So Nathan, my brother, was off to boot camp on the 2nd. He's in the Air Force now. For anyone who doesn't know him, he's not much of a manly guy....ahem...actually, he takes quite a bit longer to do his hair than I do, and he's got nicer hair-doing stuff than me...including a straightener that is due to be swiped by me soon seeing as his hair is all shaved off by now. I sent him a letter just the other day. I'll have to keep him posted on Lady Gaga news and such...lol. He LOOOOVES Lady Gaga.
I have been reading the Narnia books while at home all day. Chris lent me his iPod so that I can listen to his audio books, so I've been listening to them as well. Sometimes its nice to listen when I am more tired, then I can close my eyes now and again. Sometimes I follow along. I'm almost halfway through The Voyage of the Dawn Treader now.
So last night I had a "conversation" with my ex boyfriend, Kyle, online. He and I dated when I was in highschool for 2 1/2 years and I broke up with him after he'd been at college for 6 months in Florida. We had a rather messy break-up and I had met and started seeing someone a month after we broke up which made it worse. We've since made up and are now friends, but he annoys the friggin piss out of me. He's a gung-ho Christian who curses anything sinful and won't consider a view point that isn't biblically based. He went to school for ministry, and now he's going to grad school for it. I always try to shed light on situations and try to help him understand the other side, but he never wants to hear any of it. Last night he told me that he finally stepped foot in a bar to hang out with some friends and be their DD. He said some drunk girl danced with him. I teased him and said, "Oh, boy you sound pretty excited about it...lol" and he said, "Well, she's not the kind of girl I want to be with. She smokes, drinks, and sleeps around. I don't believe in missionary dating, but I invited her to church with me next week." I said, "Oh, those things must make her a bad person, huh?" He said the smoking and drinking don't, but the sleeping around does. I said, "Well, it doesn't mean she's a bad person. There are lots of reasons why girls would sleep around. Sometimes it's truly sinful, but most of the time I can guarantee you that it has something to do with acceptance, validation, and self-image." And here we go. Kyle started flinging around, "It's still sin." "Your new-age insights try to make excuses for sin." That's what he calls me...New Age. I said, "Stop categorizing me. You always categorize me and I can't stand it. I can never talk you you; you never listen." It's not like we were talking about the meaning of life, or some great philosophy...I was simply talking about the psychology of why a girl would sleep around, and that maybe it isn't rooted in an evil place in her heart, but rather a broken place. I told him that to know how to mend the problem, you have to understand where the seed comes from. None of it, he'd have. "Still sin." is all he would say. And he said he won't back down on his beliefs blah blah blah. I told him it's a moot point talking to him because he never listens anyway...and he said, "Good. Then stop defending it." Good god! Good freaking god! I never meant to get defensive. I was just trying to explain to him inner workings. He always turns a blind eye to things like psychology and things that aren't based in biblical teachings. He has his head so far up religion theory's ass that he can't see reality. If he wants to reach and 'save' secular people, he has to know how they think and how they reason. Until then, he will fail miserably at communicating with them. They won't see him as nothing more than a close minded bible thumper who won't listen to a word they say. It's crap. It's all crap...ugh. I feel sorry for him. I feel like he's going to stay inside of his close minded, brain washed world of religion forever and never see the light of day.
Welp....that's about as far as that goes. I do apologize for being lengthy. Not only do I get heated in topics like that, but I've also been reading, which greatly influences my writing.
I've been feeling okay as far as the mono. Yesterday, though, I didn't take my steroid till 2pm and by then my throat had started to feel a bit weird. It felt tight and I could tell it felt a bit swollen and it felt funny to swallow. Ugh. And my legs ache. Hopefully I'll be okay by the end of break. Still dreadfully tired though.