I do believe I've solved this... In the past, as we sulked and pouted during the ride from SweptAway to Sangster, my bride and I have, on more than one occasion, discussed how we were going to manage our return home. We would commence with fretting and scheming, watching airfare and Couples specials until invariably, we would simply log on, contact our TA and book. After several years of this, I came up with this solution.
Back in June, we pulled the trigger on our May, 2012 return home. Not unusual (per our above procedure), EXCEPT... we hadn't been home yet in 2011! THAT suare` was scheduled for this past October 15, so... we were double booked!! As we boarded the bus on October 23rd for our return to the rat race, we did so secure in fact that we would return in late May. As we said our good-byes to our friends at home, we could assure them that we would return... soon come! We found our bus ride mood to be much less gloomy; our flights home, far less stressful; and our outlook and disposition much more sunny!
Now, all that remains to be done is to set up for our 2013 visit; we hope we are able to do so before we pack for home in May. Wish us luck!