A few weeks ago, I found out The Pioneer Woman (who, incidentally has a real name, so let's call her Ree) was going to be at the Mall of America. What's the "Mall of America" you say? Only the biggest mall in, like, the whole dang world. Duh.
Anyway, I debated on going...Gram and I were in the midst of cooking our Thanksgiving meal for In the Kitchen with Gram and I wasn't sure if it was going to work out. When Gram said she'd like to go meet Ree, I knew it was a go! Gram has Myasthenia Gravis, which prevents her from doing a lot of things she'd usually enjoy...but, she wanted to give it a go!
We loaded up 4 generations of women (we finagled my mom into coming along...for my mom, waiting in line for several hours to meet someone for 30 seconds ranks right up there with sticking hot pokers under your fingernails whilst getting a root canal, it's not exactly her favorite thing...this is important, so remember it) into my minivan and headed out to the MOA (that's what we call the Mall of America in these parts).
I think my baby girl was most excited to meet Ree...if given the option, she'd probably choose to move to Oklahoma and become Ree's sous chef. And you think I'm kidding, dontcha?
After 87 billion hours of waiting, it was finally our turn! (Okay, I'm kidding on the 87 billion hours. It was actually less waiting than this time.) A bit of a back story...Ree and I are "friends" on Twitter and I went back and forth about how I introduce myself...5crookedhalos, my real name, Mama M., I wasn't sure, but when we stepped onto the stage her face lit up and she was all "Hi!! It's so fun to see you in person!" and I was flabbergasted! I didn't expect her to recognize me from the itty bitty photo on Twitter, but anyway, we said hi, we hugged, and then this happened:
She asked my baby to sit on her lap and it sealed the deal that my baby wants to call a dog named Charlie her own. ;) So, we snapped some photos (notice my mom looks slightly less than overly excited) and walked off the stage 39.53 seconds after first walking on. ;)
But it was fun. And my Gram got to meet Ree and do something that she hasn't done in a long, long time...which made all the waiting worth every second!