And because I will never, ever be able to do it the justice it deserves, I am just going to have to post this and hope that I at least do a somewhat decent job of explaining the phenomenom that is The Pioneer Woman.
Here she is making her introduction to the crowd....she introduced her family, Malboro Man and all four of her children were here for this signing. She also answered several questions from the crowd and one of the most endearing qualities about her I think is that nothing was off limits...she answered a wide variety of questions and she answered them candidly....everything from whether the Food Network has offered her a show (they've discussed it but she isn't sure she is willing to commit the time) to whether Black Heels & Tractor Wheels is going to be a movie (it is in "option", meaning it could or could not be made).
And then she got down to signing. While the book tour is to promote Black Heels & Tractor Wheels, she more than graciously signs cookbooks too. (I made my friend Shea go first because I was speechless! Really, I couldn't say a word! )
She is everything you imagine her to be...genuine, gracious, witty, and simply stunning in person.
She asked us how we became friends and when we told her we went to the University of Kansas together she said she applied to KU and it was her second choice, after USC of course. I thought it was so neat that she attempted to make a personal connection with us.
What's that in the top left hand corner of the book you ask? Oh, only Marlboro Man's signature. That's right y'all. Not only did we get PW's signature, we got Malboro Man's too.
If you haven't been to see her in person at a book signing, you have to go! But before you do, I would definitely drop by the bookstore beforehand and find out if there are any special rules or guidelines you need to know. For example, here in Dallas there were close to 1,000 people who came to see her the year before and she signed books until 2am because she wanted to sign them all (isn't that so cool?!). This year our bookstore decided to give out color coded wristbands the morning of the signing so you could approximately know what time you would need to be there to get your book signed. Don't get me wrong, the place was packed the entire time regardless of the wristband color, but it helped to get in the earliest grouping you could. My besties and I were in the second group of 100 and we waited in line for 2.5 hours. Worth every second.
So, have you been to see her? Do you plan to if she is coming to your area?