I was on facebook the other day, scanning through the status updates of "friends" (because it's very important to know who's eating what for lunch), and I saw a comment on someone's wall that they were looking everywhere for Paczkis and were having trouble finding them.
All of this information (which I'm pretty sure didn't even come from one of MY "friends" - probably one of my "friends'" "friends" who I had never met before) stuck in my head so that when I saw the Paczkis, my brain told me two things:
- There must be some important day that people celebrate with Paczkis. Sounds Polish - maybe a Polish celebration of some sort? It's probably a very important Polish celebration that I am missing out on by not eating Paczkis.
- Paczkis must be hard to find, so I should pick these up while I have the chance!
I just had to come clean. Because I now have a box of Polish Pastries sitting on my counter and Ben is going to come home tonight and look at me like, "What the Heck?" And I'm going to feel like a total liar if I try to make up an answer that sounds any more noble than "Facebook made me do it!"
FYI: As part of my penance for buying the paczkis, I turned to Wikipedia to educate myself, and it turns out (for my non-Polish friends out there) that Paczkis are often eaten on Fat Thursday or Fat Tuesday - to use up all of the lard, eggs, sugar and fruit in the house before Lent.
So, now that I've stuffed myself with lard, eggs, sugar and fruit, it's time for me to start thinking about if and how I'm going to celebrate Lent this year.