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Can I tell you how glad I am that it’s Friday?

I AM SO GLAD that it’s Friday.

I’ve been down with a cold this week, and today is the first day since Monday that my health has been on the mend instead of in decline. Fortunately, my boss is awesome and let me work from home today so that I could still sort-of relax and recover, but not have to take a sick day.

Anyway, this week’s Friday Frivolity is my latest YouTube obsession (not counting the Phantom Reviewer): “Twilight Sucks! Emo Vampire Song” by The Key of Awesome. Watch and enjoy.

Happy Friday!

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Taylor Swift’s song “You Belong With Me” is a classic tale of boy-meets-girl, girl-waits-an-eternity-for-boy-to-realize-girl-is-perfect-for-him-and-dump-his-current-girlfriend-while-girl-listens-to-him-complain-about-current-girlfriend.

By the time adulthood rolls around, though, it’s not nearly so cute.

Of course, if you haven’t heard the song, look for it on YouTube—preferably with the music video. Then meet me back here.

In response to this song, I have written a version for when the girl gains some self-respect, stops being codependent, and gets tired of hearing the guy complain about the girlfriend he won’t dump.

Note: This song is only partly autobiographical—and may not be in the parts you’d think. Except perhaps for the gun-cleaning, houseplant-killing part. That’s all me.

You’re on the phone with your girlfriend
(She’s a b…witch)
She’s going off about something that you said
‘Cause she doesn’t get your humor—no one does.

I’m in my room on a typical Tuesday night
Cleaning my gun, playing music that you don’t like
But that don’t matter, I’m just doin’ my own thing …

She wears short skirts, I like trousers
I kill houseplants, and she demands flowers.
Can’t wait for the day when you wake up and find
That what you’re looking for
Wasn’t there this whole time

If you could see that there’s no one who understands you
Stop your whining and just man up to
See you’re annoying me
(You’re annoying me.)

Sitting at the bar with you, sipping my G & T
Can’t help thinking of where else I’d rather be
Hearing you complain and thinking to myself:
“Hey, what am I, crazy?”

You had a laugh that could brighten up my whole day
But lost its charm since you asked how much I weigh
You say I’m sweet—I know I’m better than that
Hey, not my fault you’re with a girl like that

She wears high heels, hey so do I!
She likes shopping, and I do … sometimes …
But that’s not what counts when you wake up and find
That who you thought you loved has made you lose your mind

If you could see that simply no one understands you
Been here all along to try to make you see
You both annoy me!

Hanging ’round and waiting ’til you beckon?
Ain’t no way! Not gonna waste a second.
Baby, you annoy me
(You’re annoying me.)

Oh, I remember your drunk calls to my house
In the middle of the night
But you know I’ll kick your a$$ if you try that one more time
Don’t know your favorite songs
Pretty sure I never will
I don’t know where you belong
But I know—not with me

Can’t you see that she is not your only problem?
Been here all along, so why can’t you see?
You’re annoying me…

Hanging ’round and waiting for your beckon?
No way! Won’t waste another second.
Baby, you’re annoying me
(You’re annoying me.)

You’re annoying me…

Have you ever thought just maybe
You’re annoying me?
You’re annoying me…

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One of the songs my choir did at our church service last night. Click on the video to play, and again for the YouTube page itself.

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First: Congratulations to Heather, who posted this blog’s 50th comment last night!

Second: I really shouldn’t be posting a FF at all, considering 1) I am strapped for time at work and won’t be able to take a lunch break, and 2) I have to finish packing when I get home, because I’m moving to a new apartment over the course of today and tomorrow.

BUT, due to jet-lag and other busyness, I did not post a FF last week, so I didn’t want to be lax for a second week in a row. I did want to post my favorite Katy Perry music video, thanks to it being incredibly fun and semi-relevant, but YouTube does not allow it to be embedded.

Instead, I’m posting a few quotes from author Edith Wharton, simply because I like them, but I can’t remember how it was that I came across them in the first place.

I don’t know if I should care for a man who made life easy; I should want someone who made it interesting.


If we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.


Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.


There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

As always, Happy Friday!

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Well, sorry for the lack of posting lately, as usual, but I thought it was at least time for another Friday Frivolity. Lately I’ve been sneaking out early and going to various things on Fridays (a weekend home in Ohio, a retreat with my missions team, a weekend being a history nerd at Colonial Williamsburg …), but this weekend is less tightly scheduled, so I have no reason to dash off.

I was browsing the xkcd comics yesterday, and found one that made me absolutely crack up, because I did not realize that guys did this, too.

thinking ahead

As for myself: guilty. It also made me think of this song, from Hairspray:

As always, happy Friday!!

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I’m taking a break from a break (from a break) from working on my final paper. I did finally manage to make those cup-cakes I wrote about earlier in the week (Nutella frosting, anyone?) which turned out to be quite tasty but which took significantly longer to create than I had imagined. And significantly more eggs – though only becuase I spoiled the icing twice. Oops!

At any rate, I just wanted to share with you some lyrics from one of my all time favorite songs about singleness, a song which, actually, makes a good counterpoint to Emily’s earlier post about Christian music. It is a great example of what Christian songs can be – honest, funny, depressed, yet hopeful.  I think the songwriter, Derek Webb, would quite agree with what Emily had to say. If you haven’t, I’d definitely recommend finding out more of his views on Christian culture – very interesting.  It is too late for me too look for a link now – but if I run across something, I’ll post it.

I love this song, Table for Two (written by Derek Webb and performed by Caedmon’s Call) because it captures the cycle of self-pity and trust in God I find myself going through again and again when it comes to relationships (or the lack thereof).  But singing along to the resigned “everyone’s lonely but still we just couldn’t complain,” the amusingly self pitying “this day’s been crazy but everything’s happened on schedule, from the rain and the cold to the drink that I spilled on my shirt,” and hope-restoring “and you know the plans you have for me, and you can’t plan the ends, and not plan the means” always makes me feel better. I carry the words along with me, and they seem to come back and fit many different situations in which I find myself. What about you guys?  Any songs (or poems, paintings etc.) that do that for you? Let us know.

So here is Table for Two:

Danny and I spent another late night over pancakes
We talked about soccer and how every man’s just the same
And made speculation on the ‘who’s and the ‘when’s of our futures
And how everyone’s lonely but still we just couldn’t complain

And how we just hate being alone
Could I have left my only chance
And now I’m just wasting my time
Looking around

But you know I know better I’m not gonna worry ’bout nothing
‘Cause if the birds and the flowers survive then I’ll make it okay
If given a chance and a rock see which one breaks a window
And see which one keeps me up all night and into the day

Because I’m so scared of being alone
That I forgot what house I live in
But it’s not my job to wait by the phone
For her to call

Well this day’s been crazy but everything’s happened on schedule
From the rain and the cold to the drink that I spilled on my shirt
‘Cause You knew how You’d save me before I fell dead in the garden
And You knew this day long before You made me out of dirt

And You know the plan You have for me
And You can’t plan the ends and not plan the means
And so I suppose I just need some peace
To get me to sleep

That’s what I need right now. Some sleep. Thanks for tuning in!  Have a marvelous Thursday.

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