How Not to be Bored at a Hotel According to Ellie

The backpack on top of Madison’s bed was wiggling.

Wiggle, wiggle.


A hand shot out.


Ellie Mae’s voice rang throughout the hotel room and echoed back, framing the silence.

Huh. No one there.

Ellie crammed the zippers down each side of the backpack and pushed a leg out.

If there was ever anyone sick and tired of being suffocated in a backpack, it was her.

She set her foot down on the hotel bed and swung the other leg out.

Score! That was the last time Madison tried to restrain her freedom, yes it was.

Ellie scraped her fingers through her hair. Two days in a bag really made some frizz.

Once the frizz beast was tamed, Ellie scanned the room. All empty. Double-score!

Leaving Madison’s camera bag on top of her suitcase right up against the bed made perfect stairs.

Ellie knew Madison was dumb, but not this dumb. She slid down the bed and onto the bags.

Her feet hit the ground. Yeahhh. Master escape artist Ellie for the win.

If only her best friend Chloe was here. Why couldn’t Madison have brought two dolls? It’s lonely to be alone!

Ellie ventured out into the hallway. Empty as empty could be.

The weight in her heart grew heavier. She thought she was an introvert… but she needed a friend.

Luckily, there was a window. Maybe she could wave to somebody or make weird faces at passerby!

She dragged the camera bag to the chair.

Ellie hoisted herself onto the chair and sighed. Scaling great heights isn’t fun if no one can see the accomplishment.

Once atop the windowsill, she pulled away the curtains. The parking lot below was mostly all cars and trees.

No people? Seriously?

If Madison had let her bring her sketchpad, she could at least recreate the scenery.

And if Chloe was here, they’d have epic adventures stealing all the snacks or sneaking downstairs like ninja.

She plopped on the cold windowsill and blinked back hot tears. It was no fun there!

Stress-eating seemed like the next best thing to do.

But where was the chocolate and soda?

Fruit would have to do.

The tiny clementine nestled between others of its kind looked pretty appetizing. Ellie rolled it over to make sure it was ripe.

The clementine smiled and blinked at her. “Hehe!”

Ellie screamed and stumbled back. Did that clementine just talk?

She couldn’t have heard that. She must be hallucinating from chronic boredom!

The clementine blinked again. “Oh no! Are you okay?”

“No way…” Ellie shook her head. “You talk.”

“Of course I do! My name is Cleo. Who are you?”

Ellie plucked up Clementine from the other fruit and held her. “I’m Ellie, and I’m lonely for a friend.”

“Weeee!” Clementine snuggled in Ellie’s arms and laughed. “Okay. Sounds good.”

So the two sat by the windowsill and talked.

Cleo was delighted to have someone willing to talk with her, and Ellie was cheered up by her new friend.

After a while of conversation, Cleo glanced up at Ellie. “I’m really glad you found me.”

Ellie hugged Cleo and smiled. “Me, too. Now I’ll never be lonely.”

So if you ever find yourself bored and alone at a hotel, find a piece of fruit.

It might just blink at you.


Coming up… a post about my 15th birthday party at the American Girl store and everything I bought.

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2018-12-01T17:27:51-05:00 July 27th, 2018|54 Comments


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    Tess (blackiesunshine) July 27, 2018 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Happy bday!!! <3

    • Madison
      Madison August 7, 2018 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Tess! ❤️

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    Jewel 💎 July 27, 2018 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Aww! How cute! I’m glad Ellie found a friend! Oh! I can’t wait for your B-day post!


    • Madison
      Madison August 7, 2018 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Jewel! And yay—I’m excited to post it!

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    Katie July 27, 2018 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Aww! I love the story! It’s so sweet 💓 Ellie is such a beautiful doll, do you recommend her? Because of space issues I’ve decided that I’m only going to buy a couple more dolls, and Ivy is on the list 😉 to answer Ellie’s question, yes! I do travel with my dolls! I usually bring two with me and carry them in a doll backpack my mom made 🙂 oh! Your birthday party looks so fun! I can’t wait to read the post!
    -Katie 🙂

    • Madison
      Madison August 7, 2018 at 6:40 pm - Reply

      Aww, thanks so much, Katie!

      Yes, I definitely recommend Ivy if you think she’s pretty enough without any extra hairstyling. You can’t do very much with her hair because it’s so short and straight, but you can actually to do updos and French braids on her.

      Wow, that doll backpack your mom made sounds amazing! I need one of those—my dolls always get crushed in my regular backpack. XD Thanks so much for commenting, Katie!

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    hnracademy July 27, 2018 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Well that took a turn I wasn’t expecting 😛

    • Madison
      Madison August 7, 2018 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      Not enough foreshadowing; sorry. 😛

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        hnracademy August 21, 2018 at 8:37 pm - Reply

        I liked the unexpected turn. It was..unexpected and cool.

        • Madison
          Madison September 16, 2018 at 7:02 pm - Reply

          Well, thank you very much!

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    olivehiddenhollow July 27, 2018 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Ehehehehe, so cute. A fruit named after one of my ships. (Any pjo fans get it? Anyone? Besides me?) And yeah, I almost always take Kit with me when I travel, and she usually has company because Ivy usually brings Ruthie. 🙂
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madison
      Madison August 7, 2018 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Olive! Haha. XD Oh, that’s perfect. I should convince one of my siblings to lug another doll around so mine doesn’t get lonely.

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    Hannah July 27, 2018 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Haha! That was wonderful! I always love seeing posts from you! If you can share, when was your birthday? Mine was the 25th! XD

    • Madison
      Madison August 7, 2018 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      Aww, I’m tickled pink! I’m so glad you like my posts! 😄 Oh my goodness, mine was so close to that—it was the 27th. Happy late birthday! I hope you had an epic day.

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    Kaylyn Grace July 27, 2018 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    This was great! I loved reading it. Happy late birthday!

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    Natalie Therese July 27, 2018 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Cleo sounds like a great friend…any idea where I can find a citrus bestie?? (I happen to be rather socially awkward, so most of my friends consist of cats and people I know online).
    Or maybe if Ellie could bear being in a box for a few days, she is always welcome to mail herself to me, in the true spy/ninja style. XD

    • Madison
      Madison August 7, 2018 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      Same here, Natalie. Most of my friends are all online. Which is really helpful if you move. 😏

      Hah, don’t give her any ideas! 😂

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    Gracie July 28, 2018 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Sweet story! I like the last picture 😉 . I do bring a doll on family travels sometimes!

    • Madison
      Madison August 7, 2018 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      I have to admit, the last picture is my favorite! Thanks, Gracie. 😀

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    Nina Joy Robbins July 28, 2018 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Haha! Yes! Talking fruit! Maybe Ellie could take Cleo home and hide her under Cecille’s covers! Just to freak her out!

    • Madison
      Madison August 7, 2018 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      HAHA, don’t inspire her! She just might! 😂

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    Mary E. July 28, 2018 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Haha lol

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    Silverfoxstudios July 28, 2018 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Great post! It was so cute with the little orange that started taking to her. I loved it!
    I like to bring my dolls with me, but it depends on where I’m going. Like if I’ going camping then I won’t bring them because we have limited space. But if we’re headed to the AG store then I will bring one.

    • Madison
      Madison August 7, 2018 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      Aww, thanks so much, Carlye!

      That’s smart. I usually take my dolls only if there will be prime photography opportunities.

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    Emma Ashbee July 28, 2018 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Aww this was so cute! I love how you drew a face on the clementine!

    • Madison
      Madison August 7, 2018 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Emma! I don’t know what possessed me to do that, but it was fun. XD

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    Madison(simply Ag) August 3, 2018 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Aww! Poor Ellie! It looks like you eventually had a good time though:)
    Yay! I can’t wait to see what you bought!
    Yes, I have indeed brought my dolls on vacation! I brought Kanani to the beach in this post:
    Awesome job Madison!

    • Madison
      Madison August 7, 2018 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      Ellie: Yes, yes, poor me. But I did have fun!

      Ooh, I love that post! I just commented.

      Thanks so much, Madison!

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    • Madison
      Madison September 16, 2018 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Daniella!

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    Xyra August 30, 2018 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Hi! Ellie’s outfit is totally ADORABLE and super cool! This is a great post and I like how she made a friend of Clementine. 🙂 Most times when I travel I do try to take a doll with me. However, if the weather forecast is not good and i’d end up leaving her in a hot car, then I rethink and take a pet instead.

    • Madison
      Madison September 16, 2018 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Xyra! Smart thinking—I always get nervous about leaving my doll in hot cars. 😬

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    starbulence October 14, 2018 at 3:27 am - Reply

    this is so awesome I love the dolls pernailty 😀

    • Madison
      Madison October 31, 2018 at 1:28 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much!

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    🦄Blogger10🦄 March 4, 2019 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Ellie is beautiful! I think that she is the doll I would get if I would pick one that looks like me. Ellie, I would bring Maryellen everywhere, but sometimes I don’t have enough room! She’ll just have to be happy playing on her little computer. XD

    • Madison
      Madison May 4, 2019 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      I’m so sorry for my late reply, Charlotte!

      Ellie: Ooh, you have Maryellen? Hello to Maryellen! Hmm… I should convince Madison to get me a little computer too…

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        🖤Charlotte🖤 May 4, 2019 at 5:28 pm - Reply

        Its fine!

        Maryellen: Hi! Having a computer is really fun; until you have to share it with sisters.

        • Madison
          Madison May 4, 2019 at 6:21 pm - Reply

          Ellie: Oh, sharing it? Maybe that’s not so fun…

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    jaffa2020 October 18, 2020 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Great post Ellie! I’m about to go on a trip soon, and am taking my doll Tenny with me! The car drive will be pretty long, so any idea’s on what Tenny should do to not be so bored?😜

    • Madison
      Madison November 4, 2020 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      Ellie: Why, she should bring some books to read or a notebook to write letters in! Or a diary to document the adventures of her trip!

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        jaffa2020 November 5, 2020 at 12:10 pm - Reply

        Tenny: Thanks a million Ellie! I will most certainty give that a try!

        • Madison
          Madison November 6, 2020 at 4:22 pm - Reply

          Ellie: Let me know how it goes!

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