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Taking Fat Tuesday literally

This week, we saw the end of Mardi Gras and the beginning of Lent. While I know Fat Tuesday is not as widely celebrated here as in New Orleans, I took the holiday quite literally.
Now, I don’t normally eat very much on a daily basis, but on Tuesday, I really racked up the calories.
The day started out like any other. I woke up, ate half a grapefruit, an egg and a cup of coffee. I ate a normal lunch, but then I got a little out of control. It was National Pancake Day at IHOP, and I paid a visit to our Ennis IHOP to cover the event. The general manager, Estella, was very passionate about her job and the funds the restaurant was raising for the Shriners Hospitals in Texas. She wouldn’t let me leave without taking some pancakes for my co-workers and myself.
I am not really a pancake-type person, but they smelled so good and I couldn’t stop thinking about what it would be like to eat them. So, when I got back to the newspaper office, I devoured a short stack of pancakes. They were so wonderful, and I decided that I could give myself a day to eat whatever I wanted before Lent. Hey, it’s called Fat Tuesday for a reason.
And this is the part where I got a little crazy. We had some chocolate at the office left over from Valentine’s Day. I ate at least 15 pieces. I was a girl on a mission, and I couldn’t be stopped. After everyone else had left, I raided the stash of Girl Scout cookies which the Ennis Daily News managing editor, Matt, keeps behind his desk. I ate an undisclosed amount of Thin Mints, Tag-A-Longs and Dulce de Leches. I was officially too far gone.
But I wasn’t done yet. The Ennis Daily News had been invited to attend the St. John’s Boy Scout’s Blue and Gold Banquet as the guests of honor Tuesday evening. I knew they would be having barbecue, which is not something I usually eat, so I thought my overindulgence was justified since I wasn’t planning to eat at dinner. Well, I didn’t count on the massive amounts of sides that would be there. Everything looked so delicious, so I decided to make myself a plate. I went to town. There was dessert afterward, and I ate some (duh). While I was waiting for the cake to be cut, I ate a sugar cookie to tide me over. By the time I started to enjoy my slice of cake, my stomach started to hurt pretty badly. I didn’t eat anything else. After my day of binge eating, all I could do was go home and sleep. When I woke up Wednesday morning, it was Lent. I had a food hangover, and 40 days of fasting had never seemed so wonderful as they did that morning.

Liz Crawford is a staff writer at the Ennis Daily News and can be reached at liz@ennisdailynews.com

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