(Just for clarification-I live in Indiana, I moved to Indiana from Utah, my parents still live in Utah, the moosh and I spent the last three weeks in Utah hanging out with my family and I am now back in Indiana where I own a house but I can’t live in it yet because the plumbing doesn’t work and ZOMG DID YOU SEE WHAT COLORS IT IS PAINTED? Anyway I’m not entirely sure where we’re going to be living for the next month or so but IT’S ALL JUST AN ADVENTURE RIGHT!?)

The scene is Tuesday and the moosh and I are trolling around my dad’s ‘hood since I was pretty sure the constant presence of a four year old was causing my dad to twitch and the weather was just too delicious to stay inside. We ended up in a little bookshop a few blocks away where we sat on the floor and read pop up books. On the way out I noticed a sign that said “UPCOMING EVENTS” with Ree Drummond’s new cookbook featured below.

“She’s coming here?” I asked.

“Yeah. Wednesday night, 7 pm at the gallery next door.” replied the bookseller.

Huh. So Ree was coming to a gallery a few blocks away from my dad’s house. A night out with my Barbara was planned.

My Barbara and Me.

(my headband? Miss Ruby Sue. Because I know you’re going to ask.)

DUDE. People started lining up at 3 o’clock (it started at 7.) I had gotten my book earlier in the day and I had the feeling that the bookshop wasn’t entirely sure what they were getting themselves into later that evening. Barb and I ended up in signing group J. (Tickets were handed out A-Z 20 people per group.) We made it into the doors where we were able to meet up with the lovely Jes, Carina, Marie, Miranda, Allison, Emily, Carol, Andrea, another Emily, Vanessa and Janet. We hung out, spoke blog, giggled. It was fun. (p.s. HOLY LINKS BATMAN!)

The crowd at The Pioneer Woman's booksigning in SLC.

Marie, moi and Allison

Being in group J it was going to take about two hours to get in the door to get Ree’s pen to our books. We discussed going back to my dads, getting some chow or simply hanging out when we met up with a couple of ladies who had driven down from Kamas (about an hour away) to meet Ree. They didn’t have books or tickets so between Barb’s iPhone and my smooth talking we tried to develop a plan to get these ladies in to meet the lovely Ree.

Ms. Ree

The more we talked the more it occurred to me that I was only there because it was two blocks away and I wanted an excuse to hang out with Barb. These ladies drove over an hour. I had a book and a ticket, they did not. I wanted to go home and snuggle with my kid on our last night in Utah.

I handed over my book and made them promise they would get her signature and pay it forward when they could. (I also *may* have screamed “DON’T TOUCH ME THERE!” when they tried to refuse my offer. Know this, if I offer you something? YOU TAKE IT.)

I gave them my book and my ticket, one of them was named Jill. The other was...err...Toni?

We headed back towards my dads when we spotted Marie, Alison Carina and Emily again. Hey, may as well hang out with the bloggers we already know and love while we had the opportunity right?

No waiting in a three hour line for us!

Wait. Hold the phone.

Who’s that?

dooce and moosh

Yeah. I know she’s kind of the blogger who launched a thousand blogs and mine is no exception. I read her writing about depression, I read Jon’s post about having a wife with depression and I can’t deny that the both of them together helped me to finally write about my overdose and then about all the other hard stuff leaving me feeling a hundred pounds lighter and helping a few lovelies along the way.

So I told her. I told her thank you. It felt really good to kind of have the whole thing come full circle. We hugged, she said something about her interview with CNN earlier in the day and I was all “I have no CNN stories” then she was whisked away by the powers of Ree.

I like bloggers. I like blogging. I’m happy I do this.

It was a good night.


  1. @Petit Elefant, East Coast, desert. I love you any way I can take you. Honestly.

  2. @Jill, HA! JILL! I did so well to get it all documented that I forgot to remember your names! HORRIBLE HORRIBLE!
    So happy you got your book and book jacket signed.
    You guys made my night.

  3. @Kim, You should go on a road trip with me sometime. I can turn the Cracker Barrel into pretty much a rave.

  4. @Ohh Betsy!, Eh, I learned my generosity from lovelies like you.

  5. @Barb @ getupandplay, You and my Betsy would get along really well.
    Thanks for going with me.
    We always have fun wherever we go. For this I am insanely grateful.

  6. @michelle, Yep. Gave my book and my ticket to someone else. But since there was two of them and only one book one had to have the book signed and the other one had to have the book jacket signed. Then they had to get ANOTHER BOOK from somewhere when they could and swap covers.
    Sounds confusing, but it all worked out in the end. They told me so themselves, a few comments above yours.

    michelle Reply:

    @Casey, You are a seriously good person! I’m honored to stalk you via your blog.

  7. @Melanie @ Mel, A Dramatic Mommy, It’s so true. I’ve almost given up a dozen different times and something always gets me back.

  8. @brit, No kidding. Talk about best laid plans.

  9. @Annis, No no no. Thank you! I was for sure a little goldfish cracker swimming in a sea of blogger pate.

  10. @Casey, well, we are the heart of it all

  11. Haha…my mother, Jill, and her book jacket…She was so happy to have something signed by the Pioneer Woman…even if it wasn’t the acutal book. 🙂
    She came home and told me the whole story. Very pleased indeed to run into you.

    Casey Reply:

    @Josie, Well at first Barb suggested having her boob signed, that’s when my mind really went into overdrive.
    book jacket/boob
    really, is that even a question?

    Josie Reply:

    @Casey, personally, i couldn’t see my mother having her boob signed..definately not her. lol

  12. Aww what the crap! Not only did I miss Ree ( I didn’t find out about the signing until 20 minutes prior) but I also missed you AND DOOCE? /sadpanda

    Casey Reply:

    @holly, You could have just come and hung out! It was a beautiful night and there were soooo many happy ladies there…we would have turned that sad panda right upsidedown.

  13. You are a very nice person, and I’m not just saying that because I call my best childhood friend Moosh (it’s Michele) or because your business card says so! 😉

    You really are a sweetie. Thank you.

    Casey Reply:

    @Ree, Aw shucks, thanks for coming to my old neck of the woods. I know it meant a lot to every single lady (and some gentlemen) that you included SLC as a stop, including me.
    Now that I’m back in Indianapolis, uh, COME ON DOWN! I’ll get a couple more books so I’m better prepared.

  14. What a fantastic night that must have been! If I had been there to see you, Ree and Heather all in the same place, my head probably would have exploded with all of the awesomeness!

    I grew up on the west side of Indy (Danville) and discovered your blog AFTER I moved to Charlotte two years ago. Your photos and words are amazing and inspiring!

    Casey Reply:

    @Carrie, It’s better that way. There aren’t enough cupcakes in this town for the two of us.

  15. Thanks for clearing up your living situation! I was afraid you were leaving town and I’d have to break out the frowny face 🙁

  16. Holy blog poop! That is awesome! Ree is coming to Nashville in December. I can’t wait. Must. Have. A. Plan.

    p.s. that photo with you and the Dooce is tres awesome

  17. what a great night!

  18. crazy! I was reading PW’s blog when I saw the links to other blogs… when I saw “moosh in indy” I thought, hmmm I live in indy now and what do you know? It’s such a small world! crazy!!! I wish that person could have been me! 🙂 I am dying to go to her book signing!
    what a bummer about your house 🙁 please let us know if we can do anything for you! 🙂

  19. ooooh that is hot picture of you and Dooce!!

  20. Hi, I am the one of the lucky girls from Kamas that got in due to your generosity. I am paying it forward!! Thanks again!

  21. I’m with Vanessa – that is an amazing photo with Dooce!

    You have an inspiring story – I hope we can hang out again at another event like this. This time I’ll be more friendly. I was a bit star struck the entire night (and scheming how to see our hero).

    So much fun!



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