Place 72 – Day 132: Vancouver, BC – Whiskey Flights & Fancy French Meal!

Shopping & Coffee

As with every weekend, we did some shopping and grabbed a coffee before anything else!

We had breakfast, got ready and then went out to get something from London Drugs. Then, after that, we went to Homesense to find some perfect whiskey glasses to have for home, which we did! We had to queue for a while but eventually got them purchased and then went to Starbucks to get a coffee.

We had our coffee in Starbucks for a bit, but then went back home so others could sit down. The weather was bad, so coffee shops were busy!

We got back home and Kim took her shoes to the cobbler to get the. Heals re done. Whilst out, she saw a few dogs, one of which was a collie mixed with a German shepherd which was very cute! She then had a hug with a kitten before going back to pickup her shoes.

Whiskey Flights!

Once Kim got back, we started getting ready to go out.

We took the train down to the city and walked for 10 minutes up to a pub which has a whiskey bar out back!

We got in and got our flights of whiskey. Kim went for the Scottish, where as Curtis went for the recommended one from the barman which was the cherry aged whiskeys.

Along with our whiskey, we had a meat and cheese board, which was phenominal!


Shebeen Bar | Vancouver, BC

Our Rating:- 10/10


We had some great chats with the bar staff but then had to leave so we could make it to our dinner reservation, but we had a Jameson Mule before we left!

Fancy French Meal

Kim booked in a French meal, which we were very excited for! We each got a glass of wine and then some free bread, just before our mains arrived!


Jules Bistro | Vancouver, BC

Our Rating:- 9/10


Kim got a tenderloin steak with scallion potatoes as well and ratatouille, and Curtis had a terrific rack of lamb which came with potatoes and corn.

For dessert, Kim had a chocolate & caramel pudding and Curtis had a cappucino, which was the best he has had in a while!

We finished our food, paid up and walked back home.

Once we got back home, a little tipsy, we got some admin done and then watched the latest Suits episode before going to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 131: BC Lions Game!

Curtis’ Day & Evening

Curtis’ day was steady today, which was perfect!

At 11:30, Curtis had an early, and long, lunch. Someone in one of the teams he works with is leaving, so it was a leaving lunch.

They went to a place called Black & Blue which is quite an upmarket meat place, but they do a great lunch deal!

It was $14 for a burger and a beer, so everyone got that and it didn’t disappoint!


Black & Blue | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 9/10


The burger was great quality, the sauce was great and the accompaniments were tasty!

Curtis got back to the office at 13:30 and next thing he knew it was 15:30!

Curtis was asked about something he had setup and then someone said something about it which meant Curtis had to review it as he wasn’t informed of the full scope, so that took up some time.

After this, Curtis offboarded the leaving person and then had just enough time to had a quick beer with everyone before walking home.

Once he got home, he played NHL20 all night as it has come out! Borderlands 3 also came out and Curtis purchased this too, but was too engrossed in playing NHL he never got a change to play it.

Kim’s Day & Evening

As Kim had been worming a few days early and late, she decided to come in an hour late.

Once she got in Kim restocked the fridge before heading down and picking up the mail.

Kim then spent some time picking uo.older emails and taking calls and then suddenly it was midday! Kim went to the shop with 2 team mates to.get some lunch, just before she ordered Kim realised she left her wallet on the desk.

Kim went back to get it and then picked up a chicken pot pie with mash and gravy as the weather was miserable. She then had lunch with a few colleagues and had a nice chat.

After lunch Kim put the weekly order through and cleaned the boardrooms whiteboard ahead of some meetings that are happening next week.

She also was in discussions with the caterer during the afternoon.

Kim then went to the liquor store nice and early to make sure things had a good amount of time to cool.

When Kim got back she went straight into a meeting with the other fire warden from yesterday to catch up on what happened, to tweak the plan and talk about any procedures they want to put in place.

After this meeting Kim started to look inti some travel for someone coming to visit. Kim had to reach out to hotels directly in order to get a gosod rate.

Kim oversaw the set up of the alcohol today. She was 3 minutes late to setting it up so the IT team emptied the fridge and set it up. Kim grabbed the snacks and cut up the lime for the coronas.

Kim then went back to her desk to finalise the hotel reservation and book the flights.

When that was all done Kim joined some colleagues in a card game that is hiring orientated but similar to cards against humanity and it was great fun.

Kim then left to head to the Canadian football game.

She headed over to a local hotel to join everyone else in taking the taxis over to the arena where they all watched the game in the box.

Kim also met some ex players and other cool and interesting people.

Champions ring!

This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 130: Vancouver, BC – First Hockey Game in Canada!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and had a cold brew that Kim got him and it wasn’t great and actually made Curtis feel a little unwell.

Curtis got a few ticket in the morning and some were a bit more complicated which was excellent for him, making the time go fast.

After lunch, which Curtis ate even though he didn’t feel too good, he was kinda out of things to do, but started doing part of a project which was to write up policies.

The later and later it got in the day, the closer it got to hockey time, so Curtis was getting more and more nervous!

Curtis left and found and umbrella at work, so took that to walk home with!

Kim’s Day

This morning there was no catering, but Kim was in a 2 hour fire safety warden training so that ate up most of her morning. After the course Kim caught up on her emails, mainly with a supplier and the caterers for next week.

Then the weekly pizza came in so Kim sorted that out before jumping on a call with the regular catering company they use to discuss the trail that Kim had used. They talked about a few tweaks Kim wanted to make. It was a really successful call.

Then the fire drill started. Kim grabbed her high vis and ushered everyone out of the building and then spent the time hearding cats to try to get everyone in the same place!

After the fire drill kim and the other new fire wardens had a debrief.
When she got back to the office, Kim took 5 to have a sit down as it was almost 3! Then she rememebrred that she had a 3pm deadline to contact the hotel that she was speaking to yesterday to fully resolve the issue. She sorted all that and then put the remainder of the doughnuts from yesterday out!

Kim then spent most of the rest of her day listening to voicemail messages and picking through the backlog of emails she has.

First Hockey Game In Canada!

Can’t say it went well…

We got back home and had some pizza and then watched some TV. Around 19:15, we left and got into the car, heading to the Richmond Olympic Oval.

The traffic was abysmal and even when we got there, there was a queue to drive into the parking.

The parking is meant to be $2 per hour, but it didn’t give us a ticket so we parked for free!

We got a spot and then as Curtis was walking, he slipped on the wet floor and broke his flip flop, so he had to walk barefoot for the rest of the way.

The arena is huge, but we each finally found our spots.

The changing room was massive, and there is 8 of them, so Curtis had plenty of room!

After a brief changing room discussion, it was warm up time…And then game time!

It started well and Curtis’ team were actually able to get the first goal.

It was a very close game and Curtis had some good chances, but the game ended 6-1 the other way! Technically, it was 9-1, but after a 5 goal lead, the goals stop counting.

Of course, handshakes at the end

After the game, we drove home and were super tired. Now here we are, writing the blog!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – day 129: Vancouver, BC – 2 Classes 1 Day

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy morning and thought it must have been later than it was, but he had only been at work for an hour!

Curtis did some admin work for a project and then had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had a couple of things to do and then had nothing to do! He was asked to do something fairly dull, but at least it was something to do!

Curtis got a lot of requests just as he finished doing what he was asked to do and that took him perfectly to the end of the day.

After work, Curtis went to meet Kim an we went to a shoe shop to get some shoes for Kim.

Kim’s Day

Kim ordered and paid for todays coffee yesterday, and picked a smaller amount, so she picked that up on her way into the office.

Today Kim only had one meeting to help with and they were on the same floor as the main office which meant kim had time to do other things today which was amazing! The first thing she did was set up the meeting room by putting the fruit, drinks and coffee in and made it look pretty.

After setting up the meeting room Kim looked into some catering options for 2 meetings that are happening next week. She also arranged two lunches with the nearby hotels for the upcoming weeks, which is exciting! After this Kim set out some of the leftovers from yesterdays meeting, she had cookies, mini desserts and a platter of fruit.

After a morning of catching up on admin and sorting lunches the catering arrived for the meeting so Kim signed for it and set up the drinks to go with it, including a replacement coffee. Then then regular weekly taco order came in so Kim sorted that first before taking the main catering into the meeting.

As the deliveries of the new drinks had been inconsistent, the account manager popped in to deliver the cold brew that had been missing from yesterday’s delivery and he came with doughnuts. And not just a few doughnuts – 8 boxes of 24! Kim kept those aside to put out for the afternoon when more people will be around.

After the meeting finished Kim cleared away the catering and the. Sat down for some lunch.

After her lunch Kim put the doughnuts out. People weren’t going hungry today.

After lunch Kim had a few messages asking if she could sort out an issue with a hotel. Kim did the paperwork and called the hotel to make sure everything was sorted.

Kim then reached out to the caterers to put an order in for the catering needed next week. Then she greeted and had a nice chat with someone who was in for an interview, and also dropped off the afternoon snacks to the meeting. Shortly after this, the meeting finished so Kim put yet more food into the kitchen and she cleared up the meeting room.

Kim finished her day by making up the paperwork and delivering a box to FedEx.

2 Classes 1 Day

We watched a few YouTube videos and then Kim went to an exercise class.

This evenings class was so good.

Kim finally started to feel the muscle memory kick back in and had some fun with some of the moves. She is starting to feel less fearful of trying moves and is able to string one or two together to make a pretty combo.

After class, Kim had a chat with the instructor about the upcoming competition that Kim has signed up for.

Then kim noticed that there was space in a more dance style class and asked if she could join, so she did! It was a little but challenging for Kim but it was so much fun!

Curtis played some games and ate half a sandwich Kim got from work (again!) And when Kim got home we did some admin, watched a bit of TV and then went to bed!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 128: Vancouver, BC – Child Cancer Awareness Month Pancakes

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got the office and right away it was time for pancakes.

For a donation towards child cancer research, each person in the office could have some pancakes! Afsara, the office coordinator of his office, was the one making the pancakes and she even chopped up for fruit and bought some syrup/whipped cream to have with them!

Curtis was already full from breakfast, but he donated and had a couple of pancakes anyway, just with strawberries though, nothing fancy.

Curtis ate his pancakes and then started his day.

The morning was quiet up until around 11:00, when he had a few people call after him at once! He got side tracked trying to get stuff done tha he forgot about lunch, but only had it 15 minutes later than normal.

After lunch, it was more of the same. He had something from before lunch to finish and then at 15:00, once it calmed down again, he wiped an old laptop.

Kim’s Day

Today it felt like Kim did nothing, but she never stooped all day!

Kim arranged to pick up the coffee beween 8:15-8:30 this morning so she could save time. On her way into the office she bumped into a colleague who helped her in, which was a great relief!

Once in the office Kim updated all of the fruit bowls and set the cold drinks aside for both meeting rooms. Kim then took everything needed to the 25th floor and then did it all again for the meeting in the boardroom on the same floor, only this time, they also had muffins to prepare.

After settng up the meetings without a hiccup Kim moved on to going through her emails. She also ran down to collect the mail and took a little time to eat some breakfast.

The first set of catering to arrive was for the smaller group so Kim went through and organised it all then the other caterer for the larger meeting was roughly 60 minutes late causing the driver and Kim to set up in the meeting room which was not ideal. That with a few comments about the food meant that Kim had to make a call to the company and outline what happened after she had cleared away the lunch stuff from both meetings.

After having a chat with the caterer and sending them across an email Kim had some time to go through her receipts and save all the ones from.the past week and a half. She was also lucky enough to be able to respond to some emails!

Just before the end of the day the smaller meeting finished, so Kim emptied and cleared down that room and set it up for the larger meeting to move down there for tomorrow.

Kim then called the restaurant for the larger meeting to delay their reservation by 30 minutes so Kim then had time to continue going through emails.

Once the larger meeting left Kim cleared and emptied their room before heading home.

The Trial Is Over

Curtis was playing games but then his trial ran out for the new NHL so he has to wait until Friday to play that now!

He played some other games, did the washing up, at a really tasty sandwich that Kim brought home for him and then made lunch for tomorrow.

All of this was whilst Kim was at her exercise session.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 127: Vancouver, BC – Taking The Train Home?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did the usual admin for the morning, as well as got some old and new tickets completed.

It was a slow morning, but there was enough to keep him busy.

At 13:00, which is usually his lunchtime, Curtis had a team meeting that went on for an hour, but it was productive and helped Curtis move on with one of his projects.

In the afternoon, something broken which some of Curtis’ colleagues started fixing and Curtis had a few people asking him about different things that stopped working as a result.

At 16:20, the rain really started to come down and Curtis had hoped it would stop by time he had to walk home, but it did not.

It was a bit too heavy to walk in, so Curtis got the train instead, which takes just 5 or so minutes to get him to the station near home.

Curtis walked back home and was able stay dry!

Once he got home, Curtis emptied the dishwasher, cleaned down the sides, vacuumed and cleaned the sink in the bathroom. Pretty productive!

Kim’s Day

Kim got into work a fair bit earlier today as she had 2 full day meetings to set up for. On the way into work Kim stopped by Starbucks to order a large 2.5 gallon coffee urn for one of the meetings.

Once she was at work Kim orgnaised a coffee urn for the other meeting room and soft drinks for both rooms. Kim then went back to Starbucks to pick up the urn and then took it all upstairs to the 25th floor just as the meeting was settling down.

Kim then finally sat down and turned on her computer, an hour and a half after she had arrived. Kim decided to be ahead of the game and updated the bingo sheet for the next meet and eat as she had already emailed herself ideas and needed a small and easy task to get herself sorted!

After this Kim started to sort out some travel for a customer but ended up getting called away from her desk to sort out the fruit. As Kim put the fruit away she sectioned off some for the visitors and made each meeting a little fruit bowl.

After sorting the fruit the first batch of catering arrived so Kim quickly ran out to get the smaller items for the other catering that was due to arrive. While she was out the other catering arrived, so Kims colleague put it in the meeting room.

When she got back Kim and her teammate then both handled the catering by getting soft drinks ready ensuring that the plating was nice and taking out the drinks from earlier that hadn’t been drunk.

Kim then sat down to make the travel reservation and it all went through easily.

After booking the travel Kim and her colleague went to both rooms and cleared out the catering and then sat down to some lunch. They had a lovely catch up!

After lunch Kim and her colleague went straight into a meeting with the corporate travel company as they now have a new account manager so it was great to meet him and it really gave Kim a good understanding of how it all works.

After the meeting Kim processed and then delivered a FedEx package, as it was too late in the day Kim did have to deliver it and it was absolutely pouring it down!

Kim was feeling really stupid for not wearing new new waterproof shoes she got yesterday!

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon/ evening packing up after the meetings and saying goodbye to an awesome lady who left the company today!

After wor Kim checked out a few shops for tights and couldn’t see any she liked too much!

Free Dinner!

When Kim got home, we had a small dinner. We had half of a leftover sandwich each which Kim got from work, and it was great! A spicy shreaded pork sandwich…delicious!

After dinner, we watched a couple of YYouTube videos and then could smell an odd smell, which smelled like burning plastic.

We investigated and could confirm it wasn’t us, but the whole building and outside seemed to smell of it, so we were unsure what it was.

We messaged our building manager to let him know, but we assume it is nothing worry about.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 126: Vancouver, BC – Productive Purchasing

Shoe Shopping

We had a relaxed morning and then went out around 14:00.

We hopped in the car and drove to Richmond.

After 25 minutes of driving, we arrived at the strip mall and went right to Designer Shoe Warehouse and started looking for shoes.

Curtis had already ripped through his shoes as they were actually quite flimsy, so it was time to find something a bit sturdier (and probably more expensive).

Curtis managed to find some Under Armour shoes which were actually a very good price, too.

Kim was unable to find any shoes and we were also looking for some walking/hiking shoes for the winter, bu DSW didn’t have any, so we moved on to Sketchers, which were also not great.

We wanted a break so went to Starbucks for a coffee, but it wasn’t great and they seemed to get some of our order wrong too!

Richmond Mall

We left Starbucks and got back into the car and drove to Richmond Mall.

Kim wanted to look in a few clothes shops and also still look for some shoes.

We eventually went to SportChek and it was successful! Kim got a skirt there, Curtis got an Under Armour compression shirt to wear whilst playing hockey and Kim even managed to get some Columbia walking shoes.

We left after being here and we got home around 18:30, so were out for a good while!

Sweet Chilli Wedges

We got some potatoes when we got home, chopped them up and boiled them to make wedges. Whilst this was happening, we cooked up some bacon and grated some cheese to put in with the wedges and some sweet chilli sauce.

We ate that and watched TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale