Oprah Knows Best

I’ve been a fan of the Oprah Winfrey show since she had the New Kids on the Block on way back in 1989.

(Yes, Brian, that was a vague Donnie Wahlberg reference…but don’t panic. That’s not what this blog is about, and I’ll always love you best.)

I watched Oprah with my Mom in elementary school, and learned about how to prevent a kidnapping (never let yourself be taken to the second location!), what anorexia looked like (remember Rudine?), and the fashion do’s and don’ts of the time (which didn’t do any of us much good, considering shoulder pads, neon green accessories, and big hair were all the rage back then.)

I continued watching through my high school and college years. I remember being thrilled when she introduced her Book Club in 1996. Finally, here was someone famous who would rather be face-first in a book than anywhere else in the world! I could totally relate to that, and I went with her on the journey through Anna Karenina, She’s Come Undone, A Million Little Pieces, White Oleandar, East of Eden, and more.

I’ve struggled with my weight right alongside Oprah. I’ve laughed at her antics with her best friend, Gayle King. I’ve watched her interview people who are famous for being movie stars, or musicians, or politicians. I’ve watched her interview people who just wanted to share their stories with the world, who wanted the mistake or catastrophe that happened in their life be a warning for us. I’ve recorded every episode of Oprah since we got our DVR back in 2004.

I subscribe to her magazine. I own the 20th Anniversary box set on DVD.

I’m one of the thousands of unsung “Ultimate Viewers” who didn’t get to go to Australia.

And now, for those who missed it (are you living under a rock?) her show is coming to an end. (Sad face.)

In case you’re not an Oprah fan, I’d like to share one of my favorite features of her O Magazine with you. In every issue, on the last page, Oprah shares what she knows for sure. It’s always something enlightening and inspiring.

I thought, “Hey, that’s a good idea for a blog. What does Abby know for sure?”

I’ll tell you.

What I Know For Sure:


I will always…let me stress, ALWAYS…choose the bag of Doritoes over the fruit salad in the fridge EVERYTIME. So don’t bring them in the house. (<——BRIAN!)

I’m always going to want my DVDs and CDs alphabetized. It may seem OCD to you, but it’s really just common sense.

While I’m “sort of” good at a lot of things, I’m not really great at any one thing. And I’m okay with that. I’m a “Jill of all trades.”

I will always be scared of spiders. Present them however you like—cute and furry and stuffed, top hat and roller skates, silly pencil sketch cartoon….doesn’t matter. Having eight legs is sinister and against all things natural.

Sometimes I’ll falter, and sometimes I’ll make mistakes, but I know I’ll spend the rest of my life striving to be a good wife, a good daughter, and a good friend.

There are some things in life I know I’ll never get to do: travel to Africa, competed on So You Think You Can Dance, visit the surface of the moon. All of that is a-okay with me (so long as I get to meet Donnie Wahlberg before I die.)

Ok, Bri, so, maybe I lied. A little.