Victoria,BC

Place 70 – Day 33: Victoria, BC – Beacon Drive In, Another Friend & Delicious Italian Food

Beacon Drive-In

We woke up around 08:30 and we got ready to go out for breakfast.

We both walked up to the Beacon Drive in, a staple for us when we come here, and got ourselves some nice breakfast and relaxed there for a bit.

Linda came and joined us and we chatted whilst Kim ate an ice cream and then we left for a walk.

A Nice Walk

We planned to go into the petting zoo that was in the nearby park, but unfortunately it was closed! We were able to see some goats and other animals through the fence though, which was really nice.

We did a bit more of a walk around the area and Linda pointed out a few new places and points of interest nearby that we’d not seen before.

A Friend

We headed back to Linda’s place and then after a while, we both walked down to meet a friend of Kim’s for a coffee and we got to meet her child who is now nearly 1!

After a great long conversation, we walked back to Linda’s and got ready for dinner.

Delicious Italian Food

We met a couple of Linda’s friends at an Italian restaurant across the street which we had been to once before. It was AMAZING food! Kim had mushroom pasta and Curtis had lasagne. Both were phenomenal.

We got profiteroles to share for dessert and then we were truly stuffed!

Fisherman’s Wharf

We managed a nice evening walk to Fisherman’s Wharf just down the street, though it was pretty cold, so we came back to Linda’s and relaxed before heading to bed.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 565: Vancouver, BC – The Results Are In…

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a team meeting and then had a strange issue to contend with which took up a lot of the morning.

Curtis had a good meeting about compensation, which was positive, and then did a bit more work before lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had to do some tickets and then some policy work. He had to rework his policy breach reporting setup and also make a guide for how that works, why it’s in place as well as a few other things.

That took him right to the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had a lot of small meetings throughout the day and she worked on a few guides. In the morning Kim focused on the HR guides she has been working on. She also had two individual meetings with her teammates and then had a whole team meeting at midday. In that meeting she decided that there will be a department meeting on Monday mornings and reduce the 1-1s down a little as it was a lot of repeated information.

In the afternoon Kim worked on IT guides and had a call with IT in regards to things going on for the week. They also went through a guide and tested a few things.

In the middle of the afternoon Kim worked with a teammate to finalise the results of a survey. Then to finish the day Kim tackled some other HR stuff that she hadn’t gotten around to just yet.

Evening

We had a bit of a lay down after work, because why not, and then we made some chicken with a Chinese style sauce and pasta with mushrooms and spring onion.

We ate that and watched some TV together and then played some games as well as some more TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 439: Vancouver, BC – New Vancouver Job First Day!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was up at the same time as Kim as he had an orientation to do in the morning.

The orientation was very easy and quick, so that meant Curtis could do some other stuff.

Along with doing some tickets and catching up on emails from over the weekend, Curtis got some more things done for his visa. To get his certifications approved, he has to get them reviewed by Canada. To do so, he has to contact the exam body in the UK to get them to find the information and send it to a place in Canada and then wait for them to review them and provide the results.

This is a long process, but Curtis is glad he got that done.

Curtis also had to apply for another New Zealand criminal record check, so that was another thing he got done.

Curtis had a team meeting at 10:30 which was good and then after that it was more tickets, mostly.

The afternoon was a bit quieter, but some things here and there.

Kim’s Day

Kim had her first day at her new job and it went well! She spent a lot of the day getting set up and settled in. In the morning Kim attended a couple of meetings, the first was a team meeting where she met a few people and was able to learn a bit more about the team and what people do.

Kim took notes for the second meeting, so it was much more of a fly on the wall experience than being involved.

For lunch Kim and her colleague went to a nearby taco place for burritos. They were so good.

After lunch Kim organised the meeting notes and sent them across to a couple of people for their reference. For the rest of the afternoon Kim finished setting up on different apps and was able to ask a lot of questions, which was good.

It was a great first day and Kim is extremely excited for this next chapter.

Evening

Once Kim got home, we chatted about our day and then Kim felt a little tired as she didn’t sleep great last night, so she had a quick 30 minute power nap, which made her feel much better!

After that, Kim made some pasta with a mushroom and white wine sauce which was delicious, as expected.

We watched some TV and played some games as per usual.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 407: Vancouver, BC – Fresh Tomato Pasta

Curtis’ Day

Curtis thought the issue from yesterday with email was resolved, but it turned out it was not! Curtis spent a lot of the morning figuring out the new issue that arose from it and it seems that it is now fixed!

Curtis did some asset management and figured out if they need to order anything more for the office.

Curtis did a good amount of reading today for his Business Analyst training, which was interesting and he really needed to get that done.

Once Curtis finished lunch, he had a meeting to create a flow chart for a project and figure out what the flow will be.

After Curtis had this meeting, he emailed a new hire to find out a few things before they start, so he can get their equipment ready for them next week.

Kim’s Day

Kim did the same thing during the day, had a slow morning and then applied for jobs.

Later in the afternoon Kim made a pre pole snack and watched some TV before heading out to the shop to get tomatoes. When she got back she had a call with her friend from her old job and they had a great catch-up while Kim prepped dinner. It was so nice to talk to her and laugh, Kim missed seeing her everyday!

After the chat Kim got ready and went to head to pole, obviously the elevators weren’t working so Kim walked down the stairs and down to the car via the car ramp. She was then a little late to pole but joined at the end of the warm up.

Both of the classes were great! Kim was in a much better head space this week and so she was able to concentrate a bit better and enjoy the class more. In the first class they did one of Kims favourite move called an extended butterfly and they went over aerial inverts, which was great because since leaving the UK and losing some of the skill she had Kim had been struggling with that. The class today really helped and things seemed way easier now! In the second class they learnt the last bit of the combo from the week before, Kim wasn’t great at it, but then they tried a new move and a flip from that move. Kim loved this she got the move on the first try and tried the flip with assistance. It was so much fun and Kim really enjoyed it!

Fresh Tomato Pasta

When Kim got home, she added some mushrooms and onion cooked in balsamic and red wine to the sauce and we had that with pasta…It was delicious!

We watched some TV for the remainder of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 367: Vancouver, BC – Dropping Off Laptops

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some admin first thing and then walked down to work with Kim as he had a couple of things to do in the office.

Curtis got to the office and had to check some things in the server room and once he checked those, he went to the storage and got two laptops out that he had to send.

These laptops needed to be sent because they were sent incorrectly to Curtis’ company.

Curtis printed the waybills he was provided and then left the office, taking them to the UPS store to get them to send them off.

Curtis walked back home and when he got home he did a few tickets before lunch and had a brief meeting, too.

After lunch, Curtis did a lot of tickets and the afternoon flew very fast!

Kim’s Day

Today Kim spent her day shipping stuff. It seems uneventful but the day never seemed to stop!

Kim started the day by spending her morning sending out laptops. There were only 3 to send out, but it was so time consuming.

For the beginning of the afternoon Kim sending out the mocktail kits for the east coast people. She made some stickers with instructions and to let the postal service know that the boxes are fragile.

She then had a sit down with her colleague to go over the summer parties once more and finalise the day of timeline. Once this meeting was done Kim sent packaged up and sorted all the labels for the other mocktail kits that will be sent out tomorrow.

Evening

When Kim got home, we had some hoisin chicken with pasta & mushrooms, with a ceasar salad on the side.

We watched some TV and then played mini golf.

Kim then made some coconut fudge as we had some leftover condensed milk.

Once she did that, we watched some more TV and then tried to go to bed a little earlier to get some good sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 172: Vancouver, BC – Optometrist, Bakery & Sandwiches!

Optometrist

We were up a decent time so we could get ready to head into the city.

Curtis had an optometry appointment, so we had to get down there for 12:50.

We had muffins with egg and cheese for breakfast and then got ready!

We got there and were a little early so Kim booked an appointment for herself and Curtis checked in and then we had a look around at some glasses frames.

Curtis went in for his appointment and it was actually pretty quick.

Curtis got his pupils dilated. It was horrible…! Firstly, it stung a lot, and then Curtis couldn’t see anything close up and it was pretty strange.

Curtis has to get some slightly stronger glasses and contact lenses. He went with a different brand for the lenses after giving them a try.

Curtis then, with Kim, tried a few different frames and finally found a pair! They’re a little different style to what he usually wears, but he really likes them.

Bakery

After this, we went to a bakery called Breka.

Kim had a chocolate mouse cake thing and Curtis and a lemon crumble slice which was tasty!

Curtis had a cappuccino which was ‘eh’ and Kim had a salted caramel mocha which she liked.

We walked to Urban Fare from here to get a few things for dinner tonight and for lunch for the week.

Costco

We stopped in at Costco on the walk home to get some chicken and cheese, as well as a couple of other things.

We walked back home and relaxed for a second, before Kim had to go up to the shop to get some things, too.

Sandwiches!

We each had a great sandwich for dinner! Kim had a two cheese sandwich with brie and cheddar and Curtis had a steak sandwich!

Each sandwich had mushrooms, onions, cheese an balsamic vinaigrette.

We ate these and has some wine and then watched some TV for the rest of the night, whilst also getting ready for work tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 65: Vancouver, BC – Afternoon Cocktails

Vancouver Flea Market

We wanted to go to the Vancouver flea market today to have a look around. This place was a 30 minute walk from home. The weather wasn’t great but we risked a walk anyway.

The flea market is near the train station, so we walked to there, and a little bit beyond, to get to it.

Once we got there, it looked a bit dodgy, and then there was an entry fee!

We quickly changed our minds and walked towards the city instead.

Afternoon Cocktails

We decided to stop at a place we walk past on the way to and from work for a coffee.

We went in and then realised it was a lot more fancy then we thought!

We were going to have coffee, but then we were informed it was happy hour, so we thought we better have cocktails.

Curtis got a Moscow Mule and Kim got a frozen slushy type drink which had red wine in it.

We spent a while here just chatting and then finally headed back towards home.

We had nothing planned for dinner, so we grabbed some spaghetti, mushrooms and alfredo sauce and had that along with some incredible French bagette (toasted with olive oil and balsamic) and a side salad.

We watched TV and played some games and then headed to bed at a good time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale