Sunday, November 22, 2009
Breaking News: PW and Dandy become BFF
Uh-huh. I met the one, the only, Pioneer Woman! Wooo hoo! Perhaps we aren't so much BFF as we are two people who just met for a minute. But its almost the same thing.
A few months ago I got my sister Sherri completely hooked on PW. We've been waiting anxiously for her to come to Southern California ever since we heard about her book tour.
When she finally posted the Torrance location I cancelled all plans. Which is totally understandable. Its not like I'm getting married the weekend after next.
Its not like I have 20 past due items highlighted on my knot checklist. Its not like I have baking to complete....random uncontrollable eyebrow hairs to pluck....menus to print....thank you notes to write.....paper bags to hyperventilate into.
This is P-dub we are talking about. I don't think Borders knew what was coming. I tried to warn them. Most of the staff I spoke with didn't know who she was. I was nervous things would get crazy. But I was armed with a yellow wristband which meant we were in the first group for signing.
When my good friend Ree first came in, my pictures were turning out like this. Why? Because I still have no idea how to use my camera, thats why. Its pathetic. The very sweet lady in front of me turned around and told me to up my ISO because she could hear my shutter was too slow and didn't want me to have blurry pictures.
How sweet is she?! But I just stared at her like a dear in headlights. "Um... I don't know how to adjust my ISO..." and I handed her the camera. Which is missing the eye piece by the way. I have no idea what happened to it. AND there is cookie dough on it. So embarassing.
Lucy (the sweetheart) adjusted the camera for me and I was able to take some decent pictures. She didn't even scold me for obvious camera abuse.
The line in front of us looked like this. You probably wish I would stop rambling and tell you about Ree already...I'm sure you are really just dying to hear all about her!
I learned these very important facts:
1. PW is very long and lean and gorgeous and says its on account of The Spanx. OK, she doesn't actually speak like that. Unless they have some new facial mask sort of Spanx I'm going to say Ree is just naturally pretty.
2. The Farm is a 4 hour drive from The House. 4 hours?! Their land must be super gimongous.
2a. I really like The Capitalization today.
3. When asked what advice she can give new bloggers.... Exercise More! Seriously. This will defintely be the case as I cook my way thru her book. Who am I kidding. This will definitely be the case as B cooks his way thru her book.
4. PW really does do a fantastic Ethel Merman impersonation.
5. There has been no cutting or snipping that will impede further procreation in pioneer land. Hey, I'm just the middle man here, I'm just telling it like it is, I'm just relaying the info.
and finally (drum roll please)
6. P-dub will be publishing Black Heels to Tractor Wheels! (insert spontaneous clapping here)
Sitting with PW is Sandy. Sandy has 15 kids. She seems like such a sweet thing and I'm wondering if she has a blog. Do you know Sandy and her 15 kids? I think we have a lot in common and we may also become best friends... only by "a lot in common" I mean "polar opposites". I think Sandy could teach me a thing or two.
I want to hear more of her story, she brought pictures and she said that all her kids aren't "homegrown" which I thought was the cutest thing.
update: I have found Sandi here!
I'd also like to note how super stylish Ree is. Look at those boots!
This is Lucy! Thank you Lucy for saving my pictures. I should have told you about my blog but I get nervous and I forget. Do you give private lessons?
This is Sherri, my sister! No we did not get a picture of the three of us. But we did think of it afterwards. We are good at coming up with ideas when they are useless.
This was my reaction when I ever so kindly asked Ree if I could move into the pantry at The Lodge.
I was completely denied. I was heartbroken. There she is laughing as my dreams shatter.
Or maybe I have no idea why I am making that face. I like to think its just one of those awkward shots of me as I am speaking. I look sick. I look weird. I pray my expression had changed by the time she looked up from writing.
A few things about this picture. Ree looks very purty. I suddenly feel the urge to grow out my hair. I realize I need to expand my collection of accessories. That box in front is a present I brought to Ree containing Salted Butterscotch Shortbread Bars (recipe tomorrow here and on Tasty Kitchen). Next to Ree's elbow is something cute that the very sweet girl in front of me gave her and I'm dying to know what it is. I wish I had gotten her name, also she had a very sweet boyfriend who offered to get us all coffee while we waited in line. We declared him a keeper.
Hee! B saw this from across the room and started laughing. He said all I'm missing is a thumbs up gesture. I'm so happy my face looks like it may explode.
Don't you think for a minute that I wasn't thinking of you. Of course I was. Now I realize that some of you already have her cookbook.
But do you have an autographed one? So, because I love you, because I clap every time one of you leave me a comment, because I know you love PW, because I'm getting married in less than 2 weeks, because I fit into skin tight jeans and I can still breathe and because I want you to spontaneously clap as well.... I am giving away this PW signed cookbook!
To enter: Leave me a comment! If you are a follower leave me a separate comment! If you link to my blog from yours leave me a third comment!
Giveaway closes on Friday at 9:00 pm PST. Winner winner chicken dinner to be announced on Saturday morning which just so happens to be 1 week from my wedding day... just so you know.