So tonight I am making pancakes (yay!), and tomorrow is Lent. I'm not a Christian, but I do often give things up for Lent, which some may find strange. I suppose partly it's growing up with Christian traditions and wanting to keep them, and partly just because I find it a useful discipline. And it's a good time to give something up: just long enough to be a challenge but short enough that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, which makes it easier to stick to. I'd never even heard of the concept of feast days and Sundays not counting as part of Lent itself until very recently, despite it being originally something I learned through school and sunday school, so I've always given things up straight through from Ash Wednesday until the morning of Easter Sunday. I was considering giving up either alcohol or chocolate for Lent this year, but I have not one but two nice dinners out this weekend, and my sister's birthday the following weekend, and an entire box of chocolates just arrived at home. So should I even bother? I'm already counting calories which cuts back on overindulgence somewhat. Any suggestions?