Place 49 – Day 161: Auckland – Mount Eden Crater

We woke up around 10:45 and eventually got out of bed.

We had eggs on toast with hash browns for breakfast and watched some TV.

We heard the weather was meant to be rubbish this weekend, but it wasn’t set to be today so we thought we would make the most of it!

Whilst Curtis was showering, the landlord of our apartment arrived to fill some holes which were causing leaks.

Once that was done and we got ready, we left the house.

We drove about 15 minutes to get to Mount Eden. We parked up and walked to the summit. Along the way, we admired the views which were really good, especially with the good weather!

We eventually got to the top and here is where it gets interesting!

At the summit, there is A MASSIVE crater! This is apparently a volcano which last erupted around 13,000 years ago. The technical name for this is a Cinder Cone. You can read more about them here. They’re incredibly interesting.

It was crazy how massive the crater was. The sheer enormity was honestly incredible.

We left here and walked back to the car, where we drove to Silvia Park for a coffee and a bit of shopping.

We went to a chocolate shop and Curtis got a Mocha and Kim got a white chocolate coconut mocha.

Kim just needed to get some more clothes for work.

We finished here and drove to the supermarket to get some dinner. We got cooked chicken and tiger loaf!

We watched some TV and then a film! The film we watched was ‘Every Day’. This film was excellent!

It’s late but it has been an awesome day! It was nice to get out and do something which we can now do with Kim not working weekends.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 160: Auckland – A Catch Up With Old Friends

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis went to work and again arrived early!

Curtis was able to get some admin done in the morning and then had a few remote sessions to do in the morning before having lunch and going to a client off site.

Curtis had to drive south to get to the client and once he arrived he got stuck right in.

At the client, he was able to get his planned work done within a couple of hours and then went right back to the office.

There was some Microsoft related issues that Curtis had to deal with when he got back which took up his time until the end of the day when he drove home.

Both of us;

We both got home and got started on dinner. We had salt and pepper rump steak with an assortment of vegetables and gravy!

We ate our food and watched some TV and then got ready to go out.

We met with our friend which we met whilst in Croatia traveling.

We met James at a really nice pub about 15 minutes drive from our home. It took us a while to find parking but we eventually did.

We had a couple of drinks and spoke about what we’ve all done since we last spoke.

James lives here in Auckland also so we’ll need to meet a few more times.

We left here and headed home and then Kim went out to see some friends from her old job.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 159: Auckland – Weirdest Weather Yet

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis drove to work and got there early again!

The weather all day was the weirdest! Heavy rain, sun, light rain, sun, heavy rain, sun… Crazy!

Curtis didn’t have too many plans for today, other than one on site visit and a handful of cases.

Curtis got a call about another broken laptop which isn’t useful so he has to get that sent to him.

Curtis then dealt with a few cases, one of which took a couple of hours!

Curtis went to his on site which was just to check on the client and then he went back to the office and had lunch.

After lunch, he had a remote session planned and that went on for most of the afternoon and then Curtis went home a little early again to compensate for the early arrival.

Both of us;

We took out minced beef this morning ready for the dinner tonight.

We decided to have a pasta bake.

Kim started making this and then we had issues with our not very good can opening so Kim went to get a new one.

The new can opener was much better and we were finally able to make dinner.

Dinner was delicious and we watched the first episode of the new series of Humans.

We then watched an episode of Travel Man and then played some Fortnite (pretty well!).

We have some plans for the evening tomorrow so stay tuned!

The link below will take you to the first day of our Scandinavia part of the trip!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place – Day 158: Auckland – Mid-Week Mini Movie Meander

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis had to leave early to get some fuel this morning, so was up 15 minutes earlier at 06:00.

Curtis left the house and it was still dark…That’s unsure but it almost winter!

Curtis got the the petrol station and filled up with fuel before figuring out how to get to work from there.

Curtis had to take a different route and it took a long time with a lot of standstill traffic. Lucky he left early!

Curtis got to work 15 minutes early but that was useful as he had to get ready for a site visit.

Curtis had a few phone calls and a few emails to deal with before going to the client at 09:00.

Curtis got to the client and had to park quite far away, which didn’t help when it was raining a lot. It was mostly likely very entertaining to watch him try and hold an umbrella whilst trying to get 3 boxes out of the car. All fun and games!

Curtis removed the old files from the old machine and setup the new machine before adding the files. Then, Curtis was done.

When Curtis got back, he was handed a case which then took over an hour on the phone, so that was a perfect time for lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had some cases to troubleshoot and some new cases came in too.

Curtis left a little early from work as got there early.

Both of us;

We both got home and decided we wanted to watch Deadpool 2 so we looked up cinemas and found the best one as well as a food place.

We went to Takapuna for food but the place we wanted to go was full so we went to an italian place we had previously visited. Kim had risotto again and Curtis had penne al forno. Both were OK.

We left the restaurant and drove to the Warehouse to get some snacks for work and then drove on to the cinema location.

We got to the cinema a bit early but we relaxed and then bought a drink each and some popcorn so we were ready!

What a great film! We both loved it.

We drove home and, on the way, we noticed part of a car on the road followed by a car with its 4-ways on so we stopped to check they were ok. It turns out they were hit and run!

We drove back home and Kim had a shower and made lunch.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 157: Auckland – A Parking Nightmare

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work on time and set about some work.

Curtis was building up to having to go to a client so didn’t want to start anything too taxing.

Curtis left for the client at 11:30 with the plan to get fuel before hand. The petrol station was too busy so he couldn’t be bothered so went straight to the client.

Curtis got there and was told where he could park. The car park was full so he tried to find other parking which took 10 minutes! He was eventually told it was fine to block people into the car park so he did that and went inside.

Curtis had a couple of machines to sort out. First, he had to uninstall office and install a different version.

Secondly, he had to replace a HDD with an SSD and get all the data off of the old HDD and onto the new one. He also had to install all required software and setup the account.

Curtis was finished here and then drove to an ice hockey shop to get some stick tape.

Curtis then went back to the office where he had quite a few things to get done before leaving.

Curtis then drove home.

Curtis is off to a client in the morning tomorrow but will probably be in the office all day after that.

Both of us;

Curtis got home from work and put on a wash and emptied the dishwasher, then Kim got home and we had some dinner!

Kim used leftover chicken to make Chinese chicken with rice which must have been the best yet! Delicious!

We binged some TV and then went to the supermarket to get a few lunch related food and some beverages.

We got back and hung out the laundry, hitting each other with wet underwear in the process because that’s fun!

We then had wine and ice cream as well as watched some more TV and played games.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 156: Auckland – Odd Chicken

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work quite early this morning which gave time to relax and make a coffee.

Right after that, Curtis had to build a PC and fix a laptop, which took up most of the day.

Curtis took a few phone calls as well as answered a lot of emails and resolved quite a few issues.

Curtis was incredibly busy all day, but in a good way! Curtis had planned to take the PC to the client today but as he was busy building it all day he was unable to.

Tomorrow, Curtis needs to go to a client in the afternoon and is fully booked all morning with stuff to do. Busy busy!

Both of us;

We both got home from work and both just led on the bed to relax from our hard days work. After about an hour we mustered the effort to make dinner.

We wanted to have sometime we lived off for the last year or so… Cheesey pesto chicken pasta!

It came out OK but the chicken seemed off. It was definitely cooked but didn’t seem to taste right or have the right texture, so we ditched the chicken and just ate the pasta.

We found out a few of our favourite shows are back so we watched a couple of those and then played some Fortnite!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 155: Auckland – Shop, Shop, Shop!

We woke up at 10:00 and Curtis needed to move his car as it was in the way. So he did just that. Once Curtis got back in the house, we spoke with Kim’s parents. It was lovely to catch up.

We the had some breakfast.

Kim made eggs on toast with hash browns. Perfectly runny eggs, too!

We finished eating, relaxed for a bit and then got ready to go out.

We went to Glenfield Mall and went right to the Warehouse to get things like another clothes drying rack, toothpaste and shampoo.

We left here and got a coffee from the usual Coffix!

We then put our shopping in the car and went back to get some food for the week.

We finished our shopping and headed home.

Once we did this, Kim went out with Danielle for the afternoon.

Kim’s Afternoon:

Kim arrived and had a little walk about for a little bit before Danielle arrived.

They then walked around and chatted for ages and Kim looked for some shoes for work, heels are too stressful!

They then headed to another shopping centre and had a quick look at a couple of the shops then Kim dropped Danielle off home.

Kim then headed back to the first shopping centre to buy a pair of shoes she liked and then headed home via the supermarket to get some dinner

Curtis’ Afternoon:

Curtis didn’t really do anything when Kim was out. He just relaxed and hung out the washing.

Both of us;

When Kim got back, we had some very unhealthy dinner (though tasty!).

We had chicken bites, mac & cheese and cold leftover pizza. Super healthy!

We watched a few episodes Travel Man and then Kim showered.

We played fortnite for the rest of the night and got ready to go to work again tomorrow. Kim’s first full week!

The below link will take you to day 1 of Berlin! Be sure to give it a read.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 154: Auckland – Haircuts & Soaked By The Rain

We woke up at 09:50 and Kim went to get a McDonald’s for breakfast. Curtis had a ‘hunger buster’ muffin and Kim had a regular mcmuffin but two hash browns!

We ate breakfast and then got ready to go out.

We were both planning to get haircuts today and Curtis knew where he wanted to go.

We drove to Curtis’ work and parked there before walking to the barber shop. We got a tad bit wet on the way and were incredibly soaked by the time we arrived.

The barbershop was within a bar we had been to previously. There was a deal for a $20 haircut with a beer, so we did that.

Curtis really liked his haircut and the barber was a really nice guy too. Pretty sure we’ll go there in the future too!

We finished up the beer and then we went to find somewhere for Kim to get her hair cut. We found somewhere and Kim got hers done and was very pleased!

We then had to try and navigate back to the car in the rain. We made the decision to go to the supermarket to get an umbrella because we were just far too wet!

We got this and, as you’d expect, it stopped raining.

We got back to the car without getting wet and drove home.

Once we got back we had some noodles and got ready to go out again!

Curtis had an important hockey game today against top place in the league!

Curtis didn’t have his best game, but did get an assist on a goal which happened to be disallowed…

Curtis got 2 penalties too in this game, sticking to his good form.

Curtis’ team tied 1-1 which was a good result and then are now unbeaten in the last 3 games as well as 3rd place.

Kim dropped Curtis at home and went to get some food. We just had frozen pizza and garlic bread with a beer and spent the evening chatting with our housemate and we watched a bit of the royal wedding, not that any of us were too interested and for bored of it!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 153: Auckland – Half A Day Of Driving

As previously mentioned, Kim is unable to share her work day on the blog with her new job so for be surprised if you don’t see one from her!

Curtis got to work and had just an hour before setting off to a client.

Curtis had a laptop to pick up in New Lynn so he drove there first. He was there for about 45 minutes and then drove to Mangere to visit a client briefly.

Curtis asked around at the client if anyone had any issues and then left here to get back to the office.

Once Curtis got back he had a little bit of time before he had a client meeting him at the office to collect a laptop and go through the setup.

Once that was done Curtis spoke with Kim during lunch and then in the afternoon he had a meeting and a remote session or two to complete.

Curtis left the office on time and done home, making it home in good time.

Kim got home shortly after and we relaxed and then made dinner. We had homemade bolognese on pasta.

Kim was meant to go for drinks with a friend but they canceled so we sat and watched Black Panther together instead which was the perfect evening.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 152: Auckland – New Job Day 1 & Forgotten Mint

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim started her new job!
She popped out for a coffee and had lunch out today.

When Kim went out for lunch she had a steak sandwich.

Kim thinks her first day went very well.

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and had an urgent email to setup a laptop as well as a few other things, so most of the morning he was doing that as well as answering the phone and emails.

Curtis misjudged the time to jump on a remote session and ended up leaving late, though did fix the problem!

Both of us;

Curtis left only about 15 minutes late and got home at a reasonable time.

Kim arrived home shortly after Curtis and then we had to go to the shop to get dinner as the meat we took out of the freezer was still frozen!

We went to the shop and decided we wanted to have a Greek souvlaki for dinner, all homemade with lamb marinated in mint and chilli.

We did, however, have to go back to the shop to get the mint as we paid for it but the didn’t put it in the bag!

Dinner was absolutely delicious.

We finished this and watched a lot of TV as well as played some games (once Curtis fixed the internet not connecting on the Xbox!).

Kim is working tomorrow but had dress down Friday and Curtis will be on the road for a few hours.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale