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…

Dancing With the Sexy Stars

I am a huge "Dancing with the Stars" fan. I love writing but because I do it for a living sometimes it's not always a joy. Just like any relationship. But my favorite thing to do in the world is dance. When I'm stressed out from writing an article or script, I may throw on one of my old Madonna CD's and start dancing in my living room. Keep that between us. But my joy for dancing coupled with my girly-girl fascination with the sparkly costumes is why I love DWTS.

This is one of the sexiest seasons of DWTS. Gilles Marini from the "Sex and the City" movie is crazy, hot. Ladies, you remember this French hottie who played Samantha's beach house neighbor. He was the one who liked showering outside in the nude. I don't think he spoke the whole movie but Good Lawd he fine! Gilles was a fireman from the French army before coming to Hollywood. And he's keeping the fire burning on dance floor. He is a good dancer. I'm a comic book fan so when he and partner Cheryl Burke did this Clark Kent and Lois Lane-themed quickstep to 3 Doors Down "Kryptonite" I was digging it. Especially the end when he took off his thick black glasses, slid across the floor on his knees, ripped open his shirt and flashed the Super "G" on his chest. I was throwing them. See for yourself. Cheryl Burke usually gets the hot partners. I ain't mad at her. In case you couldn't tell I'm voting for Gilles.

Gilles isn't the only one keeping it steamy. There's real-life couple Julianne Hough and country star Chuck Wicks. They're a cute couple and you can see the love and passion they have for each other in their performances. Also, there's Ex-Playboy Bunny Holly Madison and Lil' Kim.
The Queen Bee is doing a good job. I see she's trying to tone down the raunchy image and show a classier side. I like Lil' Kim. She's not a role model for young girls, she goes against some of my feminist beliefs. But she says things in her music that some of us good girls want to say but are too scared. I'm not feeling all the plastic surgery and skin lightening. I thought the skin and face God gave her was pretty enough. I remember reading magazine articles in the late '90s where she talked about being self-conscious about her looks and how she wanted to look like a Barbie Doll or thought they were so beautiful. Don't quote me on that. It's sad because no scalpel, injection or skin-lightening cream is going to help what's going on inside her. Regardless, I think she's doing a good job on DWTS and I'm voting for her also.

And finally I imagine being dumped by the Bachelor a few weeks ago was the best thing that happened to Melissa Rycroft. In case you don't know the story Melissa got the final rose on "The Bachelor." On the followup show, homeboy changed his mind and picked someone else. A few weeks after getting kicked to the curb Melissa was called to replace "Access Hollywood's" Nancy O'Dell after she injured herself. Talk about when one door closes another opens. Melissa is really shining on the DWTS. She had a few days of practice before the first show and kicked butt. In all fairness she does have a dance background. She took ballet and was a Dallas Cowgirl. I voted for her too. Normally, I don't think it's fair for people with dance backgrounds to compete because that's an unfair advantage. But since it was a last minute replacement I'll give them a pass.

So that's my DWTS. I had no intentions of writing this much. I can't predict who will make it to the finals just yet. Who are your favorites?

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  1. I haven't gotten a chance to watch it that much. I don't even know who went home this week, but I did catch a little bit of the show this past Tuesday and that guy named Steve. All I can say, is "Wow". Gilles was "great". Very impressive and easy on the eyes for sure. Ditto on Chuck and Julianne. I agree with the judges in that Julianne did most of the dancing, but I'm sure Chuck will come around. They are too cute together.


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