Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 966: Vancouver, BC – White Rock!

We woke up lazily and had some scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast whilst we watched some of the F1.

We got ourselves ready, slowly, and then drove out to White Rock, only about an hour away from us and on the US border!

We got there and parked up, with the first mission to find coffee and snacks, which we did. We got ourselves coffee and Kim has an Oreo cheesecake and then we went for a walk.

White Rock is a small seaside city with Canada’s longest pier, which is where we went!

We had to cross some railway tracks to get there, which are in use, but we took a quick cool photo!

We walked onto the pier and saw the US opposite us! We looked down into the water and saw a lot of purple starfish, which were cool, and then Curtis looked up and noticed an eagle sat above us!

We walked back along the pier and down to the water, where Kim dipped her feet a little to cool off.

We walked back up to the car, up the large tiring hills, and then drove back home. It was a wonderful day out and much nicer than we expected! We definitely want to do a night or two here soon and just relax.

After getting back home, we had leftovers from yesterday and then went out for a nice evening walk.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 944: Vancouver, BC – Cat Sitting!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a bit of work and admin to do in the morning and then he had a slew of meetings.

The first meeting was a brief team meeting followed by a meeting regarding offices and returning to them!

Right after that meeting, Curtis had a brief chat with someone to define a process and that was quick and easy.

Once that meeting was done, Curtis had a bit of time to have lunch and get some other things done and then he had another workshop.

After the workshop, which finished a little earlier than planned, Curtis was able to get some tickets done for the first time today and then he did an onboard at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had another day out and about checking out some spaces that may be a good idea for an office in the future. Once she arrived she instantly joined a call and had a catch up with a manager to talk about their new hire and then she was able to get some admin done before a company wide meeting and update.

She then had to run to the Apple store to drop off a Mac that needed some keys replaced. Then she spent the rest of the morning on collaborative work with her teammate who also popped by the space for the day.

After a small lunch Kim joined an interview, but more as an observer so she could her her new teammate take over. They did a really good job and Kim was really pleased! For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on a few projects with her teammate and did some great planning too.

After work Kim went to her friend’s home to look after her kittens while she is away for the weekend. She fed them and played with them too.

Kim left in time to be able to attend a protest in regards to the unmarked graves that have recently been found in residential schools and the atrocities against the Indigenous People’s of Canada, which was organised by Black Lives Matter Vancouver.

Evening

We had Chinese food again! We got it from the place over the road as it was so amazing last time and we wanted to try a few other things from there. It was just as amazing this time which is excellent.

We ate that and watched some TV. The weather is starting to very seriously warm today, so even at night it is hot outside, which is not ideal for sleeping! Luckily, we got a new cooling duvet which hopefully will help.

We shall see!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 939: Vancouver, BC – Kittens & Ice Cream!

Croissants & A Friend

Curtis went to get croissants for breakfast and once we ate those and Kim showered, Kim went out to meet a friend and hang out in a park for a while.

Kittens!

Kim went to see the kittens that her friend had for a little bit and they were so cute!

Once Kim was done, she walked back home and then we both went out together.

New Shoes, Warmth & Ice Cream!

We went to get ice cream, specifically, at a place Kim went to around a year ago and remembered it was amazing, so we had to try it.

It was 28°C today, so super warm but beautiful! We got a drink when we got there and a light snack and we ate that whilst sat in a park nearby.

We then had a walk around the park and headed to a shop to get Kim some sandals as her feet were far too warm.

Once we got those, we went to the ice cream store, which had a bit of a queue, and waited patiently for our turn.

Curtis got a coffee flavoured ice cream and Kim got salted caramel. The ice cream was super delicious and we took it to the park and sat on the grass again, in the shade, just relaxing.

We eventually got up and had a bit more of a walk before heading back to the car around 17:50.

Fans, Supermarket & Leftovers

We drove back towards home and stopped at the supermarket but also popped into another store to get a couple of fans (it’s getting warm!) And some screws so we can hang the photo we bought a while ago!

We got back home and had leftovers form yesterday’s delicious Chinese food and then Kim had a shower and got herself ready for work tomorrow. It was too hot to have a bath this week.

Curtis is off work tomorrow, he had been given the day off to recognise National Indigenous Day in Canada, which is a great thing that the company is doing.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 938: Vancouver, BC – FINALLY, Prawn Crackers!

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.

Doesn’t look amazing, but oh it really was!

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.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 500: Vancouver, BC – Best Coffee In Vancouver?

We woke up at a really reasonable time today and had some toasties for breakfast. After breakfast, we had showers and then braved the rain to get ourselves some coffee!

We had heard and read that Revolver was the best coffee place in Vancouver, so we thought we should check it out.

We got pretty wet from the rain on the way there and back, but we were excited for our coffee!

Unfortunately, it wasn’t all that impressive. By no means was the coffee bad, but we weren’t really blown away! But we are glad we got to try it and we may think about trying some different coffee from there in the future.

When we got home, we played some Minecraft and then some VR!

we played quite a bit of VR, including some Mini Golf and the other game we had been playing recently.

We then watched some more TV and followed that up with eating our remaining leftovers from our Chinese food order yesterday.

We watched Big Fat Quiz 2020 whilst we ate which was funny, then finished the night off with some more Minecraft and TV/YouTube.


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Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 437: Vancouver, BC – Lebanese Coffee & Prospect Point

We woke up this morning and had some more cinnamon buns for breakfast.

We relaxed for a bit, got dressed and showered and then left the apartment.

We went to the place we got our Lebanese food from yesterday as they sell Lebanese Coffee, which we thought we should try!

We walked down there and went in to get the coffee.

There was not really anyone there and it’s a huge place, so we sat and enjoyed!

You get the coffee in this cool contraption and we had these tiny little mugs.

Curtis really enjoyed it! It’s similar to Turkish coffee, which meant it’s really strong!

Kim enjoyed it less, but didn’t hate it.

We left where and walked down to Stanley Park, where we’ve gone to the last couple of weekends, to have a nice walk in the chilly autumn weather.

We walked to a lake called Beaver Lake, but it wasn’t actually very interesting, so we continued up to Prospect Point where we got a great view on the Lions Gate Bridge!

We left here and walked back home, which took about an hour, but we did stop off to grab a Starbucks!

Kim enjoyed her walk home as there were plenty of leaves to kick!

We got back home and we were tired after being out for a few hours and being on our feet all day.

We ordered some Chinese food which took a while to arrive, but we eventually got it and it wasn’t very great at all, unfortunately.

We watched the film Like A Boss whilst we ate and then played some Need for Speed and watched some other TV.


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Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 328: Vancouver, BC – New Chinese Food Place

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few things to do in the morning and then once he did those, he had a team meeting.

He did a bit of admin before lunch and then after lunch he had a project meeting.

After his project meeting, he did a few more tickets and then had a team building session, which consisted of playing some rocket league.

After team building, Curtis got a group created which took a bit of time as there are a few steps to that and then was pretty much done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim started even earlier today, as there is a follow up meeting from yesterdays meeting which means she has to move the social call a little earlier. So she joined that and had a great catch up with 3 other people and that was lovely. She went from this call to host the Q&A from yesterday’s meeting and that went really well. As it didnt overrun Kim was able to get the recording uploaded to the Wiki quite soon after.

When she got into the office Kim continued cleaning up the meeting room, she worked on breaking down more of the old notebooks. She then nipped put to grab some lunch and enjoyed that before the east coast social call. There were only two people on that call today but it was still fun!

After the call Kim set up a few desks for people to use on Monday as there will be a few extra people in the office. She measured to make sure all the desks are far enough apart, moved tables to ensure that the safe distance is maintained, got screens and finally sanitised the desks.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on drafting a form that will be needed in the coming months. She finished the day with the west coast social call. There was a good turn out today, so after some chatting Kim hosted a jackbox game and that was fun!

Chinese Food

We fancied Chinese food for dinner, so we ordered from a chain called Peaceful Restaurant as it has good ratings.

Kim got General Tsao Chicken with rice and Curtis got Ginger Beef with noodles.

We enjoyed the food quite a bit.

We watched some TV and played some games with our evening and were looking forward to getting some sleep.

Curtis has a haircut tomorrow, too, which is his first since the barbershops re-opened.


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Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 163: Vancouver, BC – Chinese New Year Lunch

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day right from the start.

He had some things planned to do, which he did do, but also had a few people speak with him and ask for stuff, so he got that done too.

At 12:00, which came around way too fast, Curtis joined in on the lunch that was happening! Everyone put $15 in and shared a big Chinese takeaway!

It was pretty good food and a good chance to socialise.

Curtis didn’t think he’d have much to do after this, as he didn’t have anything planned, but then a few tickets came in which gave Curtis things to do until 16:20 which is when he then had a drink with some colleagues.

Curtis walked home alone as Kim had some more work to do. He got some cool photos on the way home.

Kim’s Day

As she had dropped everything off at work the night before Kim was able to start straight away with securing the new bookshelf to the wall. Shortly after this she popped out to the liquor to pick up the drinks for the afternoon.

A while after she got back, Kim helped set up the IT stuff for the monthly social talks and also got all the pizza set up. Kim orgnaised the talks well by keeping everyone in their times and making sure that everyone had a chance to ask questions.

After ahe cleared up the pizza Kim had a small amount of time to make some progress with her organising around the office so she focused on the area around her desk and arranged printer cartridges to be swapped out and had started to out things back now that the shelves had been secured.

Kim then popped out to get some eggs for one of the desserts for Lunar New Year. When she got back Kim aet up and prepared all of the snacks and printed out the answer sheets for the riddles.
Once the celebrations started Kim ran around the office giving out New Year red envelopes to everyone.

While everyone else had Friday afternoon drinks Kim organised, condensed and labelled all of the decorations and took them back down to storage. She then set a few things up for the week coming and then cleared away everything from the drinks and New Year celebrations.

Late Hockey!

Curtis has a late hockey game, so you won’t see about that until tomorrow as it’ll finish at around 00:00.

We had a bit of food, watched some TV and then headed out to the rink.


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Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 84: Vancouver, BC – First Aid Completed & Linda Is Here!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had another quiet day today, but spent a lot of it being fairly productive, getting the helpdesk system changed so it was more friendly as well as easier to use!

Curtis did a couple of tickets, one of which was right after lunch, which was good. It took about an hour to complete that and then it was super quiet, so Curtis went into the lounge, got a beer and chilled out.

Curtis did a ticket just before he left and then walked home.

Kim’s Day

Today was the final day of first aid training! For the morning everyone spent their time running through scenarios while teams were assessed by the instructors. When Kim did hers she felt she made some stupid mistakes, but as time went on she realised that maybe she was being a little hard on herself.

In order to get out and about during the day Kim popped put and to the shipping centre to pick up some Tim Bits for the class and get a coffee too!

After lunch people continued running a few more scenarios before sitting down to sit the written exam. The exam was in multiple choice format Kim used all of the exam time to ensure that she triple checked the the answer she had circled was actually the answer she wanted to have circled. That way she would make less stupid and easily avoidable mistakes.

After the written Kim assisted with two other peoples practical exams before being the final person to complete theirs. Kim’s went relatively well and then she helped tidy up the classroom while people got feedback on their assessment. Kim was last again but had really good responses and feedback.

While Kim waited to know whether she had passed or not she went upstairs to the reception desk to book a 2 more people in for the course.

Once that had all been done Kim was the final person to hear whether she had passed or not. Prior to this Kim had seen all of her classmates leave with smiles and their certifications so she was feeling hopeful.

Kim went in and found out that she had passed! She had a nice discussion with her instructor before saying goodbye. It was a really. Great week and Kim had such a wonderful time meeting so many amazing people and having the chance to work with them!

Kim went back up to reception, picked up the reading materials and then headed home.

Linda Is Here!

We didn’t eat when we got home as we were going to eat later.

We watched a bit of TV and then walked down to a hotel in the city.

We checked in to the hotel for Linda and they wanted to hold the whole price of it on the card for some reason.

We went down to meet Linda in the dock when she got off her boat and walked her to her hotel.

After we showed her the room, we all went out for a long walk around.

Chinese Feast

We were really wanting Chinese food and so we ordered some at around 22:00, when we got home.

We ordered from the place we got it from here before as it was good then. We got szechuan beef with noodles, curry chicken with rice and half a duck.

The food was just as good as it was last time! We ate whilst watching Suits.

A perfect way to celebrate success.


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Mr & Mrs Hale

Orlando,FL

Place 81 – Day 6: Orlando,FL – Easter Sunday Swim

Swim

Kim and Abbie really wanted to surf today, so they headed down the beach with Tom & Maggie to see if they could rent some surfboards.

They Got A Nice Family Photo

Unfortunately, there were no waves for surfing, so instead they just swam and the weather was perfect.

Whilst this happened, Curtis was back at the house relaxing and watching an important Leafs playoff game.

After a few hours of swimming and relaxing, a coffee was purchased and they went back to the house.

Panda Express

After Curtis finished watching hockey, we went for some dinner at Panda Express as it is quick, easy & tasty.

We all ate up and then went looking for some dessert in Waffle House, but it turns out they aren’t really a dessert waffle place so we gave up and went home.

Dramatic Card Games

We played some card games together today.

Abbie had a game which she wanted to share with us which was like spies and agents. It took us a bit to get our heads around it but really enjoyed it once we got it.

We played a few games of that and then some games of UNO before it was bed time.


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Mr & Mrs Hale