Okay, where was I?
Ahhh yes. The book signing with Ree Drummond.
I read her book tour schedule a few weeks ago and saw that she was coming to Boston. Calmly, I called my sister Kathy. "REE IS COMING TO BOSTON, REE IS COMING TO BOSTON"!, I shouted. Then I hung up the phone and sent her an email too.....just so she couldn't say later that I didn't tell her.
It's a sister thing. Let it go.
In any case, knowing that Ree usually has a large number of attendees at her book signings, I wanted to make sure that we got there early.
Um. Yea. Mission accomplished with that one. We even beat Ree.
Her presentation was being held at the Coolidge Theatre just across the street from the Brookline Booksmith, from 6pm until about 7pm. It goes without saying that it was a sellout event from the moment of it's announcement. So instead of standing in front of an empty table for three hours like a couple of dorks, we decided to head across the street to grab a little dinner.
Meet Carrie and BJ. Awesome couple. He's a firefighter and she's a riot. Not only did they drive two hours from Springfield, MA to meet Ree, but they kept us totally entertained with an Iphone photo montage of tornado damage to their home from last summer. Carrie and BJ were 4th and 5th in line.
My sister Kathy and I were 6th and 7th in line.
(insert fist pumping here)
And these fabulous ladies were 8th, 9th and 10th.
(again, lots of fist pumping and high-fives)
Meet Andraya, Janine and Beth. Andraya is Janine's gorgeous daughter and a loyal Pioneer Woman fan. While waiting in line for Ree, she softly told her mother than she was so excited her knees were shaking. So sweet. When Beth found out that her friend couldn't attend the signing, Beth offered the ticket to Andraia (whom she didn't even know) to hear Ree speak in the theater. So nice, these PW fans.
And then the long-awaited moment arrived.
There she is.
Did I mention that she is also gracious? (sigh)
She signed them all for me.
What more can I say? The woman's a peach.
On the way back to the car we passed by all of them, around the store, out the door,
...and down the street wrapped around the corner.
The moral of the story? The early bird will not only score you the perfect parking space right next to the bookstore, but it will introduce you to some fun new people, maybe even a New York Times best-selling famous author, as well as get you some fabulous autographed cookbooks.
Love ya Ree...and thanks!