Cold, Books, and Young House Love
Look what I did last night (in a sing-songy tone)
Yes, those are the Petersiks. You know, the phenoms from Young House Love blog?
Ok, before I talk about how much fun this book signing was, let me back up.
I’m not one to go completely nuts over celebrities or iconic figures…I’d rather just enjoy them from afar as opposed to tracking them down to snag a pic or signature.
Really, if I’m going to meet someone I admire or follow, I want it to be an organic thing where we meet while out shopping, start a discussion—maybe about which brand of whole wheat pasta we like best—and decide to go for coffee which turns into lunch, dinner, and a lifelong friendship peppered with red carpets and private jets.
You know, something simple like that.
Three years ago was the first time I did go out of my way to meet a celebrity…
It was pre-Ethan, pre-even-wanting-to-have-babies, and I was on part-time status (soon to be laid-off status) at a small St. Louis design firm. My mom (a regular watcher of Martha’s show) called to tell me Martha would be signing her new book (of which I wasn’t even aware) at the West County Mall. I finished up my half-day and scurried over to Macy’s for the deets. Two book purchases later (one for me, one for mom) and I had my place in line. In the midst of things I ran into a very well dressed man in possession of two dogs who I quickly realized were MARTHA’S dogs! We started talking and he was all too happy to hand over Sharkey and Francesca for a photo op.
Moments later, she was introduced.
OMG. She is beautiful in person. I mean totally gorgeous. Thin, tall, and perfectly poised. I expected it and didn’t at the same time.
I made friends with people in line so we when got up front, we were all ready to snap each other’s picture with Ms. Stewart.
Too bad it was with an old iPhone…not great quality.
That was where I turned into an oogling, yammering idiot, completely star struck with nothing to say. I think I eeked out a “Hi Martha! Thanks for coming!” as I handed over my cookbooks. Then it was all about the picture, me asking her if it was ok, her putting on a perfect smile, my new line-friend snapping away. I may have told her I loved her daughter’s show on Sirius Radio…but I honestly can’t remember. I think I blacked out.
Then it was over. And I felt like I’d squandered my opportunity to ask her a question or say something meaningful.
Well, I wasn’t about to make that mistake last night when my friend Kristan and I attended the Young House Love book signing in Georgetown!!
It began with a very cold, very long, very dark line that wrapped down the street and back up in front of the tiny FLOR showroom. We were NOT prepared for almost two and a half hours of 39 degree weather.
We had a fantastic time having a non-toddler-interrupted conversation, but oh man, after two hours even my knees were shivering…MY KNEES!!! We met a few very nice girls and did some people watching in line while drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies from Captain Cookie & The Milk Man food truck—compliments of FLOR.
These guys seriously have my dream job: baking cookies, seeing the signs of DC, and making people smile?! Sign. Me. Up.
Just when we thought things couldn’t get any colder and we’d need to start burning our empty hot chocolate cups for some heat, it was our turn to step into the building. Glasses of wine in hand, we started to thaw. And we remembered why we were there!
Just a few more minutes of waiting and there they were…only this didn’t feel like my Martha experience. This was Jon and Sherry! I’ve known them for two years, up-close and personal from reading their blog posts about DIY home projects and child adventures. Things went much better this time…it was like meeting up with old friends! They signed our books as I sang praises of their recommendation to counter-sink screws when doing wood-working projects (I don’t know how we ever accomplished anything without using this method!) which I’ll talk more about on the blog after Christmas…it deals with one of Ethan’s gifts. They told us about their trials to make the book affordable, good looking, and out before Christmas. They were incredibly easy and friendly, taking time and with everyone…no rushing involved. 100% what I expected.
And then, I was honored to be crowned “Miss Young House Love Book Signing Line Waiting Queen!”
Actually, I ran into Miss DC Tina Montgomery in line and she was all to happy to let me try out her crown. You never know who you’ll meet in line for a book signing! And, as a rule, DIYers are always friendly.
So that was my evening…I’m still cold. But thank you to FLOR for hosting the event even if your space is super tiny (but rockin’ exposed brick and big windows). And thanks to Jon and Sherry for being so accommodating to all us fans! Being smiley and interested in what we have to say for going on four hours HAS to be exhausting. For us it was all worth the experience and some quality time spent with a good friend.
And if you haven’t read their blog, just do it, really. It is one of the very few blogs I get delivered via email, the only one I read every week. And their book is great too! You can see (under Sherry’s hand) all my marked pages of the projects I’d like to try. It may be arriving at a few doorsteps for Christmas this year…
**I realized I’m a moron and spelled Sherry’s name wrong throughout the whole post…it is now fixed. I swore it had an “i”!