I’ve been seeing daily ads in my Facebook newsfeed for a place called Sekelbos Restaurant, so decided to take The Bean there yesterday for a light bite. Sekelbos, as explained to us by our polite waitress (whose name I didn’t get) is a type of wood that is said to burn for ages, but never to ash.Continue reading
Nothing Particularly Earth Shattering
This is a run-of-the-mill-one about what’s happening in my life. Some of you might likely find it boring, but I’m trying to write at least three times a week as part of my therapy and frankly, I can’t be witty and all sparkling-unicorn-personality all the time.
Tuesday night I saw Elena for the last time as my nail therapist. Seeing as I was officially her final client, I decided to have my nails done in tribute to her. I give you all The Final Curtain, the Encore being the sushi we had afterwards.
As with Chanté, Elena and I have made a promise to see each other at least once a month.
While the rest of the world refers to May 1st as May Day, we South Africans refer to it as Workers’ Day. Ironic when you think it is a day where (most) gainfully employed folks don’t actually work.
Yesterday was a day spent with good company. Harriet treated me to brunch at a place in an obscure little side street that I’ve been wanting to go to for ages called Carola Ann’s. The menu is not extensive, but Oh. My. Word, the food is incredible! And as an added bonus I had the best spiced Chai Latte of my life, which I didn’t take a picture of. When I go back, I’ll remember.
Even though the selection was limited, I had a tough time deciding what I wanted. In the end I opted for a Green Veggie Bowl and Harriet for a Carola Ann’s breakfast, and a Mocha. Few things satisfy this Misfit as much as a properly poached egg and while this one still doesn’t beat The Silvertree Restaurant in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens; it ranks second on my list.
The late afternoon was spent with Eleanor and Nathan as I haven’t seen them in a while. Nathan braaied some chicken and chops for us and I made us an interesting green salad. After we’d eaten (Yours Truly way more than she should have!) Nathan went to play tennis with a mate, and Eleanor and I caught up on what’s been potting the past fortnight while the boys kept themselves entertained with Lego with babysitter Wreck It Ralph keeping a close, watchful eye. Somewhere during the evening Eleanor also made a quick lemon cheesecake.
Tonight, it’s another legs session with Steve. After only 6 PT sessions (and this is the only gym I’ve done), I can already see a difference in my arms and thighs. Harriet says my posture has improved too, which I’m glad about. Next week I have my final two sessions and then I’ll have to take a decision as to whether I will continue PT or not. I’m honest though, I don’t push myself hard enough and I sometimes give up too easily.
On the subject of giving up… If I don’t stop writing now, I’m going to be late for gym.
Crush ‘n Brunch
I have a new celebrity crush – Nathan Fillion…
You see, Elizabeth got me totally hooked on a TV series called Castle in which the gorgeous (or as one of his scripts says “ruggedly handsome) Mr Fillion portrays the lead role of Richard Castle, a mystery writer who ends up helping the police solve homicides, based on what he would write in his novels. What I also enjoy is that in some episodes he plays poker with some of my favourite real-life authors, like James Patterson and Michael Connelly. I don’t know what I am going to do when I have no more episodes to watch (eek!)
On other news – Mom and I seldom get to spend some quality time alone, so I thought I would treat her to brunch this past Saturday.
We went to a place in one of the little villages close by. The place is called Die Ou Pastorie (translated, The Old Manse). The house used to be home to the Dutch Reformed Minister, but is now privately owned by a local family, who live upstairs, while downstairs has been converted into a homely shop with all sorts of interesting things to buy, from homemade jams, to rusks, to secondhand clothing, to new clothing, to chunky, arty jewellery. The place is a gem!
We sat in the garden…
… where we had the creamiest cappuccinos and breakfasts with a difference. Mom opted for vetkoek (a doughy breadroll-like South African dish) which was served with savoury mince, Marmite, cheese, homemade jam and real farm butter.
Wanting something out of the ordinary, I ordered an African breakfast and well, it was amazing! It consists of stiff African maize porridge, topped with two perfectly fried eggs, which are smothered in white sauce which in turn is sprinkled with beef biltong (jerky). I loved the way it was presented – on a leopard print plate, complete with a porcupine quill to finish it off. I also had a fresh farm roll with homemade jam.
Onto more other news… Work as I’m sure you have gathered, is keeping me incredibly busy. But I’m not complaining. In fact, I am loving my job! I was told at my interview that stress levels can be high sometimes, particularly during month-end. I have been through two month ends already, and I can honestly say that on my side, they have been virtually stress free (early days, I know, but still, it’s a good start).
I am anxiously awaiting the results of my 6th novel-writing assignment. I neglected my writing for quite some time because every time that I would open a clean word processing document, the blank white page would taunt me – so much so that I couldn’t get a word typed down. Hopefully the dry spell is over now.
Anyhow, I best get some work done – before I get caught loafing.
See you on the flip-side!