Place 49 & 53 – Day 125 & 18: Auckland & Wellington – Last Flight Home from Wellington

Kim’s Day;

Kim had a doctors appointment in the morning. So she headed off, too early at 9:10, for that.

After she came home and had some breakfast and watched the final episode of queer eye! She then did a little research on flights and possible trips!

Kim then did all the boring housework, hoovering, dishes and all that fun stuff.

She then got ready and headed into work.

Once she arrived Kim started her day with a little back office stuff that took a few hours and then she prepared for a function that was on in the evening. She got herself well prepared!

The function went well, everyone was fed and happy, which is brilliant.
Kim then spent a bit of time setting up for the two functions that are on tomorrow!

She also then set up for breakfast service.

Kim then stopped at McDonald’s to grab some dinner to take home for Curtis and herself as the shops were closer so she couldn’t cook! What a shame!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis started the day with checking out. Curtis checked out and drove for his final breakfast at Carlton Cafe!

Curtis had pancakes with maple syrup, banana and bacon… There was far too much but it was delicious!

Curtis left here and drove to the client for the final time. He had to cover the helpdesk from 09:00-10:00 which was strange as he hasn’t had to do so for such a long time! Curtis got his teeth stuck into some problems from that and then went right back into finishing up for the client.

Curtis was sat in the ‘sunroom’ for the morning which gets all the sunlight and is very peaceful! That being said, Curtis got invaded by a lot of people so it ruined it a bit. Curtis then went and found another room.

Curtis didn’t have too much to do but had to write up a few emails to prepare the client for the future without him there and had to sort a few issues.

Just as Curtis was going to leave he got approached by a few people asking for help, which Curtis gave.

Curtis was able to get to the airport at almost a perfect time, having just enough time to grab a beer before the flight.

The flight was incredibly bumpy just after take off but much better after that and it even landed 15 minutes early!

Curtis got an uber home and then waited for Kim to come home from work.

Both of us;

Kim got home with our dinner, the finest McDonald’s, and we watched one TV show before heading to bed as Kim has work in the morning.

It’s nice for Curtis to be home… He’s home this whole week at least too!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 & 53 – Day 124 & 17: Auckland & Wellington – Extra Work?!

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim was due to start at 11, so she woke u around 9:30 and saw a message asking if she could come in early. After getting a few things done around the house and getting ready, Kim only arrived to work 30 minutes early.

Kim then took over on reception, but still managed to get some back office stuff done. She also helped out in the restaurant because someone else called in sick.

For lunch Kim had a very delicious lamb wrap.

The day went pretty quick with Kim managing the restaurant and manning the reception desk. This went very well even through it was just Kim and a very new member of staff.

During happy hour Kim hopped on the bar to help out, and then went back on to reception to get some stuff done. At the end of her shift, Kim sat down with the new staff member and they ate their dinner of lamb wraps! Kim is all lamb wrapped out today!

Kim then drove home and had a nice chat with Curtis. He is finally coming home for more than two days this weekend and Kim s very happy about that as it has been a long 4 weeks with him away!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis woke up and knocked the lamp off of the bedside table by accident, which certainly woke him up! Luckily, the lamp was fine so Curtis went about his day.

After showering and getting ready, Curtis drove to get breakfast.

Curtis had bacon and eggs on toast for breakfast along with a coffee. Curtis bought a Bundaberg at the end of breakfast too to take with him.

Curtis got right to work once he got to the client. He had been sent a lot overnight again so had to work on that.

Curtis was able to get the printer setup sorted today, too.

Due to getting the printer setup sorted, Curtis had to set these up on everyone’s laptop. Due to this, Curtis therefore had to remote in after 17:30 to do this. Whilst he was sorting the printers, Curtis installed some software for a telephone system. All in all it was about 2 or 3 hours extra work.

Curtis finished working around 21:30, just in time to write this and speak with Kim briefly before she drove home from work.

Once Kim got home, we both spoke to each other again and then went to sleep.

Tomorrow is Curtis’ last day in Wellington!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 & 53 – Day 123 & 16: Auckland & Wellington – Wine Evening

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim had a morning shift so went through the normal process of setting up for the day. It was a relatively normal shift, all of the check outs went well and left relatively early. This meant that Kim had a bit of a chance to get some more of the back office stuff she started yesterday done. She also spent part of the morning running around rooms fixing stuff.

Around mid to late morning Kim had some breakfast which was poached eggs on a muffin with hollandaise sauce. It was very tasty.

Kim then welcomed a party of 7 and spent an hour or so looking after them and then stayed on shift for an hour later because someone was running a little late. This was nice good because it meant that Kim was able to see the booking of 7 from sitting them down to their desserts.

Kim then headed home but made a stop at the supermarket to buy stuff for tonights dinner. Kim had a couple of colleagues around for dinner. She made them the lime chicken she made the other day, with wedges and a beetroot, feta, carrot and spinach salad.

We then sat and laughed for the whole evening, it was a much needed girly night and absolutely lovely!

Kim then obviously had a chat with Curtis and then headed to bed.

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis had eggs benedict for breakfast this morning and then got to the client for 09:00.

Curtis had a PC to configure so he did that and finished it at around 10:00.

Curtis had to speak with the US on the phone for something for a client and once that was done he configured 2 laptops.

Curtis then had some issues to sort and also looked into a changing the printer setups, which took a couple of hours by itself.

Curtis got back to the hotel and chilled out until 17:30 when he had some work to do. At about 18:45, he walked to KFC to get some food.

At 19:15, Curtis had some more work to do so did that and then chilled for the rest of the evening.

Curtis spoke with Kim about our days and then went to sleep!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 & 53 – Day 122 & 15: Auckland & Wellington – Early Finish

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim had a late start so she treated herself to poached eggs on an english muffin with hash browns, it was very tasty.

She then relaxed and even played a game of Fortnite.

Kim then got ready and headed into work. She spent the afternoon checking people in and getting a few back office things done. She managed to actually spend most of the evening getting things done and not being on the restaurant or bar.

During her shift Kim had a brilliant family come in for drinks and chips and the little dude who was 16 months kept everyone very entertained. He would follow every waitress around and had a great big smile on his face the whole time, we were all totally distracted by the cuteness!

She even managed to finish 20 minutes early! Then Kim sat about and had dinner, it was lamb shoulder and salad again and totally delicious.

Kim then went home and had a chat with Curtis before heading to sleep as she is on the morning shift tomorrow.

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis was up at 07:30 and drove to his breakfast Cafe! For breakfast, Curtis had a bacon club sandwich.

After breakfast, Curtis drove to the client and got right to work. A few problems came in overnight/in the evening so Curtis had to work on these.

Before he knew it, the day was over and he was heading back to the hotel.

When he got back, Curtis couldn’t work again until 17:30 and he had just a little bit of work to do.

Curtis finished the work after about 1.5 hours and then just chilled out. He ordered some Greek food which was OK.

Curtis spoke with Kim briefly when she finished work and then ironed the remainder of his shirts.

Curtis spoke with Kim again before bed.

For some reason, Curtis is really tired this evening!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 & 53 – Day 121 & 14: Auckland & Wellington – One Last Week & Quizzin’ Again!

Kim’s Day;

Kim took Curtis to the airport, again and then headed home to go back to sleep. Hopefully this will be the last time she has to do this for a while, its been a long time since they spent a full week together.

She woke up later in the morning to have a FaceTime call with her family. It was so lovely to see and talk to them, Kim misses them a lot.

Kim then got ready for the day and headed out to pick up Tabitha who she was having some lunch / brunch with. It was nice to catch up and eat nice food. Kim had a bacon and egg sandwich, it was delicious! Kim then gave her a lift to the airport, its apparently a fun place to drive to twice in one day!

She then headed home again and settled in to watch some TV. As it is a Monday and Kim has a day off, it can only mean one thing – QUIZ NIGHT! Kim set off a few hours before to pick Danielle up and go window shopping. So the girls spent about an hour walking around the shops and looking at nice things. Towards the end Danielles mum joined us and then we headed to the quiz when Josh arrived.

We all sat down and ordered our food and waited for the quiz to begin. At 5 to it looked like there were some technical difficulties as the laptop was not connecting to the projector. I the end it took 40 minutes, a ladder on a table and lots of emotional support for the nice quiz man to get the quiz underway! We skipped the first round and didn’t dally around with the rest of the quiz. For dinner Kim ate a pesto chicken pasta and then a caramel chocolate tart, which came with no caramel!

All in all we had a lovely evening and then we all headed home!

Kim then had a nice chat with Curtis before heading to bed, its been a fun filled day with loads of lovely people!!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis drove to the airport with Kim, said his goodbyes, and went into the airport.

Curtis checked his bag and grabbed a McDonald’s breakfast quick before going through security.

The airport was actually a little busy today, but Curtis got to the gate with about 10 minutes until boarding.

Once he got on the plane, he was pretty much asleep from the get go!

Curtis got to Wellington and got his car (a Yaris this time…) and drove to the client. He was incredibly tired and looking forward to getting a coffee there!

When Curtis arrived, it turned out that the barista was off sick, so no coffee! Luckily, someone there was going out so bought Curtis a cappuccino!

Curtis was there for about 5 hours and had some work to get done in the evening so he left then.

Curtis checked into the hotel and chilled before doing some more work until about 19:30. Luckily the main brunt of the work is almost done!

Curtis ordered Japanese food and it was delightful!

Doesn’t look great but was amazing!

Curtis ate this and just chilled for the evening.

Less than a week and Curtis is finally home! (at least for a week!).

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 120: Auckland – Surprise Booking & Homemade Steak Dinner

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim headed into work and started putting out the outside furniture.

It was a nice and easy going morning when suddenly 15 people walked in for a prebooked breakfast that we didn’t know about!

Everything went fine, it was just a bit of a shock!

The rest of the morning was a steady flow of check outs and queries so it was never a quiet minute! Kim also met with a couple who were interested in the hotel function rooms for their wedding.

Kim then sat herself down for a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast at midday.

She then spent the next few hours organising upcoming bookings before heading home at 2.

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis woke up at 09:30 and had a couple of toasted hot crossed buns for breakfast along with a coffee and an orange juice.

Curtis then played a bit of Xbox, showered and got ready to watch the Leafs’ 2nd playoff game against Boston!

Curtis watched the game (7-3 to Boston!) and then Kim came home!

Both of us;

Once Kim got home we chilled and watched some TV and then Kim cooked an amazing steak dinner! We had seasoned scotch fillet steak with roasted honey and soy vegetables along with lemon infused broccoli and a homemade red wine jus!

Once we ate this we drank some wine, played some games and watched some more TV.

Curtis has his last week (finally!) in Wellington this week, so off to the airport in the morning!)

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 119: Auckland – Nachos!

We woke up at 11:30 and had a tasty breakfast of English muffins with eggs!

We watched some TV and then did the weekly fun job of laundry. Once we finished the laundry we got ready and went to the shopping mall. It was very, very rainy so it was a mad dash from the car park to the mall.

Once we got into the mall, we bought some necessary items from the Warehouse and then went for a coffee at the usual stop, Coffix! We also got a peppermint slice each.

We then went to the supermarket to get food for dinner.

We drove home from the mall and had to pretty much leave again once we got in for Curtis to play hockey!

Curtis’ team lost 2-0 but played very well and it was very enjoyable!

Danielle and Josh came to watch also and we all went back to our apartment after and Kim made dinner. She made chilli and lime breaded chicken as well as Nachos!

We had a cookies and cream cheese cake for dessert and ended up chatting until 23:30 when Danielle and Josh left.

We tidied up and went straight to bed! We’re very tired!

This time last year!

It’s been a whole year since we last did it, but today would have been Curtis’ grandad’s birthday.

Poroporoaki, Ken ♥️

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 & 53 – Day 118 & 13: Auckland & Wellington – Really Busy Shift

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim had another late start so she relaxed in the morning and then headed into work.

Kim was on restaurant this evening. It was a very busy shift, mostly for the bar, we had a steady stream of diners but the bar area was absolutely packed!

The highlight of Kim’s evening was when an adorable one year old waved at Kim and gestured for a cuddle. Kim then had a quick cuddle with the baby before setting her up a high chair. This little girl was so happy and smiley, she made everyone’s evening!

Kim then started winding down the staff members throughout the night as it steadily got quieter.

For dinner Kim had salad and chips! While she ate her dinner she sat with a couple of coworkers! It was a really good shift, nice and busy, but not out of control!

Kim then drive home to see Curtis! She was so excited! She missed him a lot this week!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis had eggs benedict for breakfast and then drove to the client.

Today was very chilled and not too busy, which is a good thing!

Curtis left the client at 14:30 and drove to the airport.

Curtis got to the airport, checked in and lounged around. Curtis then bought a Moroccan chicken bap.

Curtis went to the gate and eventually boarded the plane.

Once the flight landed, Curtis got his bag and waited for his uber.

There was a lot of traffic getting out of the airport so it took a while to get home. Once he did, he had a shower and then some of Kim’s risotto!

Both of us;

Once Kim got home, we shared some wine and watched some TV before heading to bed. We were both so tired!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 & 53 – Day 117 & 12: Auckland & Wellington – Some Sun? ☀

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim had a really late start of 4pm so had a nice long lie in. The treated herself to poached eggs and hash browns for breakfast.

The wifi was still down in the morning so Kim used her phone as a hotspot in order to watch some TV, it worked so well! This surprised Kim because she is usually bad at that sort of stuff.

Kim then paid the tax on her car, it was very quick and easy.

Then she headed out to give Tabitha a life how from the city. She popped across the bridge, picked her up and then dropped her off on the way to work.

Kim was covering for a couple of people tonight as it was meant to be her day off. She got in and spent most of the evening on bar. It was a really good shift where nothing terrible happened and we were busy enough to keep us ticking over, it wasn’t busy, it was just constant.

Kim then popped to the shop to grab some garlic bread to go with the leftover risotto from yesterday. Kim thought the if she gets some then there is enough food for her for tonight and Curtis for tomorrow.

She then got home, cooked the risotto and had a nice chat with Curtis. After this she curled up on the couch and watched some more TV. Just before heading to bed she called Curtis one last time, its the best way to end any day when he isn’t here!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis must have been tired because he slept through his alarms and woke up 15 minutes late. Luckily, he was still able to leave at normal time.

Strangely, the storm had all but gone and there was some sun!

He headed down for breakfast (he went for bacon and eggs this morning!) and then left to get to the client.

Curtis was able to sit down, relax a little and get 95% of niggling problems sorted. There were a few files that hadn’t migrated (again!) and so he had to deal with that too!

Before he knew it, the work day was over so he went back to the hotel.

When Curtis got back, it turned out he had to get some stuff done anyway, as well as finishing some of the migration.

Curtis chilled for most of the evening though and ordered some Mexican for dinner! Chips and dips and a BIG burrito bowl!

At least there was no fire today, eh?

Curtis works for the morning and then flies back to Auckland in the evening.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 & 53 – Day 116 & 11: Auckland & Wellington – Fire Brigade Called! 🔥 🌩

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim was on an early start and the storm from last night had not eased up! All of the traffic lights were working but it was freezing, windy and wet. During the night there were records of 230kph winds!
When she got into work there was a couple arriving at the same time looking to check in. So Kim went through all of that and then got on with the daily morning tasks. She helped the usual of set up the outside, except instead of putting the chairs to be sat at, they are stacked two per table, wedges between the wall and table to avoid flying chairs!
The morning consisted of invoicing and check outs.

At breakfast Kim sat down to a veggie eggs Benedict. It was delicious!

Then at midday Kim had a family of four check in so she helped housekeeping take a spare bed up to their room.
A little later on Kim helped housekeeping with putting a baby’s cot back down. She managed to figure out one but had no idea how to do the second!

After her shift Kim sat down to try the soup that the head chef made, it was a tasty pumpkin and coconut soup. It was wonderful.

Kim then headed home and on the way she stopped to buy stuff for dinner, a homemade chicken and mushroom risotto! Kim then got in and pottered around the house for a bit. Kim then went to sit down and enjoy some TV but could not connect to the internet. After calling Curtis (her on hand IT support person) and figuring out that it was probably something to do with the storm Kim headed out in the search for a new black hoodie.

Kim went to the warehouse and saw a sign for slippers! Now, anyone who has met Kim will know that she will always get very cold feet and WILL complain about it. This obsession with slippers even meant she wore slippers to the wedding! So Kim managed to find a nice cheap pair of slippers, a hoodie and a nice fluffy blanket. Kim will not be cold this winter. The blanket was a halfway house between proper winter bedding and a dressing gown!

Kim then got in and tried Cutis’ new idea for the WiFi. That didn’t work. Nicola got in while this happened and then called the provider who said it should be fixed 24-48 hours after the first call was logged (the night before) but that because it was such a big storm it could take a little longer. In a nutshell, they don’t know when it will be fixed!

Kim then made a start on dinner. Nicola and Kim then ate while watching some of he common wealth games. Just as they finished dinner the men’s 1m diving competition came on and Kim couldn’t not watch that! It was a brilliant way to spend the evening!

She then called curtis and went to sleep!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis went to have his usual panini at the usual cafe and then drove to the client, getting there for about. 08:45.

As soon as Curtis got there, he was given a list of things to sort, most of which were completed in the morning.

During the day, Curtis did a few more file migrations and sorted some more issues before heading back to the hotel at 15:00.

Curtis finished off some work and finished it by about 19:00 meaning he had most of the evening spare! Before this though, at about 17:00, Curtis ordered some Greek food!… Well… A lot of Greek food!

He has Moussaka, roasted vegetables, roast potatoes and pita bread. A feast!

Just after he finished work there was a big gust of wind, a lot of rain and then a massive flash, a big bang which sounded worse and much louder than thunder and then the fire alarm went off!

Everyone had to evacuate and wait for the fire brigade to arrive.

Apparently, the lightning hit the roof! What are the chances!

Eventually though, all was safe so back to his room he went.

He chilled out for the rest of the evening and spoke to Kim.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale