If you're not in the blogging world, you may not know Ree Drummond (better known as The Pioneer Woman).
Oh wait, maybe you do know her. She's been on TV, she's written a bestselling cookbook and she entertains millions with her stories of life on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma. She is the ultimate blogger success story.
She's also very pretty, don't you agree?
Last Sunday Ree was in Southern California doing a book signing for her cookbook. My friend, Sandi, suggested we make the event into a girls afternoon/evening/night and attend.
Every time I see Sandi it turns into an adventure so I jumped at the chance.
Sandi drove us up to L.A. I'm letting you in on this important fact because, as you may recall, I've been having a tough go with my arm and my pain levels lately. I needed pain meds on Sunday. Because I took pain meds, I couldn't drive. Being drugged up also meant I was (apparently) very entertaining as I happily chatted away. I changed thoughts midstream rather abruptly several times during our conversation which caused Sandi to burst into giggles.
I'm sure she was laughing WITH me and not AT me, right?
This is a very unflattering picture, but at least you get to see Sandi and I hanging out while waiting for our turn to get our books signed. You also get to see how horrible I look when I'm under the influence.
By the way, Sandi is very perceptive. As soon as the drugs began wearing off she saw the pain in my eyes. Before I could protest she was carrying my cookbook for me.
Yes, my arm is that weak.
There were a few hundred people at the signing, but we (fortunately) were in the first hundred to get books signed. We didn't mind the wait because Sandi and I never, ever, run out of things to talk about.
When it was my turn to meet Ree, I found her to be nothing less than charming. One of the Borders employees took my picture with her. Unfortunately, he put my camera on video instead of taking a still photo. I managed to salvage a little bit of proof I actually met her.
After the signing, Sandi and I decided we needed just a little more time together. We hadn't come close to running out of things to talk about yet. We headed south towards Orange County and eventually made a stop for dinner. We needed more girl time.
I was in charge of navigating as Sandi drove us home. That might not have been such a good idea since I have absolutely no sense of direction under the best of circumstances. Adding pain meds into the mix made for … um, a little confusion. It was okay though, we really enjoyed touring the back streets and parking lots in Torrance.
Oh well, eventually we Sandi found our way home.
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