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Chicago Hot Dogs and Audio Books


I am both horrified and mortified to tell you this, but it is true. I gained ten pounds in Chicago last week. One week.  Ten pounds.  This is not an exaggeration, and it is not even an estimation. It is exact and precise and appalling. Ten pounds.

You see, I was in Chicago. And Chicago knows how to eat. They know what they’re doing out there in the Windy City. They should be called The Delicious City, what with their hot dogs (why doesn’t anyone in Denver sell hot dog buns already covered in those darling little poppy seeds?) and their Nuts on Clark (caramel and cheddar popcorn? I mean, come on.) and their pizza – oh, their pizza. I have two words for you: Lou Malnati’s. Be still my heart.

I’m saying all of that to say that I’m sorry-not-sorry. I mean, it was worth it.

Let’s just file every ounce of this new and shapely me under a category called It Seemed Like a Good Idea At The Time.

It was a business trip that felt like a vacation, and we all know – all bets are off when you’re on vacation. I was in Chicago to record the audio of my first two books: And Life Comes Back, and Let’s Pretend We’re Normal. We spent five days in the studio, with me telling my stories, hashing and rehashing, repeating and enunciating, bringing my voice to my stories.

I posted on Facebook that we were making magic in the studios of Oasis Audio, and a friend of mine commented, “I just finished reading Just. You. Wait. I would have loved to have listened to it in your voice!”

And then I said, “Oh, did you know it’s available on audio? Peter and I recorded it.”

And then she said, “Noooo, (with several charming and strung together o’s) I did not know this.”

And someone else said, “What? I didn’t know this.”

And another couple of someones said, “Audio? What? What is this you speak of??”

And then I said, “I am realizing right this minute that I may have slightly perhaps forgotten to promote that on the interwebs.”

And then they said, “You think??”

I’m super sorry I forgot to tell you.

So, hey! You may not have heard… Just. You. Wait. comes in an audio version!


Peter and I recorded it in the spring, and let me tell you this… it’s one thing to read his story on the page. It’s quite another to listen to him tell it, the story of his sisters visiting him while he was in jail, of the darkness of staring down a felony charge. That moment when his voice breaks, it does me in.

You can get yours here:

JYW audio.

They’ll even let you listen to a sample chapter, because the people at Oasis Audio are generous and wonderful.

So much so, they sent me back to Denver with an additional ten pounds of myself.

Tricia Lott Williford

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  1. I pre-ordered Just You Wait because I knew I would love it and I need a physical book to refer back to…and write in. I’m a Pen Girl too! ? ?

    God brought me the audio version of your book as an extra blessing and I took you on some jogs and car rides when I got little bits of alone time in the car. So blessed to hear this book in your lovely voice….and Peter too!

    Your beautiful story is changing lives and giving hope. I’ll be praying for that to continue. Keep writing and sharing. We need your words!!! ? ?? ?

  2. Lou Molnati’s is by far our favorite! We love it so much we have it shipped to Ohio on dry ice so we can bake it at home! And it is just as good as sitting on Lou’s patio in Chicago!

  3. All that emotion… Recording “And Life Comes Back” would be enough for me to eat all that yumminess, because I’m an emotional eater, let alone recording a second book. And let’s just add that it was all “there” just to be consumed! I remember the Skyline Chili post… so come on, you didn’t have a chance!

  4. Lisa Engel Smith

    • I had such an amazing time with you guys. I was sad to see you go……

  5. There’s a place on Colfax that sells the buns.

  6. Next time you come to Chicago I will take you on a food tour!!

  7. Lou Malnati’s is one of our favorites too…but have you tried Giordano’s? There is one in Denver now too … you’ll have to try it the next time you go to the Theatre!

  8. Oh my….when you are back in Colorado where there are absolutely no good food choices….you will be back to your old self….Oh stay away from the crepes in Breckinridge….oh and Kneaders….oh and Nothing bundt Cakes…oh and….never mind…you will be fine?

    • Lynne Not to mention the arrival of Homemade Caramel Corn Season. (Others simply call it Fall.)

  9. I (indirectly) made it into a Tricia Heyer blog post. My life is complete.

    • Rachel Price Figueroa oh my friend… thank you for telling me this. I am humbled to be part of your story. May your waiting be fruitful. ❤️❤️

    • Tricia Heyer I am in a huge season of waiting, and your book gave me the air I needed to keep holding my breath until I can exhale once again. Actually, it taught me that it’s ok to breath, even in the wait. Thank you.

    • Rachel Price Figueroa that made me smile. So delighted you found yourself in my story, and I am honored to be on your bucket list! ❤️❤️

  10. Oh my dear. I laughed out loud at this one. I, too, have had a vacation where I gained 10 pounds (well, 9.5, it was 9.5!). Some of it is water weight from higher sodium intake; I promise. I love that you are offering us your voice, in this additional way. And Peter’s too.

  11. You are absolutely delightful, Cutie!! and YES, you ARE still cute even if you say you’re a bit more ‘cute’ then before…….makes me smile ’cause it happens to me all the time…..I can look at a piece of pie and gain at least 2#

  12. Love Chicago… and it’s good!

  13. Chicago and New Orleans are two cities I have relatives and visit often. So hard to keep the pounds off when I visit.

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