The best day of my life. Ever.

I’m not even going to beat around the bush and make you wait until the end of the post. This happened:

I still do not believe it’s real. Ellen is the biggest idol and mentor I have ever had in my life, and the fact that she now at least knows my name blows my mind. I have so much more to say about this, but now I’m going to make you wait until the end to hear about that. Smile

Let’s start out with the beginning of the day on Wednesday (the day we left for L.A.)……

There was a huge thunderstorm in Michigan the night before our plane was scheduled to take off at 6:15 a.m. Denver airport was closed due to that snowstorm, and it’s safe to say I was freaking out because we had a layover in Denver. Can you imagine my level of freak-out when it was 3:00 a.m. in the morning and I got an e-mail saying our flight was delayed? And then can you imagine how much I wanted to kiss the flight attendant when we got to the airport and he said there was no more delay? After that little issue, our travel went totally smooth. There was also a really cool dude sitting next to me on the plane who was traveling the world. I totally envy how “go with the flow” he was. I was nervous about not getting to Ellen 2 hours early. Goodness, I need to get my priorities in order! So instead of being nervous, I put Senorita by Justin Timberlake on repeat on my iPod, because how can that not make you smile?


We were in L.A. by 10:00 a.m. (with the time difference), had our rental car by 11:00, and were at the hotel changing our clothes and getting ready immediately after. We had to be at Warner Bros. Studios by 2:00 p.m. for the taping of Ellen, but of course I insisted on getting there by 12:30. Good thing, because the taping had been moved up and we were supposed to be there by 1:00! Bad news, because we were starving and only had a half hour to eat. The nice, lovely man at Warner Bros. told us about a great Italian place across the street from the studio, so we literally ran there and ordered some food and by food I mean gin. I suppose I inhaled a little bit of margherita pizza, too, but I was beyond nervous so I needed a drink!


Then the fun began. We got back to the check-in station for Ellen and all walked into the studio together. If you watch the show (which you freaking should if you don’t), you know about the “riff-raff” room, which is where all the people who had “stand-by tickets” get to watch the show if they aren’t able to get an actual seat in the audience. This is also where the Ellen shop is! I got some awesome striped socks, Ellen underwear for myself and all my sisters, and sunglasses. Score.


After that the cute little blonde Ellen worker (who’s job I want) took us into the studio, and I literally just broke down sobbing. I don’t think I was ever happier in my entire life, and I just couldn’t help it! We tried to take a couple pictures and talk to the people around us, but I was just so hysterical that I couldn’t calm down. About 20 minutes before the show started, they began to play music so everyone could dance and sing and all that jazz, which was an absolute blast. I was doing okay, but then the Ellen theme song started and I died. I was literally convulsing and sobbing and just wanting to run up there and hug her, but I didn’t do that because I’m not that creepy. However, apparently she saw how hysterical I was and decided to make my life by coming up and giving me a hug. I cannot even express in words how happy I was. You can actually ask Luke, because that’s all I have talked about since it happened.


It has always been my dream to work for Ellen. I have been watching her show since it started and she continues to make me laugh day after day, even if things are bad and I just want to cry. I cannot think of any better way to repay her for what she’s done for me than by working for her and doing anything she wants! So my plan for now is to just try my hardest to convince her why I would be an amazing worker and how willing I am to relocate to California immediately! Her show is just such a happy environment, and I know I have a lot I could contribute, and I could really benefit from it, too! So if you all want to help me out and send this post to Ellen, you would be my best friends even more than you already are Smile <3 Oh, and Ellen: I promise I will be able to control myself the next time we meet.



Okay, so that hug literally happened within the first 2 minutes of the show. It’s safe to say that I was in a complete daze the rest of the taping and really have no idea what happened. I do know at one point some guy grabbed me and had me dance in the aisle with him and I also know I was given a t-shirt “because Ellen talked to me”, which made me cry all over again when the worker told me that. I know I had an absolute blast and smiled/cried the whole time. I also know the guests were Matthew Perry, The Band Perry, Paula Patton, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who were all super adorable! I just was still in shock over what happened, so it was nice to watch the episode back when I got home and see what actually went on!



I cried again when we had to leave the studio, surprise surprise. Luckily Luke wanted me to not cry anymore and decided to take me to Universal Studios CityWalk for dinner. We walked around for a while and then had dinner at Bubba Gump’s, where I had a delicious fruit and avocado salad. Weirdly, I had no appetite the entire trip and barely ate anything, even though I had a ton of delicious food in front of me. I was so excited and nervous and just had way too many emotions to even think about food. During dinner Jay Leno was taping right next to our table, which was pretty cool! However, I just wanted to be sitting there with Ellen and Portia having a drink, so I couldn’t even enjoy it. We did have a super cute waitress who shared in my Ellen excitement with me, which I greatly appreciated.



We rocked out to the Band Perry CD on the way back to the hotel and were in bed by 8:30 and slept for 10 hours. We are partiers. However, the day went more perfectly than I could have ever dreamed, so thank you thank you thank you to everyone who helped to make it that way!! Including Luke, everyone at Frontier Airlines, our car rental place, the Radisson LA, everyone at Warner Bros., our cute waitress, and of course, Ellen <3 <3


I have a ton more to tell you about our trip from Thursday & Friday (including my reaction to seeing Ellen & I on TV….although I really didn’t want it to air that much; I just wanted to hug her again and get a job), but I will save that for tomorrow since this post is already super long! So check back tomorrow for that, and thanks so much for taking time out of your busy days to read this. I missed you guys!! <3


Tell me something I’ve missed about you from being gone the past few days!


  1. Girl, you are the cutest thing!! I couldn’t help but laugh when you mentioned how you bought Ellen underwear. You so would! Ha Ha =)

  2. I was lookin forward to a recap post!!! I can’t wait for the next ones :)

  3. That is so amazing, I look forward to the rest of the recap posts! I’m sure Ellen would be the greatest boss ever! If you get a job there you will have to let me know :)

  4. That is awesome that you got to meet her!

  5. Oh my gosh! That’s so cool. Ellen’s great. She seems like such a wonderful person.

  6. I saw it for myself on TV last night on the 4/11 episode! You are so cute and it made me laugh. I’m glad you had a great time in LA! Can’t wait for the rest of the recap!

  7. Tweet this post at Ellen! I’m sure she would love to read it.

  8. Who doesn’t love Ellen, right? You should definitely move to L.A. and stalk her until she gives you a job ;) .

  9. I still can’t get over experience but it really was perfect for you

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      It really just was. The only thing that would be more perfect is if I could work there..the happiest place ever in my opinion.

  10. This is ridiculously cute. Obviously Ellen should hire you – you are her biggest fan!!!

  11. I am so happy for you! That must have been an amazing experience for you! :)

  12. Oh my goodness how exciting. I love Ellen and I that is so amazing that you got to meet her. If you do ever get the chance to work for her, you will have to share everything about it. :) Even better that you got it on video and now can cherish it forever! Haha.

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      This blog may just turn into my journey to move to California, so I’m glad people like you will still read it if that happens! haha :) <3

  13. Best first day of a trip ever :) I can’t wait to see what happens next!! ANd I’m incredibly jealous that you got a hug from Ellen…I want one toooooooo!!

  14. I wanted to cry with you watching that!! Awww!!!!! Congrats on meeting her!!!

  15. This is sooo awesome. I too love Ellen, I mean who doesnt!?! What a fun and memorable time! Glad you got some undies lol

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