When I bought The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drumond’s book, The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels-a Love Story, one of many Ree Drummond books, I had every intention of reading it. With my dad’s passing, mom moving in, kids crazy schedules, blogging, and writing for PBS, the concept of “free time” for me evaded me.
I love watching funny romantic comedies, don’t you? My favorite down time activity is a date night with myself. I like to grab a pint of Häagen-Dazs coffee ice cream, one spoon, a comfy fleece blanket, and a large Diet Coke on ice before plopping down on the couch for the evening to watch a romantic comedy chick flick. For two hours I get to laugh and scream into my pillow as cheesy love scenes play out right before my eyes. It’s how I prefer to unwind and enjoy a nice reprieve from my own life. I only wish I watched movies more often than twice a year which seems to be all I have time for.
I also love reading books. There is something about the feel of the printed word in my hands. Flipping pages, sometimes highlighting passages I hope recall later, and folding dog ears to bookmark where I finish reading for the night and where I hope to pick up the next day. The anticipation of reading a page here or a chapter there when I find tiny pockets of free time gives me something to look forward to especially if I’m vested in the book I’m reading.
Many years ago my sister introduced me to chick-lit books after the birth of my second daughter, Mimi. She assured me it would make the long stretches of nursing a newborn baby go so much faster. She was so right. Reading the Ashley Stockingdale Series by Kristin Billerbeck had me in stitches, laughing out loud, and almost peeing my pants.
After ordering six books in the last six months and having them neatly organized (cough.. thrown on top of one another) on my nightstand, I came to the sad realization I would not be able to enjoy any of these books anytime soon. With my dad’s passing, mom moving in, kids crazy schedules, blogging, and writing for PBS, the concept of “free time” is not something to be had in this season of my life. One of these books I purchased was The Pioneer Woman – Black Heels to Tractor Wheels love story by Ree Drummond.
Seeing her book sitting on my nightstand made a little part of me sad by the fact I couldn’t just open it up and read it. I’m very familiar with Ree and Marlboro Man’s relationship from her Black Heels blog posts series. But like most good stories, I wanted to re-read it from cover to cover.
Her story always resonated with me on so many levels. No, I didn’t marry a cowboy who lived on a ranch nor did I grow up on a golf course. But I did fall in love with my husband, panicked over trivial things, experienced the most horrid morning sickness, and understand the primal motherly feelings a new mom experiences for the first time after giving birth to their first-born child.
With no spare time to read, I did the next best thing. Which for me turned out to be the very best thing. I listened to The Pioneer Woman’s book on audio narrated in her voice. Thank God for public libraries!
Playing the audio version of the book in my car while driving alone, I would sit in my driveway an extra few minutes to listen through the end of a chapter before having to go inside my house. I hated not being able to listen longer but knowing the book was waiting for me the next time I got behind the wheel gave me something to look forward to.
Listening to Ree in her voice tell her story is like listening to her sit across from you over coffee and tell you every juicy detail of her life and relationship with her husband in the early years of their relationship.
I can’t tell you the countless number of times I laughed out loud knowing the funniest parts of the book were fueled by real-life moments. You just can’t make this stuff up! Listening to her book was a good reminder she too experiences hardships, uncertainty, and indecisiveness as we all do.
As someone who follows her life through The Pioneer Woman blog, to witness Ree and Marlboro Man and the growth of their relationship from their courtship to present day reminds me that love does conquer all.
If you haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, get yourself a copy! Ree’s story will have you laughing all the way through it. I highly recommend listening to it on audio. It’s an audio ‘chick flick’ which doesn’t disappoint!
Side notes: You can hear an an audio snippet The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels – A Love Story, here. When you open the page, click on the play button on the top left corner underneath the book cover image.
Inside the book is a recipe for Asian-Inspired Steak. I posted my adapted version here.