It all started because I found this great deal on a 4 star hotel in the Loop a couple weeks ago, and so we went downtown Friday and spent the weekend shopping and eating, mainly. And seeing Mary Poppins, which was so amazing I can't even describe it. I've only ever seen one major show on stage before, Rent, and this one overwhelmingly shot that one out of the water. Probably because it wasn't all depressing and no one had AIDS at all. Anyway, they had Mary flying around stage with her umbrella and Bert tap dancing on the ceiling and all kinds of other great performances. So that was our anniversary. I can't believe it's already been a year! It seems like just yesterday we were in China and miserable. But things have been really amazing since then, and I figure if we can last through China and food poisoning, we'll be able to stick it out through anything that comes our way.
One thing that has thrown a wrench into our wonderful marital life is now Matt is heading off for his third assignment without little old me, this time to Korea. He has had all kinds of difficulty today booking tickets and figuring out the schedule, but as far as we know at this point, he's leaving tonight (or tomorrow morning) at 1 a.m. and arriving on the 15th at 5 a.m. in Seoul. And then he'll fly from Seoul to whatever city he'll be working (it starts with an O, I think) and I guess they'll just sit at the hotel until the Korean refinery decides exactly when they'd like to start. I think we've already established I don't really understand all the delicate intricacies of UOP and oil refinery relations and paperwork, but really I don't think anyone does. Why is it a better idea to fly out in the middle of the night for Korea and sit there for several days until you go to work than to fly out when you know you're needed? Don't ask. I did, and I got in trouble, so I'm keeping out of it. Anyway, when he actually starts work there, he should only work for 5 to 7 days and then come back. So I'm using this time to go see Aura in Wyoming on UOP's dime. I guess there are some perks to this job after all.