Yesterday, yours truly, turned the big twenty. It was a pretty anti-climactic birthday. Nothing’s really different between 19 and 20,maybe in a couple days it will sink in that I am now in my twenties. But until then, I feel the same as always. So let’s do a rundown of the big old birthday.
My mom woke me up at 7am to wish me a happy birthday. It was a nice gesture but I had SUCH a hard time getting back to sleep afterwards! I had a stomach ache from my sugar binge the night before. I barely slept all morning, then I got up at like 9:30-10ish. I had a late breakfast at 11am, Kashi Go Lean Crunch, slivered almonds, 1/2 banana, blueberries, and goji berries with unsweetened soy milk. It was a really delicious birthday breakfast bowl.
I had work from 12-5pm. All the people at the restaurant thought I was crazy for working on my birthday, but I requested off Friday for my birthday trip this weekend so I didn’t want to lose out on too many hours. It was a really easy shift, not too busy, but it went by pretty fast. The perfect balance. I had NO interest in the candy because my stomach was in pain all afternoon from the night before. I packed a bunch of snacks to eat during work: a larabar, dried apricots, 1/4 c edamame + 6 almonds, and whole grain crackers. However, my lack of appetite meant I only ended up eating the edamame, almonds, and crackers. At 5pm I left work and headed straight home to shower and get dressed.
Then the birthday festivities began. First we went to the hospital to visit my dad. He was getting fluids pumped into him,so he was a little more lively. However he ate breakfast and lunch, but then ended up throwing it up at 6pm. I’m pretty sure he probably didn’t eat dinner after that. So still, no food in him. Sort of frustrating. But we did get some good news: my dad’s doctor is going to contact a doctor in NYC who is not only an expert in carcinoid tumor, but a specialist on carcinoid tumor of the pancreas in particular. Maybe he’ll have some new answers for us? At the hospital I got my birthday presents: a new digital camera (yes! I’ve been seriously hating on my camera for months now, so happy I got a new one), a book, and a $50 gift certificate for a massage. My mom did a good job!
By the time we left the hospital it was 7:30pm. I still hadn’t eaten anything since my edamame/cracker “lunch”, and I still had no appetite, but that didn’t matter because we were going to a vegetarian/vegan restaurant! The second I sat down and looked at the menu, my appetite went through the roof. I had eaten there before at lunch time but I never got to eat off the dinner menu. I had cornmeal crusted tempeh with vegetables, mashed potatoes, and gravy.
This was yummy! I could definitely tell the mashed potatoes had lots of earth balance in them! So buttery and delicious, not something I would make for myself at home because I like to keep things a little healthier than that, but on my bday it was a hit! The cornmeal crusted tempeh was a knock out. So crispy and delicious. A little dry, but the gravy was spectacular so I just poured that all over the mashed potatoes and the tempeh and that problem was solved. It was certainly not something I would be able to make for myself at home on any old Tuesday, it was a real treat. Plus, it was so nice going to a restaurant and not having to order a salad or have to ask for substitutions or for ingredients to be held. I just got to place my order and it came to be in all it’s vegan perfection.
After dinner my mom dropped me off at my friend Anna’s house where Anna, Rob, and Rob’s girlfriend (who was visiting from Georgia) were waiting for me. Anna and Rob are my best friends, and Rob’s girlfriend just fits in so well with us. We were having a fabulous time sitting around and laughing. We celebrated my birthday with smore’s and champagne by the fire in her backyard. We’re classy bitches! I had two glasses of champagne, 3 smores, and 2 extra sheets of graham crackers. It was the perfect way to end my birthday.
I got home and did NOT binge! Woo! Finally yesterday felt normal. I couldn’t completely enjoy that because my stomach pain and bloat made me feel like crap, but I kept reminding myself that it was the previous day’s problem. I ate perfectly fine on my birthday. I felt STUFFED at the end of my night, but that’s because I had the majority of my calories after 8pm. However, I ate barely anything before 8am and worked on my feet for 5 hours, so I think it all balanced out to a perfectly fine food day.
Wait, that’s an understatement… a perfectly freakin’ delicious food day!