Starstruck at Blogher

Come take a stroll with me down memory lane.

It’s 2:45pm on Saturday. I’ve just run up to my hotel room in an attempt to briefly thaw my corpse-like legs before the next session. I turn on the television set, realize ESPN bowling just isn’t going to hack it and grab the nearest Blogher schedule to skim over. Holy shit! I forgot about the room I’ve been wanting to visit since I arrived! The “celebrity” of all celebrities is in that room!

I grabbed my bag and walked hurriedly to the elevator. My heart seemed to beat out of my chest while thinking of the possibilities. What if I get the chance to have a short conversation? What should I say? Should I go for an awkward hug?

I had no time to think. I needed to get to this room before the next onslaught of people arrived on their break. I weaved through the hallways, staring straight ahead, careful not to catch the glance of anyone who could slow me down.

And then I arrived. The minute I walked into the room, I saw the Blogher VIP across the way and immediately started to cry. CRYING, PEOPLE. “Oh, Jesus”, I thought to myself, “Get it together, Whoorl! What am I, FOUR??”

I couldn’t help it. I was staring at such an inspiration. I wiped the tears off my face and walked straight over to introduce myself and maybe secure a photo or two.


I must say, Grover did not disappoint. I was suddenly a five-year-old again, just thrilled to get a hug from the famous puppet.


Although, Grover, are you attempting to cop a feel?


Let me help you with that hand, Grover. Okay, much better.

For those Sesame Street fans, Eric Jacobson (whose face is in the second photo) has been the only person to puppeteer Grover besides Frank Oz. (Is it just me or do Eric and Grover resemble each other?)

More non-puppet Blogher fodder to come…

  • Mandee

    July 23, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Grover has always been my favorite. The first book I bought my nephew was the “Do not turn the page book.” I can totally understand your nervousness.

  • Jenn

    July 23, 2008 at 8:15 am

    attempting, nothing! I’d say he’s succeeding!

  • slynnro

    July 23, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Dude, Grover’s a perv. But you’re hot, so it’s not like you can blame him.

  • ashley.marie

    July 23, 2008 at 8:35 am

    YAY! GROVER!!! None of this Elmo business. :)

    Yes, he does look like Grover. I love how he’s opening his mouth along with Grover in the first picture. :)

  • andrea

    July 23, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Grover is my muppet. I spent my childhood reading ‘The monster at the end of this book’ and am now reading it to Charlie and still feel that same sense of relief when I come to the end and it is just ‘Lovable, furry old Grover’ after all. I think I would have cried meeting him too, lucky lady!

  • feefifoto

    July 23, 2008 at 8:48 am

    My parents know a guy who actually named his son Grover in honor of Grover.

  • Lawyerish

    July 23, 2008 at 8:55 am

    These pictures are beyond cute. I think I might have cried upon meeting Grover, too. I absolutely cannot wait to read “The Monster at the End of this Book” to Noelle.

    Grover rules.

  • Camels & Chocolate

    July 23, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Hahaha, and here I thought you were going to say Dooce. I bet Wito loved that!

    In other news, all of my favorite bloggers posted pictures with you (another of my favorite blogettes!), and I’m still weeping over not being there last weekend. Hopefully, you’ll all be attending again next year, at which point I will drop all to be there.

  • kat

    July 23, 2008 at 9:23 am

    i love your face in the first one – so cute!

    and the puppeteer looks EXACTLY like grover!

  • The Over-Thinker

    July 23, 2008 at 9:32 am

    I’m glad you said the thing about the resemblance because it’s uncanny.

  • Saerah

    July 23, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Lucky you! Grover (or Grofer, as I call him) has always been my favorite, too. I’m 44.

  • metalia

    July 23, 2008 at 9:50 am

    That first shot is one of the cutest pictures of you I’ve ever seen.

    PS: I totally would’ve cried, too.

  • regan

    July 23, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Grover’s handler does look like Grover. Weird.

  • Rhi

    July 23, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Dude, Grover totally got to second base with you.

  • ali

    July 23, 2008 at 10:34 am

    grover is a hottie. i can see why you’d be starstruck.

  • Lauren

    July 23, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Um, Grover is one lucky puppet. Clearly, he is as star-struck as you are.

    Also: what’s the company that your bag came from? I can see a little hint of grey (NOT A STALKER) and I remembered a post some time ago about the Bag Saga.

  • diane

    July 23, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Love the first picture!
    Was cookie monster there too?

  • Isabel

    July 23, 2008 at 11:46 am

    I would have cried too.

  • mrs k

    July 23, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    I was going to ask the same thing- is Grover or the guy who ‘directs’ Grover trying to cop a feel?

    Too cute!

  • Kristin

    July 23, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    He totally was copping a feel. And look how gleeful his voice looks about the whole thing.

  • Loralee

    July 23, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Of all the things that I regret not getting to do at BlogHer this one is the BIGGEST.

    I wuv that hunk-a-hunk of blue fuzzy love.

  • gorillabuns

    July 23, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    I would have cried too but only because puppets totally creep me out.

  • BeachMama

    July 23, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Awww, how cool!!

  • Angela

    July 23, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    I got all teary, too, and my video was with Abby Cadabby! (Who?!) If Grover had been my character? Holy crap. I can’t even imagine.

  • joslyn

    July 23, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Sarah…i had the exact same experience when i visited grover on Friday…i was totally starstruck, yes tears. it was a high point of the conference for me too…

    i actually got quite crafty and used the experience to attempt my 4 year old daughter to finally give up her pacifier (i know, i know…four.years.old…)

    I did the little video with him and asked him to tell her it was time to let her “passie” go. Then i brought it home and stuck it in the dvd player monday morning…and SUCCESS…she’s been pacifier free for almost three days.

    I. love. grover.

  • Lisa

    July 23, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    I love these photos so much!

  • Angella

    July 23, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    You are totally making me regret not meeting Grover.

    (PS – MISS YOU)

  • Susan

    July 23, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    And here I thought you were going to recap cocktails with Chris and me. BUT NO.

  • MommyTime

    July 23, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    I am so glad you wrote that about the puppeteer! (which is a stragely hard word to spell; no combinations of letters look right) Because I was going to say EXACTLY that but felt a little weird about it. Eric looks precisely like a human version of Grover. Do you suppose that’s why they picked him? Bizarre.

  • Assertagirl

    July 23, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    I BAWLED MY FACE OFF when I saw Grover. I had to go away and collect myself. It was so, so touching.

  • Kristabella

    July 23, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    He totally looks like Grover! And really can you blame Grover and Man Who Looks Like Puppet Grover for wanting to cop a feel?

  • san

    July 23, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    We only briefly met when you were getting ready Saturday morning (when I came by with Jenny to come and get Kerri…), so Hi! :)

    I am in love with Grover. Coolest Sesame Street character EVER!

  • Kaili

    July 23, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    So awesome! Wito must love the pictures of you with Grover!!
    Love to hear more about your adventure at BlogHer!

  • cc

    July 23, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Grover was my favorite part too. I spent so much time in that room, but was unable to get a photo, or make a dvd. Still, it was one of the highlights of our trip.

  • Madame Queen

    July 24, 2008 at 5:54 am

    I totally would have cried, too. In fact, I’m tearing up just thinking about it. Grover is by far my favorite.

    “Near…….Far. Near……Far.” I love me some Grover.

  • Dr. Maureen

    July 24, 2008 at 6:38 am

    If someone had told me I could meet Grover at BlogHer, I would have sold my car to pay for the tickets. GROVER! YOU MET GROVER!

  • Nate

    July 24, 2008 at 6:48 am


  • Laura

    July 24, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Grover is my favorite, too! I understand your rush of emotion. You guys are lucky to have found each other.

  • Amalah

    July 24, 2008 at 9:53 am

    I am STILL wailing over here that I did not get to meet you. OR Grover, even though I kept putting my name on The List and then missing my name being called.

    I gave Noah one of Mrs. Flinger’s CondomCards instead. I am awesome.

  • Daisy

    July 24, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Grover! And here I was thinking you were stalking one of the other bloggers! Love the pictures.

  • Bry

    July 24, 2008 at 10:52 am

    So cute! I would have been teary too :)

  • Kristin

    July 24, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    I totally thought the same thing about Grover copping a feel! Hilarious.

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    July 25, 2008 at 9:56 am

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  • monkeygirl

    July 25, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I’m with Lauren in terms of wanting to know the 411 on your outfit, but want to know about your dress and necklace. Can you share that info? You look awesome, as always!

  • Jeana

    July 25, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    You think you were being violated. Look what Eric’s doing to Grover. Sheesh.

  • martymankins

    July 31, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Good thing Grover kept his hands below your rack. Don’t want to ruin any images of who Grover should be.

    Now Oscar.. I would expect him to try and cop a feel.

  • Kaza

    July 31, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Hi! New reader here (and fairly new blogger). Just had to say that I LOVE GROVER and how cool is it that you got to meet him and his puppeteer? (And yes, they do look alike.) This really just made my day (how dorky is that?). Grover was my fave as a kid and cracks me up now that my 3-year-old is watching him.

    Kudos, by the way, for looking so fabulous while being hugged (felt up?) by a muppet!!!!