Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 231: Vancouver, BC – Family Games & Long Drive

Lazy Morning

We had a lazy morning, as per usual on weekends, having breakfast, watching a bit of TV and relaxing.

Family Games

Once we got ready in the afternoon, we called Kim’s family and played some drawing games!

We used Skribbl.io to go against each other, having to draw whatever item we were given and everyone had to guess.

We had good fun for around an hour doing this and then they went to sleep so we said goodbye.

We chilled out for an hour or two more after this and then went for a drive!

Long Drive

We just wanted to get out but didn’t want to contend with other people, so we went for a drive.

We ended up drive for a while and got to an affluent area with a lot of horse stables and the such.

We turned around and just started driving in the general direction of home and overall the drive took us 1.5 hours once we got back.

It wasn’t as nice as going out for a walk, but we didn’t have to worry about physical distancing!

Films, Mini Sticks & Games

Our evening consisted of watching TV, a film (hotel Transylvania 2, which we think we may have actually seen before!) And then playing some mini sticks!

After Kim won the mini sticks game, which was incredibly fun and competitive, we played a bit of Need For Speed before browsing some houses in Norway whilst drinking wine, because why not?


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Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 197: Vancouver, BC – All The Hangin’ Out!

Pole & Sandwiches

Kim went off to pole dancing at 09:30 and had an amazing session! She was feeling tired when she left and didn’t think it would be very successful, but it was actually incredibly successful and she got more of her routine sorted.

Kim finished up with pole and then had a grilled cheese and ginger beer with a friend from pole.

Whilst Kim was out doing all this, Curtis had a chat with his family back in England, catching up with them!

Shopping

We went and did the weekly shop which wasn’t very big and we also grabbed a coffee, as standard!

Dinner With New Friends!

Kim has a friend she met at work (who actually waters and maintains the plants) and since they met they’ve become great friends!

Due to this, we went, with Kim’s friend and her husband, to dinner!

They chose an Indian restaurant and it was terrific!

Sula Indian Restaurant

Our Rating: 9/10

We shared a lot of laughs and stories, but also some amazing food!

We each had a curry but we also had a starter platter, which had a bunch of Indian starters and we also had spicy chicken wings which were spicy but also tasty.

We came back home and got ready for the week before heading to bed.


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Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 133: Vancouver, BC – Christmas Day 2019

The Breakfast

Kim went out at 06:00 to go and feed the cats, but came back and went back to bed.

We had the breakfast that Curtis’ family used to have at Christmas, which is pastries and strawberries!

Curtis had some coffee and that was the breakfast done!

The Families

We spoke with Kim’s family after breakfast, which was really nice! Kim opened her presents from her sister, which were some thermals and some items from Lush! Curtis got a thermos, which is orange, his favourite colour!

We then spoke with Curtis’ family and it was really nice as we haven’t spoken to them in a long while.

The Gavin & Stacey

We watched Gavin & Stacey’s Christmas special and it was excellent…exactly what we wanted to be and it’s setup to have more episodes, which we REALLY want!

Whilst we watched this, we had some cheese as a snack.

The Presents

We opened the rest of our presents from each other after watching the TV show.

Curtis got some whiskey and some cocktail mixes, which are things Curtis loves! He also got a hat and a jumper, but he did know of these before Christmas.

Kim got a small LED alarm clock for the bedroom as Kim wanted one that wasn’t too light but was bright enough to see the time at night.

Kim got a new handbag and purse, but she knew about these. She also got a cheese board with a built in utensils draw with the cheese knives in! All of it is made of bamboo, too.

The Dinner

We eventually made dinner, which didn’t take that long.

It was excellent though! Kim got some pigs in blankets brought over from England by someone at work and we had those with chicken, Yorkshire puddings, potatoes, stuffing and vegetables.

After our terrific meal, we watched some TV and then watched some shows on Netflix.

We plan to do more of the same tomorrow and the rest of this evening!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 132: Vancouver, BC – Office-Wide Lunch

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was up at the normal time of 07:30 to to ready for and go to work.

Curtis got to work around 08:45 and got some admin done before getting stuck down a rabbit hole of making changes to the new software his team is using.

The day in general was very quiet and Curtis just did a couple of tickets as well as the configuration he was doing.

At 12:00, 15 people from the office went out to lunch together, because why not!

They went to Rogue and Curtis had a burger which was pretty good. It was nice for Curtis to chat with colleagues, but he thought it would be best to not take anymore than an hour break, so he and his colleague walked back to the office.

Once back, Curtis did some more tickets, more configuration and then it was time to leave! The office closed at 15:00, so he left then and walked home.

Curtis played some games when he got home as was still out at the shop.

Kim’s Day

Kim didn’t have to work today, so she slept in and did very little.

She facetimed her family and then just before Curtis got home, she ran up to the shop to get some things for Christmas dinner tomorrow, and for us to have cheese for dinner tonight.

Kim then went out to feed her friend’s cat that she is looking after for the next few days.

Dinner & Christmas Movie

We ate our dinner of cheese and crackers whilst we watched The Last Leg and then we watched the movie Klaus which we had heard good things about, and we enjoyed it a lot!

We spent the rest of the evening just relaxing and watching TV, which is exactly what we plan to do tomorrow, too!


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Mr & Mrs Hale

Victoria,BC

Place 70 – Day 30: Victoria, BC – Dinner at The Empress

Breakfast

We went for breakfast at Vista 18, which we went to the previous time we were here with Linda.

The food was great as it was before. Curtis had a standard breakfast with ham, eggs and home fries, as well as some cranberry sourdough which was the best part of the breakfast!

Linda had an omelette and Kim had a waffle with chocolate and banana.

Jumanji

We finished up with breakfast and then walked down to the cinema to watch Jumanji! We wanted a simple, easy to watch film, so that was what we chose.

We had a lot of space each, too, with recliner seating.Overall, the film was funny, but not as good as the first one.

Jumanji: The Next Level

Our Rating:- 7/10

Flowers

We went to Winners for a bit for Kim to get some tops and then we went back home.

Kim went to get ‘something’ and when she came back, it was the flowers we had bought for Linda from her favourite florist!

Linda really likes these, which we are glad about.

Curtis watched hockey for a bit before we left to go to dinner.

Dinner at The Empress

We went for dinner at The Q at The Empress. The Empress is an old beautiful (expensive!) hotel here in Victoria and we had always said we should go for food sometime.

Linda had been here for food recently and said it was very good, so we absolutely agreed when she mentioned going there!

The staff were incredibly kind and hospitable, which is the first thing we noticed.We got a drink each and then perused the menu.

Kim decided on a rack of lamb whilst Curtis went for white wine braised rabbit. Linda chose the beef tenderloin.

The rabbit (above)

Kim’s rack of lamb

Our meals were all terrific. Huge flavour, richness but perfectly balanced.We had dessert, too!

Curtis and Linda had the hazelnut and chocolate tart whilst Kim had a vanilla mille-feuille.

The meal overall was a 10/10, service included!

We had another terrific day, and we ended it with some more baileys…because it Christmas!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 200: Vancouver, BC – Linda’s Back!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was awake at 05:00 and out the door by 05:15 to head to work! As it is Black Friday, he was required to be available to support the teams in his company, should they need it.

Curtis got to work at 05:45 with all the lights off (they are on a timer for 06:00) and noone else in the office.

Curtis left the office at 06:00 and went to McDonald’s to get a big coffee and some breakfast.

Noone was in the office until 07:30 and most people didn’t arrive until 08:30, so Curtis didn’t have much to do.

He showed a colleague something they wanted to learn about and he also read some more of his book. This was everything, along with Admin, until some tickets came in at 08:30.

Curtis’ day was still fairly quiet, but he did some tickets and then had some testing to do to help some colleagues out. He had a free lunch at 12:00 provided by the company which was nice! All of a sudden, it was 13:30 and home time.

Curtis went home and watched the leafs game which took him perfectly to needing to leave the house around 17:00 to meet Kim.

Kim’s Day

One of the first things Kim had to do today was send out a memo to everyone in her office to see if they had lost their bike. The building have had a bike for over a year and wanted to see if anyone could claim it.

Kim had a delivery come in which was one of the parts of the final holiday party decoration for the tables. She then went out and bought the final few parts to make the prototype snowman they are having as centerpieces.

While she was out, Kim picked up the beer for this weeks afternoon’s drinks.

When she got back, she continued with some party planning and even made a snowman to see if it would work and it looks so cute!

In the afternoon Kim had to finalise some hotel bookings and place all the weekly shop orders for all 3 offices. She also set up the weekly drinks too!

Linda’s Back!

Linda has come to see us this weekend!

We met her at her hotel and then went for a walk to look at the hospital Christmas lights, which were meant to be amazing.

The lights were ok, but nothing spectacular.

We all got hungry, so it was time to eat! We had a reservation at a place we wanted to go for a while.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t a great experience.

Kim’s order was wrong and so she had to order something extra after already waiting for a whole and by the time she got hers, Curtis and Linda had already eaten and the food wasn’t even that nice!

We left and stopped Linda off at her hotel, with a weekend of plans set and ready.

We walked back home and chilled out watching some TV… Curtis is very tired!


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Mr & Mrs Hale

Las Vegas,NV

Place 77 – Day 11: Las Vegas, NV – Night In The Valley of Fire

Finishing the Race

Tom was up early to get a couple more laps in before the finish of the race.

He really enjoyed doing it as the sun was rising, though it was cold!

The race finished up and we were pretty much ready to go. We treated ourselves to showers and then got packed up to go.

Coffee!

We got going on the road, heading towards a coffee shop we saw, called River Rock Roasting Company. Everyone seemed to head there at the same time, so it was quite busy, but we sat outside with amazing views whilst we had some coffee and snacks.

Valley of Fire

We have been to the valley of fire before, but Tom has not, so we decided we would camp there!

We drove all the way there after our coffee and got there at a pretty good time.

We didn’t really have plans for the evening, just have a look around, adventure a bit and then relax and play some cards.

This blog is up a lot earlier due to us being unsure if we will have any internet connection tonight at the campsite.


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Mr & Mrs Hale

Virgin, UT

Place 85 – Day 2: Virgin, UT – 25 Hour Cycling Race!

25 Hour Cycling Race

We were up fairly early for Tom to get ready for his cycling race, which began around 10:00.

The weather was cold in the morning, around 2°C.

Tom went out to the briefing and we got ready.

The race was beginning at 10:00, but it was a running start to the bike, so Curtis walked down with Tom to the start to catch the beginning run.

After the run, Tom was on the bike and taking some laps.

We sat out in the sun and relaxed until we noticed we were very much on the way of the course, so when there was a break we drove the RV further down and out of the way.

There was some beautiful views and mountains around the place, too.

Tom did around 6 laps and then was done for the day.

Curtis watched hockey and then we sat and played cards for the rest of the night. We couldn’t even fire up the generator to charge devices as it wasn’t working for some reason, but that’s a tomorrow problem.

Up at a decent time tomorrow for Tom to do a few more laps and then off we go to another place!


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Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 119: Vancouver, BC – Stressful Costco Run & Hockey Scrimmage

Family Chat

We woke up and got ready just in time to speak with Curtis’ family.

We had a nice chat and spoke with Curtis’ auntie, uncle and cousins which was really nice!

We finished this and then headed out to the car for a road trip…To Costco!

Big Costco

We wanted to see if the Richmond Costco was any better, as it’s much bigger.

We took a drive out there, but stopped at bulk barn first to see what that was about (it wasn’t great).

We got into the Costco carpark and it was a mission. People and cars everywhere! We eventually got a space, and went into the pandemonium of Costco.

It wasn’t really any better than the one usually go to, just bigger and full of more people!

We left after about an hour and got back into the car to go to Walmart.

We got a few lunch items from the shop then drove back home.

Hockey Scrimmage!

We watched a few things on TV and had a delicious sweet chilli beef dish with rice.

Once it got to 20:15 we left the house and drove down to New Westminster for Curtis’ scrimmage!

Curtis really enjoyed it, having not played since December. He got to meet his team mates and more importantly, play hockey with them.

#65 in White!

It wasn’t all that serious. It went on for an hour and 15 minutes and then it was home time.

Curtis thought he’d have been more tired but he actually feels great and can’t wait for the season to start again!

We got home pretty late so then it was bed time.


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Mr & Mrs Hale

Miami,FL

Place 82 – Day 1: Miami,FL🇺🇸 – Cancelled Bus

Check Out

We got up at 08:30, packed the remaining items, showered, had breakfast and left the house around 11:00, after a game of Monopoly Deal.

Nice Houses

We had some time to kill, so we drove down through the really nice, huge, houses.

After we looked at all the houses, we drove to an ice cream place, got ice cream and then went to Starbucks for a coffee.

We had to leave shortly after, though, as our bus was due at the bus stop (which was a gas station).

Cancelled Bus

We got to the bus stop and then checked on the bus which said it was delayed by an hour, but the image on the app said it hadn’t left the first stop yet.

We called to ask, whilst we sat and had a doughnut in Dunkin’ and they weren’t much help.

We went back to the gas station and there was an attendant inside and she said she thinks it is cancelled but will check.

Eventually, she confirmed this and said we can board the 15:50 bus instead, for free. We looked into car rental but it was far too expensive so we booked onto that bus instead.

We said goodbye to Kim’s family as they had to catch a flight back to England. It was an emotional time for Kim, too.

We waited for an hour or so until the bus arrived and were happy to get on it.

Bus Ride To Miami

We had a 5 hour ride, which was less than our previous bus was going to be anyway, so that’s good.

We had an uneventful journey with only a few scheduled stops. We even skipped a few at the end so we got in a little early.

Nice Apartment

We got an Uber to downtown Miami, where our apartment is.

We are on the 42nd floor, with amazing views of Miami and the water!

Dinner

We wanted some food and were recommended to go to the bayside marketplace which has a few well priced chains in there.

We decided on Five Guys as it was easy and we fancied a burger.

Curtis chose to have a cheeseburger with lettuce, mayo, steak sauce, grilled onions & pickles, but he got mushrooms instead of onions, for some reason.

Kim got a small cheeseburger with lettuce, steak sauce, grilled onions and mushrooms.

We got a side of small fries and shared a chocolate milkshake.

The food was pretty nice, though as said before they did get the order wrong. The milkshake was incredible though!


Five Guys | Miami,FL

Rating:- 7/10


We got back, ate our food and went to sleep…we were very tired after a long stressful day, so were looking forward to getting some sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale