A List for Visiting Oprah Winfrey

One of the most exciting things in my short life has happened! In just one week – I will be sitting in the audience of the Oprah Winfrey Show!!!!!! I’m sooooo excited! This moment is going to be really special for me because it’s been 18 years in the making. You see, Oprah is the reason I went into TV.

When I was just 13 years old – I was obsessed with “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and decided to write a letter to my hero. So I did. I got a response back on official “Oprah” letterhead along with an autographed photo.

Check out the letter I got back and the vintage “Oprah hair” in her picture.

I love that the letter says, “time does not permit me to answer all your questions” – I can ONLY imagine how many questions I had as an inquisitive little “junior journalist!”

When my best friend Danielle told me that we got the tickets – I was home sick from work with a sore throat. When she said the words, “We’re going to Oprah!!!” I seriously reacted like I was an audience member in a “favorite things” episode. If you’re an Oprah fan – you know this reaction well. I was screaming at the top of my lungs with that crazy look in my eyes! Sore throat multiplied by 10 – but I didn’t care. What were the chances?! There are only 325 spots per show and we were going to be in the audience for one of the final few tapings. Wow!

Now that the initial shock is wearing off and we’ve booked our flight and hotel, I have to prepare. As a list maker –I’ve been making lists of lists that I have to make. I’m a bit neurotic – but very efficient! Here are the lists I need to make:

1. Packing List:

What do you wear to the Oprah show??? I’ve heard that bright colors will get you a primo seat. So that’s what I’m going with – a fabulous new red dress. Check.

We’ll be flying into Chicago on Monday, April 11th and coming back on the 13th. So I’ll need to have enough outfits and toiletries to get me through those three exciting days.

I find that before I travel, if I just take a few minutes to run through the trip in my head, I will be prepared. This little bit of research time means so much when you have all the things you need and don’t forget your toothbrush. I write down every last thing that I’ll need even if I think it’s stupid and I’ll never forget it. Now that it’s on my list – I don’t have to “remember to remember” it.

2. Restaurant List:

I’m a foodie, and not only will I be in a new and exciting city – but there will be fabulous eating opportunities abound – so I want to be ready! I’ve been writing down some suggestions from friends and scouring websites for recommendations. I don’t want to miss out on the culinary gem that is Chicago, so of course, I have a list for that.

3. Potential Questions for Oprah:

This is the big one. Because I’m an eternal optimist – I believe I’m going to have a shot to talk to Oprah on this trip! (Please check back for photos of the two of us together!)

If you think I’m just dreaming, that’s fine — but I’m going to be prepared when my big moment comes. At work, I’ve encountered some pretty big stars. Tommy Lee held the elevator door open for me once and I actually got to meet and talk to Betty White.  I’m also a “Golden Girls” fanatic.

Betty White Visits Fox News Channel

Betty White and me!

She was fantastic and so sweet! (And yes — the T-shirt I’m wearing in this photo says “Stay Golden” and has all the Golden Girls on it.  Next question.)

But Oprah is really the holy grail of celebs for me. I don’t want to be like a deer in headlights without a plan. So I’ll be thinking about some thought-provoking questions that I would really want to know the answer to. And I want these questions to be ones that Oprah would enjoy answering as well. From my experience with interviewing people — you want to make them comfortable…even if you only get one question in!

Wish me luck as I head off to the Windy City. I’ll be tweeting about my experience as much as possible – I heard the Oprah people take your cell phones away before a taping! But I’ll do my best to stay connected and please send me any and all suggestions for any of my lists! Appreciate it!

24 replies
  1. Laura
    Laura says:

    I LOVE THE IDEA OF A BLOG OF LISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and WOW to the Oprah op! I actually went to her show once AND met her 🙂 I was with a friend whose mom was on the show. I was in college and skipped a class, too. When the camera panned over the audience, I was petrified I’d be spotted. We went backstage and I got to shake her hand, which was pretty awesome. It was SUCH a fun experience I’m sure you’ll have a blast and a half.

    I list like a banshee, too, and have always thought…now why don’t more people share lists that work for them? Brilliant idea, this 🙂

  2. Shelagh Braley
    Shelagh Braley says:

    Hope you do get to talk to her! And of course, I want to know: What’s on HER life list?! You don’t get to be Oprah, the goddess of all amazing accomplishments, without having a list of major life goals. Would love to see what she’s planning next.

  3. MelBDubs
    MelBDubs says:

    I love this post! It actually made me LOL a few times too! However, I hope Babs isn’t reading this, because she will truly be upset because she thought you were HER number 1 fan! haha!
    Have a great time, and I can’t wait to see pics!

      • Karlie Pouliot
        Karlie Pouliot says:

        Rizz –
        Have an amazing time in the Windy City — I am sure you have your list completed in full for your ‘O’ visit. Make sure you ask her lots of good questions — especially this one: “What about K.D. Lang?”
        Have a great time. Can’t wait to hear all about it!!


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