Young House McLove (aka the time I met John and Sherry Petersik)

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Me:  "What are you doing tonight?  I just found out my favorite bloggers are in town for a book signing.  COME WITH."

My sister: "You are so dumb."

Me:  "We can go have wine afterwards."

My sister:  "FINE. Even though I have no idea who these people are."


Let's go into this post right now knowing that half of you reading this will be Team McMommy, because you also read the Young House Love blog and consider John and Sherry your best friends, even though they have no idea who you are.

And the other half will be Team McSister, because you are against fun.

So John and Sherry Petersik write a blog that has a lot to do with decorating and DIY stuff.  Much like Pinterest, I read their blog and say things like "I could TOTALLY do that!"  and make all these fabulous plans in my head to actually do it.  

Only I actually never do.

So they wrote a book and now they are NY Times Best Sellers! (I felt that deserved an exclamation point) and their book tour made a stop here in Florida.  Probably just to annoy my sister.

The first problem with this book tour situation is that there were actually two events going on at the Museum that night.  One was being held outside the glass doors, with tons of wine flowing.   
The other was being held inside, wine-less.

I will now share a picture of my sister from that evening, when she realized which side of the glass door she was on and which side the bottomless glasses of wine were on:

(Time for me to pick up the pace of this post.  Because I feel I am losing Team McSister readers already and I haven't even begun.  I should've brought you guys some wine.)

So John and Sherry walk into the Museum.  I'm not sure what I was maybe an entourage or something?  But no, they walk in all normal, look around, and then walk up to the check-in like normal people.   Not like the NY Times Best Sellers! that they are.

Sherry spies me taking a pic and does one of her trademark faces:

Let's fast forward past their talk and Q&A session (yes, of course I asked a question!), and just skip to....

My sister took this picture.  My life is now complete. 

Ok, so the book signing was normal and I have lots more commentary about it (I should do a separate post for YHL fans...because you would appreciate all the things I noticed.) but again, let's press the fast forward button to after the book signing.

My sister and I go to dinner. 
I am texting pictures I took to all my friends who follow YHL and then my phone dies.  
My sister smirks.  

I find an iPhone charger (the hostess let me borrow hers) and leave my phone up there with said hostess.  I return to my seat at the table, all phone-less.  And then?


I gasped.  
But my sister and her husband say I shrieked.  
Like audibly shrieked enough that John and Sherry looked at me and gave this awkward wave. 
I'm not sure.  I probably would have had a picture to clarify exactly what happened, had my phone not died. (stop smirking!)

They end up sitting at a booth almost directly across from us.  
Here are some phrases that came out of my sister's mouth during that time:

"Stop pretending like you are NOT looking at them, when clearly you ARE."
"OMG. Please stop embarrassing me."
"Let them enjoy their dinner like normal people."
"DO NOT pretend you are headed to the bathroom and then instead go over to their table. I know that's what you are thinking."
"I need more wine."

I tried so very hard to not look at them.  I really tried to play it cool.  But then?  They finished their dinner and walked past our table and I couldn't help myself.  I heard a voice coming out of my mouth saying (shrieking?) "JOHN! SHERRY!" And they looked at me, and then walked over to our table.

Like normal people.

I really do not remember much of what happened next because I got crazy happy excited.  I do remember they said they recognized my sister and I from the book signing.  I remember chatting about some of the restaurants they had eaten at in town here. Sherry said my sister's husband looked like McDreamy. Then my sister's husband locked in his title as best brother-in-law evaaaaaaa.  
He said "How about I take a pic of you guys?"   

(How awesome is McDreamy?!!  Now that's a good brother-in-law right there.)

Sherry then gave me a hug, gave me her email address, and asked me to email her the pic, because this was a good story.

I knew she was probably lying, but I didn't even care.  I sent her that pic as soon as i got home.

And then the next morning?  I got an email from Sherry.  She thanked me for the pic, and said it was so nice to meet me TWICE.

Third time's a charm, Petersiks.  JUST SAYIN.  #NotStalkersIswear #TeamMcMommyForTheWin 


  1. See, this cracks me up bc I would totally feel the same way if I met McMommy at a book signing. ;) And I'm not a stalker, I swear. My sister and I have followed your blog for years...and recently discovered Young House Love, so this post was double fun for me!

  2. See, this cracks me up bc I would totally feel the same way if I met McMommy at a book signing. ;) And I'm not a stalker, I swear. My sister and I have followed your blog for years...and recently discovered Young House Love, so this post was double fun for me!

  3. I am going to share with you a text conversation I had with my fellow-blogger friend last night:

    Friend: OMG. McMommy is following US on Instagram!!! Eeeek!!!
    Me: I KNOW!!! AND, she actually 'liked' one of my pictures!!
    Friend & Me: Simultaneous shriek!!!

    I feel the need to dedicate an entire blog post on how you follow me on Instragram ;)


    1. Is it crazy that now I SHRIEKED just reading that?! Like good shriek. We should go grab a cup of coffee and instagram it together. #BFFs

  4. this makes me smile honey.

    a big goofy smile.

  5. OMG I would just about pass out, I am sure.
    I was babbling to my hubs the other night about YHL and how amazing it was (he was soooo uninterested). I also mentioned how happy I was that my first blog crush, McMommy, had started blogging again.
    And then the next day on Instagram there you are in the same picture!
    The universe loves bloggers!

  6. I know exactly how you feel! Once McMommy liked one of my fb posts and it was like I died and went to Heaven. Now if she would just follow me on instagram, my life would be complete.

  7. Oh my gosh, I only got on the YHL bandwagon recently... but I would have done the exact same thing. Including falling in love with McDreamy for offering to take a picture. What a man!

  8. mm. don't really love any part of house fixing-up, decorating, or any of that. consequently my house is super boring and I have no idea what to do with the off-white walls in every room.

    But I do loves me some mcmommy. <3 If you were in Wisconsin at a book signing I might wet my pants a little.

  9. Oh, McMommy. I blame you for the 2 hours that I just spent looking at the YHL website (since I had not heard of it before) and for all of the future hours of me watching HGTV to get "ideas" and on Pinterest for projects that I am never going to do.

    All because of a great post. You are funny!

  10. Love them!

    Along with the other comments, I remember you replied to an email and I told my BFF who was also a reader, "OMG McMommy emailed me"

    Glad your back blogging, missed reading your funny posts. It's an instant way to smile.

  11. I would have been exactly the same way! So jealous you got to meet the Petersiks!

  12. Jen Here. Naples FL. ONLY two blogs I have ever discussed, read are yours and YHL (and ONLY because MY sister sent them BOTH to me, just like she sent me this one. And I KNOW that she is secretly planning her Summer trip to see me in Florida so she can talk me into meeting YOU- her fave blogger). That's her up there commenting on #1. It all started with a post about an airplane party, I think. Anyway, you are funny and so are the Petersiks.

  13. LOL, your post had us in stitches Jen. Thanks for posting about it! So glad we bumped into you... and hope McSister got the wine you promised her!

    -John (& Sherry)

  14. SO great. I feel ya!! I think for me it's that I know SO much about them that I feel we are BFFs when in reality they have NO clue who I am. But what awesome people and what a GREAT story. Can't wait to read more from you too!! :)

  15. Hi, Im Ofelia, from México City, Oh, this chronicles was so funny to read. I enjoy it so much. And yes I certainly think both John and Sherry are a very good friends of mine even when we live in diferent country. So, instead I enjoy reading posts like yours. Im a wine fan too. Greetings to your sister!

  16. Haha I love this. I would have been freaking out as well. John and Sherry are the best.

  17. Haha I love this. I would have been freaking out as well. John and Sherry are the best.

  18. What a fun story! I totally sat behind you and McSister at the book signing. It's fun to find a fellow Florida blogger! And John & Sherry really are the best, aren't they?

  19. Hilarious! Thanks for sharing. I'm hands down on your team... but could we steal some wine from the others?

  20. Color me all green and J*E*A*L*O*U*S

    Three cheers and a bottle of wine for #teammcmommy!

    I'm from CT and got hit by Superstorm Sandy when John and Sherry were in CT and couldn't make it to that booksigning.

    But because I was also attending a conference in Boston when they were there...I thought I was all set.


    A snowstorm hit that afternoon on our way to Boston and we were stranded on I-84 overnight on our way.

    Now I'm just waiting for Book II to come out.

    Congratulations!! - this was a fun read and I'm so glad you got to meet them!

  21. Found you thru YHL and I love that 'picture' of McSister -that would totally be me! Enjoying reading some of your posts and will be following you :-)

  22. You are so your re-cap!


  23. May I just say what a relief to discover somebody who truly knows what they're talking about on the web. You certainly understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important. A lot more people must check this out and understand this side of your story. It's surprising you aren't more popular since you certainly possess the gift.

  24. So jealous! That is ridiculously cool!

  25. Haha, and I thought I was excited when Sherry emailed me back when I shared a bee thing with them!!


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