And-- sitting on my couch that morning in my pajamas -- this is what happened to my mind:
Seriously though-- the girl who starred on Clarissa Explains It All (aka Melissa Joan Hart, the coolest girl in the entire world when I was 9 years old) held my painting and Anderson Cooper SAID MY FULL NAME and did not butcher my long Polish last name (the audio of which is now my phone's ringtone.) And they both complimented my artistic skills and proceeded to sniff a portrait that I painted. And all for a good minute or two on national television.
Mind blown. No words. :)