My Journey through Breast Cancer

On October 11, 2013, I was diagnosed with Stage II Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) ... or as we like to call it, extreme measures for a nap (EMFN). For a while, this blog will be my cancer journal. Enter at your own risk.

25 June 2007

happy birthday to me!

Today is my 32nd birthday. Yep, I'm 32. Thirty-two. In Chinese, san shi er. 32. If 31 meant I was kind of in my 30s, 32 REALLY puts me "in my thirties." I'm a thirty-something. And honestly, I think I'm OK with that.

Being as how its my birthday, I've decided that a little overeating is in order. Kind of like at Christmas, when gaining a few pounds in a month is sort of expected. So, Friday night Caleb took me out to a fancy restaurant, La Vie En Rose. Its a French restaurant in Brea. It was a wonderful dining experience, with excellent service, delicious food, and of course, the best company. And since it was my birthday dinner, I ordered the chocolate souffle for dessert ... which, with Caleb's help, was eaten entirely.

We spent the weekend up in Thousand Oaks, celebrating not only my birthday, but my father-in-law's (the 24th) and my mother-in-law's (the 30th). Saturday started appropriately with a vanilla mocha from Starbucks ... Mmmmm. And then we spent the day shopping in Ventura. We stopped for lunch at The Habit, a hamburger joint, where I enjoyed a juicy hamburger, onion rings and a Root Beer. On Saturday night we all went out to the Elephant Bar. I enjoyed a fairly healthy meal of chicken and spinach, and then ordered the brownie sundae for dessert. I didn't finish it by myself. But I might have been able to.

Sunday I ate a little better, with cereal for breakfast and a little carne asada for lunch. At home we had dessert, homemade German chocolate cake and ice cream, and opened presents and watched the baseball game. It was nice and leisurely, and I didn't overdo it on the cake and ice cream.

This morning, it being my actual birthday, I decided to take my new Starbucks thermos/mug from Seattle (thanks to Ben and Darcy!) and stop and get another vanilla mocha on my way to work. Hey, its my birthday, and vanilla mochas are a treat. And the thermos is keeping it warm longer. Though, not as long as I would think it should ...

Tonight Mom is fixing steak and veggies, and most importantly, a carrot cake. For as long as I can remember, I've had carrot cake for my birthday. Its the only dessert out there that can truly trump something chocolate. Tomorrow the office is taking me out to Cedar Creek Inn for a birthday lunch, after which all of the birthday overeating must come to an abrupt halt. I still have to fit into that bridesmaid dress in less than three weeks.

Wow, David and Rachel are getting married in less than 3 weeks!! That's so exciting.

Anyway, I love birthdays, and the excuse they bring to eat all the things our little hearts desire. It doesn't always leave the stomach happy, but it can deal.

1 comment:

Gretchen said...

Happy late birthday Heidi! I forgot or didn't know that you and Anders share a birthday! It is the 25th right? Hope it was a good one! =0)