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Me and Oprah, we’re like THIS!

**Updated to add video: but I warn you now, it’s utter crap for quality, but it UP.  Remembering that the theme of this episode was “Overwhelmed Moms” and not childhood cancer, which is for another day, I pray.  I only put up my segment of the show, so it may seem strange out of context.  The Brenda they keep talking about is the blond and last summer she went to work, forgot to drop off her daughter to day care and left her in the car for 8 hours, where she died. So. Yeah.

Ok.  I’ll say this once and only once.


For those who saw it and left nice messages about how I didn’t pick my nose and how I didn’t get all ohmygodoprahiloveyouwillyouforgetaboutgailandbeMYbestfriend! on her, thank you, thank you, thank you.

It was an incredibly emotional episode and if you watched it just to catch my teeny bit, thank you, thank you, thank you.

To Janice and Susan at 5 Minutes for Mom who were the starting point of it all and helped make this happen, thank you, thank you, thank you.

And, finally, I’d like to thank everyone from the Academy who voted for me…..oh….yeah…that was just in my HEAD.  Meh.

I’m going to try to get a video of my screen time, so anyone who missed it can at least see what earth-shattering revelations I shared with the world.  It may look like crap, but you’ll see me and Oprah…talking to each other like we were old school-girl friends….I’m still waiting to hear from her about my invite to come over for a pillow fight. A girl can dream.**

Anissa on Oprah from Anissa Mayhew on Vimeo.

39 Comments on “Me and Oprah, we’re like THIS!”

  1. #1 Sam (The Edge Of Insanity)
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 12:56 am

    I’m just glad for you that you didn’t go all Tom Cruise on her couch… I was worried you might. And then I would have been all “Anissa who? I don’t Twitter no one named Anissa. That’s just crazy… you must have me mistaken for someone else.”
    Congrats! I’ll let you know if I’m ever on TV (but even if I am, I’d probably end up being on Jay Leno as one of those people they pull over on the street and videotape them sayin’ dumb things and looking like an idiot) and you can chant my name and throw YOUR bra at the tv screen!

    Sam (The Edge Of Insanity)s last blog post..S Dnyem Razhdeniem (That’s “Happy Birthday” In Russian)

  2. #2 Double Agent Girl
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 7:30 am

    I watched it just to see you, and I also gave a play by play to PhineasPoe. Girl! You rocked! You looked beautiful and I couldn’t be in more agreement with your articulations. I definitely understand what it means to measure yourself up to the standard for parental perfection. *HUGS*

    I? Think you’re doing more than a perfect job.

    Double Agent Girls last blog post..Hold My Beer

  3. #3 Shannon HO!
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 7:42 am

    We knew you when…
    Congrats my friend, you ARE amazing!

  4. #4 Amy
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 8:05 am

    You were fabulous!

    Amys last blog post..In Which I Experiment With Spray Tan

  5. #5 Stephanie
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 9:19 am

    You did a great job on Oprah and I wish you the best of luck in everything.

    Stephanies last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  6. #6 Melisa
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 9:34 am

    WTH? How did I miss that????

    You MUST get video and then e-mail me so I’ll know where I can watch. Awesome!

    Melisas last blog post..We Race Without Ever Leaving The Family Room.

  7. #7 chris
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 9:42 am


    chriss last blog post..Oh yeah? Well my Daddy is Secratariet.

  8. #8 always home and uncool
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Good for you. Our good has been trying to get on Oprah for years. We’d settle for Dr. Phil at this point.

  9. #9 Jen W
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 10:00 am

    I watched it last night and thought 3 things about your segment:
    1) Man you have a cute haircut
    2) How the heck can you be a single parent 3 weeks out of the month- that’s tough.
    3) Wow- you are such an eloquent speaker! I’d be all “like, uh, um, like, um, uh…”

    Jen Ws last blog post..I thought it would be a few more years before I was considered so uncool

  10. #10 Mishel
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    You look so cute! I just wish I could hear what was being said but my stupid laptop’s sound died and so therefore all I know is you’re speaking and I know it’s really good what you’re saying but I just can’t hear it:( Stupid laptop! I need a desktop.

  11. #11 Wendy
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    You looked great! You’re so brave for going on! Thanks for talking about how we all feel. Maybe one day we can break down all those assumptions about how we should be. Less Martha Stewart, more well, Annisa.

    Wendys last blog post..My Gift to Brian Papa

  12. #12 Jozet at Halushki
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!


    And articulate and eloquent and witnessing for all us moms who are doing are absolute best and still feeling like we’re screwing up left and right.

    Damn…you we SO GOOD!

    Thank you for that, on behalf of all of us!

    Jozet at Halushkis last blog post..Philadelphia Stories

  13. #13 Lianne
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Look at you with your cute bob talking like you are on television every freaking day! You are so cute!

    And remember me when Oprah invites you over, because I am so much closer to her age and we have so much more in common. 🙂

    Liannes last blog post..My New Office Nameplate

  14. #14 Kristine
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Anissa you rocked it! Whoohooo girly!

    You did a great job. Very articulate!

    You are my hero! I didn’t realize your husband was gone so much. I don’t know how you do it.

    Kristines last blog post..What do a stubbed toe, a glass of milk and a raincoat have in common?

  15. #15 Holly at Tropic of Mom
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    SQUEEEEE! Right along with you. I wish I had seen more of your than just a second yesterday because I forgot and then it was almost too late!

    And may I say, you look mahvelous!

    On a more serious note, oh, thank you for saying what you did. It almost made me cry to hear that you also have things left undone at the end of the day and that you sometimes feel you’ve failed your family. I feel like that all.the.time!

    Congrats on making it to Oprah! Now you’re going to Disney World?

    Holly at Tropic of Moms last blog post..New River

  16. #16 Jennifer
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    You got good hair going on there! I’ll try and remember what you looked like there when you’re dropping the kiddies off at school.

  17. #17 Ashley
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    You were so composed and well spoken. 🙂 I “know” someone that was on TV!!!! 🙂

    Ashleys last blog post..Cookie Got Spit-Faced

  18. #18 Ami Czorapinski
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    You rock! Add that to the list of things I want to accomplish before I kick the bucket. Oh, and put a check mark next to it because it’s DONE!

  19. #19 Sarah Clapp
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    OMG! I just got an email from a reader of my blog that said, “I got out of work early yesterday and when I got home Oprah was on. I was only half watching and talking to my parents. It was an episode about stressed out moms. There was a woman talking to the O via satellite and I recognized her… it was Anissa Mayhew from your blog. ” – T

    You do rock! You’re famous! You’re so well spoken composed, etc. I’m proud of you!

    Can I have your autograph!??

    Sarah Clapps last blog post..Budding Photographer?

  20. #20 Musing
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    So cool! You spoke really well and made some great points.

  21. #21 Christi
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Oh my goodness, Anissa! I thought that was you, but then I was like….surely not! I didn’t see the entire show, but I did see you! How very very cool!

    Christis last blog post..It is back.

  22. #22 Dan Cohen
    on Oct 2nd, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    You did great, Anissa.

    Thank you for posting it.

    I knew what you were going to say when you said “she’s 4…” and I “choked” when I heard the words.

  23. #23 To Think Is To Create
    on Oct 3rd, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Could I possibly love you more? Yes, apparently I could. You are so adorable and OMG I want to squeeze you. I related to every single thing you said. I think that you represented special needs moms so well, and I am so very proud of you right now that I could burst!

    To Think Is To Creates last blog post..Oh Baby, That Hair

  24. #24 chaotic joy
    on Oct 3rd, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Hey. I have never been here before but I stumbled on your blog via Twitter and realized I actually saw you on Oprah. I had to comment and tell you, that YOU particularly stood out to me on that show when you said you feel like you go to be a lot of nights and feel like you have a big “F” written on you for not being what you felt you should be. I do NOT have a child struggling with cancer. I do NOT have a husband gone 3 weeks out of four so I don’t want to compare my journey to yours. But I still feel that way sometimes. A lot of times lately.

    Thank you for sharing. I obviously think you did a great job!

    chaotic joys last blog post..Shameless Posting of my Kid

  25. #25 Amy Nasworthy
    on Oct 3rd, 2008 at 11:28 am

    That was breath-taking!! I so feel you pain girl. I think you are an absolutly amazing woman, wife, mother, sister and friend. I have gained so much strength from you and I will always be greatful to you for that. I’m praying for you!!

    Amy Nasworthys last blog post..kids & a root canal

  26. #26 Brittany
    on Oct 3rd, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    You were amazing! I was in awe the entire time you spoke, I am so proud…and insanely jealous of your new BFF!

    Brittanys last blog post..Woozy.

  27. #27 Marie
    on Oct 3rd, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    OMG thanks for posting that, it won’t screen in Australia for months. Wow you were great, anyone would think you got interviewed by Oprah every day!

  28. #28 Melanie
    on Oct 3rd, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Anissa!! You didn’t say 1 “UM” how did you do that? You continue to amaze me…Oh, and you’re all bobble headed because of comments like the one I just made..love ya!

  29. #29 Lisa D
    on Oct 6th, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Oh my where I have been that I missed you on Oprah. I recorded the day and just now watched it with my mom. Hence the bedrest absent minded mom. When Oprah went to commercial and your face popped up I said, “Oh my god it is Anissa, what, I can’t believe I know some one that is on Oprah”.

    First I loved the way you talked with her and all the things that you said. Plus that part about trying to be the perfect mom and whom made up that book. You know we should totally go after that person. I have to say that I have a great friend, for I don’t know what I could say to that poor woman at that time. It is upsetting to see a child die like that and your first thought is why did you let that happen, but then in listening to every word she said and the many women in there, not to mention you, I understood completely.

    I can’t wait to see you all soon…. Hopefully Isabelle will be here soon. I want to bring her to the center one Tuesday morning to show her off to everyone…

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  32. #32 Patti
    on Oct 18th, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Wow–I “know” someone who has been on Oprah …I have not been able to check blogs for a while so I am just getting caught up on yours..see what happens when I am away!! Seriously though. I admire you for your strnegth in dealing with all you do..and sharing it with us here on your blog. You insprire me…and make me kick myself in the pants when I am feeling sorry for myself. Hope you guys are having a good weekend…

    Pattis last blog post..WAAAAAYYYYY BEHIND!!!

  33. #33 jen
    on Oct 18th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Oh fun! I was on Oprah once too–it’s own my blog as well. Just found you through Mom Bloggers Club!

    jens last blog post..The Haircut – Pictures

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    on Apr 6th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Look how amazing you are!! I didn’t know you were going to be on this episode, and it doesn’t come on here for another 20 minutes, but I’m totally going to go all fan girl on you now and say thank you for saying what you did, for totally calling it like it is. Cripes, I’m weepy now and am most days because I think I’m pretty much screwing everything and everyone around me up because I can’t get it all. However, in 20 minutes, I’m going to put all that stuff that needs addressed aside and watch this episode, and when my kids run through the room when you’re on the screen, I’m going to say “Hey! I know that woman!!”


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