In the blink of an eye, the vacation has ended. It's been wonderful. The man has taken full reins in the planning of the Melbourne sojourn. He's very familiar with Australia, so I became lazy and let him take the decisions for flights, comfortable hotels, things to-do, sightsee and whatnots. Terrible huh? Compared to his ridiculously busy schedule, heavy workload and late nights at the office, I was so damn free in January and could have taken all these off his shoulders. Even though I was in Shanghai, I had full internet access to every website and could have helped out with the research. (Thank you VPN!) But I'm not familiar with the city, (excuses excuses!) and would have to go back to him to ask about stuff. Poor guy worked right up to 8.30pm the night we left on the midnight flight to Melbourne.
I don't give the man enough credit sometimes. In spite of his terrible sense of direction exacerbated by a lousy GPS, I've learnt to bite my tongue and hold the sarcasm each time he makes a wrong turn. After all, we're not in a rush for time and wrong turns often lead to charming sights in little towns. So to avoid all this unnecessary waste of time, I'm resigned to putting toothpicks on the eyelids while in the car and read the damn map. It'll get us to wherever we want in double quick time. I've always been very good with maps and the physical landscape. It's just him driving and I should be supportive.
This vacation is the loveliest birthday present this year. I hope the man has enjoyed the holiday as much as I did. The one thing I demanded to do in Melbourne was to catch Amanda Palmer's gig. He sorted out the tickets. Ahhhhh. I'm a happy girl. I formally thanked the man for an excellent trip and told him how much I appreciated his efforts to have everything go so smoothly. He's so reluctant to go into the office today! Early in the morning, he stared at the merrily blinking Blackberry and sighed really loud. He has shown brilliant restraint in checking emails except for this one time of a 45-minute duration. Well done. I won't be able to tear myself away from the Macbook this easily. Luckily I write fast, and I've 3G data connection the whole time, so my computer time hasn't intruded on ours. Heh. Till the next vacation then.