Random Thoughts #6: At school today…


Those kindergarteners and 1st graders who’ll pick up a roly-poly or a cricket or a worm with their bare fingers. 😐

There were some fires in the area and because of the ash floating around in the air, the kids at my school couldn’t go out to play for 2 days. 2 days. That’s 6 recesses missed. To say they were annoyed is an understatement.

http://www.yahoo.com/food/why-your-fast-food-order-doesnt-arrive-as-pictured-73623152256.html Well, now I know…

Saw an 18-wheeler make a U-turn in a narrow street the other day. Very harrowing to watch.

Two 2nd grade girls:
Girl 1: “Look, on the tag. “American Girl doll. Made in China.””
Girl 2: “Oh, my goodness, everything’s made in China!”

Plaid is cozy.

Did you know there are kids who can take the crust off an Uncrustable? O_o

Whoever came up with the idea to make toothpaste minty? Genius 😎

Is grilling while watching “Ice Age” the height of irony? #SoCal in #January #doesntfeellikewinter At least we’re getting lovely cloudy weather (my fave!) now. And even a little rain 😀

Frozen is obviously all the rage among school kids. This is evident not just because wherever I turn, 1st and 2nd graders are singing “Let It Go,” but because I heard a middle school boy singing “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” 😕

SUPERBOWL WEEKEND!! GO BRONCOS!!! 😀

This post was shorter than usual. I don’t know why.

Well, that’s all the time we have for today, folks. Remember, God made you special, and He loves you very much!

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Sailin’ the High Seas: The Adventures of Tintin


One of our family’s favorite movies is The Adventures of Tintin.

I took these shots using a digital camera while the movie was playing on our TV (this was our family’s way of keeping memories of movies we liked—we used it before we figured out how to take screenshots on the computer :)).

This is a picture overview of the movie The Adventures of Tintin (SPOILERS THROUGHOUT).

Young British reporter Tintin is out enjoying himself at market…

…when he acquires a model ship that is the start of his adventure.

Doing his research…

Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy soon find out the ship is part of something bigger than they had thought—a secret treasure that was lost years ago when Sir Francis Haddock’s ship The Unicorn went down.

A visit from a mystery man…

…an unfortunate run-in with a pickpocket…

…and being kidnapped…

…whet Tintin’s zeal for the answers.

Escaping from the ship on which he he is held captive…

…Tintin, Snowy and Captain Haddock, a down-on-his luck sailor with a penchant for drinking…

…embark on a quest to prevent Sackharine, the descendant of ruthless pirate Red Rackham, from getting to the lost treasure first.

By boat…

…by plane…

…and by foot through the desert…

All the way, Captain Haddock struggles to recall the stories he’d been told of his heritage, and what happened on that day when his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock’s ship went down.

Rescued at last…

…fresh clues set the trio on a course to the Sultanate of Bagghar, where they are joined by bumbling detectives Thompson and Thomson…

…and together they await Sackharine’s next move.

This turns out to include using a budding prima donna…

…as an unwitting accomplice to a dastardly scheme.

A fruitless chase ensues through the streets of Bagghar…

…and Tintin is ready to give up until Captain Haddock spurs him on.

Invigorated, they plan an ambush for Sackharine…

…and a final showdown leaves Captain Haddock the victor over both his arch nemesis and his drinking addiction.

Deciphering the messages of 3 cryptic notes…

…guides them to their destination.

The real riches gained, however, are for Tintin, the satisfaction of solving another mystery and ridding the streets of a devious criminal, and for Captain Haddock, a new appreciation for and desire to live up to the heritage and values of his honorable ancestor Sir Francis.

At the end of the movie, Tintin finds a clue which very nicely sets the stage for a sequel.

Here’s a cool song that has all the flavor of a high seas adventure (it also brings to mind Horatio Hornblower, Treasure Island (the 1950 version is the best!) and The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggietales Movie :D).

(courtesy of http://www.benbotkin.com/)

So what was your favorite part of the Tintin movie? 🙂

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