Yesterday afternoon Jackie and I had one very important mission – to meet Ree Drummond, AKA The Pioneer Woman! For those of you who don’t know, Ree is the author of a wildly popular blog that chronicles her life as a ranch wife, home cook extraordinaire, photographer, keeper of the home and garden, and homeschooler to four children. She also happens to be one of the biggest inspirations for forming our own blog.
Ree published her first cookbook last October, chock full of mouthwatering recipes and gorgeous pictures from the ranch. Somehow inbetween her responsibilities of blogging about calf nuts, holey yoga pants and everything inbetween she managed to fit in a Griswold Family style road trip cross country to promote her book. Where was the last stop of the tour? Orlando!
In preparation for the big meet and greet, Jackie and I stalked the blogs of other loyal fans who visited book signings in other cities. We found a mixture of happy experiences and horror stories… including people who waited hours upon hours and didn’t even get to meet Ree. That was NOT an option, so we snuck out of work early and off to the Big O we went.
Our drive was quick and easy at just over an hour. Other people in line traveled from places like Clearwater, Port St. Lucie, and even Michigan! We had fun meeting other fans (hi Jo! hi Delfi!) and people watching as we waited for Ree to make her grand entrance.
There may or may not have been alcohol involved 😉
Apparently the first people arrived around 1pm. We got in line close to 4pm and promptly claimed our space on the floor with our new friends.
Why didn’t we take pictures with anyone else? Anyway, we were excited that only 30 people or so were in front of us.
Around 5pm the manager of the bookstore opened the second floor. Turns out that we were pretty smart to get to the bookstore early – we earned a front spot in the audience to watch Ree’s brief Q&A session. There we learned the answer to the infamous boxers vs. briefs argument, heard an Ethel Merman impersonation, and found out that Ree really DOES read all the comments left on her posts (minus those pesky giveaway posts with over 20,000 responses).
We took this picture right before our turn with Ree. The book signing area on the second floor was filled to capacity and these people were in a line winding through the bookshelves waiting to come upstairs.
Ree was incredibly charming, cute, gracious, and actually took the time to chat with us for a few minutes! We bonded over the name Paige (also her youngest daughter’s name), she entertained our goofy questions, and she even asked about our blog! The best part about the evening?! When Ree asked to take our picture and told us that we were blog worthy! Swoon!
We could hardly contain our excitement as we walked down the stairs and out of the store. We were hysterical by the time we made it to the car 🙂 Keep an eye out on her blog to see if we make the cut!
Oh, and one more thing. Does anyone else out there want an autographed copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks? You see, we brought an extra copy with us… and we asked Ree to sign it.
Answer the following question in a comment:
Have you ever stood in line to meet someone famous? Do you have a funny story?
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Enter before midnight EST, 16 May 2010
One winner will randomly be chosen using random.org and will be posted 17 May 2010.
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This giveaway is sponsored by Paige and Jackie and this blog only.
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