Place 49 – Day 296: Auckland – Post Modern Jukebox

Curtis’ Day;

The start to Curtis’ day was great! He actually remembered his keys do was able to go to work.

After he got to work, he spoke with his family back in the UK. It was lovely for Curtis to speak with them, it was just a shame it was to receive bad news.

After, Curtis had to clean his bag as the leftover swedish meatballs had gone everywhere! Finally, Curtis began work.

The day started with admin and then Curtis did training for most of the morning.

In the afternoon, Curtis had a couple of remote sessions penned in, two of which went really well and the third was unable to happen.

Both of us;

We both got home and did some laundry.

Post laundry, Kim made a spaghetti Bolognese and we ate that pretty quick!

Tabitha came over at 19:15 and Curtis drove Kim and Tabitha down to the city as they were watching a show.

Kim and Tabitha watched post modern jukebox, who take new songs and cover them in a vintage style. This was an amazing show!

Kim and Tabitha left and went to McDonald’s to get an ice cream. After that, Curtis drove down to collect them, drop Tabitha home and then drive home.

When we got home, we finished packing for the weekend! We have an awesome weekend planned with Josh and Danielle which should be great fun, though and early morning tomorrow!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 295: Auckland – Keys, Noel Leeming Sale Show & Big Bug Attack!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis left the house at the normal time and shortly afterwards he realised that he left his car and house keys inside on the floor! The presented an issue as no-one else at home was awake. Curtis tried phoning and texting Kim as well as shouting for her and knocking on the door multiple times. Non of these methods worked, so Curtis told his boss he would be working from home, eventually!

Curtis was eventually let into the house by Kim after 40 minutes and she found it rather funny. On the plus side, Curtis got some great photos of the sky whilst outside.

Curtis then worked from home for the rest of the day and at lunch, started watching the first Leafs game of the season!

Curtis’ day was busy but only with a few admin-type tasks which seemed to take a long time.

Both of us;

When Kim got home, she had a shower and then we went down to the ASB Showgrounds which is a big exhibition centre. This was today filled with essentially a big technology sale, ran by the company Noel Leeming.

Kim’s workplace were attending and they recommended that Kim go and take a look, so that’s what we did.

We got free coffee when we arrived from the lovely people at Nespresso and then went into the event.

We saw Kim’s work colleagues and spoke with them for a while and then left to have a look around the event.

The event was huge with a lot of people but things were selling like hotcakes…trolleys full of items left right and centre!

We finally decided to leave and get some food as we were starting (it was 19:30!). We went to KFC as it was easy and close. The KFC wasn’t great and we had to get another wrap as Curtis’ completely fell apart…Luckily though, we got to keep both so we ate the filling of the first too.

We got home and watched the latest bake off episode before bed.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 294: Auckland – The Weather is Improving!

Curtis’ Day;

When Curtis got to work, be found out some staff related news which was interesting!

Curtis planned to do his monthly appraisal, which he has to score himself on first before his manager does. Unfortunately, this was not setup right so he couldn’t do it.

Curtis had just a few cases to do today, and managed to get most of them done, having a bit of a more relaxed afternoon.

Curtis left for work around 16:20 and the traffic was really bad again, but the weather has much improved, so it was warm and beautiful!

Both of us;

We both got home and Kim forced herself to go to the gym. It was a bit too hot for the gym, so Kim didn’t stay there long.

When Kim got home, we had meatballs in a spicy sauce with a delicious side salad.

After this, we watched a couple of videos and then Curtis needed a shave so he did that then it was bedtime. We are both absolutely exhausted.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 293: Auckland – Two Busy Mornings

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and it was just himself and his boss on the helpdesk from 07:30 until 11:30, and boy didn’t they know it!

The morning was non-stop, with almost anything that could go wrong goung wrong and even Curtis’ work’s remote access software was having a day off and not working!

The afternoon was less bad, with Curtis having pretty much one long phone call, rather than a few shorter ones.

When Curtis drove home, it was surprisingly busy again, and the sun was incredibly warm.

Both of us;

When we both got home, Kim exclaimed how busy her morning was, so it turns out we both had busy mornings.

We went to the shop to get strawberries and then came home and went right back out of a walk in the park next to our house.

Once we got home, Kim made delicious Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes, mushrooms and carrots.

After dinner, we watched the first episode of NCIS:LA season 10!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 292: Auckland – Lonely & Busy

Curtis’ Day;

It is school holidays this week, so Curtis got to work pretty early.

There were a few new cases for Curtis to look at as well as the usual Monday sift through of his unread emails.

Curtis was alone for an hour and then his boss came in but briefly left again. Curtis popped out to sell his old phone to someone just outside work and then continued with the day. The day got much busier from there as two of Curtis’ colleagues were sick and his boss was out of the office leaving just him until the Australian team came on at 11:30!

This meant Curtis had to deal with the major incidents that happened in the morning so he didn’t have much spare time in the morning.

After lunch, Curtis’ afternoon was a bit more quiet so he could get on with his back log of work!

After work, Curtis drove home which was surprisingly busy.

Both of us;

Kim got home and we got ready and went right back out. We were, for the first time in a few weeks, going to quiz!

We were so hungry so we ordered food as soon as we got there. Curtis got a creamy chicken and bacon pasta while Kim got a chicken pesto pizza.

After dinner, we started the quiz. Our usual quiz master wasn’t there and the replacement was not as good…

We finished in last place, unfortunately, so no free stuff!

We came home and did some research and made lunch before heading to bed.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 291: Auckland – Into The Playoffs

We woke up a few times this morning but stayed in bed until 09:35.

We had cereal for breakfast and watched some videos.

We had a shower each and then did the housework. We vacuumed and hung out the laundry before we left to get the shopping done.

We didn’t get too much whilst shopping and so we had time to go to our usual coffee shop and get an iced mocha!

We went back home and Kim made lunches as well as cleaned the oven.

We then did some research for accommodation and got some booked.

We then took Nicola and Tabitha to watch Curtis’ hockey game. This game was a big one, where if Curtis’ team won, they would get 3rd in the league.

The game was a physical one, where Curtis managed to get 3 penalties, one of which was a questionable hit.

On the plus side, Curtis’ team won 1-0 and therefore secured 3rd place!

Next up is the play-off quarterfinals, where they play the last place team in the league. That’s in 2 weeks.

We got home and Curtis showered then we had a chicken burger each for dinner.

We watched two episodes of the big bang theory and then did some more research.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 290: Auckland – Fresh Flow

We woke up at 09:30 and had some cereal for breakfast. Curtis spent the morning watching hockey and Kim procrastinated.

After watching hockey, we went down town and parked near Curtis’ work before walking to the barber (which is in a pub!).

The weather was beautiful today!

Curtis got his hair cut which feels and looks much better.

We left the pub and walked to the city and got a mcdonalds for lunch! We had two free sundaes too, so we got those.

We went back to the car and drove back home.

Once we got home, we finally booked our flight out of New Zealand!

Kim then went out to Takapuna with Tabitha. Kim walked along the beach and went for a hot chocolate.

We had chicken burgers for dinner with home-made wedges and corn on the cob.

After this, we spoke with Kim’s family on FaceTime, then it was bedtime.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 289: Auckland- Rugby Corporate Suites!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis’ day started very slow but he got some essential things done.

At about 10:30, the day got much more busy but very interesting. A specific part of some software wasn’t working and Curtis offered to help fix it which ended up taking most of the day and multiple people!

On the journey home, the traffic was incredibly busy, but Curtis still got home around 17:00.

Both of us;

Kim got home and got ready and we then got an Uber down to Eden Park. We went to Burger Fuel once we arrived and got the Korean chicken burger, which was just ok.

We got free tickets to watch the rugby from Kim’s work!

When we arrived at the stadium, we entered and went to the ‘lounge’. This was where there was a ‘paid’ bar and the seats were higher than the ‘regular’ seats.

We were approached by one of Kim’s colleagues who gave us tickets to go to the corporate suite!

We got free drinks and food and also got to watch the game from a box. This was an incredible experience, even though Auckland lost to a team in the division below them!

Rugby

Rugby1

Rugby2

We were there for a few hours and then we got an Uber home. Our uber driver was really nice and we had a great conversation all the way home.

Once we got home, it was bed time.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 288: Auckland – Samosas

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and the phone rang shortly after, as he was setting up his laptop! This meant Curtis had to fumble around trying to get it setup before answering the phone.

The accountants, who only go to the office one day a week, arrived and they had Samosas for Curtis and his team! Curtis did pay for these as they were being sold for fundraising. Curtis therefore went home with 10 samosas.

Both of us;

Once we both were home, we went to the gym. We spent a good 45 minutes to an hour at the gym, using different machines the whole time. It was a good workout! We normally start on the crosstrainer but they were all full so we went on the treadmill instead which we didn’t really like.

On the way home we stopped at the supermarket to get a few things.

Once we got home, we made butter chicken and rice for dinner with naan bread and our butter chicken samosas.

We watched some videos and the latest great British bake off episode.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 287: Auckland – Crazy Moon!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and put on a pot of coffee, which ended up being way too strong!

Curtis had a few things to do again, but this got interrupted when a client said that their website was down, so Curtis had to deal with that which took him up to lunch time.

After lunch, Curtis used the time to get the rest of his cases sorted and he managed to get a few done.

Both of us;

Kim got home and went straight to the gym.

Once Kim got home from the gym, we ate some pizza and chicken for dinner whilst watching a few YouTube videos. Curtis also cooked some rice for us to have with lunch tomorrow.

We watched a few more YouTube videos and then did some accommodation research for our next road trip.

The moon this evening was ridiculously big and bright…looked incredible.

Moon

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale