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Pay No Attention To The Band Behind The Curtain

So, heard this awesome song the other day. Well, I really only heard a fragment, and ran to Google the lyrics before I forgot them.

What I saw…well, it shocked me. Really, really shocked me. THEM? THEY did a song like THAT? I was gobsmacked.

Thinking that maybe I was overreacting, I wasn’t careful when I started sharing this song. I let people see who sang it before they heard it…and I almost lost people.

Because, you know…it’s by…Pearl Jam.

Bear with me? Give it a listen? I promise, it’s Pearl Jam like you’ve never heard them before.

And yes, that’s a good thing.

Yes I understand that every life must end, 
As we sit alone, I know someday we must go, 
I’m a lucky man to count on both hands 
The ones I love,.. 

Some folks just have one, 
Others they got none, 

Stay with me,.. 
Let’s just breathe. 

Practiced are my sins, 
Never gonna let me win, 
Under everything, just another human being, 
Yeh, I don’t wanna hurt, there’s so much in this world 
To make me bleed. 

Stay with me,.. 
You’re all I see. 

Did I say that I need you? 
Did I say that I want you? 
Oh, if I didn’t now I’m a fool you see,.. 
No one knows this more than me. 
As I come clean. 

I wonder everyday 
as I look upon your face, 
Everything you gave 
And nothing you would take, 
Nothing you would take,.. 
Everything you gave. 

Did I say that I need you? 
Oh, Did I say that I want you? 
Oh, if I didn’t now I’m a fool you see,.. 
No one know this more than me. 
As I come clean. 

Nothing you would take,.. 
everything you gave. 
Hold me till I die,.. 
Meet you on the other side.

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Velocirapture

Gotta love xkcd.

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Enraptured

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” Matthew 24:36

There’s a lot of talk about the world ending tomorrow.

This annoys me. Not that I’m not all for the Rapture and all; there are days where my mind constantly echoes John’s cry of “Even so, come Lord Jesus.” However, really people? Do you think that you, and YOU ONLY, have discovered the date of the one event that will change the entire world forever?

Because, let’s face it. Wars affect some people, earthquakes affect others. Some people are influenced by a wedding, some by the fall of a dictator. But nothing, NOTHING, will change the world like the Rapture, the Second Coming, Christ returning to earth. For some it will be amazing, for others it will be terrifying, and I hope and pray that you all are not in the “terrifying” category.

Here’s the thing though. Only God knows when this is all going to take place. In an amazing metaphysical conundrum, even Christ (though fully God and fully man) does not know when He is going to return to earth. Did you all hear that? Christ does not know the date of something that completely centers around His participation! I mean, wow. That’s one tightly guarded secret.

So what makes anyone think that God would reveal to *them* this precious date? The God I know, He doesn’t play games. He doesn’t say in His Word that no one knows something, and then drop broad hints or whisper it in the ear of a man. He doesn’t mess with us like that. He knows the date and time, and that’s enough. We don’t need to know. Let’s face cold, hard reality: we don’t want to know.

Think about how pointless life would feel if we knew the date and time. Think of how apathetic and scared we would become. I mean, all this May 21st stuff is merely conjecture and people are losing it; what if we knew it was 100% real? No. No no no. Bad idea. God knew that it was best for us not to know, so we don’t know. Oh, and remember, Christ doesn’t know, so He’s not going to be providing hints to us either. God told us all we need to know about the end times in Revelation. Quite honestly, that gives me enough fodder to keep my mind occupied…I don’t need to know EXACTLY when it will all kick off.

Let’s stop worrying about the end of the world. Let’s just worry about today. How are we acting? What are we doing? Are we making our lives count? Are we doing things that matter?

Live for today…let tomorrow take care of itself.

The Second Coming

William Butler Yeats

 Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

    The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

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Fill In The _____

I use Google Chrome as a web browser, and I just love it! One of the things that makes Chrome awesome (besides how lightly it runs on the computer, the awesome add-ins, and fact that the search bar is integrated into the address bar so that you don’t have to remember if you are searching or going directly to a URL) is that it remembers your favourite sites. Whenever I start to type in an address, it culls through not only my recent history, but also suggests the sites I go to the most.

So, I thought it might be fun to share my “most visited” site from every letter in the alphabet:

A- My friend Allison’s blog.

B- The blog I run for my British Literature students.

C- Starbucks community site…sorry, partners only!

D- Daily Squee!!!! Such cute little animals.

E- The official (and dying) website of my University’s English Club. We are just so tired….

F- Formspring. I like to read the random and crazy answers people give to random and crazy questions.

G- GetGlue; like Foursquare, but for topics, books, movies, shows, music, people, etc. Fun!

H- Hulu. Awesome site for streaming TV shows. It’s how I keep up with Psych!

I- I Can Has Cheezeburger?

J- Blog that no longer is active. Sad….

K- Klout. Supposedly it measures the efficacy of your social networking, but most of us think it’s a joke.

L- LibraryThing!!!! Best. Site. Ever.

M- This blog. <3

N- Not Always Right. Funny site, not fully acceptable so I won’t link, but oh-so-funny-and-true!

O- The Owl at Purdue. THE site for MLA and APA help. Brilliant!

P- Sarah’s blog!!!

Q- Quora, a site I tried for a few months then deactivated. Not very user friendly, and a little pointless at this juncture.

R- My University’s website.

S- A friend’s private blog. Wish she updated more!!! (No pressure, just observation.)

T- Twitter. No one is surprised there….

U- Another friend’s blog that has moved elsewhere. Seeing a trend here.

V- Verizon. We have our interwebs with them.

W- Catherine’s blog!!!

X- xkcd Best webcomic in the world! Geeky and humourous!

Y- YouTube, of course.

Z- The only letter to take me…nowhere. Suggestions?

Now, I throw out the challenge to you, my fellow bloggers! Why not do a post of your own like this, and share the sites that you visit all the time? Happy linking!

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The Ebb and Flow

I remember last year like it was yesterday. The stress, the uncertainty. Finding out that my Starbucks manager was leaving the store, and wondering who was going to replace her. What would the new manager be like? How would she fit in? What would happen to our amazing, wonderful, top-of-the-district store?

I remember the next months that followed. I remember the stress, the frustration, and the tension that couldn’t hide underneath the surface. There was an adjustment period while she taught us how to work more efficiently, and we tried to teach her how to slow down. Unfortunately, things didn’t always go smoothly. I don’t know that we ever really learned how to talk to each other…I don’t know that we ever could. Too much was different. An uneasy peace finally settled on the store. We all worked hard, but the customers could tell the difference. Too many strangers behind the counter, new faces every week. Drink quality wasn’t as important as cleanliness, so standards slipped. Our customer satisfaction dropped over 30%. It was frustrating, to say the least.

Please don’t get me wrong. I loved the manager we got. She worked hard, and worked with our best interests in mind. But things just didn’t start out well, and there was no recovering.

A month ago, our manager stepped down.

Since then, we’ve been living in limbo. In a perverse way, things got a bit better. We work well as a team, and when there is no manager to mediate differences, then somehow we get along on our own. Tension disappears. We work hard to help each other.

Yet, things still aren’t completely well. We are still too fractured from the effects of the last year. The customer satisfaction keeps slipping. Every week brings a new borrowed partner from one store or another. Every time we think we have a grip on things, everything changes. Our interim manager has been good, but she knows her time is limited. She can’t make certain changes, though I know she’d like to.

Tomorrow, we find out for sure who are new manager will be. The store is holding its breath.

I know who it is…unless the rumours have all been wrong. I’m torn. In a way this will be good for our store: we will be well taken care of, well treated, and our adjustments will be minor. On the other hand, not everyone in the store likes this person. Things may be tense, will be tense. There will be drama.

All we can do is ride out the storm. There has to be peace sometime, there has to be a chance for us to get back on our feet. We are a good store, we can do it! Go team….

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Mum’s The Word

Happy Mother’s Day to my best friend, my favourite coffee date, the best shopping pal, an awesome fellow-movie watcher, the person who turned me into an avid reader, and the one person on earth who can always make things better.

Love you, Mum!!!! <3

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Birthday Gal

Today is my puppy’s 10th birthday! I can’t believe it’s been nearly 10 years since we found her on a little farm, the tiniest of the litter, trying valiantly to keep up with her brother and sisters. We took her from her home in LONI to bring her to the Land of the Overcrowded Roads, but I think she’s happy nonetheless.

At least, she’s currently happy in her occupation of poking me in the back with her paw. I think she wants to play, which I should go do with her before the little darling tries to dig a hole in my wrist or plays with my CAPS LOCK key…again.

In the meantime, enjoy some collected videos and pictures of my little puppy!

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Pomp and…Whatever.

Happy Graduation Weekend!

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