Sunday, April 18, 2010

Meeting The Pioneer Woman

Saturday, at approximately 4:45 in the afternoon, I discovered Ree was in the PNW and would be signing her cookbook at 5:00 at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park.
In less than 10 minutes, I grabbed Sydney, my camera, my copy of her cookbook, and we were out the door - we weren't gonna miss an opportunity to meet P-Dub!
I've never been to a book signing, so I didn't know what to expect.
We arrived at the bookstore at 5:15, and were given a signing line ticket with these instructions. We were in group J which didn't seem too bad since at 5:20 they had already called group B.
By 7:00, we were beginning to wonder if our group would ever be called...
Thankfully, there's a nice area with a few restaurants adjacent to the bookstore. We enjoyed a yummy snack of sushi and gyoza. We even tried bubble tea for the first time and loved it!
As we continued waiting, we spent most of our time reading books in the kids section of the store. While in there, Ree's oldest daughter came and sat down near us.
Sydney was immediately "star struck".
It took a little coaxing, but I managed to convince Sydney to go over and ask for an autograph.
That was a huge highlight of the night for Sydney.
Around 8:30 we went and peeked at Ree signing. I was debating whether we should stay or go. We had already invested so much time waiting, I didn't want to give up, but things were moving so slowly...
Finally, around 10 p.m. group J was called - whoohoo!
At about 10:40ish after waiting almost 5 1/2 hours, we finally met The Pioneer Woman.
It was totally worth the wait!!!
She was extremely gracious, sweet, and funny. I appreciated her taking the time to talk with us a bit. She'd been signing for almost 6 hours straight at this point!
On the ride home, Sydney told me this was one of the best nights ever. Something she'll be sure to tell her grandkids about someday.


CACHANILLA73 said...

Amazing experience for both of You, how amazing to meet a favorite author, it is priceless. Congratulations.... =)

sue w said...

glad you got to see her. I didn't buy her book so I stayed home:( My sister was in group B, and only had to wait aobut 45min. She was a very happy camper! So glad your little sweetie thought of it as a good thing- most kids would be so cranky after such a long wait. yea for both of you!

Anonymous said...

I love this post, Karoline. I'm all teary...silly me! What a fun, sweet story though.

June said...

Karoline I am so glad that Sydney got to have her picture taken with PW. She is such a darling little girl ya know! I guess I should say that is was nice PW could have her picture taken with Sydney.
I'm sure it's a night your little one won't soon forget.

WSU Laura said...

I am so glad you were able to get her autograph. I didn't know she was here until the day after. I love how your daughter enjoyed it and am sure she made PW's daugther's night as well by asking for her autograph. Too cute!

Constantine… said...

Oh how wonderful!

malia said...

Thanks for making my wait fun-- great post!

Anonymous said...

I'm so jealous! Your little girl is so cute and so patient to have waited that long. I'm glad she considers it one of the best nights ever!

Window On The Prairie said...

Lucky you met PW! And I love the pic of the lilacs on your homepage. Beautiful.

Tammy L said...

Wow, you got there on short notice!! :) I live close to Lake Forest Park as well, but wasn't able to go meet Ree. Looks like fun though! :)