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I couldn't figure out why I've felt like something was off today until I looked at the calendar.

Oh, yeah.  Ash Wednesday.  For the first time in my life, I won't be quizzed on what I'm giving up for Lent, or get scolded for joking "Catholicism."  Ouch.

I talked to Granma a while this morning (and wondered if I shouldn't be talking to my shrink about the amount of times a week I talk to an urn the size of a plastic Easter egg) and promised I'd play nice with mother, Great-aunt Aggie, and Steph for the next 40 days, but I might need help.

And I thought the year that I gave up chocolate AND caffeine looked bleak.

That was quite a 40 days.  Grandpa was exempt, because he hadn't joined the Church yet.  Instead, he got to live with his wife, daughter, and 2 granddaughters detoxing from sugar and caffeine...AT THE SAME TIME.

Who really suffered there?

This angst strikes me every year, despite the fact I left the Church long ago.  I'm not even sure it is religious so much as missing family and the way the holidays used to mark our years.  I don't have that any more.

And, for all that's a good thing, I actually found myself getting a little jealous of my little sister today.  She posted on FB about how there is a Torrid opening up in the "big" mall the next town over, and she and mother were going to have a "girls day" after payday.  She invited friends along, and it's going to be so much fun and they're going to lunch and and and...

I sulked in front of the computer for a good five minutes.

Thankfully, I took a step back and realized my issue was mainly the fact that I haven't done a girls day in forever.  And, much as I claim to hate malls, I love window shopping.  Always have.  Doesn't really matter where.  I just like LOOKING at stuff.

In more cheerful news, I think I'm on my way to becoming "that neighbor."  I got cute black cat and bat window clings for the screen door for Halloween...and just left them up.  (A witch needs a familiar, and since I'm allergic to cats....)  Last week, I found lady bugs with hearts and little red, pink, and white hearts.  So I just put those up as well.

The spousebeast didn't even notice until I pointed it out and said "Just wait until March and the shamrocks come out."

He just shook his head and said "At least you don't decorate a tree in the front yard every holiday."

He doesn't quite get it.  THAT requires changing out ornaments.  This just means adding stuff.  :)  Although I may take everything down for Pride and completely re-do the door.  I wonder where I can get rainbow window clings?  If I can find some I like, I'll just leave those up year 'round.

Hey, since our apartment is a little hard to find, that would insure we wouldn't be missed, right?

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notodette
Feb. 10th, 2016 11:42 pm (UTC)
I like that you talk like that, though. Just reading about it is soothing to me. <3
mac_arthur_park
Feb. 11th, 2016 04:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

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