OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood Feels So Stinkin’ Old

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At only 28, Carrie Underwood is not literally old. But Carrie Underwood told the website for the Oklahoman newspaper that she felt old. She was heading to her alma mater Northeastern State University on Saturday (Oct. 15) to receive a distinguished alumnus honor.

“I’m gonna feel so stinkin’ old. I just know I am. It doesn’t feel like college is that far away, but I guess it was,” Underwood said.

Then again, this was right after she’d spent the day building a new playground at the Marshall Elementary School in her hometown of Checotah. “I painted, I mulched, I shoveled. My legs hurt. I’m not gonna lie. When this (shirt) says, ’I earned this backache,’ it’s not lying. I’m probably gonna have one,” she said of her day at work.

Underwood was very hands-on and definitely not the kind of celebrity who just writes a check and then gets in her limo to go home. She really built that playground. “You see the schedule, and you’re like, ’Yeah, right, we’re not gonna build an entire playground from 8:30 in the morning to 2:30 in the afternoon. Not gonna happen.’ But it totally did. We had time to spare,” she said.

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