Place 49 – Day 325: Auckland – So Much Development

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis had some follow on development work to do from yesterday, which he started but then had a few cases come in that he had to sort, which he showed his new colleague how to do, too.

Curtis got fuel at lunch and then after lunch he had to deal with a tricky case which took up quite a lot of time but was also quite interesting.

Both of us;

We were both very tired when we got home, but also very hungry! Curtis put on some rice and we had the remaining leftovers from yesterday for dinner.

After dinner, we wanted to go for a walk but it took us nearly an hour to eventually move and go outside.

We went for a walk in the park nearby and Kim got to see a few dogs and also ride the zipwire!

We got back home and Curtis ironed whilst Kim showered and then we watched a couple of TV shows before sleeping.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 322: Auckland – French Brunch & Another Party!

We woke up at 10:30, which was perfect. A nice long sleep.

Kim had to get ready fairly quick as she was meeting Tabitha for brunch.

For brunch, Kim went to So French, which is somewhere we have been together for breakfast and it was excellent.

Kim had a crepe with a very strong (and French) cappuccino.

After brunch, Kim came home and had to get ready again to go out for a party.

For the party, Kim made some sandwiches, bought a cheesecake and made some chocolate covered strawberries.

Curtis dropped Kim off at around 16:45 and Kim went in for the party and Curtis walked back to the car.

When Curtis got to the car, he noticed Kim’s phone there! He then had to walk all the way back and give the phone to her.

Curtis eventually got home, hung out the laundry and cooked his pizza for dinner.

Kim had a great time at the party.

Curtis picked Kim up from the party fairly late and then it was bed time.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 321: Auckland – Late Evening Burgers

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis left early in the morning but still got there at the same time as normal, even though there wasn’t much traffic. Strange.

Curtis didn’t have too much to do, but he then found a few things to do in the morning, followed by some extra cases being logged, too.

In the afternoon, Curtis helped train his new colleague and then he got given some data work to do (pretty much copy and paste work) which took him the rest of the afternoon.

Curtis drove home but stopped at the supermarket on the way back.

Both of us;

Kim got back home, showered and got ready to go out.

Kim was going for a few drinks with work colleagues in the city centre.

Kim had a couple of glasses of wine (she doesn’t like shiraz apparently!) And a cocktail before Curtis picked her up.

We went to Takapuna and got a burger from burger fuel. Curtis got a BBQ beef burger and Kim got a chicken burger. We also go sweet potato fries.

We finished the evening with The Apprentice and then it was bed time.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 318: Auckland – Earthquake?!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis’ commute to work was a bit busier this morning as Prince Harry and Princess Meghan were in Auckland, so everyone was traveling to the city to see them.

Curtis got to work and as with the last few work days, he didn’t have much to do.

He did a lot of training today, as well as having a fight with a label printer and also doing a small amount of development, too.

We both found out that there was an earthquake down in Wellington around 15:30 today…a 6.2 magnitude one! As far as we are aware, nothing major happened as it was quite deep, but crazy to think it can happy so close to where we live.

Curtis thought his drive home would be very busy but it was about normal, which was a bonus!

Both of us;

We decided on enchiladas for dinner, so we began to make them.

As we went to cook the meat, we realised it was still really quite frozen, which was odd considering it was out all day!

We were going to go and buy something else and let that defrost for tomorrow but then Nicola gave us the genius idea of defrosting it in the microwave.

After a blast in the poppity-ping, we finished off the delicious enchiladas, using both Colby and parmesan cheese for the top! We also had a small side salad with it, as it’s healthy.

After dinner, we watched the latest NCIS:LA and then finished the Lukas Graham documentary which was still incredibly interesting.

Kim then made lunch for tomorrow and we went to bed…we’re not sure where the time went this evening!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 317: Auckland – Movie Monday!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and didn’t have much to do. He made a coffee and got settled into the day.

Curtis needed to setup a PC for someone remotely but this ended up being way more work than he thought as some of the work he thought was done on it wasn’t done.

Curtis did that and then in the afternoon he moved desks. Everyone at his office has to move as the plan is to have everyone facing the same way and on a desk with their team, so that microphones don’t pickup other people’s voices as much.

After lunch, Curtis completed a lot of training and the odd case here and there.

Curtis drove home and there was no traffic so he got home fast.

Curtis was glad to be home and relaxing!

Both of us;

Kim got home and we were both absolutely starving so we had a steak salad again, with the remaining marinated steak slices.

We watched a YouTube video and then decided to watch a film. We watched the film Tag which was a really funny, easy to watch film.

After this, we watched some YouTube videos and then watched a few episodes of a documentary on the band Lukas Graham, which was very interesting.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 316: Auckland – We Did Nothing

Curtis woke up at 08:30 and couldn’t get back to sleep so he stayed awake.

Kim woke up at 10:45 and we chilled out until 12:00 which is when the Leafs game started, so Curtis watched that and Kim went out to get breakfast supplies.

Kim made a breakfast bagel with hash browns. Along with this, we had a coffee made from the ground beans we bought at our favourite coffee shop yesterday. The ratios we made the coffee with were a little off, but it was still delicious!

After hockey finished, we did some housework. We vacuumed, ironed and cleaned the bathroom.

When we finished doing housework, we just chilled out and watched some YouTube videos before we got hungry and made dinner.

We marinated some thin steak strips with salt,pepper and balsamic and had that with a salad and kumara. It was all fabulous!

Other than doing that, we did nothing all day and it was perfect!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 315: Auckland – Halloween Party!

We woke up at 09:00 when we planned to wake up at 10:00 but we had an alarm at 09:00 from last week which woke us up.

We got out of bed at 10:00 and Kim started to make crepes whilst Curtis put a wash on and had a shower.

Danielle and josh arrived around 11:30 and we had crepes, strawberries and bananas.

We left our house and went to Albany Mall with Danielle and Josh to get halloween costumes.

Curtis got a pirate costume and a pirate hat and then Kim got a pirate hat, too.

We then went to Cotton:On and Kim got her costume for the evening and we then went home.

We were only at home briefly and then we got back in the car and drove to Glenfield Mall where we got a coffee and some coffee beans from our favourite coffee shop and then we on to do the shopping

After shopping, we got back home and got read to go out! We were both pirates so we donned our pirate hats and waited for Danielle and Josh.

When Danielle and Josh arrived, we had a Jaeger bomb, a whiskey and a wine and then Danielle drove us all to the city.

When we got to the city, we met us with Kim’s friend who was running the party at Holey Moley. Holey Moley is a mini golf bar which we played 9 holes at and had a great time! Curtis even came 3rd out of 10 people!

We finished at Holey Moley and left there for another bar. Unfortunately, a lot of people left so we tried to get into another bar but were unable to due to our costumes, so we went to an Irish bar and then got a drink there.

We then got a lift to Takapuna and went to The elephant wrestler where we had a whiskey each followed by an espresso martini.

After that, we listened to the great music they were playing and then decided we’d had enough and got an Uber home.

We got home and then that was bed time at 01:00!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 314: Auckland – Halloween Costume Shopping

Curtis Day;

Curtis got to work and was incredibly tired this morning! A coffee soon woke him up, though.

There wasn’t much for Curtis to do today, but he got the odd case come in and people finally responding to his emails meaning he could get on with some work.

Curtis did a bit of training and then in the afternoon he was able to do a couple of things for his manager, one of which was to talk a woman through how to use a new website we had created, which was quite interesting.

Curtis spent the rest of his afternoon creating a spreadsheet for some renewals that needed to be done and then sent them to the relevant team.

Both of us;

Once Kim got home, we jumped in the car and drove to a party shop. We have a halloween party tomorrow so we had to get a costume. We looked for a long while but were unsuccessful in finding a costume…that’s tomorrow morning’s problem!

We went home and then Danielle and Josh joined us for the evening.

Kim made a chicken masala and Curtis made his famous rice to go with it.

We ate a lot and had a great time!

We’re going out in the morning with Danielle and Josh to find halloween costumes!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 313: Auckland – Thursday Night Out

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work at 07:10 again and had to help a colleague with some issues they were having.

Curtis worked through his cases during the morning and also helped his new colleague with the system and also showed him some cases and what is done to resolve them.

In the afternoon, Curtis didn’t have much to do, so he got some extra work from his boss before completing some more training.

Both of us;

When we were both home, Kim quickly got in the shower and got changed, and then Curtis took her out to Takapuna for a work evening out.

Kim went to Art Wok which is a small Asian fusion restaurant. She had a wine or two and her and her work colleagues pretty much ordered one of each from the menu!

Curtis was going to pick Kim up from her evening out but Kim was lucky enough to get a lift home from a co-worker.

When Kim got back home, she showered and we watched the Great British Bake Off Semi Final and then went to sleep! Friday tomorrow!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale



Place 49 – Day 304: Auckland- Onehunga Shopping & Cornwall Park

We woke up way later than planned or expected, at 11:30!

We had a quick bite of breakfast, showered and left the house.

We met Josh and Danielle in Onehunga, at the mall.

The mall was very busy! We walked around the mall with Danielle and Josh, stopping in a lot of shops. The mall is an outlet mall, so lots of great deals! Kim got some sunglasses and Curtis got some swimming shorts.

We left here and Curtis wasn’t feeling great, so we grabbed a bottle of orange juice to drink. We then drove over to Cornwall Park and walked to see the sheep and lambs!

The lambs!

We left Cornwall park and headed to Glenfield mall. The day today had odd weather. we were warm and then absolutely freezing, especially once the wind came in.

When we got to Glenfield, we went to get just a couple of items from the shop (pasta, wine & strawberries…A normal shop!) And then went to get a coffee from Little Things, which as excellent as always.

We got home and did a bit of laundry, then watched the Great British Bake Off.

After that, Kim made hoisin duck and mushroom pasta and we watched some YouTube videos whilst we ate.

After that, we watched the apprentice.

Once we were done with that, we played some Call of Duty with Kim’s friend Ryan, then it was bedtime.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale