photo: M. Slavitch
Early Thursday afternoon, as I woke up from a nap (I'd been sleeping off the toxins of chemo), my spouse came down from his attic office with an odd look on his face.
"Are you ready for some news?"
"Is it good news or bad news?" I said, attempting wake up.
"Good news, I think." He was giggling and looked a little stunned.
"Remember when you asked me to nominate you for a makeover at St, Laurent Shopping Centre?"
My eyes widened.
They he told me that I needed to go to the mall for shopping and consultation and then, on Wednesday, I would be going to /A\ Channel to be made over on the air.
In case you missed that last bit, I'll repeat that this is a TELEVISED MAKEOVER.
"There's more," Tim added as I sat opening and closing my mouth like a fish. "It's a holiday makeover. You know, so that you can be ready for all the holiday parties you go to."
I do not go to any holiday parties where I can't wear jeans and a t-shirt. In fact, that's the smartest thing to wear to most holiday parties I might possibly attend.
"She actually used the word 'sparkly'." My dear spouse was by this point, enjoying himself. "And you have to decide today."
When I read on Twitter that St. Laurent was asking for nominations for cancer survivor makeovers, I impulsively asked T. to submit my name. I was confident that I wouldn't be chosen because I figured they'd want someone who looked more like a cancer patient. And if I were chosen I thought I'd just go to the mall, get made over and then have some pictures taken for their web site.
But I did get chosen. And when I went on Twitter and Facebook and asked my peeps what I should do, the answer was unanimous - "Go for it!"
So I'm going for it.
This is all being organized by the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and I do want to help draw attention to the good work that they do.
The St. Laurent Centre has some really great stores and I could end up with some great new gear and a fresh new look.
I could use the lift. It is easy to feel frumpy when you're out of the work force and pinching pennies. And chemo does take a physical as well as emotional toll.
And it could be fun.
So I've decided to approach this with an open mind and a spirit of adventure.
I'll let you know how it goes.