I'm here, posting the giveaway! I'm so sorry if you kept checking back.
I really need to have a talk with the person responsible for making my daily schedule.
She's absolutely wearing me out!
Meeting all the bloggers and people at the book signing was just as much fun as meeting Ree.
We got to Barnes and Nobles at approximately 1pm. I needed to insure that I got a copy of Ree's book for the giveaway.
There was a man handing out numbers. We were #'s 75, 76 & 77.
The great thing about this was...we could now go shopping and have a place in line!
We were told that at 5pm chairs would be set up for a Question and Answer period with Ree at 7:30, and then the book signing would commence.
The first thing we did was to go to Maggiano's. I got a Chicken Caesar Salad. Big mistake.
More on that later.
We met the CUTEST girls. Everyone was so friendly, funny and creative.
Mother and Daughter sitting in front of me.
Susan, from Susan's Snippets. She really inspired me that night.
This little girl was enamored with Aaron. She couldn't take her eyes off of him.
See what I mean about funny people. That lady was a crack up!
This is my lovely neighbor Gina (on the left) and a gal we met there. I'm sorry I don't remember your name! You were so sweet...and very pregnant.
The crowd thickens.
We scored second row seats in the chairs that were set up!
At approximately 7:30pm I saw this:
It was rather surreal seeing Ree. I really hate admitting how star struck I am over this girl.
Big girl crush.
Lots of admiration.
She seemed genuinely nervous. It made her all the cuter.
After a short Q & A, we got in line according to number and waited. And waited. And waited. When we weren't busy waiting, we waited. I cannot tell you the physical discomfort I was in during this wait. I was hot, and had one of the worst headaches of my life.
And I was burping.
And it tasted like hot fish.
I don't eat fish.
It took approximately 2 hours to get the signature.
This picture cracks me up. The woman next to MM looks so bored....
Here's Aaron right before his turn. He was so excited his hands were sweating.
She was so sweet to him, and mentioned how mature he was. She seemed excited that he was a homeschooler.
That is just how she was. So pleasant, so engaging. She took her time with everyone like they were the only one there.
She is a doll.
Here is my lovely neighbor Gina again. Aren't they just the cutest girls?
After we got her 'autograph', we met MM. Oh my. That voice.
He was incredibly sweet and again, seemed like he was just hanging out, and would talk as long as you'd like to.
Of course I asked to photograph his foot. I didn't even try to explain myself.
By this time I was in serious physical discomfort. The room was so hot, I was over stimulated. My head was pounding. All I could taste was fish.
Traumatized in the early 1970's by the masses of dead alewives washed ashore on Lake Michigan, I've never eaten fish.
I love Caesar Salad though. But not REAL Caesar Salad dressing.
This was all I could see in my mind. This is what my mouth tasted like. I could hear seagulls. I could feel the sand in my crotch.
So that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
Now! On to the giveaway!
For your chance to win a signed copy of Ree's wonderful cookbook, you'll need to do the following:
Go to Cottage Instincts, and read the interview with my chickens.
Comment here and tell me which chicken is your favorite and why.
Winner will be announced on Monday morning!