Twenty-One

I wasn’t going to say anything at all today or ever again, but the secret’s out now, I guess.

Hold on, I’m getting ahead of myself.

I woke up in Paris this morning, half an hour before the alarm. 4am UK time, 5am Paris time. Got ready, packed my bags, and left. I took the metro, and then got on a bus, then the bus died and I got on another bus, then I arrived at the airport and checked in. I got breakfast and was charged for a cheaper meal than the one I ordered and when I pointed out the mistake, they didn’t charge me the difference. Then I stood in line-ups for about three hours or so, took a plane to Southampton, got on the train to Winchester, and took the bus back to where I live. I could’ve walked from the train station but I’ve had enough of walking this weekend.

I arrived in my room at noon and took a break for half an hour before getting up and going for lunch. After that I went to class, only to realize I was an hour early because I was still on Paris time. So I wrote for an hour in the classroom, then I had class. In class, one of the students had had his birthday recently and another student had baked a really fancy tuxedo cake for him. I was offered some but declined. I didn’t really want to eat someone else’s birthday cake on my birthday, you know?

Class ended at 6 and a couple of friends and I went to get food. We ordered and they took FOREVER to deliver. Along with my meal, I also ordered cake because it’s been a tradition for me to take a picture of and then eat cake on my birthday while in England, whether anyone knows it’s my birthday or not.

This was my cake in first year. It was individually-wrapped, mass-produced carrot cake, sold in the cafeteria.

My cake last year was a lot better.

It was red velvet with cream cheese frosting and it was in London.

This year my slice of cake was from the cafeteria, but better than the first.

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Again, from the cafeteria, but the more expensive part. Chocolate or something.

So basically I was late to Writers’ Society. We were in a new room today, too, and it was locked when I got there!

And there was some messaging and stuff and I got into the Writers’ Society (thankfully, seeing as how I run it) and my friend Chioma (she’s the fellow student rep I’ve mentioned before) was there and surprised me for my birthday!

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Members of Writers’ Society who were there today: Konrad, Lucia, and Chioma.

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I got a hat and TWO candles!

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Isn’t this nice?

The thing was, having been awake since 4am and tired as hell, and not wearing my contacts or makeup or anything, I was ill-prepared for a photo-op. Oh well, I’m working with what I’ve got.

Because I was so tired, I planned to go straight to sleep when I got back, but then I got a message from a friend and went over to her place (which is really close) and got these from three more friends!

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The one on top is from Chioma. The other four are from my friends Christine, Netta, and Wenn.

Chioma somehow remembered my birthday from the one time I let it slip two years ago, and I don’t know how the others found out because they won’t tell me. It could be something creepy. Maybe they asked my parents or saw my passport or something. I don’t know.

And now I’m exhausted and I have a 9am class and work tomorrow and I’ve finished writing this post, so goodnight!

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