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 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 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

Place 49 & 53 – Day 115 & 10: Auckland & Wellington – All Day Storm ☔ 🍃

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim did actually start at two, so she had a nice relaxed morning! She watched the storm roll in over Auckland and saw a couple of flashes of lightning too!

On the drive into work a few of the traffic lights were not working, which made for a confusing drive!

When Kim got into work she took over from both managers so was working on reception and managing the restaurant. This meant that Kim had a lot of time to go through emails, confirm bookings, but also get up and help out on the floor.

The whole shift was relatively uneventful but it was still a good shift. throughout the evening the storm just got worse. Towards the end of the shift the hotel had the lights flicker in the restaurant a couple of times, on the last time the street lights outside all went off.

On the drive home there were patches of no street or traffic lights. There was also bits of tree everywhere, and not just the occasional small branch, there was a full chunk of tree in the road. Kim saw one wheely bin trapped under a massive clump of tree!

Kim came home, relaxed and then had a nice chat to Curtis before heading to bed.

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis woke up at 07:30 and got ready to leave the hotel. He left at about 08:00 and got to his favorite Cafe for breakfast!

Instead of the usual panini, Curtis got bacon and eggs on toast which hit the spot.

Curtis got to the client (thought it was very busy!) and got right to work. It turned out that some files hadn’t migrated so he had to work on that for most of the day as well as some other issues here and there.

Before he knew it, Curtis had done more than his 6 hours of support and headed back to the hotel.

Once he got back, he chilled for 30 minutes and then got back to work. He had to migrate some more folders and had to actually make sure they worked!

This was done by 22:00.

It hasn’t stopped raining since last night in Wellington so it’s fairly miserable as well as very wet and windy!

Curtis went to get some McDonald’s for dinner because he couldn’t be bothered to go anywhere else and had work to do!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 & 53 – Day 114 & 9: Auckland & Wellington – Wellington Pt. 3

We woke up together at the lovely time of 04:30.

Kim came with Curtis to the airport and then drove the car back home.

Kim’s Day;

Once Kim dropped Curtis off at the airport she drove home, texted Curtis and her family for a bit before getting some more sleep.

Today Kim thought she started at 2, it turns out the this was not the case and Kim work up and then realised that she was meant to be at work! This meant that Kim had to get ready and get to work sharpish. Luckily Kim was only on admin until 2 so she didn’t cause anyone any issues.

When Kim got in she made a start going through upcoming events and filing the functions folder. It was really good to go through everything and get a better understanding.

Kim then had a meeting at 2 with someone who is planning a birthday party. Kim sat down and went through the room layout and their plans for the function. Kim really enjoyed this and might have even managed to sell a room or two to go with the function!

She then had some lunch and started to draw up a table lay out for the function and write up what they had discussed.

Kim then had a few check ins throughout the day and sent out a chaser for arrival times for all upcoming bookings for the whole coming week.

The dinner after work was absolutely perfect, it was a sweet lamb dish and salad. She sat and ate with Tabitha. Today was a productive and good day for Kim!

Kim then headed home and watched a bit of the Common Wealth Games with Nicola while eating a couple of late easter hot cross buns. She then sat down and called Curtis, the perfect way to end a day.

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got into the airport and checked his bag. He then went and hot some breakfast from McDonald’s.

Curtis got through security and had plenty of time so decided he would get a coffee… Only to find out that the coffee shop was closed!

Curtis just sat at the gate waiting to board the plane.

During the flight, Curtis got a coffee and had a little nap before arriving in Wellington.

Curtis got his rental car (still not a Mustang) and drove to the client.

When Curtis got to the client, there was a lot to do and he didn’t stop for the whole time! He eventually left around 15:00.

Curtis got back to the hotel and ended up doing a bit more work before chilling for a bit and then doing MORE work!

Curtis had to migrate a lot of files and it wasn’t playing ball, so took most of the evening.

Curtis got some food from the hotel as it was raining a crazy amount outside before chatting with Kim for a bit before bed!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale