Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 879: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Espresso Is Great!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was very excited to make a coffee this morning! Once he was ready to start the day, he made a coffee right away. It took him a second to figure everything out, but he then made one for the first time.

The coffee was alright, but he had some tweaks to do to get it perfected, but that’s part of the fun!

He then got right into the swing of the day. He had a couple of meetings in the morning and then he had a lot of tickets, admin and a few other things to get done in the morning.

Curtis was able to get another couple of people helped with their computer setups, which took a while but there are only a few left now!

Curtis’ second coffee was much better and he really enjoys making them.

In the afternoon, Curtis had some project work to get done and also a bit of security work to do due to a notice he received, but it was interesting.

Kim’s Day

To start her day Kim reviewed candidates with her teammate to prepare for a recruitment meeting just after. The meeting went so well and Kim got some great direction for the next steps with a few positions.

Kim then hosted a meeting and had a quick chat after to discuss what happens next and review how it went. She was then late to a team meeting that went really well. She then had a quick call with a new hire who will be joining the company in a few months.

In the afternoon Kim had another interview and then a great post interview discussion. She set up some time with the hiring managers to review all the candidates for the open positions tomorrow evening. It will be great to take a look at applicants and make notes.

She then popped out to run a few errands in the late afternoon. It was great to get out and get things done that she has been meaning to do for a while now!


Once Kim got back home, she made a chickpea salad, which we had from Hello Fresh before and kept the recipe!

We devoured the dinner and then Kim did a bit more work as she had more to do but didn’t plan to be our for so long earlier. Curtis played some games whilst Kim worked and then we hung out and watched some TV.

This Time Last Year

Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 878: Vancouver, BC – New Coffee Machine!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went right to the office this morning as he had to get a laptop setup and sent out.

Curtis actually got this done very quickly and had a bit of time to get a few other things completed whilst there.

After getting everything done that he needed to do at the office, he walked home in the beautiful weather and got home to the brand new coffee machine and coffee grinder he had ordered, which is exciting!

He then had busy afternoon, once having lunch with Kim, getting some more laptops working as they should and he also had a chat with someone to get their passwords reset and go over the full process.

Kim’s Day

Kim started the day by connecting a hiring manager with the recruitment team to discuss a role. She then worked with her teammate to book in some interviews. After those Kim gave an update at the company wide meeting.

After all the meetings Kim was able to start to update a spreadsheet before being called into another meeting. She was there for a few moments before one of the people in the meeting realised they were meant to be in another meeting so she said to Kim to go there. So they both went to a quick meeting in regards to a current role.

She then had another recruitment meeting to discuss a few positions that are open. Then Kimm spent the rest of the afternoon working on paperwork with a colleague.

In the evening Kim managed to allocate parts of the paperwork to other people to provide the information then she reviewed a few candidates in the pipelines.


After work, we had leftover salad from yesterday and once we ate that, it was time for Curtis to watch hockey.

He watched that whilst Kim did some more work and then after, Curtis got the coffee machine and grinder setup, which is exciting!

We watched some TV for the rest of the evening.

This Time Last Year!

Mr & Mrs Hale


Place 68 – Day 5: Kerikeri – Weeding Complete, Cleaning The House & BirdBox

We were up at the usual time of 08:00 and had some Weet-Bix for breakfast.

We got outside with the goal of finishing the weeding! It started difficult as the part we were on had a lot of tough weeds, but we eventually got it all sorted, which was a relief!

We then moved on to cleaning the outside of the house. To do this, we had a little process which was to brush everything down first, too remice the cobwebs, use the brush with a hose attachment to soap up the house and scrub it down, followed by hosing it down. Then, Curtis cleaned the windows.

We spent a couple of hours doing this and then we got showered and had some lunch.

We had leftover couscous from dinner yesterday as well as sandwiches. Kim then made coffees with the barista coffee machine…delicious!

Once we had those and chilled out for a bit, Kim did some more visa things and then we got ready and went out for dinner.

We walked a bit down from where we parked and there was a bar/restaurant which didn’t seem great from the outside, but we thought we’d give it a go.

Curtis ordered a salmon fillet with green beans, mashed potato & hollandaise sauce and Kim had a medium rare steak with mushroom sauce, salad and potato gratin.

We ate our incredible food and then wandered around the centre of Kerikeri, but there isn’t really anything there.

We then went to countdown to get some ice cream and headed back home.

Once we got back, we had a fun time trying to find the Apple TV remote and once we eventually found it, watched the film Bird Box to see what all the fuss was about. It was an alright film, but we don’t get much of what the fuss is about.

After we watched this, we had ourice cream and watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine before going to bed.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale