Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The secret reason behind why I didn't post yesterday.

You may or may not have noticed that I didn't post yesterday. Unannounced. For the first time ever. Rest assured, there was a good reason.

You see, early Sunday morning I got a call from a dear friend who had tickets to the Red Carpet at the Oscars. When an unfortunate incident happened involving a sick cat, a disgruntled doorman, and an angry mother-in-law, she could no longer use her ticket, so she gave it to me.

Which, of course, I gladly accepted! I hopped on the next plane to LA and headed straight for the Red Carpet. I didn't bother to change first, because there really wasn't much time. Plus, red: timeless. It's not like people are going to be looking at these pics years from now, thinking about how red is SO out.

I was TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY EXCITED to be at the Oscars! I couldn't help but let my excitement show!

(Except then they corralled me and stuck me in a seat, until they could figure out why some dude was sitting in the seat I was supposed to be in.) Oh, my gosh. You wouldn't believe how fascinating those Oscar statues are! They sparkle like a vampire in sunlight. No, more like someone spilled glitter on them.

Eventually, I started rubbing myself against the statue, so I could sparkle, too. And that's when they moved me closer to my seat. I was sure they'd figure out the seating thing soon. In the mean time, though, I had to admit: I had a great view of the red carpet. (I don't care what they say about your dress looking a tad matronly, Sarah Hyland. I think it looks fabulous.)

It was nice, and all, sitting right there. But not as much fun as I had when I was out in the mix of things. Plus, those actors can really strike a pose! I decided to try my hand at it.

I only got in one pose, though, before they worked out the seating thing. The seat was great and all, except for the wall between me and the actors, of course. But the person sitting next to me was FASCINATING! I chatted a lot.

And then you wouldn't believe who I saw! That one guy from Napoleon Dynamite! I swear, he's right over there. I am staring at him right now!

Man, I sure wish the cameraman would've gotten the two of us together in the same picture. That would've been awesome.

So, as you can see, between the jet lag and the flash photography sickness, there was really no way I could post yesterday.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

And many thanks to Erin Summerill Photography for convincing me to into the variety of poses so conducive to photo bombing, in the same photo shoot that not only netted me my profile picture, but the spread of family pictures hanging on the wall in my home.


JeffO said...

I'm surprised they didn't tap you to be one of those girls that escorts the winners off the stage. Well, you can't have it all, I guess.

Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, aren't you just the luckiest girl in the world. ;) Love those gowns.

Shell Flower said...

I like how your shirt matches the carpet. Looks like you had a blast, which is totally worth missing a blog post. Yay for sick cats!

tammy said...

I see you used my signature 'glitter-transfer' move. Don't say I never taught you anything useful! And I'm jealous you met a Napoleon Dynamite cast member....I'm glad you had a good time!

Nicole Mc said...

You lucky duck!!I hope you also got into an after party! ;)

prerna pickett said...

looks like you had a blast!

Jessie Humphries said...

Pegs, you had me going there! Except, the jumping on a plane to LA part didn't sound very Peggy-like. You wouldn't leave your lists!!! But nice try sucka :)
This is my favorite post EVER!

Theresa said...

Ha! That is awesome! Especially the Napolean Dynamite comment.

Kristine said...

I am peeing my pants right now! You are so awesome.

Chantele Sedgwick said...

You are hilarious. And totally awesome.

Melanie Fowler said...

So...why didn't you call me to come with you? I so totally could have joined in on the fun :)

Nicole McInnes said...

omg, this is hilarious!

Ruth Josse said...

Just you wait. I'm going to be waiting in the grocery store line and BOOM! There you'll be on the cover of US! Headline: Red Is Timeless

Amanda Olivieri said...

LOL, love this! Can't argue with the proof :)

Peggy Eddleman said...

Jeff-- They wanted me to, but sadly I left all my Oscar gowns at home. Sigh.

Clarissa-- I know, right? :)

Shell-- I totally planned the red shirt thing just to make sure I'd match.

Tammy-- For the record, saying you've never taught me anything useful would be blasphemy! And I totally thought of you the whole time I wrote it. Err- I mean the whole time I DID it. ;)

Nicole-- I totally did! Partied well into the night. Those pictures were even MORE INCREDIBLE. Sadly, I'm under gag order not to post them online.

Prerna-- I truly did. :)

Jessie-- THAT'S what got you? I totally stopped believing me at "dear friend." I don't think I've ever used that phrase before in my life! Plus, I know no one in real life who has an actual doorman.

And what are you trying to tell me with that lists comment? I'll have you know, I live an entirely spontaneous life. I have it scheduled in from 10:30-11:00 and from 3:00-4:00 every single day. ;)

Theresa-- Thanks!

Kristine-- That's what I was hoping for. To get one person to pee their pants. My day is complete.

Chantele-- Awww, thanks! And right back at you, too!

Melanie-- I don't doubt that for a second! Can you imagine the chaos we could've created, showing up on the red carpet together? Good times are living on in my head right now.

Nicole-- Thanks! It was a blast to do,too.

Ruth-- I can't wait! That baby's going in a frame on my wall.

Amanda-- That's right. The proof is indisputable.

David P. King said...

This just won the Best Blog Post of the Day award (although I can't help but mention the mysterious fingers on your shoulder, there). :)

Tonja said...

That's awesome. Love the pictures.

Shallee said...

Ba ha ha ha! You crack me up, Peggy. :)

Angela Cothran said...

You are killing me here!!! I'm so impressed that you didn't cave to the pressure to dress up and just went casual. I respect that :)

Sarah Allen said...

And Meryl Won!!!!! Yeah, the Oscars made my day too.

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Leigh Ann said...

o_o WOW. So so so jealous.

of the red carpet tickets, as well as the super-cute post. You are adorable.

Janet Johnson said...

So jealous! What a great reason to miss. ;)

Susan Kane said...

You are a hoot! That was done so very well.

Leigh Covington said...

Oh man! I am so completely jealous!!! You lucky girl! And they've captured you everywhere! Woot-woot!

I love it!

Nancy Thompson said...

Totally fabulous! You'll be setting Oscar design trends for years to come! Thanks for sharing your extraordinary adventure. Next year though, schedule your post a day early so we don't miss out!

Anonymous said...

Now I know why they kept cutting away. Darn 5-second telecast delay.

Carrie Butler said...

Hah! Oh, this made my day. I hope you had fun! :)

J. A. Bennett said...

Seriously laughing soooo much right now!

Bea Sempere (Denise Baer) said...


And the winner for best blog post of the day goes to Peggy Eddleman. Peggy was last nominated for her role in baking Friday Funk Cookies.

Have a great day, Peggy.

Kelly Polark said...

Ha ha!!! :)

Kelly Polark said...

Ha ha!!! :)

Cassie Mae said...

Oh my gosh, laughing so hard! I love the fingers that don't belong to anyone resting on your shoulders in that one pic, and the one where it looks like a censor bar over Oscar. (But I really think it's a chair.)

Peggy, you are priceless!

Anonymous said...

What a great post! Best excuse for missing a day of writing. Ever. (^_^)

Sarah Pearson said...

This was brilliant, and I'll admit I fell for it to start :-)

Emily R. King said...

I wish I could have been there!
Oh, wait. With photo shop I still can be! : )

M Pax said...

That was so awesome, Peggy. Red is timeless. So is this post.

Cherie Reich said...

I'll buy your reasoning. ;)

Sophia Chang said...


Man that first one looks pretty real too.

Janet said...

WOW your pretty awesome!! I almost peed my pants unlike Kristine...haha that was pretty funny

Lydia Kang said...

I actually thought this was all true until that first photo!

E.D. said...

You are so funny - and good. But as an avid reader of yours I was not so sure you'd just jump on a plane - and then the photos cleared it up.

Super cute! :-)

Nick Wilford said...

Well played, Peggy. I felt like I was there too!

(You see my clever phrasing there...) ;)

Z said...

Peggy! I died laughing! I haven't posted in a week, and my excuse is so lame compared to yours :)

Laura Barnes said...


Iain said...

And the winner of "Best Blog Post About the Oscars" goes to....
.... PEGGY!!!

Iain said...

Sorry to hear that you didn't win the category for "Best supporting unattached fingers" award as well.

Lan said...

Did you spend all of yesterday photoshopping Peggy? You totally had me fooled. Even though I knew it from the picture, I still kept thinking "maybe this is a dramatization of what really happened." Talk about gullible! This is the most fun post ever!

jabblog said...

What a fabulous occasion - in the true sense of 'fabulous';-) Great fun.

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Apparently there's a reason you're a writer - great imagination :)

Anonymous said...

LOL, great post!

Laura Pauling said...

Looks like I'm a late to the party - hilarious!

Peggy Eddleman said...

David-- I feel so honored to receive this award. I'd like to thank the many people who made it possible, especially the dress designers and the dress wearers, the photographers both on their end and on my end, and of course, my buddy GIMP.

Tonja-- It WAS awesome! And thanks.

Shallee-- Bahaha! Then my job here is done. :D

Angela-- Yeah... I had thought about Oscaring it up. Then I decided the t-shirt and jeans really stood out as a singular uniqueness amongst all the chiffon and satin. Casual FTW!

Sarah-- Yay!!!

Leigh Ann-- It was definitely a blast. I wouldn't give up that trip for anything!

Janet J-- I thought so, too. :)

Susan-- Awww, thanks!

Leigh-- I know! I was so impressed at how many shots they got me in. I think the only one who got more face time than I did was the guy in the blue shirt in the stand behind me in the second-to-last pic. (Word to the wise: If you bribe the photographers, they look out for you.)

Nancy-- Next year, everyone will be in jeans! (I think everyone realized how much more comfortable I was than they were.)

Joshua-- I know! I got like NO tv airtime. Darn cutting-away. It's like no one can crash the Oscars anymore.

Carrie-- I had a blast! Next time, I'm bringing you with me.

J.A.-- Nice! Laughing is good for the soul. Plus, I heard it counts as exercise.

Bea-- Hahahaha! You're killing me!! LOVE it.

Kelly-- Glad I made you laugh. :)

Cassie-- The fingers were a special touch, I thought. Added that extra little something. I don't get the censor bar thing, though. Which picture?

Peggy Eddleman said...

Kim-- I thought so. :D

Sarah P-- Oh, yay! That makes me so many kinds of happy!

Emily-- Isn't Photoshop just the greatest concept ever? It can let you go on SO MANY MORE vacations than you could otherwise! You get to meet so many fascinating people, to boot.

M-- Awww, thanks! And just one of the many reasons to love red. :D

Cherie-- I thought it was fairly valid myself. ;)

Sophia-- What are you talking about? It WAS real. ;)

Janet-- Anytime I can make you pee your pants is a good day in my book.

Lydia-- Hehehehe! My Sunday was actually about a million times different than this. But in retrospect, it FELT like I was there! So, you know-- it's pretty much the same thing.

E.D.-- Aw, thanks!! Wait, what? I would SO just go jump on a plane! ;)

Nick-- You clever, clever boy, Nick. :)

Z-- Oh, no! I killed you? I died once, too. Luckily, you can come back from those kinds of things. ;) And who says you need an ACTUAL good excuse? Make one up!

Laura-- :)

Iain-- Gasping for air I won? I won? I can't believe I won! I'm so caught off guard, I didn't even prepare an acceptance speech!

Although I did totally have one prepared for the "Best supporting unattached fingers" category. Darn my luck at preparing for the wrong win!

Lan-- I love you. Your gullibleness is quite endearing! I didn't use Photoshop, because I don't know it. Like, at all. I used Gimp. It took a lot less time than I thought. You know how sometimes you write a post, and it just isn't coming together, and you have to work and work with it until you can mold it into something worth sharing? It took about that long. Everything just flowed SO WELL. Plus, it fired me up creatively, which actually adds time in the long run. At least that's what I'm telling myself.

jabblog-- Hehehe! Thanks. It totally was.

Susanna-- Awww. Thanks! You're so sweet!

Susanne-- Thank you!

Laura-- Thanks!! And dhh. Don't tell anyone. I was late to the party, too.

Connie B. Dowell said...

These pictures are hilarious! I love the one of you jumping!

Charlie Holmberg said...

You are ridiculous. XD