I sold my soul, so to speak, so I could make use of newer bells and whistles1 since the theme I was using for such a long time was not exactly compatible with the latest version of wordpress. I was also hoping to fix the problem of the extra apostrophes but it seems that is just not my luck. I was hoping that with the latest version of wordpress2 that it would be fixed but that just has not been the case. So I am going to try my best not to use apostrophes and write out all my words.
I actually really like this theme but I definitely need to find a way to personalise it. The lack of header image will drive me crazy after a little while. This is why I consider it selling my soul… but let us face it: it is better than a broken blog3.
Is it fitting, or not so fitting that this is the title of my post on Ash Wednesday 2010? I am not sure. Many of you who know me, know that I am Catholic by birth but that I am by no means Catholic by practice. I believe in a divine being but I certainly don not believe in organised religion. I believe in traditions and the values that can be instilled in people when they are taught and followed, but I also believe that it is more important to understand the why behind traditions rather than blindly following them.
And many of you also know that every year I give up chocolate for lent. This year might be my toughest year for this yet – I have been craving and eating chocolate for the past month or so like it is going out of production. A lot of it can be attributed to the recent emotional turmoil I have been going through, but according to my dear friend Jo it could also just be my body telling me that I need more calories since I have started being more active4.
I am trying to figure out something else to give up but I really can not think of anything. I gave up facebook last year but that was because I found myself obsessively checking my news feed every 3 seconds5. The only addiction I have picked up recently is jazz dance, and I think it would be silly to give that up. So instead, I am going to do this for lent: every night I am going to write down three things that I am grateful for. I have already started doing it this week; and it is not easy. There are no rules other than the why must always be written, if it is something frivolous, materialistic or small – because chances are it is related to something more important.
What are you giving up for lent?