In the week leading up to the big dinner, I got a new haircut with highlights, and my first-ever spray tan.
The day before the big dinner, I went to a panel discussion/luncheon at the White House Correspondents Association. Here's the thing - the White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD) is often referred to in Washington as "nerd prom." This is the "nerd" part - a discussion about journalism. I loved it! Fascinating!
I checked into my room, ordered a crab cake sandwich, read the special edition Politico about which celebrities were going to be at the dinner the next night (I had to study because I do NOT pay attention to celebs AT ALL) while I listened to the Supreme Court arguments about Obama's health care law. (NERD ALERT: This is what I choose to listen to/watch when I have cable for a night, people, I am a nerd.)
Then, it was back to the hotel for a night of sleep by myself. Michael usually comes into the City and stays with me, but this year, he was cranking on a website deadline, and it was just easier to work from home, so that's what he did.
Saturday morning, I got up and headed to the office to make the favors for our table.
Here are my pictures from inside the ABC News tent. You'll recognize the people, so I'm not going to caption every single pic.
I think seeing my actual real-world friends is WAY more fun and exciting than seeing celebrities and taking pictures with them.
This is my friend Patty Culhane. She's the one I wrote about a few weeks ago who organized all of that help for a wounded warrior who recently, sadly, passed away. I love Patty!
This is my good friend, Joe Shaw. Joe and I worked together at the Hearst DC Bureau, and now he's the White House Producer for NHK, a Japanese Broadcasting company. He recently was INSIDE the Oval Office when the Japanese Prime Minister was in town! Joe is way cool.
We did turn our cameras off (kind of) for a few minutes, while we made our way to our table.
On the way, I did spot Goldie Hawn.
We made it to our table, enjoyed dinner and laughed at the jokes by the President and Jimmy Kimmel, who I though were BOTH very funny!
The CBN News girls with Colton Dixon.
This is my Bureau Chief, Robin Mazyck.
And I saw another old friend from Hearst, Nikole Killion!
On the way out, of course, we stopped to take the obligatory, annual "me on the red carpet" pictures.
I noticed Newt and Callista Gingrich off to the side, totally by themselves, and it made me kind of sad.
And I saw this beautiful lady, Sade Baderinwa. She is a news anchor in New York City now, but about 13 years ago, she was the weekend anchor at WSLS in Roanoke, VA, and I was a little baby intern. Sade told me I needed to wax my eyebrows. It hurt my feelings, but she was right! Haha. Funny story. I'm not convinced that she remembered me, but I definitely recognized her and for the record, I did NOT say anything about my eyebrows.
After dinner, we made a quick flip flip pit stop back at the hotel for a footwear wardrobe change.
This is my 3rd WHCD and the first time I wore flip flops to the after parties. Best decision of the night.
Then, we were off to the after parties. First, the Capitol File party, which was held at one of my favorite places on earth, the Newseum:
And I saw some more old Hearst buddies - Wes Barrett and Kimberly Schwandt. Isn't it CRAZY how many of my former co-workers are now covering the White House? Dreams do come true, people. Look at us! We have all worked so hard, and here we are, together again. So neat.
After the Capitol File Party, we headed to an ambassador's house for the MSNBC after party. Don't ask me which ambassador's house it was, I think it may have been the Italian Embassy, but I'm not really sure. I was about to fall asleep at that point, it was about 3:00am!
I took one last pic with Colton. What a sweet kid. I know God has big plans for him!
And, a pic with Chuck Todd, for my Granny, because she is in love with him.
And that was it!
I went to sleep at about 4:30am, which, for the record, is pretty close to the time I am used to getting up at!
Now, just to bring this whole fairytale weekend to a complete close:
Sunday morning, I slept in, ordered room service for breakfast...
Packed my granny cart back up, made my way back to work and my SUV, and went home to pick up Michael. That was the same Sunday we met Heather and Colin at Mount Vernon. What an awesome weekend!
Nothing like a good old granny cart to give you a little perspective. I hope y'all enjoyed all of these pictures, because this post took me about an hour and a half to put together! Now, I have to go get M up, and get ready for my POOL day, which I will now be able to fully enjoy, knowing that this massive blog post that's been on my to-do list for a month is DONE.