Uptake is having a contest – along with Silverado Resort in Napa, they are giving away a Spa Girl Package for Four, including spa treatments, wine tasting and breakfast. I thought it would be fun to enter, since goodness knows I need a spa break, but I was having trouble coming up with my “angle”.
First I thought I would sing a song with my Ukulele (from Palo Alto Freecycle!) and make a video. I was going to rewrite the lyrics to Somewhere Over the Rainbow. It would have gone something like this:
Somewhere, north of the City
There’s a spa
It’s a spa that I’d like to
Visit with my three friends.
Somewhere, in Napa Valley
Green, green, grass.
There’s a chance to relax,
While enjoying wines by the glass
Some day I wish upon a spa
A place to visit with my friends
That’s far away…
Where, cellulite melts like chocolate drops
Away among the vineyard trucks
That’s where I want to be
Somewhere far from my worries
Lies Silverado Resort
A place where no body scurries
Everything is calm, cool and short
Clearly, my creative juices ran dry. Oh, and I don’t actually know how to play my Ukulele. Oh well.
So, then I asked the kids what they thought. They came up with 10 reasons I should have a spa weekend, and I wrote them down verbatim:
1. Because you are beautiful
2. Because you are really nice
3. Because you make cookies
4. Because you let me play the Wii
5. Because you are really good
6. Because you deserve it
7. Because you let us have fun block parties on Friday night
8. Because you stick your hands in the trash can at school for compost
9. Because you bike with us to school
10. Woof, woof, woof (that is from the dog Molly)
But those reasons did not seem so compelling either, especially when entering this Girl’s Getaway Spa contest. So I still needed to come up with a real reason. And here it is:
Everyday, my life is about planning what my family is going to do, from eating breakfast, to getting to school, to appointments, to sports, to vacation planning. I think about everyone’s needs and desires for these plans, all with a eye towards what will make everyone happy. How nice would it be for me to have a weekend away with my girlfriends? One in which my desires and needs were at the forefront? That would be thrilling. Exciting. Unbelievable.
For my entry, I would like to let the judges know that winning this contest would be outstanding and something I would treasure. The chance to rejuveinate my mind and body at Silverado Resort would be a treat – I would come back to my life with renewed energy and creativity. Selecting the friends who would accompany me would be tricky, but I am sure I could manage. And my husband would be thrilled to have a weekend with the kids.
Winning this would make my day.