I noticed yesterday on Facebook that Pioneer Woman was going to be coming to the Mall of America today for a book signing, promoting her new book, "Charlie and the Christmas Kitty." But she said that we could bring other books for her to sign as well!
And I was all, "I live in Minneapolis! The mall is right down the road!" So I grabbed my Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook and headed over to get in line. And boy, was there a line.
I knew there would be a line, but I had to pick the lesser of the two evils: Get there insanely early and wait for a long time at the front of the line, or get there just a little bit early and wait for a long time in the middle of the line. Either way, I'd be waiting there for a long time.
So I waited.
I got there at about 1 p.m., her book signing started at 2 p.m.
I went over to the bookstore to pick up a copy of her second cookbook so she could sign that as well, only to find that they didn't have any copies of it! Or her first cookbook! You'd think that a bookstore would stock extra copies of the book so people would buy them....but no.
Standing in line, I had a lot of time to....do nothing.
I didn't bring a book (besides the cookbook). I didn't bring snacks. Drat. I didn't bring a person with me- no matter how hard I tried to find someone to go with me.
Ree came on stage and did her little presentation, and then she started signing books!
Fast forward FOUR HOURS and Laura's at the front of the line!
Wait. Back up an hour. I had been talking to Zach the whole time and I mentioned that the bookstore did not have any copies of PW's second cookbook, so he asked if I wanted him to go to the Galleria and pick one up there and bring it to me! He checked online, and they said they had one in stock, so he drove over there only to find out that they had it on reserve for someone. Then he went over to Target, to find that they had a copy!
He brought it to me in line at the mall, and needless to say....all the other women were jealous. I got many "he's a keeper"s and "you should have had him pick us up copies- we would have bought them!"
Okay, fast forward an hour again.
As I walked up the stairs, I suddenly panicked.
WHAT DOES ONE SAY TO A CELEBRITY?
I never thought that I'd be one of those bashful, tongue-tied people when they meet celebrities.
And I wasn't.
She was super nice and bubbly the whole time, and only had to take one bathroom break! I probably would have had to take like....ten. At least.
Anyways, once I got up there, I managed to not make a fool of myself.
I think I mentioned something about how she was one of the reasons I started my blog, that my sisters like her lots, and that I think she's super cool.
Or something like that. It's all a blur now.
So here's the pictures of that moment- Ree signing my cookbooks, and me
And here's your funny picture!
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