Wednesday, March 23, 2011


It's been exactly a week since I received this text message:
"R U AWAKE? can I call u right now? If not when??? BIG NEWS!"

My response:
"Yes. Call!"

That is when I found out my good friend, Faye, got tickets to go to an Oprah show, and she was calling to ask if I'd come with her! All I remember saying was "OMG, OMG, OMG" as I tried to get my kids their breakfast. Then as my husband came down the stairs, I started to get all choked up, and I asked him "Do you mind me taking off to Chicago for a few days... to see Oprah!?!"

I'm off the charts excited for this trip! It's Oprah's farewell, her 25th season, and her last shows. I've always been an BIG Oprah fan, not only because she inspires me, but because she is so good at what she does. Like so many other millions, I get such a charge out of her and know that I've lived a better life because of all that her and her guests have taught me!

As excited as I am to see Oprah, I'm just as excited to be going on this trip with Faye (and two other fabulous women). Faye is the ultimate Oprah fan and I can't wait to spend time with her in Chicago. She is one of my old school prairie buddies and she's simply one of those people who I know I will be friends with forever. It's ironic, because over the years, Faye has been my "Oprah"... I've admired her deep love for her family, her tenacity to run her own business, and her call to duty when she knows someone is in need of a little help. She always the first to show up in a big way. Faye, you deserve this trip, I'm honored that I get to go with you, and truly blessed to have had you as a friend for so many years!

The flights are booked, we've got a suite at the Omni, and now we've got to figure out our Oprah worthy wardrobe! Watch out Chicago... there are some Prairie girls coming to see Oprah!

I'm so looking forward to this once-in-a-lifetime Oprah adventure, and hope to share as much as I can with you!


  1. When Oprah visited Australia in January there was a national lottery to get tickets. Most of us didn't succeed so I envy your trip!

  2. Aww that's so cool! That is a great opportunity to go... to one of her farewell shows! Have fun!

  3. So awesome! I wonder if you have to wear bright colours to be in her audience? I feel like there might be a dress code that gets enforced-"colorful cute cardigans or you're out!" Hope you have an amazing trip!

  4. Have a fun time very excited for you

  5. Oh how fun. I cannot wait to see your post about it when you get back!!!!!!

  6. Have a wonderful time! And enjoy staying at the Omni Parker!!

  7. How FUN to live vicariously through you!! I too have always wanted to see Oprah but alas didn't get to :( What a GREAT friend & what GREAT memories you'll treasure forever!! Can't wait to hear/see it all!! Kim

  8. I could not have asked a better friend to join me at the Oprah Show! Alison (Abby to me) has been a VERY dear and special friend to me for 24 years! AND... she is most definitely what I refer to as "OPRAH WORTHY"...she gets Oprah like I get her, and is inspired by her like I'm inspired by her! We're gonna have soooooo much fun! This is a DREAM COME TRUE for me and I can hardly wait to experience it with Abby and other great girlfriends! 19 more sleeps! :)

  9. Have fun! I can't wait to read all about it.