Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pioneer Woman Book Signing!

Monday night Ellen Foote and I drove to Powells Books in Beaverton to act like groupies and hopefully get our cookbooks signed by Ree Drummond/The Pioneer Woman. 

We knew it would be crowded so we left at 3:00-ish and got to Powells at 4:00.  When we went in we could see there was a line already started that wove in an "S" pattern through several rows of books.  We weren't too far back and felt pretty good about our spot in line.  At 4:30 they started handing out numbered tickets.  Ellen and I got 86 and 87.  We later heard they handed out over 400 tickets. 

Anyway, once we got our tickets we went to sit in the chairs.  There were about 200 chairs set up and it wasn't long before they were filled and people started standing all around the place.  We were about 1/2 way back. 

We had another hour and a half to wait so I was really glad we had seats.  We did have one extra seat by us that wasn't taken so a very pregnant woman was happy to get it!  Ellen and I had a lot of fun visiting with people all around us.  A lot of the people around us were talking about which recipes they've tried and which ones they liked best.  Since I had just purchased the book ($27.50) I spent some time looking through it and finding lots of recipes that I want to try.

At 6:00 when Pioneer Woman was supposed to arrive we were told that she would be a little late but was on her way.  Apparently the GPS she was using sent her a weird way.  Before long, people started standing up and clapping.  Sure enough she had arrived.  She walked right by us!! She is very pretty.
Can you see her waaayyyy up there in the front?  Sorry my iPhone pictures are all blurry!

She talked for a little bit then allowed people to ask questions.  She did say that she can't imagine what we wouldn't already know about her and to not ask how much she weighs.  Funny.  People asked all sorts of questions but the one I was most interested in was "how much time each day does she spend blogging?"
She said between being a Mom, ranch duties, cooking and homeschooling she spends anywhere from two to four hours a day, but not all at once.  She said she usually does it in half hour sections of time. 

Finally our numbers were called to get in line.  I will admit here and now that I sshamelessly promoted myself by giving her an iPhone Cozy!  She really liked the colors of the fabric I used.  My hope is that she will like it enough to mention it on blog!  Who knows.... if that happens I'll probably have more business than I can handle.  I can handle that!

All in all it was an enjoyable evening.  I'd do it again.
Thank You to the stranger that I handed my phone to for taking pictures!


  1. What a fun event! Now I am going to have to check out the Pioneer Woman. I am totally out of the loop. Good job for thinking to give her a cozy! Very smart. I am so glad you have a blog to keep up with you guys!

  2. Cute blog Julie! Looks like fun! I have wondered how much time she spends blogging. She posts so often, and then I would think just keeping up with all the comments would take a lot of time!