Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Spin Cycle: Vacation!

Spin Cycle this week is all about vacations. I've already written about the best vacation EVER when I wrote about my "Just Divorced" Cruise. And Garret doesn't like it when I repeat myself (Unless I give him ample warning). So if you want to read about the cruise, just click here.

I've also written about my summer vacations in Ocean City, MD (which also happens to be a Spin Cycle), so I don't have to write about that again (see how accommodating I can be, Garret?)

So I'm going to write about my vacation THIS summer. I get 3 weeks vacation, since I've been working for Fridays for more than 6 years. I actually get PAID vacations. The pay isn't great, but I don't know of many other places that will give their wait staff paid vacations. And we have a use it or lose it policy. I have to use my vacation before Feb 11 (My anniversary date) or I lose that vacation.

Usually I save all year for my week in Ocean City, MD. My friend gives me a super duper deal and it's almost criminal NOT to take her up on the offer! This year, for some reason, I decided to use my Income Tax Refund for the beach house, only to discover that I was getting $300 back and not the $2500 I thought I was getting. I had to cancel my standing 3rd week in July reservation on the house.

It's funny how things work out.

As you all know, John was in the hospital for his latest round of chemotherapy for his Lymphoma. This was the week I was supposed to be at the beach. I know John. He would have INSISTED I go to the beach and enjoy myself and not worry about him. He'd have been angry if I cancelled my vacation because of him. And I'd have been terribly terribly guilty going to the beach while he was in the hospital, going through the chemo alone. So, Providence or something stepped in and made it possible for me to be on vacation and broke so I could spend my time with him at the hospital!

I have 2 more weeks coming to me. I decided to take the week John goes in for his Stem Cell Transplant in August as my 2nd vacation. For my 3rd week of vacation, I'm taking the week he gets out of the hospital in mid-September. He can't be alone, so he'll be coming to my house where I can look after him and we can be comfortable.

My friend, Fran suggested we come down for a week in early autumn, late September or early October. We thought about it and decided if John has to be on a special diet to prevent him from getting bacteria or other fun stuff, the beach may not be the place for him this year.

Aw, hell, there's always next summer for a week at the beach!

Want to join in the fun of Spin Cycle? Just click this link here. I'm sure Jen at Sprite's Keeper would love to have you!


Jim and Garret said...

As for you repeating yourself, I'm glad you thought of me. I even got 2 mentions in 1 post. Oh, the power. I'm not sure what I should do with this new found superpower. Good or evil, good or evil, good or evil. Hmmmm, I just don't know what to do.

Oh and I'll be proactive: Shut up Alix.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I can see you and John at the beach house next year Joanie ; -)

Sprite's Keeper said...

Ha! Look at you! The Spin Cycle was supposed to be on hiatus this week, but since I love you and Casey so much, I'm linking you! And again on Friday since I have another solo Spinner working her magic.
I know he does, but I hope John knows how much you love him for all you're doing, especially using all your vacation time to be with him. I can't help but sigh when I see the picture of the two of you on your masthead because I can only see love. You are truly blessed. Him? Even more.
You're linked!

Michele said...

Sounds like this summer your vacation is right where you need to be.

The Retired One said...

Good Karma will give you a wonderful vacation in the future with a healthy, robust John to make up for the stress this year, you will see!

Mama Badger said...

Eh, with the economy and all? Probably not a bad year to take off from "vacation". Hopefully you'll be able to do something fun with John on one of those weeks. At least you'll be together! Great spin.