Happy birthday, Mom!

It’s my mom’s birthday today, and sadly, we’re not even in the same city. Back when I posted about my fantasy birthday celebration, my mom said she would go to Yosemite National Park for her fantasy birthday. Wish we were there today!  Here’s a picture of us at Yosemite back in 2009 when we took a quick trip there:


Happy birthday, Mom! Hope we get a chance to experience all that beauty again sometime soon.

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?