I forgot to answer you all! When I did the "100 Things About Me" post, many of you wanted to know why I was on Oprah.
So...here's the story...in Spring 2001, my mom and I were going on a trip to Chicago (we used to take a mom-daughter trip once a year). I was trying to find tickets to see the Oprah show so was playing on the Oprah web site.
I saw an area on the site where you could comment on upcoming shows. One of the topics was "Women and Alcohol". If I remember correctly all theses studies came out around that time showing that men could have 2 drinks a day but the benefits weren't the same for women (or something like that).
So I wrote in something like "I am 26 and single, and I see nothing wrong with drinking. My friends and I meet often over a bottle of wine. It helps me losen up and enjoy the conversation. I also occasionally drink for pain relief". (I was suffering from endometriosis at the time.)
Well, not even 3 hours later, a producer from the show called me and asked me more questions! She then had me over-night some photos and videos of myself to her. A few days later, they booked a flight for mom and I, and we were off! It happened so quickly.
I remember my boss was not happy at the time and didn't want me to do it. (I was working for a faith-based nonprofit and he was worried about the "drinking" topic). And, I recall some of my family worried that I would embarass them. (Okay, chill, it was Oprah, but Jerry Springer!) But I was young and knew it was a "once in a lifetime" experience.
Oprah paid for our flights, hotel rooms, limos, etc. It was great. We had to wake up early and get to the studio for hair and makeup...and I had to do my voiceovers for my segment--you know the "Dear Oprah" letter. Oh, and get this, the show was LIVE that day, for all days! But it was fine.
They highlighted 5 or 6 women who drank on a regular basis...just an open discussion on drinking and if it was acceptable and when. And there was an author of a new book (was it called Happy Hours!?! Again, 2001, so I don't recall too well--ha!)
I didn't really meet one on one with Oprah. As a guest of the show, I was able to take home that book (these were the days before the audience would take home $100s worth of prizes--ha).
After the show's taping, mom and I went shopping on the Mile, and I remember a few women stopping me, "Were you on Oprah today!?" Kinda cool. My five minutes of fame!
I hope that answers all your questions--if not, comment me! :)