Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day

This is the first time in many years I've been in a relationship on Valentine's Day. Yesterday, Mike humored me by allowing me to plan the day and keep it a total secret from him. We started off by taking a cooking class at the Chopping Block. It was an appetizer class and we were partnered with a young couple -- there seemed to be a lot of douche bags in the other groups, so I'm glad we got partnered as we did.

After nearly 3 hours of class, we headed out for a quick sandwich then a visit to the Chicago Architecture Foundation, to see the new model of the City. It's pretty cool -- if you are local, go see it. After that we walked up Michigan Avenue, just enjoying the City (it was a relatively warm and beautiful day). The next planned stop was at Vermillion, the site of our first date. We had a couple cocktails then we headed off to dinner. I made reservations at Japonais, a nice sushi place in River North. We had a really nice dinner -- with lots of food and a bit more wine.

After dinner I took Mike to the Zebra Lounge. Since we have only been dating a few months, we are still learning a lot about each other. The plan for Valentine's Day was to show Mike "my Chicago". I think I succeeded. We had a very nice time. After everything I planned, we decided to go meet a couple of Mike's friends for drinks.

We got up early (9am) this morning and headed down to Chinatown to celebrate Chinese New Year with my friends L & KG (et al). Chinatown was a mess -- so many people who didn't know where they were going. We had good food many laughs.

I'm exhausted and need a nap -- probably shouldn't take one now though -- I'll just go to bed early tonight.

Big week at work -- I am interviewing 4 people to fill the position of the guy I fired last Wednesday. I'm spending a lot of my time doing both my job and his job now -- lovely. Let's hope the interview process is smooth and we get that position filled.

I also watched The Hangover today. It was absolutely hilarious. I would argue it is one of the best movies of 2009 -- hands down.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Life today

Today is my birthday. I don't celebrate birthdays, well my birthday, at least. I did last year but that was a fluke.

I have yoga tonight, so Mike took me out for dinner, but first we went to a spa in his neighborhood for a massage. It was quite nice. Then we went to dinner at a new place called Ceres'. It was absolutely fantastic. Seasonal veggies, great meat, just great. I had a really great time.

This past weekend EAD and JFB were in town. Mike was a trooper; at one moment he met my mom, two very dear college friends and Lilly. It was really nice to have him meet everyone. The four of us (not mom or Lilly) hung out all weekend.

It has been very busy at work, January/February always are. I am looking to book a Palm Springs trip any minute now. I would like a vacation right now.

Happy Birthday Tim