So here’s a fun, super-spiritual question.
What bad habits have you picked up again?
Many of us gave something up for the Lent season. Maybe it was coffee or chocolate or red meat. Sounds super holy. I suspect that one of the best features of Easter is that we can reward ourselves for all of our willpower, with a sugar-crazed, pastel-powered super holiday that leaves us feeling great about ourselves.
Here’s a few things that have been wasting, er, occupying me lately, now that I’m not trying to impress anyone during Lent.
Stick a Pin in It
I will admit, I was a Pinterest voyeur for a while. My wife has an account, and I’d sneak on and flip through some images when she wasn’t looking. Yes, I am a man and Pinterest has a distinctive feminine feeling to it. Yes, it defeats the point to use Pinterest without an account. It seemed like I had stumbled onto something that was dirty and wrong and forbidden to me. Let’s face it, Pinterest is pretty much porn for girls.
But I finally broke down and asked my wife for an invite. So this story doesn’t end with me giving up my lustful secret. I’m out of the Pinterest closet and loving it. No, I don’t have a page of dream wedding pictures. My one board is dedicated to research for my art classroom. My head is ready to explode with inspiration for next school year.
I’m not on there to be social, but if you are a guy, you don’t need to feel all pervy by using your wife’s Pinterest account when she isn’t looking. Request an invite from me, and we’ll swap pictures of handlebar mustaches. #ManUpPinterest
The Celebrity Apprentice is a laughably bad show. “Celebrities” (the word is used rather liberally) attempt to complete contrived business tasks for which they have no qualifications. They have emotional breakdowns and yelling matches, and one of them is fired at the end of every show. My wife says it’s a soap opera.
And I can’t stop watching it. I blame my sister-in-law. Doggone it. Our goal for Lent was restricting our TV intake, but I couldn’t live without my lovable island of misfit celebrities.
The Hunger Games
My Lenten fast of all things Hunger Games actually continues to this day. My willpower is amazing. I gladly sent my wife to see the movie in my stead while I suffered through a bachelor night. I took a solemn vow to not eat anything but pizza and stout beer until my wife returned.
On the other hand, I’ve been inadvertently reviving my long-lost love of terrible B movies. Dang it, Netflix. Best Worst Movie is actually a fantastic documentary about the worst movie ever made, produced by the now grown child star.
So I may be pumped for the next school year already, but riding out the home stretch is exhausting. We need some more holy days in late April so we can get a long weekend. Since Lent ended, I’ve renewed my love affair with naps. Naps are literally one of my favorite activities right now. Some people get a runner’s high. I get a napper’s high.
So, what’s been occupying you lately? What habits have you picked back up since Easter? Meat? Sugar? Trash TV? Or just too much Pinterest?