Howdy. I'm Matt Todd. My wife and I have four kids and a dog,. I'm passionate about orphan care. I'm a die-hard fan of the Evansville Aces, the Indiana Hoosiers, and Star Wars. I'm trying to live life by the Todd family motto: "It behooves us to live!"

Techno Ewoks!

techno Ewoks

I’ve known about Meco’s Intergalactic Funk version of Star Wars since the early ’80s. I think it’s such a groovy song that I used to use it as the background music for my homepage. Yeah. I said homepage. Remember those? I used to have one back in the day. You could say it was a long time ago. Maybe even in a galaxy far, far away….

My homepage was called Matt’s Little Website. Creative, huh? I thought so. The music was accompanied by a fun little gif:


See? Fun times.

Although I updated it once or twice since creating Matt’s Little Website, it’s clear that the Internet and I have come a long way since 1999 when this homepage first went live.

The Internet has been part of my life for a long time. So why on earth has it taken me 30 years to find out that there’s a techno dance version of Yub Nub, the Ewok celebration?

You have failed me for the last time, Internet.

If I’d known such a thing, I would’ve lobbied for this version to be used in our wedding. Because it’s quite obvious that Ewoks know how to party.


That’s SO romantic!

Romantic Sunset
I haven’t always been the best at planning things for our anniversary. One year, I had to work second shift at the candy warehouse. Another year, I thought it would be kind of romantic to run a wedding rehearsal on our anniversary. Not sure what I was thinking about that one. We’ve gone out of town for a few anniversaries and those were fun. But those were generally BK.* I’m always open to great ideas that I can steal use.

There are tons of websites written by women for women about amazing date ideas and nifty knickknacks someone can make for her hubby and they’re oh-so-adorable (you have to imagine me saying that in the highest-pitched voice imaginable), but they really don’t help many guys come up with romantic ways to woo their significant others.

OK….they don’t help me. I’m just projecting here and assuming they aren’t much help to other guys, too. And most of the romantic tips I’ve read for guys talk about doing the dishes and taking care of the kids and stuff like that. I get it. That’s a great thing to do. But doing the dishes doesn’t qualify as celebrating your anniversary.

Does it?

Romantic Cafe

This has gotten me to thinking. I know. Scary proposition.

Surely there are some romantic dudes (am I allowed to say that word?) who read my blog. And if not, surely there are some ladies who have had romantic things done for them.

So let’s hear about them!

Guys: what’s the most romantic thing you’ve done?

Ladies: what’s the most romantic thing someone has done for you?

This is a perfect time to show off! You can share your experiences in the comments if you’d like. Please keep it PG, though. If it’s something really special, you’re more than welcome to write a guest post. Just email me about it and we’ll hammer out the details. Who knows? Maybe we could start a series or something.


And no, I’m not fishing for ideas for our anniversary. I already have that taken care of, thankyouverymuch.

*BK = “Before Kids.” But you probably already figured that out.

This Anniversary brought you by…

…the number 12!

Yep, tomorrow we’re celebrating twelve years of marital bliss (right, honey? That’s what you’d  call it:  bliss right? 😉 )

So…being the easily distracted person I am, I started thinking of things that come in groups of twelve. It’s a pretty common number, after all. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

  • Eggs
  • Jesus’ Disciples (hey – I’m a preacher-man. I had to say this one!)
  • Tribes of Israel (Yes,  Preacher-Man strikes again)
  • Twelfth Man (football) – fitting, since we’re going to be at the Colts Preseason game tomorrow (thanks for the tickets, Kevin)!
  • Roses (duh!)

What else? What else comes in groups of twelve? Come on, people! I’m looking for some creativity here…


Star Wars Day: Groom Cake

You remember how I mentioned that I have the coolest wife ever because she agreed to have the Ewok Celebration played at our wedding? Well…she’s really even cooler than that because she offered to have the Groom Cake at our wedding to be shaped like Chewbacca.

I declined.

I didn’t want to look back at our wedding and wonder why on earth we’d decided to do so much Star Wars stuff. I feared we might think it was lame.

If only I’d known you could do this…

Yes. That’s a tauntaun. With Luke stuffed inside. Unbelievable awesomeness.

Star Wars Day: Celebrate the LOVE

My Junior year of high school, I had Mr. Hughes for English Lit. He really opened my eyes to the world of literature. One of the lasting legacies of learning under him was my understanding of the art of tragedy. Mr. Hughes helped me realize that the Star Wars trilogy wasn’t really about Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Jawas, and Ewoks. It was really the Tragedy of Anakin Skywalker.

Now, with the coming of the Prequels, this might not be that big of a deal. Of course it’s the story of the rise, fall, and ultimate redemption of the Chosen One. But fifteen years ago, there was no Prequel. We only had the Original Trilogy. And the realization that Star Wars is about Anakin blew my mind. It revolutionized how I watched the films.

There was one class session, however, where Mr. Hughes and I had a spirited disagreement about the final scene of Return of the Jedi. He was discussing how Jedi was about Anakin’s redemption and he said, “Even at the end of the movie, they’re calling attention to Lord Vader when the choir sings, ‘Celebrate the lord,’ and the closing credits come up” (obviously, this is paraphrased).

“No they don’t,” I interrupted. “They don’t sing ‘Celebrate the lord.’ It’s ‘Celebrate the love.'”

“No. I’m pretty sure it’s lord,” he replied. Then he continued on his monologue.

You’re wrong, I thought. I know it’s love. But I could never prove it.

Five years later, I was finally able to purchase the Star Wars Anthology and it included the lyrics to the Ewok Celebration. Do you know what the final line is? That’s right…Celebrate the LOVE.

So…if anyone still talks to Mr. Hughes or if you happen to run into him in the grocery store or your local Barnes & Noble, please inform him that I was, in fact, right. I’m sure he’s been tossing and turning about it for 15+ years.

Quoth the Emperor: “Young fool, only now – at the end – do you understand.”

Or something like that.

The Ewok Celebration is something that’s near and dear to my heart. I still get goose bumps from time to time when I hear it. It doesn’t hurt that we used it as part of our Recessional at our wedding (have I mentioned recently how awesome my wife is for agreeing to that?).

I’m still disappointed that they decided to remove it from the “Special” Edition re-release back in ’97. They changed it once. I’d prefer to see them change it again. Something tells me there’s a better chance of making Han shoot first than the return of the Ewok Celebration.

But one can hope. Maybe Sir Lucas will figure out that he’ll make more money that somehow if he changes it back. But until that day, at least we’ll have Ewok Karaoke.

One of my Favorite Souvenirs

This isn’t some sappy play on words where I say that Mihret is my favorite souvenir from Addis. But this is a love story, of sorts.

But first, some background…

Growing up, my favorite flavor of cake was orange cake. I especially liked it with either cream cheese or sour cream flavored icing.

It’s the best. thing. on. Earth.

I would ask for it on any special occasion. Shoot, it was even the flavor of my Groom’s Cake at our wedding.

Yes, I love Orange Cake!

Unfortunately, the cake mix is impossible to find. I’ve looked in Tennessee and now I’ve looked in Muncie. A quick glance at their websites shows that Duncan Hines still makes the mix, but I can’t find it anywhere on Pillsbury’s site. This has left me sorely disappointed.

Distraught, even.

So imagine my surprise when we went to the corner market in Addis to buy the formula Mihret was drinking (Bebelac, to be specific) and other foods when the clouds opened up and a light came down from heaven, filtering through the windows and shining directly upon the top shelf. That’s when I saw it.

Orange Cake Mix!

I had to fly thousands of miles and search to the ends of the earth to find it. Oh, Orange Cake…I’ve missed you so!

Groundhog Day: Wedding

Our wedding portrait

Part 3 in the series asking the question: If you were forced to re-live a single day for the rest of your life, what day would you pick?

I know it’s going to sound trite, sappy, and maybe even a bit cliche, but if I had the chance, I’d totally marry Christy all over again. In a heartbeat.

Of course, there are things I’d do a little differently…

  • I wouldn’t panic when the mothers were late for their entrance. When this happened, I snuck to the back of the Sanctuary to see if I could figure out what was going on. Of course, I didn’t think that Christy would be just around the corner. From the look of some of the bridesmaids, I was within seconds of seeing her before I was supposed to. That, my friends, would have been a bad thing. A very, very bad thing.
  • I would have suggested that we let our Ring Bearer carry the rings down the aisle. At the last minute, it was decided that he shouldn’t carry the rings because it was too risky (he was quite young, after all). When he realized he didn’t have the rings, he threw down the pillow and drop-kicked it, refusing to walk down the aisle.
  • There were so many people at the reception and I really wanted to get to talk with them much more than I did. It kind of makes me wonder – why do we only have family reunions at weddings and funerals? Someone should do something about that.
  • I’d make sure I actually sat down and ate some of my Groom’s cake. I think I got to have one bite.
  • The song for Christy’s dance with her dad was supposed to be the IU Fight Song. But the DJ forgot to bring it. I would have had a backup recording because that would have been awesome.
  • Now that I’m thinking about it, I’d still keep the rings away from the Ring Bearer. That was just too classic of a moment!

Christy at our wedding

Of course, if I had to re-live that day every day, I’d miss out on Aiden and Alyson. That’s not a good thing.