This morning I received an e-mail from a co-worker (with whom I'm friendly) with the subject line "Do you get ashes today?" She was asking if I wanted to go with her to mass this afternoon, which was a lovely offer, but that made me laugh. I did explain that while I (probably confusingly, to her) attend mass at Christmastime, being Protestant, my family never did much of the ashing on this Wednesday...though granted, some Prots do. It is confusing, I realize. We never even gave up anything for Lent, though some of my friends growing up did -- and I just saw someone on FB giving up FBing, which seems like a good pick. Are any of you sacrificing for Lent, and if so, what? I like the concept of doing without for awhile, so I'm considering it. But I'm also terrible with self-discipline, and the fact that I accept that means I'm very set up for failure. Hmm.
In body issues news, I weighed myself last night just to check in (as I usually weigh in the morning, before food, after bathroom), and I hadn't lost all the ground I've achieved so far, which was a relief. It was at about 147, then I used my "end of day" math, which means I subtracted 2-3 pounds, and I'm about even to where I was two weeks ago. I think all the walking this past weekend had to help, and I'm not overeating lately, just eating richer foods. Anyway, that was reassuring, as all weekend I'd felt like a blimp. I think it has to do with lady time, but I was also having neurotic dreams. In one, a male "friend" (in the dream, but I don't know who he was) commented on how I was gaining weight again, then in another, I caught Mex buying perfume for another woman, and then in a third, my mom had somehow gotten a hold of my cell phone and I was in trouble for driving her car to a party without permission. (Obviously that dream was occurring circa 1998.) I think my subconscious is being quite mean to me lately, but thankfully, last night's dreams were just weird but not bullying (i.e. I was wearing a frilly nightgown and a bonnet with ribbons in one.)
Today is very quiet at work, and I did take a short walk at lunch, though it's too cold out to walk for long. I'll move a little more after work, as we're having dinner at Schmate's house and we'll walk there, where she's making her famous Chicken Cups (which apparently have a less-than-great name but are delicious.) I can't wait to try them. I did NOT go to the gym last night, as I walked home in a wet, snowy, slushy world and only wanted to stay inside once I got there. Instead I called my mom, took a bath, started a new book (The Unaccustomed Earth) which I really like so far*, made a healthy dinner, and watched Lost, which was amazing. It was a mental health night, as if I needed another.
*I didn't pay a lot of attention to the cover copy on the book, so I'd forgotten it was long short stories instead of one novel. I was so attached to the characters in the first story that when it ended, abruptly to me, I was really sad and had to put the thing down. But I think that's a good review, right?
B - coffee, Heart to Heart cereal, skim milk (5)
L - roast chicken and muenster on sandwich thin, L&T, Miracle Whip light and mustard; apple (5)
D - Chicken Cups, which are supposed to be quite healthy (?)
S - Dannon Light & Fit yogurt (1); glass of wine (1)
Total - In range, I think
Activity - walking, laughing, typing, whee