Friday, December 4, 2009

Meeting the Pioneer Woman

Pioneer Woman Booksigning

Last Wednesday, December 1st, was one of the coldest, rainiest days we have had in Dallas this year. It was pretty miserable. Drivers seemed to forget how to drive (this happens any time there is any precipitation in Dallas). But there was one bright spot for me. What you ask? Well, The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, was on the beginning of the Texas leg of her book tour! So despite the rain, I was going. Crazy as hell drivers be damned!

Thank goodness I called ahead and found out you needed a wristband to attend. I had already bought my copy elsewhere so I was told I needed to buy one from Borders (which I found out later may or may not have been true). Oh well, I thought. It will make a good Christmas present for someone (can't say who though...she reads my blog sometimes!)

I knew enough from following Ree's posts on her other signings that I needed to get there early because this was going to be a little shall we say...crowded. Even though I got there well before the signing was supposed to start, the place was jam packed with wet PW fans. I kinda felt sorry for all the 'regular' shoppers. There was hardly any room for them to shop. Especially when we started lining up on the blue line that meandered around the store.

This is where the wrist bands came into play. There were at least 7 groups (I think!). Gold, red, yellow, pink, orange, purple, and silver. I was in the yellow group. Someone mentioned that there were about 100 people in each group. I don't know how true that is but it sure felt like it. After red and gold lined up, yellow was called and thank goodness I managed to get pretty close to the front of that group.

I was in line with a few very nice friendly ladies. During the long wait to get up to where Ree was, we talked about everything from the GRE (which I'm taking soon) to Why Fish Fart (the name of a book we came across...don't ask). For the first hour and a half, we didn't move an inch. Seriously. Not a cotton pickin' inch.  If I hadn't seen and heard Ree come in and start speaking, I wouldn't have guess we had started! Finally though, the line started to move and slowly we made our way around the store (we started about half way around the perimeter in the back).

Pioneer Woman Booksigning

Her daughters were there and one of them came through our portion of the line and signed cookbooks. Super sweet girl! By 10 pm (the signing started at 7), however, Ree was within sight.

Pioneer Woman Booksigning

See?! There she is! And also the super cool Border's employee who joked with me about starting a blog a la Julie and Julia and maybe it would be made into a movie one day (see the crazy sticky notes below).

Finally...it's my turn! It's just me and Ree...and a huge crowd of fans wanting me to hurry the eff up no doubt. And her older brother was there too. Right after my picture was taken, he realized he was in the middle of every picture and decided he wanted to move. It was kinda funny.

Pioneer Woman Booksigning
This photo has been edited to hide the evidence of my enormous hips.

Here is where the really exciting thing happened. My book was apparently the only one to the point that had been marked by little sticky notes. In order to remember which recipes I really want to make, I mark the page with a sticky note and write the recipe on top. It's something my Memaw taught me and I've kept doing it with all my cookbooks. Ree saw it and was impressed/excited with my organization. She took a picture of my book! Then...she took a picture of ME!!! ME!! OMG! I was so excited obviously. I couldn't believe it! I have no idea if she will use those pictures at all but it still made the whole 3 hour wait totally worth it for me.  UPDATE: She used it!  Check it out here!  And of course, we can't forget the snazzy t-shirt I managed to snag as well. And she told me the prune cake was delicious. I am so making that soon.

Ree was incredibly nice. Even though she had been signing constantly for 3 hours at that point with a HUGE line still behind me (her poor hands! Fear not...she did take a bathroom break at one point), she had a big smile for everyone that came up. Including me...the crazy organized sticky note girl. She made you feel that she was happy and grateful that you came out to see and support her.

So if she is coming to your area, take your book and get there early! Because you are gonna wait. But it so worth it since you get to meet such a unbelievably nice (and pretty!) awesome blogger. And I'm not just saying that because she took my picture either. She rocks kiddos! oh...and she mentioned that her story, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, will be published! Sweet!

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Nestra said...

Sounds like you had fun! One of these days, I will be in town when you go to one of these book signings and I can be your line buddy. Book signings are more fun with a line buddy.

Did I ever tell you about the time I stood in line for four hours to have a book "Memnoch the Devil" signed by Anne rice in Atlanta? Totally worth it and I had a great line buddy. We had so much fun.

Miss ya FLG!

Megan said...

How exciting! I wish she would come to Vegas - but I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon.

Susan said...

I have been waiting and waiting to hear that news about the love story of Ree and Ladd! Yay!!!

Kirsten said...

Damn! You are so lucky! I so wish that she would come to Boulder! Don't you just la love her?

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