Last week Mike and I were invited by my friend Jessica to a super cool concert, Rock A Little, Feed A Lot. Since I am trying to make more of an effort to leave my house, we attended and I’m glad we did. It was put on by Feeding America, the Nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.
We had really awesome seats in the balcony, but the craziest thing was that our seats attached to the VIP area. At one point I got up to use the bathroom (as Binky gets bigger my iron bladder gets weaker), and, upon walking through the VIP area, found myself in a room made up entirely of famous people. There I was, this little pregnant lady in a tunic from Urban Outfitters, walking past gorgeous and skinny celebs like Christina Applegate and Alison Sweeney who were wearing what I can only assume was NOT Urban Outfitters. Totally surreal.
When I got back to my seat I told Mike about all the celebs I just walked past, and he told me that it was unfortunate I had toilet paper stuck to my shoe. I looked down, momentarily mortified, until I realized Mike was just being “funny.”
Later I was very excited when Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow came out to introduce Sheryl Crow. Not because I’m a Sheryl Crow fan (I am) but because the set up for Sheryl’s instruments ran a little long, so Lisa Kudrow sang “Smelly Cat.” You know, the song made famous by her character, Phoebe, on “Friends!” Usually when I’m in a situation like this I think, “Man, it would have been cool to have my video camera for that,” then kick myself later when I remember that my phone has video. But this time, I got video!
Me for the win!
The best part of the night, however, was when Isla Fischer and Alanis Morissette came on stage to announce that ConAgra Foods donated $10 million to Feeding America to help fight child hunger. In addition to that, for every person that becomes their fan on facebook, they’ll donate $10. I was blown away to see such generosity, but more than that, I was inspired. I hope that someday Friends of Maddie will have a positive impact on the world just like Feeding America. We have big aspirations for Friends of Maddie and take heart in knowing that even a widly successful charity like Feeding America started small, just like us.
Way to go on getting out of the house. As hard as it can be to do it, it is so good for you! I’ve been isolating myself due to chronic pain and resulting depression, but your post the other day really hit me. This week I’m getting my butt out of the house, back into life. Thanks, Heather. If you can do it, I can too.
I’m 100% positive that as more and more people are inspired by you and Mike and Maddie, Friends of Maddie will be bigger than anyone could imagine. All you have to do is look at a picture of her, and that special something that she has, that Maddie magic, reaches out and touches your heart.
Big hugs to you all,
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Kate @ UpsideBackwards says:
What a great night out, and what a great inspiration. Good for you! (And yes, very funny Mike, ha ha ha!).
.-= Kate @ UpsideBackwards´s last blog ..It’s so unfair =-.
Awesome video, and awesome that they donated so much!
How awesome! I will become a FB fan right now. : )
xo from ct
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plus- told you that you were hob nobbing with celebs!
I’m glad that you got out and had a super cool time! You’re right every good thing starts out small then grows and grows, like Binky, your blog, and friends of Maddie. You’re doing a great job!!
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What an awesome night, well worth a trip out of the house.
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Susan (woo222) says:
That sounds great!! I am positive Friends of Maddie will continue to grow too. In a few years you will look back and be stunned by all FOM has accomplished. And good for you for getting out of the house when it is so tempting and easy to stay in. ~Susan
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Lindsay from Florida says:
Ahhhhh, FRIENDS!!!!! What an awesome video. I have no doubt that your non-profit will just keep growing!!
Lynn from For Love or Funny says:
Dream big, Heather! FOM will do wonders if you follow your heart…
.-= Lynn from For Love or Funny´s last blog ..What happened to my Mini-Me? =-.
Shannon Kieta says:
I am glad you are getting out of the house, but as your big sis…(I am older)andI adopted you, please don’t go overdo-ing it girl. You still need to rest and take care of Bink. I don’t want you to get run down and exhausted hear? Are you eating? Taking your vitamins? drinking plenty of fluids? Obviously if your peeing every 5 minutes. Just checking. Don’t be mad at me, just being a good sis, and taking care of you. Luv Ya and glad you had fun! Now.. go put your feet up!!!! Shannon
DesignHER Momma says:
she sang smelly cat? Be still my heart.
Friends of Maddie will have a positive impact on the world – dare I say it has already.
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So cool! I just love, love, LOVE hearing about the movie stars you run into. I guess that’s because I become incredibly “star struck” and make a total ass out of myself b/c I get so excited! ha ha How lucky you are to live in LA! Do you love it there? Do you see a lot of movie stars?
I’m sure Friends of Maddie will do well. Oohh by the way…did you guys ever get the car stickers? I would really like to get one once they’re out.
It’s crazy to think of all the gifts and blessings that are around us sometimes and too think….sometimes,…all we need to do is open our eyes to see them.
I’m proud of you for going out….one baby step at a time Heather….that’s how the healing begins.
Midwest Mommy says:
Um! Can we say awesome!
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Oh, I am always so inspired when people come together in the spirit of caring and generosity. That’s awesome.
.-= stephanie´s last blog ..So far, so good. =-.
Also.. I am a researcher/grant writer by trade. Please contact me if you would ever like some assistance in writing grants for FOM. I’ll give you my email address here:
mrjellineck at yahoo dot com.
.-= stephanie´s last blog ..So far, so good. =-.
What an amazing night that must have been, not only because of the wonderful things Feeding America is doing and the cool celebrities you saw, and getting to hear “smelly cat” live, but because of the reminder it gave you that all charities start out small. I know one day Friends of Maddie will be huge and you’ll be putting on a concert just like that.
Hugs to you guys.
.-= Lisa´s last blog ..Adventures in Babysitting: Part Two =-.
chatty cricket says:
And I’ll bet Binky LOVED hearing all that music….
You have such an amazing platform and network for Friends of Maddie, I wouldn’t be surprised if someday you’re walking around with toilet paper stuck to your shoe (not really!) at your own benefit. Keep at it Heather!
I was so happy seeing your tweets about it that night, I could tell u were having a gr8 time!!! So happy u went! As for Friends Of Maddie, it really is going to be HUGE, awesome job with that!!!
.-= Patty´s last blog ..So very wrong… =-.
Became a fan on Facebook! Thanks for spreading the word about this wonderful cause.
.-= Heather´s last blog ..I’m alive!!! =-.
That sounds like a blast. I am glad you had fun!
.-= Danielle´s last blog ..Can you add? What is 2 + 1? =-.
It’s great that you got out and were involved with an amazing charity, and I have no doubt that Friends of Maddie can soar high! God Bless!
Trisha Vargas says:
Just became a fan on FB.
With you leading the way for FOM and Maddie watching over you, how could it not be totally awesome and huge one day! Great things to come my friend.
((HUGS))) from your friend in Florida
Queen of Quite-a-Lot says:
You’re much cuter than Christina Applegate and Alison Sweeney! Especially with your little belly.
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Sounds like a great night! I love the video – that was such a great show!
.-= Lisa´s last blog ..Sneakers in the Suitcase =-.
You amaze me, yet again! Only a special person would not only be moved by such an event, but would take that feeling and use it to give back in another way! I, too, am hoping that one day Friends of Maddie makes such an impact. I have a very strong feeling that it will!
I am so glad that you got to have a fun night out with your hubby! And I LOVE that Lisa Kudrow sang Smelly Cat. Beyond awesome!!!!
I’m sure all those skinny celebs were jealous of YOU in your cute little hurban outfitters dress with your ADORABLE baby belly!!!
yay you, getting out of the house and mingling amongst (it counts) among celebs for the night!! and yay you for capturing that awesomeness on video to share! we need to rally for a friends reunion i say! the idea of blogs and iphones in the lives of joey and ross alone would be great. next time you see a friends celeb, cough and say “reunion”. all subliminal like. huh? huh?!
LOL!! Omg, a Friends Reunion would be so great!!! Or a MOVIE!!!!!!!!!
Yay for Heather!! Yay for Friends!! Yay for Binky and Maddie and Mike!! Yay for staying put, Baby Bink!
Amy Collen says:
So glad to hear that you had a great time. You are becoming pretty famous too my dear! Pretty soon those hot shot celebs will be coming up to you and saying, “Hey it’s Heather!! That’s Maddie and Binky’s mommy!” You just wait and see! Word gets around you know!
Big hugs to you Heather!!!
Heather Thompson says:
You were right to like “Smelly Cat” – it’s the best! Even a little glimpse of hearing it live was worth it – haha!
Glad you are getting out – I STILL can not imagine what you are going through! Just last night I was laying in bed remembering how close to death Parker was in July and I couldn’t sleep, obsessing about it. Life is sooo precious and so fragile!
Hugs to you – Heather Thompson
.-= Heather Thompson´s last blog ..Parker Walks! =-.
Michelle Pixie says:
How Fun! I became a FB fan last week when I heard what they are doing. Awsome!
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I wonder if at her funeral, her eulogy will include something about Smelly Cat. What a way to be remembered!
That’s so cool that you got to go to that show AND see famous people. Life in Atlanta leaves me short on star sightings, they’re so rarely in Tar-jay…
.-= Karen´s last blog ..And I thought we were done with this topic =-.
Thank you so much! I work for the Feeding America food bank in Las Vegas, and it’s rather exciting to hear the plug from one of my favorite bloggers.
Marti from Michigan says:
I too am glad you ventured out of the house. Good for you! **clap-clap-clap**
Cool that you are living in a State where there are celebs. I LOVE Lisa Kudrow and she was my favorite character on Friends. I love that song too. Once I was fooling around with my guitar when my grandkids were here and I sang the Smelly Cat song. My daughter laughed so hard! The kids just looked at me like I was nuts.
Some day I can see you and Mike at a celebrity gathering, announcing a huge amount of money donated to Friends of Maddie. I believe it will happen.
Blessings upon blessings to the Spohr family!!
There is no doubt it will make the kind of impact you aspire to, the question is, what celebrity will riff up there on stage. Fun to imagine.
Wow. Sounds like a great night! I love when you see something happen and someone is so generous it wakes something up inside you and your instantly inspired. That feeling is ALWAYS a great feeling. Glad you got out and had some fun : )
So cool that you got that clip of, “Smelly Cat.” ;o) And I’ll definitely be friending “ConAgra Foods” on facebook. On another note: I certainly hope that “Friends of Maddie” will be big one day. And it will.
high five for a fun night!
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Rebecca (Ramblings by Reba) says:
I love “Smelly Cat.” I’ve taken many a “Which Friend are You?” quiz. I always come up as Phoebe.
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I bet your tunic looked adorable. Baby bumps totally one-up celeb coolness.
Thanks for the Smelly Cat video. I might bring out the Friends DVDs tonight in an homage to Phoebs.
.-= Laurie´s last blog ..Wearing the Baby =-.
Glad to hear you are out and about! Every organization starts out with an idea that a small group comes together on and grows their idea. I could definitely see Friends of Maddie being a house hold name one day. Takes time of getting it out there! Wishing the best:)
.-= Barb´s last blog ..You’re the best…. =-.
Wow, I so totally need to take up residence in SoCal. The closest I’ve ever been to anyone even remotely famous was the one time I turned on the television. Yes, folks, I’m that lame.
Smelly Cat is the bomb love Lisa. Congrats on getting out I know how tough that can be sometimes.
.-= habanerogal´s last blog ..My TV husband this year will be… =-.
Good for you for getting OUT!! Sounds like quite the evening :))
Overflowing Brain (Katie) says:
Could that BE any cooler?
I have no doubts that you can make a mountain out of any molehill.
.-= Noelle´s last blog ..For Alex =-.
Awww. Went to the FB page & fan’d it. I can see Friends of Maddie growing to be a much bigger group, with so many lasting impacts!
So glad you got out of the house & had a great experience!
I am a friend of ConAgra’s Feed America! That is such an awesome song!!!! I hope that Friends of Maddie can be even bigger!
.-= Heather´s last blog ..my first not me monday post =-.
You are famous too … I bet some of them read your blog! haha
Congrats on getting out of the house! Good job! Keep up the fight!
last … Friends of Maddie will be HUGE … I just know it, I pray for it and I know it will be HUGE!
.-= MBKimmy´s last blog ..Look for a CHANGE =-.
Amie Pollard says:
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step