, some sea salt and ground pepper and roast the crap out of the little suckers! If I ate bacon, I’d be all OVER that Lisa Pie recipe up there. MAN, that sounds good!

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  15. Bah! I can’t keep up with the funny today.
    I buy petite brussel sprouts and serve them with a touch of butter and sea salt. I’m watching my weight, yo. While those other recipes sound yummy, they also sounds extremely caloric.
    I have been eating a lot of asparagus lately. Only problem with that, you have to hold your nose when you pee after eating.

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  16. I’m going to pull the same philosophical parlor trick I’ve done for years and give up Lent for Lent.

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  17. Too funny today. Thanks again for the laughter. June, I hope these comments are lifting your spirits a bit. Especially, Siren thinking children could be fun.
    I’m going for the 40 bags in 40 days. Sounds like the inspiration I need.

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  18. Oh Siren…today’s comments provide further proof that you are the right kind of wrong. Too funny

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  19. Susan, are you buying a new bible along with you other ‘new gear’?

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  20. another thing to give up: casu mazu. Also hakarl.

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  21. I’ve been raised to give up all luxuries for lent. No cinema, pubs, meat or eating out. I tried really hard to fall off the wagon when I left home but I have a huge reserve of conditioned guilt about it so even if I eat out I’m unable to enjoy it. How lame is that?
    On the other hand nobody has ever told me I’m not allowed to swear so I might just rock up here and spew profanities to make myself feel better.
    Your Pal in MA, hope your dog feels better soon!

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  22. I’m gonna give up reading OJ’s blog. Cuz she shut it down.
    But seriously, I’m doing the 40 bags thing. Although mine is just “40 things”. I love to get rid of stuff, but I also love to get rid of things that I think other people might actually get some use out of. So it seems like it can be a good give-and-get on both ends.
    Palm Friday… OMG. Sacrilege and funny all rolled up into one.

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  23. I’m totally doing the 40 bags idea and I’m getting my family on board. We recently moved and had a massive, ginormous clean out so I don’t think we could fill 40 bags. However, I’m certain the three of us can come up with 40 items each – 1 per day. That’ll be 120 items out the door by Easter.
    I’m springing it on ’em at dinner tonight!

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  24. I’m totally doing the 40 bags idea and I’m getting my family on board. We recently moved and had a massive, ginormous clean out so I don’t think we could fill 40 bags. However, I’m certain the three of us can come up with 40 items each – 1 per day. That’ll be 120 items out the door by Easter.
    I’m springing it on ’em at dinner tonight!

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  25. I’m totally doing the 40 bags idea and I’m getting my family on board. We recently moved and had a massive, ginormous clean out so I don’t think we could fill 40 bags. However, I’m certain the three of us can come up with 40 items each – 1 per day. That’ll be 120 items out the door by Easter.
    I’m springing it on ’em at dinner tonight!

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  26. Oh the 40 bags sounds wonderful EXCEPT that I gave 6 bags of old clothes and 10 bags of household items away today…the day before Lent! Argh! Maybe I can count those and still come up with another 24 bags. I just need to make my way to hubbys golf room and pry some of those clubs he never uses away.
    And after the day I had, loving the Seinfeld references…making me smile.

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  27. I think Siren should consider a new career as baby photographer. Or maybe she could work on a teen suicide hotline.
    And Joann shut down her blog? I’m going to miss the moron twins.

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  28. I think Siren should consider a new career as baby photographer. Or maybe she could work on a teen suicide hotline.
    And Joann shut down her blog? I’m going to miss the moron twins.

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  29. I think Siren should consider a new career as baby photographer. Or maybe she could work on a teen suicide hotline.
    And Joann shut down her blog? I’m going to miss the moron twins.

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  30. Giving up chocolate and ice cream and working on cutting back on the white foods. I have GOT to lose some lbs., a trip to Hawaii is approaching.
    The Church is focusing more on asking people to add something positive to their lives rather than giving up, but I guess it depends on what sacrifice means to you.

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  31. Paula, hahaha! Siren would totally love startling the babies with the flash!
    Siren, you started this.

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  32. While so many of you are posting witty comments on June’s blog, I do see that June is missing. This must be a heartbreaking situation for all concerned. I am much older than many of you. We have been married for almost 33 years. It hasn’t been perfect all the time. My husband is the best person I have ever known. He could not say the same for me, but I do cook. I am surprised how quickly the comments have turned since yesterday, as if, once posted, it’s over. I am still on the couch, crying.

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  33. It’s just a different way of approaching the same thing, Maple Leaf. I doubt any of us thinks now that it’s posted, it’s all over. Sometimes the only way I know how to be supportive is to goof off a little in hopes of getting a smile.

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  34. i will be giving up my husband during lent. our divorce will be official april 21st. easter weekend.

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  35. Maple Leaf – we all deal with sadness in our own way. When my dad was dying of a botched BRAIN surgery and the BRAIN surgeon referred to taking him off life support as a no-BRAINER, my brother and I busted out laughing and kept laughing waaaaaay past the time that anyone would have found it normal. My sister was mortified. We were all grieving the loss to come – we just had our own way of processing.
    Humor gets me through the hardest parts of life. It’s not meant to make light of anyone’s sadness or pain. Just to remind us all that life still has all kinds of layers and depths and perspectives. If the choice is tp laugh or cry, I’d rather laugh.

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  36. With all this talk of brussel sprouts and cake and such, I hope June leaves some space in her(potential)road trip travelogue to include recipes from across BBP Land.

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  37. Maple Leaf, rest assured that we have not forgotten…please see Siren’s comment. We continue to be silly in the face of the sad and daunting circumstances of many members of our beloved BBP family. June would expect nothing less of us. We know that she knows we are there for her, and will continue to be so. Thanks for your compassion for her.
    THAT SAID, I think June should give up hating Gwyneth for Lent. If just for that lovely rendition of Landslide on Glee tonight.

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  38. Maple Leaf, believe me that we are all supportive of June. We are just trying to follow today’s assignment with humor.
    When my first husband informed me that our marriage was over, the only bright spot was the humor of my coworkers. And I really needed the laughter in order to deal with the crap. But, I got through it with the love of family and friends and every year did get better. My second husband and I have been married 23 years and my first marriage is a distant memory. Since there were no children involved, there was no reason to stay in contact.
    In this marriage, my DH and I have learned to deal with the ups and downs. We know there are cycles and that is just part of living with someone. We don’t sweat the small stuff and we get along great. (It also helps that we have learned to mumble under our breath rather than say something hurtful.) We really are each other’s best friend.

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  39. Maple Leaf, believe me that we are all supportive of June. We are just trying to follow today’s assignment with humor.
    When my first husband informed me that our marriage was over, the only bright spot was the humor of my coworkers. And I really needed the laughter in order to deal with the crap. But, I got through it with the love of family and friends and every year did get better. My second husband and I have been married 23 years and my first marriage is a distant memory. Since there were no children involved, there was no reason to stay in contact.
    In this marriage, my DH and I have learned to deal with the ups and downs. We know there are cycles and that is just part of living with someone. We don’t sweat the small stuff and we get along great. (It also helps that we have learned to mumble under our breath rather than say something hurtful.) We really are each other’s best friend.

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  40. Maple Leaf, believe me that we are all supportive of June. We are just trying to follow today’s assignment with humor.
    When my first husband informed me that our marriage was over, the only bright spot was the humor of my coworkers. And I really needed the laughter in order to deal with the crap. But, I got through it with the love of family and friends and every year did get better. My second husband and I have been married 23 years and my first marriage is a distant memory. Since there were no children involved, there was no reason to stay in contact.
    In this marriage, my DH and I have learned to deal with the ups and downs. We know there are cycles and that is just part of living with someone. We don’t sweat the small stuff and we get along great. (It also helps that we have learned to mumble under our breath rather than say something hurtful.) We really are each other’s best friend.

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  41. Oh, Mrs. Oh, we also tried the Contessa’s Brussels sprouts tonight (thanks, OJ), and they were wonderful.
    And we added a bit of percussion to tonight’s episode of Glee (someone warned me about this).

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  42. I am on my third glass of wine (2 buck Chuck) — it was that kind of a day. Palm Friday gave me the giggles, as did Hulk’s ensuing comment. I L-O-V-E brussels sprouts, roasted with olive oil and cranberries and walnuts. Yum. I am committing to daily physical activity for Lent. Which blows as I am lazy as a Sunday morning. Yo! What about these banana pudding milkshakes?? Guess where I’m going tomorrow?

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  43. Duffylou and Nithya, thanks to you for your healing thoughts for our poor doggie. He has started the wagging already and has the appetite of 10 dogs again, so that’s all just a big relief.
    And, I must say, Maple Leaf? I’m thinking maybe you’re new-ish to this here bloggy, because our Junie loves to laugh in the face of adversity. It’s her way.
    Not only on her blog, but in real life, no matter the seriousness of the circumstance, she and I end up on the phone giggling ourselves silly!
    Even though she pegs herself a neurotic, hypochondriacal crazy person, she is a delight and the best friend anyone could ever have. I am lucky to be her oldest pal in the world. 42 years and counting!
    To know June is to love June. Our silliness is meant only to give her a smile. And it’s all with love and not because we’ve forgotten for one second that our June is going through some carp right now.

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  44. Knock, knock.
    Who’s there?
    Ida.
    Ida who?
    Ida called you but I didn’t have your number.

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  45. PJ has made a pledge to herself 3 years ago that she will never willfully bring on suffering that doesn't have a benefit greater than the suffering. says:

    Maple Leaf, I’m sorry you are so sad. Actually, we all are too. We hate it that June hurts and the banter is even a bit more subdued today. I don’t think many of us aren’t feeling pain for June and fear for her fear. But, as the ones above said, June’s style is to fight back in these situation with humor–through migraines, through nerve blocks, through really rattling stuff. If people carried on about me like this when I got my divorce, I would have been hurt. But one or two didn’t and they kept me going..I needed those two goofballs. We here are that type. The type that are expected to keep going. Sort of the goof balls that she can latch on to when she is ready. But I still really like your caring heart.

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  46. Siren, I’m not sure if those 5000 children were in the US or World Wide. I’ll go with the US, that means even more were startled to death…

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  47. I’m giving up being a worry wart. It is rediculous and sometimes comical how much I worry about things that will never happen. Its really bad now that I have a baby to worry about too. I will not let worry steal my joy!
    The comments today were hilarious. You guys have inspired me with the 40 bags & sprouts!

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  48. Yeah conditioned guilt is horrible. I think if I end up with kids I’m going to use the powers of condition in a much more entertaining way. They hear a bell and dance like a chicken or something. I haven’t decided yet.

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  49. I am definitely doing that 40 days/40 bags challenge! I’ve been on an organizing spree and still have lots of my parents’ things to go through so this is great timing! Thanks to whoever posted it!!

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  50. I am definitely doing that 40 days/40 bags challenge! I’ve been on an organizing spree and still have lots of my parents’ things to go through so this is great timing! Thanks to whoever posted it!!

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  51. I am definitely doing that 40 days/40 bags challenge! I’ve been on an organizing spree and still have lots of my parents’ things to go through so this is great timing! Thanks to whoever posted it!!

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