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Monday, November 15, 2010

Green With Envy

I'm dying.

My sister is on her way to Chicago to be an audience member on the Oprah Winfrey Show!!

Her roommate, Gina contacted the show and submitted a piece on the person she most admires and was selected to be on the show. I'm not sure if she'll actually be on the show, but she was invited to be in the audience because it's a topic that Oprah is covering on Tuesday, November 16.

Gina's inspiration is her grandfather Lou, a World War II Army Veteran and the reason behind her Pin-Ups For Vets calendar project. The nostalgic 1940's pin-up style calendars feature Gina and are sold to raise money for hospitalized Veterans, personally hand delivered by Gina to VA hospitals across the country and also sent overseas to our deployed troops.

Pin-Ups For Vets is a noble and worthwhile cause and Gina is fantastic at what she does.

Since moving to Los Angeles in January, my unemployed sister has been able to help Gina with her plight and because Gina's dear grandfather has passed away, she generously invited Leah to accompany her to Chi-town.

Now you know why I'm dying!

What I wouldn't give to be in Oprah's audience... especially this year, her last season of the show. And, for the record, I'm also a bit miffed that Leah doesn't even like Oprah. You read that right and I know what you're thinking, "Who doesn't like Oprah?!?!". Nobody!

I have been a HUGE fan for 25 years and Leah has always given me @#$% for worshiping her, recording her show daily and subscribing to her magazine.

I've never been to a Oprah Winfrey Show taping, but have had the pleasure of hearing Ms. Winfrey speak twice and saw her every year at BookExpo when I worked for a book publisher.

So there!

While I may be a green-eyed monster, I do sincerely hope Gina's project is featured on the show.

Have fun, girls. Oh, and if this turns out to be the "Favorite Things" episode, in which O shares (gives) products with her audience that she feels are noteworthy or that would make a great holiday gift, I fully expect first dibs on any and all swag you bring home. I would love an iPad. I'm just sayin'. :)

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Blogger Liz said...

How cool is that! I really hope publicity gained from Oprah really propels her efforts with the calendar!

November 15, 2010 at 7:01 AM  
Blogger luckydame said...

I'm not an Oprah fan (don't hate!) but that's a pretty cool cause your sisters roommate has got going on. Good for her and good luck!

November 15, 2010 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger natalieblogs said...

I am also beyond jealous!!

And could her friend be any prettier?

November 15, 2010 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

Yay for your sister!
Sorry you didn't get to go. But?
Maybe she will bring you something special.

November 15, 2010 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

There are so many awesome things about this post. 1. Your sister is going to Oprah. 2. The room mate's inspiration piece is INSPIRATIONAL 3.Your sister looks amazing.

November 15, 2010 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

Whew, just found out the "Favorite Things" show is Friday. Damn, I really do want an iPad though.

Just to clear up any confusion, the photos I included above are Gina, my sister's roommate. :)

November 15, 2010 at 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Yuliya said...

I am completely jealous! Lucky lucky sister of yours! Tell her to wear a shirt with your blog name on it...what? too much?

November 15, 2010 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Pin Ups for Vets is an amazing cause and I am so proud to be able to have had the chance to help Gina out. She inspires me everyday with her determination and strength. No one deserves this amazing experience more than her. I feel extremely privileged to be here in Chicago with her and I promise to represent her non-profit with the utmost respect and integrity. I will forever be touched and grateful that she chose me to accompany her on this trip. While I'm not Oprah's number one fan like my sister appears to be, I totally understand why so many people around the world look up to this powerful women. Tonya, thank you for highlighting Gina's project. We are very excited about the show tomorrow and look forward to whatever it may bring.

November 15, 2010 at 10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's clear that you were trying to make your sister look like or feel like a bitch for going to this show despite not being a huge fan. Nice attempt at masking your motives behind pathetic humor and insincere well wishes though. For that, you definitely deserve that i-pad!

November 20, 2010 at 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, your sister is really awful! Because we all know that if Leah wasn't chosen to go, Oprah would have picked you. And I am sure Oprah will somehow stumble across this blog, and see how much you adore her, and personally invite you to one of her shows. Or even better, be a guest on the show! You can talk about what an amazing person you are, raising your own child AND your awful 11 year younger sister.

November 20, 2010 at 6:59 PM  
Blogger Misha said...

Not sure who anonymous is but she sounds like a really mean and jealous sister.

November 23, 2010 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger CupcakeLiz said...

Hi, I'm new! :) I say we all write to Oprah and try to get you on the show! lol..pfft to you, Anonymous! ;)

November 23, 2010 at 1:59 PM  

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