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Hope everyone is recovering from their tryptophan comas. I have less of a tummy ache from pumpkin pie and more of a bellyache from all the laughs served up during my holiday weekend.
I was here on the set of E News until Wednesday afternoon, but then set out to execute my Turkey Day Surprise! I flew on a red-eye from LA to my hometown of Indianapolis early Thanksgiving morning. From the airport I loaded up my rent-a-car and cruised south through the countryside to my sister's house. That's where she, my brother, my mother, nieces and nephews…EVERYONE (but me) would be gathering around the table to gnaw on a good old fashioned Hoosier feast.
About 20 minutes before my surprise arrival, my mom texted me expressing her disappointment that I wouldn't be with the family, but how I should get near my computer so that we could Skype. Brilliant! Here they thought I was home alone with my cats in Los Angeles… yet in reality I was driving down the Indiana highway with a big fat bow wrapped all around me. ;)
Knock Knock and the tears began to fall. A few gasps, lots of smiles, and bear hugs. My mom – straight from the kitchen – was proudly displaying the blue apron I made in Home Economics class in the 7th grade. The surprise was a success and the visit was fantastic.
I'm a little wiped out from the traveling and a wee sleepy today at work, but that was undoubtedly one of the best surprises I've ever pulled off.
How about you? Good surprise stories? DO TELL!
Catt Sadler is an Emmy-winning journalist who was recently named by the Los Angeles Times as One of the Top 10 Next Broadcasters of Our Generation. She can be seen on E! News and hosting a number of E! specials and high-caliber red carpet events.
A graduate of Indiana University as a journalism major, Sadler got her start as the entertainment reporter for KBWB/KNTV in San Francisco, where for more than four years, she hosted a nightly lifestyle segment called "The Bay Beat" and traveled frequently to Los Angeles and New York to conduct celebrity interviews.
In 2001, Sadler returned to her home state to host the Indiana Lottery's Hoosier Millionaire, which became the longest-running syndicated lottery game show in the country. During this time, she also served as the official emcee for the NBA's Indiana Pacers for the 2003-04 season.
This Midwestern girl was bit by the acting bug at the age 11 after appearing in the film Hoosiers. In the years that followed, she acted in a number of school plays and musicals and also sang in an all-girl band. Sadler has since appeared on various soap operas including General Hospital and Night Shift as well as starring in the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus music video "You Better Pray."
Sadler is a mother of two handsome boys, Austin and Arion, and considers being a mother the hardest and most-rewarding job in the world.