Place 49 – Day 237: Auckland – New Problems

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis was working from home until 11:00 today.

Curtis had nothing planned, but soon had a lot to do! Curtis was only working for a few hours but it felt like a while with a lot crammed in. Curtis had two main things to look at, neither of which he really knew much about, but it was interesting to investigate and try and fix.

For the rest of the day, Curtis didn’t do much as he was off work, but he did do a bit of laundry.

Both of us;

Kim got home and we had a really healthy dinner which was basically breaded foods with peas, sweetcorn and creamy mushrooms.

We sat and watched a film with our housemate. We watched Happy Death Day, which was basically groundhog day. It was alright!

We then went to bed and watched the latest episode of suits.

We have some fun stuff happening tomorrow.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 236: Auckland – Long Phone Calls & Ninja Way Home

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and a change had been made overnight which didn’t work correctly! Curtis therefore spent about an hour helping to rectify the issue.

After that, Curtis answered the phone and ended up being on that call for about 2 or so hours!

Curtis finished the call and still bad something to do, before finally having lunch.

The afternoon wasn’t much more chill, but at least it went fast!

Curtis left the office and headed home.

On the way home, the normal slip road he uses was crazy busy, so he decided to find an alternate route. Curtis found a route he didn’t realise existed and it took about the same amount of time to get home! Ninja!

Both of us;

We had pizza for dinner because we were too lazy to get anything else.

We watched the last two episodes of modus and it was my 20:30!

We just chilled out for the rest of the evening.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 235: Auckland – Yoga Guru

Curtis’ Day;

Traffic was not great this morning, but he was able to get to the office in time.

It was a very quite day today for Curtis. So much so, that he left an hour early!

Kim’s Evening;

Kim went from work straight to the gym and did yoga! She wasn’t a big fan of it, to be honest!

Both of us;

When Kim got home she made a wonderful dinner! We had roasted duck with hoisin sauce and pasta.

We watched two episodes of Modus and then went to sleep! We’ve nearly finished Modus now…

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 234: Auckland – Hardcore Gymin’

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and knew that he had to go to a client at 10:00 so prepared for that. He got to the client at about 10:30 and helped people out for around an hour before going to another client after!

He was only briefly at the second client and went back to the office which is when he had lunch, around 13:00.

Chrtis was pretty busy in the afternoon and ended up working until right up to 16:30 when he realised he had to leave!

The traffic was good and Curtis got home at a good time.

Kim’ Evening;

Kim went right from work to the gym with a work colleague. They were at the gym for a while and did some ‘hardcore gyming’!

After the gym, Kim got to use the free massage chair to relax. A great bonus if the gym!

Both of us;

When Kim got home, we heated up our leftovers and ate them whilst watching Modus.

We then decided we were still hungry and wanted dessert so Kim went out to get some dessert. We had a brownie with some vanilla sauce.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 233: Auckland – Busted Hand

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and had a lot of emails from Friday afternoon to look at, as well as some general helpdesk emails.

Curtis hurt his hand playing hockey yesterday and it was very swollen, bruised and painful this morning so it made things that little bit more difficult!

Curtis had to go on site at 09:15 to look at issues with the boardroom setup he helped with the other day. He wasn’t there too long.

Once Curtis got back to the office, he was pretty full on for the rest of the day but left at 16:20 as he got to a natural stopping point.

Curtis got back home and waited for Kim to come back.

Both of us;

Kim got home and we went to the shop to get some items for dinner.

We decided we wanted sweet chilli crispy beef stir fry. It was ab excellent decision! It was very tasty and pretty easy to make. We followed it with a cookie in a cup.

We watched 2 episodes of the 2nd series of Modus and then went to sleep. Curtis is at a client tomorrow morning again, which is fun!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 232: Auckland – Steak Sandwich & Chatting With The (semi) Pros

We woke up at 11:00 and didn’t have anything for breakfast. We needed to do the shop anyway, so we went to do the shop but stopped in at a bakery also!

Before we went to the bakery, we went to go to Coffix but noticed it had a new name! They have left the Coffix name and changed to the name Little Things. The coffee was a little more expensive then before, but we spoke to them and it’s their own blend from Columbia, Kenya & Ethiopia.

The coffee was delicious and really well made too! We got our coffee and then went to the bakery. Curtis got a very large croissant and Kim got a chocolate Danish.

We ate our breakfast and then did the weekly food shop. The shop got incredibly busy so that was time to leave!

We got home and just chilled out for hours! We played some games and then needed to have some food before Curtis played hockey, so Kim made an awesome steak sandwich!

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The photo doesn’t look great but it was amazing!

We ate our food and then watched some TV before Tabitha came over as she was coming to hockey with us.

Once we arrived at the rink, there was a Semi-Pro hockey game going on. This is the NZIHL, the top league in New Zealand. We got to watch the last period but then Curtis’ team had to figure out where to get changed!

Curtis’ team ended up getting changed in the same place as the home team, Botany Swarm! It was a cool experience and then got to chat with a lot of the players and have a laugh, too.

The game went OK until the last period when Curtis’ team fell apart and lost 2-1 in the end after being 1-0 up until then!

Curtis got 6 minutes in penalties but we won’t go into that…

We came home and Tabitha went home. We then wanted to watch the last episode of Modus, so we did that before going to bed.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 231: Auckland – Girls Pamper Day

We woke up at around 08:00 and Curtis went out to get breakfast. He drove down to McDonald’s which was very busy! There was also a lot of fog so it meant driving a little slower.

Whilst Curtis got breakfast, Kim got showered and ready for the day.

We ate our breakfast and watched some YouTube videos and then Kim headed out for the day.

Curtis did nothing of interest for the rest of the day!

Kim’s Day;

When Tabitha arrives Kim met her outside and they headed into the city to celebrate her birthday!

As it was 9:30 when they arrived in the city centre parking was a breeze so they were about half an hour ahead of schedule, so popped into a cafe for a coffee.

At about 9:45 Tabitha and Kim walked the small distance to get to the spa where they had a two hour relaxation package booked in – a massage with a body scrub, facial and a foot spa treatment.

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The massage was amazing and relaxing. Tabitha went for a combination facial and Kim went for the hydration facial. They lady was very informative and taught Kim loads about her skin and what she is doing wrong with it! After this Tabitha and Kim sat in massage chairs while they had the foot spa, it was so lovely, even though Tabitha’s massage chair didn’t work.

At the end of it all Kim’s massage therapist had another chat about products, routines and stuff, she was so lovely. We then had a chat with her about her travels, as she is French. It was a funny moment when she realised Kim was English because she noticed that she echoing understand her better than she could the Kiwi accent!

We said goodbye / au revior to everyone and headed back to the car. On the way we met up with another one of Tabitha’s friends and we all then drove back to the North Shore to get our nails done.

The three girls deliberated for a while on what colour to pick and Kim even got a stern ‘hurry up’ from one of the nail artists!

After their nails were done the girls all fancied some lunch and Kim had a great idea to had to the cat cafe, so they all jumped in the car and headed over there.

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It was so much fun to spend about 40 minutes playing with all the cats, that was until one of them decided to relive themselves on our bags! We took that as our hint to leave.

With so much cuteness in one room we forgot to eat and Tabitha’s friend had to get to the Esplanade to start her shift so thy all hopped back in the car and took the slow road into Devonport.

It was a little odd heading that way again as Kim left the Esplanade nearly 3 months ago! Doesn’t time fly??
They stopped at a local cafe when they arrived in Devonport for ‘lunch’, it was 4pm! No wonder everyone was so hungry!

Each girl grabbed a savoury, sweet and a drink item.

The portions were massive and they all needed up taking takeaway containers! Which is good for Curtis who loves curly fries and brownies!
Tabitha and Kim had a little walk around the town and then headed home.

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It was such a brilliant day celebrating a wonderful persons birthday!

Both of us;

When Kim got home, we relaxed for a while and then Curtis had an omelette as dinner along with leftover curly fries from Kim’s dinner.

We then watched a couple of episodes of Modus with lemon cupcakes with vanilla sauce!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 230: Auckland – Friday Night Festivities

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis worked from home for the morning and then didn’t really do anything for the rest of the day. He put in a wash and that was as exciting as it gets!

Kim’s Evening;

Kim drove home from work and then hopped right into Curtis’ car and Curtis drove her to the city. There was a work function happening which Kim was going to.

Kim did a ninja jump out of the car so Curtis didn’t have to park and then she went into the venue.

Kim only had one drink before the event was over! She got a lift home from a colleague.

Both of us;

When Kim got back, we went to the shop to buy some steak!

We had steak with a mushroom and onion sauce with potato and peas. Delicious.

We then watched an episode of Suits and went to sleep. Kim is up early (for a Saturday) tomorrow to do fun stuff!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 229: Auckland – Getting Mega Buff

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis was at the office all day today and the day was incredibly busy! Curtis really didn’t stop at all.

Curtis was completing things he couldn’t get done at the client yesterday.

Our Evening;

Curtis left work and went to pick Kim up from her work. Straight from there, we went to the gym! We had an orientation at the gym to show us how to use different machines as well as get information about what we want to achieve and we got guidance also.

We were at the gym for an hour and learned a lot as well as had a workout whilst learning!

We left the gym and picked Kim’s car up from work and drove home.

Kim’s Evening;

Kim quickly got ready when they got back from the gym and then headed out to meet Tabitha. As it was her birthday yesterday Kim wanted to go out to dinner to celebrate!

When they arrived in Takapuna they went for a bit of a walk trying to find a restaurant. When they eventually found it there was a 30 minute wait so they walked all the way back to where they started and went to a Mediterranean restaurant.

They shared a platter and halloumi cheese and Tabitha had crispy squid.
The platter apparently fed 4 people so the they both took some home for lunches tomorrow!

They then headed over to the chocolate house and shared a s’mores dessert.

Both of us;

Kim got back home and we watched some videos before going to bed.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

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