My roommates got me, and they got me good. I turned the corner into the back part of the bar and with a shout my birthday party was starting.
Somehow, without me ever suspecting a thing, Maria and Alex had organized a surprise birthday party for me at one of our favorite bars. All the assistants (except James who was on a school trip) were there, along with other friends we've made during the year. The night was fantastic, and the completion of one of my dreams - to have a surprise birthday party.
Maria brought an eyeliner pencil to the bar and proceeded to give us all mustaches and cat faces.
Many drinks, laughs and fun were had over the night, and a wonderful way to celebrate a quarter century.