You'll all be relieved to know that Mr. Logical arrived safely in Seoul, has been duly installed in his temporary accommodations and seems to be adjusting nicely. I was treated to a Skype tour of his serviced apartment, which seems to be very comfortable, although apparently the light switches take some getting used to. (The fact that Mr. Logical, with his engineering degree, was struggling to understand the light switches, does not bode well for me, but I trust that he'll have them sorted out by the time we get there.)
The boys and I managed to make it through the rest of the weekend without major incident, and, apparently, their father's final admonition made a significant impression, since they've both been unusually helpful in the 48 or so hours since he's been gone. I'm not really sure what to make of it: I have a sneaking suspicion that they both feel that the trauma of being parted from their father has rendered me so unstable as to snap at any moment. I'm not saying that won't happen at some point, but I feel like I should be given a little credit when we're only 2 days into the thing.
I got up a bit early this morning and met Mr. Logical for coffee via Skype. Of course, it was 8:30pm for him, so, while I was full of the zest and energy that only a good cup of coffee can provide, Mr. Logical was clearly fading. Not that I can fault him for that. He had been at work all day, gone out to dinner, and was obviously ready for bed, while I was just getting started. I imagine this is what couples who are mismatched in their circadian rhythms feel like all the time. I had been a little apprehensive about using Skype ( the ever-so-slight delay between your partner's mouth movement and his words gives the whole thing a touch of 'foreign film,' which is disconcerting) but felt that, overall, it worked really well.
Those of you who know Mr. Logical personally will not be surprised that he had located a convenience store across the street and was planning to go investigate their beer. I would say that, after the last few days he's had, it sounds like an excellent idea.