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.