Place 49 – Day 279: Auckland – A McLaren?

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis had to contend with some traffic on the way to work but once he got there he made a coffee and got to it.

He had some admin to do for the morning as well as replying to emails.

At 09:00, Curtis left to go to a client to pickup a laptop. During the 6 minute drive, Curtis drove past the Lamborghini, McLaren, Porsche, Bentley & Aston Martin garages!

Curtis got to the client and had to wait briefly as the person he needed to speak to wasn’t quite there yet. Curtis eventually got the laptop and made his way back to the office.

On the way back, Curtis saw the McLaren showroom glass sliding doors open and a brand new McLaren came rolling out onto the road. He snapped a photo, of course.

Mclaren

Curtis got back to the office and for the rest of the day he setup the laptop he collected, but not without some challenges!

Curtis needs to drop that off tomorrow, which he is doing so in the morning.

Both of us;

We both eventually got home after having to contend with evening traffic too!

Once the traffic died down, we drove to Takapuna and got some items for dinner.

Kim made a sweet chilli pork stir fry which was great!

We chilled for the evening and got incredibly tired so decided it was time to sleep.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 278: Auckland – Day Trip to Thames

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got up at the normal time, but his plans were a little different.

At 07:00, Curtis left home and drove for 1.5 hours down to a client in a town called Thames in the Coromandel Peninsula.

The drive down to Thames was very beautiful and the weather was very hot for most of the day in general.

Curtis got to the client and had to drive down a long gravel road to get there, which was interesting! At the client, Curtis sorted some printer, scanner and email issues and then left! He was there for just two hours before making the drive back.

The journey home was much busier as there were a lot of large lorries holding up traffic.

Curtis worked from home for the afternoon.

Both of us;

When Kim got home, she planned to go to the gym but just wasn’t feeling it, so instead we decided to go for a walk around Onepoto Domain, as we did the other evening.

Once we got back, we were trying to decide what to have for dinner. We went with a breakfast for dinner vibe, having scrambled eggs, beans, homemade chips and mushrooms.

We watched YouTube videos for the rest of the evening and then to bed!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 277: Auckland – Curtis’ 23rd Birthday!

We wanted to sleep for a bit today, but we both woke up wide awake at 09:00!

Kim went out and got McDonald’s for breakfast and popped to the shop to get some ingredients for a surprise for Curtis!

In the morning, Kim made mini cinnamon buns, which were great!

Homemade_Cinammon_Buns

Other than this, we did absolutely nothing all day! We played games together, watched TV together and just chilled out. Perfect!

We did have to do some shopping, but that also meant a visit to Little Things again for a coffee, which is now our Sunday tradition.

We finished the shopping and came home. Kim looked up some places for dinner and decided on Tok Tok in Takapuna, which is an Asian fusion restaurant we heard a lot of good things about.

For starters, we shared a Wagyu beef & sriratcha mayo steamed bun which was divine!

Wagyu_Steamed_Bun

For the rest of our meal, we had Shaking Beef (beef with some sort of sauce and vegetables) and crispy duck!

The beef was so-so but the duck was excellent. lovely and crispy!

For dessert, we saw some other people had Vietnamese coffee, so we had one of those each which were amazing as always!

Vietnamese_Coffee

Interesting For From Curtis Here!

We got home around 21:00 and it felt really late! We chilled out for the rest of the evening, had a beer and a whiskey and headed to bed.

It’s been the perfect birthday for Curtis, just completely relaxing and eating great food.

Curtis is off to a client in Thames for the day tomorrow, which is a 1.5 hour drive away so that will be fun!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 276: Auckland – Wearable Arts & Post Game Antics

Kim woke up at 08:30 as it was ridiculously warm! Curtis managed to sleep for a bit longer and got up at 09:30.

Once Curtis got out of bed, Kim made pancakes and bacon for breakfast which as ever, was delicious!

After breakfast, we got showered and ready to go out. The weather today was excellent, lovely and warm.

Kim was going out with Tabitha to the city where they went to a ‘wearable arts’ show. Curtis drove them down.

Kim’s Day;

Once Kim and Tabitha got to the city, they found out they needed to buy tickets for the event which they did not do. This meant they could only do the free part, which was a shame but still cool! There were 3 people dressed up in interesting art designs.

After this, they went for a stroll around the city, seen as it was such a lovely day outside.

Curtis picked up Kim and Tabitha and brought they home. Right after that, they went back out again to get some Japanese food for lunch.

Both of us;

Once Kim got home again, we chilled out and Kim and Tabitha watched some TV.

At 16:45, we left for Curtis’ first ice hockey game in a month!

Whilst Curtis was getting changed, Kim and Tabitha went to a pet shop and there was a beautiful husky puppy there!

Curtis was using borrowed skates. They fit well but it was odd for him to get used to. It took the whole first period for him to skate as normal!

The game was a close one, though Curtis’ team outshot the other team by quite a lot! Curtis had some good chances but unfortunately the game ended 0-0.

After the game, we went out for dinner with Tabitha, Colten and his girlfriend Sarah. We went to Goode Brothers as we had the voucher from the quiz night!

We had a good few hours there and it was really nice to chill and just chat. We all good very into the rugby that was on, too!

We left there and drove home, getting home at 22:45. Curtis wasn’t feeling too well so we went to bed.

Tomorrow is Curtis’ birthday!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 275: Auckland – Evening Stroll

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis’ day started incredibly slow…

Nothing happened at the start of the day so he helped someone with some of their work. The work was interesring though not too hard, it was something different from the usual support work that he normally does. This lasted until 12:00 when Curtis had a remote session planned, but that didn’t end up starting until 12:45! Once he did that, he wanted to have lunch so started eating, right before he was asked to do something else by the client he just helped, so ended up working through half of his lunch hour.

After lunch, Curtis didn’t have too much to do again but did find the odd thing to do here and there.

On the drive home, there was a breakdown on the bridge which slowed down the progress but that soon cleared itself up.

Both of us;

When we got home, we went for a walk down to Onepoto Domain and on to the supermarket. The walk was a nice break from sitting, though it wasn’t hugely warm!

We got back home and ate some dinner and spent the rest of the evening watching TV!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 274: Auckland – Drinks & Chocolate

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work early despite traffic being fairly heavy on the way in.

Curtis had some admin to do and then throughout the day had some cases which took quite a bit of time but were good because he could really get his teeth stuck into them. This included a 1.25 hour phone call and remote session which was actually interesting and kept him busy.

Curtis left the office around 16:25 and it only took him 15 minutes to get home.

Both of us;

Kim got home and made a chicken and vegetable pasta bake for dinner. We ate dinner and watched a bit of TV before Kim showered and went out to see Tabitha.

Kim’s Evening;

Kim went to a chocolatecafe with Tabitha and then went to ‘The Elephant Wrestler’ pub for a drink.

Once Kim got home, we got ready for bed and slept! It’s Friday tomorrow!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 273: Auckland – Leaving Meal

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis left the office with no cases again yesterday, so didn’t have any to do this morning.

Curtis had some admin work to get done a b d then the cases started flowing!

Curtis had a steady day which wasn’t too busy but not boring.

Curtis got home and waited for Kim to get home from work.

Both of us;

Once Kim got home, Curtis drove her to Takapuna as she had a leaving meal for her current manager.

Kim had a good time out for dinner. She had a range of food, including lemongrass wagyu sausage, beetroot buns and some delicious pork!

Once Kim was finished, Curtis drove down to pick her up.

Once we got home, Kim showered and then we went to sleep.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 272: Auckland – NHL19 & Tabitha Is Back!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work early and did his usual admin for the morning, as well as making himself a cup of coffee, as with every morning.

Curtis went out to two client sites at 10:00. The weather was not great when he left but as he was getting to the client it got really warm!

At the first client, Curtis tried to help with an on going issue with a speakerphone and a few other issues there.

After this, Curtis drove towards the airport to another client, where he spent an hour or so walking around and helping people out.

After getting back to the office, Curtis had lunch and then didn’t do much in the afternoon and left a little earlier.

Curtis got home and played NHL19 for a while as it just came out today!

Both of us;

Kim got home from work and went to the gym.

Once Kim got home, she went out with Tabitha the some dinner for both of us and Tabitha.

We had Japanese food from renkon which does excellent food!

Kim spent some time with Tabitha and then we watched some videos.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 271: Auckland – Back to Reality

Curtis Day;

Curtis left 5 minutes late for work and it felt like it too! It felt like he was sat in traffic for a while, even though he really wasn’t.

Curtis had to get back into the swing of things, and it certainly felt a little odd to be back at work.

Curtis had some things to do from last week as well as some cases his manager wanted him to get sorted, too.

There were a few phone calls in the morning which ended up being long ones but Curtis wasn’t too busy meaning he could sink his teeth into these in the morning.

Curtis had left over roast dinner for lunch (delicious!) And after lunch he had to do a thing or two, but then from around 15:00 he had 0 cases remaining! He used this time to get some admin work done as well as help out his colleagues.

Considering he wasn’t doing much, Curtis’ afternoon went fairly fast and he left the office out into the rain.

The drive home was eventless and not very busy, so it was nice and fast.

Curtis got home and had the remaining (gross) parts of the washing up left, so he did those.

Both Of Us;

Kim got home and was going to go to the gym, but she had to sort out her CV for some job searching as she is coming to the end of her 5 month contract.

We had a nice easy dinner of pizza and chips and then Kim spent most of the evening doing her CV admin whilst Curtis played games.

Once Kim finished, we watched an episode of Suits and then off to sleep we went!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 270: Auckland – Massive Roast Dinner

We got out of bed at 12:00 after getting to sleep quite late last night!

It was great to get some sleep and relax for a while.

When we got up, we had some cereal for breakfast and then went right back to bed to watch TV.

We decided we should get ready to go shopping, at around 15:00!

We got the shopping and got a coffee, of course, and then came home.

Kim made a tremendous roast dinner which was huge but amazing!

We ate this and then went right back to bed again! We spoke with Kim’s parents on FaceTime and then went to bed.

Neither of us want to work tomorrow…

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale