Birthdays are a day worth celebrating |

Birthdays are a day worth celebrating

Some people use the first of the year to make resolutions and take stock of their life. I do this once a year around my birthday.

Because I have a birthday this week I have been doing a lot of thinking about where I am, where I have been and where I am going. I am happy with the turn my career has taken. Now if only I would spend a few less hours in the office, I might be able to start working on a more fulfilling personal life.

I got out on my bike this weekend. It did not take long for the gears in my head to stop turning round and round. Work soon became a distant distraction and the natural beauty seemed to wrap itself around me. This is why I wanted to move back to Tahoe — the great outdoors.

I made my first resolution then — to do something each week that I can only do in Tahoe. This includes finding another secluded trail to hike or bike. I doubt I will do the Tahoe Rim Trail at a speed like the guys we featured last week on Sierra Scene did. But it is a goal to complete the trail even if it means short spurts over several years.

I have never been a big fan of chain restaurants, so another Tahoe thing will be to check out all of the non-chain restaurants. Earlier this month I had drinks at the Rockwater and can see putting it on my list of places to take friends from out of town. A regular stop when I was a visitor to Tahoe was Passaretti’s. It is nice to know I no longer have to have big gaps between visits.

Birthdays to me also mean doing something just for me or buying something just for me. This year my treat to myself is a massage and a daylong visit to natural hot springs by my friend’s place in Lake County. A whole day to lay in the sun, soak in the water and be rubbed the right way.

It is amazing how different things are this year. Last year I was in Sucre, Bolivia. I treated myself to having my clothes laundered. I was budgeting $30 a day, so to spend nearly $5 on cleaning my clothes seemed rather decadent.

Something that my parents did for us four girls when we were growing up was to let us choose what we wanted for our birthday dinner and dessert. They made sure that one day was our very special day. My dessert was always the same — homemade chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate cake with homemade chocolate frosting.

Last year I spent a bit more than usual on a meal — at least on a dinner for a budget traveler. I indulged myself with a salad, pasta and a couple glasses of wine for $7.

If I were to have the same meal this year, just a glass of wine could cost me that much.

This year I will pay $5 for an order of garlic fries at Pacific Bell Park. It is not my first choice in birthday-fare, but it is my first choice when I am watching the Giants storm their way to a wild card berth in the playoffs.

And what could be a better birthday present than to watch the Giants beat the Padres and go another game ahead of the Dodgers.

Kathryn Reed is managing editor of the Tahoe Tribune. She may be reached at (530) 541-3880, ext. 251 or

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