Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Lolly Meets The Pioneer Woman

One of the first blogs that I ever read 3 1/2 years ago, was the blog of Ree Drummond, also known as "The Pioneer Woman." She is a great photographer, cook and writer, and she is so funny.

She started a story three years ago about how she and her husband met. She did it in such a creative way. She had several parts to it and she stretched the story out for 3 years. At first, she posted about every other week, then she stretched to about a month, and finally she was writing every couple of months. She is such a great writer, you checked her blog every day to read the latest installment.

At the same time, she was posting pictures and stories about her family and her cooking. When she posts a recipe, she has a ton of pictures. She first posts a picture with all of her ingredients and then she posts step by step instructions, even boiling water.

When she announced she was publishing a cookbook, I pre-ordered on Amazon and could not wait to get it. I read it like a book the day I got it. Lots of great stories, recipes and pictures. I also saw that she would be in Dallas in 6 weeks and I immediately put it on my calendar.

Janelle and I headed to Dallas yesterday around 4:00 p.m. We knew it would be crowded, but never dream it would be SO crowded. They were giving armbands out and we secured our place in line at around 212 and 213. There were almost 500 people behind us. Yes, you read it right, 500!!! The staff said she is running about 1,000 per signing all over the country.

She is such a kind person, that she gave everyone in line her undivided attention (and a cute t-shirt). We got our books signed at 10:00 p.m. I can't imagine how long she stayed. At 10:00 p.m. there were still several hundred people in line. She was smiling the entire time. When I was getting mine signed, I heard one of her staff tell her that she had to be at the TV studio at 8:00 a.m. and she said, "That's okay."

Oh, I looked like CR**, but I would not miss posting my picture with her. By that time, the hair was disastrous, the makeup gone and my feet were KILLING me.

So glad I did it and was so happy to get in the hot bathtub at 11:30. I just saw Ree on Good Morning Texas and I am guessing she was really tired. She said she left Borders at 2:00 a.m. What a trooper!

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Anna said...

OMG! I just realized I talked with you in line last night! You probably don't remember, but I asked you what group you were in, and you jokingly told me that I may as well go home and come back in an hour.

I had a splitting headache and my husband was tired but was trying not to show it. Once we got home, I actually agonized over whether or not to return.

I was in the last group with the silver bands! If you didn't get your book signed until after 10, I can't imagine how long I would have waited.

Live and learn, next time I will arrive MUCH earlier!

Lolly said...

Anna, you were probably smart to go home. I had a friend in the silver group and she had her signed at 1:00. Next time I will check on when they start giving wristbands. I did not know they would do it early. At least you got the book!

jmac said...

~~sigh........ya'll are better women than moi! We got there about 7, saw the crowds, got the silver band...but collected some pinks, blues and purples from people who felt sorry for us cuz we were sooooo pitiful!!! well, that and the fact that we'd had several martinis before we got we left. We have a wonderul upgraded suite and have had a blast today!!
Oh friends talked to your daughter for a long time in line, they said. Their pics will be on my blob soon!!

jmac said...

back to add; they started giving out armbands at 9am!!!!!!!!!!

Sharrieboberry said...

Wow! That was a long line. I'm searching looking for accounts of the event. Ree rocks!

Thanks for the info! I saw her in Oklahoma.

Kay said...

Wow... sounds like it was worth the wait for you. She is quite a trooper. I'm glad her book is doing so well. Love the pics too! : )

The York Family said...

I'm so jealous that you got to meet Ree! What fun! I'm going to have to pick up a copy of her new cookbook. I bet it's a good one!