22 October 2005

New Coldplay Album

I was just listening to some songs from the new Coldplay album, "X&Y." Here are my two favourites...

Speed of Sound - nominated for best song in the MTV Europe Music Awards

Fix You - starts out mellow and ends with some excellent harmony

(Quicktime required.)

14 October 2005

Attack of the Organizer

My mother has this talent of magically multiplying one project into one hundred projects.

I wanted to move my two desks to the other side of my bedroom, thinking it might open up more space and help me study better (for a mid-term exam in English tommorrow). Mom agreed to help me.

First we had to clear all the junk off the desks. Then Mom had the idea of relocating some of my books to a closet shelf... well, that required moving a heavy box and my luggage set.

"No, that won't work after all. Let's move the books to the chest of drawers. Move the box and luggage back where it was." Mom finds a plastic container in the corner of the closet with old t-shirts. "Let's move that to the shelf over here... oh, but your socks are there. Can we put them into another container?"

I dissuade her from further "messing up" my groove, "Look, we'll put the shirts into this box with the out of season clothes."

Mom moves to the desks again.

"No! Don't throw away my notebooks!"

"Carey, get the vaccum. When's the last time you vacuumed in here?"

"Uh... a while."

"Carey, take these dust ruffles off so we can wash them." She lifts up the dust ruffles to peer under my bed. "Oh my goodness, child!" I am doomed. She knows. Now we must take everything from beneath my bed and go through it.

"When is the last time you vacuumed under your bed?"

"Never." Who vaccuums under their bed??

Now for moving furniture. The iron bed must be moved two feet to the left. Oh dear. Now more vacuuming.

"Have you vacuumed around the baseboards? Ew, your windowsill is filthy! When was the last time..."

"Don't ask."

Needless to say, it took seven hours to move two pieces of furniture ten feet.

13 October 2005


Just re-watched one of my videos, based on Nichole Nordeman's "Healed."

Click here to watch (Windows Media required).

10 October 2005

Never Been Kissed

In English class today, my professor asked us to list ten words we associate with our first kiss.

I raised my hand bashfully. "What if you've never been kissed?"

A few people chuckled in the back of the class.

"Uh..." My professor sat with a look of consternation on her face. "Then... list ten words describing what you think your first kiss will be like."

I was stumped. A "romantic" relationship with the opposite sex is something I've always avoided... and ignored. Sure, when I was in junior high I imagined myself being kissed by the hunkiest guy in the youth group (who was also the youth pastor's son). And yes, I do enjoy a romantic movie now and then. (My personal favourites are when the male party dies a sudden, tragic death and the female party lives the rest of her life in celibate sainthood... wait... have I ever seen a movie with that plot? No. Guess not. However, those are the stories I make up.) But then I step back and have to laugh at the "rose-coloured glasses" the world looks through at "love." According to the world, love is really nothing more than a hormonal imbalance... or indigestion.

I like the way 1 Corinthians 13 describes love...

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails... And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (verses 4-8a, 13)

In his book, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, Philip Keller says this: "Now love in a scriptural sense is not a soft, sentimental emotion. It is a deliberate act of my will. It means that I am willing to lay down my life, lay myself out, put myself out on behalf of another. This is precisely what God did for us in Christ. 'Hereby percieve [understand] we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us' (1 John 3:16). The moment I deliberately do something definite either for God or others that costs me something, I am expressing love. Love is 'self-lessness' or 'self-sacrifice' in contradistinction to 'selfishness.'"

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
- Matthew 22:37-40