Fantasy Friday: it’s my birthday

I’m turning thirty-two this Saturday. I’ll be spending the day at the Atlanta Writers Conference and then performing at an improv show in the evening. Writing and improv have been a huge part of my life over the past year, and I’m excited to spend my birthday pursuing my passions. But in honor of Fantasy Friday, I had to ask myself and by extension you:

What would be your ultimate birthday celebration?

When I was a graduate student at Berkeley, I often celebrated my birthday wine tasting in Napa Valley with my husband and my friends. For example, my 26th birthday…


For my ultimate birthday celebration, I’d head back to Napa. My fantasy would adhere pretty closely to the actual celebrations from my past with a few notable exceptions: we’d have a private driver, a much more generous dinner budget, and a hotel room where we’d spend the night.

We’d start the day getting brunch at ABC cafe in Napa, and then go to Mumm to sample sparkling wines. We’d hit a couple more wineries before grabbing sandwiches at Dean & Deluca for a picnic lunch at my favorite low key winery, Vincent Arroyo. After lunch, we’d probably be hitting our satiation point for wine so we’d head back to the hotel to nap and relax before dinner. Because we’d want to be prepared for the tasting menu at the French Laundry. Caviar…truffles…more wine? Yes, please! It’s my birthday.

Where would you go for your ultimate birthday celebration?


  1. Happy Birthday! tomorrow the 25 th is my birthday too. I am not comfortable celebrating it so I intend to mark the day quietly and not so alone- I have papers due.

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