Sounds dramatic, I know. But it’s the truth. Kind of.
So I had this HUGE surprise planned for my girls. The kind of surprise that they will remember forever. On a whim, I bought an entire box of tickets to the Taylor Swift concert at Time Warner Cable Arena scheduled for tomorrow night. One email yesterday ruined my whole gig.
Some moms do Disney. I do music. I live for tunes. I was the first of my friends to own an iPod – still have the first generation white honkin’ beast from 9 years ago, along with three newer versions, an iTouch, an iPad, an iPhone, all rigged with my latest tunes. Once I had children, I became known for my cd party favors that chronicle our family’s latest and greatest musical faves over the years. So you can imagine my excitement when Taylor Swift entered my playlists. I downloaded her first songs for my girls and immediately loved the music. So much that some of her songs snuck into my “Jen’s Jamz” workout tunes. How often does that happen – mom and kids genuinely jamming to the same artist, especially a tween/teen artist?!
Earlier this spring, I was killing time in carpool line and got an email from my contact at Time Warner indicating that she had deals on Keith Urban and Taylor Swift tickets. Knowing that Taylor’s Charlotte show sold out in 8 minutes just days earlier, I jumped on the phone to learn more about this “deal.” The conversation went something like this:
Me: Hi, yes, I’m calling about your email with Taylor Swift tickets. So what’s the deal?
TWC: We have one box left for the TS concert in July.
Me: Oh, a box, I can’t do that…Umm, but tell me more about it. How many tickets are in a box?
Me: So how much will that run me?
Me: Yeah, that’s not going to work out for me.
TWC: Well we do have a buy one get one offer…..
Seven minutes later, I am the proud owner of $4,000 worth of Taylor Swift tickets. I did not call my hubby because I knew he would just walk me off the ledge. I started thinking about my network and how in demand these tickets were and I just rolled with it. Luckily, I had no problem selling what I needed to sell, hubby was ok with my insane-over-the-top-completely-irrational decision and it was game on to pull off the surprise of a lifetime for my girls. When is the last time you can remember enjoying your favorite concert in a box with 12 of your closest buds?!
So I have been counting down the days until this concert. Seriously, I have hardly been able to contain my excitement. The cat was not out of the bag and I threw myself 100% into this fun surprise project that I was certain would put me as “Coolest Mom EVER”, or at least for a day! I hand-painted these super cute tee-shirts for all of the girls, arranged for a surprise unveiling at Brixx downtown with a “Taylor Swift or Bust!” sheet cake after dinner, then off we would go to our swanky box suite. Who knows? Maybe we could have bumped into Taylor herself in her pre-game festivities. Wouldn’t that be something?
Nope. Not gonna happen. Taylor has postponed three shows for the first time in her career: Louisville, Charlotte & both Atlanta shows. And that’s just my kind of luck. Bronchitis happens. I don’t fault her. But I am laughing at my own version of punk’d. My girls still have no clue at all about the surprise, but I’m not sure this thing will stay a surprise until November.
Today was a Fairytale…