Whoooaa. Headache. Why, why...oh, right. Yesterday was Mardi Gras.
Which would make today Ash Wednesday, right?
Well. We have two options in my parish. Go to the 8am mass with the schoolkids and get your smudge then, or wait until a special mass at 7pm.
I've decided to go with the 7pm option. Partly because it's God knows how many degrees below zero outside and after I dropped my kid at her carpool-- at 7am-- I had to get back inside. I suppose I could have waited around in some drafty coffee shop for the morning mass to start, but that seemed like torture. Which would have been an okay way to kick off Lent, but I guess I'm just not saintly enough for it.
The downside to attending an evening mass is this: I can't do dinner before 7pm. Which means I will probably spend half the mass thinking about how hungry I am after a day of fasting, and should I have linguine with clam sauce or just grab a (meatless) pizza on the way home. Pasta, pizza, pasta, pizza.... shoot, is the sermon over already? So sorry I missed it.
So. Who's got any ideas about how to observe Lent this year? DIH is all ears.