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 199: Vancouver, BC – Jurassic Park, Margaritas & Nachos

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to leave home an hour earlier this morning to get a scan. This was to see his wisdom teeth in 3D to check if they are touching the nerves. This will determine how they’ll need to be removed.

This only took 10 minutes, so Curtis stopped off at Mario’s for a coffee and then headed to work.

Curtis got to work and played games with his team for an hour as ‘team building’.

Curtis got the nitro canister swapped out for the coffee but it still didn’t work, so he got in contact with the company who are sending someone out.

After this, Curtis had some tickets to do and then there was a meeting in which Curtis was the Business Analyst, gathering information from a team lead with regards to the project he is working on.

After that, he watched Jurassic Park with a few people in the boardroom and had nachos and margaritas!

After this, it was very quiet, so Curtis did some training to wrap the day up.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim started her day by moving a TV from one meeting room to another.

However the TV does not actually fit on the new wall properly, so in reality Kim has moved a TV from a wall to the floor!

She then had her weekly 1:1 with her teammate and they went over all the questions that Kim had written up over the week. They also then did a quick walk around to discuss a few things that they want to change around the office. It was a good successful meeting.

The rest of Kims day was filled with quick wins! She fixed the dishwasher and a table, reached out to handymen, the dishwasher repair company and she reached out to the building about recycling a bunch of stuff!

In the early afternoon, Kim had a meeting with a car rental company which was quick and went well. She then also had another catch up with the cleaners and building management and they went over a few things too.

Evening

Curtis did some laundry and a few things around the apartment and then played games whilst waiting for Kim to come home.

Kim got home but left fairly quickly after to go to pole.

Kim’s first class was great! One of her favourite teachers is back and then after Kim went to open pole to work on her routine. She is making genuinely good progress, but the routine is far from finished!

Curtis watched the leafs game which was on later today, at 19:30.

Kim got back home from pole and we watched a little bit of TV but went to sleep pretty early.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 180: Vancouver, BC – New Glasses For All! 👓

Curtis’ Day

After Curtis got to work, he got an email stating that his new glasses had shipped! He wasn’t expecting them for a week, so this was great news!

Curtis got his glasses and was very happy with them. He did need to get them slightly adjusted, though.

Curtis did some ticket work and throughout the day he continued trying to do something he was doing on Friday (it still didn’t work).

Curtis also had to do an onboard in the afternoon for someone that starts on Wednesday as they are an urgent temp.

Curtis continued to fight with the thing he couldn’t get to work on Friday and then decided just to log a support ticket with the company instead as that’s far easier.

Kim’s Day

Kim went in early to be sure she was there when the grocery shopping arrived and then it arrived just after 9! At least she had an hour to get things done! She put the shopping away and then continuted working on the floor plan for another office. Kim was really struggling with getting the shapes right, so she ended up copying the floor plan into the drawing thing and copying over it using the tools in the software! It turned out really great!

Kim also worked on some business cards for someone who is in town and tried making a Vancouver 2010 Olympics highlight reel on PowerPoint. After a while she gave up with this idea and then went to make a playlist to find that other people have already done it. So Kim plans to now just use the other already made!

After lunch Kim sorted some paperwork for a course she will be taking in a few weeks and continued on the floor plan. Its coming along nicely and is now at roughly 80% completion, which is great!

After work Kim popped back to the opticians and picked out some glasses!

New Glasses for All!

Curtis met Kim at the optometrist and helped her pick out some glasses. Eventually, we got a pair that looked good and got them ordered.

Right after that, Curtis got his glasses adjusted and away we went! Very successful.

We walked back home right from there.

We watched some TV whilst Kim had something light for dinner and then she went off to training.

Curtis had some sweet chilli chicken with rice and vegetables and played some games whilst also doing some laundry.

Kim got back home fairly late, so we got ready for tomorrow and headed to bed, after a brief bit of TV to relax.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 144: Vancouver, BC – Snow Prepared!

Snow Prepared

We got up and out fairly quickly this morning, to try and get ourselves prepared with snow clothes!

We plan to go skiing/snowboarding, so we needed to make sure we had the right clothing.

We started about a 20 minute walk from our house at a store called Sport Junkies.

This place is mostly a used sporting goods store, but it has been recommended to us by a few people so we checked it out.

Curtis successfully found some trousers for the snow, and pretty fast, but Kim was unable to find anything.

We left here and went to Winners to see if Kim could find anything for herself, which she did! She got some white Superdry snow trousers.

After this success, it certainly seemed that we deserved a reward, so we sat in Starbucks with a coffee for a bit.

After this, we did a larger shop at the supermarket as we needed a few general items that we don’t purchase too often.

We got these and then headed back home.

Homemade Thai Green Curry

Once we got back, it was time to make dinner!

Kim made a Thai green curry, which was terrific!

We ate this, watched some TV, did some laundry and cleaned the bathroom…because fun Sunday things!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 216: Vancouver, BC – Sunday Brunch (Again) & 1 Hour Massage

Brunch

Kim went right out this morning for brunch.

She was meeting a friend from pole, who suggested they have lunch.

Kim and her friend went to Milestones for their brunch as it was meant to be well priced and nice.

Kim had French toast and thought it was just ok.

Shopping & Coffee

Once Kim was finished with brunch, Curtis met her at the shop to help with doing the shop.

We rewarded ourselves with a coffee at Starbucks before heading back home.

Massage

Kim went out again shortly after as she had a massage booked so she could relax after all of the party stress.

Kim’s massage was an hour long and exactly what she needed.

Once Kim got back home, we did some laundry and then had some food.

Curtis had the same as yesterday, tortellini with a homemade tomato sauce, and Kim had a tuna tuna potato.

We then finished the night by watching the film 6 Underground. This was a silly, funny film, but we actually quite enjoyed it, even though the story is a little confusing at first.

6 Underground

6/10


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 209: Vancouver, BC – The Tree Is Up!

Morning Pole

Kim went out to pole right away in the morning. She was really excited to try a few moves that she was yet to try, and she got some more moves sorted and put together that she may be able to use for a routine!

Curtis did the laundry whilst Kim was out and it felt like a productive morning.

Coffee With A Friend

Kim got back but went right back out again, for a coffee with a friend from pole.

Once Kim was done with her coffee, which she got to chat about a lot of things with her new friend which was great.

An Iron & Bulbs

We went to get some food dinner, but also stopped at Canadian Tire as we finally need to buy an iron for us to use when we go to Kim’s Holiday party. We also got some lightbulbs as we need to replace a few in our apartment.

We got back home after getting all we needed to and replaced the bulbs we needed to and then we did a bit more laundry.

Veggie Roast

We watched some TV and then decided we wanted to make food, so Kim did just that.

We had a veggie roast again, because that’s proper Sunday food!

The food was delicious, as ever.

Tree Is Up!

We put up the Christmas tree, and put some decorations on it.

We haven’t finished yet, but it’s pretty much done…It looks a bit like a Christmas tree!

Messy Lunch Fail

We watched more TV, most notably the Last Leg.

Curtis made lunches, and originally Kim was going to have leftovers from tonight, so Curtis put some in a pot and went to put it in the fridge. As he did so, it somehow opened and dropped from his hand, throwing all the food inside the fridge!

Due to this, we had to take a shelf out and 2 draws and clean it. It was probably overdue anyway, so was good to get done.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 106: Vancouver, BC – Broken Fridge

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work and as soon as he walked in, he was asked to help the new hire with setting up his laptop etc.

Curtis spent around 30 minutes doing this and then after that he grabbed some coffee and emptied/refilled the dishwasher as it was finished and there was a lot of stuff piling up.

As soon as Curtis got back to his desk, someone said they had returned from Maternity leave after being off for over a year! Noone knew about this, so it was a bit of a rush and Curtis had to help finding a desk for them, too.

Once Curtis was finished with that, he had someone’s laptop to setup on their desk and ensure that their monitor worked with it as expected.

Finally, 1.5 hours after starting his day, Curtis was able to sit down.

He got some admin done, read through messages/emails and then got on with a few things.

He researched about an issue someone was having and then decided that he would download a new version of windows to test that for their issue.

As he was doing that, he was trying to get the virtual machine working from a couple of weeks ago, for the last time! He was given a code which was meant to fix it and it worked, but he then had to transfer it to another laptop.

It hit lunchtime and Curtis had a well earned break and then went right back to it.

Curtis got a bit of work done and then there was a large meeting at 14:00-15:15.

For the rest of the afternoon, Curtis ensured he was able to get the virtual machine running how it was meant to, tested more and confirmed that it was working!

He gave the person access and let them know how to access. He is glad that is finally done.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in today she remembered that she hadn’t put through the weekly order so she got that done right away for a delivery for tomorrow morning!

Kim then thought that there was no harm in asking if they could deliver today and they said they would arrive by early afternoon! Success! In the meantime she had to run out and grab milk as the full bottle on Friday was suddenly empty!

Kim then went into the kitchen to find a puddle coming out from the drinks fridge so called that in for a repair. As last week was so busy Kim put of saving a of her receipts so she spent a bit of her morning scanning and saving the receipts and ensuring that any online / emailed invoice were saved also.

Today one team got the go ahead to order the next 4 weeks worth of catering, which was very exciting for Kim as she was then able to set up the online portal for ordering food. She arranged this with the vendor and they had it up and running in a record breaking time!

While organising catering for the next 4 weeks, Kim noticed that the monthly social talks were happening at the end of this week so she sent out a reminder for people to sign up.

Just before Kim went on lunch the fruit arrived, which was amazing! She unpacked it and had a nice chat with the delivery man. Kim then just sat in the kitchen for lunch before returning to listen to all of last weeks missed calls.

The drinks list for the drinks in the fridge finally came through last week so Kim went through it and organised a trial run of different beverages to see which ones people prefer.

Kim’s colleague noticed that she was being charged by a certain delivery website when it shouldn’t be hitting her card. She and Kim then called the company, spent 25 minutes being on hold and getting nowhere before being hung up on and then another 25 minutes being on hold and getting the issue sorted.

Cleaning & Pizza

We got back home and just did nothing for an hour and then did some cleaning. We sorted some laundry, vaccuumed the floor and wiped down the kitchen sides.

Once we had done that, we started to get hungry and, as has been a common theme, we forgot to take any meat out for dinner so we just had a frozen pizza & mac & cheese.

We caught up on some TV & Youtube videos and that was pretty much our evening. Short and sweet.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 15: Vancouver,BC – Much Needed Relax

No Breakfast Requires Shopping

We woke up a bit later than we have been and then realised that we had nothing for breakfast, so we needed to go shopping.

We got ready and then walked for 20 minutes to get to the supermarket.

We got breakfast cereal and a few snacks but got distracted my Starbucks on our way out, so grabbed a coffee too.

We got back home and had some breakfast whilst Curtis watched the Great Britain ice hockey game.

Laundry

We then needed to do laundry and where we are staying doesn’t have laundry, so we went to the laundromat opposite us and got it washed there.

Unfortunately, we had no cash so we had to get some money out, meaning walking basically all the way back to where we went to the supermarket earlier.

We got back to the laundromat and put the wash on and then went back home and relaxed for the 30 minutes it was washing for.

We went back and got our laundry, put it in the dryer and waited the 45 minutes for that to finish…a highly exhilarating day!

Once that finished we brought it home and then made some dinner.

We had a similar thing to yesterday, but we had General Tsao sauce instead, which was a nice change.

Different TV

We have watched all of the latest episodes of our usual shows so had to watch some different shows.

We watched an episode of Gordon Ramsay and some different YouTube videos and then we watched the Fyre Festival documentary, which was interesting.

We followed that up by watching episode one of Chernobyl which was interesting for us as we have been there!

We then hit the hay, with no plans tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 13: Vancouver,BC – Long Video Interview, Shoe Shopping & A Laundromat

Video Interview

We slept in a little bit this morning and then we had to get up as Kim had a video interview.

Kim had a video interview so she did that whilst Curtis relaxed.

The interview was 45 minutes long and Kim felt that it went well.

Shoe Shopping

We had breakfast after Kim’s interview and then went out to do some shoe shopping.

Kim had some shoes but they aren’t quite up to scratch for an interview, so we had a look in a few shops.

Eventually, we found some for Kim which are perfect, as well as a shirt she can use for the interview as well as work.

We headed back home, surprisingly tired.

A Laundromat

We needed to iron our shirts for tomorrow as we both have an in person interview but were we are staying doesn’t have an iron, so we had to get it done at a laundromat.

We went to one just across from our apartment, and it was expensive. It was $4 an item, but we needed them so had to pay for them.

We waited for them to call but after 4 hours they hadn’t called, so we went to check. It turns out that they had tried to call, but they were unable to reach us.

We got our things back and we walked just across the road to our apartment and had dinner. We had the same as yesterday which was still delicious.

We watched some TV and got everything ready for our interviews tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Victoria,BC

Place 70- Day 21: Victoria, BC – The Perfect Bed

Sleep In

We got to sleep in and got a great 8 or so hours of sleep last night.

The bed we have in the hotel is incredibly comfortable so it was hard to get up!

In case you did not see yesterday, it turns out the room is a suite, with a living area, dining table and small kitchenette, so lots of room.

Living Room

Dining Area/Kitchenette

Bathroom

Bathroom
Bedroom

Breakfast

We headed downstairs for our free breakfast, which we got to for around 10:30, 30 minutes before it closed.

There was a buffet and Kim was even able to make pancakes!

Along with waffles, we had bacon, eggs, sausage, coffee, juice, fruit, cereal, toast & pastries available to us!

We finished up breakfast and headed back to the room.

The Relaxing

We did very little during the first part of the day. We watched some TV in bed and just completely relaxed.

Laundry

We went to a laundromat and got our clothes washed before walking back to the hotel and hanging them up to dry.

Curtis then watched hockey for a bit whilst Kim walked to Linda to meet her and bring her to our hotel.

Dinner

We went downstairs to the pub attached to our hotel for dinner.

Curtis had a chicken pot pie and Kim had a turkey roast. Both meals were pretty good, but nothing incredible.


Bartholomew’s Pub | Victoria, BC

Rating:- 6.8/10


Warming Up

After dinner, we walked Linda back to her place and went in to warm up and chat some more. We were there for a good amount of time and then braved the cold again.

We went to get ice cream and some drinks from the shop just down the road and then went back to the hotel room.

Lego Movie & TV

We settled in and watched the logo movie with ice cream and then watched some TV for the whole evening…It was perfect!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale