Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 445: Vancouver, BC – 26 Years Old!

We woke up and had a chat with Kim’s family as it is her birthday today! We had a good chat with them and then got ourselves ready.

We went out for a walk, and stopped in at a few places on the way.

Firstly, we got some breakfast at Cafe Crepe, Kim got a banana and chocolate crepe and Curtis got a cinnamon bun crepe.

We ate our breakfast and then went to get ourselves a coffee. Kim got a free coffee, as it’s her birthday, so that was awesome!

We then went for a long walk to and around Stanley Park and we were out for quite a while just walking around.

We got back home and watched a bit of TV before we got ready to head out.

We got ourselves ready and walked down to Gastown to go for dinner. Curtis booked us in at an Italian restaurant.

We got to the restaurant and they had really good COVID-19 protocols and explained everything when we got there.

We got ourselves some homemade bread with olive oil and also some lambrusco wine.

Curtis got lasagne and Kim got a pasta dish that was like a carbonara but without any meat. Curtis really enjoyed his and Kim liked hers but it was very peppery!

We then got tiramisu for dessert which was really good!

We then walked back home in the pretty cold weather and then just relaxed for the rest of Kim’s birthday.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 444: Vancouver, BC – Pre Birthday Walk

We woke up and had a small-ish breakfast.

We watched a bit of TV and then got ourselves ready. The weather outside was beautiful, so we went out for a walk.

It was cold outside, but the sun was shining and we stopped to get a coffee to warm us up.

We found out today that there are new restrictions within BC for the next two weeks, meaning neither of us can do our sports and a few things are changing, such as both of our office’s closing.

Kim did a little bit of work, writing up a message to tell people that the office was closed.

After we finished our nice long, cool walk, we went out to the shop to get that done.

We got that finished and then when we got home we had leftover curry from yesterday.

We watched Lilo & Stitch after dinner and just chilled out for the rest of the evening.

Tomorrow is Kim’s birthday!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 430: Vancouver, BC – Frozen II & PR Research

Needed Sleep

We woke up pretty late today but we really needed the sleep!

We felt pretty great this morning, but it was a little cold this morning for the first time in a while.

We had more cinnamon rolls this morning which were delicious as always, and watched a bit of TV.

Belgian Cafe & Walk

Once we got ourselves ready we went down to the Belgian cafe that Kim went to yesterday and got ourselves some coffee! Curtis had a cappuccino and Kim had a mocha, as she did yesterday. These coffees were great!

We went for a bit of a walk along the sea wall, in the newly cold weather here in Vancouver.

We walked back home and once we got back we did a bit of research for how to get permanent residence here in Vancouver so we can stay for another year. Our plans have changed as we did plan to leave in May but due to a few different circumstances we are looking to stay for a bit, but our current visa ends in May.

Sausage & Mash

We had sausages (Curtis had pork and Kim had chicken) and mash for dinner, along with Yorkshire puddings and gravy.

We ate this and watched a bit of TV.

Hockey, Frozen II & More Research

Curtis has a hockey game tonight, so he’ll be heading off to that later today, and Kim plans to watch Frozen II, as well as do a lot more research on the PR.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 429: Vancouver, BC – Peruvian Food!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a lot of tickets in the morning and then was able to get his project completed with his colleagues which was excellent!

Head a long team meeting at 14:00 and then did a little more work before finishing up for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim got up and went straight out for a walk with a friend! They met near a coffee shop, both got a drink and walked along the seawall. It was raining and an hour into the walk they started getting cold so turned back and picked up the pace a bit.

She had planned to head to a shop after the walk, but Kim was so wet and cold she decided to head home to warm up and get dry! When she got home she called home to speak with her parents and it was so nice!

In the afternoon Kim eventually headed out to lush and had a little look around. She got a few samples too! So she is excited to try those.

Peruvian Food!

We ordered some Peruvian food for dinner, as it’s something new to try!

We pretty much got the same food, which was a meat with a great sauce/seasoning which tops fries and comes with rice.

Curtis had steak and Kim had chicken and we also shared an empanada. The food was really excellent and we’ll be heading out to get it again for sure!

We ate this and watched the new Borat film, which we had seen was meant to be pretty good but we didn’t really think it was that good, to be honest.

We then went out and got Kim a blizzard ice cream from DQ just down the road.

Once we got back, we watched The Great British Bake Off and then relaxed watching some other TV for the rest of the night.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day: 423 – Vancouver, BC – Murrin Provincial Park

BIG Win!

Curtis’ hockey game last night went extremely well!

His team won 7-0…And Curtis got a goal! That’s 2 points in 3 games so far. Going well!

When Curtis drove home, he managed to scrape the rear wheel arch on a pillar whilst parking back at home. We have an awkward space in our parking lot and Curtis hasn’t had much practice with it…It doesn’t really make much of a difference, and we had one on the opposite side from the person who owned it before us, so now it just matches!

Cinnamon Buns!

We had the cinnamon buns that Kim made for breakfast this morning!

They didn’t grow as much when cooking as Kim wanted, but they were still delicious, especially with the icing and strawberries that Kim made with them!

Murrin Provincial Park

We headed out once we got ready and went to Murrin Provincial Park. This place was not far from where we went last week.

This is a lake but surrounded by hiking trails, and when we got there we weren’t really sure where we were meant to go, so we just started following a trail!

The trail turned out to be a bit of a scramble, but it was really good fun! The weather has certainly got a bit colder, which is great for climbing around and hiking.

We hiked and hiked and got higher and higher until we were right at the top, with a beautiful view of the large lake!

It was pretty windy up there, so we headed down and that began our decent.

We came across some people rock climbing, which was pretty cool to see, but we tried not to distract them so we continued down.

Eventually, we got to the bottom and it was about a 1/2 hour hike in the end which felt good, but it was time for some food!

We drove up to Squamish and got a subway and a coffee (from Starbucks).

We ate our Subway and then drove on home.

Pizza!

Once we got home, we just relaxed for a while and then when we got hungry, we walked up to our local pizza place, Pizza Garden, which makes the most incredible Italian pizza, and grabbed a 4 cheese pizza from there.

It turns out, 4 cheese pizza isn’t what we usually get, so it was a little weird but still pretty tasty!

Once we ate, we watched the film Anna on Amazon Video, then played some games and watched more TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 421: Vancouver, BC – The Newest Bed & A Great Interview!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day wasn’t really an interesting read, but he did a lot of project work in the morning, figuring out how to do something with some help from colleagues.

As well as this, Curtis did some tickets in the afternoon and had some discussions with his team.

Kim’s Day

Kim woke up nice and early for her interview this morning. The interview went really well! For this one it was Kim asking questions about the company and learning more, which was great because she has so many questions and interests in the company and products. She wasn’t short on questions and really enjoyed the interview. At the end she was asked to provide some times for a second interview with them so Kim now has that booked in for Tuesday! Thats something exciting to look forward to!

After her breakfast Kim broke down the bed to take to the people buying it. So she filled up the elevator, swapped the beds over and took the new bed upstairs, put the old bed in the car and dropped it off.

Before Kim started building the bed she had a good vacuum of the floor and gave it a quick wash too! Then she spent the whole afternoon putting the bed together. It was so much fun and it did Kim the world of good to have a time consuming task for the day, keeps her happy and busy.

Evening

The pole classes tonight were fun, Kim even managed to do a shoulder mount invert for the first time in a while. She will continue to work on that as she was just starting to gain confidence with it pre COVID. In the second class they revisited a cool flip dismount, which was fun and then two nice poses! They were both great classes.

After the class Kim had a catch-up with her friend and it was so nice!

We chilled when Kim got back home and watched a bit of TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 418: Vancouver, BC – Accidental 12km Walk

We woke up and had some breakfast, the same as the last couple of days, and we had a relaxed morning.

The weather was cold but nice, so we wanted to go for a walk.

We walked to the beach we usually go to and walked onward to Stanley Park and around it for a while. We then walked around a different way to get home, which was a longer way but through some forest which was really nice. We accidentally walked 12km!

The weather was certainly a little colder, but we still had a great time.

We got back home and Kim did some applications for jobs and we did some laundry and a few things around the apartment.

Kim then made some really tasty roast vegetables for dinner which were excellent, as ever. We also had some Yorkshire puddings with it.

We watched some TV and chilled for the rest of the day.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 417: Vancouver, BC – Video Job Application

We woke up around the same time as yesterday and we had a nice breakfast and relaxed for a bit.

Kim spoke with her sister for a bit in the morning and then we got ourselves ready for the day.

We played some games during the day and then Kim spent a lot of the day filming and editing a video application she has to do for a job.

She has to create a video answering some questions about her experience and the company she is applying for.

Kim enjoyed the experience of creating this gave her, but it was a little tough to figure out. She was certainly glad with the outcome, though!

We then spent the rest of the evening relaxing and getting a few things done around the apartment.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 414: Vancouver, BC – A Win & Phone Interview!

Last Night’s Game

Curtis’ drive to hockey last night was perfectly fine.

Once he arrived, due to COVID-19, getting changed has to be done before entering the rink, so everyone did so in the parking lot.

15 minutes before game time, everyone gets let into a staging area where you can put your skates on and then get onto the ice!

Curtis took warmup to get used to skating again, he hasn’t skated or played hockey since March!

The game started weirdly, with the other team waiting on their goalie, so they played with a player in net! He played actually very well in net and Curtis’ team wasn’t able to get one by him.

That being said, once the goalie came in, Curtis’ team started scoring! They went up 4-0, with the game ending 4-2, so a nice win to start the season, and Curtis got an assist.

You only get 15 minutes in the staging area and then have to leave to the parking lot again.

Curtis drove himself home and was certainly ready for some sleep, but was glad the game went well and loved playing hockey again.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day today was pretty quiet overall and he had no meetings either, which was good.

Curtis did a few things here and there, some training and some tickets, but certainly a quiet day, especially in relation to yesterday!

Kim’s Day

Kim spent a bit of the morning preparing for her phone screen interview and then awaited the call. The interview went so well, there is a potential bit of learning Kim will either need and be okay, or could mean that she isn’t the right fit for the job. She is really interested in this position so Kim is really hopeful that it won’t be a big issue, but we will wait and see! Hopefully Kim will get an idea tomorrow.

Kim the had some breakfast and a nice slow morning. She then received an email saying that another role would like her to progress to the next round! So thats great! Kim has to submit a questionnaire and a video as to why she is a great candidate. Its not something Kim has done before so she is excited for the challenge for sure! She started the questionnaire in the afternoon and will probably tackle the video tomorrow.

Pole Dancing

Kims classes today were so fun! They went over a different style invert and a spin that Kim loves in the first class and in the second they worked on a beautiful combo that Kim was able to get a few aspects of. The first move Kim loved and she was able to do both variations, which is great. Kim wasn’t great at the other part of the combo, bur never mind its just something she can work on!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 405: Vancouver, BC – Back To Evening Walks

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got up and was sure to get a coffee as soon as possible, as he had to go to the office.

Curtis had his coffee and did some tickets, then he walked down to the office.

Once he got there, Curtis got the things he needed out of the storage and got to work setting up a laptop and the accounts for a new starter on Monday.

This took pretty much the entire first half of the day, and he got that all packaged up and booked a courier to take that tomorrow.

Curtis left the office and walked back home.

After he got home, Curtis had some lunch and then got back to work.

Curtis had some work to do in the afternoon and it went pretty quick.

Kim’s Day

Kim got ready for the day and then did a little housework and then started looking for jobs again.

Kim applied to a couple of jobs that she really liked the look of before lunch and then after lunch Kim applied to a lot more which is very promising!

Evening Walk

When Curtis finished work and Kim finished applying for jobs, we headed out to go for a bit of a walk!

We walked down to the seawall and walked for a while, but swung around to get to the store to get a carrot and some spring onions for dinner.

We were at the store for a while as it was very busy, but once we got home, Kim made some chicken egg fried rice.

We watched some TV for the evening and also we looked into a bit of immigration stuff for next year (exciting!).


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale