When last I left you dear friends and readers, Jill and I were headed to the bookshop to see about standby tix. Let me say this emphatically- people who follow The Pioneer Woman are the nicest people in the world. A sweet generous woman overheard me talking to the sales assistant, came up to me and just GAVE me a ticket to the presentation. So while the Pioneer Woman was wrestling with her static clingy blouse issue, (she’s so funny!) we were getting in the standby line and making new friends. We got in with no further problems and settled into our seats. Ree Drummond is a sweetheart, and a fun, funny public speaker. We laughed, we cried, we baked cookies …(well, we laughed anyway) Then we headed back to the bookstore for the signing. There was quite a long line as you could probably well imagine. But I made some new friends, and Jill was in 7th heaven checking out the rest of the bookstore while I waited in line. Here are some of my new friends:
It took awhile to get up to where they had the signing station set up, (well over an hour) but we passed the time swapping stories, sharing pictures of our kids, our pets, and our weddings. (Colleen is a newlywed!) When I got up to get my books signed Ree Drummond was kind and graciously listened to me ramble for a minute, wished me luck with this blog, commiserated about hating skunks (I shared the Pepe le Pew post as an example of my latest writing) and she asked about my dogs!! My Sophie and her Charlie – a match made in heaven (lol)
Then Jill and I were off in search of dinner. There was still a line out the door and down the street to get their books signed. ( I understand Ree stayed, schmoozed, and signed every single person’s books!)
My new friend Colleen had recommended Zaftig’s as a good place and it was literally 2 blocks down the street so Jill and I meandered in that direction. So glad we made that choice. Zaftig’s Delicatessen had a cozy atmosphere, prompt seating, and extremely fast, courteous service. By this time we were both hungry and I was a bit lightheaded from the heat and close quarters of the bookstore line. I almost passed out waiting in line for meet and greet/autographs at a TransSiberian Orchestra show a few years ago – so I was glad to be out in the fresh air. Anyway I got the roast turkey and Jill got the mac and cheese. Really good food and reasonably priced. Our waiter was very nice – and I gave him a really decent tip, which he thanked me for before we left. Like I said, extremely fast, very courteous service.