Place 49 – Day 371: Auckland – Goodbye Dinner & Gavin And Stacey

Waking up at 10:00, we had some cereal and got distracted by videos and streams until around 13:00.

We eventually left the house and did the shop for all of our christmas dinner food as well as grab a coffee.

We got home and did nothing, even having a nap!

We drove up to Brown’s Bay in the evening with Nicola. We were going for a goodbye meal at a highly rated Indian place up there.

We got the place and it looked really nice. We got our table and discussed the food options. We went with popadoms, dips, samosas & onion bhaji for starters…but that was a bit too much! Our mains came out and looked delicious but were huge! We also got naan breads with them, which didn’t help the amount of food!

We ate as much as we could and then decided we were defeated. The curries were tasty though. Curtis gives it a 7/10 and Kim gives it 8/10.

We went for a beach walk after, to burn off all the food and then walked back to the car to drive home.

We wanted to show Nicola Gavin& Stacey, so we watched 3 episodes of that which was still hilarious!

It was a successful, relaxing day, which was great.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 370: Auckland – No More Work in NZ!

Curtis’ Day;

There’s really nothing to report on for Curtis’ last day at work! He did very little, other than at 15:10 when he started helping his boss with something which took about an hour or so.

After this, Curtis was driven home by his boss and he had to leave the car there, seen as it was a work vehicle!

Both of us;

Kim got back from work but forgot the prosecco she was bought as a gift so she went back to work to get that.

It was also Kim’s last day, but she had her Christmas party at ‘The Wharf’ not too far from our house.

Kim had a really good time at the party and everyone was complimenting her and saying she was great at her job, which is always nice to hear!

Curtis collected Kim from the party around 00:10 and he also picked up Kelsey.

Curtis drove Kelsey home and on the way back stopped at KFC for Kim, but they were closed. In replacement, we went to McDonald’s instead.

We got home, Kim ate her food and then we slept.

It’s so good to know we have no work left here as well as some really awesome things planned!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 369: Auckland – Company Christmas Lunch

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to the office quite early but didn’t have much to do at all.

Curtis found something to do to keep him busy, until he received a couple of emails with some things to do.

After getting these done, it was again quite quiet until around 12:50 when there was a phone call to say that a client down in wellington had no internet connection!

Curtis and his boss investigated for a bit and tried to get a hold of them, but once they did get a hold of someone it seemed to fix itself. That was good, as Curtis had his company Christmas lunch.

The accountants had prepared a large feast and some of Curtis’ colleagues’ family came to celebrate also.

There was a large assortment of meats as well as many vegetables and bread rolls, followed by cheesecake, pavlova & fruit salad.

Curtis was given a leaving gift of a pair of winter gloves, which is incredibly useful as he doesn’t currently have any.

This lunch went on for a couple of hours and then everyone cleaned up, but Curtis had some work to get done. Shortly after, Curtis said his last goodbyes to some people and then drove home. Tomorrow is his last day!

Both of us;

Kim came home briefly but had to go to an appointment, so Curtis drove her there. After this was done and Curtis picked her up, we came back home and had some risotto.

Kim went out to see Tabitha and had a delicious dessert as usual!

Kim got home after this and it was quite late, so we sorted things out and then it was bed time!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 368: Auckland – Sudden Change of Plan & Babysitting

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to the office as usual but then after reading some messages, he noticed that he had been asked to go to the client he had been at last week.

Curtis eventually made his way to the client. He had to wait for a colleague to come into the office before he could leave. After arriving to the client at 09:00, Curtis was right into action and didn’t stop from there! He was given a treat of stollen and a mince pie though, which helped!

He left at 15:20 and the traffic was quite bad.

Both of us;

Luckily, Kim had made risotto yesterday, so we didn’t have to make dinner. We heated dinner up and ate it whilst watching a video on YouTube.

Kim went to babysit from 19:30 until 22:00. Kim got a lot done in that time! Kim was able to book a lot of things we needed to get booked, which was great!

On a side note, here is a photo of Kim looking christmassy today!

Kim got back home and it was then bed time.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 367: Auckland – Tuesday Turmoil & Sewing

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis was actually in the office today, which was a big change from being at the client!

When Curtis got to the office, he didn’t have too much to do, other than some admin. He was pleased that it seemed it would be a calm day…he was wrong!

Shortly after Curtis arrived, there were multiple emails about critical websites being down, from multiple clients.

It turned out that there was some software on each server which was slowing them down to the point they stopped working!

Curtis and his colleagues spent the whole day attempting to remove this software and get everyone’s websites back up and running. Whilst this made the day go fairly quick, it wasn’t the chilled day Curtis had hoped for.

Curtis drove home around 15:35 and arrived home around 16:00.

Both of us;

We went for a walk once Kim was home as the weather was still amazing!

After our walk, Curtis made his incredible rice again to go with the remainder of our chilli con carne.

Post dinner, Kim had to re-sew her strap back onto her handbag as well as a dress strap. After this, we went to Glenfield Mall so Kim could look for something to go with her dress for her Christmas party. We then went to the shop and bought items for Kim’s work lunch tomorrow.

When we got back home, Kim spent a while making a delicious risotto for the next few evenings.

We watched a few videos and then headed to bed.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 366: Auckland – Monday Morning Madness & Sweetcorn Avalanche!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis arrived and didn’t have to wait at all as his colleague had a key so was already inside.

Once Curtis got inside, he was unable to start doing what he wanted to do as the internet was down!

Curtis and his colleague spent a few hours atrempting to test and fix the network issues and then eventually it just all worked again, which was brilliant.

After this, Curtis could actually do what he needed to get done for the day. He had to go to each person in the office and set something up for them. This took a bit of time and then when that was done Curtis wrote a 7 page guide for the users.

When Curtis drove home, the weather was Incredibly hot!

Curtis got home and went to the shop quickly. When he got back home, he opened all the windows and doors to get a nice air flow.

Both of us;

Kim got home and after a bit of a relax, she went for a brief walk in the sun.

After, we ate leftover chilli on nachos with a side salad. Kim caused a sweetcorn avalanche when she accidentally threw sweetcorn all over the floor!

We watched The Apprentice Final and then some YouTube videos before sleeping.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 365: Auckland – Belgian Cafe Dinner, Mini Christmas Market Walk & 1 Year in NZ!

After waking up at a similar time as yesterday, Kim went out to McDonald’s to get a breakfaost from there and we sat and watched videos in bed for a while. The perfect Sunday morning.

Kim went out early afternoon to see if Danielle’s mum had any shoes she could borrow for the last week of work. Turns out that she didn’t, but Kim still got to see Danielle and even went for a milkshake!

Today, it is apparently 1 year since we arrived in New Zealand, which is odd because we arrived on the 18th, not the 16th!

Once Kim was back, we waited for a bit and then we drove down to the city to meet Colten and Sarah at a Belgian cafe/pub.

The Belgian cafe is somewhere we’ve walked past a few times and really wanted to go in, so we’re glad we got to go! This place does remind us of Europe.

We had to wait a little for a table, but Colten & Sarah hadn’t arrived yet either. There were way too many beers to choose from, but the food looked incredible!

Once we got a table, it was time to order! Curtis got the Venison Pie which had a cinnamon gravy and Kim got the lamb shoulder. Curtis’ was tasty but the peas and carrots were cold. He’d give his 6/10. Kim’s was OK but a lot of fat and just nothing special, she gave it 5/10.

After we finished up there, we went for a walk to the Sky Tower where there was a small christmas market.

Curtis and Colten got a coffee each and Kim got a chocolate sundae from McDonald’s. Colten and Sarah got their portrait drawn and we had a bit of a walk around.

We had a chat for a bit and then it was home time. We walked back to the cars, said goodbye and went home.

We got home and Kim had a chat with her mum and dad before we went to sleep.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 364: Auckland – A Haircut, A Frappé and A Seamstress

We woke up at 09:30 and had eggs on toast with a hashbrown for breakfast. After we ate, Nicola returned from a walk and we chatted with her for a bit before getting ready to go out.

Kim had a haircut booked for 11:45 in Birkenhead, so we drove up to Birkenhead and Kim went to get her haircut at a fancy place! It was a pretty cheap price considering it seemed fancy and Kim also got a free coffee with a biscuit!

Kim’s haircut was successful. Kim got it cut how she wanted, which doesn’t happen often!

We drove to Wirau where we went to a few places trying to find a semstress.

The seamstress was required as we have a pillow from our sofa which needs a new zip.

We eventually found a seamstress in Glenfield Mall, but she needs to order in the zip so we have to wait for a bit.

We went to get the shop done after we visited the seamstress and then went for our usual coffee! We got all adventurous and had a mocha frappé each, which were obviously delicious.

When we got home, we watched some videos and then made an amazing Chilli Con Carne for dinner, with kumara wedges.

Post dinner, we decided to watch a movie called ‘Love, Simon’. We give this a solid 9/10!

After the film we watched some more videos and then it was all of a sudden time for sleepin’!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 363: Auckland – It’s Complete!

Curtis’ Day;

After arriving on site, Curtis went right to the machine he was exporting on and it had frozen at the same point it did yesterday, so he had to figure out another option.

Curtis got it sorted eventually, after a few hours. He then went to the person’s machine and set it up on there, so then that person was sorted!

After doing this, Curtis went across the road to the other site, where he had to setup 3 PCs. This took a little bit of time, but this eventually got done and that was it! The user migration has been done, but there are still files to transfer over next week, but the main bit is done.

Curtis headed home with bad traffic but he was taken another route home, too.

Both of us;

Once Kim was home too, we ended up accidentally having a nap! It was nice at the time, but after we woke up we felt awful!

We were still super tired, but we couldn’t be bothered to make any food, so we drove up to Glenfield Mall to get some donburi. Curtis had lemon pork & spicy teriyaki chicken. Kim had karage chicken as well as sweet chilli chicken.

We ate our dinner at home whilst watching the film Daddy’s Home 2, which we thoroughly enjoyed!

After the film, we watched some YouTube videos and then Kim spoke with Abbie for a couple of hours.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 362: Auckland – 10+ Hours of Work

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis’ day was way busier then it should have been!

Upon getting to the client, there was just 3 users to complete and a couple of extra machines, so Curtis assumed it would be a quick easy day…but nope!

The first machine was completed quickly and then Curtis had to wait for another person to arrive at the office to complete his laptop. Once he arrived, Curtis completed his laptop also. This one also didn’t take too long either, so it definitely seemed like a good start!

Curtis went to have a walk and get a coffee for about 10 minutes and then went right back to it.

After the walk, Curtis completed one of the other PCs he needed to get done so he had just 1 of those to do and 1 more user.

Curtis did the user at 14:00 and thought it would be quick, but it took until 17:00 to do, and it wasn’t even complete entirely!

Curtis drove home and arrived there at 17:30…He had worked over 10 hours already and still had a bit more to do when he got home.

Both of us;

Kim almost had the dinner completed by the time Curtis came home, which was really nice for him. We had the final remains of our pulled pork belly.

We went for a walk again after work because it was lovely weather and Curtis definitely needed a walk!

We got some nice photos, too.

We got back home and watched some TV…we are looking forward to it being the weekend!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale