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Sunday, May 22, 2011

My Big Night with Oprah!

Hello, friends! I have been away tooooooo long and have missed all of my blog buddies! But I'm back with big news!

And what is the big news that brought me back to the blogging world?

Oprah, my friends.


Unless you live under a rock, you know that her show ends this Wednesday. Well, last Tuesday the show taped the 2nd and 3rd to last episodes at the United Center and I was there!!!!

Hear all of those women screaming? I was one of them!

Tickets to this big show were hard to come by, but I have some very sweet friends who work for Harpo and invited me to be their guest a few weeks ago. After saying yes and squealing like a little girl, I then got very quiet. In the weeks leading up to the show, I didn't tell my mom, I didn't tell my BFF, I didn't tell many people at all that I was going. It felt like such a once in a lifetime experience and I didn't want to jinx it by shouting it from the rooftops too soon.

So I sat on it.

And would occasionally look at Ricky and say "Holy shit! I'm going to Oprah!"

But mostly I sat on it.

And then the day of the show arrived. It was happening, I was going and I was about to burst. So I took to the airwaves...I mean, Facebook and Twitter.

As you've probably figured out from years of watching her show, bright colors are a must for an Oprah audience member so I pulled out my pinkest sweater (and my biggest grin, apparently!) and grabbed a cab.

When I told the cab driver "United Center" I just knew he'd know I was going to Oprah. But no. When we pulled up, he took one look at the lines and lines of ladies in their brightest colors and highest heels and said "Is there a Bulls game tonight?"


Once in the United Center, it was a sea of pinks, purples, greens, blues. Oprah's fan had gone all out for her!

And the energy! Holy cow. I can not explain what it felt like to be in that huge space full of Oprah fans waiting to see her and all of the surprise guests.

Oh, right! This show was a SURPRISE! Oprah knew nothing of who was going to be there and neither did the audience. To watch her get excited, amazed, awed and teary from surprise to surprise was really spectacular!

Now, I could go through the show guest by guest and tell you everything that happened, but other people have already done that. (Just Google it--you'll find tons of articles!) Plus you can watch the show tomorrow and Tuesday and see it for yourself.

So here are the highlights for me...

Patti LaBelle singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow. OH. MY. GOD! That lady can wail!

Madonna. MA! DONNA! She didn't perform but just having her walk on stage and talk was enough to (literally) knock the air out of me. I had to remind myself to breath. I have to say it again--MA! DONNA!

Stevie Wonder singing one of my favorite songs, Isn't She Lovely. Wow. Just wow.

Jerry! Seinfeld! I am a HUGE Jerry Seinfeld fan. As all of my closest friends know I can take any situation in life and relate it to a Seinfeld episode. I can also quote almost every Seinfeld episode word for word. I received the Seinfeld trivia game a few Christmases ago and no one will play with me. Because they know I will KICK. THEIR. ASSES! So to see him do stand-up in person? What a thrill!!!!

Aretha Franklin singing Amazing Grace. Made me want to go to church!

Kristin Chenoweth singing For Good from Wicked as many of the men who received scholarships from Oprah to attend Morehouse College entered the arena with candles.

I gotta tell ya, there were many touching, emotional moments throughout the evening. But this was the thing that sent me (and many others) into the ugly cry. I watch the show, I read O Magazine, but to see live and in front of me some of the many people she has helped (all while Ms. Chenoweth was singing in the background) was truly amazing.

And these are just a few of the many fantastic moments in the evening. There aren't enough adjectives to describe what an incredible, moving, inspiring, funny, unforgettable evening it was. I'm so grateful to my friends for including me and that I was able to be a tiny part in this moment in TV history.

I can't wait to see it all again tomorrow and Tuesday! If you're watching, be sure and look for me in the crowd.

I'm the one in pink. :)

P.S. If you're wondering why there aren't more pictures....we were told not to bring cameras, so I didn't. Before the show started, we were told to turn off our phones and anyone seen taking pictures would be removed. I did NOT want to risk getting thrown out of there, so my phone went in my purse (after I took that quick shot of the crowd!)

P.P.S. During Beyonce's performance, the audience wore finger lights. As soon as we were given the lights, I turned to my friend and said "Little Ricky is going to LOVE these!"

And he does. He has been dancing around in them for almost a week now (in mismatched pj's!) It's going to be a sad, sad day at our house when those lights die.

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