Last night was the first time I’ve ever attended a book signing, and honestly, it’s the first time I’ve ever WANTED to attend a book signing.
When Kelli emailed me several weeks ago asking if I wanted to go see The Pioneer Woman aka Ree Drummond when she came to STL, I was immediately in (and, had I seen the posting on her website first, I’d have done the emailing!). Nevermind that I had to rearrange my kids’ dentists appointments AND get a sitter because Matt wasn’t going to be home last night. Done and done – kids go to the dentist next week, and my brother Zach came and watched my boys for me, even though I’m pretty sure he thinks I’m a dork.
We got to Christ Church Cathedral, a beautiful old Episcopalian church in the city, at least an hour before the signing was set to begin. I’d guess that we were within the first 100 people there. Kelli and I were joined by two people: our friend, Bethany; and Kelli’s infant daughter, Paisley, who was there as a prop to get attention if I’m being totally honest, since we know that Ree loves babies (no shame in our game).
Ree started the evening with about a 45 minute Q-and-A that included her famous Ethel Merman impression and lots of talk about recipes and life on the ranch. She was exactly how I hoped and expected her to be: warm and funny, and genuine. Like someone you’d love to just sit and have a drink or dinner with! And she was even skinnier than she looks on her website, so I need the secret to staying that way while also apparently eating what she cooks…
Now, I have a horrible camera, but here are a few pictures from last night. The last picture is one that was on Kelli’s camera, since I had my eyes closed in the one on my camera, of course.