'tis the season

It's Lent.

And while I rarely set foot inside a church anymore, I still try to do without, to restructure, to dig a little deeper during these 40-odd days. While I know that some folks take Sundays off from their disciplines (I guess that Sundays are celebrations, and therefore exempt), I don't get it on a cellular level. I don't think my mom would've bought the "SO, I'm going to give up chocolate, but I still get some on Sundays, ok?" line. Ever.

But this year I'm trying to also find balance, so one of my disciplines has a weekly day-off built in. And I have to say, it's making life ever so much more civilized!

(For some background, I try to do two or three things for Lent: give something up (something that I love: my dad gave up watermelon seeds every year, but I still think that's cheating.), adding a daily discipline and a daily spiritual/community component. My daily discipline a little self-serving: it's to work out every day.

Every. Day. From Ash Wednesday (2.17.2010) until Easter (4.4.2010).

What have I done?!?

I've been good the last several days...a jog, some classes at the gym, and some quality time on the elliptical. But I am whupped. The house is dirty, the fridge is bare, and the mountain of laundry certainly won't wash itself.  And yet I can't imagine leaving my cozy little nest to do any of those things.

Time to re-caffeinate and restart the day, I'm afraid.

If you're in the same boat as I am, here's my new-ish gym playlist. It makes me happy. Well, happier than I would be with no tunes, certainly.
  1. Shut Up and Let Me Go - The Ting Tings (I sing along. Which is probably why no one takes the machines on either side of me. It's a win-win.)
  2. California English - Vampire Weekend (Such fun stuff!)
  3. Sunrise - Yeasayer (I love these guys.)
  4. Hit the Wall - Brendan Canning
  5. Bad Body Double - Imogen Heap (I'm so there, most days.)
  6. Cousins - Vampire Weekend (I needed 2 VW songs. Heavy rotation!)
  7. Helpless - Sugar (Bob Mould when he was screamier - I love it.)
  8. The Phunky Feel One - Cypress Hill (I might be the oldest, whitest person to still listen to this tune.)
  9. Only the Good Die Young - Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (listen out for "mild abrasion" - cracks me up every time.)
  10. Sabotage - Beastie Boys (This is my JAM. You'll know if it's on because I'll be smiling like a total ass.)
  11. A Little Bit More - Jamie Lidell (get that heart rate down a little...whew...)
  12. Breakdown - Black Gold
  13. I Met A Girl - Wheat
  14. Do the 45 - Ryan Shaw (This is the last-ditch push. Before I keel over and die in a pool of my own sweat.)
  15.  Take Your Mama - Scissor Sisters (Cool down. Aaaahhh...)

Ok...cup of tea, game plan for the afternoon. Wish me luck! (Do you think my couch will be lonely if I leave her? Maybe I should wait a while...)

My five:
  1. Fuzzy blankets.
  2. Challenges, self-made and otherwise.
  3. Health insurance.
  4. Tea.
  5. Unscheduled time.

 p.s. If you're in the greater DC area and are interested in running the Race for the Cure in June, shoot me an email. The more, the merrier!

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