Now, onto something a little more fun, the Young House Love book signing at FLOR in DC!!!!! We have to acknowledge that YHL is one of the blogs that helped inspire us to even start this little thing, so of course we were excited to see a signing for their new book here in DC. Unfortunately M had other commitments Wednesday so I flew solo to the event. I got to Georgetown (FLOR is on 33rd St just off of M st. NW) at about 6:05, the signing wasn't supposed to start until 6:30. So thinking that I didn't want to be the crazy person standing outside the door a half hour early I thought I might run over to CB2 to just kill some time. Luckily I happened to glance down the street towards FLOR because an ENORMOUS line had already formed. I scrapped my CB2 plan and quickly rushed to grab a spot for myself. While I ended up pretty far back in line, I was lucky enough to have a view of the upper windows of FLOR where we could see John and Sherry getting ready for the event. It was so cute to see them taking pictures of all of us in line while we were all holding up our cameras taking pictures of them.
See Sherry up there! Oh and that dude on the left that looks like he might be John, he's not and there's a funny story about that below.
At first it felt a little lonely to be standing in such a huge line all by myself, but as luck would have it I suddenly saw a friend of mine walking up and she happened to meeting up with some friends who were only 3 people behind me, SCORE! So to keep her from having to jump back and forth between me and her other friends to chat, I decided to just jump back a few spots and hang out there, because what's a couple of spaces when the line is ridiculous anyway. Clearly I'm noting this because I was proven wrong later.
When our wait first started we were commenting about how surprised we were that it really didn't seem that cold out, which was a pleasant surprise. However, about an hour later when we were still just waiting in a line outside, having made some progress towards the door, but not a ton, the feeling in our toes was starting to slip away. That was when we started saying how smart the cookie food truck that had parked nearby was, because people all around us had run over to get cookies and hot cider from them. However, we also noted that we really didn't want to have to go pay for it. Thankfully the girls in front of us overheard and filled is on the deal, the cookies and cider were FREE! So, so, so brilliant! This was just the pick-me-up my group needed.
Yay for cookies and cider!!
So now I will tell you the funny story about the guy from the window who looked like John, but wasn't really John. Periodically throughout our, ultimately, 2 hour outdoor wait this guy would come outside and kind of survey the line, sometimes he would also be on his cellphone. Practically everyone, myself included, truly thought this guy was John. And we all noted that we thought it was him, but he looked a little different than we thought he would. For one, his hair was all spikey. We just assumed it was John's way of changing things up for us DC folk. I was so convinced it was John that I even tried to be stealth and grab a candid pic of him over my shoulder, as seen below (he turned around right as I took this).
Clearly my papparazzi career is a non-starter.
At this point we were so close to the door, yet still so far. Luckily the FLOR staff were doing their best to keep a much larger than expected crowd happy, so they started handing out the popcorn that was inside to those of us still waiting in line outside. An RSVP was supposed to be required for the event (it was free but they needed to cap the number of people), but it was clear that A LOT of people who hadn't RSVPed showed up anyway. So props to the FLOR staff for making it work and doing your best to make the long wait as enjoyable as possible.
Finally our wait was over! Inside we went. And this is where my jumping back in line a few spots comes into play. John and Sherry had posted on YHL that if you come to one of their signings, it's helpful to the host if you purchase their book on site. All the girls I had grouped with had seen that and planned to do just this. So of course, the last book sold to the girl right in front of me, WHOMP WHOMP. All was not lost though, John and Sherry had book plates with them to sign for anyone without a book (it's basically a big blank sticker they sign that you can put in the book later). There was also wine once you got inside, which was delightful.
Popcorn and wine, what could be better?
Once inside we still had a little bit of a wait, but we slowly inched way through the line sipping our wine. I should also note that it wasn't until we got within sight of the table John and Sherry were at that we all realized the spikey haired guy was not in fact John, embarrassing! No wonder that guy seemed to be so weirded out by all of the girls staring and taking pictures of him outside.
Armed with my signed bookplates I rushed home to order the book off Amazon. I was about to pull the trigger and complete my purchase when I glanced at the expected delivery time frame only to see that Amazon's expected ship date was 2 MONTHS from now!!! What the what!? Can't a girl get a break! Thankfully I hopped over to Barnes and Noble online, which had the book in stock, and I now have 2 copies on their way to me. Merry Christmas M!!!!
Are any of you also YHL fans? Have you ever been as excited to meet a blogger in real life as I obviously was?