A good friend can make a lot of not-very-exciting things fun, even staying home on a Friday night.
I was tired after work tonight, and I had an errand or two to run, so I told my fiancé to go ahead and go to the movies with his friend (they saw District 9 and loved it). I decided to stay home. As I was making my grilled cheese and tomato sandwich for dinner, a good friend of mine called, and we had a long conversation — probably around an hour — during which I nibbled on my sandwich and sipped a glass of nice red wine. Just that conversation was enough to make my evening feel enough like a Friday night that I didn't feel so bad about skipping the movie.
I remember once when I was laid off from a job, another friend of mine, whom I've known since the sixth grade, invited me over for dinner. The simple act of having me over for a home-cooked meal was enough to take the edge off of how horrible I was feeling after the layoff earlier that day.
Good friends are truly like family. Be grateful for them!