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

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Place 72 – Day 121: Vancouver, BC – Back Into Work & Chores

Back To Work

We had to be up early again today and get ready for work.

We left a bit late, but we each got to work on time.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did admin (clearing emails and messages etc) for about 30 minutes and then completed around 7 tickets in row!

He had a 1:1 for 30 minutes, which went well, and then he did some project work and managed to move on a bit with the project, which was great.

After lunch, Curtis had a couple of things to do. Some was security based and a couple of physical things around the office.

Curtis then had to setup a mac for someone and that brought him nicely the end of the day. Very productive.

Kim’s Day

Today kim spent most of her time organising travel and catering! When she got in Kim continued to finalise both travel issues from last week. She got one sorted early on in the morning and the other was sorted by mid afternoon.

Then Kim started organising the catering for a 3 day meeting that is happening next week. She found vendors she liked and made a spreadsheet listing the items she will purchase in in which quantities.

Kim was then invited to grab a coffee with a colleague, so Kim took the opportunity to go on a short walk and catch up about the weekend. When she got back, the weekly shop had arrived so she put that all away.

Kim then continued with more of the travel and catering work. For lunch Kim sat down with her team mates and had a good chat!

After lunch Kim saved all of the invoices she had not yet gotten around to.

After this, Kim had her 90 day check up! Its crazy how Kim has already been there 3 months! For the meeting, Kim and her HR team mate went to a local French cafe and Kim enjoyed a lovely custard slice.

When she got back to the office Kim went over a few things she needed guidance on with her colleague. She set up a few meetings, went over the catering Kim planned and organised the last tricky bit of the travel booking that needed to be done.

Just before Kim left she wrote up and sent enquiry emails to all of the catering companys to ensure that she was giving them enough of a heads up before next week!

Chores & Chicken Curry

We got home and Curtis got right onto doing the chores we put off all weekend.

Curtis got the washing up done from last night, cleaned down the kitchen countertops and vacuumed the whole apartment. It felt good to clean!

After this, Kim made a chicken curry a Curtis made the rice.

Curtis ate this but Kim did not as she was going to do some exercise so didn’t want anything too big.

Kim went to exercise and Curtis played some games.

Once Kim got home, we watched some more TV and tried to sleep at a decent time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 107: Vancouver, BC – Back To Sport

Curtis’ Day

After getting to the office, Curtis helped someone with a few settings on their new laptop and copying over some things from their old laptop.Once that was done, Curtis did a couple of tickets and then had a long, 1 hour 1-to-1 which was very productive, informative and a good chat.Curtis did some more tickets and then spent an hour at someone’s desk trying to get something sorted, which he did but was then a little late for lunch with Kim!Curtis left and walked to Quiznos for a quick lunch with Kim.We sat and ate our sub, which was actually pretty good, and then had to quickly get back to work.Once Curtis got back, he started setting up a new macbook for someone as well as doing the odd thing here and there.Curtis left work and walked to the shop to get a some vegetables for dinner and a few other supplies.When Curtis got back home, he did a few things that needed to be done and then just played some games.Once Kim was on her way home, Curtis started chopping/prepping the vegetables for dinner.

Kim’s Day

Today the fridge wasn’t leaking, which was brilliant! So Kim was able to start her day by continuing on conversations about the new food ordering Portal.
Kim was also inundated with calls for the morning. One was a repeat caller that was a recording of the phone number, after a while Kim just got it blocked.Kim spent some time going through parts of the Wiki project and making notes on things she wants to add and updating parts of pages with a little more information. Kim had also been asked to update the office information areas for the two other offices, one part of this includes a map of the office layout. Kim started to try and make one and then checked if there was better software she could be using. After finding out the application she was trying to download is IOS only, she decided to park the idea and head out to meet Curtis for lunch. She arrived just before him so placed the order and waited!Once she was back in the office Kim had a chat with the drinks delivery man and spoke about the layout for the new drinks that will be coming in on Friday.Kim spent a little bit of time setting herself up online for the health insurance ans seeing how all of that worked. This plan faltered when Kim didn’t have her membership number! So she will try again tomorrow.Kim then found that there was a way to make the floorplan of the office on Wiki itself. Kim did realise that the outline was still easier to make on paint, so she did that and transferred it across and it came out looking great!As Kim worked the extra 2 hours last Thursday she was able to head out of the office about 30 minutes early to ensure that she got to her into to aerial arts class on time. She obviously ended up arriving 30 minutes ahead of time, but that just meant she wasn’t rushing and had time to get changed!The class was great fun, Kim used the aerial hammock, which is similar to silks, just all in one and not seperated. Then they practised on the hoop, just moves Kim had practiced before, but it was great to get up there and try everything again.Kim then had another class after and was completely exhausted at the end of it all! In the second class, Kim spent a lot of time upside down! It was great fun!

Thai Green Curry

We made a Thai green curry for dinner and it was actually great! Pretty solid spice, too.We had just vegetables, but we also had a ‘lazy egg’ on the side.We watched a few videos and an episode of Vikings but Kim got home fairly late so we went to bed not too long after dinner.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 73 – Day 3: Seattle,WA – First Starbucks Store & MOPOP

The Actual First Starbucks

We had to pay for the bus this morning, which was a change from yesterday!

We got into the centre and went straight to the actual first ever Starbucks.

We waited in line to get into the store and before long, we got in!

It is a little tight and crowded and you cannot sit inside, but we got our coffee and headed back outside.

We sat and had our coffee on a bench with a great view of the mountains!

Museum Of Pop Culture

We next planned to go to the Space Needle, so we walked towards it.

Once we got there, we got some good photos of the space needle and then realised we didn’t have enough money on us to go in, so we’ll have to do it another day, but we did have other plans anyway!

The Space Needle

Instead, we went to the MOPOP (Museum Of Pop Culture).

This has all things from video games to movies of different genres to TV shows and also music.

There were a few different sections within the museum and the first we came to was the Sci-Fi section, with a brief stop off at the video game area!

Video Games

We played a few indie games and it felt like we were right back in the UK at EGX!

Sci-Fi

The science fiction section had mostly costumes that had been worn for science fiction characters, such as enemies from Doctor Who, the hoverboards from Back To The Future as well as Star Wars and Star Trek items.

Star Trek Weapons

Horror

We accidentally went through to the next area which was the horror section.

It was similar to the Sci-Fi section, but with horror. There were a lot of props as well as things like the costume from Friday 13th.

There was an area which had fake dead people wrapped in sheets and hanging, which was quite creepy!

Fantasy

We moved on upstairs to the fantasy area. This spoke about movies and games based in the fantasy genre, the big two it mentioned being Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings.

There were more items on display from both of these films, as well as other items.

Pearl Jam

There was a whole floor on the band Pearl Jam, from Seattle.

We had not heard of them, but we enjoyed reading about them as well as looking at their memorabilia.


MOPOP | Seattle,WA

Rating:- 7/10


Lunch

We left the museum after this and found somewhere delicious for lunch.

Just before we left for lunch, we found the International Fountain, which is just a big fountain which is synchronised with music.

We went to a place named Michou.

This place was fairly busy when we arrived but it was an Italian style deli with a lot of, large, sandwich options.

Curtis got a roast chicken & chipotle sandwich and Kim got a beef and cheese sandwich. Both sandwiches were delicious, so we ate those up and then got out the way.


Michou Deli | Seattle,WA

Rating:- 9/10


Cinema

We walked down to the cinema to watch the film Fighting With My Family.

Neither of us realised this was based on a true story and then when Curtis realised who it was about, it all made sense!

We really enjoyed the film, actually. We aren’t sure how anyone from any other country would understand it as it has a lot of British humour and slang, but it was good for us!


Fighting With My Family

Rating:- 9/10


Dinner

We got back home via an Uber and had leftover Thai green curry, which was, as last night, delicious!

We watched some TV and did some research for tomorrow and future travels before hitting the hay.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 73 – Day 2: Seattle,WA – Wrong Starbucks,Public Market & Wine Tasting

Free Bus Tickets

We went down to the city for a walk around, as well as some things we had planned.

Firstly, we left the house and waited at the bus stop for the bus to arrive. Whilst waiting for the bus, a lovely lady gave us a box of Sugar Babies, an American candy, as she said we have to try them. We can confirm, they are delicious!

The bus was late and, when we got on, we had our $2.75 each ready.

The bus driver was kind enough to give us tickets for free!

Wrong Starbucks

We first went to Starbucks as the first Starbucks was opened in Seattle!

We didn’t think it was much different, other than the logo.

Curtis had a nitro cold brew, which he’s been wanting to try for a while. Kim had a cloud caramel macchiato.

The nitro cold brew looked like a Guinness, but tasted just like coffee that has gone cold. Kim’s caramel macchiato was good, though!

We later realised we had gone to the WRONG Starbucks and the first one was actually down the street, right where all the people were queuing. Guess we’l be heading there tomorrow.

Gum Wall

We walked down a side street and saw a wall completely covered in chewing gum. This wall is world famous and, for some odd and disgusting reason, people stick their chewing gum on the wall and people come along and take photos of it. That being said, here is a photo;


History & Information Of Gum Wall | Seattle,WA

– Wikipedia.org


Public Market

We walked to the public market for a wander around. Being Saturday, it was absolutely rammed but great fun!

There are all sorts of things at the market.

There are food stalls, drink stalls, people selling homemade items, a bakery or two, wine tastings, model car shops & BBQ areas!

Fish Stalls

Seafood Restaurants

Wine Tasting

We found a wine tasting place and thought ‘why not?’.

For just $5, we each got to try 6 wines of different types. White, red and Rosé wine.

The man serving us was very knowledgeable, funny and helpful. We sat and played connect 4 with an incredible view whilst we drank some wine.


Northwest Tastings | Seattle,WA

Rating:- 10/10


Home Time

We wandered around a bit more and then found a bus stop to catch a bus home.

Our ticket was valid still so we were still able to ride for free!

We got back to the apartment and Curtis watched the Leafs game whilst Kim did some laundry.

Food Run

After the game, we went to get something for the next few dinners from the supermarket. We met some really nice people at the store, too, which was lovely.

Thai Green Curry

We decided on Thai green curry for dinner, so we made that when we arrived home.

Dinner was delicious! We then watched some TV before heading to bed as we have another fun filled day tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 377: Auckland – Complimentary Upgrade

We woke up at 07:00 to get the car packed up and head off on the road to Auckland.

We were in the car for a couple of hours and then stopped just past Hamilton where we met the family we met up with in Rotorua.

We checked out their place and had a drink and snack whilst chatting away. Lovely piece of land they have!

After a couple of hours, we got a move on and drove to Auckland, but not before a brief stop at a recommended ice cream shop where there were huge ice cream scoops!

We got back on the road for the remaining 45 minutes and headed to our hotel. Kim booked a nice hotel for us to lounge in for a couple of days before her parents leave the country. We got to the hotel and brought in everything from the car and we then checked in. When checking in, we were given a complimentary upgrade on each room, which was perfect!

We checked out the rooms and put our bags in and then jumped back in the car and went to Takapuna for some lunch. We stopped at Nam Nam first for a Banh Mi and then went to Tok Tok for a Vietnamese coffee.

Post lunch, we drove to our former apartment and got all of our bags and put them in our car.

We drove to the hotel again to drop our car off and then Kim and Tom took the rental car back as required.

We got back to the hotel and got some items packed and then all sat together and watched the film Unbreakable.

We left after watching the film to find some dinner.

We wanted a Japanese noodle box but our usual place was closed, so we kept walking. Kim noticed a hidden place that has delicous sounding Japanese food.

Once we found the entrance, it was beauitful and looked like Japan!

We ordered a smorgasbord of food, each of us getting chicken katsu curry but we got tempura prawns and chicken karage for the table. It was excellent Japanese food and very authentic.

We left here and walked back to our hotel, with a beautiful view of the city.

We got back to the hotel and headed right to bed.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 335: Auckland – Double Curry!

Curtis’ Day;

For the first time in a while, the traffic on the way to work was fairly quiet for Curtis, so he got to work at 16:10.

Curtis’ morning was busy but it started to dwindle just after lunch.

A colleague gave Curtis some work to do for the rest of the afternoon. this work was to change how some parts of a webpage look.

Curtis left work at 16:10 but the traffic on the way home was insane!

When curtis eventually got home, he sat and watched the Leafs game.

Kim’s Evening;

After work, Kim went right to the pub with some colleagues for a drink.

Both of us;

When Kim got home, Curtis was still watching hockey so she chilled out until then end of the game when we then watched some TV and then decided eating dinner was a good idea.

Kim got free curry for lunch today and brought some home for dinner, so Kim had 2 curries today!

After dinner we were pretty full so we just sat and watched some TV.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale