Comox,BC

Place 86 – Day 3: Comox, BC – Snowboarding & Spare Tyre!

Snowboarding

We were up at 07:00 to get up to the mountain at a good time.

Brody drove up to Mount Washington and there wasn’t too many people there when we arrived.

We got our snow gear on and walked up to the slopes!

Neither of us have done skiing or snowboarding before, so we were in new territory.

The slopes were 50% off for the day and we just needed a pass for the easy slopes. We got a half day pass each, which cost us around $15 each…Crazy cheap!

We got started but not very well. Brody was patient with us and taught us well, but it took us some time to get used to it.

We eventually got down the first bit of the mountain which is basically the ‘highway’ to get to a bunch of different slopes.

We went down there and headed into the easy slopes. These take you up on a conveyor, which makes things a lot easier than a ski lift!

We got to the top of the mountain and had some terrific views. The weather was impeccable today, with no cloud whatsoever!

We got to about halfway down, very slowly, but Kim had started figuring out some good techniques.

We got up to the next section and decided we would just stick with that short section of the mountain, which was also great as there wasn’t many people there.

We headed back to the main area, but you have to snowboard down on a fairly flat trail, which crossed over some of the mountain, so people were flying around at all directions.

Curtis got stuck and couldn’t get moving again on the flat part, so had to shimmy his way to the end.

At the end, there’s a large hill that you have to go down. Kim got down fairly easy, but Curtis did struggle a little, taking quite a while and getting a little frustrated.

We bought a drink and ditched some clothes and then went right back up to our preferred part of the mountain.

Kim started to really get the hang of it and gave Curtis some good pointers which helped him and before we knew it we were both doing pretty well.

Kim did a couple of runs from the top of the mountain all the way to the bottom which she felt great about.

We ended up spending way more time than the 1\2 day there, pretty much going non stop from 08:45 to 14:30!

We were tired and hurting but had a great time. We feel like we’d really like to go again and improve some more.

Light Snack

We got a light snack at a pub with Brody and some of his friends and Curtis got a well deserved beer too.

We then headed back to Brody’s place and got showered and changed before hitting the road to leave!

Puncture!

We made it a bit down the road and the tyre pressure light came on and it turned out we had a very flat tyre! We had filled it with air last night so we knew it must have an issue.

We started to get the spare tyre and jack from the back of the car but the jack was very rusted on so the gas station we were at gave us a few things to get it out.

The guy was really nice and gave us a bit of help with it and we were able to get that changed fairly quick (it was mostly Kim).

Back to Vancouver

We headed down to Nanaimo to catch the ferry, after our quick pitstop to change our tyre! We took it slow and made it with plenty of time.

We went for a walk and got some food and then headed back to the car and got onto the ferry.

The sailing was easy and then we got to the other side and drove back to Vancouver, which didn’t take long.

It was an amazing weekend but it’ll be nice to be home and back in our own bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 173: Vancouver, BC – Winners Dinner!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of meetings planned for the day, 5 in total, so that was basically what he did!

There were also a lot of tickets coming in, so that kept Curtis busy in between meetings.

A meeting Curtis was meant to have in the afternoon got cancelled and he was able to welcome someone that traveled in from the Regina office and give them a little tour.

After that, Curtis finished the day with some training.

Kim’s Day

Kim came into work and had an email back from a venue she reached out to. It turns out that the company had way more venues than Kim initially realised so she looked through all the options and responded back for more information.

Kim then took a bit of time to organise other areas of the social planning. This came at a great time as it appears that all of Kim’s saved information had been corrupted so she had to start again with all of her notes on upcoming events.
Kim also scheduled a delivery pickup and cancelled some catering that no one made any choices on.

Kim then went on a donut date with a wonderful lady. They went and picked up a coffee and then came back to the office to have lunch together. It was so much fun and they talked about a load of different things.
When she got back to her desk Kim spent some time looking at catering options for breakfast for a meeting next week.

After this Kim had a catch up with someone in regards to their desk set up and then Kim had a catch up with someone in marketing to talk about sending some swag out. She then spent the rest of her afternoon saving invoices.

Winners Dinner!

Curtis had a quick dinner with all of his team from the Hackathon as one of them was in from the Regina office!

They went to a place called Pourhouse which was actually pretty quiet when they arrived.

Curtis had a burger and fries and a cheap beer (it was Happy Hour) and everyone just chatted, got to know eachother a bit more and just had a laugh together.

Curtis walked home and got home to Kim cleaning.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 153: Vancouver, BC – First Aid!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was still feeling under the weather this morning, so he decided to work from home, mostly to stop himself getting anyone else sick.

Curtis’ day was productive, but not massively busy. He got a couple of hours of project work completed and also got a bunch of tickets sorted, too.

After working, Curtis watched hockey and got his stuff ready for his hockey game!

Kim’s Day

Kim ran out to the shop to pick up cream, but also grabbed a chocolate croissant for herself and a coffee for her colleague. Just after she got back she had a meeting with her teammate and it was really good.

They caught up on a few of Kim’s questions and got up to speed on a few things.

Kim then hopped on a coffee date with a remote worker and had a lovely chat with them.

After that call Kim had a call with the travel agency it go over an issue that cropped up yesterday.

In the afternoon Kim went into the first aid meeting but then no one showed up, so instead she emptied a bookcase and moved it into the kitchen to become a book swap and games area.

Kim would love for this to bring a new social aspect into the workplace!

First Aid

Curtis got picked up by a teammate to go to hockey as Kim had training (still in the same area, so she was able to see Curtis’ game after).

Kim arrived an hour early to pole and luckily there was pole free so she was able to take the earlier class. She did the exotic class and loved it and then did the 505 class, but she was quite tired so didn’t do great, but it was so much fun!

Curtis’ hockey game went really well! He got an assist from a hard working play and the team won 3-1! They’ve now beaten every team in the league.

Kim didn’t get to the rink until half way through the 2nd period as the snow was so heavy, she was being careful driving and she also got some food.

During the game, someone on the other team really hurt their ankle, so Kim did first aid on him for a long while.

After the game, Kim drove home and the snow was really coming down! It’s meant to snow overnight and all day tomorrow, so there’ll be plenty around tomorrow too.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 122: Vancouver, BC – Morning At Home

Curtis’ Day

Curtis, amongst doing tickets, spent most of the day researching for a project which is due in December. He felt that he had made good headway with it today, which was great.

Curtis’ colleague was on his last day today, so he had to say goodbye to him, as well, though he is not based in Vancouver, but in Regina.

Curtis left at 16:45 and walked home, thinking that Kim had already gone home, but she hadn’t!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day at 8am on the dot, but at home! Kim had her remote quarterly new hire orentation meeting that lasted for most of the morning from 8-11. Kim had a small presentation segment too about the social team, so she was both host and attendee!

When Kim got into the office she started by catching up on her emails that she had missed from the morning. Kim then went and had a quicker lunch than usual!

After lunch Kim had a chat with the drinks delivery man and they tried to come up with a new plan to ensure that all deliveries are consistent, as they haven’t been for a few weeks.
Kim then spent some time confirming the catering she had enquired about yesterday afternoon and booked some catering in for our office in Ontario.
As 2 other people passed their first aid course last week Kim moved their monthly meeting from next week to today to ensure that all their questions and ideas were able to be put to use straight our of their brains.

It was a really successful and useful meeting where lots of good plans were made.

After the meeting Kim had a chat with her team mate about a little project they are taking on. They organised a plan and Kim tried to find some ways to make it quicker and easier.
Tonights class was perfect for Kim, she has finally found her right level and felt confident to do the moves but felt it could be challenging enough also!

More Exercise!

Once we were both home, Kim had some toast and Curtis had the leftover curry.

We watched some TV and then Kim drove down to do some exercise.

Once Kim got back, she had some tuna pasta and we chilled out watching some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Victoria,BC

Place 70 – Day 28: Victoria, BC – Brunch & Incredible Foot Massage!

Brunch

We were up at 09:00 to get ready for brunch/breakfast. By the time we both got ready it was around 10:30 and our brunch/breakfast time was at 11:00, so we all started the walk down.

Our brunch was in a hotel in the restaurant called Vista 18.

We got some coffee as well as a hot chocolate for Kim. This place was called Vista 18 due to being on the 18th floor, therefore it had some great views!

Curtis had eggs benedict with bacon & homemade breakfast potatoes, which were basically just potato chips.

Kim had a breakfast with bacon,eggs, pancakes and the same homemade potatoes.

Linda had the french toast which looked great! All of the portions were huge and it was an incredibly reasonable price.


Vista 18 | Victoria, BC

Rating:- 7/10


We were very full after breakfast and so we went for a walk downtown to burn it off.

We walked around a few shops to pass time and Kim also managed to buy some exercise gear she needed.

Foot Massage

Kim and Linda went for a foot massage at 13:00. The original booked time was 13:30, but they couldn’t wait so changed it to 13:00.

Whilst they did this, Curtis went back to the apartment and relaxed.

Time To Go

Once we were all back in the same room, we didn’t have long before we had to say goodbye to Linda and walk down to catch the bus.

We said our goodbyes and wandered to the bus station.Once at the station, we waited for a little bit and then boarded. The bus was very busy and very hot!

Once we arrived at the ferry port, everyone was way too hot so temporarily disembarked the bus to get some fresh air.

There was a small delay on the boat bring offloaded as the police were waiting for a car to speak to the driver, so we had to wait for that to be dealt with before we could board.

Ferry Ride

We got on the boat and sat charging our phones. We were able fully charge our phones, which was a result!

It was incredibly loud and busy on the boat, but it went quite fast.We loaded back onto the bus and headed towards home.We got back home and it was nice to be back, but we already miss spending time with Linda!

We stopped in at the supermarket for a bit to do a small weekly shop and to get some food for dinner.

We ate our dinner and caught up on some TV and YouTube videos before we went to bed, ready for work tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 30: Vancouver,BC – Move In Completed!

Table & Chairs

We just had the table and chairs to build today, so after we got ready, Kim got onto that.

Whilst Kim did that, Curtis collated all of the rubbish into the required piles and then took out the paper pile and put it out in the bin.

Once Kim finished the table and one chair, we ate our leftover Chinese food from last night for lunch.

Internet Install

We should have been getting a technician from Shaw cable coming to install internet into the apartment, but we got a call during lunch saying that they would not be able to come today, so it has to be rescheduled.

As we are both new at work, we said we cannot do during the week but settled on tomorrow at between 18:00-20:00, which means Curtis will sort that out after work!

We finished our food and went out to the shops to get some more things. We got a recycling bin, some more cleaning supplies and a very nice cordless vacuum, which Kim is in love with!

We got a coffee from Starbucks whilst we were out, but Curtis had to wait for over 20 minutes for his as they forgot about him!

Last Chair!

We got the remaining chair built whilst the maintainance people for our apartment building installed blinds in our apartment.

We finished that and then everything was built!

First Food Shop

We got our first food shop done, getting a lot of spices and meat as well as sauces.

We bought a lot but it wasn’t too expensive.

Final Touches & Steak!

We got everything in the kitchen cleaned and put away in the correct place as well as figured out locations for everything else.

We vacuumed and got the place looking good! We then moved the sofa and TV to get them both in the perfect place.

We had already taken all the rubbish out and some things to our storage unit, so we were all ready and it was looking and feeling more like a home.

We had steak for dinner, but unfortunately it wasn’t a very good steak. We had great sides with it though and Kim made an incredible sauce, so it was pretty good. It was our first meal at our new table!

Hopefully Shaw come to install our internet tomorrow and then we are sorted. Kim starts work tomorrow too, and we plan to walk to work together!


This Time Last Year!


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

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 305: Auckland – The End of Hockey in NZ

We woke up at 09:30 and had homemade crepes for breakfast. We had strawberries and chocolate sauce with them, too!

Once we ate this, we both showered and then Curtis watched the Leafs game.

Whilst Curtis did this, Kim did some admin for our next location and vacuumed.

Once the hockey was finished, we went to Glenfield Mall to do our weekly shop.

Before we stopped, we did the usual and got a coffee from Little Things and Kim also got a chocolate peppermint slice.

We then did the shopping and drove home.

We got home and Kim made food for lunch, which is a homemade sandwich filler of chicken and bacon with mayonnaise.

Tabitha then came round and we headed to Curtis’ play-off quarterfinal game.

The game was a good one and went to a shootout! Curtis’ team were 2-0 up and Curtis got an assist on each goal, too.

After that, it went to 3-2 to the other team and then Curtis’ team tied it!

Curtis’ team dominated the overtime but couldn’t grab a goal, so it went to the shootout where the game ended with a loss. That is all the hockey Curtis can play here in NZ so now he had to wait for if he plays at all in the next location.

We then went to Carl’s Jr and got a burger with Colten, Sarah and Tabitha and then drove home and went to bed!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 304: Auckland- Onehunga Shopping & Cornwall Park

We woke up way later than planned or expected, at 11:30!

We had a quick bite of breakfast, showered and left the house.

We met Josh and Danielle in Onehunga, at the mall.

The mall was very busy! We walked around the mall with Danielle and Josh, stopping in a lot of shops. The mall is an outlet mall, so lots of great deals! Kim got some sunglasses and Curtis got some swimming shorts.

We left here and Curtis wasn’t feeling great, so we grabbed a bottle of orange juice to drink. We then drove over to Cornwall Park and walked to see the sheep and lambs!

Lambs_CornwallPark
The lambs!

We left Cornwall park and headed to Glenfield mall. The day today had odd weather. we were warm and then absolutely freezing, especially once the wind came in.

When we got to Glenfield, we went to get just a couple of items from the shop (pasta, wine & strawberries…A normal shop!) And then went to get a coffee from Little Things, which as excellent as always.

We got home and did a bit of laundry, then watched the Great British Bake Off.

After that, Kim made hoisin duck and mushroom pasta and we watched some YouTube videos whilst we ate.

After that, we watched the apprentice.

Once we were done with that, we played some Call of Duty with Kim’s friend Ryan, then it was bedtime.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 302: Auckland – Playing Games Together Again

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work too early again! When Curtis got to work, he was unable to access the main case system, so he couldn’t see or update any of his cases! This went on for most of the day, until around 14:30 when it was fixed.

Curtis started setting up a laptop, but had to go to the client with the virus infected server and look at that.

When Curtis got there, the server had no internet connection and, after a few hours of trying to get it to connect, Curtis finally did it and it was back online. Unfortunately though, he was still unable to install a good antivirus and some things still didn’t work quite right, so he suggested that a new PC is purchased to resolve the issue.

Curtis left the client around 11:00 and went home for the rest of the day to work from there.

Curtis setup the laptop for most of it, at least the amount he could do without being able to access his systems. Once it came back online at 14:30 Curtis spent most of the time after that doing admin and catching up.

Curtis finished work at 16:10 and just played games.

Both of us;

Kim was going to go to the gym, but her gym shoes were wet as she wore them in the rain.

We had dinner, which was leftovers stir fry, and then we watched an episode of cuckoo.

For the rest of the evening, we played some games together, which we haven’t done for a while! We played fortnite and State of Decay 2.

All of a sudden, it was 23:00, and therefore bedtime!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale