The Difference between Fan and Fanatic is a Fine Line

If you could have dinner with any celebrity who would it be?

I've been asked this before and honestly, my answer is no one. I'm a fan of many people, but, really,when you meet them, what do you say?

"Uh...huh...I'm such a fan. You're so awesome. Like, totally."

It's not like I have anything in common with Jennifer Garner or Sandra Bullock. Maybe I could give them beauty advice.
I know. You're laughing. So are they.

There is one celebrity, though, that I thought I'd like to meet. Are you ready?

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Doesn't look familiar? Does this help?

Yes, Dawn is a Survivor contestant. She was originally on a couple years ago, and is back this year as a 'favorite'. Why would I want to meet this 'celebrity'? Because we do have things in common.
Dawn is from Utah, she is the mother of 6 kids and she's a Mormon.  (She's also a professor at BYU, so clearly, much smarter than me, but we'll overlook that.)  We cheer for her every week as we watch the show.

So, yesterday, I was at my friend's church for her son's missionary farewell.  We were early and were walking the halls looking for the bathroom.
Then, it happened.
 I turned around and found myself face to face with Dawn.  I almost choked. My heart started beating faster and then, the weirdest thing happened. My brain completely stopped working.  It sort of said, "I know you're going to make a fool of yourself, so I'm stepping out."

And, then, left alone without my brain, I proceeded to make a fool of myself.

I don't even want to tell you what happened. It was that embarrassing.

I'm horrified that my husband was a witness. He'll be able to hold this over me for years.

I will tell you that there was an awkward greeting, an equally awkward mention of how we're such huge fans (Yes, I pulled my husband into the embarrassment with me.) and there might have been a hug. (Oh, man, a hug! What was I thinking? Oh, right, I wasn't.)

Then, to make it even better, she went into the very bathroom I was looking for. So, it looked like I was stalking her. We had an almost normal exchange where I told her why I was there (she knows my friend.) She was so incredibly gracious and kind. I consoled myself with the fact that she probably gets that all the time. Probably not in church. And, probably not in the bathroom.

Thing is, I'm not just a fan. Dawn is the kind of person I'd love to be friends with. Pretty much blew that opportunity. Oh, well. At least I was memorable.

(Lia, if Dawn ever mentions this, feel free to tell her that I'm insane. She'll totally believe you.)


  1. I LOVE Dawn!!! I have never met her but hope to someday! How fun!

    1. Hopefully, when you meet her, you'll keep your wits about you!

  2. Ha ha, that's kind of great, Julie. That's how I felt around the authors at the conference! But now you're doing Listen to your mother, so you're kind of famous, too, right?! Next time I see you I'll get all tongue-tied.

    1. Oh, yeah, I'm totally famous.
      And, you, tongue-tied? Not likely. Not over Mexican food, anyway.

    2. What can I say? Get a few enchiladas in me and I start dancing on the table!

  3. Oh wow! That is awesome! I want to meet someone famous too. When you do a book signing in Canada I'll be the one shuffling my feet and grinning like a maniac. I'm insane too.

    1. You're so sweet. 'When' I do my book signing, you'd better not shuffle your feet. We crazies have to stick together.

  4. I was all pro-Dawn until she stayed with Phillip instead of switching things up to go with Malcolm. Ok. Fine. She's a nice person. But have you SEEN Malcolm?? Now there's an island...

    No matter. How exiciting!! And I'm sure you were as warm and wonderful as ever!

    1. Warm? Wonderful? Weird is more like it.
      (So glad when they sent Phillip packing!)

  5. I did this to a homeschooling mom blogger that I ran into at BlogHer in San Diego. Like, I held onto her and talked and talked and took photos because, really, she MUST have been excited to meet me as I was to meet her, right? Sigh. I'm usually more "with it" than that.

    1. Yeah, I had this whole scenario in my mind of how me meeting her would have gone. It wasn't what happened.

  6. I interviewed Dawn for the Daybreak Utah blog

    She was so down to earth and nice - I'd never have guessed she's famous. I bet you thought it was a lot worse than she did.

    Glad I found your blog. I'm excited to know about another blogger in Davis County (I'm in Fruit Heights, moving to South Ogden soon). I promise if I meet you I'll jump up and down, scream and grab your hand like we're the best of friends. :)

    Blog on!

    1. Oh! I'm gonna go check out that interview!

      (South Ogden is so near me! Yay!!)

  7. I hate my cell phone sometimes! I tried to post a comment on this post when you first linked it to FB and it must not have posted.
    Well it was terribly smart and funny I'm sure, but I can't remember what I said.
    I do remember asking if you read Dawn's blog. She doesn't mind the attention at all. Go check out her blog....where did I put her blog address.
    I'll send it to ya.

    1. I do read her blog. (Of course.) It's not the attention, it's the weird stalker attention she probably hates.


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