Thursday, November 5, 2009

I finally met the pioneer woman

I got there at 6:30. The place was packed. I was group M for book signing after Ree speaks to every one. No kidding, there must have been about 200 people, mostly women. Hannah, my 15 year old said she felt like in a beehive, with all the buzzing sounds of woman talking.
This was a small area I was standing at.
Then a representative from the store introduced Ree as follows:

Named one of Time magazine’s “25 Best Blogs of 2009,” Ree Drummond’s hugely popular details her life as a mother, photographer, crafter, rancher’s wife, and cook. Drummond colorfully traces her transition from city life to ranch wife through recipes, photos, and pithy commentary based on her blog, and whips up delicious, satisfying meals for cowboys and cowgirls alike made from simple, widely available ingredients (Rib-Eye Steak with Whiskey Cream Sauce, Lasagna, Fried Chicken, Patsy’s Blackberry Cobbler, and Cinnamon Rolls—not to mention several “cowgirl-friendly” dishes, such as Sherried Tomato Soup, Olive Cheese Bread, and Crème Brûlée.) The Pioneer Woman Cooks—and with these "Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl," she pleases the palate and tickles the funny bone at the same time.
Then Ree came out. Do you see her?
How 'bout now?
Ree introduced herself and felt that she expressed herself in her website, in her sweet southern drawl (she lost the California Accent). Everyone agreeded and so the Ree answered questions that guests had. After 45 minutes, They seperated into groups to sign books. They started with Group A, I was group M, however, I was able to be pushed ahead with Group A. Mothers with children were able to jump ahead. Don't think I must of been able to skip and go that easy. I know what those steers felt that Ree speaks of. Moving from one side of the room to the other. No rhyme or reason, it was disorganized. I was in line for 55 minutes. There were still mothers with children when I left. But it was worth it. Imagen if I had to wait for Group M?? Poor Ree and her family, they must be exhausted.
It was worth the wait.

I must say that Ayla had to speak to Ree. She got dressed up, said that I needed to dress up in a dress, too. I didn't. She was on a mission to meet "The Pioneer Woman". When we were waiting our turn Ayla said, "Mom, give me the book and I'll go take it to the Pioneer Woman and have her sign it."
I had to teach her patience, and patience we had to learn. When we finally got up, Ayla extended her hand and introduced herself. "Hi my name is Ayla, nice to meet you Pioneer Woman" Ree loved her and asked her age. Ayla said 4, Ree said her youngest was 5. Ayla said she will be 5 soon. Ree asked when her birthday was. Ayla told her "November 11th" and they (Changing Hands) rushed us on, otherwise Ayla would have talked up a storm.

When we left, Ayla was in Awe that she finally met the Pioneer Woman.
"Mama?", asked Ayla.
"yes Ayla did you have fun?"
Ayla honestly said, "Uh *pause* no. It was to crowed and hot. But I liked Ms. Pioneer Woman, and she called me 'Sugar", with a big grin.
"Nobody has ever called me Sugar!"
I think this will be a big moment in Ayla's memories and will sleep with a smile. That in itself, made my day.
Thank you Ree, for your patience (And your family) and signing not only my cookbook, but everyone else who came to your book signing tonight, and every night away from your punks and Marlboro Man.

Good night:)


Nicole Feliciano said...

That is so cool that you made it to the event.

Anonymous said...

You're so lucky you got to meet PW!