28 March 2006

March 28, 1981

Today makes me officially 25 years old. I don't know how I feel about that. It's also 6:30am.

Filling out forms will be different from the past 7 years, as I am no longer checking the box for the 18-24 age bracket. Hmph, does that put me in the 25-29 or 25-34 box? I don't know why I even care, but I am officially in my mid 20s and I think I will have to post later and tell you all how I really feel about this...

In the meantime, I started the birthday celebration a bit early last night. My wonderful, super-awesome grandparents (I call them G & G) took me out to dinner last night. I wanted to try this new organic vegan restaurant called the Mandala Tea Room, (very pricey and of course, in Scottsdale) but they are closed on Mondays. I wanted to go out last night because I think for my "birthday night" I want to sit in my jammies (with Ray, woo hoo, he took some time off for me today) and hang out and eat ice cream and maybe my own personal vegan cake for dinner, who knows. I do know that on my birthday (or pre-birthday dinner), there is no dressing up involved, nor is there meat on the table. We ended up going to the Pita Jungle http://www.pitajungle.com (click on Tempe, although they are all nearby). My Gramps loves this place and Ray and I take out from there every once in a while. We have friends who work there too. I had a falafel sandwich (what else would I have for my special dinner?!). The dinner was great and we were super-chatty for two hours! Thanks G and G, I love you!!!

Oh, let me give you all this wonderful link to check out... http://www.mandalatearoom.com
I will check it out one day and post about it. If anyone has been to this place, let me know what you think, although they are just getting started...

And for the main reason I posted, my fabulous Grams (G) found me this non vegan flower cupcake. She bought it at the conventional grocery store (I was shocked they had something that looked this nice), but we both know it was for looks only. She knows I appreciate these creative things, yet I had to remind myself not to lick the rubbed frosting off my finger! It is worth saving for a while, taking these photos, and having Ray indulge instead.

Pretty, huh?

I'm off to start the day, being 25...


SusanV said...

Happy Birthday! I hope after you've had some time to decide how you feel, you'll find that you feel really good about being 25. I think 25 is a good age to be, but then again all of them are. Enjoy yourself!

And the cupcake is gorgeous. What fun grandparents you have!

Shawn Powers said...

Happy Birthday!

I turned 30 last summer, and it was really hard on me. Actually, 29 was even harder (because there were no more 20's left...)

Part of my problem is that I don't remember anything before my mid twenties (long story involving a car accident and a head injury... maybe I'll blog about it someday), so it felt like I was getting old fast.

To be honest, it was that "getting old" thing that was partially responsible for my healthy eating change. So go figure.

And remember, you're only old if you let yourself feel old. (I won't patronize you, and pretend that you're silly for feeling like 25 is a big deal. Just don't let it bother you too much, because if you let it, you will be old!)

PS: I blogged about the sloppy lentils. ;o)

Nancy said...

Happy Birthday! 25 was a huge year in my life - the birth of my first child and the death of two of my sisters. So I remember it quite clearly! I can honestly say that each year just gets better and better. Enjoy your day :-)

Patty said...

Happy Birthday !!!!
You are just a few months younger than my oldest daughter. 25 is indeed a great age. We accumulate more wonderful experiences each year and that gives us a wonderful base to help us make choices. By 25 you start to see this.
Your cupcake is so pretty. Too pretty to eat anyway.
Have a fantastic day, filled with many good things.

EatPeacePlease said...

Thanks for all the wonderful birthday wishes people!!! I will write more later (I shouldn't even be on the computer right now).

I also want to make it clear that in no way was I complaining about being 25. Maybe it seemed so since it was 6am. I just think it's a number, I certainly don't feel different, but I would like to take advantage of being 25 and make it great! Thanks everyone!

Dreena said...

Happy, happy birthday Leslie!!!! Aw, you are just a pup of a thing, my dear!! I turned 35 (gulp!) last October, and I still feel 26 - it's weird, that's the age I sort of feel most of the time - 26 or 28 (don't know why the two)!!

You are so lucky to have your grandparents in your life and to have a great relationship with them - a birthday gift on its own - and from your post you already know that. What a beautiful cupcake - I have a feeling you will be trying to recreate this!

Splurge and treat yourself today in whatever way you like - resting, having the treats you want, or a little shopping - just celebrate and enjoy your special day!!! :)

amygeekgrl said...

happy birthday, leslie!!
hope your 25th year is a great one. :)

Julie said...

** Happy Birthday, Leslie! **

Wow-that's so crazy... you have the same birthday as Matt...AND we went out to eat for his birthday yesterday too...AND we almost went to Pita Jungle! Crazy stuff!

oh, I made him a vegan cheesecake which I will be posting about later. :)

I'll have to check out that Mandala Tea Room sometime. I didn't even know it existed!

Well, have a super day!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Happy Birthday Leslie. Enjoy it~

Harmonia said...

Happy Birthday a day late! Happy Midweek Munchies, too!

These pictures are truly lovely!

Catherine said...

I just thought of the best thing about turning 25: your car insurance rates go down!

Happy Birthday!

Ashley said...

Wow, that is a really neat cupcake. It'd be a little hard to make, but that would be super fun to have at a party or something. Happy birthday! 25 isn't THAT bad... you still have a lot of life to live. ;) especially since youre vegan.

Have a great day! i read your blog pretty often. I'm a vegan as well [but im 19]

stoner said...

you and i share the same birthday. and the same feelings about being 25. =)