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17 February 2010 @ 11:22 am
Pop/Soda vs. Alcohol  

This is making me kind of crazy. I'm choosing between two evils, so I figured I'd get some opinions.

I have to give up something for Lent. I do it every year and last year I gave up alcohol. For those that don't do Lent and/or don't know what it is, it is 40 days and 40 nights of giving something up. I'm Catholic, so I get to do all this fun stuff, lol. So this year, I am trying to decide between giving up pop (soda for those not living in MN) and alcohol.

Little facts behind each:

1. Pop

- I rarely drink it, but have become incredibly dependant on it lately, which I don't like

- It does a number on my skin. I break out terribly when I drink pop.

- It also really does bad things to my teeth and I am really weird about my dental health.

- I can't sleep when I drink it.

- Pop is in the vast majority of alcohol I drink because I only drink liquor and cocktails (no beer), so it would inadvertently cut down on my alcohol usage.

2. Alcohol

- I gave it up last year and stuck with it. It was tough because we went to a lot of concerts and I couldn't drink with anyone. So I was the sober girl in the room of drunks. It's tougher than it seems.

- I'm not a big drinker, nor do I do stupid stuff when I drink (ex: drive, start fights, etc.). I am that drunk that laughs and hugs everyone. And talks a LOT.

- I only drink about once a month, so it wouldn't be as big a deal giving up in that respect.

- Alcohol is the only thing I cut loose with. I don't smoke or do drugs, so I feel if I want a drink once in a while, I don't have to feel bad about it.

Okay, so I wanted to give some little lists. Now, please bear in mind, I do not want anyone giving me the evils of alcohol or bitching at me about my religious beliefs. I don't think that is too much to ask. Seriously, I get shit about being Catholic all the time and anyone who knows me personally knows I am the LAST person who is going to impose my beliefs on them or berate them for their own. It's to the point where I won't wear my ashes on Ash Wednesday because people GLARE at me. I'm not one of those psycho strict Catholics - I am my own person. The church doesn't make up my mind for me, I do. However, several aspects of it, such as Lent, are things I stick with. If you respect me, I'll respect you.

So, if you want, please give me your opinion on what you think I should give up. Usually I'm good at figuring this out, but I cannot do it this year and its Ash Wednesday, so I need to figure it out now. Thanks!


Oh, on a COMPLETELY different note - if anyone has the song "September Sun" by Type O Negative, could you send me a link?  I have the album at home, but can't find it and want to put it on my work computer.  Thanks!

I feel: confusedconfused
I'm listening to: Major Tom (Coming Home) by Shiny Toy Guns
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Lady Mansonladymanson on February 17th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, you didn't have to comment over here too!! :) How is the US treating you, btw? I saw your posts when you were in the airports and was just cringing. I hate flying, but I hate waiting in airports more.
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Lady Mansonladymanson on February 17th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Where are you in the US now? I thought you were in the East somewhere, but I could be wrong.
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Lady Mansonladymanson on February 17th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's LAME! I'm in MN, so we got it right after you did. There's snow over my damn mailbox right now!
Live like you mean it and love til you feel it: Irenerei17 on February 17th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
I'd say pop. =)
Especially if it's bad for your skin and your teeth and your sleeping habits.
Lady Mansonladymanson on February 17th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the pop is something I want to quit anyway, so this may help. Thanks!
Ana Vicente Ferreira: happyavferreira on February 17th, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
Pop. Definetely pop.
Lady Mansonladymanson on February 17th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
OMG, your icon is so CUTE!!!!
Mimsy: CHUCK. chuck; no peace of minddazzlebug on February 17th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
Lady Mansonladymanson on February 17th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I'm loving how everyone is going with the same choice right now. It's making it easier on me. :)
Heatheramericangrl69 on February 17th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna go with the rest of them and say pop as well.
Lady Mansonladymanson on February 17th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Hooray! :)
Lisafailegaidin on February 17th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Whichever one you're more dependent on - which from your lists sounds like soda (sorry, New Englander here - pop is a sound, not a drink, LOL)
Lady Mansonladymanson on February 17th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know. My husband calls it soda and likes to give me crap about calling it pop. The best ever was when I was in line at Comic Con and asked him to go get me a pop. This guy in front of me turns around and goes, "You're not from the Midwest, are you?" I thought it was so funny cuz I must have sounded nuts in CA calling it pop. :)
Barbara Desmondgloomybardgirl on February 17th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
I'd go with soda.
turquoisetumult: [Dollhouse] Topher: Huh?turquoisetumult on February 17th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
I totally forgot about giving up something for Lent. I think I've tried giving up cursing for the past 3 years and I always screw up within the first day. lol

I'm not a big alcoholic or soda drinker either so I can't really tell you. I would say soda for you. Both have their vices, but you already said that you don't drink much anyway and when you do, it's only really for socialization purposes. Soda is bad for you so cutting back for 40 days can only do you good.

(Also, it's so cute that you guys in MN say "pop!" That's so 50s - I love it!)
Lady Mansonladymanson on February 18th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
(Also, it's so cute that you guys in MN say "pop!" That's so 50s - I love it!)
Hee, hee. Yeah, I think it just depends here on where your parents and you grew up because I say it because my mom said it. But my husband has always says soda and grew up about 15 miles north of me. Even my sister says soda and she grew up in the same house as me. Luckily, that's the only real Midwestern thing I say! I don't have that awesome way Northern MN accent that a lot of the older people around here have. (see: "Fargo")
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on February 18th, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)
The juice. It's meant to be somehting important to you and make you a better person, right? Give up the fizzy juice.
Lady Mansonladymanson on February 18th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
The fizzy juice - I love that. :)
holypotatoes1holypotatoes1 on February 18th, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
Oh pop for sure! (And Minnesotan's FTW :D )
Lady Mansonladymanson on February 19th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Yep, gave up the pop. Hey, where are you in MN? Are you near the cities or in the more country area? I'm in Burnsville, about ten minutes outside of Minneapolis.
holypotatoes1holypotatoes1 on February 19th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
More country. I'm like 20 minutes north of Forest Lake.
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
No one
What you should do is sacrifice, something that is difficult not easy to do. because when we do something that is difficult to endure is when we discover what we don´t see when we have the earth things. so if the above tings are easy for you that´s not what God wants. not the religion.

I am telling you this, because I am catholic too. But I don´t do that of the late. Here, In méxico the custom is every friday dont eat meat. but, o.k for those who are vegetarians what will be the deal? my mom is a vegetarian so... Anyway, I don´t do the late because I am tired of being forced to do somethikng that I don´t feel a thing I want to do what I want. and not what I don´t feel to do.

So, if you want to do something that worth is sacrifice something that is hard to do
Lady Mansonladymanson on February 19th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: No one
We have to do the not eating meat on Friday thing too. And for some reason on Fridays, I always end up craving meat. So I just eat a lot of pasta on those days. :)
I decided to give up the pop. I try every year to go with giving up something that I really rely on and it happens to be that this year. It's good for me because after 40 days of not having it, I tend to not really need the thing I gave up anymore.