Meeting Heather Armstrong-Dooce & The Pioneer Woman

The Pioneer Woman-Utah Bloggers In this photo @inevergrewup @DomesticBecky @sweetlifeinthe @thepioneerwoman @joanieatwater @carolrice @emihill @newspapergrl

Earlier this month Ree Drummond, creator of the blog, The Pioneer Woman, stopped by Salt Lake City as part of her cookbook signing tour. I actually wasn’t aware of the event until my friend Janet Thaeler had called me and April up asking us if we were going. I have only read The Pioneer Woman like twice and heard about her from my sister in law, April ( I did record her on the Bonnie Hunt show though! Does that count? I watched it yesterday, finally, so probably not huh?

Anyway, Janet knew there was going to be a HUGE turn out, which there was, and knew the book store was not aware of just how big the crowd would be. So she came up with a plan for us to possibly be able to get in to see Ree. April put together this nice welcome basket of local Utah products that we could present to Ree as a group of local Utah Bloggers.

When we got there all the surrounding blocks were packed with cars, but we magically got a spot in a parking lot right across the street 🙂

Turns out you needed tickets to get your book signed and they had passed out all 360 of them before we got there. So I asked one of the bookstore employees if a group of Utah Bloggers could get in to see Ree and present her with this welcome basket full of Utah-based goodies. She said she would check and see. After talking to 3 bookstore emplyees I finally got a “meet me on this back patio and we’ll see if we can get you in”.

So we head back to the patio behind the bookstore and there are several other bloggers that have found their way back there as well, including Heather Armstrong (aka DOOCE). The woman I had spoken with was not letting DOOCE in. Apparently she didn’t know who she was.

Funniest part of the whole evening: The bookstore employee in charge says, “I have no obligation to anyone except for to this woman right here and whoever’s with her”, as she points to me! Of the group of bloggers I was with, I am the one with the lowest traffic, by far and at this point she STILL was not letting Dooce in! DOOCE! Okay this woman has been blogging forever, she’s Skype’d in on Oprah, she had her own book signging not too long ago and makes like freaking, $40K on her blog in one month, and she can’t get in but I can??? Come on. At one point she asked if Dooce was with me, and I was like, “Uh, no, um yes, she’s a Utah Blogger…”. I wasn’t sure if me saying “yes” would be good or bad for Dooce at that point lol. Anyway, they eventually let Heather (Dooce) in by herself before they let us in, which was good since she needed to get home and feed her new baby before her titties exploded.

Eventually, the bookstore employee (who everyone else seemed to think was a Nazi, except me, for reasons stated above 😉 ) came back and said she could get 5 of us in. There was more than 5 of us. So naturally we picked Janet (had the basket idea), April (put together the basket with Utah goodies), and me…the one with the nerve to ask if we could get into see Ree and make it sound important. 😉 The other 2 spots were just kind of left open and then magically filled by 3 people in half a second lol. Didn’t seem right to let Vanessa and Emily get stuck outside when they had books to get signed and were bigger fans than I was, so I went to that same employee and said, “Um, there are a couple of other big utah bloggers out there, could we have 7 come in???” She said okay, and then as she was letting us in counted 8 of us hahaha. Carol’s friend is a huge fan, so we said she was our picture taker (which she was). So the bookstore employee said, “If a 9th person walks in this door, I’m going to kick them!”. Then I said, “I know, thank you so much, I’ve asked a lot of you tonight…..can I borrow your pen?” WHAT? I hadn’t signed the card Janet brought for Ree yet! (The card Ree lost in her laundry anyway hahaha)

When we got up to see Ree she was so kind and genuine. Plus she had awesome hair. I want it. Anyway, she signed the books of the ladies that were with us as well as some books we had brought in for some friends. Afterwards we all went out to “The Pie” for some delectable pizza and more socializing 🙂

Anyway, moral of this story….”It never hurts to ask”

Heather Armstrong-Dooce-Utah Bloggers In this photo: @newspapergrl @sweetlifeinthe @Dooce (who was taking her twilight obsession one step too far) @joanieatwater-(me) & @carolrice

While we were waiting outisde on the patio to be let into the bookstore we got to chat a little with Heather (Dooce). She was nice to take a picture with complete strangers, and turns out her and Janet both went on the worst dates of their lives with the same person. You can read about that here: Me, The Pioneer Woman, Dooce & Jason Gough

For other accounts of that evening, check these out 🙂 :

Sweet Tooth Fairy
Georgie Tees
Get Up and Play
Newspaper Girl
Utah Loves Cupcakes
Jet Set Carina
Moosh in Indy
Miranda Walker
Petit Elefant
Jules Keeps the Rules
Two Peas and Their Pod
Food Finery
Sweet Life In The Valley

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  • Janet Thaeler November 15, 2009 7:30 pm

    You totally rocked to help get us in! Also, The Pioneer Woman (Ree) linked to several of our posts about the event. Even though the post was long I got 3,000 new people to my blog that day! But the real story is the power of Ree’s network. She has so many loyal devoted fans that her cookbook presold to thousands, got on the NY Times bestseller list and made her an even bigger name. And she is not self-promoting, just incredibly talented.

    I think Utah missed a great opportunity to capture this phenomenon on the news. Incredible story.

    Ree is so gracious in real life. You might agree that hanging out with her was like being with a good friend. Just by being a blogger we were part of her club. I loved it, it was so much fun. Plus I got to see you and my other friends and make a few new ones (like Emily).

    The only part I didn’t like besides some logistical issues that night are the comment fights that broke out over people complaining that we got to see her and they didn’t.


  • Kristina P. November 15, 2009 8:02 pm

    Thanks for inviting me. Sob.

  • Connie @ Young and Relentless November 15, 2009 9:37 pm

    Wow! You are like a miracle worker or something.

    Love how you left Heather’s red eye in…..

  • Pam B November 15, 2009 11:36 pm

    You’re relentless. Way to work the gatekeeper, girl!

  • Julie {come yodel me julie-jann} November 16, 2009 12:08 am

    What a story! I should have gone…geese! Love the pictures of you girls!

  • Lauren Horsley November 16, 2009 12:20 am

    Jones gets the job DONE! You rock, girl.

    I noticed you forgot to mention that the AFTER PARTY PARTY where you peeped at my bare-backed husband was WAY more exciting than anything else that happened that night. 🙂

  • Evonne November 16, 2009 12:32 am

    I would agree with Kristina, but I was invited…and I chose to stay at work for seriously a reason I can’t come up with right now. Sob is right!

  • Steph November 16, 2009 12:40 pm

    I think the best part of the story is missing. You know the part where I showed up at the PIE and ate dinner with you. WHATEVS! ;-P

    Great story though. You are now a super star!

  • Lady of Perpetual Chaos November 18, 2009 5:56 pm

    So, I guess my invite got lost in the mail?! That’s what I thought. ;o)

  • Sugar Jones December 14, 2009 12:50 pm

    DOOOOD! Dooce AND Pee Dub on the same night? Holy Crackers!! I seriously need to move up there!

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