Monday, April 18, 2011

The Moving Chronicles: Settling In

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.

Cheers.

5 comments:

Wilma said...

Glad to hear that the mister is settling in. That is a little scary about the light switches. Maybe he can create a step-by-step instruction guide for you. :) Too funny about the boys. Don't question it, just cherish it. I find that with aberrant behavior that is sometimes the best route. LOL

coffee-helps.com said...

After you commented on my blog, I had to drop by and take a look at yours. Moving to Korea soon - exciting! I love it here (actually, I never want to leave), and I look forward to reading about your experiences. Maybe we can have coffee together one day. I have made a lot of friends here, but I'm starting to feel a little old, as the only one who really doesn't enjoy clubbing and suchlike any more. You call yourself "a middle-aged mom", I call you a breath of fresh air! ;) Good luck with the move, and I'll be reading!

MsCaroline said...

@Wilma: I'm so inured to aberrant behavior now, it's a miracle I even noticed that the children looked unusual. For the record, Son #1 wore bright teal - yes, teal - jeans to school today. On purpose.

@Coffee-helps: I would love to meet for coffee when I get there. I'm actually planning to teach at some point when we're settled, which is another reason why I loved your blog so much. My field is middle and high school, though, which - sadly - does not in any way raise the level of discourse in the classroom. That book would probably be just the thing for my 9th-graders.

Wilma said...

Well, the teal jeans must not be TOO aberrant for him being as how he had to purchase them at some point. I will admit that's a bit scary, though. hahaha

elizabethm said...

What an experience you have before you! Hope it all goes swimmingly and shall be looking forward to reading. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. I should think the Welsh hills feel a long way from Seoul, or the US for that matter!