I went and got my photo taken for my passport today. Unsurprisingly, apart from the dangly earrings I was wearing, I look somewhat like a prison guard in it: glasses off, hair back, stripey shirt and all. Still, if that's what the Department of Internal Affairs wants me to use, I can do that.
Before I submit the application, however, I have to get my parents to send me my old one (which expired nearly ten years ago), because that has to be sent in at the same time, and have someone who has known me for over a year witness my photo is who I say I am. I think I'll see if someone at work will be willing to do it.
Work is going along fairly well. I've managed to make enough time to close some files for the first time this year, which means although I've now closed about a dozen, I still have three times that to go. I'm handling more and more of the basic residential and partial acquisitions wwe're doing, including most of the client contact work, and am generally making myself useful, as well as the actual job I'm paid for. I'll get the work balance sorted out eventually.
Dinner tonight was grilled chicken on couscous salad. Marinade on the chicken was roughly crushed coriander and cumin seeds, sesame seeds, zest of a lemon sizzled in some oil, with garam masala, salt and pepper. Used black sesame seeds because we didn't have any white ones, and I think this may have given a slightly smokier flavour. Not that I'm complaining; I really liked the marinade.
The couscous was flavoured with garlic, ginger, curry powder, crushed coriander seeds, salt and pepper sizzled in some oil, with thinly sliced celery, spring onions and chopped dried cranberries. maudlinrose
preferred the couscous, as did tamarillow
. I'm not a huge fan of couscous, so while it was nice enough, it was nothing spectacular and I don't think I want the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
I am rather looking forward to the weekend. It's the first weekend for ages I have had at home with nothing planned (apart from a game of frisbee Sunday evening), and I aim to keep it that way and leave the property as little as possible. :D It will be awesome.
There is cooking planned: I have another batch of chicken stock to make and maybe even make chicken noodle soup with it; the brussel sprouts, bacon and chestnuts thing; and possibly even black sesame castella or some other baking. The black sesame castella requires steaming and some thought will be required as to pan sizes.
Might also watch some stuff and do some handwork, even.
Recently, comrade_mojo linked me to the music video of The Baseballs cover of Umbrella
. Their music is 1950s rock n roll style covers of contemporary pop songs. I've become rather fond of them, particularly their cover of The Plain White T's Hey there, Delilah
. Have a listen, see what you think. They seem to fall into much the same category as Richard Cheese for me - I can't help but smile with frequent foot tapping.
Has anyone ever heard the band A Kiss Goodbye? What are they like? Apparently they opened for Panic! when they were in NZ. Mum was talking about them (her friend's husband manages them) and now I find myself to be vaguely curious.
I stayed up reading far too late last night, so I'm starting to think it's time for a cup of hot chocolate and going to bed.