Place 72 – Day 98: Vancouver, BC – All The Free Food!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day ahead of him! He started the day doing a few tickets from other days as well as a couple of new ones that came in.

Once those were done, he had to order some IT equipment and then continued on imaging an old laptop for reuse.

Curtis finished the laptop and then moved on to something a bit more challenging, once he was done with lunch.

Curtis was trying to get a virtual machine to run on a server which people could all remote in to and use whenever they needed. It took a while to figure out, but he managed to realise that the hard drive was only recognisable on mac and once he plugged it in, the file was in the incorrect format.

Curtis had to re import the file into a free virtual machine manager and re export it as a different file type. This took over an hour to do and whilst he was doing this, he got a colleague to setup a server to put it on, which he will do on Monday.

Curtis went and had some drinks with his colleagues and even had a little bit of whiskey!

Curtis walked home alone as Kim was still at work, but once he got home he went on the xbox and had a long chat with his friend Shane (who was his best man) who he hasn’t spoken to in while.

It was amazing for them to catch up!

Kim’s Day

Kim got in before 9 to ensure that the boardroom was ready for the scout to come in and do their checks. When they came in, Kim showed them upstairs and left him to it.

She realised that she forgot her breakfast, so nipped across the road to the supermarket to grab a chocolate croissant. It was so tasty and just what Kim wanted!

After Kim ate her breakfast, she sorted out some of the fruit for the sangria. She set up 2 jugs with some of the frozen fruit to allow for it to soak up some of the alcohol for the duration of the day.

After this Kim got prepared for her meeting this morning in regards to her project and checked on the scout to make sure he was all set.

In the meeting Kim learned that the project was at a different phase than she was initatly led to believe it was at. Kim thought her role was to encourage other teams to complete certain tasks whereas her role at the moment is to ensure that her department is up to date and can then be used as a model for other departments. She was able to realign her goals and and efforts to reflect what is actually needed now. It was a very successful and useful meeting.

Just after the meeting the catering for another meeting arrived. Kim sorted it all out and let then know that the food was waiting in the meeting room and went back to going through some project stuff. A few minutes later someone came back to Kim with a spare burrito as someone had ordered one and not come to the meeting! What a win!

Kim decided to take her lunch then and relax and enjoy a free crispy chicken burrito. It was a good lunch!

When she finished her lunch Kim continued working with her new information on the project. She then popped out to pick up some cider and wine for the Friday afternoon drinks and pick up the mail.

Kim then organised with the film crew and the building managers how the filming would work logistically.

It was then Kim’s favourite time of week where she got to make sangria and set up all of the drinks! Kim even made a virgin sangria too! She then finished an email, had a chat with a colleague and then joined everyone until 6pm for drinks. It was really easy going and fun!

Pizza & Hidden Figures

We ate a frozen pizza for dinner as it was late and we are lazy!

We watched a couple of YouTube videos and then watched the film Hidden Figures which was a pretty good film!


Hidden Figures

Rating:- 8/10


We finished the night by starting to watch a Swedish show called Eagles.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 92: Vancouver, BC – Elysian Coffee & Movie Night

Kim woke up around 10:00, but Curtis fell back asleep until 12:00!

We had muffins for breakfast with turkey ham, egg and cheese.

We watched some YouTube videos and all of a sudden it was 14:30!

We got ready for the day and then went out for a coffee.

We had walked past a place not too far away called Elysian which looked nice and Curtis had it recommended to him too, so we had to try it.


Elysian Coffee | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 6.5/10


The coffee wasn’t too bad, but the service wasn’t great, unfortunately.

We left the coffee spot after people watching for a while and Kim had to head off to an appointment.

Once Kim got back, we had a big salad for dinner and watched the film Always Be My Maybe.


Always Be My Maybe

Rating:- 7.5/10


We finished the night looking for a car to buy and just chilling out.

Something that should be fun happens tomorrow, so we’ll see you then!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 72: Vancouver, BC – Bastille Day, Thai Festival & 49th Parallel Cafe

Bastille Day Celebration

We had a lazy morning and then walked down to Yaletown and to the Roundhouse Community Centre, which was hosting a Bastille Day celebration.

We got there and saw there was a train from 1887 there, so we had to take a look at that first!

There were a few exhibits, but mostly food and drink.

There were some crepe stands, beer stands, tea stands and a full brass band, too!

Unfortunately, there wasn’t really that much going on, so we left the area and went to find somewhere to look for hats.

Hat Shopping

We wanted to look for a new hat for Curtis as Kim wanted to get him one for his birthday.

We went to a few shops around the city, but couldn’t find anything that great.

We went to a few other shops to get some other things, such as some shorts for Curtis and some work clothes for Kim.

Thai Festival

We left the shopping centre and discovered a small Thai festival, which we had a quick walk around, but that wasn’t all that interesting either.

49th Parallel

Kim had a coffee and doughnut at a coffee shop near her work before and said it was really nice, so she wanted to take Curtis there. It is called 49th Parallel.

Curtis got a raspberry doughnut and Kim got a chocolate doughnut. The doughnuts were really good but also light which is nice.

Curtis had a cappucino with his and Kim had mocha. Both coffees were amazing and Curtis loved the fact that the coffee actually had its own flavour!


49th Parallel | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 10/10


Pizza!

We got back home and had some pizza with salad and watched some TV.

We then watched How To Train Your Dragon (the first one).

We had a few hours out the house today, but nothing taxing, which was nice.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 64: Vancouver, BC – Movie Night

Lazy

We did very little for the start of the day.

Kim went out in the morning to get us a McDonald’s breakfast, but it wasn’t great.

We watched some TV whilst we ate and then just played some games for a couple of hours.

Shopping

We eventually got ready to go out and went up to HomeSense to buy something to put our spare linen in.

We found a nice create to put it all in as well as a few other things we needed.

We then went to Save On Foods to get a few more food items we needed and wanted.

Free Whiskey & Wine

When we got home, we watched some TV and then we went to the liquor store to get some wine.

We entered and there was a couple of free tasters. There was 2 white wines and 1 red wine, as well as 2 bourbon whiskeys.

After trying these, we went to find a bottle of red.

Dinner

We really wanted toasties for dinner, so we had those with a side of salad and then had a homemade brownie afterwards.

Movie Night

We watched the latest purge film as we hadn’t seen it yet…We thought it was actually pretty good, but we do love the series.


The First Purge

Rating:- 8/10


We finished watching this, watched a bit of Lucifer and played some games before heading to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 54: Vancouver, BC – Toy Story 4

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day qas full of meetings, but not all of them were productive.

The first meeting lasted just 5 minutes and then Curtis had a few research based things to do before having a team meeting which lasted for an hour!

After lunch, Curtis had a meeting planned but that was moved to tomorrow and he was going to give someone a new laptop but they weren’t in the office so he couldn’t.

Curtis spent the afternoon sorting his new projects he obtained today and then he walked home.

Kim’s Day

Kim got in and spent the morning working on a few little tasks like updating her contact list spreadsheet and going through things that will need to be covered in tomorrows meeting.

Then Kim sat down with her colleague to go through some of the planning for the 3 summer parties, one for each office location. It was great to iron out some of the details and get an game plan for the day of the Vancouver party.

Kim then went back to her desk and wrote up some notes from the meeting and started looking inti a few things for one of the other offices party. IT then came and had a look at Kim’s computer because the microphone function didn’t appear to be working. It wouldnt be so important if Kim wasn’t on the current project, as she need to hold meetings with remote workers and people from the other offices. Two people and a whole lot of trouble shooting later it was decided that it was in fact faulty and the plan was now to switch out Kim’s laptop for a different one.

Somehow after this it was suddenly lunch time so Kim went and soaked up some sun on the roof.

When she got back to her desk Kim had a few things to do with swapping over the laptop and over the course of a few hours ans many log ins later we were all good to go. An exciting thing about Kim’s new laptop is that it is a touchscreen too! Very exciting!

Kim was then resetting up the computer by relogging in to all the applications and setting up the bookmarks bar.

At about 3:40 Kim got a message to say that something she was due to send out tomorrow had been bumped up and was able to be sent out today. The only issue was it needed to be printed organised and then delivered to the courier by 4. Kim managed to get it all done and walked the door at 3:59 after running about 5 blocks. However, it turns out that the last pick up for delivery is in fact at 4:40. Kim then slowly walked back while catching her breath!

Kim then noticed that the coffee order she put in last week still hadn’t arrived. So she decided to give them a call. After being on hold for 15 minutes, she gave up, sent them a message and then headed home.

Toy Story 4

We left home at 18:20 and walked to the city to a cinema there.

There wasn’t too many people there and we got some snacks and went into the cinema.

This was technically classed as an auditorium and had a balcony!

We watched Toy Story 4, which was great!


Toy Story 4

Rating:- 10/10


We left here and walked home, with a beauitful skyline in tow!

We watched some TV and got some stuff sorted for work tomorrow and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 20: Vancouver,BC – We Both Got Jobs!

Morning Phone Interview

Kim had an interview at 10:00. This was for a hospitality app in which you can get one off shifts and work, which may be good to get a bit extra cash.

This was very successful and Kim was told she would be approved!

3rd Interview

Kim had another interview today, so she had to head down to the city.

Kim got there and the interview lasted just 25 minutes, with it being more of a character check.

We Both Got Jobs!

Whilst Kim was at her interview, Curtis received a call offering him a job! This was the exact job he wanted and he is very excited. He had to get a lot of paperwork done for that and he starts on Tuesday.

When Kim got home from her interview, she also got a call offering her the job! We both got jobs and the exact jobs we wanted.

Also on the plus side, both jobs are in the city and we are just 10-15 minute walk from each other.

We were pretty happy with today, so it was celebration time.

Chicken

We started our celebrations with chicken from KFC. We walked down to KFC to get a few tenders and some popcorn chicken.

Pub

We came back home and relaxed for a bit and then decided we should treat ourselves and get a drink.

We found a pub which was underground and went and Curtis got a beer whilst Kim got a wine. We sat and just relaxed in the really nice pub before we walked back home.

What Men Want (film)

We got home and ate ice cream whilst watching the film What Men Want. The film was alright, kind of funny and an easy watch.


What Men Want

Rating:- 6.5/10


We are looking forward to the next part of our lives, now we have a home sorted as well as jobs…exciting times!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 17: Vancouver,BC – Reverse Shopping & Detective Pikachu

Great Britain Ice Hockey

Curtis was up at 07:00 to watch Great Britain play against France with the winner staying up in the top division.

Great Britain fell behind 3-0 but turned it around, got into overtime and ended up winning 4-3 and are staying in the top division!

Reverse Shopping

We got up and ready after relaxing for a bit and then we walked, in the slight rain, to the train station to get to Metropolis.

We started by doing some reverse shopping, in which we returned a couple of pairs of incorrectly ordered shoes.

Terrible Lunch

We were both very hungry so we looked around for somewhere to eat. We found The American Cheesesteak Co. Where they were selling a beef wrap for $1.99! That soubded like an amazing price, so we got one each.

This was where it got interesting…After a few bites, we noticed there were no beef chunks, but instead, beef salami! We asked about this, as did many other customers, and they said that is beef and that is what they sell…we were expecting chunks of beef, but it was cheap.

We ate quickly and moved on.


The American Cheesesteak Co.| Vancouver,BC

Rating:- 2/10


Homesense

We walked around homesense, looking at items we could potentionally get for our apartment once we move in.

We were in here for a while, but then wanted a coffee so we went to get one.

Coffee

We visited Blenz Coffee, which we find hit and miss, and Curtis’ coffee wasn’t great. It was just a cappucino, but it was WAY too hot and didn’t even taste good, which was a shame.

Detective Pikachu

We watched Detective Pikachu in a cinema which had vibrating seats and some, more expensive, seats even moved with the film!

We went into the film with low expectations, but we actually really enjoyed it. It seemed to keep getting better and the plot twists were excellent! The CGI was questionable but the general animation was fantastic.


Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Rating:- 8.5/10


Coffee Crisp

We came home and weren’t really hungry for dinner, so instead we had a coffee crisp each, which are coffee flavoured chocolate bars. These were quite nice, but we weren’t hungry enough to have a full meal.

We watched TV for a few hours and then got some sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale