I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me! (And to Trying New Foods...)

May 9th was my 28th birthday, though my family did not celebrate it until a few days later when I had the day off from work. (Yes, that's right, I worked nine hours on my birthday! Ugh!) We went to a Mexican restaurant in Decatur called Coyote's Mexican Grill, that while it may not look like anything special, has amazing food. I got a steak burrito covered in a cheese sauce with avocado salad. Yum! Then we went to Charis, Atlanta's independent feminist bookstore in Little Five Points, so I could buy a book that just came out with my birthday money.

It's titled, "Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body" by Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby. I am very excited about reading this book, as I am a follower of Harding's blog, Shapely Prose. Her blog, with its sharp wit, fierce wisdom, and clever references to literature - I was an English major, after all! - has influenced my whole outlook on life in a positive way. Even more exciting than the prospect of reading this book is that I found out that Kate Harding is going to come to Charis sometime this summer for a book signing! I am SO there!

Unfortunately, due to the weakness of my stomach, the richness of the food, and the fact that I started my period in the middle of the celebratory meal, so that we had to search for a gas station before going to the bookstore, I had horrible stomach pain and we had to leave the store early. Boo! I felt like a party-pooper, but I took a long nap when we got home...

And then it was time for CAKE!!!
My Dad and I had made it together that morning and it was my own idea: white cake mix combined with 3/4's can of apple pie filling. It came out very moist and yummy! I baked it in the oven about twenty minutes and then I put the rest of the pie filling on top. Back it went into the oven for approximately five minutes and when I took it out, my dad sprinkled it with cinnamon. So, all in all, a good and very yummy birthday. There's always next year for something spectacular... :)


  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I'm glad you had such a great and delicious time, despite the little stomach troubles...may you enjoy many more amazing years to come! :-)