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…

Signed, Sealed and Delivered
Pres. Obama Puts His Stamp On The Health Care Bill

Well there you have it. The president's own signature on the Health Care Bill. I'm still in a bit of shock that after decades of trying to change health care, something is being done. There are some things in the bill I like and some I don't like. I'm sure things will be added over time.

Two posts ago I wrote about Nancy Pelosi's role but President Obama recognized another Nancy who he called the unsung hero in their push for reform--Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the White House Office of Health Reform. Read about her in a Time magazine article from last year. She studied at Harvard and Oxford University. During the Clinton administration she was the administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, overseeing Medicare and Medicaid. And she has worked with corporations. From Nancy DeParle to Sarah Palin and Diane Sawyer who should have been anchor for World News Tonight years ago--women are doing it.

Photo Credits
1. Pres. Obama's signature on the Health Reform Bill (Chuck Kennedy)
2. Pres. Obama and Vice President Biden speak with White House Office of Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann DeParle following historic signing. (Pete Souza)
*All photos from White House Flickr Photostream