Ten (birthday) things

1. Today is my 30th birthday.

2. My mom took me to brunch this morning here.

3. Then we strolled along the pier.

4. Tonight I’m going to dinner with this girl.

5. And seeing this concert.

6. My email accounts (yes, both) got hacked and I sent spam out to every single person in my contact list.  Sorry!

7. My doctor called to tell me my glucose tolerance test came back high (positive) and I need to do the fasting one now.  I’m trying not to let this get me down today, but it really freakin’ sucks.

8. The GIANTS are going to the world series!!!

9. My mom and I watched last night with take-out from Poquito Mas.

10. I have a really good recipe coming soon.

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Comments (64)

  1. clare @ fittingitallin

    1. happy birthday. great week for birthdays!
    2. I suppose you can have the giants win for your birthday gift from me. I’ll be rooting for them (boo AL!)

  2. Erin

    Happy birthday Elise 🙂 What a nice day sans the odd email hack and forthcoming fast! Welcome to your 30s baby! xo

  3. Lori @ Coolgreendays

    Happy Hippity Hoppity Birthday Elise! Fabulous times ahead, so excited for you! Enjoy Enjoy x 🙂

  4. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    Happy birthday, you have a great year ahead of you!

  5. Sarah

    1. Happy birthday!!!!!
    2. Cute baby bump!!!!
    3. I spent twenty minutes trying to open the attachment to an email from you this morning. Shoot, I thought it was something good!

  6. Gillian

    Happy Birthday!!!!!

  7. Izabela (yoginiselfportrayal.wordpress.com)

    Happy Birthday!!!All the best to you and your baby

  8. Laura

    2. I just noticed that on that Ethel blog the only 2 things in your calendar are your b-day and mine 🙂
    3. That restaurant you went with mom looks really cool!
    4. I cant wait for you to open my present!
    5. Love you! xoxo

  9. Lisa F. @thevalleyvegan

    Happy Birthday!!!

    Don’t let the test get you down. 🙂 Nothing is normal when you’re pregnant!

  10. Lee

    Happy Birthday Elise!

  11. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey

    Happy birthday!!

  12. lindsay

    oh well i think all the other good things knock out number 7, yes? let’s focus on that! happy bday gorgeous!

  13. Red Deception

    The glucose tolerance test will hopefully turn out well. Most of my prenatal patients are VERY unhappy with the fasting… letting a pregnant woman go without food or water!

    And the happiest of birthdays! It sounds like it was a day well spent. Where does your man fit into your plans?

  14. Carrie

    Feliz Cumple, I adore your blog!!!!

  15. purelymichelle

    Happy birthday!!

    And too funny about the emails getting hacked, it has happened to be twice now!! in just one week ugh

  16. Sarah C

    Happy birthday!

    I want to tell you that the stupid gestational diabetes thing sucks (if you have it, which I did) but really really A) it’s not your fault (you’re a nurse, you know this, as did I – but I couldn’t help feeling like it was related to something I did or ate) and B) a diet like yours will honestly help you control the blood sugar readings without any other interventions. My only high readings were after eating Indian food (all that naan!) and chili with cornbread (all those carbs!). When I ate normally (mostly vegan, but I ate dairy) my readings were fine. I hope you don’t actually have what I called the g-d GD but if you do you’ll survive it so much better than someone on a SAD. (And my baby was at normal weight and is currently a tiny little 27-lb almost-3 yo, so it didn’t do anything to spike her weight at all).

  17. Adrianna

    have a fantastic day!! happiest birthday 🙂

  18. Lara

    I didn’t realize it was your 30th! What a wonderful year this will be. Happy Birthday, Mama!

  19. Jin

    Sending tons of LOVE and LIGHT to you and your family!!!!!

  20. Ellie @ healthy belly ellie

    Happy Birthday!! October birthdays are the best, I don’t care what anyone says. Mine was two days ago! Hope you had a great time celebrating!!

  21. Carbzilla

    What did you watch with your mom????

    Happy happy birthday! Your 30’s are going to be amazing!


  22. Jennie (the gf-gf)

    Woo hoo – hope its a great day!,

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    Belated Happy to you . Wish you all the best and more blessings to come!

  24. Dad/Jeff

    10 more things:
    1. Don’t fret about your fasting gtt; you’ll be fine.
    2. Sorry I’m not there with Mom and you today. 🙁
    3. You finished your 20s way better than you entered them; I have every expectation the same will hold true for your 30s.
    4. Enjoy the concert tonight – their music is good.
    5-7. Enjoy your health, your husband and your life.
    8. You’re gonna be a mom!
    9. Go Giants!
    10. I love you so much!

  25. Dana

    Happy birthday, Elise! Sounds like you had a wonderful day. 🙂

  26. Lisa

    Happy Birthday Elise!!!! Hope your day was wonderful, and think this time next year you’ll have a little one around 🙂

  27. sarah

    Your 30th year will be fab-u-lous! ( I literally don’t think you look a day after 21 though, for realz).

    I’m not 100% sure what testing high in glucose actually means( the possibility of diabetes?). But iv got my fingers crossed everything is well with you,

  28. janetha

    happy birthday! <3

  29. hippierunner

    Happy Birthday Elise! Hope you’re enjoying the concert! That’s a gorgeous pic of the pier (and of you of course!). 🙂

  30. Anne-A.

    Happy birthday ! Enjoy your 30’s as much as your 20’s and have fun with your friends and family. =)

  31. Kayla

    happy happy birthday!!! 🙂

  32. Sara @ sarasmiles

    Happy belated bday Elise! What a awesome and fun decade your 30s will be with the baby on the way!!

  33. Abby

    Happy Birthday Mama!
    Except being a die-hard fan and a Michigander, I have to say Go Tigers!

  34. Emily

    Happy Happy Happy Birthday Elise!!

  35. Shana

    My friend’s initial glucose test came back high and the second one came back just fine. She was also told that they lowered the number that indicates a “high” reading meaning that more people fail the first test. Money maker?

  36. Ammie

    Happy Birthday!!! Sending you lots of good vibes for a positive outcome on your glucose test. 🙂

  37. Mimi

    Mine was fine the first time I did it when I was pregnant.

  38. Katie

    Happy birthday!! (sorry have to drink that gross orange stuff again!)

  39. Jill in Chicago

    Happy Birthday! That post from Dad/Jeff above is so cute 🙂

  40. Shelby

    happy birthday! so much fun stuff ahead!!

  41. Jamie

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I turned 30 in April, and it is AWESOME. (I was actually just raving to my dude last night– yet again– how rad 30 is.)

    Enjoy being a (real) grown-up that still has the physical capabilities of a younger person!!!

  42. elaine c.

    Happy Birthday!!! I did the 30 thing this past July, so welcome to this new decade 🙂 Everyone tells me it will be great, so I will tell you the same thing! Hope the birthday celebration continues all week long!

  43. ethel

    i think this is a tradition we have to continue. =) love you mi rubia!!! feliz cumpleaños a ti!

  44. Elise (Post author)

    hes at a business thing for the week but he stopped by brunch w my mom to say hi. we celebrated last weekend though 🙂

  45. Elise (Post author)

    thank you so so much sarah. its so niec to hear this from someone else. i hope i dont have the gd GD, but your reassuring comment was exactly what i needed to hear. i was obsessing about it all yesterday (of course) and just so confused as to why i am dealing with this since i try to eat well and im still very active – jogging and walking on every day off – but like you said, its just freakin hormones. so ill keep my head up and look to your experience as proof that its manageable and not the end of the world.

  46. Elise (Post author)

    thanks shana. my reading was 147 and the cut off for “high” (that needs retesting) is 140. while i was fairly close, its still worrying to me because im so good w my diet and exercise. blah. i know its not my fault, but im still having a hard time not overanalyzing my every decision. hormones!!! anyway, thanks for the reassuring comment. hopefully my second test will be normal.

  47. Elise (Post author)

    im really thinking my 30s are gonna be awesome. 🙂

  48. Elise (Post author)


    i saw shiny toy guns with my girlfriend – is that what you are referring to?

    my mom and i brunched at the shutters on the beach. i cant think of anything we saw…aside from lots of cute clothes i want, but cant fit into. 😉

  49. Elise (Post author)

    best comment ever. 🙂

  50. Elise (Post author)

    haha. i knew youd say that 😉

  51. Carbzilla

    9. My mom and I watched last night with take-out from Poquito Mas.


  52. Sarah C

    I know what you mean about feeling like it’s your fault. When I got the call about the first test (and honestly, I knew something was wrong when after the fasting test I almost passed out) I cried in my office. But it really is just the hormones and while our diet and exercise couldn’t stop it, I trust that it can control it. Good luck with the second test!

  53. Elise (Post author)

    Oh! I was referencing the giants game. Guess that wasn’t very clear.

  54. Lou

    Yay, Happy Birthday – sounds like you had the perfect day 🙂

    Also, wasn’t your original glucose test fasting? That seems weird, as how can they test your glucose accurately WITHOUT you having fasted before hand?

    Anyway, I reckon that was the worst of the pregnancy tests – I felt ILL for DAYS after having to scull that evil orange liquid – seriously I had a 3 day sugar hangover. I’m sure the fasting results will be better 🙂

  55. Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie

    Happy (belated – sorry) birthday! This is quite a list – Sounds like congratulations & commiserating are both in order. Good luck w/ the fasting and GO GIANTS!

    P.S. I live in SF and it has never been so loud. Ever.

  56. BroccoliHut

    Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you had plenty of fun celebration activities planned. Sorry to hear about the GTT results, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it was just a fluke.

  57. Ashley Pomes

    Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a fun time T the concert. They are a great band. I’m happy Farrah is back.

  58. Sarah

    Happy belated birthday!!!! Welcome to the 30s! (Mine only began in June). I’m thinking the 30s are going to be great.

    Bummer about your GD test. I’m sure the next one will be fine, will be thinking of you. I’m not sure when mine is but I’m really nervous that mine’s going to come back high. I’ve been eating way more sugar than is healthy during this pregnancy. Must. cut. back.

    Anyway, hope you have a great birthday week! xxxx

  59. Brigid

    Happy birthday! I love Poquito Mas so much.

  60. lynn @ the actor's diet

    i know i’m late but HAPPY BDAY HONEY!!!

  61. Elise (Post author)

    thanks sarah!

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  63. kathleen

    I failed my first GTG test in my first pregnancy. I actually had a long talk with the CNM because I have to take it for my current pregnancy next week. Not taking it isn’t an option because I am at a birth center. Anyway, I found it interesting that she said people who eat healthier diets tend to fail the test more often! (Makes you wonder how great of a test it is). To increase my simple carbohydrate intake two says before the test. Since I mostly eat plants, slow carbs and beans/protein. That 50g of pure glucose is shocking to you system if you don’t eat a lot of sugar. Also, water and exercise lower blood glucose. So if you drink an adequate amount of water up to the test, it helps!

  64. Elise (Post author)

    i agree. i think that people who rarely ingest such high concentrations of sugar probably shock their system with this test. im still surprised my body couldnt tolerate it though. i only understand the endocrine system in a limited way (nursing school was a while ago!!) but im still surprised that i had such a high reading. especially since my second tests results were incredibly normal (and wayyyy lower than the first test). bizarre. and in regard to your exercise comment, the oddest part of all was that i was running around (literally high-tailing it on foot) doing a ton of errands for the hour between drinking the glucola and returning for the reading. and thats the one i failed. whereas, the follow up that i passed, i was basically sedentary for the 3 hours. weird. they should probably just skip the first test and only do the fasting 3 hour one since it seems to unreliable (although i cant believe i just said that since i wanted to keel over after not eating for so long)!!!

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