That Time I Went To A Legend of Zelda Symphony And Forgot My Pointy Ears

Somewhere along the way on this blogging journey, someone at Nintendo thought I might make a good brand ambassador. I honestly don’t know what blog post they stumbled upon that did not make mention of chunks of my nipples falling off or detail my slow spiral into insanity as I drowned in pee and potty-training mishaps, but, for whatever reason, they were not scared or disgusted by me.

And the last year working with them has. been. awesome.

NOT just because they send us new Wii games (like Kirby’s Return To Dreamland) before they’re even available for purchase, or because they’ve sent me on 2 vacations work trips this year (more on that in a bit), but because they 100% respect and value me as a blogger, consumer, and businesswoman. That’s a very hard to find unicorn in this blogging business.

(Click through from my homepage for the rest of the story, including pictures of breastmilk alongside bottles of liquor.)

I’d originally planned to go the Blogher Writers conference last week, but when I got the invite to join Nintendo in L.A. at the same time for a little work and a little fun, I couldn’t pass it up. There will be more writers conferences, but will I ever get to go to the Zelda 25th Anniversary symphony again? I don’t think so.

So that’s what I did last week. I kept asking myself, “Is this for real?” as I checked into the W in Hollywood…

It was so fancy, I couldn’t even figure out the light switches. And yes, that is my Hygeia breastpump on the nightstand. And yes, this is my breastmilk in the mini-bar…

Because it’s not real-life travel for me unless I’m the woman shouting, “It’s a breast pump!” and “Yes, yes, that’s my breastmilk,” to TSA, and moving bottles of tequila around to make room for it in the refrigerator.

I was excited to travel, to go out to dinner and drinks, to go to the symphony, but I was really excited to sleep.

The last time I slept 6 uninterrupted hours was at Blogher. This time, I got to sleep EIGHT WHOLE HOURS, and I don’t think I even moved an inch.

Of course, I still missed my family, and I had to laugh when I opened my laptop bag to discover a stowaway pacifier…

Never too far from a little reminder.

The goal of the trip, beyond me getting to sleep in a fancy hotel, was to discuss some things with Nintendo, and to go to The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony. 

I’ve never been to a symphony before. I don’t know how closely this experience resembles a typical symphony experience, in that I’m not sure typical symphony go-ers come dressed in green cloaks and pointy ears. Nor am I sure if they exclaim “YEAH!” and enthusiastically clap every time an image of a video game battle scene plays on a giant screen. Or, you know, if they even play video games at regular symphonies. I’m guessing no.

Marcy Massura, Sugar Jones and I attended the symphony sans cloaks and pointy ears.

That said, it was pretty amazing. I felt lucky to be there among all these people who were so….er… passionate about Zelda.

A couple exciting bits of info to share with you all:

1. Hulu Plus is coming to the Wii and Nintendo 3DS!!! This just made our cable-free life 100x easier.

2. The Wii bundle, including the Super Mario Brothers Wii game, is now only $149. I know I’m an ambassador and all, but honestly, I’ve mentioned before, our Wii has been a great source of active entertainment for the entire family. Totally worth it!

3. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be released for the Wii on November 20th, 2011.

Now, back to real “real life” where I spend my days chasing my nearly 10 month old as she pulls herself up and tries to fling herself back onto sharp objects.

#NintendoEnthused, Official Nintendo Brand Ambassador, I was not compensated for this post