Place 72 – Day 275: Vancouver, BC – One Bed Gone, Another Acquired!

New Bed

We got up and had some toasties with some of the remaining mozzarella cheese and some cheddar and then we got ready.

We were speaking with a company about getting a bed from them, out in Richmond, so we agreed a pickup time and drove out to them.

It took us about 25 minutes to get there and we picked up the bed frame. It’s a simple metal frame, but it does the job!

We got that back home and started to build it.

Old Bed Gone!

As we were building the bed, someone said they can pickup our old bed and buy it from us, so we had to stop building and drove across to the other apartment to get the bed out for them.

They were also British and had been here about the same amount of time as we have!

We had a little (distanced) chat with them and then drove back home to finish the bed.

It didn’t take too long to finish building the bed, and now we have an actual bed instead of a mattress!

We were hungry after this, so we made a veggie spaghetti bolognese and relaxed for the rest of the night.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 274: Vancouver, BC – Checking Out The New Neighbourhood

We woke up and had some french toast for breakfast and then we got ready for the day.

After we were ready, we spoke with Kim’s family and gave them a little tour of our apartment, even though it is not ready yet!

We finished the call, had a quick snack and then went out to walk around and explore our new neighbourhood. There seemed to be some cool places around and we even found an open Starbucks, so we got our first Starbucks in months!

We then walked back home and relaxed for a while, as well as looking at beds and other things for the apartment.

We then got hungry, so decided to make pizza!

We had a pizza dough already, so it was a case of just getting the topping sorted. We went with mushrooms, cheese (cheddar & mozzarella), red onion and sweetcorn!

The pizza was pretty tasty, though we don’t think it was enough for 2 people.

We watched the film Prospect whilst we ate dinner.

We had some cookies and other snacks throughout the evening and just generally did very little.

Place 72 – Day 265: Vancouver, BC – We Got A New Apartment!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty quiet morning, just having a team meeting and then doing a few things here and there.

In the afternoon, the tickets picked up and Curtis got some done, followed by a long team meeting to discuss the projects from the last two weeks.

Afte that meeting, it was happy hour time, so Curtis jumped onto the zoom call to have a chat.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim got ready and set up the weekly catch up call for the UK offices and when no one showed up for 15 minutes, she ended the call. Kim later found out that the UK had a bank holiday, which she knew about.

In the morning Kim spent a lot of her time on admin, reaching out to people, updating logs and setting up meetings.

Kim then got invited to a meeting and was told about a project she will be helping out with. After that meeting Kim had a quick call with her parents to wish her Mum a happy birthday. It was so great to speak with them!

At midday Kim hosted a games time for her department. She got to use her new Jackbox games and it went well, once she figured out how it all worked! After two games on there Kim joined the East Coast catch up, which mainly had west coast people on it. They had a great chat and then they played some more Jackbox. Kim used the call as a Guinea pig to get the audio from the game at just the right level.

After the games Kim spent a lot of her afternoon doing admin and then she hosted the West Coast weekend catch up. It was a small call, but a lot of fun!

We Got A New Apartment!

We finished work, bought renters insurance, and then walked down to the city.

We got to where we needed to be and met our new landlord again!

We went up to the apartment, got all the information and signed the contract.

We sent the money across but that took a while, but it did eventually go through!

We left the apartment and headed back home and we were hungry so we ordered food on the way home.

We got back and had our food, curry again, and it was spicy!

We had to do a few other things, like change over the utilities and probably buy a new sofa as ours is too large for the apartment.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 253: Vancouver, BC – Vietnamese Coffee Hunting

We were up at around 11:00 today, and we had a great breakfast!We had french toast and Kim had chocolate on hers and Curtis had cinnamon and maple syrup, and both had banana and strawberries.We watched some TV and then got ready for the day.We did very little during the day and then Kim went out to T&T, a mostly Asian supermarket, to find Vietnamese coffee and the items you need to make it!Unfortunately, Kim was unsuccessful with finding either of those things, so instead she went to Costco to get a few things.Kim got back and we started to get a little hungry, so Kim made dinner!We had roast vegetables, including mashed swede, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas and more!We ate our food and watched some TV and then watched the film 1917 which we really enjoyed!We played some games and VR before heading to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 248: Vancouver, BC – All New Games!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had another couple of computer checkups planned for the day today, so he got those done in the morning, as well as his team meeting.

Curtis did some other tickets and then at 12:00, he was meant to have another checkup but the person had to reschedule, so he didn’t do it.

After lunch, Curtis had a lot of tickets to do and then he hopped on a zoom call with someone who needed some urgent assistance freeing up some space on their laptop.

Curtis got some training in and helped Kim a little with a spreadsheet and then that was his day done!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by joining a game of cribbage, this time it was one she was meant to be in, so that was great! It was good fun and we lost again, unsurprisingly!

Just before the game Kim got the go ahead on a few things for getting the office in a good position for when people are heading back in again, which is great. As a result, Kim has a few mini projects that will keep her busy. She sent a bit of information to her manager and is awaiting a response on a few things. Kim also set up a meeting with her colleague, where they can go over anything and everything!

For the rest of the morning Kim made her Taboo game, she popped into the office the other day to pick up the game so she could copy the words from the cards into the game. It saved kim trawling the internet and thinking some up!

At 1 Kim hosted taboo and it was so much fun! There were just two players, but they did enjoy it. Kim ended up ditching the timer and letting people just work through 8 words and phrases each.

In the afternoon Kim spent a little time finding and chasing for invoices. She also made a tracker for winners of competitions to go on the Wiki!

All New Games!

We did our workout and then had an easy dinner.

Once we were done with our food, kim spoke with a friend from pole and then we watched a bit of TV and then Curtis was able to download some new games on the Oculus Quest!

We played some SuperHot VR again and then we did that and watched some more TV and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 245: Vancouver, BC – Cinnamon Buns!

We woke up and we made some cinnamon buns!

They weren’t homemade, but from a tube. They were actually pretty good, and didn’t take very long either. We had that with some banana and strawberries on the side.

After breakfast, we both got ready for the day, slowly, and then went out for a drive!

We drove up north to Horseshoe Bay, but didn’t get out of the car, of course, and just drove right back home.

It was only a 1 hour trip, but it was nice to get out and the weather was stunning.

We got back home and made dinner.

We had breakfast for dinner, eggs, toast, an English nuffin, beans, hash browns and mushrooms. Delicious!

Once we finished dinner, we watched the film I Am Mother which was actually pretty good.

I Am Mother

Our Rating: 8/10

After the film, we watched the last two episodes of Safe which were very good!

We played some games and VR and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 229: Vancouver, BC – Fung Shui

Curtis’ Day

Post walk, the day started very quiet for Curtis.

Curtis did some admin and a few other things, but had nothing planned for a couple of hours.

The day picked up and he had to craft a communication and provide some information to the company around some software security.

Curtis also got a couple of tickets and some people messaged him about different things.

All of a sudden, it was lunch time!

After lunch, Curtis had a project interview again and then post that, he did some ticket work and some admin for the project he is working on.

In the late afternoon, Curtis and his team jumped on to play some Rocket League again and it was fun! Everyone is starting to get much better, so the games are getting more and more fun, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim joined the meeting in the morning and then worked on sending out a few more of the invites for the cribbage tournament. In the middle of the morning Kim joined in with yoga.

In the afternoon Kim had a 1-1 with her manager. It was ao great to catch up. They went over they were doing, how they are keeping busy in and out of work and it was lovely.

After that Kim then worked on the cribbage spreadsheet to set up the elimination round process! She also fixed some of the automation for the current games sheet.

For the final bit of the afternoon Kim sent. The last of this batch of invites and did some scheduling of interviews for a team mate.

Kim walked part of the way to work before she realised she didnt have her pass. So she went back home, pick it up and then went into work to drop off a few things and pick some other things up. Downtown Vancouver is very empty and some shops are boarded up. It was very surreal!

Fung Shui

We eventually did our workout, which wasn’t until around 18:30 as Kim was out still and Curtis finished up playing games with his team.

Once we finished our workout, we moved the furniture around in our apartment!

We wanted a better area for working out and playing mini sticks, which we have really started to enjoy!

We got the furniture moved and setup and then we had some pizza for dinner, because we completely forgot to get anything!

After dinner, we watched a bit of TV and then played mini sticks for 40 minutes or so. This was fun but tiring!

We finished up the night with some video games and some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale