May 26, 2011

Experience of a LIFETIME...with Oprah

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.


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' 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...

Ready to receive the wonderful message that Oprah had for her FINAL episode. It was amazing!

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!



May 10, 2011

"Jumping The Broom" Movie Review

The history of "jumping the broom" is in our blood. Marriage was not recognized for blacks during slavery. Jumping the broom was a symbol declaring they were now one. After the end of slavery, this ritual declined but still is quite a tradition in the African American community!

ANYWAY...on to the movie! :)

Quick Synopsis

Sabrina Watson and Jason Taylor have fallen madly in love and decide to get married after knowing each other only six months. Their families are not thrilled with the last minute affair. Sabrina is from a wealthy family that lives in the Hamptons. And Jason is from a single parent home in Brooklyn. When both families come together for, what's supposed to be, a wonderful wedding weekend, the family drama BEGINS!!!

My Review

WAYYYYYYY BETTER THAN EXPECTED!!! I could feel the love between the two characters. The supporting cast was HILARIOUS!! There was just enough drama. Not too over the top! I cried practically the whole movie while laughing at the same time. There were unexpected twists that really put the movie up there. Now was this the best movie ever? NO. But would I suggest you go see it? YES!

At one point in the movie, my mother leans over and whispers "I'm so glad you get along with Mr. E's mother". LOL And I'm so glad too!