Place 49 – Day 368: Auckland – Sudden Change of Plan & Babysitting

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to the office as usual but then after reading some messages, he noticed that he had been asked to go to the client he had been at last week.

Curtis eventually made his way to the client. He had to wait for a colleague to come into the office before he could leave. After arriving to the client at 09:00, Curtis was right into action and didn’t stop from there! He was given a treat of stollen and a mince pie though, which helped!

He left at 15:20 and the traffic was quite bad.

Both of us;

Luckily, Kim had made risotto yesterday, so we didn’t have to make dinner. We heated dinner up and ate it whilst watching a video on YouTube.

Kim went to babysit from 19:30 until 22:00. Kim got a lot done in that time! Kim was able to book a lot of things we needed to get booked, which was great!

On a side note, here is a photo of Kim looking christmassy today!

Kim got back home and it was then bed time.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 49 – Day 363: Auckland – It’s Complete!

Curtis’ Day;

After arriving on site, Curtis went right to the machine he was exporting on and it had frozen at the same point it did yesterday, so he had to figure out another option.

Curtis got it sorted eventually, after a few hours. He then went to the person’s machine and set it up on there, so then that person was sorted!

After doing this, Curtis went across the road to the other site, where he had to setup 3 PCs. This took a little bit of time, but this eventually got done and that was it! The user migration has been done, but there are still files to transfer over next week, but the main bit is done.

Curtis headed home with bad traffic but he was taken another route home, too.

Both of us;

Once Kim was home too, we ended up accidentally having a nap! It was nice at the time, but after we woke up we felt awful!

We were still super tired, but we couldn’t be bothered to make any food, so we drove up to Glenfield Mall to get some donburi. Curtis had lemon pork & spicy teriyaki chicken. Kim had karage chicken as well as sweet chilli chicken.

We ate our dinner at home whilst watching the film Daddy’s Home 2, which we thoroughly enjoyed!

After the film, we watched some YouTube videos and then Kim spoke with Abbie for a couple of hours.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 356: Auckland – Work Unofficial Xmas Party

Curtis’ Day;

Again, Curtis got to the client early, but once he got let in, he got right into working!

Curtis setup a PC fairly quickly, before he went to sort out something for people he helped yesterday, only to get no answer at that door (which is across the street) so he went back and started with something else instead.

He started with a PC but was then told that he didn’t need to do it, so he gave it back and worked on another PC. Curtis had to go and see someone about their setup and files and then sort their PC.

After an hour or so, Curtis went back over the road to the other building and ended up being there for a couple of hours, trying to get emails to migrate!

Eventually, Curtis got back to the server room where everything is located and did a bit more work before driving home.

The traffic on the way home was awful! It took around 40 minutes to get home.

Both of us;

Curtis took Kim to a party once she got home. This was an ‘unofficial’ christmas party, just organised by some colleagues.

Kim had a great time! This is one of the last times she’ll hang out with her colleagues. Whilst she was tired, Kim spent a while at the party and Curtis picked her up at 00:00, luckily it was just down the road.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 354: Auckland – Crazy Rays

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis was incredibly tired when he got to the office this morning, so coffee was the first thing on the agenda.

Once Curtis was a bit more awake, he went through his emails, replied to the ones he needed to and then he realised he’d given most of his work away as he was expecting to be onsite from today.

Curtis took back a case he had given away to do that before he went onsite.

At 11:10, Curtis ate his small lunch quickly and then left to go to the client.

For today and the next few days, Curtis is assisting with the migration, similar to the trips he did all around the country.

Curtis was at the client all afternoon and felt that it was fairly successful. He did a scoping of the site to get a bit familiar with it as well as then migrating a couple of users.

Curtis left the client and drove home, which only took about 25 minutes or so.

Both of us;

Kim made a delicious spaghetti bolognese for dinner, along with a side salad and garlic bread.

After dinner, we went for a short walk in the Domain, where the clouds and sun combined for a terrific photo!

we watched two episodes of SAS: Who Dares Wins and then hit the hay!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 353: Auckland – A Quick Fix

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and had an onsite planned for 09:30.

The weather was absolutely awful today! It was raining, thundering and there was even lightning! Along with this, it was very dark and gloomy in the office.

It was good for Curtis to get out of the gloomy office and out into the rain. He drove for around 10 minutes to the client and had to park a little down the street.

Curtis managed to refrain from getting too wet and was able to get started around 09:30 with the client.

The fix was very quick and really only took about 30 minutes, not including checking each machine, so that was a result!

After getting back to the office, Curtis was told he was going to be taking over a few cases from a colleague, but this then changed when he was informed he would give those back and might possibly be going to help another colleague onsite over the next couple of days.

Despite leaving the office later then he would usually, the traffic was almost none existent onn the way home, so Curtis was home fast.

Both of us;

We sorted the laundry as quickly as possible when we got home and Curtis did the ironing.

Once we were done with that, it was dinner time, which meant Curtis had to make his excellent rice again! We had leftovers from yesterday with our rice.

Once we finished with dinner, Kim jumped in the shower whilst Curtis made lunch. Curtis’ lunch is rather scarce for the next could of days as he is unsure if he’ll even get time for a lunch break, so he doesn’t want to have items that would easily go off in his bag all day.

Kim fancied a walk, so she went and did that briefly then it waa TV followed by sleep.

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 311: Auckland – Client Visit Makes A Busy Day

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis woke up surprisingly easy this morning!

The milk was still frozen, so Curtis was unable to eat at home, meaning he had to take his breakfast to work.

Once he got to work, he ate his breakfast, made a coffee and got into reading his emails.

Curtis then found out he had to go to a client for what turned out to be most of the morning and some of the afternoon.

A new colleague of Curtis’ started today, so he met him and then left to go to the client.

He left at 09:00 and was at the first site by 09:25. Curtis was there for a couple of hours and then drove to the other site, where he stated for an hour and a half, helping people out, and then got back to the office at 13:00.

Curtis then had lunch and after lunch had to catch up as well as complete admin.

Curtis then left for the day and the traffic was very light too, which helped!

Both of us;

Kim got home from work and we had some dinner. Kim made a chicken and bacon pasta.

We watched some videos followed by NCIS:LA and then Kim booked some things for our road trip and Curtis played Call of Duty with Josh and Danielle.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale