Happy Birthday!

Today is my birthday, my quarter-century birthday to be exact and that is cause for celebration!

Have some cake!

Peanut butter frosting. Yum. Thanks for the recipe, Cat :)

In celebration of this awesome day, I’m going to giveaway a copy of the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It’s amazing. So amazing, that after I finished listening to it (audiobook!) I went out and bought a hard copy version and a copy for my Kindle and a copy for my family to pass around. I never buy books, so this was pretty momentous. (If you don’t believe how much I loved this book, go check out my audiobook review of it here).

So, how does one win the Night Circus, you ask? All you have to do is tell me your favorite birthday memory in the comments section below. That’s it :) I’ll pick a winner next week using random.org and please be sure to leave your email so I have a way to contact you if you win!

Have a wonderful day guys!

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p.s. Oct. 4th is a pretty awesome day, not only because it’s my birthday, but because it’s my parents anniversary! Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad! =D

p.p.s. And be sure to send birthday wishes to my birthday-buddy, Rebecca Enzor ;)

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22 thoughts about "Happy Birthday!"

  • Katie Teller says:

    My 16th was rockin’! During the day I was doing 7th grade swimming lessons so I wasn’t in school, but instead spent it at the pool with some of my favorite people at the time, and some of the hottest guys in the grade! The best part was they all paid attention to me coz it was my bday! hahaha! My bday is also in late spring in Aus so it was awesome!
    I had a huge party that night, with loud music, kids games and all my best friends and family came. I had an obsession with Teddy bears and sheep at the time, and was given a giant teddy bear who is just beautiful (and expensive!) and a best friend stuffed toy sheep. I was sooooo happy!

  • Jess Byam says:

    Happy birthday! Now that I know when your birthday is, I’ll send you a card next year. Bwahaha!

    My birthday is New Year’s Eve, and I turned 12 on Y2K-eve, so to speak. I was absolutely convinced it was going to be the end of the world and I was determined to live it up while I could. I went to a dance at my church that night and even participated in one of the floor routines dancers performed every hour (and I am NOT a dancer, so that was really going out on a ledge for me). We were a little paranoid about all the doomsday stuff, so we left the party to head home before midnight. I forgot something in the car and went to retrieve it, and right as the clock struck twelve, one of our neighbors let loose a string of firecrackers. I mistook it for gunfire and panicked! I ran back into the house and sobbed because I thought for sure we were all going to die. Hahaha!

  • Happy birthday!

    I have the fortune (?) to have had my sweet 16th birthday on the same day OJ Simpson had his slow speed race away from the cops as they tried to arrest him for murdering his ex-wife and her friend. I don’t know if it was my favorite, but it stands out pretty well.

  • Carrie-Anne says:

    Happy birthday! You’ve got the same birthday as the legendary comedian Buster Keaton and my past journal Cecilia.

    My favorite birthday was actually an unbirthday celebration. My senior year of university, I lived in the Hillel building, so there were only 20 or so of us, and most of us were therefore pretty close (except the handful of girls who only lived there for proximity to their sororities and never interacted with the rest of us). My birthday is 18 December, and that year it came during finals week. Our RA had bought everyone cakes and held parties so far, but since my birthday was at that busy time, it completely slipped his mind and he apologized profusely and said he’d make it up to me after the break.

    He never got around to it, and the guy I was in love with that year (against my own better judgment, though he was a very good friend) thought it was pretty rotten of our RA. So during the senior service in May, when active members of the 2002 senior class were being honored by friends and given certificates, this guy turned out to be the surprise person speaking about me. It was everyone’s favorite speech by a long shot. The best part of his speech was that he mentioned our RA’s negligence in the matter of the forgotten birthday, and he held up a cake frosted with the words “Thanks for nothing, Dan!” I finally had an unbirthday celebration that afternoon.

  • I’m in the midst of reading Night Circus right now! And your birthday is my half birthday! XD

    One of my favorite birthday memories is when I asked my mom to make a poo cake (long story) and she DID. It looked like a big heap of poop on grass, and she even made flies out of frosting for it. I have a picture of it somewhere… so good. And it was delicious (and chocolate). :)

    That and the one time I got a surprise party from my college friends. That was really great of them to do.

    I hope your birthday is excellent!! Let me know what you ended up doing for it.

  • Krispy says:

    Just wanted to wish you a fantastic, awesome birthday! Woohoo, quarter century! That was me last year. ;) My best birthday memory is…there’s too many good ones! Haha. BUT one year we were on family vacation, so I got to celebrate in Paris, but the day of my actual birthday, I spent completely in the airport. It was kind of cool though because then I spent my birthday in 3 different places – Paris, New York, and LA.

    Don’t enter me into the giveaway. I already own Night Circus, though I haven’t read it yet! I will remedy this soon. :)

  • That’s so funny! My son’s birthday is the same day as my in-law’s anniversary. Which means this year he had to play second fiddle to their 50th anniversary….

    My favorite birthday was my 21st, I think. I was working as a chef at a very expensive restaurant which had a ‘surprise menu’ (you didn’t pick – the waiter would come and ask if there was anything you didn’t eat or like, and the food would be brought with appropriate wine matches). I’d never eaten at the place despite working there, so I invited about 15 friends and we had dinner there. The head chef spent a lot of time figuring out a menu just for us, with all kinds of freaky stuff on it like possum and ostrich. It was delicious! I got everyone to sign the menu afterward, and it’s still framed on my wall.

  • ChemistKen says:

    I think my best memory comes from when my college roommates took me out to the bars on my birthday. Or at least I think so. For some reason, my memory of that night is a little hazy.

    People with October birthdays are so cool. (Mine’s on Columbus day) Happy Birthday!

  • Happy, happy birthday Juliana!! :)

  • Happy Birthday, and best wishes.

  • Valerie Ipson says:

    My husband planned a surprise party for my last birthday and everyone that lived too far away to attend was online to celebrate virtually. (I think it was gotomeeting.com)So surprising to walk in and they yell surprise, then I start hearing the voices of family members coming from the computer.

  • Stacey Nash says:

    Happy Birthday Juliana. That cake looks delicious. I’ve never had peanut butter frosting, sounds interesting.

  • Happy Birthday, Juliana! 25 years young :) Have a wonderful day! :)

  • Talynn Lynn says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
    Happy birthday to you!
    Happy birthday dear Juliana!
    Happy Birthday to you! (and many more…)

    Well, I hope the birthday memory can be about someone else… When my husband was approaching his 29th birthday, we talked a lot about how neither of us could believe he would soon be 30. We talked about it *a lot*!

    When his birthday finally arrived, I made a huge celebration, posting road signs and balloons EVERY WHERE, up and down the road by our house, down the driveway, everywhere. They said things like, “Who’s turning 30?” “I can’t believe you are 30!” and things like that. Well, when he pulled into the drive way, the neighbors came out clapping their hands and singing Happy 30th Birthday to you…

    My husband only said one thing to me…”I was born in 1963, and that that makes me how old today?” Ha! I made him swear on penalty of death NEVER to tell the neighbors!!

    Happy Birthday, Juliana!

  • Deirdre says:

    Happy Birthday! Peanut butter frosting sounds so delish! Hope you enjoyed your cake. Hmmm…birthday memory? Trip to NYC before kids with the hubs was pretty fun, but nothing outstanding on the BD. Good prompt to get me thinking about making some great birthday memories.

    Cheers!

  • Ari says:

    Awww! Happy Birthday, Juliana!! I must admit I’m not much of a peanut butter person, but if you love it, who am I to judge? Hope you enjoy your cake! :D

    As for my favorite birthday memory…gosh, that’s tricky! I think it might be the surprise, French-themed (I’m quite the francophile) surprise party my college friends threw for my 19th birthday. I like to think I’m an observant person, but they prepared the whole thing under my very nose and fed me these elaborate stories and explanations to keep me distracted. It was pretty hilarious, and also incredibly sweet when they interrupted our viewing of Amélie to sing happy birthday and serve me fresh-made crêpes. :D

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  • Jamie Ayres says:

    Happy 25th birthday, woot woot! It is a big one, and PB frosting, yumm-O!! Ok, I have one of those best/worst birthday stories, lol. It’s not deep though, just funny! At my 5th bday, I almost drowned in a septic tank. Worse, I jumped willingly into it! Yep, pretty much the stupidest thing ever. I had a brother and allllllll boy cousins and we were playing army and in an effort to keep up with them and not be called a sissy, I jumped in when my cousin dared me. We lived on a farm in Michigan and it had ruptured way out in the field so it was one swampy mess. None of us knew it was that deep until I’d jumped in and it covered my mouth and nose and I couldn’t move it was so thick. Mom almost fell in herself pulling me out. But I get to use that story in my novel coming out, and it was one of those stories we always lauged at over the years. So yes, I am the running joke of my family that, “You always were full of crap, Jamie . . . no wonder you became a writer.” hahaha~hope your day wasn’t crappy;-)Cheers!

  • Happy 25th! Sheez I wish I was 25 again!
    I had the greatest Sweet 16th Birthday party. It was a surprise, my dad had a slide show of my life, and I got the keys to my mom’s old Malibu (only shared custody though;) And oh yeah, the party was held in Glayds Knight’s house. It was awesome!!!

  • Nothing memorable for my b-days come to mind, so I’ll just say Happy Birthday! Enjoy your cake.

  • I already own the book, so I’m not entering the contest: but HAPPY BIRTHDAY B-DAY BUDDY! I hope you had as much fun as I did :) And happy anniversary to your parents! What an awesome gift to get YOU on their anniversary :)

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