Miniature Indiana Jones Escapes “Bowlder”

I love this brilliant photo by Don Solo, who took it as part of a 52 week series. Other shots in the collection feature little Lego Indiana Jones outdoors, at an amusement park, and interacting with a confused Princess Leia. Who knows what little Indy will do next week? I can hardly wait to find out!

Lego Indiana Jones escapes bowlder

You can follow the Indy 52 series by Don Solo on flickr, and you can even download the high-res files to use as desktop wallpaper.

Funny mom laughs for Luvs

I don’t know how I missed out on seeing this video earlier, but it is hilarious! Especially for busy moms — but funny for dads and kids, too — Anita Renfroe sings a fast mashup of the most popular mom sayings, to the tune of the William Tell Overture. Listen carefully, because it goes by so quickly!

Anita has made another funny video in conjunction with a promotion for Luvs diapers. As part of this new “say no to pricey diapers” campaign, Luvs is also offering a limited-time $5 off coupon, starting today.

You’d be clean in places you didn’t know were dirty

three in one shampooMy middle child is very thoughtful. He is six years old, and he’s always asking questions and pondering things. He asks questions like, “Mom, why do we have cheeks?” How do you answer something like that? I said, “To protect our teeth and the bones inside our faces.” My husband said, “So the food doesn’t fall out when we chew.” Hubby likes to be funny. 🙂

A couple of nights ago, this boy was taking a bath. He noticed the label on the shampoo bottle, which said “3-in-1,” and asked what “3-in-1” means. I told him it’s because that product does three things to help us get cleaned up. It’s a body wash, shampoo, and hair conditioner, all in one bottle.

He thought for a minute and came up with this: “Hey, what if it was 13-in-1! Then we could get super-clean, and it would keep out the tangles forever! We would smell good and stay clean for 13 days!

I love that boy, and I love the way he thinks.

Sorry, but the Bride is in another castle…

I love this wedding cake! This beautiful cake features elements of the Super Mario Brothers and Mario Kart video games, and it is absolutely fabulous! The decorations are all edible, and the actual cake on the inside is “black chocolate cake filled with bittersweet chocolate ganache, chocolate buttercream and chocolate mousse.” Sounds like heaven. Check out the whole photostream to see close-ups of the details.

Mario Kart wedding cake
Photos belong to M.A.L.; found via thegamergene.

Time for a very silly game

Spamalot game cow catapultI always love finding fun, new online games to play. This one may not be new, but I hadn’t seen it before. It’s called “Spamalot,” and it’s a catapult game.

Yes, if you are familiar with the story of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, you know what kind of catapult game I’m talking about. You choose your side — English or French — I chose French, because they are better taunters.

Although the gameplay is a bit sluggish (which could just be my machine), it was still fun. The sheer silliness of loading up cows, donkeys, and chickens (and the Holy Hand Grenade!) onto a catapult and flinging them toward the oncoming foes made for an amusing 15 minutes.

monty python cow in flightPlaying on the French side, my enemies included English knights (also known as k-niggits or pig-dogs) on foot, knights with coconut sound effects (on horseback), Knights Who Say Ni, and The Black Knight. I only made it past those levels, so I don’t know what horrors might await a more successful flinging campaign. A Trojan Rabbit, perhaps?

If you try the game, let me know how far you get. “Now go a-way, or I shall taunt you a second time-uh!” 😛

Tom Griswold’s advice to high school grads

Tom Griswold is the “Tom” of Indianapolis-based morning radio show, “Bob & Tom.” According to yesterday’s Indianapolis Star, Tom recently spoke at his son’s high school graduation. How cool would that be, to have someone so entertaining as your commencement speaker?!

It turns out he delivered some good advice to the Park Tudor (an expensive private school in Indianapolis) graduates, some of which was printed in yesterday’s paper. I’m sharing it here, because it’s a welcome change from the news we’ve had about the flooding disasters lately.

Here’s some of Tom’s witty wisdom:

Follow your dream … but surround yourself with family and friends who will tell you when it’s time to go to Plan B.

There’s too much of everything everywhere. Give yourself some time to think.

Learn to say “I don’t know.”

Be skeptical; question everything, especially if you find it on the Internet.

Learn how to keep a secret.

Learn about credit. Credit cards can ruin your life.

Realize nothing good ever starts with “Dude, I dare you to…”

Don’t pierce anything.

Be polite.

Whatever setbacks you may encounter, there is no problem so great that it can’t be solved by moving back into your parents’ basement.

Remembering my Grandpa on Father’s Day

My grandfather died last week, and although we didn’t live close enough to see him often, I have fond memories of the times we had together. I’d like to share some of his words here, to honor him, on Father’s Day.

“Clean your plate.”
“Gettin’ old is hell.”
“I’ll give you 45 minutes to cut that out.” (During a shoulder massage.)
“You can curl ’em, braid ’em, or split ’em. Just don’t pull them out!” (When we would comb the few hairs he had left on his head.)
“Gives the mosquitoes a place to skate.” (On being bald.)
“What, honey? I don’t hear so good anymore. I don’t smell so good, either.”

My grandfather was a rare kind of man. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was an honorable soldier, a hard worker, and a stern patriarch, with a tender heart. He loved chopping wood, camping, and eating cookies. I will miss him. Love you, Grandpa.

What is my dashing Man In Brown bringing today?

Indiana Jones DVD setI don’t really enjoy shopping (my husband loves that about me), but I am mildly addicted to buying things online. For most of my books, music, and movies, I use I have their Prime shipping subscription, so I can almost convince myself that 2-day shipping is “free.”

After seeing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I thought it might be fun to go back and watch the previous Indiana Jones movies. The kids are excited about the Indiana Jones Lego game, even though they’ve never seen the movies, and they think Indiana Jones is a completely new character. Does that make you feel old? 🙂

But then, I realized we don’t own the Indiana Jones movies! Not even on VHS! So, as a Father’s Day gift for Hubby, I ordered the trio of DVDs from Amazon. And the package tracker at UPS says my Man In Brown will be delivering them today!

I haven’t seen them in so long, I’m excited to watch them again and find out whether they’re as great as I remember them being. I remember how scary it seemed at the end of Raiders when the bad guys got their faces melted off. I could hardly look! Yes, I’m a big scaredy-cat.