Recognizing the Symptoms of Empty Nest Disorder

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Spread Your Wings!

Has your child recently left for college? Have you noticed an empty laundry basket? A full refrigerator? A quiet house? the plunger stays under the sink? You may be suffering from the “Empty Nest Disorder“!

Here are some of the more common warning signs that you could be at risk for Empty Nest Disorder:

  • Increased ability to concentrate and remember details

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  • Feelings of guilt that you do not miss your child
  • The ability to sleep through the night with out waking
  • Increased ability to concentrate
  • Increased interest in activities and hobbies
  • Excess free time
  • A peaceful, easy feeling

If you have more than 3 of these symptoms you could be suffering from “Empty Nest Disorder“. Contact your doctor for advice on how to treat your symptoms. And don’t worry. That kid may boomerang back home in four years!

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These Jokes are the Cheesiest!

cheeseThese are the Velveta of cheese jokes:

  • What is a cannibal’s favorite cheese? Limburger!
  • What happened after the cheese factory exploded? All that was left was de brie!
  • How do you get a mouse to smile? Say cheese!
  • What does a cheese salesperson say to close the deal? This cheese may be gooda, but this cheese is feta!
  • Why did the Vermont Dairy farmer go on a diet? He wanted to cheddar a few pounds!
  • What do you get when you cross a cow with a Smurf? Blue Cheese!college care package mac and cheese
  • What do you call a piece of cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho cheese!

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Ta Ta For Now! Off to College Quotes

I remember the leaden feeling in my chest the day I dropped my first off to collegechild off at college. Actually, it only lasted for an hour or so. After I schlepped boxes up the stairs for a few hours I was hot, distracted and quite ready to go home alone.

  • The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires. Dorothy Parker
  • There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other wings.
 Hodding Carter
  • Living with a College RoommateA man cannot leave a better legacy to the world than a well educated family. 
Thomas Scott
  • If the college you visit has a bookstore filled with t-shirts rather than books, find another college. Albert Mohler Jr.
  • Economists report that a college education adds many thousands of dollars to a man’s lifetime income–which he then spends sending his son to college.
 Bill Vaughn
  • However painful the process of leaving home, for the parents and for children, the really frightening thing for both would be the prospect of the child never leaving home. Robert Neelly Bellah

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See These Movies Before Heading Off to College!

Well, who better to ask about college, and college-themed movies, than Dr Amy Sack of Admissions Accomplished? That was a rhetorical question. Amy is an expert on all things college-related. Here’s the list that Amy came up with:

1. American Pie 2 (2001) The motley group  from the first “American Pie”  reunite after their first year in college. The friends decide to hold the biggest beach party ever…hilarity ensues.

Animal House 2. Revenge of the Nerds (1984) The lovable nerds, Gilbert and Lewis, begin their first year at Adams College where they’re endlessly taunted by a group of jocks. The jocks burn down their house, forcing the freshman out of their dorms. The nerds create their own fraternity and the tables turn.

3. Animal House (1978) – John Belushi heads up the hijinks in this iconic movie that mocks the college experiences so perfectly that the US Library of congress deemed it ‘culturally significan’ and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. Really! Watch it! Bonus: Original score by Elmer Bernstein. Really.

4. Back to School (1986) – Rodney Dangerfield plays Thornton Melon, a mega rich Unknownretail magnate who decides to drop everything and go to college with his son. Much hilarity ensues, of course.

5. National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002) – Van Wilder is an outgoing, popular student who has been at Coolidge College for 7 years and hasn’t made an attempt to graduate for the last 6 semesters. A misconstrued romantic entanglement leads to a string of super gross pranks, earning it an 18% on Rotten Tomatoes but a huge cult following of teenage boys..

Ready to be inspired? Are your parents in the room? Here’s a few more of Amy’s favorite films:

images1. Rudy (1993) – Rudy is the true story of a young man who grew up in a steel mill town where most people end up staying for life. Despite a lackluster academic career, little money and meager physical talents, Rudy sets his sights on playing football for Notre Dame. Get the box of Kleenex out!

2. Good Will Hunting (1997) – How convenient! Will Hunting, a mathematical savant, is a night time custodian at M.I.T. To break up the tedium of mopping floors he solves the  complicated equations he finds scribbled on the blackboards. His genius does not go unnoticed in this touching Oscar- winning film. Living with a College RoommateMatt Damon and Ben Affleck won an Oscar for writing the script!

3. Dead Poet’s Society (1989) –An elite prep school filled with filled with driven students have their eyes opened to life by an eccentric poetry professor played by Robin Williams. I’m assuming they all ended well-prepped for college and life.

4. The Great Debaters (2007) – A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. Wiley’s 1935 debate team ends up challenging Harvard in the national championship. This movie won a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture (drama). “The Great Debaters” star, Denzel Washington, donated $1,000,000. To Wiley College to reestablish it’s debate team.

5. Mona Lisa Smile (2003)- Katherine Watson is a free-spirited graduate of UCLA who accepts a teaching post at Wellesley College. It’s 1953 and the new professor Watson ruffles many conservative feathers when she asks her students to question traditional values. Julia Roberts got a record 25 million dollars for this role! Wow!

Now back to work! It’s almost time to go off to college!

Dr Amy Sack is the president of Admissions Accomplished, a consulting firm dedicated to helping individuals make meaningful choices about their education. Admissions Accomplished offers exceptional individual counseling and educational workshops focused on admission to highly selective colleges, business schools, and graduate programs.

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Oh Peas! Here’s Some Rotten Vegetable Jokes!

These vegetable jokes can’t be beet:

  • What do you call a stolen yam?
A hot potato!Radishes
  • What did the carrot say to the celery? 
Lettuce rest, I’m feeling beet!
  • Why did the tomato turn red?
Because it saw the salad dressing!
  • Why shouldn’t you tell a secret on a farm? Because the potatoes have eyes and the corn has ears!
  • What did the baby corn say to the mama corn?
Where’s pop?
  • Why did the cabbage win the race?
Because it was ahead!
  • How do you lead a horse to water?
With lots of carrots!

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Beach Quotes

Ahhhhhhh! Sun, sand and the sea!

  • My life is like a stroll on the beach…as near to the edge as I can go. ThoreauSand dune
  • The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. Jacques Cousteau
  • Ocean: A body of water occupying two-thirds of a world made for man who has no gills. Ambrose Bierce
  • Miami Beach is where neon goes to die. Lenny Bruce
  • The beach is a great place to relieve the soul-crushing stress you build up in the traffic getting to the beach. someecards
  • I’m no day at the beach. And if it is a beach, it’s Hampton Beach. Ever been there? It’s not nice. Denis Leary
  • I hope months of starvation, obsessive exercise, and painful grooming will get the boys to notice the inner me. someecards

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A Children’s Primer For Amoebas by Alex Berg

This blog post was resurrected from the deep well of Alex Berg’s old blog, Microanalysis. Thanks, Alex! You’re a life saver!

A Children’s Primer for Amoebas

  • AmoebaSee Moe.
  • See Moe’s amorphous body form pseudopodia.
  • Locomote using pseudopodia, Moe, locomote using pseudopodia!
  • Moe is hungry.
  • Hungry, hungry Moe.
  • Time for phagocytosis.


  • Watch Moe.Amoeba
  • Watch Moe grow.
  • Watch Moe’s DNA replicate.
  • Watch Moe’s outer cellular wall invaginate, splitting Moe into two daughter cells.
  • Watch Moe undergo cytokinesis.
  • Now there are two Moes.
  • Moe sees Moe.
  • See Moe See Moe.
  • Go, Moe, Go!

Thank you, Alex Berg for this fine post. Follow Alex @ActuallyBerg on Twitter.

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Join Me in the Garden! It’s Time for Vegetables Jokes!

Here’s a bumper crop garden humor:vegetable market in india

  • What do you call an ear of corn who joins the army? Kernel!
  • Where does lettuce go for a date? The salad bar!
  • What did the carrot say to the celery? Quit stalking me!
  • How do you make an artichoke? Strangle it!
  • Which vegetable did Noah leave off the ark? Leeks!
  • Why was the cucumber mad? Because it was in a pickle!
  • How do you fix a broken tomato? Tomato paste!
  • What do you get when you cross a potato with an onion? A potato with watery eyes!

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Quotes About Boats!

sailboatAh summer!

  • Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat. Jean-Paul Sartre
  • There is nothing-absolutely nothing-half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
    Kenneth Grahame
  • The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears, or the sea.Isak Dinesen
  • The sea hates a coward. Eugene O’Neill
  • My Mom said she learned how to swim when someone took her out in the lake and threw her off the boat. I said, “Mom, they weren’t trying to teach you how to swim. “Paula Poundstone
  • Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left
    port and the other was an atrocious liar. Don Bamford
  • Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that
    worries him. Charles G. Davis

How many of you go boating in the summer?

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Funny Out of the Office Messages

True confession-I check my email several times each day while I’m onkiddie pool vacation. Pathetic, I know. However, I’m due for a real vacation where I will be unable to reliably get my messages so I need to activate my out of office message on my email accounts.

Hey. Why not have some fun with this? I looked around on the Internet and found some real clever messages and I’m willing to share them with you:

sailboatMashable always comes through with some great compilations. My favorite?
I will be unable to delete all the emails you send me until I return from holidays. Please be a=patient and your email will be deleted in the order it was received.

This blog,, has some very good ones to use any time you are away including:
Thank you for your message, which has been added to a queuing system. You are currently in 352nd place, and can expect to receive a reply in approximately 19 weeks.

Here’s a list of 20 great out of office replies from Squidoo. I’m fondest of, ”
I’m not out of the office. I’m ignoring you.

Tell me your out of office message! OK. Tell me what you would like it to say!

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