At the time I’m writing this post, it’s 1:42 a.m. Holllywood time. I’ve had a terrific night so far, and I’m settling in for the night to tell you all about it.
As I mentioned earlier yesterday afternoon, I had a 40 minute flight delay. I landed at LAX at about 5:00 p.m., and started making phone calls to the women that were taking the van after the van I was originally scheduled to be on. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out according to plan, and I ended up taking a taxi with Jeanne from the airport. I’ve only ridden in a taxi a handful of times, so I had no idea how expensive it would be! From the airport to our hotel, it was almost $60.00.
When we finally arrived at the hotel, we checked into our rooms and then got ready for dinner. Jeanne and I met down in the hotel lobby for drinks before meeting the entire group of bloggers in the lobby for dinner with Marshall and Dustin. We walked across the street to the Hotel Roosevelt for dinner at the pool, and were served a variety of mouthwatering fare from artisan cheeses to delicious mushroom pizza. I’m such a chatterbox that I ended up talking more than I ended up eating. I wonder if I’ll even have a voice tomorrow morning…
Marshall and Dustin gave us a brief of what we should expect over the next few days regarding the group interviews and movie previews. I’m still a little nervous about what I should ask all the amazing people that we are going to meet on this weekend, but I plan on quickly showering in the morning and then working on my questions for interviews with Luis Fernandez (SVP of Global Creative at Disney Consumer Products), Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh/Tigger), Tom Kennings (Rabbit), and Leila Smith (Creative Director).
I finished my night off with visiting with my Los Angeles based friend, Carrie. We went to high school together and roomed together our junior year in college before she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue acting. I’m told I’m her biggest fan, and I believe it! She is one of my best friends, and it was amazing to get to catch up with her in her home town. I’m also going to have dinner with her and another college friend of ours at a local restaurant tomorrow night. We’re also going to visit the ocean, which I haven’t seen for 11 years. I’m so very excited to dip my toes in the cold water and bury them in the sand. I’ve longed to experience that again!
We visited one of two of the hotel bars tonight, which was located in the lobby right by the front entrance. I sampled a couple of the drinks tonight, including one called “A Star is Born”. All the drinks were incredible! We also tried the french fries, which were served with a tangy mayonnaise dip, and look forward to trying the chocolate cake perhaps tomorrow night after we do all the touristy things, like walking along Hollywood Blvd. and Sunset Blvd after dining at C&O.
Truly I feel as if this whole event is just a creative dream that I have made up in my head. I’m so very happy to be here in Los Angeles, especially with my family’s history and all of the stories that I have been told as I grew up. And I am even more thrilled to get to share all of my experiences with you through these posts. I hope I can do justice to everything that I am experiencing through Sunday. Thank you for reading, and for sharing this amazing journey with me. It’s now 2:07 a.m., and I must wish you all a good night. Sleep peacefully, and I will do the same.
*Disney & DreamWorks is providing me with an all-expenses paid trip. Opinions expressed are my own.*