I realized, after re-reading my blog (something I occasionally do when I want to torture myself because I forget to proofread thus all the editing issues), that I never actually explained what Ash Wednesday was for those of you who don’t know. Like…I’m an expert now, you know?
(this might be my favorite gif, it’s pretty close between this and any of them with Robert Downey Jr because, duh)
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Its official name is “Day of Ashes,” so called because of the practice of rubbing ashes on one’s forehead in the sign of a cross. Since it is exactly 40 days (excluding Sundays) before Easter Sunday, it will always fall on a Wednesday—there cannot be an “Ash Thursday” or “Ash Monday.” The Bible never mentions Ash Wednesday—for that matter, it never mentions Lent.
Lent is intended to be a time of self-denial, moderation, fasting, and the forsaking of sinful activities and habits. Ash Wednesday commences this period of spiritual discipline.~source
So I went, I got ashed and I headed back out again. Interesting to note, while I was in there I saw that the parishioners of the afternoon were all pretty elderly. This has to be for a couple different reasons. One: they are retirees. Two, they are old. Thus…retirees. My conclusion…I’m..old? Ugh..it was a tad depressing. It was a lovely Wednesday break, and then I was off to get things done and stop thinking about Wednesday afternoon church.
My first stop was Atlanta Bread Company (throwback to good times) to pick up a bottle of water. As I stood there watching her ring me up I looked at the rows upon rows of fluffy fresh delicious baked loaves of bread and the whole time I had one thought…
I need to get the hell out of here…
I know! Not at any point did I miss it or think…mmm that looks so good. Ohhh it smells delicious. None of the above. All I could think about was…seriously I have no business being in this place.
We went to dinner at Shaughnessy’s on Sunday (we needed to do some ThinkClear business) and Theboy was teaching me all about sharks. He is a genius, in case you didn’t know.
I was driving down the street thinkin’ about how smart he is and how handsome and sweet he is and I thought…gosh he’s just the greatest little kid. Just so perfect…and it dawned on me.
I’ve become my mother.
I cannot tell you the number of times in my life I’ve heard my children referred to as “perfect little darlings”.
She’s so deluded.
Of course, my little grandson actually IS perfect but whatever.
Um…that would be great. Thanks~
Just briefly I want to touch on the president’s speech. I don’t think he’s a new and changed man because he prepared. I think his policies are still just a skewed as they were before. I read in the news today the DOW reached an all time high which I’m certain he’s claiming all credit for but again..I don’t care. It’s great the economy is looking good. But our clean air is in danger, our national parks are threatened, immigration reform is now a nightmare reality for thousands upon thousands of people and no one wants anything to do with us. We’ve become THAT country. DeVos is working hard on our education system. That’s pretty damn scary. The list is SO LONG> They’re investigating the Russian connection and it’ll be a miracle if that sucker gets handled with any level of decency and truth.
The country is being run by racists and corruption flowing.
The fight goes on.
Meanwhile, for your enjoyment, take a look at Dobby. He’s the newest surprise addition at the Denver Zoo. How lucky are we?? I love him already…he’s got attitude and spunk. My kind of guy.