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So in my last post I mentioned that I was in Ponsonby this afternoon. That was beacuse I needed to pay a little visit to the Immigration Medical Services. Oh joy.

Not that they aren’t nice – they are absolutely lovely people there at the White Cross. It’s just that this is just one more, but tiny (and expensive!) step on the path to becoming a permanent resident of New Zealand. So far I’ve been safe on a partnership visa, but I’ve decided to take the final step and stop this endless process of applications, letters, medicals and whatnot (and, since Norway doesn’t allow joint citizenship unless under very specific circumstances, I have no other choice). My visa doesn’t run out yet. In fact, I’m safe till the end of November. However, my sources tell me that it takes about 6-9 months even for the application to be looked at, so I guess I’d better hurry up. I’ll be working my way through the list, police certificates now crossed off, and next on my list, the translation of various documents.

What Mr M found hysterically funny, though, was that I got a discount at the White Cross, just because I’d been there before… for my previous visa. Jeez. I’m collecting – buy nine and you get the tenth one free…

I wandered through Ponsonby today (more about my reason for that later [although, does one need a reason for wandering through Ponsonby, really?]) and I had to stop by magnation. Every time I walk past I end up walking in. And I end up buying at least one magazine.

And today I found the coolest, most beautiful and interesting magazine ever:

The best magazine EVER!

The best magazine EVER!

Doesn’t it just look awesome??? Wait till you have a peek inside:

Yoko Furusho

Yoko Furusho

Unfortunately there is a slight problem. Apparently this magazine has been coming out for five year already and this is the last – the LAST! – issue! Being only biannual there are only ten issues in total so at least I haven’t missed, like, 20 issues or something, but still…

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Sigh… I guess I’ll just have to really savour the issue I did manage to get my hands on and settle with the website for the future. http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/index.php

An extra treat was the bag kit you can see mentioned on the badge above. I haven’t sewn it together yet, but here is a taster of the fabric design:

Bag Kit fabric

Gorgeous isn’t it? And best of all, it’s Fairtrade – amazing! I’m so pleased with my little treasure I going to go and give it some attention right now!

Guess who got up early today to watch the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America? Me, that’s who. 5.30 am New Zealand time.  And it was worth it! Today, we experienced history.

A really good post on the historical event that is the inauguration of Barack Obama at this link, well-written and informed. I’ve just got a few more books added to my reading list…

I’ve had a good start on my promise to read more  and I am very pleased to see three titles on the list only half way through January. Admittedly, I started the first book in Dec 2008, and the other two are graphic novels (i.e. faster reads) but I’m still quite pleased and motivated to read more.

I’m feeling awfully restless at the moment. I don’t know if it’s the time of the year, the fact that we were travelling around over the Christmas period, or a bit of homesickness, but I really feel like travelling, and more that normal. Away with the old routines! Pack the bags, we’re leaving! Well, in our dreams at least… Damned recession… Tomorrow I’m off to the second hand bookshop in St Kevin’s Arcade to look for travel guides to pore over as a substitute for real travels. Sigh.

http://beattiesbookblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/reasons-to-look-at-secondhand-books.html

Doesn’t it just absolutely infuriate you when people suppose you are weak because you show your feelings? That a strong person is a tough person, and to be strong is to be hard? I certainly don’t value strenght that way and I’d much rather bend than break…

… overdue, but better late than never!

So the holidays are over and we’re back to work again. It’s with mixed feelings as the run-up to Christmas got really frantic and stressful. But I am determined to change my ways and have  a better balance in my life. Work can be rewarding and fun and challenging, but it’s not worth it to wear yourself out like I have. No more of that!

So I expect it will be a very happy new year! 🙂

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