Place 49 & 53 – Day 228 & 19: Auckland & Wellington – There & Back In A Day!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis didn’t have to get up early and go to the office. Instead, he woke up when Kim woke up, had breakfast and chilled out. Curtis didn’t have to get to the airport until 10:30, so he didn’t need to leave until around 09:45!

Once Curtis eventually left, it was an easy and quick drive to the airport. There wasn’t much traffic at all.

Curtis got to the airport and went to the first car park he saw, which was the wrong one! Curtis was meant to to go to M but went to R instead. There isn’t a huge difference, but R is just a little more expensive as it’s under cover. As Curtis had already entered the car park he was unable to leave so he had to park there!

Curtis already checked in online so he went right to the gate. Curtis got a cappuccino and waited whilst doing some work.

Curtis boarded the plane and fell asleep during the flight which made it go fast!

Once Curtis landed in Wellington, he got an Uber to the client. When he got to the client, Curtis was give a large list of things to do/look at, of which he got most of it done.

Curtis had to leave the client just 2.5 hours after arriving to catch a flight back. He got to the airport and grabbed a small Subway and ate it before proceeding through security and to the gate.

Curtis’ flight home was uneventful and once he landed he paid for his car parking and drove home.

Kim’s Evening;

Kim went to the gym directly from work. Kim was there for a while and even did a 20 minute ‘run’ on the cross-trainer!

Kim stopped off at the shop on the way back to get some supplies.

Both of us;

Curtis still got home before Kim!

Once Kim got home, she showered and Curtis setup the TV and heated up our last portions of our pasta bake…

We watched an episode of Modus and then we were incredibly tired so just made lunches and went to bed!

The below link will take you to one of our best blogs yet! A great read about our (VERY brief) wander into North Korea.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 49 & 53 – Day 125 & 18: Auckland & Wellington – Last Flight Home from Wellington

Kim’s Day;

Kim had a doctors appointment in the morning. So she headed off, too early at 9:10, for that.

After she came home and had some breakfast and watched the final episode of queer eye! She then did a little research on flights and possible trips!

Kim then did all the boring housework, hoovering, dishes and all that fun stuff.

She then got ready and headed into work.

Once she arrived Kim started her day with a little back office stuff that took a few hours and then she prepared for a function that was on in the evening. She got herself well prepared!

The function went well, everyone was fed and happy, which is brilliant.
Kim then spent a bit of time setting up for the two functions that are on tomorrow!

She also then set up for breakfast service.

Kim then stopped at McDonald’s to grab some dinner to take home for Curtis and herself as the shops were closer so she couldn’t cook! What a shame!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis started the day with checking out. Curtis checked out and drove for his final breakfast at Carlton Cafe!

Curtis had pancakes with maple syrup, banana and bacon… There was far too much but it was delicious!

Curtis left here and drove to the client for the final time. He had to cover the helpdesk from 09:00-10:00 which was strange as he hasn’t had to do so for such a long time! Curtis got his teeth stuck into some problems from that and then went right back into finishing up for the client.

Curtis was sat in the ‘sunroom’ for the morning which gets all the sunlight and is very peaceful! That being said, Curtis got invaded by a lot of people so it ruined it a bit. Curtis then went and found another room.

Curtis didn’t have too much to do but had to write up a few emails to prepare the client for the future without him there and had to sort a few issues.

Just as Curtis was going to leave he got approached by a few people asking for help, which Curtis gave.

Curtis was able to get to the airport at almost a perfect time, having just enough time to grab a beer before the flight.

The flight was incredibly bumpy just after take off but much better after that and it even landed 15 minutes early!

Curtis got an uber home and then waited for Kim to come home from work.

Both of us;

Kim got home with our dinner, the finest McDonald’s, and we watched one TV show before heading to bed as Kim has work in the morning.

It’s nice for Curtis to be home… He’s home this whole week at least too!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– 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

Place 49 & 53 – Day 111 & 8: Auckland & Wellington – Impromptu Dinner Date!

Kim’s Day;

Today was a day off for Kim! Woo!
She started her day as she meant to go on, doing nothing!

Kim didn’t manage to watch any TV last night so watched queer eye while eating breakfast and then spent a few hours just relaxing and doing nothing.

Mid afternoon Kim made a start on boring admin stuff. She had to do the banking and do tax stuff. This was time consuming and boring, but had to be done!

After this Kim treated herself to a game of fortnite.

Kim then headed out to help Nicola get another sofa for the living room. When she got there they tried fitting the sofa in her car but when that didn’t work they tried fitting it in Nicolas car, once through the boot and once through the door with the seats hidden away. No matter what they did they were not able to fit the sofa into either cars.

Nicola then called a friend for help and Kim set off to pick Curtis up from the airport. Halfway there she remembered that she was also giving Curtis work friend a lift too which meant she had to move the sofa cushions and back seats around in her car to fit everyone and their luggage in!

Kim then parked up in the pick up / drop off point and called Curtis because did not see her waving.
It’s nice to have him home again. Even if it is only for a few days!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis grabbed one of the incredible paninis again, along with a (XL) cappuccino! He then grabbed one coffee to go and got right to the client.

There were some issues to pickup but there were only a couple of things planned to do.

Curtis was given a room he could sit in and he worked through the items as well as sorting out the planned items.

Curtis had a Skype call with his new manager regarding his annual appraisal and then had to get to the airport.

Curtis got on his flight (with an upgrade to an exit row, again!) and got a free sandwich and coffee.

Both of us;

When Curtis landed, Kim came and picked him and Colten up.

We drove Colten home and had a chat with him and his girlfriend before heading to the city.

We stopped at Curtis’ work to get his car and for Curtis to get changed and then we walked to the city to find food.

We found a hotel restaurant which had incredible looking food for a decent price.

We both had the steak, which came with a jus, trio of carrot, baby kumara and a truffle butter. It was incredible.

We drove back home and moved a sofa upstairs to the living room before chilling out for the evening.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale