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If you’ve read my new ebook, Finding a Happier Ever After, or if you read my 31 Days series last year, you already know how I feel about the song, Call Me Maybe.

Yes, yes, I know. It is ridiculously catchy – and it rarely plays on the radio without me singing along. Loudly.

But.

It’s also simply ridiculous. I mean, really? “Before you came into my life, I missed you so bad” – really? You did? You missed me before you even met me?

NO, YOU DIDN’T. How could you?

So, yes, this song bugs me when I think about the actual lyrics. And don’t even get me started on the love at first sight business. But it is catchy. And, as it turns out, when you pair it with Payphone by Maroon 5, it just gets better.

But not just musically – although this version of the mashup has two fantastic voices, plus a guy playing percussion on a payphone. PERCUSSION ON A PAYPHONE! No, what I love about the combination of these two songs is the clear before-and-after picture it paints of a relationship begun on shifting sand that ends bitterly.

If “Happy Ever After” did exist,
I would still be holding you like this.
All those fairy tales are full of it.
One more stupid love song, I’ll be sick.

RIGHT, Adam Levine?! Those fairy tales ARE full of it! (But…um…I’m not sure Carly Rae got the message…)

This month, Saturdays are a time to share some resources that have to do with Giving Up on Fairy Tales. Kind of like normal Weekend Links, but 31 Days-themed. And like the usual Weekend Links, I want to know what you’ve been reading, watching and listening to, too!

So share away in the comments, eh?

My Pinterest Board of 31 Days Series: I’ve tried to pin all the various 31 Days series I’m following this month. Let me know if I’m missing something!

13 Things I Learned at My 20-Year Reunion :: Noodleroux
“Childhood memories are products of child brains.”

Less Comparison :: Living Well, Spending Less
“The whispers of comparison, once started, are insidious. They will eat away at our happiness, our peace, and our sense of well-being until there is nothing left but an empty feeling of inadequacy.

But my friends, here is the truth: Not one of us leads a perfect life, hard as some of us may try to present that image to the world. Every single one of us has our own set of challenges, our own trials, our own pain.”

I Am Not Jen Hatmaker :: Jolly Goode Gal
“So this thing, this black, selfish, thief-of-joy thing, it’s not about the kids or parenting. It’s about ME. It’s about wanting to be cool. Noticed. Acclaimed. Liked. Promoted. To be popular among all the “right” people. To complete some picture in my head that has nothing to do with being made in the image of Christ, and everything to do with being made in the image of The Cool Kids.

Ick. Seriously. I am grossing myself out even talking about it. But it’s true y’all. It’s so true.”

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