Monday, February 15, 2010

When A Plan Comes Together...

As you probably know, I just have one round of chemo left (hoo-hoo-ray!) and then its on to radiation--which is daily for five weeks. Ug. I'm supposed to get a three-week break between the two, but the radiation oncologist suggested I might want to consider postponing it by a week in order to take a vacation.

I sighed. Then laughed. There are so many reasons not to take a vacation.

But on a whim I asked about the kids schedules (obstacle number one) and learned that my college boy has spring break the very week I'd be able to go. The other kids are all flexible.

Of course, that still leaves the question of what to do on a budget of close to zero.

I started noticing those commercials--you've probably seen them too--with Muppet characters helping to build a house in exchange for a day at Disneyland. Sounds great, but it's not like I'm in any position to help build a house.

But never one to let things die...I went to the website on another whim. And guess what? There are all kinds of things that qualify as a day of service. And I found the most fantasmic one of all--we purchased a bunch of baby wipes (7,000 to be exact) and took them to a charity co-op that is going to somehow deliver them to Haiti. I just got the email from Disney telling me that as a thank you, they'll be sending six of us to Disneyland for a day! How cool is that?

There were other opportunities that didn't take money, but most required some kind of physical labor, and this is money that goes to Haiti, which makes me feel great. So it feels like one great big happy circle.

So when this last round is done, as cheesy as it sounds, if anyone asks what I'm doing next, the answer's obvious: I'm going to Disneyland!


Taffy said...

That's Awesome, Suzanne! I'm totally looking into going to Disneyland through service.

Kimi said...

We're making three quilts for a Russian orphanage for our tickets! Thanks for the tip!

And I love that you can say, "I'm going to Disneyland!"