I had class all afternoon - from 1:30pm to 6:45pm, which all went pretty well. Then I went back into the city. My work had offered to pay for temporary housing, so I chose and arranged for a corporate apartment in the neighborhood near our old apartment. Jeff had moved in while I was at class, and I stopped by to see it for the first time after class was over. It's a cute little one-bedroom apartment near Dupont Circle. It has a nice big window looking out on the street from the living room. Jeff and I will be here until December 7th. (After that, we're planning to move to another unit within our old building. Also, still no access to our apartment to get more stuff - they're saying to check back on Friday.)
After that, I met up with friends for dinner. It was great to see everybody - Eric, Liz, Adam, Kris, Emma, Beth, Craig, Patrick, Rosalie, Tommy, Al, Jaisha, and, of course, Jeff. We had middle eastern food at Skewers. It's not a big place, and we were the only ones there. The food was great, and it was nice to be able to catch up with everyone.
After dinner, a few of us (Jeff, Craig, Patrick, Beth, Emma, Kris) went to Bar Dupont. I'd only been there once before - for a Christmas Party - but I liked it. It's got a trendy cocktail lounge sort of vibe. But they have a martini made with St. Germain, which is all it really takes to win me over.
Then I went with Craig and Patrick for one more stop - at the Gibson, the speakeasy bar that I like. They weren't big fans of the place, mostly because they just thought it was too warm. Ah well, to each his own.
Overall, it was a really fun birthday - free coffee, new apartment, and a night out with friends!