Last night, Max and I went to dinner at the Grand Lux Café. When we got there, though, seven of my friends were waiting to surprise me for my birthday! I had no idea beforehand, and I’m so impressed that Max and Aliyea were able to pull it off without me finding out. Little details don’t usually slip by this sly sleuth. Jokes aside, I feel so loved and happy! Aliyea made a beautiful cake (seriously…open a bakery already, woman) and Max blew out the candles for me so everyone wouldn’t get my sick germs. Ayse flew in from DC, Max and Aliyea have apparently been planning together for months, and everyone took time out of their precious spring breaks to spend a night with me. I’m so lucky to have the friends I do, and they’re the best birthday present I could ask for!