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Pancake Pantry, Live Webcast and Dinner at Taylors' condo.
Okay so I have my other four stories in one big post called "I can see the two girls in the pit who I first met in the UK" but I just got back from Nashville two days ago with my best friend Steph and some very crazy and dream come truey things happened.
Ok so on august the 9th 2012 my friends and I, all of which I met through and because of Taylor decided we should go to pancake pantry for breakfast. Im not normally one for picking up on 13's being all over the place before something great happens but this day we all did. Our taxi had a huge 13 on it, our table was table number 13, our waitress was waitress number 13..it was crazy and those were just a few. Whilst we were eating our pancakes my friends who were on the other side of the table facing the door suddenly went white and started freeking out. I turned around and Connor and Taylor had just walked in. We didnt know what to do with ourselves, all we did know though was that there was NO WAY we were going to interupt them during breakfast because its just plain rude! As we went to the counter to pay, her security guard was there so we quietly asked him if it was at all possible if we could speak with taylor after she had finished, somewhere quieter so she wouldnt get mobbed, explaining that we were in fact huge fans and had all met cause of her. Just as he was about to say yes, he looked outside as we all noticed a huge crowd of girls had turned up/were waiting. He then said no that it wasnt possible as she was very busy and if he did it for us he'd have to do it for everyone else. We were bummed but I mean there was nothing we could do so we were just happy that we had seen her. We went outside and waited for our shuttle to come pick us up from the front of the pantry, expecting her to go out the back and therefore avoiding the disapointment of seeing her leave but being unable to speak to her. Then, something crazy happened. Taylor walked out the front door. I noticed first and then Steph turned and saw her too. Steph said 'Hi Taylor!" as a passing comment, just to be polite and not expecting her to stop or anything. Taylor looked at the both of us and screamed 'OH MY GOD. IM SEEING YOU GUYS ON MONDAY, RIGHT?!" and ran over and gave us both big hugs. We were in shock cause we had no idea she knew that we were coming on monday, and also in shock that she knew us right away. We introduced her to Madi and Abby, and explained that we all met cause of her and she seemed genuinely touched. She hugged them all and asked if we wanted to get a picture, to which we obviously said yes! I made sure Madi was next to taylor on my side and steph did the same with abby on hers as they had met taylor far less times than we had! We then joked that we were surpised she recognised us without costumes and she started laughing really, really hard. She then commented on Abby's cat shirt, saying that she had it :). Then we all hugged again and we let the other girls speak to taylor and get pictures! As we were group hugging by the road, Taylor walked past and said she would see us monday and didnt stop waving until the car turned down the road. We were freaking out and were so happy that we had all met her together, something we had only ever dreamed about!
NOW. Here is where it gets really, really good! (just going to make it aware that i'm putting in my experience here, obviously other fans experienced different things to which I dont want to put in due to it being their place to say, im just focussing on what happened to me that day! :))
So we knew we were invited to a special taylor swift event from maybe the 2nd day into our holiday but we had no idea what it was. I dont know why we were invited, all I know is that we were and im so ever grateful. We found out maybe 4 days before that it was going to be a live chat and that was ALL we were told. We knew nothing about the other plans! OK so on the 13th of august we all met in our hotel lobby and got put into a big coach. On the way they played the Taylor Swift Kareoke CD and interviewed us on what was happening, my guess is that this video will surfact during the release of her new album! We arrived at her parents home and our i.d's were checked and scott swift came and gave everyone guitar pics! I was then told one of the questions we had been told to submit had been chosen to be asked and I was going to get to ask it! I was freaking out, like so nervous but when Taylor walked into the room ten mintutes later about an hour before the live chat to come say hey to us, all that just went away. She played us the new single once through and we were all dying, and then we all had a HUGE dance party to it again after wards with her. We suggested that we all make up a dance routine for when it goes live which is how taylor came up with the weeEEE movement for us! We then went live and as my question approached I got so nervous but I tried to hide it. When I said I was from england, like I was told to do, everyone behind the cameras, including scott borchetta, scott swift and andrea started clapping, which made taylor clap as well as a few of the other fans (all of which were LOVELY and the most deserving people i've ever met. definitely made friends for life there!) As we went off air, we had a group hug and another dance party, then taylor told them to quiet the music as she had something she wanted to say. I cant remember her exact words cause I kind of felt like I was in a dream already and was close to blacking out haha. All I know is that I heard to words condo, meredith, dinner and hang out. I cried like, to the point of it being embarassing. After that announcement we all sat back down as taylor played us 3 accoustic tracks from her new album. I can't say much about them but OH MY GOD GIRL IS SO TALENTED and anyone whos ever commented on her singing ability can go eat their words cause her sitting there with just her guitar and a mic, i''ve never heard a voice like hers. She never fails me.
So after a coach back to her apartement, we were put into groups to go up in the lift and what turned out to be luckily, we were the last group as when we got there, taylor greeted us at her door with Meredith in her arms and handed her to us! She is PERFECT oh my goodness, that cat is adorable and so cuddly! We walked to the kitchen where she poored us some sweet tea and then she gave us the guided tour. She has a picture of Kanye west interupting her VMA speach on her wall with the words 'life is full of little interuptions' under it. I died and was like Taylor, can we please just have a cheers to that to which she was like YES. CHEERS!!! and we cheersed :) She took us to every room in her house, including her bedroom, her walk in wardrobe to which she let us look at all her clothes and shoes and explained how she had OCD with them being in order so we helped her arrange them. It was a surreal experience like, walking around next to taylor as she shows me her place. and we had general chit chat. Crazy. There was no security there with us to make it feel formal, it was very informal with just her parents, her pa and scott borchetta being there, as well us the 30 of us fans! We all went to the kitchen to have the bbq buffet she had prepared. her kitchen is so cute...cook books everywhere! also, on her fridge just outside the kitchen is a magnet that reads 'its better to have loved and lost than to live with a phsyco all your life'. :) that made me smile! I said to Taylor that I had never had the sweet tea before and I was loving it, to which she said I was so cute and immitated my accent. Note: she is one of the few americans I have met who can do a really good british accent. We all sat round at the dinner table eating and laughing and joking, quoting films and taylor put her hair up with out a band and everyone was shocked at how she could do that. I said I could do it, did it and she applauded me. So weird that Taylor Swift applauded me when its so used to being the other way round! Scott kept updating us on the chart position and we were all freaking out at how well it was doing, Taylor included! I went into the kitchen to get a fork (it all seems so crazy, doesnt it. Just wandering around her condo like, freely.) and Scott B was in there and remembered me from the band perry concert I met him at and asked me all about where I was from etc. At one point, Scott S came over and started speaking to us about london and our old costumes and as we were sitting by the pond said 'can I get you a rod?'. It was hilarious!
Then, we all got pictures on Taylor's sofa and as I sat down for mine, I was like, ok, bare with me, im so awkward, and she was like oh no sweetie no youre not! and hugged me for the picture which is why I look very keen as I was not expecting it at all! She told me she was so glad I was here and hugged me again and said that she loved me so very much. I told her I can't believe I was here for it and that it was fate and she agreed that it was! Steph and I went over to talk to Andrea as we had always said if we had ever get the chance we would ask taylor to draw us matching tattoos and we figured there was going to be no other chance like this. Andrea loved the idea and ran to get a sharpie and taylor was just as enthusiastic, saying after she drew them that this meant she got to keep us forever and that we were hers now :)))) (we got them tattood the next day and im in love with mine!) We chatted a little more before we left and at one point when I wasnt even talking or anything, Taylor just stopped, looked at me and gave me the biggest hug shes ever given me and I still have absolutely no idea why haha! We said bye a little later on and were given goodie bags with a signed picture, a tshirt, a roll on wonderstruck bottle and some taylor cards! the goodie bag had We are never EVER getting back together' written on it :)
It was genuinely the most blessed day of my whole life and ive literally missed out SO SO much so if anyone has any questions, just holla at me on this post! I completely understand that I am the luckiest person in the whole wide world and I will always remember this day, everytime I look at my tattoo I remember it, as well as my picture and it brings a tear to my eye. So crazy. So so lucky and so so so amazing. Taylor really does treat fans as friends, consideirng how laid back the whole day was and how informal and how much she genuinely trusted us in her home. I love her more than ever :)