She was in Skokie at the Barnes & Noble store to chat for a couple of minutes before signing her new cookbook...
"FRONT ROW" is what I texted some of my loved ones after securing that chair amongst a group of fabulous women (and one boy, HOLLER, Aaron!) all from my neighboring state of Indiana.
I had arrived at the bookstore at 3:00, got a number for the signing line (#82 of over 260 tickets given out) and then headed to the mall to wander and wait.
The store had said seating would begin at 5:00, so I made sure to be back in plenty of time, thus allowing me the upfront and present position.
I have been a stalker fan of Pioneer Woman for several years and I comment to her multitude of postings on a daily basis.
And I am not the only one.
On average Susan's Snippets gets two comments a day.
And when she posts a contest....she can ring up over TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND comments.
So when I finally got to sit down next to her at the signing table with my book in one hand and a package of dot dot dot eat cookies a lot! Chocolate Polk-A-Dots in the other...I was a bundle of nerves!
"Ree, I know you get 100's of comments a day, so you probably won't know me, but I am Susan of Susan's Snippets." I choked out.
"SUSAN, of course I know you, I LOVE your comments!" she said while leaning towards me to do this...
and then went on to sign my copy of her book.....
That will be it for today's post... (work beckons).
But rest assured there will be much more next week where I will share stories of newfound blogging friends...
over at Pioneer Woman's blog, she has been writing about her husband and two daughters' trip to the Dominican Republic to experience what Compassion International is all about and meet two of the children that they sponsor.
I, too, have sponsored a child thru Compassion for many, many years - Gobinie Hailu, who was born into horrible poverty in Uganda. Gobinie is clothed, fed, educated and receives medical care...all thru my $32 a month contribution.
That sponsorship was not a decision that came easily for me. Back then I was newly single, raising two children and trying to support a household on my own, but I did my research on the organization, then dove in....and guess what?
We have NEVER in these 7 years missed a meal because of my monthly contribution.
The above picture of Gobinie hangs on my wall here at work. I am able to write to her, send cards, pictures and if I was ever wanting to....I could visit. Gobinie sends me wonderful letters telling me of her faith, her family, her community and always includes a cute drawing.
As you read Pioneer Woman's blog, you see thru the eyes of her family, what a difference Compassion makes.
If you are even a little interested in sponsoring a child for $32 a month, go to Compassion International and find out everthing you need to know about this wonderful organization.
That is it folks.....just passing along some information.