We make a good team, Will and I. We've been married 9 years today. We're on the same page when it comes to the big issues like raising our children, values, life goals. Being married is great. Here we are in our back garden. Hmm, I don't think so. (It's the Giusti Gardens in Verona.)
Where we are polar opposites, is that I'm a planner. Don't stress me out with a change to any plans. Don't be spontaneous because I won't play along. Please, just stick to the plan.
Will couldn't be more different. He likes open ended situations and options. Trying to get him to book a holiday or, heaven forbid, buy a house (don't get me started on that subject) and he just can't make that final commitment. If I ask him what he'd like for dinner he says, "surprise me". He's brilliant at thinking on his feet and likes to keep his options open until the last possible moment.
Which brings me to the case in point. Japan. Plans have changed. Am I stressed? Well no, because after 15 years together I've come to expect it. Note to self: flights are confirmed is different entirely to flights are booked. Will has a lot going on at work and doesn't want to be a long way away for over a week. He didn't relish what would be a full-on trip - long flights, young children - you can imagine. I must confess to feeling a bit the same. The early Easter has made work hard to get on top of. So I have mixed feelings about the change of plan. I'm feeling sorry for all those craft books that will have to stay on the shelves in Tokyo rather than come home and play with me. But I'm looking forward to a much more relaxed Easter and maybe an express train from Malvern to South Yarra station rather than a bullet train to the snow.
Being the planner I am though, I have all the boys' winter wardrobes sorted, I have outfitted myself with fabulous ski pants and jacket; in fact, I won't have to go shopping for 6 months.
Now Will is in his element - options, options. So far tonight he has tabled Coolum, NSW South Coast, hiring a campervan and just driving, Three Hummock Island. Grrrr. My bet is we will go to Flinders - a good fall-back plan. Stay tuned...