Place 49 – Day 55: Auckland – Kim The Boss Lady & Whisky!

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim was up, out the house and at work by 6:30 again.

She helped set up the restaurant and bar area again.

Throughout the morning Kim shadowed on reception, did part of a check out and assisted with the hotels breakfasts.

After this Kim sat down with a colleague for some breakfast. Today was scrambled egg and toast! Tasty!

Kim then had a chat with the boss to run through the meeting she had yesterday.

She then checked up on housecleaning and set up all the rooms ready for the next guests.

Kim also put in a laundry order. Slowly and steady she is learning the ropes and really enjoying her role!

Kim then clocked out and waited for the Curtis to kindly pick her up in the horrible rain!

Curtis’ Day;

Although it was a Saturday, Kim was working 06:30 – 14:00, so Curtis slept in whilst Kim went to work. He had an alarm set for 10:00, but woke up at exactly 09:00 and panicked thinking he woke up late for work and then panicked wondering where Kim had gone!

Curtis woke up and got showered then had some Weet-Bix for breakfast before spending basically the whole day playing Xbox before getting ready to pick up Kim from work.

Both of us;

Curtis picked Kim up from work as it was raining and brought her home. We decided that for dinner we would have pizza, seen as it is pizza day, and so we switched it up and went to Pizza Hut! We did this as a celebratory dinner as tomorrow is our anniversary but Kim will be working so we cannot celebrate then.

Curtis received an email stating that he had not been accepted for a Guinness World Record. As the second part of Kim’s Christmas present, Curtis had attempted to get a Guinness World Record for the most consecutive written blog posts, but this was unfortunately denied.

Kim then gave Curtis his (shared) anniversary present! Kim bought Curtis some Glenfiddich 12 year… Which he loves!

We finished our dinner, watched some TV and played some Fortnite as well as drank a glass of whisky, of course.


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 54: Auckland – A Business Meeting & Braving the Rain

Kim’s Day;

Today was Kim’s day off meaning she did very little and chilled!

She woke up and lazily plodded around making breakfast and then got ready.

Kim played a couple of games of Fortnite and had a little lunch.

Although it is Kim’s day off she agreed on a meeting with a third party company which was due to last an hour.

Kim got ready for the meeting and headed to work.

She got in, printed off stuff and had a really good meeting.

She then headed home and helped out the host with making dinner.

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis drove to work in the rain this morning and got right to it. Curtis had lots to do, but it was all varied cases so was very interesting and different.

Curtis had to head down to a client at around 14:00, and this was the only time that the rain held off!

Curtis got to the client and had to finish off some configurations on a laptop.

Once he did this, he gave them to the users and got them test and all was good! He looped around the office and helped out some people with a few minor issues but was able to resolve the problems quickly and left the client at around 16:10.

Curtis got back to the office and was partially soaked from the rain… He was much less fortunate on the way back!

Curtis then drove home in the rain and got back for about 17:15.

Both of us;

We played some fortnite together after discussing our day and then we went up for dinner.

We had another meal from MyBBQBag which was a whole butterfly chicken with a North African rub and some vegetables.

We finished this and then finished off the night with a beer and 2 episodes from the next season of Peaky Blinders!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 53: Auckland – First Breakfast Shift, Not Much Went Right & First Playoff Win!

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim was up too early. She had to be at work at 6:30!!

She headed down to work and it was dark and a little chilly, the total opposite to most walks to work.

When she arrived she help set up the restaurant and bar area. Kim also set up for hotel guests breakfast.

Once the morning was in full swing Kim was learning the toll system and things around the restaurant and bar. It was very useful! She even took a couple of food orders.

She then took a 5 minute break for some delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, mushrooms and toast! Tasty!!

Kim was given a few admin tasks throughout the day but spent most of her time shadowing reception again.

She got to check on the rooms and make sure they were ready for guests.

Kim then headed home at the end of her shift and had some lunch.

She then had to pop back into work to have a chat with the boss about a meeting that’s been arranged for tomorrow! It’s always a good idea to know what the meeting is about before you get there!!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got up without Kim at home which was a strange feeling!

Curtis got showered, had breakfast and got dressed and then headed to work.

Curtis had to go to a client in the morning just to pick up a laptop, but ended up helping with some issues also.

Curtis got back and not much was going right! There were issues with laptops he was working on as well as big issues with client networks! That being said, it kept him busy!

Curtis left the office early at 15:30, using time in lieu, and got home for a decent time.

He got home and just played some Xbox as well as getting ready for hockey!

Both of us;

We drove to the ice Rink and got there about 30 minutes before the game.

Curtis got changed and it was a big game! A loss would all but eliminate Curtis’ team from the playoffs. That being said, it was a very fun and fast game with Curtis’ team coming out on top 5-3!

A win next Thursday means that they’re into the playoff Semi Finals!

We left the rink and came home. Curtis had some noodles and we had a drink and an ice cream whilst we sat and watched some TV.

Tomorrow, Kim isn’t working!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 52: Auckland – Phone Calls Galore & Builder Inspection

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim had work again!
She got up and ready and headed down into the beautiful town of Devonport.

When she got to work she had a little chat with the boss so she could get an idea of some procedures and spent the day shadowing another receptionist.

It was very helpful and informative, although it might take a few attempts to get things right! There is a lot to remember!

When Kim finished her shift she was given a lovely beetroot and goats cheese salad, it was tasty! She sat and had a chat with a few colleagues while she enjoyed her lunch.

When Kim got home she popped the laundry on and then played a couple of games of Fortnite with Ben.
After a couple of games she assisted with making a tasty dinner..

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work for 07:25 and actually had the heaters on in the car as it was a little bit nippy this morning!

He got to work and began with work he had to get done, but was often interrupted by the phone.

Curtis’ company doesn’t get many phone calls, but today was an exception!

Curtis took a lot of calls and therefore didn’t get to do what he planned until right at the end of the day.

The weather warmed up and by the time he left work the weather was excellent!

Both of us;

Curtis got home and Kim & our host were almost done with dinner. Dinner was steak marinated in soy & sesame with vegetables and soba noodles. Divine!

Once we ate dinner, we had an ice cream and beer and watched some TV and played some Xbox.. A nice chill evening as usual!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 51: Auckland – Public Holiday Picnic & First Playoff Game!

We woke up at around 09:30 and then eventually got out of bed and Kim made a brilliant breakfast of English muffins with egg and bacon. Delicious!

We then played some fortnite and then we left the house to meet up with our new found friends for a picnic!

We drove about 20 minutes and then met them at a supermarket. At the supermarket, we got all the requirements for a picnic and the set off to the picnic spot.

Due to the public holiday, which is regarding Maori history, none of us realised that the place we were planning to go was going to be busy. Our friends realised and we headed back the other way to find a place to stop.

We stopped at a random park and just sat down there. There was some lovely views and the sun was hot! It was a really awesome picnic with some awesome people! We ate plenty and spoke a lot.

Just before we left, we all took photos on a big tree which had branches spread out everywhere. It was an amazing tree!

We left here and drove home. We played some more Xbox and then got ready to go to Curtis’ first playoff game!

We got to the rink way before everyone else, but we went for a walk to pass the time. We came across an incredible Hindu temple!

We got back to the rink and just waited for more people to arrive.

The game started and our friends we were with earlier came to watch too, which was so good of them!

Curtis’ team started off on the back foot but came back from an early 2 goal deficit. The other team then got another 2 and Curtis’ team got another 2 and got it back to even.

The game went to overtime at 6-6 and eventually Curtis’ team lost 7-6 in overtime!

This result means they have to win the 2 remaining games to qualify for the semi finals.


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 50: Auckland – Kim’s First Day at Work

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim got up and had a ‘busy day’ breakfast of three weetbix (weetabix at home).

Kim then got ready for her first day at work and headed into town.

When Kim arrived she had a little tour of the hotel to get a feel for the rooms, layout and where stuff is.

After this the boss has a meeting and Kim went along to observe.

Kim then shadowed at reception for a while and made a new poster.

The hotel had an issue arise where they needed someone to assist with functions, as this will be a big part of Kim’s role she offered to stay late to cover.

Kim then grabbed a bite to eat, the lunch meal was fish and chips. It was tasty!

She then set up the function room and awaited for people to arrive. For the duration of the function Kim made sure everyone was comfortable and had enough food.

At the end of the function Kim cleared up the room and then had a little chat with the boss about how the day went.

As a celebration of her first day at work Kim stopped by a super market and bought a cheapy bottle of bubbly.
For a first day, it went really well and Kim is very happy with her new job.

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis drove to work and there wasn’t much traffic due to it being a day before a public holiday, so a lot of people were off work.

Curtis got to the office and had some laptops to rebuild so he started on those as well as getting some admin done.

Throughout the day, Curtis picked up some tasks and then had to go down the road to a client (just a 4 minute walk!) to get a backup from them.

Whilst walking, it started to rain, but Curtis was expecting this so he walked fast. By the time he got there, the rain got really heavy.

It took all but 5 minutes to do the actual work but took about 20 minutes to get back due to having to stop under a roof out of the rain!

It wouldn’t stop, so eventually Curtis just walked around the corner to work and didn’t get too wet.

Curtis left at 16:30 and drove home. Again, there was little traffic as there wasn’t many people working!

Both of us;

Once Kim got home around 18:30, we had some dinner. Our host had made A MyBBQBag meal of mini hot dogs with coleslaw.

We then watched some TV with some sparkling wine and played some fortnite but had to watch the next episode of peaky blinders before we slept as it was on a cliff hanger!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 49: Auckland – Cinema Take Two

We woke up and had the same breakfast as yesterday, but it was still delicious!

We played some Fortnite and then Curtis watched the Leafs whilst Kim played fortnite and baked some cookies with Ben!

The cookies were M&M cookies and they came out really well and they are tasty!

Once the baking was done, we left to go to the cinema!

We went to watch Pitch Perfect 3. We got there with plenty of time remaining but we had to queue for a while so didn’t have any time by the time we got our tickets. We also got some popcorn which was tasty.

The cinema had reclining seats in all screens, so we got to have our feet up whilst we watched the film! Very comfy and the film was pretty good.

We finished the film and got back into the car to drive home. On the way, we went to the supermarket and picked up a frozen pizza each as we were feeling lazy!

We watched the season 2 finale of Peaky Blinders and then played some fortnite.

Kim starts work tomorrow!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 48: Auckland – Cinema Fail & Homemade Steak Dinner

We got a nice lay in today and then we had a lovely breakfast! We had an English muffin with egg, bacon and cheese!

We ate this and then we got showered, watched some TV and played some games.

We then left to go to the cinema.

We got to the cinema and then realized we were at the wrong one and therefore we were late for the film. We drove to the correct cinema anyway and then noticed that it was very expensive to park, so we just have up and went to the shop to get some food for dinner.

Curtis came up with the idea of a steak dinner!

We got home and then we made our dinner. With our sirloin steak we had Mushrooms, shallots, peas & wedges. We also had a Merlot gravy. Kim cooked it perfectly and Curtis seasoned it perfectly and it was delicious!

We finished off the evening with some more TV and we’ll attempt the cinema thing again tomorrow!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 47: Auckland – Final Client Onboarding

Kim’s Day;

Kim got up and had a nice relaxed morning, the life of someone who isn’t working, eh?!

She then read though her contract for her new job, which is never a quick and easy thing to do!

After this Kim headed into town to run a few errands. While kim was in town she sat at the ferry port and just watched the world go by while listening to the waves on the beach.

After town Kim headed black and waited for Ben to get home.

When Ben got home they played a couple of games of fortnite before he headed to football.

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work at a decent time, with much better weather. He had some things to do for the morning and then packed up and went to a client with his manager.

He took an uber and got there for about 09:30 and started right away.

Curtis worked solidly until about 13:15 when he went out for lunch. He already had lunch but bought a coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts.

Curtis and his manager chatted during lunch and then his manager went back to the office whilst Curtis finished off the work at the client.

Curtis then got an uber booked for him and got back to the office and then drove home.

Both of us;

Curtis got home and then we went to the supermarket to get some things for dinner.

We got back and Kim made a chilli con Carne, which was delicious!

We finished it off with some chocolate cake and wine and watched some TV.

We then played fortnite with Ryan.


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 46: Auckland – 2 Good Phone Calls

Kim’s Day;

Today Kim did very little! She spent the morning relaxing and getting some admin done.

Kim then put a load of laundry on and played a few games of fortnite.

She then popped out to get some stuff for dinner. Kim decided to make chicken nuggets with wedges, perfect for the miserable day we have had.

Kim also had a chat with the local diving academy and is considering possibly signing up for diving again.

When Kim got home she and Ben started on the dinner.

They were peeling potatoes and crushing Doritos!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis left for work and was cautious as there was a large amount of wind due to the cyclone that was hitting New Zealand!

Curtis got to work safely and began working.

A new guy started today so Curtis had a chat or two with him and he is also from the UK (but northern).

During the day, Curtis got a phone call from a hockey team telling him that they want him to sign for them for the winter season! Curtis registered for this team!

Curtis left work around 16:35 and it took about 55 minutes to get home!

Both of us;

When Curtis got home he played some Xbox whilst Kim and Ben finished off the dinner.

For dinner, Kim and Ben made chicken in Dorito crumb with wedges and veg! Very tasty home made version of a classic!

We finished dinner and had an ice cream and watched some TV.

Curtis helped our host with an issue they were having with their printer and then we played some Fortnite.


– Mr & Mrs Hale