Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My Trip to the Ellen Show...Studio and Other Happenings

As many of you have read on my continuous Twitter and Facebook updates, I tried to get into Ellen's Mother's Day giveaway show.  And obviously, failed.  The first day the application went up, I filled it out and Josh filled it out, maybe others did too on my behalf.  Then I had to wait and wait and wait.  I probably filled it out about ten different times and never heard back.  It was quite depressing.  I researched this show more than any school project and just knew I had to get on.  In the meantime, I was communicating with my friend, Aubrey, via Facebook messages and she didn't get in either.  We both decided to try and wait in a standby line at Ellen's studio in hopes that we would still be selected.  Aubrey was having her baby shower that week in CA and I found a cheap flight ($119 roundtrip) into Long Beach.  Her and her mom booked a hotel room right around the corner from the studio and I rented a car to get me from the airport to Burbank and then back to OC to take the prizes I would win.  Aubrey and her mom got to Burbank early, taking the WB studio tours and scouting out where we needed to be early the next morning.  We thought for sure we were a shoe in.  But Thursday morning came, my birthday, and we got to the standby line, only to find about ten other pregnant women in front of us.  It was 5:30 am and our plan to be the first ones in line had already failed.  After waiting for three and a half hours, talking to people we knew in line and making new friends, we were greeted by the Audience Manager of the Ellen Show.  She came to inform us that none of us would be getting in--NO CHANCE!  For the Mother's Day show and 2 Days of Giveaways, they overbook the audience and do not give any standby tickets away.  Last year, they booked 225 pregnant moms and 225 came.  I mean, let's get real, if you got a ticket, this is the ONE show you are NOT going to miss!  We were really sad, I was on the verge of going into a deep depression.  We even saw them bringing in the shipments of strollers.  I tried guilt-tripping the poor Ellen employee by saying it's my birthday and I flew in from out of state, but nothing was going to change the rules.  Afterward, we went back to the hotel, ate breakfast and then I got in my Nissan Versa rental and drove to my parent's house.  I talked to Josh and I think he was more upset than I was.  Probably because he knows he has to buy me all the gifts ;)

Once I got home, I immediately woke the twins up from their nap.  Oh it's like Christmas morning seeing those two faces.  I'm whipped!  They really can do no wrong in my eyes.  We played, went to Costco, celebrated my birthday at Sonic with everyone getting ice cream, and then that evening I ran to the Shops at Mission Viejo for a Mother's Day event.  I bought some Aveda makeup which I am now obsessed with and swear by.  Where has this been all my life?  I went in the store for a complimentary neck massage and the girl helping me had the most amazing makeup.  I asked her if it was from there and she said yes.  She led me to the counter and applied the makeup.  I loved it and bought it.  Happy Birthday to me!  I strolled around and then picked up BJ's takeout on my way home for my mom and I.  It was so nice to see my family and I don't want to come across as bragging, but driving around southern California got me soooooo excited to move there this August.  It was gorgeous and no traffic (I know, shock).  I know it's going to be expensive and we will see how long us living there lasts, but we will enjoy everything it has to offer and start our little family. 

I didn't take any pictures because of the amount of depression I was in ;) and I flew home less than 48 hours after getting there.  I got home and Josh picked me up at the airport.  I didn't have to go back to work, so we took our time that afternoon, stopping at Costco for lunch.  It was a weird birthday nonetheless.

Sunday, was Mother's day and my sweet husband got up at 8:00 am (that is very hard for him to do) and made me waffles!  My favorite.  He wrote me a nice card and we had a very enjoyable, relaxing Sabbath.  After church, we were able to Skype with Michael in Brazil.  I can't believe he is coming home so soon!!  August!  Time sure has gone by fast.

Tomorrow we have an appointment with both the OB and Cardiologist.  Wish us luck :)

1 comment:

  1. good luck!
    and, I loved your post, by the way! I'm sad you didn't get into the ellen show!