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

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 79: Vancouver, BC – More studying & Free Starbucks!

Studying

We woke up around 11:0 but had a terrible night sleep! Neither of us could get to sleep at a good time so didn’t get many hours in, really.

We had a delicious breakfast muffin with sausage, egg & cheese in and a hash brown.

We watched a little bit of TV and then Kim tried to go outside to study but it was too bright so she couldn’t actually see the words so she went back inside.

Free Starbucks

Curtis played games for most of the day again today, until we just needed to get out of the house so we went to Starbucks for a coffee.

Curtis had a free coffee on his account so he got his for free but had to pay for Kim’s. We also got a key cut for our apartment so we don’t have to keep changing them around all the time.

Paprika Pork

We got back home and Kim studied a bit more until we got hungry.

Once we wanted food, Kim made paprika pork as the last time we had it, it was incredible.

We ate that and then watched a bit of TV until around 22:00 which is when Kim then went for a shower and got ready for going to her first aid course tomorrow.

As we didn’t sleep great last night, we decided we would sleep early as it is important to be awake tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 58: Vancouver, BC – Brunch & Cheap Guinness

Brunch

We were up at 10:30 and got ready to go out and have some brunch!

We had been recommended a place called Yolks which is a breakfast place and there are only 2in Vancouver. Luckily, one of them is just 10 minutes walk from our home!

We got there and it was very busy, so we put our name down for a table and were told it would be 30 minutes, so we took a walk down the street to find that there are many other places we need to visit in that area.

We finally got the text to say our table was ready, so we went in and took our seats.


Yolks | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 8.5/10


Kim got a salted caramel hot chocolate and Curtis got a very delicious coffee.

For brunch, Curtis had an eggs benedict with maple smoked ham, which had some odd sauces but it was incredibly tasty. This also came with lemon & truffle potatoes, which were sublime.

Kim had a croque madam, which was made fancy with poached eggs as well as bechamel sauce and some other interesting ingredients, as well as a side of fruit.

We finished our food and headed back home to get some admin, laundry and cleaning done.

Cheap Guinness

We saw a sign yesterday while on our walk which said that Mahoney’s pub had Guinness on deal, so we went for a walk and then popped in on the way back home!

We eventually got a seat outside and it was hot but with a great view.

We finished our drinks and walked to the shop where we got a few things we needed (and some ketchup as it was on deal!).

Salad, TV & Games

We made a big salad for dinner which we ate whilst we watched some TV.

After dinner, we watched a bit more TV and then played some video games together, which is something we haven’t done for a while!

We did that for a lot of the evening, alternating between that and some Lucifer and then we went to sleep.

Tomorrow is Canada Day so we are off work tomorrow and have a few things we would like to do.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 33: Vancouver,BC – Free Breakfast & Free Lunch!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work at 08:45 and began with setting up accounts for a new user. This new user was a bit more tricky as they were a remote user and also had some different accounts to get.

As this was Curtis’ first onboard, it took him most of the morning but then he aslo had to setup the laptop which was in another office so he had to remote into that to get it done.

Curtis had lunch around 13:15, which was leftover fajitas from last night!

After lunch, Curtis had another onboard to do but it took much less time. He then setup a laptop for them, too.

Curtis had a few things to do late afternoon and that led perfectly to home time.

Curtis walked home alone as Kim was out with a work colleague.

Kim’s Day

Kim left about an hour early today and took a slightly different route than normal and ended up completely walking past work by a block and getting all confused and disorientated.

Once she finally made it into the office it was straight to work with helping set up the hot breakfast. Kim unwrapped pastries, bread for toast and other delicious breakfast items. Kim then sat down with a few teammates to have a nice hot breakfast!

After the set up, Kim got started on continuing setting up her computer, this only lasted about 5 minutes before everyone headed to the Hackathon kick off talk. It was fun and informative!

During the talk, the CEO reminisced on having guitar hero and rock band being readily available to play, so shortly after the talk Kim and a colleague went to the storage and dug out the rock band set up and started assembling it in the kitchen.

Towards the end of the assembly of the game, the team Kim works with took a bit of time to eat cake and celebrate one of the ladies birthday. It was so nice!

Then it was time to set up lunch! That’s right, a hot breakfast and hot lunch are being provided for the Hackathon. Kim could get used to this!

The Greek food was organised in the kitchen then the girls grabbed a plate and had some lunch.

Kim spent most of the afternoon continuing setting up bookmarks on chrome and getting all the log in information and generally setting up for the day to day tasks.

As Kim got in an hour early, she was able to leave and hour early. Just as she were going to leave, she had to send off a FedEx package. As Kim and a colleague were both heading the same way, Kim had to grab the house keys from Curtis, they decided to just drop it off on route and then head their separate ways.

Well…that didn’t happen! Kim ended up grabbing a glass of wine and having a nice chat with her colleague! It was so nice for her to just sit and not work chat. It was clearly good fun as by the time they had finished, Curtis was basically home! So Kim plodded home while listening to some music.

Our Evening

We got back home and took out the recycling and rubbish before we just chilled out for a couple of hours. This was the first evening where we have had nothing to do for a while so we just did nothing!

Eventually, Kim made balsamic chicken with various vegetables, potatoes and creamy mushrooms.

We sat down and watched a couple of episodes of Lucifer before we went to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 312: Auckland – Metal Can Be Sharp

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work at 07:10 and got right to it. He wanted to clear as many of his cases from yesterday as possible.

Curtis was pretty successful at this and has done it all by around 10:00.

After this, Curtis had some users to setup on a PC which took all day and still didn’t get completed as other cases kept trickling in.

Curtis planned to have lunch at 12:00 and was successful with this until 12:20 when he had to have an urgent remote session which took the rest of his lunch time! Due to this, he left the office at 15:30 to make up for it.

During the day, Curtis also somehow managed to cut his finger on the metal part of the cutlery draw at work…which was smart!

Both of us;

When we were both home, we relaxed for a bit and then we had leftovers from yesterday’s pasta for dinner. we watched a few videos and then Kim went out to the chocolate cafe with Tabitha for a catch up!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 310: Auckland – Unfortunately Back Home

We woke up at 09:15 and Danielle’s mum was making a wonderful breakfast. We had bacon, eggs, toast, luncheon and hash browns.

After breakfast, we all got showered and ready before going outside for the last bit of sunbathing!

We didn’t really do anything for the few hours before we left for Auckland, but it was nice to chill outside in the sun again.

We left around 14:15 and drove back to Auckland. We didn’t hit traffic for a couple of hours and then we hit it where Danielle and Josh normally get it so it wasn’t too bad.

We got home for around 18:00 and went right to the supermarket to get food for both tonight and for the week.

When we got home, we spoke with Nicola about our weekend and about her week as she was away on work.

We then had chicken burgers for dinner with a side salad.

We caught up on the apprentice that we missed and we have so much more to watch, too.

We are very tired from the weekend but it was worth it as we had an amazing time!

Unfortunately, we are back at work tomorrow but it’s just a 4 day week and we also realised it’s just around 8 weeks until we stop working!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale