The birthday was nice. We took over the back area of Joe Squared, which again impressed me with its thin, tasty pizza and beer. A lot of my friends showed up, including some nice suprises, and we had a good time. Afterwards, we headed up to O'Donnell's Pub near my house, so I could walk home after a few more drinks. That's what happened, and my night ended up at a pretty healthy 11:30pm before I got really tired and headed home.
I woke up just fine this morning, and the kids made my day a pleasant one - all really nice and many with clever senses of humor. Yesterday, a teacher got a group of about 40 kids to sing me Happy Birthday, so the kids were all abuzz with questions about what I did. That I hung out at a pizza place on North Avenue impressed them - I'll take the street cred where I can get it - and one too-astute-for-her-own-good little girl noticed me wearing my glasses (which I wear rarely, only when my eyes are giving me problems or they're really dry) and drinking water like a camel and asked if it was a late night. It was fine, really, and I just said I missed breakfast and was extra thirsty.
This afternoon, I plan on spending the fifty bucks my parents sent me for birthday on a bookcase for my classroom. I've had a dream for a longtime of having a classroom library, and think I'm going to take the plunge. I'm actually thinking of bringing in a slab of Ikea carpet and setting up the back corner of the room as a reading lounge or something like that. Not exactly sure yet, but I'm hopeful it could be a cool thing. I'll probably be forced to get rid of it because of fire code violations or something silly like that, but I'm going to do my best.
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