What a day yesterday was! Now that I’m relaxing in my yoga pants with a double espresso downed and doing laundry, I can barely figure out how to recap! Let’s just say that Saturday I hit the ground running-but at least I didn’t hit a deer (ahem! Kristin). First of all, I was double booked. I had committed to being on the hostess committee for a benefit for Healing House, an amazing residential recovery for women and their children.
……she and so many other volunteers made the benefit a big success!!
Here I am with some wonderful ladies that joined LoveFeast Table at this event! We enjoyed a wonderful lunch, fashion show, and a silent auction.
LoveFeast Table donated our signature silver framed chalkboard!
So, while I was enjoying tea, fashion, and friends for a wonderful place…my posse was wrangling toward Nordtrom’s court at the Mall of America for a book signing by Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, for her new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks.
Because, I didn’t think I would make both events, I had to send my willing entourage instead. Pioneer Woman likes to brag on her Marlboro Man but, I’d like to take a minute to brag on my Suburbia Man.
My Suburbia Man, suggested, yes SUGGESTED that he go to the Pioneer Woman signing on my behalf! He got into line at 12:30 pm and waited for three hours…
with my Punks from the ‘burbs and five cookbooks!
He chatted with others in line…
and according to some, proudly tweeted his endeavors.
“LoveFeast husband standing in line at Mall of America for Pioneer Woman Book signing – new definition of payback!
“OMG,Lovefeast husband still in line at MOA for Pioneer Woman book signing. The honey-do list just got a lot shorter.
There were a lot of things that went on in those three hours they waited in line, some of them that I would not have approved of…such as children dribbling smoothies over future Christmas presents!
Eventually, I finished up at the Healing House benefit and made it to the Mall of America in time to still see The Pioneer Woman. Suburbia Man continued to hold my place in line, while I went to get Marlboro Man (Ree’s husband) to sign the back of my cookbooks. At first I thought one of Ree’s Punk’s had a scar on his face from like a barbed wire fence or somethin’ at the ranch, but then I saw that it was only pen.
Punks in Suburbia like blue pens too..maybe one of your punks can marry my punk..
After I wake up and get her some etiquette training…
But, I digress, I’m getting ahead of myself here. So, after three hours of waiting in this line, Suburbia Man was free to do more carpooling and soccer games. Ava and I continued to wait for three more hours.
Finally, we got our turn on the MOA stage to meet The Pioneer Woman.
Ree, is incredibly gracious and patient signing all my cookbooks. I am wondering how she is able to multitask so effortlessly signing books and making conversation for 7 hours straight.
Here, I asked her where she went for dinner last night. Manny’s. She had lobster. It was fabulous.
And here I am explaining who I am. Who am I anyway?
Here I am saying who knows what…
about to get starstruck and black out…
Everything went into a haze at this point, my mind went fuzzy, my brain is multitasking: Who am I? Who is Ree? Where are my real questions like how do you do it all? What kind of hair product do you use? How do you cook, clean, blog, parent four kids, and book-sign? This apparently bored Ava to sleep. I tell Ree I’m new at this food blogging thing.
But, hold over folks, LoveFeast Table seemed vaguely familiar to Ree! Was it my attempt to make her Strawberry Shortcake Cake in a coffee can (Note to self: do not repeat this offense).
@thepioneerwoman If you need a play-by-play for the weather when coming to MN, I can look out the window and let you know.
Unfortunately, there are more of these tweets out there in tweet-land!
@thepioneerwoman MN Weather update, come prepared for snow, sleet, fog, warm sun or blizzard. Just sayin’
This poor lady was put to work, she’s still signing…she’s thinking too, why is LoveFeast Table so familiar? Is it the tweets, the Strawberry Shortcake? Facebook? The sequestering of her former guest blogger, Ryan of This is Reverb, in a LoveFeast TakeOn.
Anyway, at this time my mind, like our outfits was in shades of gray…I don’t even recall thanking you for the moment…so THANK YOU, Ree for such a kind conversation and enduring my stack of books with a smile!! I am sure if I lived on a ranch next door instead of Minneapolis suburbia, we’d be great, fast friends. And, thanks for visiting our blog LoveFeast Table!! Maybe, if we work real hard we can follow in your blogging shoes..we have what means the most..the support of our families. Here is my Ava-girl soliciting Mall of America shoppers with a LoveFeast Table flier.
It’s never to early to work toward your own Mall of America book signing!!
**Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook GiftAway coming soon!!**