That was tons of fun, and very much worth it. =) I blocked off all evening starting from 4:30 for Brian's birthday party, and I really enjoyed hanging out with him and his other friends.
We ate at a fancy steakhouse. I didn't go for a full steak, opting instead for a delicious chicken dish that made a light dinner. (Wise choice, as I'd been eating all afternoon!) After dinner, we had another party in Brian's suite. We played Apples to Apples, a hilarious party game of strange comparisons. I got to meet a few new people, too. I took plenty of pictures which I promise I'll edit and upload by Wednesday, after my next major requirement is done.
Spending $20 on a single dinner is quite odd for me because I sometimes think in terms of my starving-grad-student budget, but I felt it was very much worth it. They're a great bunch of people. If it's all right with my parents, I try to think of it as making the most of the opportunities I have here to get to know people well. I feel somewhat guilty about the fact that I'm not scrimping and trying to stick to a strict budget. I hope it's like taking the first circus. I won't be extravagant - eating out all the time or buying expensive things - but I _do_ like the company of friends, and I'll spend for that and for experiences. =)
A lot of fun was had by all, and a lot of good conversation too.
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