No your eyes are not deceiving you. That is ya girl and her man right there looking up Oprah's nose. :o)
Can you BELIEVE it?? Cause I surely can't.
Just last week I heard that a guy that we were in pre-marital class with, went to Oprah's huge finale at the United Center. We saw him in church on Wednesday and it HIT ME...Donnica this is the last show and you will never make it to the studio. Really??? The number one thing on my bucket list will NEVER happen? I've wanted to go for as long as I can remember. I wanted to have a grand trip for my 25th birthday (that came and went) and then again for my 30th (also gone). It wasn't until I realized the finale was taped that I able to release the fact that I would never make it to The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Well let me tell you how God works! He said Cool girl! You done took that chick off that pedestal and now I can bless you with your dream! YES...He can speak Ebonics if He wants to! :o) Friday afternoon I get an email saying that I have two tickets to the Monday taping of Oprah's show. I had my first ever panic attack. I didn't know WHAT to do. I had already taken off work a half day for the finale party I was having with my girlfriends, now I need to ask my boss for Monday and Tuesday so I can go to Chicago to BE on the finale.
Now WHO DO I TAKE?? WHEW!!!! I tried to call my mom at least 10 times. She didn't answer. I felt like the email was time sensitive and I wanted to reply IMMEDIATELY! I knew I couldn't choose between my girlfriends so my fiance was the next obvious choice. And that ended up being the BEST choice!
Originally the show was Monday and we thought we would have to do a turn around trip. Like drive up and get RIGHT IN LINE and drive back. Oh stop off to take a shower somewhere before hand. Can't stink for Oprah. But we were MORE than okay with this! But then they move the taping to Tuesday! Ooh GOOD we have a little more time to get there and relax! See how God was working it out???
We get there Monday and are able to do a little site seeing of Chicago.
We wake up early Tuesday morning and prepare for THE EVENT! We arrive to Harpo studios and are number 34 and 35 in live. BAM! Perfect!
Come to find out everyone got last minute tickets and they had a hard time booking the show. Most people didn't believe that it was legit. I bet they are kicking themselves right now!
The wait wasn't long at all. We head up to the audience waiting area. Oh AFTER they have checked all our phones and cameras. So now we have gone under! LOL! As they are hyping the crowd and about to call everyone down, they announce that they will call out a few Ultimate Viewers names so they can have special seating.
DID YOU GUESS?
They called my name!!! 2nd panic attack in the last 3 days!!! Ed and I run down the stairs
okay I run down the stairs, Ed walked lol to get in line to be escorted to the FRONT of the studio! I tried my best not to have the ugly cry and I didn't...my cry was FUGLY! LOL
They hyped the audience up and pulled Ed on stage. He pulled me up with him and we danced and just had the best time. Seriously...I was on the stage. So you KNOW I'm counting that as being ON the show too! LOL!!
Oprah's closest friends were also in the audience. Stedman, Gail, Gail's children, Maria Shriver, BeBe Winans, Cicely Tyson, Suze Orman, Bob Green. But FINALLY they announce that Lady O is coming down! And that brings us full circle back to this moment...
As we are walking out all every TV station is outside. Traffic is stopped and they have now renamed the street to Oprah Winfrey Blvd while we were in there taping the show!! CRAZY!!!
Definitely an experience of a lifetime!