Friday, October 24, 2008

What fun that was this morning!!!

It was Oprah Live, shown at 9am here in Chicago. We were in the audience with 355 other people, which was more than normal. So we were among about 100 folks who went in through the studio area. Thus we got a unique view of the back stage and the studio, including seeing what we think was the "Tom Cruise" couch up in the storage area.

We went into the main studio about 40 minutes before the show started and we sat in the second section of seats behind the cameras. When the show began, Il Divo sang Amazing Grace along with an orchestral group and a set of bagpipes. Then we got to listen to Jeff Bezo of Amazon and everyone got Oprah's latest favorite gadget - an Amazon Kindle!!!!


We played with the Kindle during one segment of the show and had a little class from Jeff after the show. I am so grateful to The Oprah Show for the Kindle. The Kindles were pre-loaded with The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (ugh! should not have bought it - might have to give the hardcopy away). They also loaded $100 on it for us to try out and buy the first ten or so books. During the show and the class after, I downloaded The Shack and Midwives (LOLAs next book). It'll be so fun to play with the Kindle later tonight.

Then we saw three segments of cooking with Cristina Ferrare, stretching roasted chicken into three meals.

We did not ever talk about the book, though. Which was a bit disappointing as I really tried hard to get a bunch of it read this week.

But it was still a very fun experience! I am very happy to be here with my friends. Four of us are staying tonight and going to see Wicked at 8pm. I am looking forward to that as well.

I'm sure I'll tell you more when I get back tomorrow night or in the Sunday Salon.


Red lady-Bonnie said...

I was SO excited to see your post Michele!! What an awesome experience that you guys must have had...great picture!! A Kindle...WOW....can't wait to hear how you like it compared to reading a regular book!! That's great that they had the book on there and extra $ to get other books. Did they say why they didn't talk about the book?? I am reading the's slow going for me and it's over 500 pages!
Have a great time at Wicked!!!
I taped the show but haven't watched it yet. I was concerned that it would give something away about the book...I will watch it tonight.

Anonymous said...

I watched and tried to see you, but every time I saw a light purple shirt, it was the same man. Congrats on getting the Kindle! What fun!

Shana said...

Michele, how completely awesome that she gave you all Kindles. Are you beyond excited about that? I can't wait to hear how you feel about the experience of reading using that medium.


LisaMM said...

I missed the first half of the show but watched the second part. I was disappointed that I couldn't find you! It sounds like you had a great time, and WOW to get a Kindle!! How totally cool!

Ang said...

that's soooo cool, Michele. A Kindle?!?! I'm envious. Please tell us all about it once you've had a chance to play with it.

glad you had a great time.

So, when are they going to talk about the book?!?

monnibo said...

That is so cool! I am very jealous! I heard about Oprah revealing the Kindles... did it cost to get in the audience? I would love to get free goodies from Oprah!

Michele said...

Thanks everyone for watching and commenting! I definitely had lots of fun. Was sad not to have my fifteen minutes (or seconds) and be on tv, but that's okay. I still had fun and certainly will enjoy my Kindle!