Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The P-Dub Experience...

Yes, you read that right...
THE Pioneer Woman.
Ree Drummond.

This lady...

You might recognize her...

Joseph-Beth Booksellers, in Charlotte, NC, around 6pm (on May 7th) sounded like a Justin Bieber concert. 
Seriously, all us crazy fans belted out like...well...crazy fans when she walked in!

My friend and I (Angela from Angela's Peony Patch) had planned on meeting PW in Atlanta during her winter book tour, but as fate would have it, we weren't able to make the trip and I thought all hope was lost.
But then we caught wind of her "short" Spring book tour and Charlotte was one of the lucky spots!

Boy, we jumped on this like hungry ducks on a june bug...

We were fortunate enough to land some GREAT tickets and were some of the first to meet Ree.
I almost wet my pants with excitement.

Here's another picture of her.  She really is this beautiful.
Though she kept talking about not taking shots from this angle. 
I didn't listen...
And obviously "this angle" isn't a bad one for her.
She also made mention of her beloved spanx.  And tugged at her britches.
Funny gal =)!

While I was snapping away, it never once occurred to me that I would have to actually talk to her when she signed my cookbook.


When they called our group number, we started up the steps and all of a sudden I became a basket of nerves.

I've never met a famous person before.
Nor have I ever met one as inspiring as a mom, wife, photographer, cook and homeschooler.
It got scary...
real quick like.

Here I come P-Dub.  Forgive me if I say something stupid...

I say, " go first.  Show me how it's done."
(note: while I'm saying this I'm scarfing down a million Altoids)

This doesn't look so bad.
I mean, she's human like anyone else.
As my momma said, "she puts on underwear in the morning like the rest of us."

Here goes nothing....

Of course I brought her a gift...
Maybe an apron?


I froze.
And giggled.

I did manage to get out a "It's so nice to meet you" in my best I'm terrified, you're famous, I love you voice.

Oh boy...
Nice face huh?
Real nice.
Just the one you want captured on film while talking to your favorite blogger.
If only I could've stuck with the frozen and giggling.

All those nerves and I just started yapping.

That's where she asked if I lived near by.
I proceeded to tell her I lived waaaaaay out in the country, but close enough.
Stupid comment #1.
I think she knows something about living "waaaaaaay" out in the country.

Oh, Lord.
She's signing my mom's cookbook here.
I'm telling her that my mom is at a Lee Greenwood concert.

She said, "Well, I can't compete with Lee Greenwood!"

Then the picture lady asked for big smiles and I was wisked away.

But wait...

I had no time to explain that mom was in VA at a Lee Greenwood concert.


Of all the things I could have said.
You rock.
You inspire me in everything you do.
I want to be a Pioneer Woman when I grow up.
I love your chicken salad.

Giggle, giggle....
"Yeah, that's my mom's...she's at a Lee Greenwood concert."
Stupid comment #2.

Oy vey.

But she was very gracious.

Ree~ if you're reading...
You rock.
You inspire me in everything you do.
I want to be a Pioneer Woman when I grow up.
I love your chicken salad.

And Lee Greenwood~ if you're reading...
I've seen you three times since I was five years old.
Me and my mom love you.
I'm proud to be  an American, where at least I know I'm free.
But no offense...
You're no match for PW.


Peace out,


Kirstin said...

How fun! She was actually in Portland, Oregon but I totally missed it )C:

Amy said...

Awesome! I am a huge PW fan- she is super cool. So glad you got to meet her!!

Wander said...

That is totally precious!
I love her too! She is just a rockin babe of a gal!
I loved your post about her!
You were probably pretty normal to her.

She has to be getting used to all the crazed blogger fans at her book signings!
The girl is on fiyah!

Noelle said...

I love the story that goes with the photos and the last shot of the two of you is precious!
How fun!

Anonymous said...

I can't tell you how jealous I am! Where is my cookbook? Did you get it signed? j/k

love you,

Miss Mommy said...

That cracked me up!!!! I am from TX, so I love that accent seeping thru your written words.

Anyway, we are well-matched on blogging, because I also enjoy your blog and comments! Thanks for the comment and tweet!

By the way- I am doing a little how to let your kids help you in the kitchen post next week and would love to link to your aprons, esp if you have kid ones! Thoughts?

Emily/Miss Mommy

amariaf2000 said...

Yeah, that was a great night!! I am almost complete having met her! And the sashimi rocked, too!!

Love ya,
angela @ peonypatch

Anonymous said...

Awww! I hope she reads this!!

Kathy @ House of Hills said...

Sounds like a great night! So glad you got to meet her.

Mrs. Ohtobe said...

We got to meet her yesterday in Orlando - but you got better pics than I did! :)

Brianne said...

That is so awesome! I know how much you love her! I'm so happy for you! And just a tad jealous! She has taught me SO much about photography. I know for certain I wouldn't be where I am with photography without her!