Posted on the Squeetus Blog April 04, 2006 01:20 PM PST.
Back from Orlando. It was so great! Five hours on a plane with a toddler is always cause for alarm. There was a throw-up incident and a couple of contained breakdowns, but considering, Max did beautifully. And he loved the Magic Kingdom. I'd heard that little kids are scared of the characters, so when we saw Pluto, we held back and just pointed him out to Max, but Max rushed to him and gave him a love. He loves Pluto the most, because he's a dog, of course.
We took it easy, not going on anything with long lines, and heading back to the hotel for a nap before long. He loved all the rides, just staring with unblinking eyes, his head moving back and forth, trying to take it all in, occassionally pointing and saying, "Ooh. Ooh." His surprise favorite was Aladdin's Magic Carpet ride. As soon as we started to spin and go up and down, he screeched and laughed. He'd never been on anything like that before. I think for a toddler, one day with a nap in the middle was just perfect.
The next day I went and shot that Scholastic book fair video. I told the producer of the video in an email that I'm not camera shy and am game for anything. And they took me up on that offer. I was such a goofball, but I figure you may as well have fun and not worry what people will think. I put on a velvet gown and pranced down a long, red carpeted staircase, among other feats. We filmed it in this crazy store, an interior design store for ridiculously rich people. It was filled with marble statues, carved canopy beds, water fountains, nothing with price tags because if you need to know the price you shouldn't shop there. In one segment, I illustrated the tips for becoming a princess around a bedroom set covered in 24-karat gold. It was especially nice because durning breaks, I was able to do some furniture shopping for our new house. (Pretend that I wrote that last sentence on April 1st.)