Sunday, November 22, 2009

I don't do this . . .

I don't do this sort of thing.  I don't.  
I don't like crowds.  I don't like long lines. 

I'm the person who bought a book on how to get through Disney World avoiding the lines and crowds when we took our three kids so many years ago.  I'm also not a "star follower".  But somehow this event, and this woman managed get me out of bed earlier than usual on a Saturday morning...and then spend hours in line waiting for few minutes with this blog writer. 

Maybe it was all the hype--  or it could be the fear that I'd be missing out on something fun and exciting that urged me on . . . regardless of the reason, or lack of reason...I went. 

With some embarrassment, I'm admitting that my friend Jen and I waited in line with 548 other people, mostly women - for five hours -  to get our cookbooks signed and chat for a minute with Ree Drummond -- The Pioneer Woman at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.

Fox news came too !

When Ree (a.k.a. The Pioneer Woman) arrived she answered some questions people had written down --- then she got busy signing books.  

Shortly after that, her husband (a.k.a. Marlboro Man)-- her name for him, not mine ---arrived with their two boys.  Marlboro Man took some pics of us . . .

and got ambushed to sign some books himself

Eventually they provided Marlboro man and the boys a table and chairs!

These pics are reversed -- but the boys quickly sat down and promptly proceeded to show each other some brotherly love!

However, they quickly got busy signing books just like their momma and daddy!

Our spot in line  ---  was right behind the three of them!

really . . .

Sorry -- but (no pun intended) if you read the blog  you know that this is a popular "view".

Ree, Me, Jen

My BF Ree and I . . .

That "view" I mentioned....
Yeah, it's at the back of the cookbook!

It's where Marlboro Man and the boys sign!
Can't you just hear the boys . . .
"Mom, why is there a picture of Dad's butt in your cookbook ?"

Thanks for going with me Jen!  I enjoyed the time with you and getting to know you even better!


  1. There's something just a little different about a blog entry about a ... well about a person who writes a blog. And interesting too...

    I'm proud of my little pioneer woman too :) -- even if she only herds chickens and yorkies.

    DIY Guy.

  2. I suppose sometime in your life you need to wait 5 hours to see someown, why not. Looks like you had fun!

  3. hahaha love it! wish i could've gone! :)

  4. It didn't seem like 5 hours. Plus we all got a "free" T-shirt. Thanks for dragging me along with you and listening to my hoarse voice all day! I really, really look bad in that picture of the 3 of us!!!!

  5. Glad it was you in that line and not me, but I loved the pics, can you belive that you were actually that close to Ree, and her family. Very cool!

  6. You're prettier than Pioneer Woman, Ma. :) Looks like you had fun!

  7. So fun...i like the pics!

  8. Looks like you all had a great time! Wish I could have gone! We ended up laying floor from 11 am till 2 am the next morning. That is a great picture of you and ree and the "view" :)

  9. Wow! The pioneer woman goes to see the pioneer woman! Did you tell her she has some tough competition!!!!


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