Place 49 – Day 351: Auckland – Picnic & Auckland Night Market

We woke up and had a small breakfast before Kim spoke with her family for a couple of hours.

When we were going to get showered, we noticed the water wasn’t very hot at all. We left it for 30 minutes and then it seemed back to normal, which was a relief!

We then went out to see our friends Vicki & Mike, and their children! We went to a park and had a nice little picnic and a catch up. The weather was much better today and the sun even warmed us up at times!

We then left the park and made our way back home to relax for a bit, before goung to Glenfield Mall for the night market, which happens at different locations around Auckland on different days of the week.

There is mostly food there, but a few other shops too.

We wanted some Asian food so, after having a walk around and even trying some Hungarian thin bread, which was tasty, we got a bao and some breaded chicken which we ate whilst walking around.

Before we left, we got some sweet chilli chicken with noodles as our main and a cheesecake dessert for Kim.

We got home and are our dinner whilst watching The Last Leg and then at 22:00, we spoke with Curtis’ family for a catch-up, which was lovely.

This time last year!

 

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 339: Auckland – Hail & Thunder!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work at his ideal time and wanted to get started on something he had planned but the PC he wanted to work on was turned off, so he had to wait a few hours to do what he wanted.

He was able to get on with one of the few cases he had to do and was able to at least make a start on a few others.

In the mid morning, there was a very large downpour of hail! All of the street was white, as if snow had fallen, but only until the insane amount of rain came, along with the thunder!

Most of the afternoon was taken up with one case, in which Curtis didn’t really get much further.

Curtis did get a mini ‘project’ organised though, which was fun.

For the end of the afternoon, Curtis learned something new which he needs to get done, hopefully, tomorrow!

The drive home was back to being incredibly busy, but it seems there was possibly a crash somewhere, which may explain it.

Both of us;

The pair of us were hungry when we arrived home, so dinner was the priority. We had leftover risotto and watched some TV.

Once our 1 hour TV show finished, Kim went out to see Tabitha at the usual gathering place of ‘The Chocolate House’.

Once Kim got home, we watched NCIS:LA and then had another early night!

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This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 338: Auckland – Delicous Risotto

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis left late to get to work but arrived on time, luckily.

Curtis was incredibly tired from the weekend but he quickly got over it and got right to work.

For the morning, Curtis had some work to finish from Friday afternoon as well as some admin to do and then a new case that came in.

Curtis’ work laptop started playing up as well, which didn’t help much!

In the afternoon, Curtis had a remote session and resolved an issue for someone and then had some more development work to loom at which took the rest of the afternoon.

Curtis had little traffic on the way home, which was a nice change in comparison to the last few work days!

Both of us;

We both got home at fairly similar times and the Kim realised she didn’t have everything she needed for dinner so she popped out to grab that.

Once Kim got back, she slaved over the stove to produce a wonderful chicken & mushroom risotto!

With our risotto, we had a really tasty side salad and Nicola even had some food with us, too!

We got some extra accommodation booked for 2 months time and then made the lunches and had a conversation with Nicola.

We finished the evening watched The Last Leg and had an early night (for us!).

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 335: Auckland – Double Curry!

Curtis’ Day;

For the first time in a while, the traffic on the way to work was fairly quiet for Curtis, so he got to work at 16:10.

Curtis’ morning was busy but it started to dwindle just after lunch.

A colleague gave Curtis some work to do for the rest of the afternoon. this work was to change how some parts of a webpage look.

Curtis left work at 16:10 but the traffic on the way home was insane!

When curtis eventually got home, he sat and watched the Leafs game.

Kim’s Evening;

After work, Kim went right to the pub with some colleagues for a drink.

Both of us;

When Kim got home, Curtis was still watching hockey so she chilled out until then end of the game when we then watched some TV and then decided eating dinner was a good idea.

Kim got free curry for lunch today and brought some home for dinner, so Kim had 2 curries today!

After dinner we were pretty full so we just sat and watched some TV.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 328: Auckland – Friday Feeling

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and really had that Friday feeling, which is usually a good thing but it made Curtis not want to be productive. That being said, he still was!

The morning was a little slow but by 11:00 the day picked up and actually became pretty busy.

Curtis took a phone call towards the end of the day which ended up being a 45 minute call!

Curtis drove home and the traffic was abysmal.

Both of us;

We both got home and did the ‘post work flop’ where you play on your phone after work for an extended period of time! After this, we made dinner. This was a vietnamese chicken noodle salad which was peefect and exactly what we wanted.

We watched the apprentice during dinner and then after we watched two episodes of Bodyguard.

We are up fairly early for a Saturday tomorrow!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 327: Auckland – Kim’s French Birthday

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work a bit earlier than normal today and got prepped for going to visit a client. Curtis had to take and setup a monitor arm, monitor and a Surface Laptop.

The client had to rearrange the time from 10:00 to 10:30, so Curtis left at 10:20 for that.

Curtis got to the client and introduced himself before getting everything ready. He had to fight for 45 minutes with the monitor arm as it came without instructions, so that was fun!

After that, the client wanted to use a different monitor arm, so they used that instead.

Curtis, with the help of the client, attached the monitor and then also setup the surface laptop, including transferring data between the old and new device.

Curtis finished here and went back to the office to drop everything off. After this, he started lunch and drove home.

Both of us;

Kim was home all day, as it is her birthday, and pretty much did nothing, which was perfect!

When Kim got home, Kim made him an omelette for lunch. Lunch went too quick and then Curtis had to go into a skype meeting which lasted for 35 minutes.

After this, Curtis wrote up all of the information from the site visit as well as resolved some other issues for the client.

Curtis had another short meeting and then finished off some work until it hit the end of the work day.

After this, we got ready and went out for dinner. We went to So French, which is somewhere we had been for breakfast before and they have now started to do dinner!

As you may guess, so French is an authentic French restaurant. They do a couple of set taster menus, such as a duck menu and a seafood menu.

We chose the duck menu and we can say it was excellent!

To start, we had a couple of bread rolls, baked today, with truffle butter. These were warm so they were amazing!

Along with this, we got a free glass of French bubbly as the owner knew it was Kim’s birthday!

Our first course was a parfait with egg, some other items and a parmesan emulsion.

After this course, our second course was mushroom ravioli with a black forest broth.

The chefs were working incredibly hard in the kitchen! Its an open kitchen so we could see them making the food the whole time which was amazing.

Our pre-main was confit duck leg with ‘mandarin texture’.

We were very full by this point, but we carried on!

For our main, we had duck breast with a blackberry and beetroot tart!

And finally, for dessert, we had a chocolate souffle with salted caramel ice cream. Kim got a sparkler in hers, too, as it is her birthday!

We had an amazing time and got to speak with the owner a lot who was a wonderful man.

If you’d like to see more about So French in Takapuna, Auckland, click this link to take you to their facebook page.

We waddled back to the car, drove home and that was our night. We ate so much we cannot move!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– 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!

Poroporoaki!

– 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!

Poroporoaki!

– 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!

Poroporoaki!

– 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!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale