Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 467: Vancouver, BC – A Week Off!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis woke up at 09:30 and had some breakfast.

Whilst he ate and a bit thereafter, he did his Norwegian homework in time for his lesson tomorrow.

Curtis played a lot of games today, but he did also receive the information he needed from work for his visa application, so he put all of that on his visa profile, but he needs to wait to submit until Kim has her consultation tomorrow.

Curtis also got some research done for our visas, to confirm a few things, and find some questions for Kim to ask tomorrow.

In the afternoon, after some lunch, Curtis went down to the drug store to book in for a flu shot, so we are both booked in for Wednesday now!

That was it for productiveness for the day, as Curtis just played games until he met with Kim to go to the shop.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the day in the office today. When she arrived there were a lot of flies and bugs, so Kim made a couple of DIY fly catchers of clingfilm with little holes in it over a glass that has sugar and maple syrup in it.

She then went over the new HR system with her colleague by sending a new hire a lot of information and forms for them to complete and fill out. Kim the. Had a meeting with the new hire she had been helping over the weekend to finished setting her up and took her through the new hire packet that had been sent over. It was also very productive as they mentioned a few things that needed tweaking on the system and then Kim was able to contact the company there and then to make those changes.

Once Kim passed the new hire to their manager for the day she popped to a couple of shops to get a few things for the office like fly traps, paper towels and more hand sanitizer.

Kim was then back in the office for a short time before heading out to pick up a laptop from the CEO. It was so strange that it was her first time meeting him! She drove over, got the laptop and then they had a lovely quick chat before Kim left.

Once she was back in the office again Kim quickly ate before working on Bamboo again with her colleague. They used setting up her account as a test to see some of the functions of the system. It was great to have an option to run through it again so soon after the morning.

At the end of the day Kim joined a call in preparation for a meeting tomorrow. They ironed our a few last minute details and then Kim made a few purchases before heading home.

Evening

We did the shopping and when we got back home, around 19:00, we made some sweet chilli potato wedges for dinner.

We ate those and chatted about our day and watched some TV for the remainder of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 323: Vancouver, BC – Sun, Ice Cream & Lemon Drizzle!

Chat

We had a chat with Curtis’ family eight when we woke up!

It was great to catch up with them and see what they’d been up to and their plans for the next little while, as well as update them on us.

Sun & Ice Cream

The weather was so nice today that we went out for a bit, but first, we did a shop.

Once we finished the shop and unpacked it, we went out for a walk around the area and popped into Yaletown Gelato for an ice cream!

We each got one scoop, Curtis got dark chocolate and Kim got salted caramel.

Our ice creams were perfect, and we walked around the seawall on what felt a lot like a ‘normal’ weekend day, which was odd.

We stopped in to get a cold coffee each from Starbucks and then walked back home.

More Games & Lemon Drizzle

We got home and played some more games, which we are really enjoying doing now, and then it was probably a good time to do some laundry and make dinner.

We had a jar of carbonara sauce to use up so we had chicken and mushroom carbonara for dinner.

As well as making that, Kim made a lemon drizzle cake as well as some small lemon drizzle cakes, too.

We watched some TV and played some more games for the rest of the evening, but overall had a really great day and weekend!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 181: Vancouver, BC – 3 Year Wedding Anniversary!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had his whole day mapped out on his calendar by 10:00!

After his usual admin and team catch up, Curtis started the day setting up a laptop remotely for someone in Charlotte.

Once that laptop was complete, an hour or so later, Curtis got started on a laptop he needed to setup in his office.

Along the way, he was claiming some tickets and completing some quick ones too.

The afternoon consisted of completing said tickets he took earlier in the day as well as doing some research for some more challenging tickets and a ticket in which someone had requested an alternative software to a supported software at the company.

Curtis left the office and headed to meet Kim.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim did the Wiki project. That’s about it really. She had her weekly catch up in the morning with her colleague and the focused on the the Wiki project for the day.

She removed old pages and condensed information. She also booked a dentist appointment and sorted out her expenses for her glasses in the morning.

3 Year Wedding Anniversary!

Today is our 3 year wedding anniversary!

We celebrated with our meal on Saturday, but we celebrated a little more this evening, too!

We met after work and went for a cheap but nice Thai dinner not far from Kim’s workplace.

After our dinner, we had plenty of time to kill, so we went for a drink and dessert at Cactus Club.

We each got an espresso martini, which wasn’t very nice, and Kim got a chocolate lava cake.

We sat here for a bit until we had to leave to head to the cinema!

We watched the film The Gentleman, which is a new UK gangster film. This was really, really good, though it was very rude!

The Gentleman

Our Rating:- 10/10

We left here and headed home, after a really good night! We relaxed for a bit more with some wine and then headed to bed.

A perfect Tuesday night and a perfect anniversary day!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 172: Vancouver, BC – Optometrist, Bakery & Sandwiches!

Optometrist

We were up a decent time so we could get ready to head into the city.

Curtis had an optometry appointment, so we had to get down there for 12:50.

We had muffins with egg and cheese for breakfast and then got ready!

We got there and were a little early so Kim booked an appointment for herself and Curtis checked in and then we had a look around at some glasses frames.

Curtis went in for his appointment and it was actually pretty quick.

Curtis got his pupils dilated. It was horrible…! Firstly, it stung a lot, and then Curtis couldn’t see anything close up and it was pretty strange.

Curtis has to get some slightly stronger glasses and contact lenses. He went with a different brand for the lenses after giving them a try.

Curtis then, with Kim, tried a few different frames and finally found a pair! They’re a little different style to what he usually wears, but he really likes them.

Bakery

After this, we went to a bakery called Breka.

Kim had a chocolate mouse cake thing and Curtis and a lemon crumble slice which was tasty!

Curtis had a cappuccino which was ‘eh’ and Kim had a salted caramel mocha which she liked.

We walked to Urban Fare from here to get a few things for dinner tonight and for lunch for the week.

Costco

We stopped in at Costco on the walk home to get some chicken and cheese, as well as a couple of other things.

We walked back home and relaxed for a second, before Kim had to go up to the shop to get some things, too.

Sandwiches!

We each had a great sandwich for dinner! Kim had a two cheese sandwich with brie and cheddar and Curtis had a steak sandwich!

Each sandwich had mushrooms, onions, cheese an balsamic vinaigrette.

We ate these and has some wine and then watched some TV for the rest of the night, whilst also getting ready for work tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 136: Vancouver, BC – All Day Typing & Post Work Massage

Curtis’ Day

As made apparent from the title, Curtis’ day was a lot of writing (technically typing).

He started the day with some admin and then doing a couple of tickets, but he did have it planned to get guides written for his project. There are around 8 guides to get written, so Curtis has to get those all done, and ASAP!

Curtis just did those all day and got half done, which is better than none.

Curtis walked home and there was no rain, which is much better, and then he watched the last 2 periods of the leafs game.

He had leftover Thai curry which he cooked up some chicken for and ate.

Kim went out to exercise and Curtis played some games.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim had to grab a cake for a team so she headed to the shop up near home and planned to take a taxi in. She called for a taci before going in to.the store, but as the answered the line cut out. So kim grabbed the cake and waited outside while she called again, it took 5 minutes to get through and there was no estimated arrival time.

While Kim was at the bus stop waiting for the taxi a police escort came down the road and blocked it off, then came a group of cyclists followed by more police and an ambulance or 2. The best part was that the police van was playing ACDC, a great way to start a morning!

When the taxi eventually arrived Kim made her way into work and was about 30 minutes later than she had anticipated! Kim then hid the cake at her desk before running back out to post a letter and pick up some dairy free cakes.

While she was out in the morning Kim was asked to do some printing, so she got all of that sorted.

During the morning Kim felt very strange, she had a pounding headache, felt neasous and had funny vision. So Kim took 5 and sat in a meeting room to see if it would pass, and then went and grabbed some fresh air on the roof. This helped a fair amount.

It was then cake time! So Kim arranged the main cake in the kitchen, but hid the dairy free ones! There was a nice little talk and then everyone grabbed some cake.

As she still wasnt feeling 100% Kim then changed her settings on her computer to cause less of a strain on her eyes, this was Curtis’s great idea and he walked her through how to do it over the phone! He is so wonderful and really does take good care of Kim.

This helped immensely and throughout the course of the day all the issues went away! During the call, the gentleman who put on the presentation snuck Kim some cake, which was very appreciated.

Kim then took some time to go through the emails received today and had a little catch up with her team mate who had been in another office for the past week.

It was then lunch time, and despite Kim saying that she would sort her lunch in the morning and to no surprise to Curtis, Kim had not made her lunch. As she had felt so groggy in the morning Kim decided to get a McDonald’s, and she picked a great day to as well, she got a free cheeseburger! So she grabbed her lunch and then went back to eat. She ended up in and out of her seat for the first half of her lunch sorting things out for people!

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon catching up on the invoices. Its going to be like that for a fair few days as she hadn’t saved an invoice until yesterday since the 4th September. Kim is very glad to announce that she is now up to the 9th September!

In the middle of the invoices Kim had a bit more of a proper meeting with her colleague, mainly a catch up from the last week and plans on the Christmas parties. Kim ended up giving a great idea for the UK office that will possibly be used, so that was great!

After work, Kim used her benefits to get a quick massage. She had booked herself in for a 30 minute neck and back massage to sort out her painful shoulder, but as a result of her morning, Kim changed it to a head, neck and back massage and it was alright!

Kim class today was good! The conditioning nearly killed her and she was utterly rubbish at it all. She was able to nail some of the moves which was great.

Bake Off, Again!

Kim got back from exercise and we watched the latest bake off episode before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 91: Vancouver, BC – Pride Celebration & Games!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a non stop day again today, but it was perfect! The day went incredibly fast.

Just after lunch, Curtis went down to the lobby of the building as they were doing a ‘building appreciation day’. This meant that every person got a free cold brew coffee and an ice cream sandwich!

Curtis got his free stuff and went and sat outside with some colleagues to eat it.

After finishing his first cold brew, Curtis went and got another one because he could!

Curtis got some more of the Apple Macs sorted and then went and had some drinks with colleagues.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim sorted the fruit when she got in, binned the mouldy grapes and replaced them. She later went back in to the kitchen to make a little fruit salad and also cut and freeze some fruit for a drink she had planned for the afternoon.

Kim then spent some time orgnaising a day trip for a few differnt people who have arranged for a summer outing. She and the representative kept missing each other so Kim will solidify the plans next Tuesday. She also placed the food order to arrive for the following week.

As there is a day off on Monday kim then drafted and sent out the company wide notification email.

The Vancouver Pride March is on this coming Sunday so the theme for this weeks Friday afternoons drinks is Pride! Kim went out to the dollar store to pick up more decorations. She got rsimbow banners, flags and treat pots. After this Kim went and got a cake from a local supermarket as she had a great idea! Then on her way back to the office Kim picked up the wine and beer. It was a very successful trip out of the office.

The cake kim bought was a lemon bundt style cake, so it had a hole in the middle. Kim filled it with skittles and then ‘iced’ the top with coconut whipped cream and decorated it with a skittle heart!

Kim then spent some time going through her phone messages and catching up on emails before and after her lunch.

Towards the end of the day Kim decorated the kitchen with everything she had gotten earlier, but still felt it was lacking something. So she made a small thing of pride glad bunting and hung that near the table and that perfected the room!

Kim then made the foundations for the Sangria type drink! She had found a sparkling rose can that donates to charity so bought 3, chopped and froze fruit throughout the week to make a wonderful little summer drink! She started by putting the frozen fruit into 2 pitchers, adding a little triple sec and ginger beer and letting it marinate while she set up the rest of the glasses and drinks. Once everything else was set up Kim poured the rose in and everything was ready to go.

People started arriving and then 10 minutes in Kim set up and started the game of Pride Anthems guess the song. There were 20 songs and Kim played various lengths of parts of songs and points were awarded for song and artist name. It was so fun! There were songs that people expected to heat that didn’t come up, so there is a possibility of round 2 this coming Friday. That way the people who were away for the long weekend can join in the fun too.

People left right after the game, which was to be expected, so Kim packed away the drinks and table cloths, but decided the flags and bunting could stay up a little while longer. Then she headed home herself.

Wendy’s & Upcoming Long Weekend!

We forgot to take anything out for dinner, so had to decide what to have.

We were incredibly lazy when we got home and did nothing for over an hour and then went up to Wendy’s to get some food.

Curtis wasn’t too hungry so just got a cheeseburger and Kim got a big chicken burger meal.

We watched some YouTube and then the latest Suits episode, followed by some more YouTube.

We have a long weekend this weekend and we may do something but mostly we want to sleep!

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This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale