Kim got up and went to the cats again, and then got out to Apple and she got a new laptop for work there.
After she got back home, she had some breakfast (Curtis had some before Kim got back) and then we got ready and went out for the day.
The plan was to go to a mall and get some shopping done that we needed to do. Therefore, we drove out to Burnaby and did just that, getting some free AC!
We got there and went to a few stores to look for a few different items. Unfortunately, there wasn’t too much of use there, so we took a bit of a break and went out to the French bakery/cafe we went to the last time we were in Burnaby. We got a tiramasu to share, an affogato each, as well as a berry lemonade, which was a surprising delight!
We went back to the mall after that and we managed to actually get some new flip flops for Kim and a few clothing options! It became more successful the second time!
We then headed back home and stopped off at the cats, but the owner was home so Kim had a quick chat with her and then we went back home.
We had nice cold showers, to get out of the insanely warm heat, and then we relaxed a little before Kim went out to the beach with a friend and their dog!
The weather was still very hot at night, but it was lovely to get to put her feet in the water.
Kim got home and we watched some TV and chilled out, trying to stop it being far too warm!
Tomorrow is meant to be EVEN HOTTER so we have that to look forward to.
We woke up a little too late, but we felt great! We had some breakfast and then got ready for the day.
We went out to the CORRECT French café today! We got a double chocolate cake to share and a cappuccino each, all of which were delicious!
We left here and drove to a lake which we thought had a part attached to it, but it didn’t, so we drop up the road a little to an actual park.
The park was more of a dog park and wasn’t actually that good, so we left and drove back towards home instead.
We got back home and relaxed for a bit before we ordered some Chinese food! We have a place opposite us which we don’t believe has been open very long and it sounded like they did good food, so we had to check it out.
The food was a lot like the Chinese food we used to get in England, which is a huge plus for us! They even had the same type of prawn crackers, which we haven’t had for a very long time.
Once we ate, we went for a nice long evening walk to the beach!
There were a lot of gatherings around, including a band playing to a large crowd, so we made sure to stay away, though it did make a good atmosphere.
The sun was setting so we had some beautiful views and sunlight, which was lovely to see as we were walking.
We watched some TV when we got home and ate ice cream, which we got on the way back home.
As the internet was down, Curtis couldn’t really work.
He did check his emails and messages every so often, but there wasn’t much he could do.
That being said, he had breakfast and then went to take Kim her lunch as she forgot it.
Once he got back, he setup the Xbox and then did some handy work!
He first made it so that the toilet paper doesn’t fall off the holder, he just had to twist it a bit to make it straight.
Once he did that, he wanted to figure out how to fix the toilet seat as it was wobbling quite a bit.
After a bit of googling, he figured it out and fixed it! Pretty successful.
Once that was fixed, he vacuumed and did a clothes wash.
The internet eventually came on at around 12:30, so Curtis was able to work from then!
Speaking of work, Curtis got online right in time for team building in which they played a games called Magicka 2.
Once that was finished, Curtis got a bit more work done and then had Zoom happy hour with people from the office.
Kim moved the UKs social catchup a little earlier as there was a company wide meeting over the time it usually ran. So she hosted that and had a great time talking with a couple of people there and then joined the meeting.
After the meeting Kim went to FedEx to pick up a box to mail stuff out. Curtis also met her to drop off her lunch as Kim had forgotten it. When she got back to the office Kim had a call with a couple of friends, she loved it! It was so great to speak with them!
Kim then spent some time trying to get a payment to process, but with no luck. She also updated her mailing log with items that have made it back to the office.
At lunch Kim had a friend stop by and they sat very far apart again. It was great to see her and have a quick chat! Its also just nice to see someone in person!
After lunch Kim hosted the east coast catchup, it was quite short and sweet as only a couple of people joined and they didnt stay for long. Kim gathered the FedEx box she picked up earlier, filled it up and set up a FedEx pickup.
As her 1:1 was interrupted earlier on in the week, Kim had moved it to Friday. They had a good catch up and spoke about the office renovations and clean up along.
Straight after that call Kim joined a call with her teammates to have a chat. It was lovely to see how everyone is doing and have a catchup before the long weekend.
Before the west coast catchup Kim sent out an invite for an event next week and organised her calendar for next week. She then hosted the social call and it was lovely. This was the busiest one of the day and it was great to see everyone.
Homer St Cafe
We we hungry when Kim got home so we got some food! We live right by Homer St Cafe now, so we had to try it out.
Kim had pasta with chicken, mushrooms and vegetables while Curtis had boar & beef pasta. Very delicious.
We ate dinner and then watched a bit of TV. Kim then figured out how she wants the fridge layout to work and then she went out to the drug store to get some things.
Once she got back, she had a nice long bath in our new tub!
We watched some more TV and chilled out for the rest of the evening.
We decided on visiting the pharmacy museum today. We heard someone mention it the voodoo museum the other day that they’d been to the pharmacy museum, so we thought we would have a look.
We got the bus to the city and then walked from there. It was warmer today, but there was a breeze which helped.
We got to the museum and when we walked in, we were instantly struck with the smell of ‘old stuff’.
We later found out that the building was occupied from the 1700s by a pharmacist and then later was taken over by another pharmacist, before it was not used for a while and then bought and restored by the local council.
There was two floors of artifacts, namely tools and medicines which were used in the 19th century.
Something interesting was that all the liquids or solids within the bottles and jars are the actual substances that they say they are. This is particularly harrowing when the majority are alcohol or narcotics based, including opium and heroine! Some are even poisons.
We toured around by ourselves for a bit and then had a guided tour by the curator for around 45 minutes.
During this time, he explained about the history, what was used, why, side effects and all kinds of gross things, but also incredibly informative and interesting.
An old soda machine, used to make medicine taste better. This is why we have soda today!
Towards the end of the tour, Curtis got incredibly warm and ended up fainting, which was dramatic for everyone around us! He was all ok though, Kim managed to catch him and he wasn’t any worse for ware. All part of the fun and games!
Cafe Beignet, Again!
We wanted a coffee and a bit of food, so we went to Cafe Beignet again, but a different one. This one was much older and had a great look about it. There was also a man singing there, which helped with the ambience.
We shared some Gumbo, which is traditional soup made with chicken, rice and sausage…absolutely delicious!
Curtis had a key lime pie and we got some coffee too.
It doesn’t look great, but tastes amazing!
We headed home after here, once we had a short walk around. It was too hot and we didn’t really fancy doing anything more.
We got back home in record time, catching the transport perfectly! It took us just 15 minutes or so.
We got back and both had some admin to complete, so it was good to get that done.
We ate the remainder of yesterday’s pasta and were still hungry.
Luckily, we’d been told by our host about a few food trucks which were congregating by the library, just a block away.
We got to the food trucks and there were just a couple there, so nothing much to choose from.
We each got a crepe in the end. Curtis got a cinnamon one and Kim got a cookie butter one. They were actually great and from the crepe truck called Crépes á la cart
After this, we came home, chilled out and also planned what we will be doing tomorrow.
After waking up at a similar time as yesterday, Kim went out to McDonald’s to get a breakfaost from there and we sat and watched videos in bed for a while. The perfect Sunday morning.
Kim went out early afternoon to see if Danielle’s mum had any shoes she could borrow for the last week of work. Turns out that she didn’t, but Kim still got to see Danielle and even went for a milkshake!
Today, it is apparently 1 year since we arrived in New Zealand, which is odd because we arrived on the 18th, not the 16th!
Once Kim was back, we waited for a bit and then we drove down to the city to meet Colten and Sarah at a Belgian cafe/pub.
The Belgian cafe is somewhere we’ve walked past a few times and really wanted to go in, so we’re glad we got to go! This place does remind us of Europe.
We had to wait a little for a table, but Colten & Sarah hadn’t arrived yet either. There were way too many beers to choose from, but the food looked incredible!
Once we got a table, it was time to order! Curtis got the Venison Pie which had a cinnamon gravy and Kim got the lamb shoulder. Curtis’ was tasty but the peas and carrots were cold. He’d give his 6/10. Kim’s was OK but a lot of fat and just nothing special, she gave it 5/10.
After we finished up there, we went for a walk to the Sky Tower where there was a small christmas market.
Curtis and Colten got a coffee each and Kim got a chocolate sundae from McDonald’s. Colten and Sarah got their portrait drawn and we had a bit of a walk around.
We had a chat for a bit and then it was home time. We walked back to the cars, said goodbye and went home.
We got home and Kim had a chat with her mum and dad before we went to sleep.