Dooce Coup

The pregame was as fulfilling as the Monday night main event.

The main event being the book signing for author Heather B Armstrong, a/k/a Dooce.

I rode to the book signing with Lemony Sarah, a contributor for Mamarazzi and a funny, kind person. After our 40 minute trek, we met up with Casual Perfectionist and Amber (famous for being the Head Mile High Mama, and the wife of a man obsessed with giant pumpkins).

Since we got there freaky early (2.5 hours), we were #2, 3, 4, and 5 in line to get seats and have our books signed. Who was the gal who got #1? Jolene, a health blogger I have already added to my feeder. Her photo of us waiting in line is here.

It was an amazingly quick 2.5 hours. Before long, we were ushered to our chairs, where I got to sit in the primo-est seat in the room. Front. And. Center.

Heather B Armstrong came out from between the bookshelves, casual and stunning in black (see this photo taken by her husband.). She seemed happy to be in Denver, relaxed. As she had tweeted previously, Next stop: Denver. Same time zone, relatively same elevation. Throw in several hundred thousand Mormons and it’ll be just like home!”

She told funny stories from her book (It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much-Needed Margarita) and stories from her blog. Off to my side, her husband, Jon, took photos. And tweeted about her: Watching @dooce kill it at the Denver reading. She’s a keeper!” And tweeted about us: Thank you Denver!!”

I was struck by their couple-ness. So independent yet so intertwined.

Heather’s date with Oprah had aired just hours before, and she told us what the vetting process was like — akin to the Secret Service granting access to the POTUS.

Heather closed with Q&A from a dozen or so starstruck fans (including me. How can you NOT be in awe of a writer who reportedly makes GOBS of money every month from her blog? Not for just the $$, of course, but the fact that so many people read her, that she is SUCH a phenom).

And then she signed our books. We took our books over to Jon for a signature as well, and because we were in the beginning of the Heather line, people followed us into the Jon line. Poor Jon was not expecting the stream of attention, but I think he was pleased.

The evening didn’t suck and I didn’t cry. And there was not a margarita in sight. But it was SO worth the babysitter’s bill to hang out with my bloggy friends and to get my book double-signed.

12 thoughts on “Dooce Coup”

  1. so cool the fanchics were front and center. I like denise’s comment about chuck. so, what did you ask? didn’t you ask a question at blogher too (from across the ginormous ballroom), or am I imagining that?

  2. This was so much fun! I love reading everyone’s recap – thanks. I agree with you about Jon and Heather being so independent yet intertwined (in a good way) I love them both. That’s a great pic you found on Jon’s Flickr page as well. The whole night was just fabulous!!!

  3. You’re too funny. I am so glad we did this. Except, if you can believe it, I have received a slew of nasty anonymous comments about her on my blog. Nice to know her hate mail is coming my way!

  4. I love that you got Jon to sign too. Now if they’d have only brought Chuck so you could have gotten his pawprint. That would totally have rocked.:-)

  5. I must be the only person here who’s never heard of Dooce. I think I need to go find out who she is…I’ll be right back!

  6. I used to love Dooce! Hers was the first blog I started following regularly, probably about 5 years ago. I don’t know why I stopped reading it…I guess IF took over. I should revisit it some day. So glad you got to hear her speak in person (does she sound totally Southern? I’ve always wanted to hear her accent!).

  7. I would have loved to go too, but maybe not be in line that long. I’ll have to check out her book. That’s so funny to see you there in the front row!

  8. Denise: we chided her for not bringing Chuck!Amber: I saw those. Boo for bitter people.Jolene: So glad to have met you!Luna: I asked her when she knew she was on to something, and what that was like.She said that it happened after Leta was born. She got thousands more readers, and as each new episode occurred, her numbers just grew and grew.

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