One of my most fun writing gigs is for UpTake, the travel site that searches over 5,000 other sites, making it one-stop-easy to plan a vacation. With a couple of clicks you can search through restaurants, hotels, attractions, and even full vacation packages, anywhere in the U.S.
In addition to my dazzling and occasionally over-sharing contributions (hey, that maid didn't see anything!) to the UpTake Hotels blog, you will find many familiar and well-loved bloggers there, like lovely Gudrun Enger at the UpTake Attractions Blog, and the urbane Sharon Castellanos at the UpTake Restaurants blog. Of course, if you're visiting UpTake, you'll want to stop by the UpTake Vacations blog, helmed by the dangerously funny (don't read and drink unless you like to snarf) Whit Honea.
Right now the UpTake Lodging blog is running an amazing giveaway with the Silverado Resort in Napa Valley, CA: a "Spa Girl Getaway" for four lucky ladies who get to hang out by the pool at the swank resort, drink wine, and have a spa treatment.
I have decided to win this contest.
In my mind, I immediately wrote a blog post about why I deserve to win. And then I forgot to do it IRL until now. The deadline is this Friday, May 15th, so I'm in just under the wire.
You could call it my eBay strategy -- if I wait until the last minute to tell you all about it, then I have a better chance of winning, because you won't have time to go enter yourself!
Nope. I actually encourage any and all of you fast writers to go for it! I'm that confident I'm going to win.
Why? Because they're picking the winner the day before my 40th birthday! UpTake doesn't even have to think about what to get me for my birthday, they can just hand over the spa trip!
I almost feel bad for having such a huge emotional advantage.
It's going to be so exciting! Of course I'll bring Stefania and two of our 40 Whatever sisters on the good time girls' gala. Food, wine, completely appropriate intimate touching (from certified masseuses!) and perhaps a bit of pool boy oogling. Clean, luxurious fun!
Naturally, we'll take tons of pictures and Twitter, Facebook and social media the shit out of the whole thing, because that's what we do at 40w. If we don't tell you everything, how will we know if it really happened?
Erm, just in case someone else enters with a really heart-tugging story, like a medical reason, or something family-related, can you all just cross your fingers for me?
- Cat/Bad Kitty