There’s a cabinet at work that has some basic medications: Motrin (ibuprofen), Aleve (naproxen), and Valihist.
Valihist is an “Antihistamine-Stimulant for allergies, colds, [and] runny nose.”
The back of the package lists the the ingredients as: Acetaminophen 325mg, Caffeine 45mg, Phenylephrine Hydrochloride 5mg, and Chlorpheniramine Maleate 2mg.
How many medications contain caffeine? 45mg is about what you get the average can of soda1.
There’s a little note at the top of the package: This medication is made for occupational use, to keep people on the job, safely and productively. Yea, caffeine will do that for you.
I have this really cool book I got for graduation called The New International Dictionary of the Christian Church. Lent is traditionally a time of 40 days before Easter spent fasting. When I started giving something up for Lent a few years ago, it was in the spirit of fasting from something particular, soda, caffeine, swearing. Soda was originally suggested by Darren (I think) for our entire Bible Study to give up because we drank quite a bit of Dr Pepper and it was going to be a hard thing to give up. Every year I try to thing of something that I can fast from that would be meaningful.
I felt that giving up soda this year would be too easy and I wanted to find something that would be more of a challenge. I thought about blogging, instant messaging, and reading my news feeds. They would be hard to give up, but they are also critical to what I do and giving them up would be more akin to not journaling, not talking with my friends (i.e. giving them the silent treatment), and not reading the newspaper. I don’t play that many video games, so giving that up wouldn’t be a challenge at all and I’m really not that into Facebook (I might check it every three days or so).
I started to think about other things I could do. Perhaps instead of giving something up, I could do something instead. And so for Lent, I am going to go to church every single Sunday. It’s something that I’ve been trying to do ever since I moved to Golden and I just really slacked on it. It will be hard, but I can do it.
The clock struck 12 almost a half hour ago and Ash Wednesday is now here. The beginning of Lent is traditionally a time when one gives up something for the 40 days before Easter. In the past (for about fours now, I think), I have given up liquid caffeine, which includes the likes of soda and coffee (and frappachinos), but not chocolate. It’s really getting to the point where it’s easy to give up caffeine, so I’m looking for suggestions on what else I can give up for Lent this year.
For the last three years, I’ve always given up something for lent. This year is no different. So for the next 40 days and 6 Sundays I will be giving up soda and liquid caffeine (read as: coffee), both of which I’ve given up in the past. This year I am also giving up vulgar language. I also convinced Dan Hough to give them up as well. I would be curious to hear what other people are doing for lent. Post your responses in the Comments section.