A medium amount of planning and considerable nervousness surrounded this weekend. But it went off very well. The food and company was great. Alex brought his 3 roommates to celebrate with us. Hal and Lorraine came (via Stephanie). Isabel came up with us and Eva arrived by bus. Sadly, some were missing. Work is a harsh task master. The most suprising things is that I did not go on my traditional Black Friday early morning buying spree. nothing to buy. so sad.