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…

Cocoa Reads
Waiting in Vain by Colin Channer

In between partying and hanging out with family I'm hitting the library this weekend. If you're also heading to the library or bookstore a fly read to pick up is "Waiting in Vain." This bestselling novel is a throwback from 2003, but I recently read "Waiting in Vain" for the first time. It's the love story of a Caribbean painter named Fire and Sylvia, a New York magazine editor. Author Colin Channer takes the reader on this journey of love hrough the black Diaspora--New York, Jamaica, London. I see why the main character is named Fire because the love scenes are H-O-T. They're not grimy but sensual and steamy. Channer is great at writing love scenes that not only get in the head of male characters but the female characters as well. If you read it or have read it let me know what you think about the book.

For my Cocoa Fly readers going to the mall this weekend and looking for a deal, go to Circuit City. I stopped by the store last night and picked up a couple of CDs and DVDs. They were all 50% off. Most of the electronics were gone, but that may not be the case for stores near you. Just to warn you, I stood in a short line to get in the store because they were short on employees. I bought "Sex & The City:The Movie," "Under the Tuscan Sun" and Bon Jovi-- all half off. They also had Kanye, Anthony Hamilton, Keyshia Cole, "The Dark Knight," "The Family that Preys" movie and soundtrack, etc. There's some good stuff left, you just have to look.

If you neded to stock up on "Hancock" DVDs I saw plenty of them. As we say in the Bay, there were HELLA "Hancock" movies. I walked into the door , there's a"Hancock" display to greet me. Go a couple of feet, shelf full of "Hancock" DVDs. I'm searching through the TV on DVD bin, there's "The Office," oooh "Extras: Season Two, " and about 15 copies of "Hancock." I haven't seen the movie but from what I hear, I would've have given it a BOOTLEG rating. Maybe that's why there were so many LOL.

Have a fly weekend. Thanks for reading. Hopefully I'll have a review on "Madea Goes To Jail" next week. I usually don't like to see Tyler Perry movies opening weekend because the theaters are too packed and I don't want ....Oh no, what's that I see?