Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Growing up, I loved the book "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." Whenever we had the dreaded broccoli casserole, I would imagine it raining hamburgers or something yummy. (Either that, or pretend I was sick!)

Anyone who has read the book, knows the new movie that just came out has very little to do with it (other than, you know, food raining down). Usually I hate that, but in this case, I was prepared. Silly gags, fun with food, a little bit of love . . . we enjoyed it. That might have a lot to do with the fact that we watched it with our 6- and 3-year-old . . . nevertheless, fun for all.

So I asked my family what they would invent if they could. Here is what I got:

3-year-old: A Banana! One that I like! (He does not eat fresh fruit. Vegetables, yes. Fruit, no.)

When I pressed him on it, he changed his mind: A cookie! With chocolate on top, sprinkles on the bottom, chocolate on the sides, and chocolate in the middle. (Can you guess he likes chocolate?)

6-year-old: An underground base that would beam all my friends into it. (I can imagine that would be a pretty crowded place since he's our little social butterfly.)

My husband: An interface that would let me download information directly into my brain. (Do you think he might be a wee-bit stressed about his upcoming boards this summer? Maybe a little.)

As for me: I would invent the internet. I mean Al Gore did, why can't I?

Okay, seriously, I would invent an All-Purpose Item Detector. With this device, you could program in specific items (keys, wallet, lego pieces, blankies, binkies, etc.), and then when they are lost, you could select that pre-identified item, and the machine would do its stuff.

I honestly don't lose my keys very often (really), but the boys' toys? Talk about a life-saver.

"Mom, where's my green jedi?" "Mom, where's my Voltron guy . . . not the red one!" "Mom, where's the teeny, tiny lego piece missing from my ship?"

I mean, surely every item has some specific identifier that makes it unique, right? It can't be all that hard. Get with my program, inventor people! I'll even let you have my idea. :)

So what would you invent?


Janet said...

A full body scan that you could step into and it would erase all signs of old age and excess weight.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

i would invent way to skip sleep and feel rested.

Leanne said...

A machine that I could step into and have my hair magically fixed into some beautiful hair style that would never go frizzy or have flyaways. . .Oh wait, I bet it exists out in Hollywood. . . :)

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Janet Johnson said...

All of those sound wonderful to me, too! Let me know when you have a working model. :)

Elana Johnson said...

Oooh, I'd so buy that item detector. In like, a heartbeat. I think I'd go with a remote control that has pause, like on that Adam Sandler movie. Then if you needed more time to sleep, pause. Time to make dinner: pause. Time to take a deep breath: pause. Time to find something: pause.

Yeah, that sounds good.