Cheers! My Birthday Celebration with the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours

After losing my grandmother a few weeks before my birthday, I really needed to celebrate life. I know she would want me to do that. This year, I decided to ring in a new year of life in wine country. My soror traveled up from So Cal to visit. This would be her first time in Napa. I didn’t want to drive so instead, we bought bus tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours.

Let me tell you something, going on this bus tour was one of the BEST decisions I made. The Napa Valley Wine Country Tours bus isn’t just any bus. It’s a limo bus that looks like a VIP club lounge on wheels. We paid $119 for an 8-hour trip, visit to 4 wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, continental breakfast and lunch. It was worth every penny. The tastings aren't covered in the bus fare, but they ran about $10-$25. Wineries won't charge you for tastings if you buy a bottle. I recommend this for tourists and any Bay Area locals who have folks visiting from out of town and want a short excursion to Nap…

He's Just Not That Into You

Girl, should I call him first or wait for him to call me?

If he says "nice to meet you" at the end of the date does that mean he's digging me?

We've done it many times but he introduces me as a "friend " to his boys. Does that mean we're not together?

Those are a just a few of the many questions tackled in the romantic comedy"He's Just Not That Into You." It's based on the 2004 bestselling book by former "Sex and the City" writers Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. The movie carries a star studded cast including Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Kevin Connolly from "Entourage"(love him!), Scarlett Johansson etc.

"He's Just Not that Into You" follows the tangled love lives of nine young professionals in Baltimore (This isn't the Baltimore we saw in "The Wire"). There are a lot of story lines but overall the movie illustrates two things: love is complicated because we make it complicated, and there are signs when a guy or girl isn't into you. Like Neil and Beth (Ben Affleck and Jennifer Aniston) who've been dating for seven years, but Neil doesn't want to say "I Do". Then there's the player Connor (Kevin Connolly). He can't shake his feelings for Anna (Scarlett Johansson), a yoga instructor who uses him when she needs an ego boost.

Jennifer Connolly and Drew Barrymore are some of the bigger names tied to the film but who really shined was Ginnifer Goodwin from HBO's "Big Love." She played the perfect sweet, naive, man stalking, desperate romantic Gigi. There's a little bit of Gigi in all of us...I hope just a little bit. We've checked our cell phone a million times to see if "he" called after that first date; or over romanticized a relationship in our head that in reality wasn't a relationship to begin with. Some of ya'll may have even gone to a brotha's job unannounced just days after you met him. Hmmmm...

No need to hit up your bootleg seller in the hair salon. "He's Just Not That Into" gets my Box Office stamp. The characters are interesting and their love problems were believable. I thought some parts of the ending were unrealistic. However the writers did a good job creating multiple storylines that were easy for the viewers to follow. It's definitely a fun film to watch.


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