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Posted on Apr 11, 2013 in Blogging | 20 comments

My Quarter Quell

Today, I am 25 years old.


A quarter of a century.


Does this mean I’m a grown up yet? 😉

I’ve been sifting through some of the dozens and dozens of old family photos my brother has posted on Flickr, and happened upon a few that are particularly apropos to today’s date. Y’know, the day of my birth and all. So while there will likely be lots of ridonkulous photos and good timery to show you after my Hunger Games-themed party on Saturday (get it? My Quarter Quell birthday? Hunger Games? Eh? Ehhh?), for now, I think I’ll take a stroll down memory lane–a journey through birthdays past. Care to join me?

1996 – My 8th birthday

2000 – My 12th birthday

2001 – My 13th birthday

2006 – My 18th birthday (first in college!)

2009 – My 21st birthday (legal drinking age booyah!)

2010 – The big double-2 (and my last birthday at 246+ lbs)

2011 – My 23rd (down maybe 40 pounds at this point?)

And of course, last year – My Potterlicious 24th!

Regardless of how far I may have come, how much weight I may have gained or lost throughout the years, and what the state of my health has been at various times throughout my life, one thing had remained the same: I frakkin’ love my birthday. But even more than that, I love that now I get to share this slice of my life with all of you! Thanks for being with me through the past 2 birthdays–here’s looking ahead to the next 25, eh?


  1. Happy Birthday Gretchen!!! Wow, 25 seems like a long time ago for me.:) I can’t wait to see pictures from your super duper party.

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope its a great one! You certainly have some lovely weather for it here in the DC area- hope it stays great for your party (LOVE the idea of a Quarter Quell, bwhahaha) this weekend. Enjoy!

  3. Happy Birthday, lady friend! I can’t wait to see all the awesomeness of your quarter quell!

  4. Happy birthday! I hope it’s fabulous!!

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRETCHEN! We’re going to tear things up come Saturday night, Capitol style!

  6. Happy birthday Gretchen! I know I rarely comment on here, but your blog is one of my favorites to read :). Oh, and I think your outfit for your 24th is the best outfit ever.

  7. …And may the odds be Ever in your favor!

  8. Even when you’re 50, you’ll always be the hilarious, hyperactive, and super talented & ambitious Gretchen I met in high school. Happy birthday!

  9. Happy birthday 😀

  10. Fan-freakin-tastic 😀 Happy Birthday, Gretchen!!! I love that you had pumpkin pie for your 13th =P That had to be home made, right?

  11. Happy Birthday! Here’s to a great year!

  12. I love love love the Quarter Quell theme! I may just steal it in a few years 😉 Have a great birthday!

  13. SO excited to see pictures from your Quarter Quell!! Hope your birthday is fabulous!

  14. Happy Birthday!! I’ll be joining you with the big 2 – 5 in 3 weeks!

  15. Looks like you know how to have fun. My cousin Nicky–Reaping Katniss–hand-drew the mockingjay pins on those shot glasses. Amazing, right?) I agree they look awesome!


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