Carnival sheenanigans

25 Feb

Where I grew up, there never was such a thing as a proper carnival celebration. Imagine the culture clash when I moved to the rhineland area, where between Fat Thursday and Ash Wednesday basically everybody is dressed up and drunk. All. The. Time.

To be honest, even after 15 years I have not gotten the hang of it. Instead I have started my own carnival tradition – I hide at my own place, eat lots of unhealthy food and watch horror movies. It started in my dorm room, which I would only leave to heat food stuff in the communal kitchen, and continued at my first own tiny one-room flat, where I invited a friend or two and we made a lounge landscape under my bunk bed, eating The Sandwich Of Doom and scaring each other with weird movies we had found online.

Living in a real flat, with a real kitchen, it has become easier, but also less adventurous. We have a kitchen we can use any way we want, and our movie collection is well-stocked. In addition we live at the very edge of town, just a stone’sthrow from the woods, and no “Jeck” is going to come this way. Last night I did a huge grocery haul, and once I have finished writing this I will start looking for a cinnamon roll recipe – yes, our ideas of “unhealthy food” have changed as well. The only thing I make every years is a giant batch of “Laura Moon’s Chili” from The Geeky Chef, which tastes terrific and has its roots in my favorite novel, “American Gods”. Apart from that we have a tiny collection of ice cream, chocolates, crisps – and fresh fruit, which I am having for breakfast right now (watermelon, pineapple and mango). The older I get, the more I crave that stuff. It’s weird, I tell you. Maybe I’ll make waffles or pancakes to counteract all the vitamins.

As for movies, the only thing we have decided on so far is “It follows” from 2015, which we saw advertised somewhere a while ago. I want to make Richard watch “The crazies” and “The caller”, but he is hesitant, as he knows my taste in movies. And the cats just hope to eat, cuddle and sleep a lot. I guess they got it figured out!

Do you have any alternative traditions for public holidays you would like to share?

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4 Responses to “Carnival sheenanigans”

  1. peppylady (Dora) February 26, 2017 at 3:19 am #

    I forgot about Lent. Now you got me wonder what the pagan version of lent

    • diandralinnemann March 1, 2017 at 9:24 am #

      Hmm … starvation at the end of winter? Lent in the sense of repenting for something is not exactly part of the Pagan belief system. Some people I know conform to the idea of Celtic geis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geis) and avoid certain foods or drinks as part of a promise to their deities, which is the closest we get to lent, I guess.

  2. georgina February 28, 2017 at 10:25 pm #

    Well it was a very famous holiday here in Greece in which people eat lots of seafood and fly kites, but I just hid in my apartment with the rest of my family. I was working non stop almost since Christmas and I just didn’t have the energy for anything.. I still feel a little guilty for not doing anything fun for my little one.
    As for your comment, this is exactly what I have been trying. I am doing lots of core strengthening exercises this last four years that I have the back issues. But every once in a while I get to eager and try something that I am not ready for. It can get really frustrating recovering, but I am grateful for the progress!

    • diandralinnemann March 1, 2017 at 9:26 am #

      What can I say? We’re getting older – but the alternative surely does suck! ^^ For me, running is the best thing I can do for my back, and I have recently taken up pilates. Of course losing weight helps, as most of the weight tends to be at the front of a human body and pulls on the lower back.

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