Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 463: Vancouver, BC – To The Doctor!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a slow day today, but he did some security investigation work and also had a meeting with regards to a project, but that wasn’t very long.

He did some training in the late afternoon which was good and then some tickets.

That was pretty much his day, not much to report on.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a very busy and successful day today! She started by logging in to all the websites she used again. And continuing to set up her new laptop. She also made notes, chased people and updated info for events coming up.

Around midday Kim joined the HR meeting and she even discussed aspects of a new role she wrote the job description for with people. From this Kim went straight into the social lunch where she had a great chat with various people. It was probably the first just casual chat with multiple people that Kim has had at this company and it was really lovely! Everyone is so nice and interesting, its wonderful!

After the social call Kim was out and about for the facilities project. She had a lot of meetings and it all went really well. When she got home Kim wrote up recommendations, updated documents and did a little research.

To The Doctor!

Curtis had a doctor appointment in the evening, so instead of trying to cook before that, we had some pizza for dinner.

Then, we drove out to the doctor so Curtis could get his ear checked out.

It turns out that it seems to be an ear wax blockage!

The doctor cleared the affected one and checked the other and sure enough, that seems blocked too, but not as bad, hence why Curtis hasn’t noticed.

The doctor says Curtis will hopefully see an improvement in a couple of hours, as there’s currently a lot of water in there that will block it now. We shall see! If it doesn’t improve, he’ll need to go back. He also has to use the solution he was using in the other ear so that it stops that one becoming fully blocked.

We left here and picked up an ice cream for Kim from DQ then we headed home.

Kim had to do a bit of work so she did that and then she watched another film she wanted to watch.

We watched a bit of TV together after and then headed to bed.

Curtis is starting an hour later tomorrow and finishing an hour later too, as it is Black Friday so he needs to be able to support for a longer time, and some of his team are working from 06:00.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 450: Vancouver, BC – First Time Heating

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty quiet day. He got quite a few tickets done and answered questions from people.

During the day, we got a bit too cold so we turned the heating on, only for it not to do anything! We were stumped so we thought that it was broken, but it turns out that the electric breaker was flipped off for heat, so we flipped that back on and we had heat!

A lot of the afternoon for Curtis was dealing with a potential security risk.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the morning on odd jobs and small tasks. She reached out to a few people to get some information, started to set up one of the new softwares and updated some to do lists.

At midday Kim hosted a game of Skribbl and a few people joined in! There were 5 other people and someones son. There were three round that went on for 30 minutes and it was so nice to have people join, laugh and have fun. They enjoyed it so much they even hinted at making a tournament from another game Kim suggested. After the call Kim started making a score sheet for a connect four tournament. It will be so much fun!

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on her facilities project. It was a lot of research, saving information and collecting data on a spreadsheet so it’s easily comparable. From today Kim has a better understanding of what she is looking for and how everything works, so thats a big success.

Evening

We went and got some food from Noodlebox up the street. Curtis got a Pad Thai and Kim got Chinese fried rice.

We ate that and watched some TV and played some Need For Speed.

Kim went out to get an ice cream and some Red Bull for tomorrow morning, as we have an English test for our PR application fairly early, so we need to be up at a good time for that.

Energy will be required.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 402: Vancouver, BC – Friends!

We woke up around 11:00 and had some breakfast.

Kim had some cheese toasties and Curtis had fried eggs on toast.

We watched a bit of TV and then got ready for the day.

Kim met up with two friends today! It was great! She went and met her friend at a coffee shop and then they went for a nice, distanced, walk and then sat on a bench and caught up!

After this she met another friend for Blizzards and then went to a different park, sat on a bench and had a catch up. It was so lovely to see them!

Kim got back home and did some extra work on her CV and chatted about her day with Curtis.

After this, we had some frozen pizza for dinner and watched some TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 396: Vancouver, BC – Sunday

We woke up and spoke with Curtis’ family for an hour or so, which was a really nice catch up.

We had breakfast after this, which was similar to yesterday’s.

We did pretty much nothing for the rest of the day. Played some games, watched some TV shows.

We had some leftovers for dinner from yesterday’s delicious fried rice and then we went down to Dairy Queen to get a blizzard ice cream!

We got back and watched some TV, then Kim had a bath and relaxed.

We finished the evening with a hot chocolate and then headed to bed, ready to go back to doing work again.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 394: Vancouver, BC – Holiday Time!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis and a meeting at 09:30 which was to show someone around some software and see if he can help them with any questions they had.

After that, Curtis had his weekly team meeting which lasted for about an hour and then after that, the day got crazy!

Curtis did constant ticket work until lunch time, and then after that he had a meeting with his team to talk about some survey responses and statistics.

After that, Curtis had a bunch more work to do and had to reach out to some people, as well as ensure he didn’t have any work left for during his vacation for the rest of the week.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by working on some emails she plans to send out when she gets back from her leave for the rest of this week. In the morning she also set up an ad hoc visit for someone to work from the office, a return for a laptop and sent out a gift card.

In the afternoon Kim set up a couple of hot desks, just in case someone wants to come in while she is away. Then its all set up and someone else doesn’t have to do it! Then for the rest of the afternoon Kim sorted her expenses.

Evening

Kim got back home as Curtis was just finishing off our baked potatoes for dinner.

We ate those and watched some TV and then we went down to 7-Eleven and Kim got an ice cream there.

We got home and Curtis ate the remaining ice cream we had at home and Kim ate her ice cream.

We did some packing to be ready to leave tomorrow and we got a few things sorted throughout the evening, such as vacuuming and ensuring all the dishes were done etc.

We aren’t up too early tomorrow and we have a few things to get done then we’re off for a brief drive!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 337: Vancouver, BC – Long Beach & Park Walk

We had a pretty relaxed morning after a not so good sleep last night.

Kim made some incredible crepes for breakfast, Curtis had syrup, cinnamon and strawberries whilst Kim had melted chocolate with strawberries.

We watched a bit of TV and then decided to get up and get ready.

We left the apartment all ready for a nice long walk, but first, coffee!

We stopped at Starbucks and grabbed some nice, cold, coffee to walk with.

We then walked down to English Bay, where we walked on the beach, dipped our feet into the water, but then kept walking on.

We walked all the way through to ‘third beach’, which is the third of three beaches, named ‘first beach, second beach & third beach’…Very inventive names!

We walked all the way across the seawall until we got to Stanley Park.

We walked through Stanley Park, which was great as we didn’t have the sun beating down on us for a bit.

We walked for a while through the park and then we turned around and started to walk back home, which was a while away!

We headed back home but with a stop to grab Kim an ice cream! It was very tasty, but melted VERY fast, so she had to sit down and eat it quickly in the shade, but that did give us time to watch some people play beach volleyball which was entertaining!

We eventually got home, very tired and very warm, excited to have a glass of water!

We had showers and relaxed and then played some mini golf on the Xbox for a bit.

Kim then made some Nandos-style chicken burgers and a salad for dinner which was so incredibly delicious!

We then watched some movies and TV!

All in all, a pretty great weekend!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 323: Vancouver, BC – Sun, Ice Cream & Lemon Drizzle!

Chat

We had a chat with Curtis’ family eight when we woke up!

It was great to catch up with them and see what they’d been up to and their plans for the next little while, as well as update them on us.

Sun & Ice Cream

The weather was so nice today that we went out for a bit, but first, we did a shop.

Once we finished the shop and unpacked it, we went out for a walk around the area and popped into Yaletown Gelato for an ice cream!

We each got one scoop, Curtis got dark chocolate and Kim got salted caramel.

Our ice creams were perfect, and we walked around the seawall on what felt a lot like a ‘normal’ weekend day, which was odd.

We stopped in to get a cold coffee each from Starbucks and then walked back home.

More Games & Lemon Drizzle

We got home and played some more games, which we are really enjoying doing now, and then it was probably a good time to do some laundry and make dinner.

We had a jar of carbonara sauce to use up so we had chicken and mushroom carbonara for dinner.

As well as making that, Kim made a lemon drizzle cake as well as some small lemon drizzle cakes, too.

We watched some TV and played some more games for the rest of the evening, but overall had a really great day and weekend!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 316: Vancouver, BC – Ice Cream & Park

Family Chat

Kim had a chat with her sister and mum quickly and then got ready for the day.

Ice Cream

Kim drove out to New Westminster to have a distanced meet up with a friend!

They went to an ice cream parlour and Kim got 2 scoops, salted caramel & chocolate, both of which were delicious and the ice cream was very cheap, too!

Kim sat in a park with her friend for a long while, just chatting and catching up on things they haven’t chatted about for a while.

Sweet Chilli Potato Wedges

Once Kim got back, Curtis went out to the pharmacy nearby and bought a ceasar salad kit to go with out dinner and then we did a few housekeeping things around the apartment.

We then made sweet chilli potato wedges and had the ceasar salad as a side and it was a perfect meal! Exactly what we were thinking about.

We watched Jimmy O Yang’s Amazon Original standup special whilst we ate, followed by a bit more TV.

Kim had her Sunday bath and relaxed and then we headed to bed ready to start a new week!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 200: Vancouver, BC – Board Games & Ice Cream Sundaes!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and actually had an onboard to complete, so he got that started and that took up a lot of the morning.

Just before that though, the nitro coffee people and turned up and Curtis spoke with them. They were eventually able to get it fixed! They noticed that when they had cleaned it last time, they’d tightened the taps too much and therefore it created a blockage! That now means the nitro is flowing as it should, which was a win.

Curtis did the onboard until 11:30, when he then went and played board games and had snacks with colleagues. This went on until 13:00.

Curtis used the rest of this time to get the rest of the onboarding done and setup the laptop.

This time led perfectly to the ice cream sundaes in the afternoon, which Curtis was looking forward to!

After eating that, Curtis helped a couple of people around the office with some issues, did some other tickets and then setup the desk for the new person starting Monday.

This took a while as it was being a pain, as usual.

Curtis finished up and then headed home.

Kim’s Day

Kim had an idea for a new Wiki page so she spent a lot of her day making that. She made a travel page and included information and links to hotels and other useful information that people may need all in one place!

In the morning Kim went to the Marriott for a coffee with their rep. It was great to catch up and have a talk about travel.
In the afternoon Kim dealt with a lot of emails organising the dishwasher repairs and other bits and bobs.

Cleaning & Playing Hockey Late!

Curtis got home and did all the cleaning of the apartment, taking out the recycling and cleaning/vacuuming etc.

After that, Curtis sorted his hockey equipment out, packing it away into the car and re-taping his stick.

Kim got back home and we watched some TV and made dinner!

We ate food and then left to go to Curtis’ hockey game, which starts at 22:30!

We will update about the hockey game tomorrow as it’s another late one.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 160: Vancouver, BC – Fort Langley, Cranberry Festival & Market!

Fort Langley, Cranberry Festival & Market

We were up at 10:00, had a quick breakfast, got ready, got in the car and headed on up to Fort Langley.

This is a small ‘township’ out east, fairly close to the USA border.

Fort Langley, BC

It took us around 1 hour to get there and then we had to find some parking as there were a lot of cars parked everywhere!

We managed to find a spot next to a school which was luckily just a short walk from the middle of the town.

We walked to the town and the first thing we saw was their farmer’s market, which they seem to do every Saturday. This was full of some jams, cheeses, booze and trinkets, all home made!

We smelled and saw a perogie stall which was busy, but they only took cash, so we walked down to (the only) bank in the town which there was a large queue for!

We got some money out and then went back up to get perogies. They had a few different things cooking, so we got a plate each with everything on!

There were perogies, a sausage, onions and some kind of hamburger meat wrapped in lettuce in a spice sauce, all topped with a cream sauce.

It was all ok, but Curtis had liked the sausage the most and the lettuce wrap thing the least.

Kim really liked the perogie and disliked the sausage the most.

Once we finished eating, we went over to the cranberry festival market.

This was a whole street rammed with stalls, a lot selling cranberry related items, such as cranberry beer,chocolate and bakery items.

We walked around looking at this for a while and trying a few samples, and then went to find a place for a coffee.

Cool Alleyway!

Curtis got a large cappuccino and it tasted odd. Kim wanted an ice cream so we found an ice cream place and she got a creamy salted caramel cone.

We watched the dragon boat race as someone from Kim’s work was apparently competing, but we didn’t see her.

After the race, we finished our food and drink and saw a couple of antique stores, so we had to go in! The town was old and quaint, so perfect for an antique store.

We spent probably far too long in there, but some of the items were super cool!

Work Stuff

We drove back home which didn’t take too long and we got back in perfect time for Curtis to watch the Leafs game.

Whilst he did that, Kim had to go to the city and do stuff for work, on a Saturday!

She rewarded herself by going to a few shops whilst she we in the area and managed to get us both dressing gowns too.

(Bad) Katsu Curry

Kim got home shortly after the leafs game finished and we decided it was dinner time.

We wanted Katsu Curry, so found a couple of Japanese restaurants and picked one.

We picked wrong!

This was a Japanese pub of some sort and was falling apart and was not busy at all.

We eventually ordered after waiting for a long time. We each got a chicken curry and we ordered a vegetable donburi to share.

All of the food was mediocre and the service was awful. We left and almost certainly won’t go back there again.

We got back home and snuggled on the sofa to watch some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale