Place 72 – day 133: Vancouver, BC – Perfect Pre-Birthday Sunday!

Breakfast

Kim went out and got breakfast for us, which was from McDonald’s.

We watched some YouTube videos and then got showered and ready for the day.

Family Chat

We had a long 2 hour chat with Curtis’ mum, discussing all kinds of things. It was good to catch up!

After this, we just watched some more TV and then Kim went out to the shop a got some things we needed for dinner.

Dinner

We had a chicken and vegetable pasta, with a BBQ sauce.

We watched Peaky Blinders and then headed to bed.

Pretty lazy day, but perfect.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 115: Vancouver, BC – Oh, Smashing!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day started off with the wrong breakfast! Unfortunately, he had forgotten to get yoghurt at the supermarket yesterday, so he had to just have toast this morning, which didn’t really fill him up.

Once he got to work, Curtis was able to get the day started, most importantly with a coffee.

The day went really well. Curtis did a few tickets before lunch, most of which took a bit of time so it was a little more interesting. He also did some training on some network things from one of his managers, so that was interesting and useful.

After lunch, Curtis was able to get on with some other tickets and with some laptop setups he needed to get done.

Curtis left the office and walked home, whilst Kim stayed late.

Kim’s Day

When Kim arrived she started her day by finalising the accommodation for someone who is interviewing in the Ontario office.

Kim had agreed to join the end of another teams weekly catch up to field any questions they may have about the Wiki project. So she went and joined and had a quick 15 minute chat before being kicked out of the meeting room. She then went back to her desk to catch up on a few emails.

Kim then went into the social team meeting where they caught up and discussed the plans for the upcoming month. It went well and they agreed on running a few things here and there so that people weren’t bombarded with too much going on!

After this meeting Kim decided to start emptying the cupboard behind her as there is a box full of stuff that she has not once used since she started. Kim went though everything, boxed things up in categories for things she doesn’t often use and moved things she uses even less to other areas in the office. This allowed Kim to get rid of loads of things that are simply not used or needed anymore, free up space which makes the whole area neater and easier to use!

One of the doors on the drinks fridge stopped working so Kim chased the company to see when they would be coming out.

A colleague of Kims asked her to collect some company swag to send out so the teo of them worked together into boxing the gifts up and making them look pretty. After Kim went to FedEx to get them sent out and it was meant to be a 15 minute job but ended up taking about 30 minutes because there were extra forms!

Kim then headed back to the office, finished up the last couple of emails and then headed home.

Oh, Smashing!

When Curtis got back home he emptied the recycling, put away the dishes and then walked up to the supermarket. He made sure to get some yoghurt as well as some hot dogs, cheese and buns for dinner.

Kim really felt like having hot dogs and that felt like a terrific idea to Curtis!

Once Kim eventually got home, we had our hotdogs, as well as mac and cheese.

After dinner, whilst we were watching some YouTube videos, Curtis must have gotten a little excited over the delicious spicy ginger beer we were drinking as he proceeded to drop the glass onto the table, which, as you’d imagine, had consequences.

The glass smashed in half, but didn’t really shatter which is great. We cleared this up (and the remainder of Curtis’ delicious ginger beer!) And then watched the other half of the Bake Off we didn’t watch last night.

We finished the evening with another episode of Peaky Blinders.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70 – Day 28: Victoria, BC – Brunch & Incredible Foot Massage!

Brunch

We were up at 09:00 to get ready for brunch/breakfast. By the time we both got ready it was around 10:30 and our brunch/breakfast time was at 11:00, so we all started the walk down.

Our brunch was in a hotel in the restaurant called Vista 18.

We got some coffee as well as a hot chocolate for Kim. This place was called Vista 18 due to being on the 18th floor, therefore it had some great views!

Curtis had eggs benedict with bacon & homemade breakfast potatoes, which were basically just potato chips.

Kim had a breakfast with bacon,eggs, pancakes and the same homemade potatoes.

Linda had the french toast which looked great! All of the portions were huge and it was an incredibly reasonable price.


Vista 18 | Victoria, BC

Rating:- 7/10


We were very full after breakfast and so we went for a walk downtown to burn it off.

We walked around a few shops to pass time and Kim also managed to buy some exercise gear she needed.

Foot Massage

Kim and Linda went for a foot massage at 13:00. The original booked time was 13:30, but they couldn’t wait so changed it to 13:00.

Whilst they did this, Curtis went back to the apartment and relaxed.

Time To Go

Once we were all back in the same room, we didn’t have long before we had to say goodbye to Linda and walk down to catch the bus.

We said our goodbyes and wandered to the bus station.Once at the station, we waited for a little bit and then boarded. The bus was very busy and very hot!

Once we arrived at the ferry port, everyone was way too hot so temporarily disembarked the bus to get some fresh air.

There was a small delay on the boat bring offloaded as the police were waiting for a car to speak to the driver, so we had to wait for that to be dealt with before we could board.

Ferry Ride

We got on the boat and sat charging our phones. We were able fully charge our phones, which was a result!

It was incredibly loud and busy on the boat, but it went quite fast.We loaded back onto the bus and headed towards home.We got back home and it was nice to be back, but we already miss spending time with Linda!

We stopped in at the supermarket for a bit to do a small weekly shop and to get some food for dinner.

We ate our dinner and caught up on some TV and YouTube videos before we went to bed, ready for work tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70 – Day 27: Victoria,BC – Surprise Birthday Breakfast!

Surprise Birthday Breakfast

We were up nice and early at 08:00 to get ourselves ready.We were having breakfast at the hotel next door with one of Linda’s friends, who arrived to the apartment around 09:00.

We walked across to the hotel and when we got there, all of Linda’s friends were there as a surprise! We knew about this, but Linda did not so it was a good surprise.

We had some big, delicious breakfasts and chatted for a long while.

We eventually walked back home and relaxed for a bit.

Coffee & Shopping

We got out of the house by getting a coffee and doing some shopping.

We stopped in at a really nice coffee shop we had been to before and people watched for a while whilst drinking some great coffee.

We went for a bit of shopping, nothing crazy but mostly just looking around. Nice to get out for a bit.

Handy People

We got back and had a couple of hours to kill.

We relaxed and then helped Linda with a couple of things.

We put up some curtains, which was pretty simple, but then we moved onto the next task which was to change a bulb, which was simple enough.

Shortly after this, we went back out again, this time down to the Steamship to get some dinner.

SteamShip Dinner

We have been here a few times, so Curtis wanted to try something else. He had the garlic mussels along with some bread and fries. They were pretty delicious, though needed more broth.

Kim and Linda both had a filet steak, which were also great.

We topped it off with dessert, Curtis and Linda having a key lime pie each and Kim had a chocolate torte.

Street Performer

We went to see if there were any street performers and there was someone that we had all seen before (who had been doing it for 25 years!).

We stayed and watched it all anyway as it was good fun and something to see and do after dinner.

Kim was saying how she was never chosen for helping at street shows, but she got thrown a hat to collect money around where we were stood, so she was over the moon that she got to help out.

Old Photos

We finished with the show and came back home to relax.

Kim looked through some photo albums of Kim and her family, as well as Linda and other photos. She had a great time doing this!

We sat and got a great view of the sun setting, which was great to see.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 83: Vancouver, BC – Not The Microwave!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was fairly dull and slow, which is the first time its been that slow since he started.

He tried keeping himself busy with things here and there, but it became a struggle!

At lunch, he went to Starbucks and got an iced flat white which was tremendous.

After lunch, it was much the same but around 16:00, Curtis got asked to do something urgently, which he then had to get help from a colleague with an was actually unable to do in the end becuase it seems that only one person (who is not working) has permissions for the site!

Curtis spent until he went on home on this, so at least it passed the time.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim got to the course a little early and helped people who were practicing by being a dummy!

The main focuses today were Major Injuries, Medical Emergencies, Multiple Patients, the Head and Nervous System, another quiz and a practice practical exam.

They started the day with medical emergencies and covered things like stroke, diabetes, angina and heart attack. For each emergency they covered what it is, causes, symptoms and possible treatments. Another thing that was covered in this section was Critical Incident Stress and this covered how to handle the repercussions of being involved in a high stress medical emergency. This covered talking points for the injured, helpers and bystanders of the event and discussed any Physical, Cognitive, Emotional and Behavioral experiences that they may go through. Then they discussed what ‘we’ as the first aiders might experience, struggle with and possible coping mechanisms. It was really great to see the mental health side of the repercussions of handling a first aid situation be recognised in the course. After all, first aiders are signing up to be the handler of some potentially pretty gruesome things and it can be hard to detach from that after the fact.

They then went on to cover Multiple Patients. This pretty much covered all the things you would think it would have to. Its not a nice discussion but it has to be mentioned. It is good to have the guidance ahead of time and be provided with universal notices that can be used in that kind of situation.

Then they spent some time on Major Injuries. This covered major ear, eye and nose injuries and major burns, sprains and dislocations. Once again each had a demonstration and then some had a practical that everyone was able to try and gain some experience on.

For the final part of the day everyone had to sit a multiple choice quiz and during this quiz people were individually taken out to be assessed on a few of the things they have already learned. Kim passed this test too which set her up nicely for the final day tomorrow!

At the end of the day, Kim and 2 others ran through a couple of scenarios to check that their timings were on point, before heading home for the day.

Breakfast For Dinner

We had breakfast for dinner, which was great. We ate muffins with sausage, egg and cheese, hashbrowns and baked beans.

Whilst we were making this, our microwave stopped working! Upon further inspection, it seems it is the plug sockets it was plugged into, rather than the microwave, which is good, we guess!

Curtis helped Kim with her first aid training and once she did that, Kim jumped in the shower and Curtis played some games.

We finished the evening with watching some TV and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 79: Vancouver, BC – More studying & Free Starbucks!

Studying

We woke up around 11:0 but had a terrible night sleep! Neither of us could get to sleep at a good time so didn’t get many hours in, really.

We had a delicious breakfast muffin with sausage, egg & cheese in and a hash brown.

We watched a little bit of TV and then Kim tried to go outside to study but it was too bright so she couldn’t actually see the words so she went back inside.

Free Starbucks

Curtis played games for most of the day again today, until we just needed to get out of the house so we went to Starbucks for a coffee.

Curtis had a free coffee on his account so he got his for free but had to pay for Kim’s. We also got a key cut for our apartment so we don’t have to keep changing them around all the time.

Paprika Pork

We got back home and Kim studied a bit more until we got hungry.

Once we wanted food, Kim made paprika pork as the last time we had it, it was incredible.

We ate that and then watched a bit of TV until around 22:00 which is when Kim then went for a shower and got ready for going to her first aid course tomorrow.

As we didn’t sleep great last night, we decided we would sleep early as it is important to be awake tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 58: Vancouver, BC – Brunch & Cheap Guinness

Brunch

We were up at 10:30 and got ready to go out and have some brunch!

We had been recommended a place called Yolks which is a breakfast place and there are only 2in Vancouver. Luckily, one of them is just 10 minutes walk from our home!

We got there and it was very busy, so we put our name down for a table and were told it would be 30 minutes, so we took a walk down the street to find that there are many other places we need to visit in that area.

We finally got the text to say our table was ready, so we went in and took our seats.


Yolks | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 8.5/10


Kim got a salted caramel hot chocolate and Curtis got a very delicious coffee.

For brunch, Curtis had an eggs benedict with maple smoked ham, which had some odd sauces but it was incredibly tasty. This also came with lemon & truffle potatoes, which were sublime.

Kim had a croque madam, which was made fancy with poached eggs as well as bechamel sauce and some other interesting ingredients, as well as a side of fruit.

We finished our food and headed back home to get some admin, laundry and cleaning done.

Cheap Guinness

We saw a sign yesterday while on our walk which said that Mahoney’s pub had Guinness on deal, so we went for a walk and then popped in on the way back home!

We eventually got a seat outside and it was hot but with a great view.

We finished our drinks and walked to the shop where we got a few things we needed (and some ketchup as it was on deal!).

Salad, TV & Games

We made a big salad for dinner which we ate whilst we watched some TV.

After dinner, we watched a bit more TV and then played some video games together, which is something we haven’t done for a while!

We did that for a lot of the evening, alternating between that and some Lucifer and then we went to sleep.

Tomorrow is Canada Day so we are off work tomorrow and have a few things we would like to do.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale