A good combination...no??!
I got to enjoy the company of two of my closest friends on Wednesday, they came over to sew with me whilst our kids played. This is the second year we have made a standing date during the summer, to get together to sew.
Quite frankly, its bliss.
Not only does it make me knuckle down and get some projects finished. It also gives me some well-needed adult time in the vastness that is the US summertime (kids off school for almost 3 months...really??!)
I ploughed my time this week into sewing a Mystery Quilt (that I am heading up for our local Modern Quilt Guild)
We drank tea, ate chocolate covered raspberries and talked (and talked and talked and....)
Later on Maddy and I got ready for a Mother-Daughter date night.
One that happened to come about because a sweet friend gave me tickets to go and see Taylor Swift, just the day before.
I looked online briefly to see who the support act was going to be and thought that it was The Rascal Flats. After looking them up on YouTube I confirmed that neither me or Maddy knew who they were or any of their songs so perhaps we would head down a little later and just take in Miss Swift's set.
When we arrived at the venue (and were taken to our very posh, very amazing seats) I spotted a ginger bloke on the stage. With my heart racing I asked the woman next to us 'Is that Ed Sheeran??!!' she looked very bewildered by my panic and excitement and nodded to me.
Thats when I pee'd my pants...metaphorically.
He was SUPERB! Just him and his guitar on stage, belting out the tunes - his head turned down in that shy, humble fashion. I must be completely honest here in stating that it took me a while to become a fan of his music. My Sister-in-law had send us his album and I tried to listen with an open mind but I just didn't get it for the longest time. Then she told me I needed to listen to it in a certain order (the order thats his singles had come out) and thats when I finally listened to (and really heard) 'The A Team' for the first time. Wow, its beautiful and tragic all rolled into one.
I took the Ed Sheeran 'Red Pill' and got it.
Maddy was bemused as to why I was so excited, after all this was a Taylor Swift show - she was the exciting part wasn't she??! I didn't like to tell her that I would have actually forked out and bought us tickets as soon as they had come out, had I realised that Ed Sheeran was the support act! Instead I just told her she has heard his album in my car more times that she realises and she would soon recognise one of his songs.
Sure enough when 'The A Team' came on - her face lit up and she knew who he was.
That took her excitement up a notch so when Ms Swift did make an appearance, her eyes were as big as Saucers. I would be the first to admit - that I am not a Taylor Swift fan. She's cute and obviously very talented but I think I am a little older than her Target Market!
But many of her songs are catchy and sweet.
She put on a damn good show, magical in Maddy's eyes. Costume and set changes aplenty with some sweet words of wisdom in there - to make sure her young audience knew there would always be 'mean people' around but you can rise above it and you are not alone.
All in all a wonderful evening and all very last minute and unexpected - but honestly, thats usually where the biggest blessings happen isn't it? Out of the blue, surprise...little moments letting you know you are loved.