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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Weekend Recap, the Week Ahead, and a Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.
Hello Friends!

Did you have a wonderful weekend?  What did you do?

I so needed a fun weekend.  February is the worst time of the year at work.  We file more than 15,000 group applications with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation on February 28.  A great deal of work and time goes into this process.  

The analytical staff works long hours during the last two weeks with this upcoming week being UN-affectionately dubbed Hell Week.  I probably won't be visiting much this week because once I get home, I normally go straight to bed with or without eating.  Any positive thoughts and energy you can send my way this week will be most appreciated.    

You may recall a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that Ree Drummond, aka Pioneer Woman, would be visiting Columbus for a book signing.  A group of Buckeye Bloggers got together to attend. 

No respectable blogger outing would be complete without some shopping.  So we started the day off early with a trip to Scott's Antique Market at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.  
One of the first things we happened upon were these creepy doll molds.  They were very unique, but really unsettling to me.  I suppose a doll collector would love them.
Check out these flamboyant lamps.  How fun are these?  Would I have a home for them in my house?  No, but they sure are fun.  
Speaking of fun...how fun is this little guy?  Check out his happy little face.  He was already sold so I don't know what the going price was.  
You KNOW this booth caught my eye.  I had to be patient here, because this display was attracting many shoppers.  Yes, I bought something.  You will see it soon; I promise.   
There were many sets of china available, but the prices were pretty steep.  I loved the pattern below, but I would need two more jobs to afford it.  Isn't it pretty?
I LOVE IT!

After lunch at Champps, we headed to Barnes & Noble for the book signing, which started at 2:00.  We were ill-prepared for what we found.  The place was packed with people waiting to meet Ree and have their book(s) signed.  The signing was scheduled for 2:00-5:00.  I suspect it lasted well past 7:00 because Ree said she would stay as long as it took to sign everyone's book.

It was a long wait.  Unfortunately, Lori and Cindy had to leave to take care of their families.  Sue and I finally got to meet Ree just before 6:00.  She was well worth the wait for me.  She was delightful and engaging.  She made eye contact when she spoke and didn't at all rush us.  She was genuine, sweet, and funny.  
When you got to the front of the line, a Barnes & Noble employee took your camera and took pictures while you were with Ree.  The first picture I am going to share is poor quality, but I wanted to show you how engaged she was when I spoke with her.   

Ree signed three books for me.  She signed a copy of Black Heels to Tractor Wheels and two copies Pioneer Woman Cooks.  What am I going to do with two signed copies of Pioneer Woman Cooks?  Hmmm...

Because I love you...I think I'll give it to one of you.  To enter, leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry:
1. Answer this question: What is your favorite food?
2. For a second entry, become a follower of A Musing Potpourri or tell me you already are a follower.
3. Add my giveaway to your blog. 
This giveaway is open to all international readers.  You do not have to be a blogger to win.  If you do not have a blog, leave your email address in the comment section so I can contact you when you win.  I will use the Random Number Generator and choose a lucky winner on March 1.  Good luck!

MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!
   

42 comments:

  1. It sounds like you had a great weekend!

    My favourite food is potatoes - I know that might sound boring, but they can be used in so many different ways.

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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  2. I love her blog and it is definitely a go to site when planning a meal. I love her country fried steak.

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  3. I'm a loyal and happy follower.

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  4. I like coconut. Yum!

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

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  5. I follow on gfc

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

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  6. Hey La! Well I guess that answered my "what'd ya do this weekend" question! Looks like a fun time! I'd say my all time favorite meal is Meat Cakes, but a recent favorite is that Cabbage Soup I posted. Please count me in for this fun give-away:@)

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  7. Putting your give-away on my side bar now:@)

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  8. I love red velvet cake.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  9. I'm a gfc follower.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  10. I am glad that you are NOT giving away one of those doll molds! I am a folower. Joni

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  11. My favorite food is......potatoe chips! I prefer Ruffles -- Ruffles have ridges. What a great giveaway and so much waiting in line to get it! Joni

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  12. I'm a follower!
    I went to Scotts too and saw those doll molds too! I was intrigued at first but then thought they were kind of creepy too! And a little expensive!
    We found a lot of other treasures though!
    It was a fun weekend!
    Linda

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  13. OMG!!! I was just going to buy this book! My favorite food is anything Italian. I LOVE pasta!

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  14. La, I loved spending time with ya, girl! We made our own fun while waiting, didn't we? Well, the good thing is that I woke up this morning and wasn't coughing anymore. The bad thing is that I now am sneezing and I'm all congested. Think one of the hundreds of people around us made me worse?! LOL
    ~ Sue

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  15. I have simple tastes and love veggie food, My favourite meal right now, is an onion bagel, toasted, spread with veggie mite and stuffed with mixed salad leaves! yummee!

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  16. I'm a happy follower and would just love to win that book, how kind you are.

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  17. I was there too, but didn't get a cookbook. I love mashed potatoes!

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  18. Hi La! I had such a great time on Saturday even if I didn't get my book signed. I can't believe how many people were there! It was so nice meeting you and the others. Can't wait for our next outing!

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

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  19. Follower here! Thanks for the chance!

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  20. My favorite food is chocolate cake, brownies, etc! CHOCOLATE in just about any form or fashion! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  21. I love her cinnamon rolls!!

    suzannebake@gmail.com

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  22. La, I saw this photos of Sue on her facebook page and I didn't realize that was YOU with her! Nice photos! I'd love a chance to win Ree's cookbook. She is certainly a marvel --I don't know how she gets it all done!

    PS: I love the rose china too!

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  23. Fun they would take your picture with her. I have heard great things about that book. I follow La!

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  24. Ah, I see that you did post about your big day, I read Sue's post, too! I would have loved to have met Ree, she does look so sweet. I'd love to win that book, too. My favorite food is hard to choose because I am NOT a picky eater! Let me just say that I love all Cajun food. That's on my mind right now! lol!

    XO,
    Jane

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  25. Now this is something I would love to win! What a fun day you had and I agree those baby faces are creepy!

    My favorite food...creme brulee!

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  26. I would love to win a copy of Ree's cookbook. Please enter me in your drawing. I love food period. And especially if someone else cooks it-ha. After cooking for decades an new cookbook might revitalize my choices. Marlynerskine@yahoo.com

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  27. My favorite food is (gosh, I'm embarrassed) cheeseburgers.

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  28. Taht book looks lovel,my passion for cookery books is never dampened!

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  29. just wanted to stop by and tell you that you arent the only one with the week from hell..... i understand that fully i am new to this blogging thing but enjoy reading what people are writing i hope your week goes better with the coming week

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  30. Hi lovely lady~~~Im your newest follower on your Beautiful sweet Blog.I hope you have a nice weekend.!!!
    Diane

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  31. Hi lovely lady. This book would help me with my cooking !!!
    Diane

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  32. Hello La...I'm a faithful follower
    and i'd cringe over those baby face molds!!!
    ~victoria~

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  33. my favorite food ~ chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes =)
    ~victoria~

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