Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I met Ree!!!

Chances are if you've talked to me on the side you know I love Ree and her blog, The Pioneer Woman. I've wanted to meet her for quite some time, but timing has just never worked out for when she's in town.

Earlier today I saw her tweet about being in Naperville, which isn't far from Johnny's work, which isn't too far from our house. So I met him at work and we drove out to the bookstore.

I was really nervous, so I texted Mara and Sophia to get rid of some giddy anxiety and tweeted with a bunch of you to pass the time.

I grew up a piano playing, ballet dancing, straight A kind of a gal, so I haven't led the most exciting life.

My celebrity spottings thus far have included handing Van Cliburn a bouquet of roses at a concert and asking him to blow my mom a kiss (which he did).

I also was in the same building as Joey McIntyre once. (He was Fiyero one of the three times I've seen Wicked.)

I know she's not a movie star (yet), but I kind of think of Ree in celebrity-like status. I've loved her books and her blog and seeing her on TV. I was going to have to walk up to her and talk! Eep!

Anyways- there I was, wearing my holey yoga pants, and the line finally dwindled down. There were 103 tickets and we were #98, so it had really dwindled down.

Ree sang Ethel Merman for the girls in line ahead of us, much to my delight. Then we approached her and I gushed bout loving her blog, and her, and Johnny and I talked about her little son that we find adorable, and then poof! it was over and I survived! She is so down to earth and sweet that I forgot my irrational fears of turning bright red, puking, or bursting into tears, embarrassing myself.

We were starved, so after we headed to a little Italian place just up the street, Rosebud. It was the first time either of us had eaten there, but J's friend highly recommended it.

I started with fried calamari. Hands down the best I've ever had! Delicious!

Then I had fetticine alfredo. (I went with a low-fat, low-cal dish since I have to fit into a wedding dress eventually.)

Johnny had some vodka penne dish. He almost always chooses vodka sauce dishes when we eat Italian. He loves them. And he ate this entire plate to prove it.

Then he had a creme brulee for dessert (I snuck a few spoonfuls of it). I ordered some cannolis to go, which I'll eat tomorrow in my PJs while catching up with 16 & Pregnant online since I watched every Glee episode in existence and now have to wait for new ones.

Sorry the restaurant photos are dim. I just have a point and shoot. Which brings me to a survey:


Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats said...

Lucky you!!! I love her cookbook and plan on getting her other new book as well, what a fun opportunity!

Swistle said...

What a great photo of you and Ree!

Simply Life said...

oh how fun! I love reading her blog!

Jenn said...

So freaking cool!!! How lucky are you???? I still kick myself in the butt for not going to see her last year when she was in Seattle and now she's getting so famous! It may be even more difficult to see her. :(

Laura said...

She is so sweet! I met her a few years ago and I remember being impressed that she was so sweet and nice :)

Roz @ weightingfor50 said...

OMG, OMG....I LOVE Ree! I'd be all "star struck" if I met her!!! Yay you Christina!! Too bad froggy dish hasn't arrived yet, you could have got the picture with her holding it! Or not... :)

Errign said...

ooooh love Ree/sort of want her life. hahaha. That cowboy on her ranch is cute too! ;)

Um, loooove fried calamari.

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

This is so cool! I'd love to meet Ree!

I say ask for a camera. Why the heck not?

sophia said...

Are you going to frame that picuture? You should put a picture frame into your wedding registry. ;-)

Do you want a dslr, or just another point-and-shoot? I think it boils down to that...since dslr can easily go over $800!

Christina said...

Thanks everybody!!! :)

Yes, Sophia a DSLR. I probably will end up just buying it myself. Right now my registry is full of <$100 so it'd be odd to throw in one HUGE big ticket item like that.

Biz said...

So excited for you Christina!! I would have been nervous too - I've seen her on t.v. and she seems pretty down to earth!

Definitely put a camera on your registry - only we will know that 99% of the pics will be of food! :D

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

So awesome!! Glad you got to meet her!

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

I was just rereading my post today about when I went to her book signing! Congrats on not crying when you met her - I considered that a real success for myself, too! ;)