Auckland, Invercargill

Place 49 & 51 – Day 76 & 5: Auckland & Invercargill – Curtis is Home Again!

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim was on a much later than usual shift, she was due to start at 4.

Kim spent most of the morning sorting and organising stuff for the upcoming weeks. She was also car hunting and has found one she thinks she likes. She is hoping to pick it up on Monday!

Kim then headed into work a little earlier to get a bit of admin done and help set up for a function tomorrow.

Kim ended up getting in too early, got what she needed to get done finished and then she clocked out and headed to a shop for 45 minutes before her actual shift started!

Kim worked on the bar for the evening which kept things fast paced and interesting. As it was a Friday night it was pretty busy!

At he end of her shift Kim ran home and quickly changed before heading to the airport to pick up Curtis.

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis woke up early, around 07:00, to get breakfast and start the day.

Once breakfast was done, Richard called the couriers and they said that the package that Curtis and Richard were waiting for had been delivered and was outside the office, so they went to see if that was the case. There was a package, but it was a laptop and not two PCs which they assumed would have been in the same package! After calling the depot they were able to pick it up as it wasn’t going to be delivered until Monday otherwise.

Once it was picked up, they headed back to the office to get started.

Most of the day was spent there sorting out 2 machines and providing some training whilst being followed by Whisky the cat!

Curtis and Richard left the office and went to the main Op shop in town to setup a PC there and train the user.

Curtis setup another machine there whilst doing this but it took a long time to complete so it was left on to remote onto next week.

Time ran out so Curtis had to get to the airport. When he got there he got a lamb and mint pie as well as a cappuccino.

The flight was delayed and therefore Curtis missed his flight but was connected onto a flight 30 minutes later.

This flight was painless and he got back into Auckland at 21:50 where Kim was waiting for him!

Both of us;

We drove home and stopped at McDonald’s on the way to grab some food.

We got back and watched some TV and sorted out a few things for moving in this weekend!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland, Invercargill

Place 49 & 51 – Day 74 & 4: Auckland & Invercargill – Steak & Beer (Again!) & Housekeeping

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim was on the late shift so spent the morning asleep again! she then spent the late morning and early afternoon looking for a car. The new place that Kim and Curtis are moving to is much better for Curtis, it more than halves his commute to work, but now gives Kim a commute to work! It takes 20 minutes to drive but over an hour on public transport so its probably most convent to get a car.

Kim then headed into work. Once she arrived she gave housekeeping a hand with a few rooms. As Kim is not very trained in housekeeping she started by stripping all the beds and emptying the rubbish. Kim then went round and cleaned the glass surfaces, put the towels and toiletries in the bathrooms. After this, Kim ran around with the hoover.

Once the rooms were completed Kim headed down and hopped on the bar, this is where she spent most of her evening. Kim was then talking to a couple of the customers and they were mentioning how they would like to possibly do a function in the ballroom. This was very exciting for Kim as it would be her first function enquiry that she would deal with. Kim gave them some menu options and a little run down of the pricing. They seemed very interested, so one they left Kim followed up the conversation with an email containing what they had discussed. Kim also did a little paperwork for it too.

The rest of the shift Kim was taking orders and serving guests, it was a good and busy shift.

At the end of her shift, Kim sat down with another manager and had a chat while she ate her chicken nugget dinner. A brilliant meal after a shift.

When Kim got home she FaceTimed Curtis.

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis was awake earlier than really needed but he got up at 07:15 and started with work.

Once Richard was awake, they went down for breakfast. Once done with breakfast, Curtis basically worked on the helped all day. The machines didn’t arrive so he was unable to go and sort these out at the office.

Once work was done with, Curtis and Richard went out for some dinner. They went to a pub called ‘The Kiln’ which had a steak night on!

They each got the steak night deal for $15 and it was delicious!

Curtis then got a lemon tart for dessert!

They came back to the hotel and Curtis just chilled out. Tomorrow could be a rush as Curtis flies at 18:15 but the machines haven’t arrived yet so he has to get those done before 16:00!

Rush, rush, rush.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland, Invercargill

Place 49 & 51 – Day 73 & 3: Auckland & Invercargill – A New Place To Live!

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim was on reception by herself again in the morning so she got herself up and into work bright and early.

She got in and set up for breakfast and then went around and opened up the bar area. Kim then helped arrange the outside furniture too. Once the restaurant had been set up Kim sat herself down and got all the paperwork together for the check outs. Throughout the morning all of the guests checked out and Kim monitored all of the emails.

During her 15 minute breakfast break Kim called home to wish her dad a happy birthday! It as kind of weird because here we are very much well into the day after his birthday but it was still nice for Kim to get to talk to him and wish him a happy birthday. It is weird doing the second round of virtual happy birthdays!

Kim spent the early afternoon organising the upcoming bookings and responding to emails. She then did a quick check round of all the rooms and did a couple of check-ins too. A pretty successful day!

Kim headed home to relax for a while in the afternoon. At around 5pm, Kim agreed to pick up a work friend on her last day of work and drop her off in another town, it was on the way to where she was heading and it was nice to have one final catch up!

Kim dropped her friend off and then headed over to a possible flatmate situation. This apartment was exactly what Kim and Curtis had discussed as their perfect apartment, one other person in the perfect location. When Kim arrived she got on well with the owner of the flat straight away, they ended up talking for about an hour about where they had been and how they had both ended up in a very newly rented out flat. At the end of the meeting Kim got handed the keys to the apartment so that they can move in with her on Sunday! Hopefully this is actually the last time that Kim and Curtis move while in Auckland. Kim is pretty certain of it, she has a good feeling!!

Kim then drove home, on cloud nine, and stopped at a shop on the way to by a celebratory chocolate bar. When she got back, she then treated herself to pizza and ginger beer for dinner and spent the evening watching YouTube videos and calling Curtis. A pretty successful day today!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis woke up at 07:00, had a shower and then he and Richard went for breakfast in the hotel.

Once breakfast was done, they both did some work at the hotel and then Richard went off to a client whilst Curtis stayed at the hotel.

Curtis got a bit of work done whilst at the hotel, but it was fairly boring so he made sure that at around 14:00 he went out and got some fresh air and some lunch. He got a cappuccino and a chicken wrap with salad.

Curtis headed back to work and got a bit more done and helped out some other colleagues with work.

Once Richard arrived back Curtis went with him for a long walk just to get more fresh air.

They got back and Curtis spoke with Kim about our awesome apartment news!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland, Invercargill

Place 49 & 51 – Day 72 & 2: Auckland & Invercargill – Late Start But Late Finish & Self Made Plumber

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim spent the morning asleep! It was so lovely and she felt it was deserved, seeing as she got up to take Curtis to the airport at 4am the morning before.

When she eventually woke up Kim relaxed and had breakfast and then got ready for work.

Kim was on reception so spent the afternoon checking people in and booking people in for future stays. Kim did have to tip to the hardware store, buy and then install a new shower hose thing. That was a first for Kim but apparently it works, so it was a success!

Kim was also managing the reception and bar for some of the shift again, which is nice because it means she can get up from the desk and help out around there.

At the end of the shift Kim had planned to go out with some work colleagues as a leaving drinks for one of her friends. Unfortunately Kim was unable to go because no where was open locally so they all decided to go over tho the city centre. This seemed pointless for Kim to go too as she has the morning shift tomorrow which means that by the time she gets to the centre, she would just have to head home. This meant Kim just headed home and relaxed.

Again she ended her night by having a nice chat with Curtis.

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis was up a bit later than normal today at 08:00. He and Richard got ready and then headed downstairs for breakfast. There was an assortment of simple breakfast options.. Toast, cereal, juice, coffee, yogurt, as you would expect from a hotel breakfast. They had breakfast and then headed out to the client.

Once they got to the client, they started right away with swapping out 2 machines. This was pain free and then they trained the two users on what had changed and what to do going forward.

Once this was done, they each jumped on another machine each and got those sorted. That being said, Curtis had some trouble with his and a few other issues which meant some things were lost and he had to call another company’s support and see if it could be resolved!

They stayed until about 19:30 but did go out and get lunch around 15:00. Curtis shared a pizza and chips with Richard at ‘The Auction House’ which was recommended to us. It was very nice!

They left here and went right back to the client and stayed until 19:30, as mentioned. When they stayed without the client there, there were a lot of cats to keep us company!

Once they got back to the hotel it was time to tidy up notes, send emails and then relax! Curtis just played some games and watched some YouTube videos as well as completing some LinkedIn Learning.

Tomorrow, the client only need one person so Curtis is staying at the hotel to get admin done.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland, Invercargill

Place 49 & 51 – Day 71 & 1: Auckland & Invercargill – 14+ Hours of Work!

We started the day at around 03:45 where Curtis drove to the airport with Kim kindly in tow to take the car home.

Kim’s Day;

After dropping Curtis off at the airport Kim did the drive back home, but made a quick stop at the McDonalds near home because it was 5am and why not?! Kim then took the maccies and sat in bed while she enjoyed her breakfast.

Once she finished her breakfast it was the time that she would usually wake up to get ready for her early morning shift so Kim got ready and headed into work.

Kim was on admin today so there is little to report back. Kim did help with a couple of reception duties and lent a hand to the restaurant when needed, which was nice as it gives a little break away from the computer.

Kim was dealing with a booking coming in for Saturday.

After her shift, Kim headed home and relaxed and did a little house hunting for a few hours before heading out to dinner with the lovely Danielle.
Kim met Danielle at an Italian restaurant and they sat down for dinner when a massive sign for a pub quiz caught their eyes. They decided to switch tables and join in the pub quiz! This was such a great decision because Kim and Danielle had so much fun getting most of the questions wrong! In fairness to them, they were the youngest there by a few years and the smallest team by about 4 people!

It was no surprise when they came last. They did 100% get marks for effort and enthusiasm though and defiantly plan to head back and drag the guys with them.

After the quiz Kim ran Dannielle home and then headed home herself.

After being up since 3, Kim will probably sleep well tonight.
Kim ended the night by having a quick chat with Curtis before they both crash!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got into the airport and got his bag ready but nothing was open yet so he waited for his colleague to arrive and then they went and got a McDonald’s breakfast.

They then checked their bags in and headed through security.

Once they got through, there wasn’t long to wait until they boarded. On the first flight, they met a lovely 84 year old lady who was still going strong. She had traveled the world and was very interesting to chat with!

Once Curtis landed in Christchurch, he and Richard, his colleague, had about an hour to kill. They got a drink and spoke about work plans and then the flight was slightly delayed but only by about 15 minutes.

They arrived in Invercargill and got the rental car and set off to the hotel. They are staying in a 3 bedroom apartment which is very nice!

They got ready and then went to the client they were here to see. The client was very lovely and Curtis got all the required information and then headed back to the hotel room with 2 PCs, but not before having some lunch! At a cafe near the hotel, they got a MASSIVE chicken sandwich..

Once that was eventually eaten, they got back to the hotel and worked for hours!

At about 18:15, they just went for a walk and then went to the supermarket to get some snacks.

They got back and Curtis got Ironing done and then went to bed and finished some more work!

Tomorrow, Curtis doesn’t have to be up early so that is a relief!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale