But when we rocked up to the other side of downtown to pick up our two, similarly gender-confuser friends, the unprecedented happened...
There, at the top of the stairs, was a sizable percentage of my LA massive, in moustaches, launching balloons into space and shouting 'Surprise!' at me.
I think I probably stood there in shock for about an hour before they all got me drunk enough to come blubber at them about how awesome they were. They'd all pitched in and got me around 10 boxes of Franzia, too! It was truly like a baby shower. But with more BEARDS.
I am so, so fortunate to have such amazing friends (on both sides of the pond, at that!). Most of you guys aren't on LJ, but to those who are...thank you so much. It is seriously one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me :)