Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 385: Vancouver, BC – Grouse Grind, Bears & Dead Battery!

Grouse Grind

We were up at 08:30 and had some egg on toast for breakfast.

After breakfast, we got ready and then Curtis went down to the drug store to get Mars bars and Red Bull.

We then left the apartment and went down to the car to drive up to Grouse Mountain!

We got to the mountain and started making our way up. The Grouse Grind is notorious for being pretty tough, with its 2000+ stairs (plus rocks to climb up etc) & 2 hour completion time!

We started the hike and saw a squirrel right away, which was a great start!

The further up we got, the more challenging it became and we did have to stop quite a few times to regain our breath and stamina.

Towards the end, we got into the clouds and could even see them moving around us.

We eventually got to the top in just 1 hour 20 minutes, which we were very happy with!

Bears!

At the top, there are a few things to do, such as food, drink, disc golf and a bear enclosure!

We obviously had to go and see the bears, so we did just that.

We spent a while looking at the bears and they were pretty active. One of them even had a bath!

Once we were done with the bears, we walked to grab a quick beer before heading down on the gondola!

The beer was perfectly refreshing and just what we needed.

After such as awesome day, we got in the distanced gondola and made our way to the bottom of the mountain.

Once we got there, there was a Starbucks, so we grabbed a coffee and went to the car.

Dead Battery

Once we got in the car, we tried to start it and nothing happened!

Turns out, the battery had died, but we hadn’t left anything on so it must have been it’s time.

We eventually found a tow company that could come and help us, but after we scheduled with them, a couple said they would help jump start us and that worked perfectly, so we cancelled the tow truck and drove to Canadian Tire to get the battery changed!

We got that booked in and had to wait about 30/40 minutes for that to be swapped over, so we did a bit of shopping.

We got a wok which we’ve wanted for a while and then went to the liquor store to get some beer for tonight, which we needed for sure!

We got our car and headed back home.

First Ever Poutine!

We showered when we got home and then ordered some food.

We wanted to try poutine for the first time, so we ordered a burger each with a side ceasar salad each and a side of poutine and some sweet potato fries.

We watched the film ‘love Guaranteed’ which wasn’t great, but was something to watch.

We played some more Tony Hawk Skateboarding and watched a bit more TV but we were very tired after our long hike!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 350: Vancouver, BC – Emancipation Day March

We woke up and had some breakfast and then got ourselves ready.

We walked down to Kim’s office where Kim planned to setup a camera to capture a timelapse of the Emancipation Day march.

Unfortunately, nothing seemed to happen for a while, which was odd, so we walked down to where it was meant to start to see what was happening.

There was a large group gathered with live music playing and some speaches. We hung out here for about 1 hour until the march started.

We then followed the march for a while, just a little bit back, but then it started to bunch up quite a bit and we were uncomfortable with this (we were distanced and wearing masks, but it got a little close). The march was very well done and moving, for sure. We were very happy to have attended.

We then left the march and grabbed a coffee.

We walked back home and relaxed for a bit.

Kim then went out to some shops to return some times and was even able to find some new clothes and shoes!

When Kim got back, we went out to the supermarket to get our shop done.

We came back home and had our leftover Korean chicken for dinner.

We then watched the film Disclosure which is about Trans representation in the media. It was very interesting and informative.

We then played some mini golf and watched a bit more TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 342: Vancouver, BC – The IT Crowd

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a moderately busy day today.

Curtis started with admin as usual, and then some tickets came in so he took and completed those.

Curtis had a team meeting in the morning and then later in the morning, there was an office wide zoom call in which everyone got a colour from the pride flag and made a pride flag on zoom with everyone’s faces in it, which was awesome!

After that, Curtis had some lunch and then after lunch he did some teams building with his team, which was to watch The IT Crowd together, which was fitting for his team!

After that, Curtis wrapped up a few things and then was done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim startes nice an early today as she had to move the social call earlier for a company wide Q&A from yesterday’s meeting. The social call was great, there were a fair few people on the call and they had a wonderful catch up. The meeting after was informative and interesting.

When Kim got into the office she sent a few emails chasing for information and direction. She also received the laptop that had been hard to ship back! Which was great news, it had been a headache!

Kim spent the last bit of her morning working on her credit card and the expenses. She did that right up until the next social call, where she waited for people to join but only one did! They had a little catch up. After the chat Kim finished her credit card expenses.

Late afternoon Kim popped out with a couple of friends to get ice cream! There is a great place just down the road so they got one there and enjoyed them back at the office.

Kim finished her day by joining the West Coast social call for a while. She jumped off to tidy up after a few deliveries and then went home!

Japanese Curry

Kim got home and we played some mini golf but then got hungry, so we ordered Japanese curry to have for dinner.

It was ok, not as good as in Japan of course, but it was fine.

We ate that and then Kim had a bath & relax whilst Curtis played some games.

We joined back together and watched a movie in the evening. It was an easy to watch movie called Overboard.

We then went to bed fairly early as we have a long big day tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 322: Vancouver, BC – Cinnamon Swirls & David Lam Park

Cinnamon Swirls

Kim made mini cinnamon swirls for breakfast today!

We had those accompanied by strawberries and with a delicious icing.

Once we ate those, Kim spoke with her sister as she has moved into a house with a friend, so she was seeing how she was.

David Lam Park

We wanted to go out today and the weather was permitting, so we went down to David Lam Park.

We stopped at Small Victory bakery on the way to get ourselves a coffee and then sat in the park for a good while, just chatting and taking in the scenes.

Games

We came back home after a while and played some games for what ended up being hours, but we found a game we liked so we just kept playing it.

Easy Dinner & A Movie

We decided to just have an easy dinner, so we had some frozen chicken with hoisin sauce, rice and vegetables.

We watched a film called Masterminds which wasn’t great, but was an easy watch.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 314: Vancouver, BC – New Masks & Eurovision Movie

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day, setting up some security settings for a bunch of people in the morning and some other tickets.

Curtis went and picked up a package which was being held and it was our new, better, masks, so that’s good!

In the afternoon, Curtis had a meeting with some people with his team to discuss a potential future project and a few pieces of feedback from others.

After that meeting, he had some team building with his team where he played some Jackbox games with them.

He helped do some testing for a project and then jumped into happy hour for a little bit.

Kim’s Day

Kim didn’t bother to take her laptop home yesterday so she took her early morning call from her phone and then went into the office after.

Once she was in the office Kim organised a few things, sent out and replaced some gift cards, reached out to FedEx and labelled all the empty drawers in the office. It was so satisfying to have all the empty desks have empty drawers and be labelled, it has taken ages to get to that point, Kim now has to clean and sort the stationary she found, but thats not the point!

After all that Kim spent the rest of the day on two things, signs and social calls. She started with cutting, lamiating and shaping the signs and continued doing this while she was on the east coast call. After the call Kim started putting the signs up around the office, she also started taping in the kitchen to mark out zones for people to use. There is still a fair amount of work that needs to be done in the kitchen, but she has made a good start.

Kim joined the west coast social call while she put up a few more signs. She didnt stay on the call for too long as she had to help her colleague with something and then they had a nice chat.

Eurovision Movie

We ordered some Thai food and ate that whilst watching the new Eurovision movie, made by Will Ferrell.

The film was pretty funny and they had some Icelandic accents and spoke some Icelandic, which was pretty awesome to hear!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 313: Vancouver, BC – Printing Signs

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent the start of the morning fixing a problem that someone had which Curtis spent a bit of time looking at yesterday.

Curtis had to get some computer checkups done after that, so that’s what he did for most of the rest of the morning, as well as some security things.

Curtis’ afternoon was pretty quiet, but he did do some tickets, answer some questions and did some admin.

Kim’s Day

Kim made sure she got into the office early so she could call FedEx in Europe. It was a 45 minute wait but she eventually got through and was able to set up the pickup again. Hopefully it works!

After Kim did some admin she had her 1-1 which was short and sweet, other than all the work the team are doing together, there wasn’t too much to talk about. Kim the had a call another call after this too!

For the rest of the morning Kim printed and started making the signs for the office and she even made some of the signs into stickers! Which is great as she doesn’t have to laminate them.

In the early afternoon Kim joined the return to office call to help field questions that people may have. It will be so nice to see people regularly again!

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked in cleaning up the office again. They reorganised some marketing stuff, emptied more desks and Kim orgnaised some of the extension cables under the desks. The office is really clearing up and it looks great!

Evening

Kim got home fairly late and then went out to get some wine. We needed some for the dinner but also, why not have a glass, too!

We made a veggie spaghetti bolognese and that was really delicious. We watched a comedy show whilst eating.

After eating, we watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 309: Vancouver, BC – Distant Coffee With A Friend

Father’s Day Chat

Kim had a father’s Day chat with her family after breakfast and then headed out for a few hours.

Distant Coffee With A Friend

Kim and her friend decided to go for a walk, sit down and chat whilst having a coffee!

It was nice to sit and chat (distanced, of course) and get outside.

Kim even managed to get quite sunburned, even though it was raining most of the time!

Kim went to a shop to look for Vietnamese coffee but there was none, so she went to Costco to get a couple of things.

Shopping

When Kim got back home, we went out to do a shop, after we decided on what food we were going to have for the week.

The weather was very warm when we went out, which we weren’t expecting.

We weren’t in the shop too long and then came right back home.

We unpacked everything and were hungry, so we made dinner.

Delicious Chicken

We made nice creamy herb chicken with mushrooms, peas and potatoes which was phenomenal!

After that, Kim went to the drug store to get some Aloe for her burns and also picked up a marble cake, which reminded us of Italy as we used to eat them there all the time.

We ate the dessert and then watched the film All The Bright Places, which was much more hard hitting than we thought it was going to be, but it teaches some very good lessons and we thought it was done very well.

29,000!

We hit 29,000 blog views today! Thank you to everyone…nearly at 30,000 which is crazy!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 308: Vancouver, BC – A New Bed…Again!

A New Bed

We woke up pretty late, around 12:00, but we had a great sleep!

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

We had finally got sick of the bed being broken (yes, it broke in around a month or two, which is just not acceptable for a brand new bed!) So it was time to get yet another.

Kim found a used one on Facebook for a pretty good price, so she headed out to buy that. She had to go alone as there wouldn’t be enough room in the car for both of us!

We got the bed home (it was just 5 minutes away) and took it up to the apartment.

We dismantled the old bed, taking pictures of it along the way to send to the company we bought it from, and once we did that we built the new one.

Luckily, the way we received it was very easy to chuck together, so didn’t take us long.

Cleaning Up Around The Place

We took the opportunity to clear a few things out and tidy up around the place.

We sorted out the cupboard in the bedroom and vacuumed and cleaned all around the apartment.

Curtis took down the organic bin which took a very long time as the elevators were full (the current limit is 2 people, as it should be, so it takes a little longer).

After that, we made the new bed and it seems much, much better and much nicer!

We then got pretty hungry, so did some laundry and then made food.

An Important Film

We had leftover homemade Mexican chicken in the freezer, so we had that with some rice.

We watched the film American Son in the evening, which is a very relevant film for the current climate, regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, thoughts towards police officers and that kind of thing. Very hard hitting but worth a watch for sure.

We then watched some comedy and other TV shows for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 280: Vancouver, BC – Old Apartment Deep Clean

We planned to get up at 10:00, but slept until 11:00 instead.

We had toasties for breakfast and then got showered and ready and head out for the day!

We first went to the old apartment to vacuum and tidy up a bit. We need to clean the old apartment before our official move out date

We then went up to Home Depot with the plan to get some cleaning supplies and a carpet cleaner.

We managed to get the supplies, but we had to go to another, bigger, store to get the carpet cleaner, so that’s where we went next.

We got back to the apartment and Curtis figured out the carpet cleaner and started with that. Whilst that was happening, Kim did a deep clean of the bathroom which turned out really good!

Kim then started on the kitchen as Curtis was still doing the carpet cleaning. It took a while but seemed to go well.

We got the last few things cleaned in the kitchen and then we were done! We did have a cheeky Starbucks break in the middle, though.

We took everything we had into the car (most of it is donations we will be taking places) and then we took the carpet cleaner back.

We got that sorted and then headed back home.

We got a few things sorted around the apartment, getting the new shelving unit sorted and things moved around to get them into the right place.

We got a bit hungry so we ordered a curry for dinner!

We ate our curry and then watched the film Freaks on Netflix, which turns out to be a very good film, and it was based in Vancouver which was very noticeable at points.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 267: Vancouver, BC – The Calm Before The Storm

We had no plans for today, so we did basically nothing!

We wanted to get some relaxing in before we have to move this to week.

We woke up and just had some serial for breakfast and watched a little TV.

After that, we had a shower and then Curtis played some games whilst Kim relaxed and played on her phone.

We watched a little more TV together and then got hungry, so Kim made her delicious chicken and mushroom risotto!

After dinner, we watched Birds of Prey which was a pretty decent film.

Birds of Prey

Our Rating:- 7/10

We finished up with watching that and then someone came to pickup something we were selling, which was just a storage rack.

The person came to pick that up and then for the rest of the evening, we just relaxed a little more.

We have a lot of stuff to pack up this week!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale