Overly Smiley

I have a goal this week. 

I am going to omit emoticons from my texting and emails. 

Not really a big deal to most people, but I have been overusing them to the point of worrying that I am not expressing myself correctly if I do not have a smiley or frown or heart or other punctuated facial expression. I know, right? Here I am, a self-professed lover of words and communication, hooked on smileys for interpretation. I have to get a handle on this. (Imagine a frowny face here.)

Another thing I have given up: Alcohol. 

Boyfriend and I gave up alcohol for Lent. 

Having never observed the Lenten Season before, this was quite the leap of faith (adoration) for me. And guess what? It really isn't that big of a deal! I thought I would be jonesin' and cryin' in my green tea by now, but honestly - it hasn't come up as an issue. Well... except for maybe at the airport in Boston when I REALLY wanted a Blueberry Beer at the Brewery Works. Or when I went out for "drinks" with a girlfriend and ended up drinking a pot of coffee whilst she enjoyed vodka and Redbull. That kinda stank. But not enough to abandon my intentions. (I almost put a smiley here! Dammit!) 

What did you "give up for Lent" - if anything? Do you ever deprive yourself of something just to teach yourself restraint or dedication?

(Insert heart here.)


Laoch of Chicago said...

I am not religious but having thought about it, the thing I think most people would really benefit from giving up for lent is lying.

terri said...

Laoch, I think lying is a marvelous thing for anyone to give up! And for some, it truly would be a sacrifice.

(good GRIEF, I want to put a smiley here!)

Jim said...

I gave up Facebook.


And after that last one, I'm giving up emoticons! In favor of exclamation points!!!! ;-)

terri said...

Jim, I think you gave ME up, too!

I have missed you terribly - and I am so happy to see you. (smileysmileysmiley!)

Did you know a Ran Cochran? (He was an undertaker in Wasilla.)

T said...

Ha! I don't think I could ever give up emoticons! I love your hearts in my comment stream too. Don't stop!

And yay for ZZ Top! Great pic. :)

terri said...

T I will use them just for you and my daughter, okay? Oh - and FB. And maybe signatures.

Who am I kidding? I can't give up the hearts! <3

Jim said...

Sorry, but didn't know Ran Cochran! :-(