Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 190: Vancouver, BC – Skate Sharpening & Visor Struggles

Skate Sharpening

We had breakfast and then went out once we were ready.

We went just up the road to Max Performance, which is a hockey store.

Curtis wanted to get his skates sharpened (not something he does often!) And so he handed those in and we went for a coffee.

After our coffee, we headed back to the store and the skates had been sharpened. Curtis also got some skate laces and asked about a visor as his visor is very scratched up, so wanted to get a new one.

He eventually bought one and then we went to the shop on the way home.

Visor Struggles

We got back home and we cleared out some of our clothes, planning to get rid of old clothes that don’t fit or we don’t wear anymore.

After this, Curtis attempted to fit the new visor.

Unfortunately, it seemed there wasn’t a screw in the packaging, some how, so Curtis went up to Home Depot to see if they had any, which they didn’t. Eventually, he used another screw which worked, but the visor wasn’t right, so he put the old one back on and packaged up the new one again to take back.

Curtis also noticed his helmet seems to be a little broken, possibly (or maybe not sitting right), either way, he plans to buy a new one this week, as well as see if he can get another visor.

Curtis put his new skate laces on whilst Kim made a veggie Thai green curry and then we ate that.

Pink Panther 2

We watched Pink Panther 2 as Kim thinks it is better than the first. Curtis wasn’t too keen, but we watched it all anyway.

We watched a few smaller things and did things like getting the lunches sorted and emptying the dishwasher and then we headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 68: Vancouver, BC – Team Doughnuts & Ice Skates!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting booked in for 09:00 but when he joined no-one was there. He spoke with everyone and they rearranged it to 30 minutes later but even then it didn’t happen, so Curtis didn’t bother.

Most of Curtis’ morning was taken up with 2 onboards and setting up their laptops. Once they were done, Curtis had a team meeting but unfortunately this ran over through lunch and Curtis didn’t eat until 14:00! Luckily, the meeting was very useful and a lot of good points were brought up.

The afternoon consisted of Curtis finishing the laptops and then trying to get a Mac to update and then he can use that to create a bootable USB which will be useful for Mac devices.

Curtis left the office around 16:45 and met Kim on the walk home.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into work and helped set up the meeting room on the roof. She first had to find the AV kit for the room, once she found that she took the kit and a fruit bowl up to the room so their meeting could get underway.

Then Kim spent some time organising some aspects of her ongoing project. She had to fix some links that had broken and took some time to see how the other teams were progressing.

Someone then mentioned to Kim that a person needed catering for the lunch that was being held today so Kim arranged to pop to the shop to pick them up a salad. Just before she left someone else mentioned that the fridges had no milk alternatives so Kim made a trip of it and headed out to the shop to pick everything up. As she walked out it was absolutely pouring with rain!

The side of the road Kim was on had no covers beyond a certain point so kim dashed across the road where there were covers the while way back to the building. It just so happened that the dash across the road put kim right at the front doors of a Tims, so of course Kim went in, picked a doughnut for herself and Curtis and then 4 random ones for friends at work! She then did a brisk walk back under the shelter out of the rain.

When she got back from her little jolly outside Kim started setting up the catering for the lunches. Once the actual food arrived, Kim loaded it on to the trolley and popped upstairs to get everyone fed and happy. She also took up some more fruit and soft drinks.

Kim then went through the quotes she received from the UK coach services and collected all the different quotes into one simple spreadsheet. Much easier to compare that way.

Kim then joined her boss in a meeting to talk about her project and go over what has happened since before kim took it over and they discussed what will be happening next.

The towards the end of the day the trolley Kim had left upstairs came back down so she was able to sort all of that out and get things ready to do it all again tomorrow.

Ice Skates

We got home and were only there briefly before we had to walk for 15 minutes to look at some ice skates for Curtis.

We got there and he was a very nice French man who was leaving the country. The skates seemed perfect and were a great price, so we got them and headed home.

Dinner

Kim wasn’t sure what to make with the pork we had taken out of the freezer, but what she made was excellent!

We had paprika-cooked pork with a sauce made of mustard, white wine vinegar & the pork juices. As sides we had German potato salad which Kim got as leftovers from work, our leftover sweet potato and some sweetcorn. A terrific dinner considering we had no plan.

After dinner we watched some YouTube and a couple of TV shows and then went to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 276: Auckland – Wearable Arts & Post Game Antics

Kim woke up at 08:30 as it was ridiculously warm! Curtis managed to sleep for a bit longer and got up at 09:30.

Once Curtis got out of bed, Kim made pancakes and bacon for breakfast which as ever, was delicious!

After breakfast, we got showered and ready to go out. The weather today was excellent, lovely and warm.

Kim was going out with Tabitha to the city where they went to a ‘wearable arts’ show. Curtis drove them down.

Kim’s Day;

Once Kim and Tabitha got to the city, they found out they needed to buy tickets for the event which they did not do. This meant they could only do the free part, which was a shame but still cool! There were 3 people dressed up in interesting art designs.

After this, they went for a stroll around the city, seen as it was such a lovely day outside.

Curtis picked up Kim and Tabitha and brought they home. Right after that, they went back out again to get some Japanese food for lunch.

Both of us;

Once Kim got home again, we chilled out and Kim and Tabitha watched some TV.

At 16:45, we left for Curtis’ first ice hockey game in a month!

Whilst Curtis was getting changed, Kim and Tabitha went to a pet shop and there was a beautiful husky puppy there!

Curtis was using borrowed skates. They fit well but it was odd for him to get used to. It took the whole first period for him to skate as normal!

The game was a close one, though Curtis’ team outshot the other team by quite a lot! Curtis had some good chances but unfortunately the game ended 0-0.

After the game, we went out for dinner with Tabitha, Colten and his girlfriend Sarah. We went to Goode Brothers as we had the voucher from the quiz night!

We had a good few hours there and it was really nice to chill and just chat. We all good very into the rugby that was on, too!

We left there and drove home, getting home at 22:45. Curtis wasn’t feeling too well so we went to bed.

Tomorrow is Curtis’ birthday!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 248: Auckland – Family!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis had plans to go to two clients this morning, so he did just that.

Curtis had a few things to do before heading out and just before leaving a large influx of emails came in.

Curtis left and popped to the ice hockey shop to see of they could repair his hockey skates, but there was nothing they could do, which was unfortunate!

Curtis left after a quick visit to the shop and went to the first client. Not too much was needed here, but it was good for Curtis to touch base and check all was good. He then left and went to the other client which was a 30 minute drive.

Curtis spent about an hour on site and helped a couple of people and then got back to the office and had lunch. During lunch, Curtis looked online to see what the damage would be for a new pair of skates!

Luckily, someone that coaches Curtis’ team had a spare pair of used, high-end skates which were his size! Curtis organised to meet him in the evening to try them on to ensure they fit.

Curtis left work a bit early to contend with the traffic due to a major accident. Curtis got home around the time he normally would after leaving an hour early!

Both of us;

Kim got home and we had some dinner. We had leftover sausage and mash, which was delicious.

Kim then went for dessert with Tabitha at the chocolate cafe.

Chocolate_Cafe_Takapuna

Kim met with Tabitha as Tabitha is going away for a few weeks and she is sad to not see her for a bit.

Once Kim got back, we went to the ice rink in Avondale to test out the skates. The seemed to fit perfectly and Curtis was even able to test them on the ice briefly!

We left there and headed for the airport.

We got a couple of drinks from the supermarket and then waited at the airport for Curtis’ family to arrive!

We surprised them at the airport and drove Max & Evie (Curtis’ siblings) to the airport whilst Lisa & Gareth took the free bus.

We met them back at the hotel and helped them with their bags and had a quick chat before leaving them to sleep and driving home ourselves.

It will be so fun to spend time with them and then we are both of from Friday, too for some fun activities!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale