spa-di-da: a shot at four spa getaways

First things first: Please vote for Travel Sweeps! I'm a finalist for a Travvy, in Category 5, Best Single Author Travel Blog. To vote, click HERE and scroll down to Category 5. There are some neat travel blogs on the ballot. The voting closes next Wednesday at 7 P.M. E.S.T. One vote per person.

The New York Times Travel Show gets underway this weekend. It opens to the public tomorrow, Saturday, at two. A number of the show’s vendors are sponsoring sweeps (though not as many as last year). Here are two you can enter online, for a chance to win one of four spa getaways. I just did. They both close on Sunday at 11:59 EST, so don’t tarry.

- SpaFinder: Enter for a chance to win one of three two-night stays/treatments at Spa Chakra at Conrad Miami or The Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley, Penn., or the Emerson Resort & Spa in Mount Tremper, New York. Note: These prizes do NOT include transportation.

To enter, click HERE.

- VisitFlorida’s sweeps is for three nights at The Diamondhead Beach Resort in Ft. Myers. It includes airfare and a car rental.

To enter, click HERE.

Isaac and I went out for Chinese food last night. His school is conveniently located near a stretch of decent restaurants. His former math teacher joined us. He’s from the Bahamas, so of course I could not resist talking about Isaac and me taking a vacation there one day. At the end of the meal, we each unwrapped our fortune cookie. Isaac went first. “I’m so sorry,” he said, turning to me. “I must have taken yours by mistake. This is your fortune, Mom.” What did it say? YOU WILL GO ON A VACATION. Those aren’t the exact words, but that was the gist of the prediction. That Isaac responded thus suggests the degree to which I could use a break. I’m still paying for the time I lost due to that unfortunate spinal tap on New Year’s Eve.

I’ll get a break soon, sweeps or no sweeps. It’s in the cards. Speaking of which, I haven’t bumped into my neighborhood fortune teller in days. I hadn’t thought of her in awhile, until I walked by her place last evening, on the way to get Isaac at school. She’s still open for business. Her sign was outside, tempting restless souls like myself. I know once the weather changes we’ll be crossing paths again. Fingers crossed she doesn’t turn on me. Or put a hex on my sweeps entries!