I know it’s been a little while since I’ve been here. Have you missed me? I’ve missed being here, but I have been so busy during the last three weeks that I just haven’t had a block of time to write. It’s late here … almost 2:30 am and I still have to pack. Tomorrow I fly back to England and as much as I have enjoyed my visit home, I’m really looking forward to getting back to my life in Cornwall with John.
I have loads of stories to share, but tonight I had a chance to meet a special blogger who I’ve been following for the last couple of years. If you haven’t had an opportunity to check out this really lovely woman, scoot over here and have a look around. Take your time there’s a lot to see and I’ll be here when you get back.
Right … I hope you took time to see what Ree Drummond, aka ” The Pioneer Woman” is all about. I’ve been learning a lot from her over the last year or so especially in the kitchen. In fact, I think there are a few people in my village who might say I have really got the hang of this dish ( scroll down towards the end of the post) that I took straight from her website.
It’s no surprise that I found myself waiting to meet the Pioneer Woman on my last night in America ( for the next seven months, not forever) along with hundreds of other people. She was in town on a book tour to promote her cookbook which I am sure will make my kitchen experience a lot safer for my computer. I picked up one for myself, my daughter Miranda, and her former college roommate Emily. My good friend Patrice came to keep me company while I waited and after browsing through my cookbook, she quickly decided she had to have one too.
My daughter Miranda is a huge fan of PW and wanted to be there, but had to work so I snapped a bunch of photos so she could get a sense of what it was like. I’ve been to book signings before and never have I seen so many people turn out and wait so patiently. It was a laid back group of mostly women with a smattering of men around taking pictures and helping with children. I did meet one man who was there to buy his wife the cookbook although he confessed that he had tried quite a few of PW’s recipes that he found on her blog. His wife reads the blog everyday, but he prefers to try out things like the cinnamon rolls which he confessed were too good to make very often. That sounds like a perfect Christmas morning treat.
There were several surprises for me tonight which added to the evening making it even more fun. As soon as I walked upstairs, I ran into a woman I used to work with at a hospice organization in Atlanta. Carla was one of the sweetest people I met there and exactly the type of person you want walking you through things should you or someone you know ever need hospice care. She was delightful as always and she gave me permission to post a picture of her that I lifted from her facebook page. She’s a newlywed as you can see by the photograph. She wasn’t there for the book signing, but I still raved about the recipes in the cookbook. So Carla if you’re reading this, go over to PW’s place and check out the brisket.
When Patrice and I finally made it to the line, (they called us to it in groups according to numbered color coded wristbands…very civilized ) we were talking with each other when I easedropped overheard two women behind us doing something that sounded familiar. Barely pausing, I quickly turned around and interrupted them in the middle of what I remembered as the torture that goes with the practice of selling drugs. I blurted out, ” Are you two drug reps? ” They were practicing a sales call with one being the doctor and one the pharma rep. It turned out to be a migraine medication which is kind of funny since I suffer from them from time to time. If you’ve read my blog for long you know that I worked in the same field for too many years. They were in town for a POA (plan of action) meeting and even had a sales aid with them to practice while they waited. As much fun as they were, I am so grateful that my life is no longer like theirs.
Joyce is in red and Deb (go here to see her post) is holding the sales aid or marketing piece depending on how old school you are.
This is me killing time goofing around with my knitting which I brought in case I needed something to do. I just pulled it out for a photo opportunity as there were far too many people to watch and chat with to focus on knitting.
Still these girls seem to be able to focus on the task at hand.
I was too busy focusing on babies like little Helen here above with her mom and the sneaky pic of the sweetly sleeping child below nestled in her mother’s lap.
We waited and watched others leaving with their cookbooks and PW T-shirts… a great gift for those who got their book signed.
Looks like someone is going to give a lot of cookbooks for Christmas.
This is a fuzzy shot of Pioneer Woman going in to her signing area … people were so happy to see her that they clapped when she arrived and she wasn’t late either …she was way early.
She spoke for a minute, but I couldn’t hear her very well. The sound system was iffy and I was too busy checking out her boots.
It was all go right from the beginning and the smile you see below at the beginning of the evening was still there…
…when I got my chance to say hello and have my books signed.
That’s me telling her all about the time I told my daughter about my blog (when it was new) and her response afterwards. After taking a look around my blog, I asked my daughter what she thought about it and she said, ” It’s okay, but you’re no Pioneer Woman.” No Pioneer Woman…I was the one who introduced her to the PW in the first place!
She’s still gracious and smiling even after I asked Patrice to take about four pictures of us.
Patrice and I finished up the evening with a signature from Betsy & Hyacinth and after picking up a T – shirt, we said our goodbyes and headed for home.
One last shot before I go.
I may not be Pioneer Woman, but thanks to her cookbook I can sure cook like her now… so fire up the oven John, I’m coming home! Oops… I forgot myself for a minute and started talking like a rancher’s wife.
I’ll be back in a day or two…blogging from our little village in Cornwall. See you then.
Yes we have been missing you!! But totally understand that you are home enjoying everyone and everything!
Pioneer Woman lives about 30 miles from my home in OK. I usually drive up to Pawhuska at least once when I am home because I love the rollling hills, the curvey roads, and the big sky (driving south, in contrast, one ends up on big highways and in Tulsa, which is not quite as invigorating behind the wheel!). And one of our two town banks (where my mom worked for a while) is owned by the Drummond family (and has been since time immemorial), we were always competing with Pawhuska in high school sports, etc. etc. That’s my country!
I don’t know why, I’ve never really read her blog. Don’t know why! I should rectify that!
Hope you have/had a smooth journey back to England.
Very cool. I’m not a PW fan, but sure looks like I’m in the minority!
I was there too! It was a madhouse, but was so much fun!
I love your post about your evening!
I was there too it was great. I am going to be giving away an autographed book at my site next week. I love her stuff
what a great post. i love reading about your adventures and having photos to go along with it. PW seems to have quite a following. Her blog is jam packed with good stuff. I’ll have to check it out more carefully.
safe travels home
OH,my. I love the Pioneer Woman. I started reading her blog back in 2007. What a small blog world! Happy Travels!
I’m so glad you’re back! Did you not do the surgery? I thought you were going to be here in the states longer. Thanks so much for your comments regarding my carjacking on Dec 1st. I really appreciate what you said. And you’re right, you go a way and everything falls apart! Good to have you back!
great post Elizabeth!
Welcome back! Glad you had a good trip to the U.S. and were able to meet a blogger whom you’ve been following. Fun!
[We just got back to Sydney. Watched ‘Julie and Julia’ on one of the flights. Has anyone ever told you you look like Amy Adams — or she looks like you!?]
I so enjoyed meeting you and talking while waiting for Pioneer Woman to arrive at Borders. I love your blog and have shared it with several friends who now follow you. I really love your photography. You make me want to grab my camera and travel!
That night was one I won’t soon forget! Thanks for sharing it with me and my friend! So glad to have met you and yours!
It looked like fun! I wish the Pioneer Woman would have come close to where I lived!
I saw PW in Kansas City and there was a huge crowd. I love her recipes! I am now doing the same thing with your blog that I did when I discovered PW’s blog. I went back and read it from the beginning! Loved hers and love yours, for different reasons. Your pictures and stories are really great and I am enjoying hearing about your new life.