By now you've probably gone to the Lent Madness website looking to read about a couple of saints, maybe make a comment or two, and then vote. Or you've wondered why you haven't received the morning e-mail that's become as much a part of your daily routine as drinking that first cup of coffee or putting in your contact lenses. Maybe you've even called tech support to see if something is wrong with your computer or smart phone? "Why can't I vote!" you've screamed, waking up everyone in your household and/or neighborhood.
These next two days mark the first full weekend of Lent Madness, in which fans must survive 48 hours of vote deprivation. Lent Madness Withdrawal (LMW) is a well-known phenomenon, though its cure remains elusive.
The Supreme Executive Committee has developed several coping strategies to help you safely navigate the non-voting days of Lent Madness:
- Don't panic! Nothing is wrong with your computer - Lent Madness voting only takes place during the weekdays of Lent. Put on some purple yoga pants and breathe. Or drop into a Lamaze class even if you're not expecting a future saint within the next nine months. The breathing techniques you learn will be with you throughout al future periods of LMW.
- Like Lent Madness on Facebook. We often post links and/or pictures on the Lent Madness Facebook page to help get your through the weekend. You can also follow Lent Madness on Twitter.
- Whip up some Saintly Sprinkles. Most Saturdays in Lent, the Lent Madness Resident Foodie, Maria Nolletti Ross, shares one of her recipes (as seen in the Saintly Scorecard!). Today, she shares a recipe for Christina Rossetti-inspired berry jam scones.
- Talk about saints with your friends. Find a like-minded group of folks who are playing along with Lent Madness and debate the merits of two saints who will soon square off in this year's Saintly Smackdown.
- Cyber stalk your favorite Celebrity Blogger. Most of our Celebrity Bloggers have books or blogs or church website or articles online. There is no lack of internet-based info on these fabulous writers.
- Google saints for inclusion in next year's bracket. While the SEC is, well, supreme we do accept nominations during Eastertide for saints to be included in future brackets. Who knows? You may be the catalyst for getting some saintly soul into Lent Madness 2017.
- Buy a Lent Madness Mug. Why? So you have a chance to win the large cardboard cutout of St. Francis of Assisi by posting a (hopefully creative) picture with your "Mug Shot" on social media and double hash tagging it #LentMadness #MugShot. Buy them here.
- Dress up like your favorite saint. You don't have to wait until Halloween to dress up like, say, vanquished patron saint of coffee, Drogo, and go to your local coffee shop.
- Nap for 48 hours. If you truly can't face an entire weekend without Lent Madness, take a page out of the
bear playbook and hibernate. Surely your spouse, children, co-workers, etc, won't mind.
- Go to church. Worship is a great way to not only be inspired and be drawn ever-closer to the heart of Jesus but it also kills an hour so you're that much closer to Monday morning.
And don't forget! Lent Madness resumes at 8:00 am EST on Monday morning as Columba takes on Kateri Tekakwitha.