Place 72 – Day 167: Vancouver,BC – Sofa Swap

U-haul

We started the day at 08:45, getting up and ready to head off to U-haul.

We jumped in the car and drove the 15 minutes there. We were early, so got breakfast at McDonald’s.

We got to U-Haul & picked up the van. We did a check around it had to mark any dents and scrapes as you do, but we got to do this through a webpage rather than a piece of paper, which was cool!

We drove off and headed to our first destination.

Picking Up A Sofa

We were purchasing a sofa from someone and so had to drive out to them and collect.

We got to them, parked up and started loading it in. Luckily, the sofa came apart in multiple easy chunks (thank goodness for IKEA!) so it was no problem moving it around.

Once we collected that, we got out of the way there and drove home.

We got home and brought everything inside. We took all of the covers off of the sofa and cushions and chucked them into a wash.

Dropping Off Our Sofa

We got everything in and then had to get our current sofa into the van. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the luxury of being able to break it down, so had to lug it out whole, which we got sorted eventually and then were back on the road.

We drove for 20 minutes to the people that were buying it from us.

We had to wait for 15 minutes before they responded and then it started raining! Luckily, we were able to get a spot right outside their building and helped them unload the van.

After this, we headed to take back the van and had to stop for fuel along the way.

IKEA

We dropped the van off and then got back in the car and drove up to IKEA, because why not.

We got there, parked up and took a wander around. The only things we bought were a pillow, some small Christmas decorations, laundry baskets, some cinnamon buns and some other Swedish snacks!

We had a hotdog and drink before we left and it hit the spot perfectly.

We took the drive home knowing we had to rebuild the sofa.

Sofa Building

We got home and built the sofa. It was the perfect size and seemed very comfy!

Some of the cushion covers are still damp, but we have everything else on and it is a great sofa. (It’s an Ektorp from IKEA).

Curtis watched hockey and Kim relaxed in the evening.

More!

Kim saw something on Facebook she wanted so she went out at 19:15 to buy it. It’s a storage rack for the bedroom so we can organise things a little better.

We ate some leftovers and watched TV For the rest of the night…it was a busy, successful day.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 162: Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Park & Big Roast

Queen Elizabeth Park

We had no plans today, but didn’t want to sit around the house, so instead we went up to Elizabeth park!This was a 44 minute walk away, but it was easier to drive, so we drove up there which only took about 15 minutes.

We got there and found some free parking and then went to grab a coffee from Starbucks.

Curtis got a Thanksgiving blend to see how that is and Kim got a small hot chocolate.

We went for a walk in the park, but it wasn’t all that good.There was a cute small bridge which had a nice view of the park/gardens, which did look quite nice.

We walked across the bridge and got to a great view of some parts of the city, with mountains in the background, too!

We looked at the view for a bit and then walked up to a fountain but were still unimpressed.

We needed to get home to start making dinner, so we walked back to the car and drove home.

Big Roast

We got back home and ran to the shop for a few last things and then began cooking!

It took a while, but the result was excellent. We had roasted lamb and it was cooked perfectly!

We finished eating and rolled out of the chairs to clean up. We have more than enough for lunches and dinners for a few days.We sat with food comas watching TV and prepping ourselves for going back to work after such and incredible weekend.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 161: Vancouver, BC – Haircut & 49th Parallel

Haircut

We were up a little later today and we felt great!

We had a decent sized breakfast and watched a couple of YouTube videos and then got ready for the day.

We went down to Gastown for Curtis to get his haircut. Unfortunately, the barber was a bit behind and we had to wait for 30 minutes!

Curtis got his hair cut and was very happy with it! The barber was from Australia and had only been in the country for 9 weeks.

Coffee

After the haircut, we went for a coffee a our favourite place, 49th Parallel.

We each got a doughnut, Kim a chocolate one and Curtis a lemon one. Curtis also got a cappucino.

We left the coffee shop and walked home.

We watched a bit of TV and then went out to get some food for both tonight and the Thanksgiving meal tomorrow.

We don’t celebrate it, but want to have a nice roast anyway.

We started at Whole Foods, where we got a nice half rack of lamb to have.

We went to SaveOnFoods for tonight’s dinner, which was swedish meatballs, carrots, creamy gravy, mashed potato & peas.

We watched some more TV and then went to bed. Other than having an nice big dinner, we have no plans tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 158: Vancouver, BC – A Day Of Pies!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and his first task was to look into the floor plan of the office and see if there was anything obvious that would indicate an power coming from another floor.

There is apparently another floor doing work and they want to unplug something, but it says it links down to the floor Curtis works on.

Unfortunately, it couldn’t be found, so he has to speak with the building management to see if they know anything about it.

Curtis’ team had their quick daily meeting and then all split to work.

Someone at Curtis’ office made mini pumpkin pies, so Curtis had one…it was delicious!

Curtis continued the day with a few tickets and then had some questions to answer about his project.

Once he answered them, this caused a lot more work for the project, so Curtis spent the rest of the day dealing with that!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by ordering pies! Its Thanksgiving this weekend so Kim sourced some pies from a couple of supermarkets, the dairy free pie Kim will pick up in the evening from a supermarket up the road.

As it is Kims sisters birthday she had to call to say happy birthday, but her family were on the way to dinner so they arranged to chat a little later in the day.
Kim then spent a fair amount of time on calls and organising invoices again. When the pizza arrived Kim sorted out plates and napkins to go with it.

In the afternoon Kim ended up in back to back meetings. Her first meeting was with her teammate and they discussed budgets and other social events outside of the holiday parties. They both then went into a meeting with a vendor to discuss the plan going forward and this went very well.

After thay meeting they caught up again and Kims teammate taught Kim how to use the different ways to expense things.

After this kim had another quick 5 minute call with her sister before she headed to bed.

After that call Kim had a quick training session on how to upload the monthly social talks for people to see them. That was a great lesson because Kim forgot to find our before she took it all on!

At some point during the day a stationary delivery came so Kim put all the new whiteboard wipes into all of the meeting rooms. She then caught up on emails and headed home.

All The Pies!

We got home and Curtis watched the remainder of the Leafs game and Kim wasn’t feeling too good, so she had a lay down.

After that, we walked up to Whole Foods where Kim needed to collect a vegan pumpkin pie for work as well as 2 more, smaller, pies.

Once we got those, we walked back home and were very cold! We got in and each had some leftover beef and ale pie with mashed potato, to complete all the pies of today.

We watched two, 1 hour, YouTube videos about a trip to Iceland and it reminded us of when we went and loved it so much. Its actually where we got engaged, too!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 154: Vancouver, BC – Lighthouse Park & Horseshoe Bay

Lighthouse Park

We left the house and jumped right into the car once we got ready!

We drove for around an hour (in all the traffic) to get up to West Vancouver (which is weirdly in North Vancouver) and visited a couple of places.

We first went to lighthouse park.This is a park, unsurprisingly, with a lighthouse.

We parked up and first noticed the enormity of the trees. It was more of a forest than a park.

There were multiple routes, but we walked down the default one for a while and followed to the Lighthouse.

There were two viewing points for the lighthouse. One was down someone’s driveway (which you can go down).

This had the best view of the lighthouse and it was a standard red and white lighthouse.

We moved up to the 2nd viewing point, which was just up the hill from a few huts. The second viewing point was ontop of a rock, but the view was a bit obstructed.

We continued on for a while, walking down a few different trails and came across a small ‘beach’.

This spot had beautiful views as well, and the sky looked awesome.

We left the beach and wandered around a few more tracks and then started to head back up.

We wanted to reward ourself with a coffee, so we went to find some!

Horseshoe Bay

There was a place nearby called Horseshoe bay, which people have told us about before, so we thought we should check it out whilst we are in the area.

We drove there in search of coffee, but were a little disappointed.

The only place was a Starbucks, which we enjoy, but we were hoping for something a little more.

We finished our Starbucks and got a snack to sit next to the water and eat, even though it was raining a little bit!Whilst we sat there, we saw a seal swim past!

We left here and drove back home, tired from all the walking, but really happy with our day.

Boring Shop

We got back home and had to do the shop, so we did just that.

We got the essentials for the week and went back home.

Giant Yorkshire Pudding

We couldn’t be bothered to cook, so we went up to the pub near us (The Wicklow) and each had a giant Yorkshire Pudding, stuffed full of beef, gravy and mashed potatoes! (And some wine, of course)

We were absolutely stuffed from this and we walked back home.

We sat and watched an episode of Vikings and then got ready for work tomorrow.

What a great day we had! We need to head back as there were so many different trails.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 147: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Beef Stew

Coffee & Homesense

We eventually left the house and went up to check out a few things we needed from Homesense, but first, coffee!

Curtis wanted to get a cardamom latte to see if that is any good, but they didn’t have any, so he got a cappucino instead whilst Kim got a salted caramel hot chocolate.

We sat and relaxed for a bit and then went up to Homesense to find a few things. The main things we wanted were;

  • A duvet
  • An airtight contantainer for coffee
  • A dressing gown for Kim

We were able to get these things pretty easily and Curtis was also able to find a coat which he needed, and it was half price!

We got all of this (which was quite a bit of money) and then took it home before heading back out to go to the supermarket. We spent around $150 there which wasn’t too bad, but it was busy in there today.

Homemade Beef Stew

We got back home and Kim spent a couple of hours making a delicious beef stew with dumplings and a side of cauliflower cheese. A perfect warming dinner as the weather starts to get colder.

We settled and watched Vikings and had some ice cream.

A great Sunday night!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 142: Vancouver, BC – Batwoman?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had nothing planned today, but got a steady stream of things today and, weirdly, the day went pretty fast.

Nothing eventful or interesting really happened at work today, but it was productive.

Curtis left work and walked home. Once home, he went down to the storage locker and got out his hockey kit.

He got it all ready and organised and put it in the car ready for later in the evening!

Curtis the did a few housekeeping things around the apartment and then sat down and typed this up!

As Curtis had a hockey game at 22:00, it is unlikely we can get this up before 00:00, so we’re going to do it early.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she went straight back out to go and buy milk before she forgot. She then delivered a few parcels when she got back and started her day by catching up on emails.
Most of the emails were related to missing receipts / invoices. So Kim spent most of the morning finding the missing things and had to contact a few different companies to get it all sorted.

In the early afternoon an interview was scheduled so Kim ensured that she was around to greet them and make sure they were all set up.
While the interview was going on Kim took some time to sit down and have some lunch.

After lunch Kim saved some receipts and other invoices before booking a new hires flight. Kim got a little confused at one point so started the whole process again. She also emailed the hotel that she visited yesterday to see if they had any availability and they did!

Kim then spent the last bit of her day putting together a quiz for Friday afternoon. It was good fun and turned out pretty well!

Today Kim left an hour early to try and use up some of her extra hours worked to go in to an open class in order to practise her routine for the upcoming competition. On the way, Kim saw the filming for Batwoman which was awesome! It wasn’t a great training session but Kim has at least put a beginning sequence together which is a start! On the way home she stopped to grab an onion for dinner.

Spag Bol

Kim made spaghetti bolognese for dinner,which was excellent, and then we watched a bit of TV.

We had to leave at 20:40, which we did, so we can get to the rink with plenty of time.

Curtis’ Hockey Game

The other team were good…

The game didn’t go too good, his team lost 5-0, but did have some main players missing.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale