Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 397: Vancouver, BC – Dos!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to catch up on a bunch of things after being away for a week, so he did that for most of the day.

A new round of computer checkups has started, too, so Curtis had some people to contact and setup a time to check some things on their laptops.

He had a team meeting at one point in the morning and then had to contact a bunch of people for the computer checkups.

As well as this, Curtis had to coordinate and plan for some new people starting, which Curtis has to head to the office for tomorrow to setup some laptops and send them out.

Curtis did some tickets and some other admin and then was done for the day. It went very fast and was very busy!

Kim’s Day

Kim spent a good portion of her morning catching up on emails and messages. She took some time to check on incoming laptops and ensure that they were all on their way or received and she looked into a few company updates that went out. Kim also sent out a charger to a remote worker.

After shipping out the charging cable Kim went through her voicemails. Most of them were for her colleague so she wrote up all the phone notes and sent them over.

A laptop had been returned to one of the offices, but it is now required back in the Vancouver office. So Kim spoke with an employee from that office and arranged that they will send it back. Kim put the paperwork together and sent it all over to the colleague who will help out.

In the afternoon Kim spent more time on the hoodies that need to be sent out over the coming weeks. She has a preset page on a spreadsheet for sheets of stickers and started adding employees addresses there so that the ink doesnt smudge and Kim has to write less.

Dos!

When Kim got home, we made some sandwiches for dinner. Kim had brie, mushrooms and shallots in her sandwich with mustard.

Curtis had wagu steak, mushrooms, shallots and mustard in his.

We ate these and watched some TV and then we played some Dos, which is made by Uno, and is similar but has some different rules, of course. Kim bought this for Curtis for his birthday, but it only arrived today!

We figured out how to play that and played it for way longer than we probably should have!

We watched some TV for the rest of the evening and then headed to bed.


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Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 396: Vancouver, BC – Sunday

We woke up and spoke with Curtis’ family for an hour or so, which was a really nice catch up.

We had breakfast after this, which was similar to yesterday’s.

We did pretty much nothing for the rest of the day. Played some games, watched some TV shows.

We had some leftovers for dinner from yesterday’s delicious fried rice and then we went down to Dairy Queen to get a blizzard ice cream!

We got back and watched some TV, then Kim had a bath and relaxed.

We finished the evening with a hot chocolate and then headed to bed, ready to go back to doing work again.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 395: Vancouver, BC – We’re Back

We woke up and had a nice big cooked breakfast and watched a bit of TV whilst eating.

We eventually got ourselves ready and made our way out of the apartment to get the weekly shop done.

It turns out, we chose the worst time to do this as there were far too many people and it was awful!

We got back home and then went out to get a coffee.

We came back home and watched some TV, played some games and then Kim made some dinner, which was something homemade which we obviously didn’t have whilst in Whistler!

Kim made egg fried rice with fried chicken which was terrific!

We ate that and watched some TV for the evening. We don’t plan on doing much this weekend, just relaxing from the week just gone.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Whistler, BC

Place 87 – Day 4: Whistler, BC – Quad Biking!

Breakfast, Of Course

We had a small breakfast from Purebred of just a coffee and a croissant.

We ate this quickly and finished off getting ready for the day, and then checked out, which we were able to do by phone, which was great.

We got everything into the car and then went for a bit of a final walk around Whistler.

We got ourselves some drinks for the day and the went back to the hotel to grab the car.

Alpha Lake & Nita Lake

We drove out to a couple of lakes near where we were going just to pass the time before our activity.

We just had a walk around and chatted for a bit, but it was actually a little cold.

Kim thought it was a good idea to go on the swing…But she then realised it was not.

We finished walking around these lakes and got back to the car to drive to the quad biking place.

The check engine light came on, which wasn’t ideal, but we managed to make it there fine.

Quad Biking!

For Curtis’ birthday, Kim got us a quad biking tour close to Whistler.

We got there and there was just 2 other people joining us for our tour, which was excellent!

We set off on some big quad bikes and did a bit of practice to acclimate to the bikes and ensure we were safe.

We began our tour and it was actually a little technical! There were a lot of stones around to navigate over, but we got to the first viewpoint pretty quickly.

Unfortunately, as with everything at the moment, the view wasn’t very good due to the smoke, but there was a nice river.

We continued on and went up a mountain which was pretty difficult with much larger rocks to get over and some steep hills but we made it to the top!

Again, there is meant to be a good view, but it’s not a very good time for views at the moment.

We had to ride back down the mountain and that was tough as we didn’t want to go too fast over the rocks, but it was incredibly fun and made us think and consentrate for sure.

We got down this part and had a nice flat part we could go fast on and then we came to a thin forest track which was challenging but great!

We then moved into a section that was in a forest still but with a lot of puddles on corners, which got us wet and dirty, especially the one big puddle!

We then headed back to the camp after around 1.5 hours of riding. We had a really great time overall and actually want to come back!

Home Time

We left here (with our check engine light on still) and drove home.

We got home in about 2 hours and were incredibly tired, but glad we got home even though we had a check engine light on.

We booked our car in for Wednesday and then we relaxed!

We had some frozen pizza for dinner, unpacked and relaxed for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Whistler, BC

Place 87 – Day 3: Whistler, BC – Lost Lake, Aussie Pie & Green Lake

Breakfast

We woke up a little later today and got ourselves ready.

We went to get crepes for breakfast, which was about a 15 minute walk.

We got that and a coffee and headed back to the hotel where we ate our crepes. Kim got a chocolate and banana crepe and Curtis had a lemon curd one.

Lost Lake

We finished our breakfast and then walked down to Lost Lake.

There was a nice long walk which was fairly flat but around a beautiful lake. This was a very beautiful, relaxing and quiet walk, there weren’t many people around!

Aussie Pie

We walked this trail for a while and then got to the lake itself which was also very quiet.

We had bought a pie on the way for our walk from an Aussie pie store to have for lunch. Curtis got a steak and pepper pie and Kim got a chicken, mushroom & leek pie.

Green Lake

We ate the pie on a park bench in a very quiet area and took in the scenery.

We then kept walking the trail and accidentally just kept walking and walking through some nice scenery and eventually to Green Lake.

We actually ended up walking for 17km today, which was FAR more than we planned but it felt really good and we enjoyed it, too.

Mexican Food

We got back to the hotel and relaxed for a little and then went out to get some food.

We got some food from a Mexican place we had seen as it was actually really good!

Curtis had a bowl with pulled pork and Kim had chicken quesadillas.

Blizzard

We went out to get Kim a blizzard from DQ down the street but it was far too full so the walk back home was messy!

We watched some TV when we got back and had a few drinks.

We have a fun activity planned tomorrow and so we will be up earlier in the morning. We also have to check out tomorrow morning.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Whistler, BC

Place 87 – Day 2: Whistler, BC – Train Wreck, Rainbow Park & Birthday Dinner

Birthday Present!

Kim was excited to give Curtis his birthday present, so she did that when we woke up.

The present was a bunch of snacks from all the other countries we have lived in or will live in, so the UK, New Zealand and Norway.

Curtis loved this gift so much and is looking forward to tucking into the snacks with Kim.

Breakfast!

We woke up around 10:00 and got ourselves ready.

We then headed down to a cafe we had walked past yesterday and got ourselves some breakfast.

Kim got herself a croissant with tomato and goats cheese along with an iced caramel latte. Curtis got a breakfast wrap and a flat white.

We headed back to the hotel to eat our breakfast and then finished getting ready to go out for the day.

Train Wreck

We drove for about 10 minutes to get to the Train Wreck, which is exactly what it sounds like! This is a train wreck from the 1950s which has been used a graffiti spot for artists as well as a trick/jump spot for mountain bikers!

We walked through a forest and across a cool suspension bridge to get to the wreck and a beautiful river to boot!

We got some great photos in and around the Train Wreck and learned a little about what happened and what they are used for now.

Rainbow Park

We left the wreck and took another drive to Rainbow Park.

We didn’t spent too long here, but we walked around for a bit and took in the peacefulness of the park and the beautiful (smokey) view.

Delicious Dinner!

We went out for a dinner at 17:00 to a restaurant not far from us.

This is the first time we have been in a proper restaurant for dinner together since COVID-19 hit the world, so it was a little strange but we were outside and very distanced.

We got some wine to share and then for food Kim got duck breast whilst Curtis got some venison!

For dessert, Curtis got a lemon tart and Kim got a chocolate fondant!

This arrived with a candle and ‘happy birthday’ on it from the staff at the hotel for Curtis’ birthday, which was very kind!

We finished our food and then headed back to the hotel. It turned out that we had been our for about 8 hours, though it didn’t feel like it!

When we got back, we watched The Social Dilemma and then played some Connect 4, which was included with Curtis’ birthday present.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Whistler, BC

Place 87 – Day 1: Whistler, BC🇨🇦 – Some Time Away!

Breakfast!

We finally managed to have some breakfast from Small Victory!

Kim had an appointment in the morning and then she picked up the breakfast.

We each had a normal croissant, which was amazingly flakey and buttery, and Kim had her usual coffee (Spanish latte) and Curtis had a terrific cappuccino.

We got ourselves ready and we managed to leave by around 12:00.

Off To Whistler!

The drive up to Whistler was really nice, but it was still smokey, so not too much could be seen.

We stopped in at Canadian Tire in Squamish and got some jump cables after our debacle the other week.

We grabbed a coffee too, of course.

We drop up to Whistler and the hotel was awesome!

We got upgraded to a suite, so we have a table and a sofa etc. Super nice!

Village Exploration

We got our stuff up to the room and then just went for a walk around to see different things around the village and different areas.

We walked through a small forest of sorts and saw a Blue Jay, which is cool!

We took a walk through the village area and spotted a few nice places for food!

Came across a nice bridge with an awesome river.

Dinner

Our legs got tired after a few hours and we began to get hungry, so we walked to a place we had seen earlier called Noodles and we grabbed ourselves a box of food each. Kim got a Korean chicken box and Curtis got crispy spicy beef with rice.

We went back to the hotel room and ate our food and chilled out in the room for a bit, then went out to get some things in the drug store. This meant we got to see the Village at night, which was dark for sure!

Drinks!

We went for a drink in the bar downstairs from our hotel room, which was a very empty bar, and then headed back upstairs to play some card games and watch TV.

We’ve planned the remainder of our time here, we’re here until Friday evening, so that’s great!

It’s Curtis’ birthday tomorrow, too!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 394: Vancouver, BC – Holiday Time!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis and a meeting at 09:30 which was to show someone around some software and see if he can help them with any questions they had.

After that, Curtis had his weekly team meeting which lasted for about an hour and then after that, the day got crazy!

Curtis did constant ticket work until lunch time, and then after that he had a meeting with his team to talk about some survey responses and statistics.

After that, Curtis had a bunch more work to do and had to reach out to some people, as well as ensure he didn’t have any work left for during his vacation for the rest of the week.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by working on some emails she plans to send out when she gets back from her leave for the rest of this week. In the morning she also set up an ad hoc visit for someone to work from the office, a return for a laptop and sent out a gift card.

In the afternoon Kim set up a couple of hot desks, just in case someone wants to come in while she is away. Then its all set up and someone else doesn’t have to do it! Then for the rest of the afternoon Kim sorted her expenses.

Evening

Kim got back home as Curtis was just finishing off our baked potatoes for dinner.

We ate those and watched some TV and then we went down to 7-Eleven and Kim got an ice cream there.

We got home and Curtis ate the remaining ice cream we had at home and Kim ate her ice cream.

We did some packing to be ready to leave tomorrow and we got a few things sorted throughout the evening, such as vacuuming and ensuring all the dishes were done etc.

We aren’t up too early tomorrow and we have a few things to get done then we’re off for a brief drive!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 393: Vancouver, BC – Mello Doughnuts

Preparing

We woke up pretty late and had the remaining croissants for breakfast.

It took us a while to get going today, but we did eventually.

We got showered and then we started to do some packing! We are going away from Tuesday – late Friday (nowhere too far, but it should be fun!), So we needed to pack, of course.

We packed a bunch of things and decided what we need to take, also.

Mello Doughnuts

Once we did that, it was about 16:00 and we decided we wanted to get a doughnut!

We found a place which was a 20 minute walk, but it had great reviews and the flavours sounded good, so we took the walk there.

The area it was in wasn’t the greatest, but we queued up and got our doughnuts!

Kim got a chocolate old-fashioned and Curtis got a lemon doughnut.

We didn’t eat them right away as it was nearly dinner time, so we saved them for dessert.

Pirates of The Caribbean

We got home and had our dinner, which was just some sweet and sour chicken with rice, peas and sweetcorn. But, before we did that, we had a Vietnamese coffee, because why not!

We watched Pirates of The Caribbean (the first one) whilst we ate dinner.

Once we did that, Kim had a relaxing shower and did a facemask, then we watched some more TV.

We have work for just one day tomorrow, and then we’re off for our small trip!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 392: Vancouver, BC – Smokey Skies

Haircut

We woke up and Kim went out to get some croissants for breakfast. We heated those up and had them with some butter and that was a delicious start to the day!

We then got ready for the day and once we were ready, we went out to get a coffee. We wanted to go to Small Victory but the queue was too long for the time we had so we went to Starbucks instead.

The skies today are incredibly smokey, so much so that it can be seen and you can smell/taste the smoke. This is due to the wildfires in the US.

Once we got the coffee, Curtis had to go down to get a haircut!

He arrived and was right in the chair! He had a nice chat with his barber and got his haircut, of course.

Birthday Present Shopping

Kim went out whilst Curtis was having his haircut to get some birthday presents for Curtis as well as some other things.

Kim went to a place and got a present and then tried to go to another place but it would have taken far too long so she left and went on to Metropolis in Burnaby to get some work shoes and some other presents.

Kim did the small food shop on the way home and then when she got back home, we had some food!

Breakfast For Dinner

We had breakfast for dinner which was delicious! We ate this and watched some TV, followed by some Tony Hawk and a little more TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale