Though I wouldn’t exactly call myself a practicing Catholic, some traditions die hard. The faithful observed Ash Wednesday yesterday, and while it has been years since I stepped foot inside a church I still found myself fasting yesterday. And I gave up candy, sweets and snacks too. I’d give up soda, but I already abandoned my Coke dependency at New Year’s. I figure a little hardship is a good thing, and I can certainly cut out egg salad sandwiches and my candy grazing habits at work.