Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pioneer Woman's Book Signing...

Old friends and a good book...does it get any better?!  Why, yes...yes it does!  For those of you who haven't ventured on to Ree Drummand/AKA Pioneer have to go to her blog. 
OK...maybe not now, because you are here.  On MY blog.  You know...the one that gets like 7 hits a week.  While hers has had millions.  She won't mind if you go AFTER reading my blog!  When you have time...this is where you go:
Pioneer Woman describes herself like this:
I’m a ranch wife, mother of four, moderately-agoraphobic (self-diagnosed) middle child who grew up on the seventh fairway of a golf course in a corporate town. I attended college in Los Angeles and wore black pumps to work every day. I ate sushi and treated myself to pedicures on a semi-regular basis. I even kissed James Garner in an elevator once. Then, on a brief trip to my hometown, I met and fell in love with a rugged cattle rancher. Now I live in the middle of nowhere on a working cattle ranch. My days are spent wrangling children, chipping dried manure from boots, washing jeans, and frying calf nuts. I have no idea how I got here…but you know what? I love it. Don’t tell anyone.

Well, I got a call from Ree the other day telling me she was coming to the Great Northwest...
OK...maybe not.  But I did read on her blog that she was coming to the Great Northwest, for a book signing of her new cookbook. 

I quickly got ahold of my fellow Pioneer Woman blog stalking friend, Charity.  I used to work with Charity...I have so many stories I could tell you about my wonderful friend....but I will save those for another day.  :)  She won't mind. 
We soon made plans to meet.  Which we were both looking forward to as the last time I saw her, was 4 years ago when she was prego with her first little one. 
I made the venture south...from Canada down to Seattle...where we met up at Charity's place.  We decided to head over to the bookstore where the booksigning would take place.  It was a bit of a drive, so lots of catching up was had.
We were so lucky, as the bookstore did the book siging in an order, by letter.  Lucky us...we were letter A!  (Thanks to Josh for picking up our tickets early!)
While waiting in line, we saw this Pioneer Chicklet:

She was snapping pictures of the hundreds of people that were there, lined up to meet her Mama.  I will tell ya...Mama's TALL!  And purdy too.  She just smiled and took pictures and I decided I would take one of her. 

Then her Grandma walked by...I wanted to take her picture too...but didn't want to frighten her.  She might be wondering what kind of mess her daughter-in-law has gotten herself into!
Then...after 20 min or was our turn.  She was so nice.  It was over before we knew it...but we got our pictures, and books signed and we were on our way!

Here we are...Me, Ree, and Charity.  Hmmm...kinda rhymes...
Charity jumped out...and I stayed.  Ree was very understanding...:)

As we were leaving, we noticed the little Chicklet again...she was buying a snack.  So we decided to chat with her a bit.  We stole another picture.  I decided to post the one with Charity, because quite frankly, if I posted the one with me...I might scare you. 
 Or her. 
Or both.

Truth is, we had a FABULOUS time.  It is the simple things that make life fun.  Kinda felt like we knew ol' Ree Drummond.  We've shared coffee with her in the morning.  Laughed at her silly stories.  Watched her babies grow, and couldn't believe how grown and mature they were when we did meet.  We've heard her Love Story...(Which you will see too, when they make the MOVIE about her soon!!)  And...we have cooked meals together, via her cookbook and other blog site, of course. 
She was just as kind and as real in person as she is online.

You call it stalking.
I call it blogging.
What a Happy Happy Day.
Thanks so much Charity for going with me!  It was so much fun catching up with you and finding out what we have missed out on over the last few years.  Your a city girl now.  I am a farm girl now.  But we still know how to have a GREAT time!  Hugs to you!


Jenny said...

Hooray! I've been waiting to read this post! You both look lovely by Miss Ree.

Woo hoo!

Charity said...

Interestingly Jimi, you were the city girl when we met over 20 years ago and I was the country girl! Thank you so much for visiting. I love you!

Amy said...

What fun Jimi! Y'all look lovely together!! Thanks for sharing your time!

Nadeen said...

Isn't it amazing what she's done with 'just' a blog. Probably with a lot of help, tho.

Glad you had a good time. MeWonders where the book signing was at in the Seattle area?

~Kristen~ said...

How fun!!! You are so lucky you got to meet her!!! I keep hoping she will do a book signing near Boston but she hasn't. :( I love her cookbook, though!!! You look so pretty in the pictures!!!

Trudy G. said...

Found your blog link on Ree's Facebook page. Fun to know I was at the same signing. I live in Kent, had the B group which was nice. It was really fun to meet her. Liked your recap of the event. Also wanted to boost your weekly blog hits from 7 to 8!

Jac @ Wuzzle Makes Three said...

Oh, I am so jealous!! LOL!

What a fun evening! You're photos are awesome too!

I found your blog through the link on Ree's website! (I'm a fellow blog stalker!)

oddFrogg said...

Wonderful blog post. Thanks so much for sharing your story and the pictures from the book signing. I discovered The Pioneer Womans' blog recently and am now a regular reader. I don't cook but love the recipes, the cool story and the photos of life on the ranch. In particular the pictures of the cows and baby calves. I grew up on a Kentucky farm and still love the smell of cows...really!

Keep blogging. I'll definitely stop in from time to time!

pam@pixelimpress said...

so cool. i was the seattle slacker that only remembered her booksigning at 5pm that day. have you tried the comfort meatballs in her cookbook? they're delish. pam

nono said...

Figured I'd leave a comment and up your count to 9! Enjoyed your recap, have a great weekend!!

Anonymous said...

How exciting! Thanks for sharing your story and photos of the book signing. Maybe someday I'll get to attend one of PW's book signings too!

Evelin said...

Well, you got more than 7 comments on this post...
I got here from PW's site, and as a faithful visitor of her site wanted to know a little about the visitors, as I never (I think) will meet PW, or she would have to go a little farther afield (I don't think she will, it is too far), to Europe and then to The Netherlands... Yes, no chance, pity... But still, nice you got to meet her and with your friend from Canada!
I'll visit once in a while...

Linda said...

It sounds like you had a marvelous time, thanks for sharing your adventures! I'm jeaous - Ree never gets to my corner of the prairie.

Window On The Prairie said...

Sounds like you had a great time. I like your site. We have cattle too, but they're beef cattle. Do you have calves now. Aren't they just the cutest?

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Ooh, seems like it was a great time!

Tammy L said...

What a sweet post; I just loved reading about your visit with Ree! :)


P.S. Your children are adorable! We just had our 4th, as well. :)