Place 49 – Day 348: Auckland – Scrubbin’

Curtis’ Day;

For the first time in over a week, Curtis was not in a rush to get anything done in the morning. That being said, Curtis did get some things sorted in the morning, so that was a success!

Curtis had a client ask if he could do a screen share to show some things he wouldlike changed within there system, so Curtis did that which lasted for an hour and a half.

After that, Curtis had fuel and then had lunch.

Post lunch, Curtis spent the rest of the afternoon working on the stuff he had found out from the client and made very good progress!

Curtis took a different route home to see if it was quicker and it was!

Both of us;

Kim went for a walk when she got home and then once she got back we had some dinner.

We had breaded chicken wraps with kumara chips.

Whilst making dinner, we managed to accidentally put the packet of wraps on the previously used, and still hot, stove top! This proceeded to melt the plastic onto the stove top and we then had the fun job of figuring out how to get the melted plastic off.

Curtis scrubbed it for a while with some stove top cleaner and eventually got 99% of it off…and now we have a very clean stove!

We watched The Apprentice and then headed to bed.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 343: Auckland – Thanksgiving Party

We woke up naturally around 09:30, which is the perfect time. We ate some cereal in bed and watched some videos whilst doing so (and Curtis had a coffee, of course).

Once we woke up and showered, we spoke with Kim’s family regarding our trip and just to catch up.

After this, Curtis watched the Leafs game and Kim went out to do the shopping.

We chilled out for a while and then had to get ourselves ready to go out.

We were invited to one of Kim’s work colleague (and friend) ‘s place for a thanksgiving meal, with a few of their other friends.

We arrived and had champagne to start with, so it was definitely a good start!

We listened to music and chatted as people arrived. Shortly after, we played ‘Head’s Up’ which Curtis was not good at! We played that until dinner was ready.

We had chicken, potato salad, cauliflower cheese, multiple salads, buns & coleslaw!

After we ate, we had some dessert of pumpkin pie as well as pecan pie. Both homemade and both delicious!

We then chatted for a bit more and then afterwards we played a game which was basically like Cards Against Humanity but with movie quotes…it was actually better than Cards Against Humanity, too.

We left around 23:00…it was a successful and fun night!

We got home at 23:15 and got into bed…Turns out we were tired!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 330: Auckland – Ambury Regional Park

We woke up at 10:30 and Kim made some omelettes whilst Curtis made the coffee!

Post breakfast, we got ready and went out for a drive to Ambury Regional Park. This park is a farm which you can just walk around and say hi to all the animals.

When we first got there, we were a little confused as there were no signs saying where to go and where we can go, but we just figured it out.

The first animal we came across was a calf!

After Kim had some cuddles with the calf, we moved onto the goats. Most of the weren’t interested, but one fluffy one with horns was happy to sit there and get a pet or two!

We saw a few sheep but they were a bit scared so we didn’t stick around them too much.

Next to the sheep was a very large horse, so we said hello to that for a while!

After we saw the horse, we attempted to go into the sheep again but they were not interested…even one of them gave us the evils so it was time to leave!

It started to rain, so we drove home.

Once we got home, Curtis watched hockey and Kim went to the shop to get stuff for dinner.

We invited Danielle and Josh for a roast, so Kim made the roast of dreams!

We had all kinds of vegetables, a huge chicken breast each and yorkshire puddings.

Danielle and Josh bought apple crumble for dessert with some salted caramel ice cream and strawberries.

It was great to catch up with Dannielle and Josh again.

Back to work tomorrow…but one week closer to finishing work!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 326: Auckland – Homemade KFC

Curtis’ Day;

It’s finally finished! Curtis was, finally, able to complete the development work he has been working on for last few days, which was a great feeling.

That being said, Curtis still had a lot of work to do and a few cases had built up over the time he’d been doing the other work.

Along with that, he also helped his new colleague with some work and before he knew it, it was home time.

The traffic on the way home was awful today, but Curtis still got home at a decent time.

Both of us;

Kim got home and neither of us were hungry so we chilled out and s tatted a new TV series. We starting working Bodyguard as we had heard it was a good show. We can’t say we’re disappointed yet!

We finally had some food around 19:00. Kim made KFC style chicken wraps with some kumara fries on the side. These were incredibly flavoursome.

We sat and chatted with Nicola for a while before vacating to the bedroom and watching another episode of Bodyguard.

It’s Kim’s birthday tomorrow!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

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 324: Auckland – Spontanious Bonfire Night Celebrations!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis had nothing to do pretty much all morning today, which was fairly boring!

In the afternoon, around 14:30, he started to do some development work and that lasted for the rest of the day, with some struggles along the way, but it kept Curtis busy and was pretty interesting.

Both of us;

When Kim got home, we made our dinner which was teriyaki chicken, rice, carrot, hoisin asparagus and sweetcorn topped with Japanese mayonnaise.

We watched The Big Bang Theory whilst we ate and then the fireworks started for firework night outside.

Kim heard these and found out that her friend was on a hill setting off some fireworks, so she went to join her for an impromptu bonfire night celebration!

Kim got home and we watched the latest NCIS:LA before sleeping.

This time last year!


– 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!


– 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!


– 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!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 268: Auckland – Evening Haircut

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis’ day was a bit busier today. For the morning, he had plans for to continue some things he started yesterday, so that kept the morning busy.

In the afternoon, he picked up another couple of cases and was kept busy doing those. As today was a bit busier, the time went faster, too.

Both of us;

Curtis picked Kim up from work and we drove to Glenfield so Kim could get her hair cut!

When we got there, there were no spaces outside so Kim hopped out and Curtis found somewhere to park (A 5 minute walk away).

Once Kim got her hair cut (exactly how she wanted it) we drove to glenfield Mall to pickup a few things and then came home.

We spoke with Nicola for a while and then Kim made Chinese chicken and rice to go with our leftover dumplings and steamed bun.

We chilled out and watched TV together for the evening which we haven’t done in what feels like forever!

We’re off to a wedding tomorrow, so tha be great fun!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale