Down-the-street Heather ended up having to cancel at the last minute, so Lisa and I packed into Tony's car (his is much bigger and more comfortable than mine ;-) and started the journey up to West Chester, PA. Due to the rain and the lovely detour/tour of Univ. of Deleware that my GPS decided to take us on, it took us almost 3 hours to get there. However, Ree wasn't due to appear until 2:30, and we still got there more than 2 hours ahead of time. We reserved our seats (in the 4th row, whoo!) and hit up the cafe for some yummy burgers. Here's Lisa humoring my attempt at pre-Ree photos:
Finally, 2:30 rolled around, and Ree walked in. Isn't she so pretty??
Ree had a Q&A answer session for about 30 minutes, at which time she discussed things such as how her family feels about her success (they're happy for her), how she can cook with so much butter and oil and still look as good as she does (she claims she put on weight while writing her cookbook, but I don't beleive it, lol), how long it takes her to do a blog entry (it can range from a 20 min. quickie "confession" to a 5-6 hour cooking post, complete with edited photos), how the home schooling thing is going (she made a very funny joke that i'll never be able to recreate, lol, about how the reality of people who homeschool is very different than her impressions before she became one of them), how she is able to "do it all" (this answer made me totally love her as she said she does not do it all and is not able to keep up with everything - that she throws clothes on her closet floor (yep, she's my soul sister, lol) and constantly has a huge pile of laundry), how she takes the photos of her cooking (she used to use a tripod but now has gotten really good at holding one arm out and shooting while using the other to cook) and when she is going to be on Oprah (she told us that the same question was asked when she was on the booktour and she gave a smart ass response saying "Who needs oprah? I'm more of a Bonnie Hunt fan myself!" totally forgetting that she was in Chicago, hehea!).
It was a great day - it's always fun to get in some quality girl time, and it was even better that Lisa and I got to do something totally out of the ordinary. It was really fun and exciting to meet Ree and to hear what she had to say. I wish her the best of luck, and I can't wait to try out even more of her recipes. Thanks for making our roadtrip so much fun, Ree!