Place 49 – Day 306: Auckland – A Walk for Chocolate & Fajitas

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis left early but due to people being back to work after the school holidays, so he got there at about 07:15.

All was well when Curtis got to work, and for most of the day, actually.

Curtis knew he had to take a PC back to a client, but other than that he didn’t have much to do.

Curtis ended up having a fairly busy day with new cases coming in, but it was a ‘good’ busy.

After lunch, Curtis had some more work to do and was busy right up until he left for the day.

Curtis was surprised when he left and there was no one on the roads and got home very quick!

Both of us;

Kim got home from work and we went right out for a walk. We walked to the shop to buy chocolate and the odd dinner related item. The weather was so nice we just had to go for a walk!

We got back from the walk and Kim made steak fajitas which were amazing as ever!

We then just watched TV and videos all evening and it was great to chill out.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 305: Auckland – The End of Hockey in NZ

We woke up at 09:30 and had homemade crepes for breakfast. We had strawberries and chocolate sauce with them, too!

Once we ate this, we both showered and then Curtis watched the Leafs game.

Whilst Curtis did this, Kim did some admin for our next location and vacuumed.

Once the hockey was finished, we went to Glenfield Mall to do our weekly shop.

Before we stopped, we did the usual and got a coffee from Little Things and Kim also got a chocolate peppermint slice.

We then did the shopping and drove home.

We got home and Kim made food for lunch, which is a homemade sandwich filler of chicken and bacon with mayonnaise.

Tabitha then came round and we headed to Curtis’ play-off quarterfinal game.

The game was a good one and went to a shootout! Curtis’ team were 2-0 up and Curtis got an assist on each goal, too.

After that, it went to 3-2 to the other team and then Curtis’ team tied it!

Curtis’ team dominated the overtime but couldn’t grab a goal, so it went to the shootout where the game ended with a loss. That is all the hockey Curtis can play here in NZ so now he had to wait for if he plays at all in the next location.

We then went to Carl’s Jr and got a burger with Colten, Sarah and Tabitha and then drove home and went to bed!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 304: Auckland- Onehunga Shopping & Cornwall Park

We woke up way later than planned or expected, at 11:30!

We had a quick bite of breakfast, showered and left the house.

We met Josh and Danielle in Onehunga, at the mall.

The mall was very busy! We walked around the mall with Danielle and Josh, stopping in a lot of shops. The mall is an outlet mall, so lots of great deals! Kim got some sunglasses and Curtis got some swimming shorts.

We left here and Curtis wasn’t feeling great, so we grabbed a bottle of orange juice to drink. We then drove over to Cornwall Park and walked to see the sheep and lambs!

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The lambs!

We left Cornwall park and headed to Glenfield mall. The day today had odd weather. we were warm and then absolutely freezing, especially once the wind came in.

When we got to Glenfield, we went to get just a couple of items from the shop (pasta, wine & strawberries…A normal shop!) And then went to get a coffee from Little Things, which as excellent as always.

We got home and did a bit of laundry, then watched the Great British Bake Off.

After that, Kim made hoisin duck and mushroom pasta and we watched some YouTube videos whilst we ate.

After that, we watched the apprentice.

Once we were done with that, we played some Call of Duty with Kim’s friend Ryan, then it was bedtime.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 303: Auckland – Broken PCs, Call of Duty Release & Drinks with Friends

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to be office early, as per usual, and was able to finish setting up a laptop he was setting up.

Shortly after, Curtis got a phone call about someone’s PC not starting up. Curtis sent them some guides of things to try but it was no use, so Curtis went to pick up the PC in the afternoon.

Once Curtis got back to the office, he spent the whole time trying to fix that PC.

Eventually, after a couple of hours, Curtis was able to fix the PC, but then it was home time.

The traffic wasn’t great on the way back, but Curtis was still home at a good time.

Both of us;

Kim got home a lot earlier as her work had a power cut so she got to go home early!

Kim went out with a work friend and had some drinks and some food.

Kim then went to her friends house and played on their virtual reality games, which was fun!

Curtis spent the whole evening and night playing the new Call of Duty with Danielle and Josh!

Curtis picked up Kim from her colleagues and then we came home and went right to bed.

We’re going shopping with Danielle and Josh tomorrow.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 302: Auckland – Playing Games Together Again

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work too early again! When Curtis got to work, he was unable to access the main case system, so he couldn’t see or update any of his cases! This went on for most of the day, until around 14:30 when it was fixed.

Curtis started setting up a laptop, but had to go to the client with the virus infected server and look at that.

When Curtis got there, the server had no internet connection and, after a few hours of trying to get it to connect, Curtis finally did it and it was back online. Unfortunately though, he was still unable to install a good antivirus and some things still didn’t work quite right, so he suggested that a new PC is purchased to resolve the issue.

Curtis left the client around 11:00 and went home for the rest of the day to work from there.

Curtis setup the laptop for most of it, at least the amount he could do without being able to access his systems. Once it came back online at 14:30 Curtis spent most of the time after that doing admin and catching up.

Curtis finished work at 16:10 and just played games.

Both of us;

Kim was going to go to the gym, but her gym shoes were wet as she wore them in the rain.

We had dinner, which was leftovers stir fry, and then we watched an episode of cuckoo.

For the rest of the evening, we played some games together, which we haven’t done for a while! We played fortnite and State of Decay 2.

All of a sudden, it was 23:00, and therefore bedtime!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 301: Auckland – Making Friends Dinner

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work early again and his day was full of the same tribulations as the last two days! Curtis was still fighting with the server that had a virus and spent most of the day sorting that out.

Curtis got into that PC and was able to find a malware scanner to remove the malware, but once he restarted he was unable to get back in again! He got hold of the client and that didn’t help, so he will be going there tomorrow morning to resolve.

Other than that, Curtis had to setup some laptops as well as send a PC to another town with the new system, which meant he had to learn that!

Curtis left work at 16:00 to make up 10 minutes of lunch he didn’t get on Monday.

Both of us;

Kim got home and we drove to the shop to get some items for dinner. Kim made a friend at the shop who saw Kim and said ” Hi, I’m 4!” To which Kim responded with her age and the girl said “that is a lot” which Kim appreciated!

We got home and Danielle and Josh arrived. We invited them over to make them some dinner.

Kim made sweet chilli beef stir fry and it was excellent! Everyone enjoyed it a lot and Danielle and Josh brought over Bundaberg ginger beer to accompany it and a caramel cheesecake for dessert.

We had a lot of fun, most of the time being silly and messing around, but it was great to just hang out.

Kim spoke to her sister as it is her birthday today! Kim ordered her some cakes to her work and Abbie was really appreciative and apparently cried!

Danielle and josh left and Kim did a bit more booking before we watched a few videos and went to sleep!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 300: Auckland – Late Night Art

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work far too early at 07:10. Once he got to work, he pretty much spent the whole morning looking at issues with a server which had a virus. Curtis was unable to do pretty much anything with the server, so it was frustrating but rewarding when it was fixed!

After lunch, Curtis setup two laptops for people. There wasn’t much variety for Curtis’ day, but he did get a lot done, which was nice.

Kim’s Evening;

Kim went out with Tabitha when she got home from work. She went down to the city where there was a map to follow of different art exhibitions around the city.

Unfortunately, when Kim got to the city, she was unable to see the first few places which were shown on the map!

Kim did get to see some exhibitions, but there was nothing particularly great there, which was a shame.

After a couple of hours, Kim and Tabitha started to get hungry and went to O Bar which is a really popular Korean restaurant. Usually, the food is really good, but Kim wasn’t too thrilled with it this time, so she took her leftovers and gave them to a homeless person.

Kim got some cool photos of the city whilst out, as you can see below.

Both of Us;

Kim then came home and showered, then we watched the latest NCIS: LA.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 299: Auckland – Baked Potatoes!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work incredibly early and spent half the morning doing admin.

14 laptops arrived which Curtis then had to setup and configure, as well as install some more hardware inside. This took up all of the morning!

Curtis finished lunch and then had a remote session to complete. He luckily managed to complete that as he was having trouble connecting last week.

Most of the afternoon we then taken up by a possible virus on a server which Curtis then had to look into and resolve.

Both of us;

Once we were both home, we just had to go for a walk as the weather was incredible! We walked up to the shop to buy some baked beans for dinner.

For such a long time, Kim has wanted a baked potato for dinner, and we finally found a big enough potato to do so! Curtis got a ‘kumara’ (Sweet potato) for his.

We got back from our walk and had a baked potato with cheese and beans.

We then watched the first episode of the new Apprentice series and a few YouTube videos before going to sleep.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 298: Auckland – Tāwharanui Beach & Fish Burgers!

We had a nice 10+ hour sleep last night, which made up for early start on Saturday!

We woke up at 09:30 and had a spot of breakfast before we got ready for the day and jumped in the car.

Josh drove us to Tāwharanui Beach, which is a beautiful surf beach! He weather wasn’t that great at times, but the rain held off and we have some great fun. We walked on the beach and onto the rocks, where there is a few rock pools which are beautiful clear water!

Kim jumped into The above pool, which was apparently very cold!

After the rocks, we went back and off them and up a little hull where we got a really nice view of the beach.

We left the beach and went back to Josh’s grandparents’ house, where we had some lunch. They made us some beer battered snapper burgers and battered sausages, which was excellent!

We then got packed up and got on the way home, but not before stopping at an the old ‘cementworks’ building, which is ruins of an old cement factory, which was pretty cool to see!

We drove on from here and headed towards home, stopping for an ice cream on the way back.

We had quite a bit of traffic on the way home, but we got back home at 16:15.

We popped down to the shop to get stuff for the week, and then went to McDonald’s for a coffee as Curtis got one for free through the monopoly promotion.

We got home and did a few chores, doing laundry, making lunch and a few other things.

We then booked some more accommodation and then had some leftover spaghetti Bolognese for dinner, which watching some YouTube videos.

After this, we got ready for bed and spoke to Kim’s family regarding the trip.

Back to work tomorrow, which is a shame as we’ve had such a fun weekend!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 297: Auckland – Couples Weekend Away

We were up at 07:30, which was a little late for the time we needed to be up as Josh and Danielle arrived at that time also! We rushed and got everything we needed into the car and then off we went.

We stopped at mcdonalds for the mandatory road trip breakfast, and then went onward to Matakana.

Josh’s grandparents have a house up in Matakana, which we were going to for the weekend.

We stopped at the supermarket en-route so that Kim could get the food for dinner as she was making it.

Once we got to the house, we stopped out stuff and went for a walk down to the coast side where we walked along rocks to a small beach, then we walked up the side of the hill for a nice view!

Both of us cut our feet on the oyster shells around the rocks, so Danielle checked Kim’s feet to ensure they were ok!

We left this area and walked back, through all of the incredibly deep, thick mud, and made it back to shore.

When we got back, we walked all the way back to the house where we had some homemade pizza from the pizza oven!

After pizza, we relaxed for a bit and then went down to the coast to use Josh’s new boat! The weather had changed so it wasn’t as nice as it was, but the boat ride was still fun. We went to a nice beach off the coast, which had beautiful sand and no-one there. When we pulled up there were two stingrays there!

We decided to leave that beach as it was getting windy and we headed to Matakana via the water. On the way, Josh realised we may not have enough fuel, so we drove back and ki km and Josh went onto the rope swing instead.

Once we finished this, we went back to the house and got ready to have dinner.

Kim and Danielle made chilli and lime chicken with corn on the cob and home-made wedges.

We ate our dinner in front of the fire outside and then went inside to play cards.

We played rummy as well as drank some of Josh’s 15 year Glennfiddich, our honey bourbon and some Jameson from Josh’s grandad.

We all eventually got very tired as it had been a long day, but an incredible one! We had great fun even just chilling out drinking and playing cards.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale