Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Now I'm Free

The other day I had Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" stuck in my head. Before I saw the music video, I had a real problem with the song. I thought that we weren't getting the other side of the story, and perhaps this other girl isn't really that bad. Maybe it's the guy.

Here are my alternative lyrics (written by yours truly. I know, they're amazing), which are from the other girl's perspective after Taylor Swift gets her man. They are written based on the information you get in the song, not the music video. You might have to listen to the long to sing along.

"Now He's Through With Me"

You’re on the phone with my boyfriend, you’re upset
Because he said you were fatty once again
I guess you don’t get his humor like you thought you did

You stare in his house like a typical stalker girl
Yes, your kind of music makes me wanna hurl
I hope you get his story like you thought you did

I wear short skirts, can't help I have a great bod’
I’m Cheer Captain, and you couldn’t even make the squad
I'm dreaming about the day when you wake up and find
That he’s not right for you, and you’ve been wasting all your time
If you could see that you’re so desperately needy
Stealing people’s boyfriends, you’re so greedy
You satisfied? He’s through with me, now he's through with me.

You look frumpy in your t-shirt and worn-out jeans
I can’t help thinking that your style's gonna make a change
He always liked my cute clothes, so I don’t expect
That it’ll be easy

And he’s got a smile that could light up this whole town
I know you think that I’m the one who brought him down
Now he’s yours, you know him better than me
Is he smiling? Well, just wait and see.

You’ll wear high heels, he doesn’t like sneakers
I’m Cheer Captain, you can still cheer from the bleachers
I'm dreaming about the day when you wake up and find
That he’s not right for you, and you’ve been wasting all your time
If you could see that you’re so desperately needy
Stealing people's boyfriends, you're so greedy
You satisfied? Now he’s through with me.

Standing by and waiting at his back door
All my time with him is now over
You satisfied? Now he’s through with me, now he's through with me.

Oh I remember he was driving to your house in the middle of the night.
Just thinking about it now only makes me wanna cry
You can keep his favorite songs and fulfill his crazy dreams
Think I know where I belong; think it’s gone, completely free

Can't you could see that you’re so desperately needy
Stealing people’s boyfriends, you’re so greedy
You satisfied? Now he's through with me
Standing by and waiting at his back door
All my time with him is now over
Maybe, I can go be free, I'm finally free

Monday, November 16, 2009

Food Addictions

I don't really love food. I definitely fall in the category of "eat to live, not live to eat." Sometimes, I don't even want to eat, except to stop my tummy from feeling hungry.

However, I have had a few food addictions in my life, and I'd like to share some of them with you:

Honey Bunches of Oats cereal - in middle and high school, I'd eat it three meals a day on the weekends. I still enjoy it today, but not in the addictive way.

S'mores Pop Tarts - as seen in this early 90's commercial. Freshman year of college, I'd eat them at night with a glass of water, though now, I might enjoy them more with milk.

Peanut Butter was it for me Sophomore year. I'd often eat peanut butter in all three meals, plus some as a snack too. This was also the year that I gained a lot of weight.

Honey Roasted Peanuts - when I first got married, I'd eat half the bottle in one sitting. Soooooo gooooood!!

But now, my current food addiction is.....

Lay's Kettle Cooked potato chips, Mesquite BBQ flavor! They are delicious!!! I really have to use the self-control when I start munching on these. Thanks, John and Abby Gjertsen for introducing me to this tasty snack. Yum yum!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Human Heart

There is a general belief among many westerners that humans are inherently good. We don't need a God to tell us about morality, because moral law is deep within our hearts.

The Christian belief is opposite, that we are inherently evil and are only saved through the grace of God. We know what is good from God.

Anyways, I was reading The Resurgence Blog and came across this great entry on the human heart. These questions are great questions to ask when you need to figure out whether or not your heart is inherently good or evil:

  • How do you conjure love when you hate your ex? Or the person who slanders you? Or your self-absorbed friend?
  • How do you make yourself joyful when you are paralyzed by fear and insecurities?
  • How do you summon peace when you are flooded by worries about your past, or present, or future?
  • How do you make yourself patient when your anxiety wakes you up at night or you can feel the anxiety in your body?
  • How do you invoke kindness when there are so many people who act like your enemy?
  • How do you strive for gentleness when you know that the meek are treated like doormats?
  • How do you stir-up goodness when badness erupts so naturally and feels more immediately fulfilling?
  • How do you enact self-control when your desire for quick pleasure is so out of control?

Inherently good, that would be nice, but it's impossible. Some people have more control over these areas of evil than others, which is why there are seemingly good people and seemingly evil people. In reality, we're all just as capable of the worst evil as anyone else.

If we always follow our hearts, we'll rot away in selfishness. Following God's will is the only true way, because God is good. Goodness is God.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Gaming Irony

Confession: I have low respect for video-gamers.

Worse Confession: Zane has gotten me into Zelda on the game cube...the doorway to becoming a gamer!!!!!

Growing up, my parents did not allow us to have video game systems. Our only access to video games was at grandma's house and friends' houses. Granddaddy had an original Nintendo, so we got pretty good at Tetris and Mario Bros. 3. The only friend that gave me enough playing time was my friend Bobbie, with whom I played Mario Kart on Nintendo 64.

My lack of exposure to video games gave me a hard heart toward those who love them. I scorned video games as a waste of time.


A couple weeks ago, Zane graciously let me have my own "account" on Zelda. He kindly instructed me how to use a game cube controller, and verbally led me through the Deku Tree. I killed all the bad guys and found all the treasures on my own.

Last night, I explored Hyrule field, met Zelda, killed some zombies, threw some chickens, and learned some songs for the Ocarina. Today, all I could think about was exploring Death Mountain. I'm afraid I have crossed over!

I'm getting good at using more than 2 buttons and a joystick instead of the 2-dimensional D-pad.

Yes, I think it's true. I'm becoming a gamer. But I will never play Madden.