The Mint, a.k.a. PeppermintLisa, is one of our recurring houseguests. She's made the trip from Ohio every year since we moved to California, including for my graduation and ordination. We've never really had the experience of being ordinary local friends; we went from sharing a bedroom in college to living thousands of miles apart. We have a rockin' good time when she comes (with the glaring exception of last spring's trip to the Fashion District).
I'm already looking forward to next time. Perhaps we'll churn butter and darn socks!