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Monthly Archives: December 2009

I started this blog because I’m “addicted” to music.  My free time on the internet is usually divided between sarcastic and/or silly replies to someone’s Facebook status 🙂 and looking for new music.  Because of this it always seems like music is the most frequently chosen way that God speaks to me.  It is a rare occurrence, but I’ll hear a song where lyrics are so impacting they rattle around in my head for the remainder of the day…and sometimes into the next.  Often I dwell on the words, and a high percentage of the time, find them, almost verbatim, in the bible.  I started this blog to share those occurrences.

Yesterday was one of those instances where a song really hit me.  I stumbled across a MySpace page called Enter the Worship Circle.  The third song in the player, “Orphan’s Song” by Karla Adolphe, is what hit me.  You can preview  it on last.fm here or check out this youtube video that has the music in the background.

It’s a simple song, just her vocals and a guitar, but the message is really strong.  I can so identify with the first verse, since it was only a few years ago that I found Christ, and still remember that emptiness…

Here are the lyrics:

V1
We are the orphan boys, we are forgotten girls
We are lost and far from home
We are the fatherless, born of dust and nothingness
We are lost and far from home

Chorus
There is no love like Yours in all the earth
There is no love like Yours in the universe
There is no love that heals my broken heart
There is no love like Yours at all

V2
I’ve heard about a foreign land, about a son and His great big dad
I’m making my plans to be there
They say it’s a beautiful place, full of big wide open spaces
I’m making my plans to be there

V3
There roads have familiar names, this town has not changed
I’m finding my way back home
You call me daughter, you call me son, you call me back into Your arms
I’m finding my way back home

This is old news, but there’s supposedly an Eggo shortage.  I was thinking this morning about how my family goes through two boxes of pop tarts each week….maybe more…and thanked God that whatever ill fate the Eggo factories suffered didn’t affect Pop Tart production.

I have hungry kids, especially in the mornings.  They get up and go straight for the Pop Tarts.  If they are without food for even 5 minutes, they develop Meat-O-Vision (as is illustrated to the left) and consider cannibalism.

Dear Lego,
Hope you guys are having fun sitting in your cubicles laughing at me! As I search stores and the web for this one particular Bionicle toy that apparently doesn’t exist, except for in display cases in the major retailers, I realize the genius of your marketing. You guys released a movie a few months ago to build up hype. Now that it’s Christmas time, my kid wants the Bionicle figure of the main character/hero, Mata Nui, and I can’t seem to find it anywhere.
I do find the tags on the shelves, and I even found it online once on one of the major retailer’s websites…or I thought I did. I read the description and was moving my mouse to the add to cart button, when my browser refreshed and it suddenly went out of stock. Before my very eyes, the hopes of completing my shopping list vanished. I bet you guys fell out of your chairs laughing so hard!
However, if I were so inclined, I could buy the extra-large Toa Mata Nui for $50. There are plenty of those online. I’m onto you guys!  I’m watching you! Just so you know.

This morning got off to a most awesome start. Totally exhausted last night, I mistakenly set the alarm to the wrong setting. There seem to be 4 settings/notches between OFF and the normal ON setting, for a total of 5 settings overall. I’m not 100% sure what these other settings are used for, but I’m prepared to guess.

  1. Off: This setting works best for those that are currently unemployed, or would like to be.
  2. Set someone else’s alarm to PM instead of AM: Unfortunately with current alarm clock technology you can’t determine the poor individual who will be very late for work because of this calamity. If I could, I honestly don’t know if I could resist the temptation of changing the alarm of the one person that chronically leaves out my extra order of hash browns from my McDonald’s orders. That way someone else would have a chance to get my order right and save me from making a U-turn in the Mickey D’s parking lot and getting dirty looks from the Coffee-Sipping Codger Convention. I’m sorry my U-turn interrupted your newspaper reading, sir. My bad.
  3. Switch Wiring of Snooze and Off Buttons: This is one of my faves, though the dependability is definitely not 100%. Dependability is often determined by Optimum Condition Scale (or OCS as I will now dub it). OCS is determined by several factors: recent history of waking up late, level of importance of the first meeting of the day, whether or not a job interview will take place that morning, etc. In short, the more negative the impact of waking up late, the higher the OCS, and hence an increase in likelihood that the snooze button will activate the Off setting (see #1 above)
  4. Delay Alarm: This setting allows for the alarm to actually go off when it’s not needed. It is another smart setting that takes into consideration OCS. However this setting checks date and time for the lowest OCS possible. The time the user goes to sleep is also taken into consideration. The alarm is delayed until a morning when the user has only achieved 5 or less hours of sleep, and the OCS is low. Because of these factors, the likelihood that the alarm will sound on a Saturday morning is very high.
  5. On: You know what this does. If you aren’t sure, or are in a group mentioned in the description of the first setting, here is the noise. I’m actually convinced that this setting is sometimes faulty and may actually trigger the Off setting.



Last night when I went to bed, I must have hit setting #4, as I woke up at 7:20, no thanks to the alarm. In a wild scramble, my wife and I somehow managed to get the kids dressed, fed and in the school building by 7:45. Take that #4! Teamwork FTW!

I fully expect the alarm to go off this Saturday at 6:20 am. If so, I will take pictures of the alarm after it suffers a slow and painful death. I’m thinking a little gasoline+matches action.

P.S. If you are curious about the Time Bomb Alarm clock, it is an actually product that ticks and makes an exploding noise.  You can get one at amazon here.