Tuesday, June 30

♫ Musical notes ♫

Daniel and I are especially fond of music... I mean, who isn't?

Daniel actually plays music often, and finds it to be very important to his spirituality. He's very picky about what he likes to listen to.

I tend to view music as more of a hobby - each song is either something I like or don't like. It can be background noise, something to dance to, or something to use as a conversation piece. And I'm not very picky at all - indeed, I think there is something positive to be found in almost every type of music. And I hate judging music based by genre or artist - I judge each and every song differently. It's very rare that I can actually listen through an entire CD of one artist... I really appreciate some variety.

My favorite band is The Beatles for this reason. Each album and even each song is so wildly different from one another. I really think they're an extremely creative, imaginative band (duh, that's why every single current band lists "The Beatles" as an influence) who could never bore ME, anyway.

So recently I've been on a folksy-Beatles kick. Ob-la-di, Blackbird, and Here Comes the Sun, to name a few.

But especially this song, as it relates to how I feel about Daniel so much.

I just wanted to share that with you all. The song is cute, just like Daniel... but the lyrics in it represent a lifetime that unfortunately too few people will be able to share, as the percentage of single versus married people swings upward in the former's favor. Maybe some people consider it dull or boring, but fulfilling God's purpose for you in another person and in yourself is really one of the best feelings ever - and it's a feeling that just doesn't go away.

Even when you're sixty-four.

Over, off, and out.

Saturday, June 27

Daniel, sorry, I don't mean to 1up you, I swear!

I've been meaning to blog for a while now.... Daniel beat me to the punch! I don't mean to take away from his wonderful webcomic blog, of course....

Back before Snow Patrol was annoying, they had this really amazing song, "Run." I listened to it (and Drift by Puddle of Mudd) to help get me through my three months in Europe away from Daniel.

And I can barely look at you
But every single time I do
I know we'll make it anywhere
Away from here

Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you cannot hear my voice
I'll be right beside you dear

Louder louder
And we'll run for our lives
I can hardly speak I understand
Why you can't raise your voice to say

Light up...

Daniel and I have struggled a lot lately with disappointing other people. A wise man told me you spend your first year of marriage kicking people out of the bed. When you get married, you bring in your family's traits and habits into the marriage, for good or for bad. You essentially bring them into bed with you. But to have a healthy marriage, you have to separate them! You've gotta kick your parents outta bed. This is especially hard when you live in a town where your whole family and whole in-law family lives!

But we've been creating our own little life. Yes, this might mean my mother guffaws at how I organize my cabinets. Yes, this means disappointing people... but it also means independence for our family.

I've never been more excited about our new life together. Daniel and I are so much more than simply "in looooove" like I see so many other couples using as the basis for a relationship, or even worse, marriage! We're compatible, we agree on almost every religious, political, and lifestyle paths, and we're just in sync in so many ways. We know each other so well and we really are each others' best friends. I never knew it would happen so early, no, but I'm grateful that God wants us to get started right away. And we have...

In light of all the horrible decisions I see people making lately, I encourage you, before you consider a step like marriage, get as much pre-marital counseling as possible. Not just the required "oh I get a 30% discount on my license lol" counseling. Financial counseling. Parental counseling. Pastoral counseling. Take EVERYONE'S opinions into account! A lot of people told me I was too young... and even though I disagreed, I took them seriously! After all, they had a point.... the divorce rate for people who get married under the age of 25 is DRASTICALLY higher than everyone else's!

  • Please don't get married just to have a big wedding. The longer you wait, the more money people save, the bigger wedding you'll get, and the more ideas you'll get from your soon-to-be-divorcee friends' weddings.
  • Please don't get married just to have sex. It's awesome, I'm not gonna lie, but if you think that a marriage can solely sustain on good sex alone, *cue Judas priest* you gotta another think coming! Just ask any celebrity who has been divorced!
  • Please don't get married just because you're desperate for some "home ec"-esque lifestyle. Blech! Hello, it is the 2000s. The June Cleaver lifestyle is a gross waste of a woman's (obvious superior) intelligence (IMO) and if you have a talent you should be using it! Besides, you're gonna look back 10 years from now and think, "Well, I wish I'd done ________" before getting married.

Besides... after you finally do get married (hopefully after making a good, long, well-thought out decision!) you will have to spend your first year of marriage making your OWN decisions. You'll never get to take back the opportunity to get good pre-marital advice again... because after you're married, it's over!

Over, off, & out -
We return to blarg once more!

Well, we will blog at least, maybe even blag, if you're lucky.

Speaking of the inter-blag, I am going to review a webcomic! This will be my first installment of ... wait for it....

Daniel's Webcomic Review

Yes, after being gone from blogging for a while, I will begin by reviewing a webcomic. Not just any old webcomic that has been around for long time. No, I will be reviewing a fairly new comic. The author has been webcomicking for some time, but this is a new project of his, of such great scope and depth that his old webcomic (among other reasons) had to end.

I speak of Finders Keepers. This is a fantasy comic by Garth Graham. The kind of fantasy feels alomst like the second Hellboy in a sense that there is an unknown world beyond this one where all of our myths, fantasies, and nightmares exist. The interactions between the two are separated by "the veil."

The story begins with a young girl thrust into the other side of the veil and begins learning about the strange new side of her world. Her name is Cailyn and she partnered with Cardinal, a being that can find anything.

The world that Garth has put before us is incredible. In his previous comic, Comedity, we were introduced to several personifications of the voices in Garth's head. Among them being, Red-Left-Hand, Prime, Ninja, Good shoulder, Bad shoulder, and Penguin.

Now instead some characters inside of Garth's head, he has created an entire heirarchy and system of mythical creatures, not to mention a rich, but somehow familiar environment. I want to learn more about the world Garth has created with every new comic. And I find his attention of details fascinating. His characters and mythologies seem fully fleshed out; not to mention his mythologies cover several different befiefs. This ranges from the Grecian Fate to the more traditional British pixies and an interpretation of death that is truly unique.

My only real complaints with this webcomic is updates. Garth only schedules two updates per week. For the detail of the comic, that is fine by me and a rather reasonable rate. However, Garth has a reputation for not sticking to his schedule and will miss updates more often than I would prefer. I don't expect for every comic to be like Ctrl+Alt+Del and never miss an update, save for a really really good reason, but Finder's Keepers does not have the best batting average for on-time updates.

So I will sum this one up and give my overall rating.

Title: Finder's Keepers
Author: Garth Graham
Update: Tu, Fri
Genre: Fantasy (Modern Setting)

Artwork: Very Good
Storyline: Compelling but not overly so
Setting: Creative and familar at the same time
Charaters: Vivid, well defined and believable.

Overall score: 4.5 of 5

I would highly recommend this webcomic. I usually give out recommened links, but this is one of this webcomics you just have to start from the prologue and go through.

I would also suggest taking a look at Garth's first work, Comedity. It may be ended, but is still an excellent webcomic with some very slick artwork.