My turn: Portales full of hidden gems

Christina Calloway

I disagree with people who think their birthday is just another day. Birthdays have no rules. Your birthday isn’t the only day out of the year that you can treat yourself but it is nice to acknowledge just how special you are and do what you want for a day.

I turned 23 on Saturday and I originally planned to go to Santa Fe for the weekend with friends but I’m glad that didn’t pan out.

I spent the day getting pampered. I found a great hair salon on Main Street and a good pedicure in Clovis, and then I got dolled up and attended the wine and jazz festival at Vines restaurant.

You can’t beat a pairing like wine and jazz. The music had soul, the ambiance was just right, and the people were friendly. The entire day exceeded my birthday expectations. And I don’t want to get all mushy, but I really appreciate my co-workers/friends for helping make my birthday special.

Where has Portales been hiding these gems? If the city has more events like these, I may never leave, and not just because it’s the land of entrapment (I’ve heard this one too many times).My birthday weekend has set the tone; I’m really happy and blessed to be here.