My best friends from college came to visit last weekend and we had a blast. The three of us used to pal around in Albuquerque starting all the way back in 1993 (George was my roommate twice) and we've kept in touch ever since. Johanna and I visited Brian in Paris a couple of years ago, George and I visited Brian in D.C. the summer before last, and George and Brian have visited me in Seattle a few times. It's awesome to have friends like that and it's really special that we can all get together as often as we do.
We kicked off the weekend by carving pumpkins at Jenny and Greg's house where Jenny and Johanna kicked ass with their mad pumpkin carving skills. The next night we had a party with a bunch of friends to wish me well and send me on my way to transplant-world (I try to have a party whenever Brian is in town - he likes that). George brought a bunch of scary movies so we watched a lot of Psycho, Frankenstein, Night of the Living Dead, Nosferatu and Sweeney Todd during the night. A *lot* of Sweeney Todd.
Between pumpkin-carving and partying, our goal for the weekend was to drink lots of coffee, watch lots of Dexter and Flight of the Conchords, act and do like tourists do around Seattle, and eat spicy Mexican food for every meal. We failed miserably on the last one, but exceeded expectations for all the others :)
Luckily my other job of dealing with pre-transplant stuff was pretty minimal while they were here, and I only had a single appointment to get a platelet transfusion. George was nice enough to hang out with me while I got the transfusion, and Brian was nice enough to park the car in the rain since we were running late :)
Anyway, it was a great weekend and just wanted to say thanks guys for coming out. I had a great time :)
Johanna's mad pumpkin carving skills
Groovin' on the beach
Steve and George