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March 1, 2006

Happy Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent. I’m not Catholic, but I started observing Lent in high school as a test of willpower. The first year I gave up donuts. After Lent was over, I didn’t eat donuts as much anymore, so I came to the conclusion that Lent was a good opportunity to rid myself of habits that might not be good for my health. In years since then I have given up coffee, cigarettes, and meat. This year I thought about giving up alcohol, but I’d tried that before one year and I just became cranky and was no fun to be around. So I decided not to put my roommate Ayme through that this year.

Instead, I’ve decided to give up complaining. As of late it has been brought to my attention that I complain…a lot. When your Japanese class dubs you the Monkey Queen (from 文句言う—monkuiu—to complain) because you grumble so much, you might want to do something about it. Hey I’m not complaining here.
I feel that complaining has become a crutch. So I’m giving up the sarcasm from my shtick. We’ll see if I still have anything to talk about…

So if you catch me complaining, gently remind me. If I do slip, I’ve resolved to immediately say something positive about whatever I was bitching about in the first place.

Also I want to make clear that “Gee it’s raining pretty hard, huh?” is NOT complaining per se. If I said, “Gee it’s raining pretty hard. Just typical on the day when I have to run all my errands…” THAT’S complaining.

So look forward to a sunnier, perkier, probably quieter Natalie. But just wait, Lent ends right as portfolio week begins!

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3 Responses to “Happy Ash Wednesday”

  1. andy pope said:

    Hey Natalie,

    Thanks for your compliment on my tune (the one that James Doolittle linked to on his blog recently.) For the record, I never have listened to David Byrne, but would like to, because others have hinted of an influence there. J. C. Superstar is of course entrenched in my contemporary musical theatre experience, since back in high school days, so that influence is definitely there. Anyway, thanks again!

  2. Barbara said:

    monkey queen! i miss you and your whining! I can’t believe you are quitting cold turkey, you were so damn talented at complaining!

  3. nstanchfield said:

    so true.. Yet I think I’ve already noticed that I am more positive and appreciative of the good things I have, instead of being so consumed with negativity. It is a good change. Good to hear from you Babapa!

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