Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 496: Vancouver, BC – A Bank Meeting

We woke up at a decent time today, but we did sleep in today, especially compared to yesterday.

We had some toasties for breakfast and watched some TV.

After showering and getting ready, we remembered that we had a bank appointment to go to, so we went and did that. We were at the bank for about an hour or so, but in that time we got some things done which we need both for our PR application but also for some other things that we had needed for a while and just never got around to doing.

We got back home and had some pizza and a coffee and played some games.

After that, we made sausages, potato gratin, peas, carrots and gravy.

We ate that and went back to playing some Minecraft but then watched some TV.

There’s been rainfall warnings today, so the weather isn’t likely to get any better, so it’s unlikely we’ll be doing anything exciting (not that we can anyway!).


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 165: Vancouver, BC – Booking & Planning!

Trip Planning

We had a bit of a lay in which was excellent and exactly what we needed.

We had homemade egg and cheese muffins for breakfast and then we got some things booked.

We have a small weekend trip to come in February, so we had to book a ferry for that, so we got that booked, and then we have a couple of trips coming in the months after that, so we had to book those up.

We called Kim’s parents to speak with them briefly about the plans for the trip as we’re going with them.

We then booked flights for that, so that’s productive!

Coffee & Shopping

We went up to Starbucks and had a coffee before tackling the shopping.

We didn’t have much to buy, but it was quite a few heavy things.

We had to queue for a while in the supermarket and the queue was also very, very long!

We eventually got out of there and came back home, where we did some laundry and a bit more research into places to visit.

Sausage & Mash

We had sausage and mash for dinner! Curtis had pork sausages and Kim had chicken sausages.

We ate that and continued our fairly lazy day into the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 147: Vancouver, BC – Coffee Catchup!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and was right into answering questions and helping some people out.

The rest of the morning he had a variety of meetings, one of which was with a vendor but wasn’t too useful but all the other meetings were with people on his team and they were very successful.

Curtis spent most of the rest of the day doing some more migrations for teams and also trying to figure out what is wrong with some of the imports which aren’t working.

Curtis left work around 17:00 and walked home to watch the leafs game.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by organising a few thing. She booked a meeting room and started drawing up the catering for the meeting and she set up a raffle to win one of two broken coffee machines.

Kim then hopped on a call with a vendor as the representative recently changed.

After that call Kim had a meeting with her team in regards to the Wiki project. It went really well!

Just after lunch Kim ran to the shop to pick up washing liquid and paper towels as they had run out completely and the dishwasher is broken!

A while after she got back Kim went on her coffee date from 3 weeks ago!As it was due to happen over the holidays, Kim and the other lady waited until the new year to catch up. They waited so long and now the new allocations have happened, so Kim has another coffee catch up tomorrow! They went to the local fancy patisserie and had hot chocolates, it was so much fun.
Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon sorting out the stationary delivery that came in and saving invoices.

Training & Helping!

Kim went right from work to training. She had a lesson followed by helping out on the reception, all-in-all it was 3 hours and she really enjoyed it! She did hoop as her training which is a little different than usual.

Curtis watched the leafs game, had leftover sausage and potato for dinner and just played some games.

We caught up on TV and then went to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 146: Vancouver, BC – Fixing The Bathroom

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had another busy day today. He had to setup another laptop in Denver, so he got that done, but it took some time, even just to get connected.

Curtis got a lot done, but also got to investigate some problems he and his team were running in to.

The day went incredibly fast again and he walked to meet Kim and walk home.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by dropping the car off to the garage as it needed a couple of small replacements.

Kim then made her way into work and spent the first bit of time with IT, trying to figure out how Kim broke a few things on her outlook! A couple of the issues were solved, so that was great.

Kim then did a new hire tour, which would have been her first in a fair few months, so that tested her memory!

After the tour Kim then spent a while going through old photos of the company to find a few that would be great for the Wiki project.

Kim also had a call today to speak with a potential venue for the winter party this year coming. As its a great venue Kim knows it will get booked up quickly so she is starting the conversation now to present to people nice and early!

After lunch Kim had a final 1-1 with her boss. It was such a great catch up, they sorted out a few things and just had a wonderful chat.

The rest of Kims afternoon was a lot of sorting and going through smaller mini projects.

Fixing The Bathroom

We got back home and Curtis made himself sausages, potato and peas with gravy. He ate this whilst watching a YouTube series about AI, which was incredibly interesting.

Kim went off to training and about an hour after she got there, a plumber as arrived to our apartment so he could fix the tap in the bath. The tap wasn’t working correctly so he replaced it and now it works!

Kim got home after training and had some food whilst we watched TV. Then we went to sleep.


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

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 79: Vancouver, BC – More studying & Free Starbucks!

Studying

We woke up around 11:0 but had a terrible night sleep! Neither of us could get to sleep at a good time so didn’t get many hours in, really.

We had a delicious breakfast muffin with sausage, egg & cheese in and a hash brown.

We watched a little bit of TV and then Kim tried to go outside to study but it was too bright so she couldn’t actually see the words so she went back inside.

Free Starbucks

Curtis played games for most of the day again today, until we just needed to get out of the house so we went to Starbucks for a coffee.

Curtis had a free coffee on his account so he got his for free but had to pay for Kim’s. We also got a key cut for our apartment so we don’t have to keep changing them around all the time.

Paprika Pork

We got back home and Kim studied a bit more until we got hungry.

Once we wanted food, Kim made paprika pork as the last time we had it, it was incredible.

We ate that and then watched a bit of TV until around 22:00 which is when Kim then went for a shower and got ready for going to her first aid course tomorrow.

As we didn’t sleep great last night, we decided we would sleep early as it is important to be awake tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 33: Vancouver,BC – Free Breakfast & Free Lunch!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work at 08:45 and began with setting up accounts for a new user. This new user was a bit more tricky as they were a remote user and also had some different accounts to get.

As this was Curtis’ first onboard, it took him most of the morning but then he aslo had to setup the laptop which was in another office so he had to remote into that to get it done.

Curtis had lunch around 13:15, which was leftover fajitas from last night!

After lunch, Curtis had another onboard to do but it took much less time. He then setup a laptop for them, too.

Curtis had a few things to do late afternoon and that led perfectly to home time.

Curtis walked home alone as Kim was out with a work colleague.

Kim’s Day

Kim left about an hour early today and took a slightly different route than normal and ended up completely walking past work by a block and getting all confused and disorientated.

Once she finally made it into the office it was straight to work with helping set up the hot breakfast. Kim unwrapped pastries, bread for toast and other delicious breakfast items. Kim then sat down with a few teammates to have a nice hot breakfast!

After the set up, Kim got started on continuing setting up her computer, this only lasted about 5 minutes before everyone headed to the Hackathon kick off talk. It was fun and informative!

During the talk, the CEO reminisced on having guitar hero and rock band being readily available to play, so shortly after the talk Kim and a colleague went to the storage and dug out the rock band set up and started assembling it in the kitchen.

Towards the end of the assembly of the game, the team Kim works with took a bit of time to eat cake and celebrate one of the ladies birthday. It was so nice!

Then it was time to set up lunch! That’s right, a hot breakfast and hot lunch are being provided for the Hackathon. Kim could get used to this!

The Greek food was organised in the kitchen then the girls grabbed a plate and had some lunch.

Kim spent most of the afternoon continuing setting up bookmarks on chrome and getting all the log in information and generally setting up for the day to day tasks.

As Kim got in an hour early, she was able to leave and hour early. Just as she were going to leave, she had to send off a FedEx package. As Kim and a colleague were both heading the same way, Kim had to grab the house keys from Curtis, they decided to just drop it off on route and then head their separate ways.

Well…that didn’t happen! Kim ended up grabbing a glass of wine and having a nice chat with her colleague! It was so nice for her to just sit and not work chat. It was clearly good fun as by the time they had finished, Curtis was basically home! So Kim plodded home while listening to some music.

Our Evening

We got back home and took out the recycling and rubbish before we just chilled out for a couple of hours. This was the first evening where we have had nothing to do for a while so we just did nothing!

Eventually, Kim made balsamic chicken with various vegetables, potatoes and creamy mushrooms.

We sat down and watched a couple of episodes of Lucifer before we went to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 298: Auckland – Tāwharanui Beach & Fish Burgers!

We had a nice 10+ hour sleep last night, which made up for early start on Saturday!

We woke up at 09:30 and had a spot of breakfast before we got ready for the day and jumped in the car.

Josh drove us to Tāwharanui Beach, which is a beautiful surf beach! He weather wasn’t that great at times, but the rain held off and we have some great fun. We walked on the beach and onto the rocks, where there is a few rock pools which are beautiful clear water!

Kim jumped into The above pool, which was apparently very cold!

After the rocks, we went back and off them and up a little hull where we got a really nice view of the beach.

We left the beach and went back to Josh’s grandparents’ house, where we had some lunch. They made us some beer battered snapper burgers and battered sausages, which was excellent!

We then got packed up and got on the way home, but not before stopping at an the old ‘cementworks’ building, which is ruins of an old cement factory, which was pretty cool to see!

We drove on from here and headed towards home, stopping for an ice cream on the way back.

We had quite a bit of traffic on the way home, but we got back home at 16:15.

We popped down to the shop to get stuff for the week, and then went to McDonald’s for a coffee as Curtis got one for free through the monopoly promotion.

We got home and did a few chores, doing laundry, making lunch and a few other things.

We then booked some more accommodation and then had some leftover spaghetti Bolognese for dinner, which watching some YouTube videos.

After this, we got ready for bed and spoke to Kim’s family regarding the trip.

Back to work tomorrow, which is a shame as we’ve had such a fun weekend!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 283: Auckland – An Incredible Game & A Birthday Party

We woke up at 10:30 which was the perfect time to wake up!

We had a sausage each from last night as well as scrambled eggs, beans and mushrooms.

Breakfast

We finished up with breakfast and then Curtis watched the Leafs’ pre-season game.

At 14:00, Curtis took Kim to a birthday party! This was for a colleague at work. We stopped by at the supermarket to get some flowers for the birthday girl and some drinks.

Curtis dropped Kim off, got some fuel and went home.

At 15:30, Curtis left to go to his hockey game. As he got halfway down our road, he realised he didn’t swap his glasses for contact lenses, so he turned around, put them in and then was off again.

Curtis got to the rink and had a good feeling about the game! This game was against the Bears, who are currently last place.

Curtis’ team started sloppy and after 2 periods, they were down 1-0.

In the 3rd period, the Scorpions turned it up and scored two goals in the last 5 minutes to come out with a win! Curtis got an assist on one goal and felt that he had a good game in general.

One more game left in the season and then it’s playoff time!

Curtis drove home, showered and ate some pizza. On the drive home, there were some incredible skies!

Kim had a great time at the party. She was playing games and of course drinking, but she really enjoyed herself.

Kim got a lift home via KFC and got herself a twister wrap.

Once Kim got home, we watched some YouTube videos and then went to sleep!

Curtis needs to get a haircut tomorrow but his usual barber is closed so he had to find a new one!

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This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale