Hidden Mickeys are a Disney thing. Hunting them all down – and there are over 1,000 of them in Disney World alone – is like an unofficial, parks-wide scavenger hunt for three circles in the shape of Mickey Mouse in a place where you would not normally find them – a little cluster of stones on the lobby floor of one of the resorts, the profile of three logs stacked together in a fireplace, this artfully arranged pile of leaves.
Anyhow, whilst recently cleaning up my nail art supplies, I ran across this KB Shimmer polish, Hidden Agenda, a neat thermal colour-changer that morphs from a peachy-grey blush to a steely metallic blue. I thought it would be fun to dot Hidden Agenda onto a nude base in the shape of Mickey’s head – presumably the hidden Mickeys would stay hidden as against the nude background, only to emerge in glorious icy blue when exposed to the cold.
Of course, that presumed that Hidden Agenda was the same colour as the base I chose, which, as you can see, it most definitely was not. I remember it being much peachier than it’s showing here, but the effect still mostly stands. Cute.
I haven’t been talking about Disney much lately, because…well, because the world is completely screwed up, and that includes Disney. There’s some curious shenanigans going on at the executive level, to say nothing of the worldwide park closures (I’ve no idea if this is true or not – the House of Mouse is notoriously guarded when it comes to its official numbers – but I read the other day that for every day the parks are closed, Disney loses $30 million.)
I’m sad that my favourite place on Earth is well shut up behind padlocked gates, and I’ve no idea when I’ll get see it again. I’m upset that 35,000 cast members have lost their jobs. I’m tired of the Disney bloggers and the vloggers who can’t respect a stay-at-home order to save their own lives, let alone mine. And I’m mad at the guests who could not see well enough to stay the hell home in the days leading up to the closures. You actively prolonged this entire situation. Hope you enjoyed your vacations.
I’ve also always viewed Disney’s as a kind of barometer of how well my own life is going. Do I have the financial means to take a Disney vacation this year? Is my passport up to date? Am I feeling fit enough to tackle a Disney vacation? And if the answer to all those questions is yes, then I dare say I’m doing okay, life-wise. I might just sort of have my shit together.
But Disney’s hurting right now, and I’m hurting, too. There’s no fun there right now, just gigantic neon question marks over a fog-shrouded future.
Wow, okay, so now that I’ve bummed everybody out, it’s time to get on with the day and stop dwelling on the negative. Disney – indeed, life – will “open up” once again. We’ll be able to go back to the people and the things that we love. That much doesn’t need to stay hidden, even if for the next little while, we might. Stay safe and stay home, friends.