Place 72 – day 133: Vancouver, BC – Perfect Pre-Birthday Sunday!

Breakfast

Kim went out and got breakfast for us, which was from McDonald’s.

We watched some YouTube videos and then got showered and ready for the day.

Family Chat

We had a long 2 hour chat with Curtis’ mum, discussing all kinds of things. It was good to catch up!

After this, we just watched some more TV and then Kim went out to the shop a got some things we needed for dinner.

Dinner

We had a chicken and vegetable pasta, with a BBQ sauce.

We watched Peaky Blinders and then headed to bed.

Pretty lazy day, but perfect.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 126: Vancouver, BC – Productive Purchasing

Shoe Shopping

We had a relaxed morning and then went out around 14:00.

We hopped in the car and drove to Richmond.

After 25 minutes of driving, we arrived at the strip mall and went right to Designer Shoe Warehouse and started looking for shoes.

Curtis had already ripped through his shoes as they were actually quite flimsy, so it was time to find something a bit sturdier (and probably more expensive).

Curtis managed to find some Under Armour shoes which were actually a very good price, too.

Kim was unable to find any shoes and we were also looking for some walking/hiking shoes for the winter, bu DSW didn’t have any, so we moved on to Sketchers, which were also not great.

We wanted a break so went to Starbucks for a coffee, but it wasn’t great and they seemed to get some of our order wrong too!

Richmond Mall

We left Starbucks and got back into the car and drove to Richmond Mall.

Kim wanted to look in a few clothes shops and also still look for some shoes.

We eventually went to SportChek and it was successful! Kim got a skirt there, Curtis got an Under Armour compression shirt to wear whilst playing hockey and Kim even managed to get some Columbia walking shoes.

We left after being here and we got home around 18:30, so were out for a good while!

Sweet Chilli Wedges

We got some potatoes when we got home, chopped them up and boiled them to make wedges. Whilst this was happening, we cooked up some bacon and grated some cheese to put in with the wedges and some sweet chilli sauce.

We ate that and watched TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 119: Vancouver, BC – Stressful Costco Run & Hockey Scrimmage

Family Chat

We woke up and got ready just in time to speak with Curtis’ family.

We had a nice chat and spoke with Curtis’ auntie, uncle and cousins which was really nice!

We finished this and then headed out to the car for a road trip…To Costco!

Big Costco

We wanted to see if the Richmond Costco was any better, as it’s much bigger.

We took a drive out there, but stopped at bulk barn first to see what that was about (it wasn’t great).

We got into the Costco carpark and it was a mission. People and cars everywhere! We eventually got a space, and went into the pandemonium of Costco.

It wasn’t really any better than the one usually go to, just bigger and full of more people!

We left after about an hour and got back into the car to go to Walmart.

We got a few lunch items from the shop then drove back home.

Hockey Scrimmage!

We watched a few things on TV and had a delicious sweet chilli beef dish with rice.

Once it got to 20:15 we left the house and drove down to New Westminster for Curtis’ scrimmage!

Curtis really enjoyed it, having not played since December. He got to meet his team mates and more importantly, play hockey with them.

#65 in White!

It wasn’t all that serious. It went on for an hour and 15 minutes and then it was home time.

Curtis thought he’d have been more tired but he actually feels great and can’t wait for the season to start again!

We got home pretty late so then it was bed time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 115: Vancouver, BC – Oh, Smashing!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day started off with the wrong breakfast! Unfortunately, he had forgotten to get yoghurt at the supermarket yesterday, so he had to just have toast this morning, which didn’t really fill him up.

Once he got to work, Curtis was able to get the day started, most importantly with a coffee.

The day went really well. Curtis did a few tickets before lunch, most of which took a bit of time so it was a little more interesting. He also did some training on some network things from one of his managers, so that was interesting and useful.

After lunch, Curtis was able to get on with some other tickets and with some laptop setups he needed to get done.

Curtis left the office and walked home, whilst Kim stayed late.

Kim’s Day

When Kim arrived she started her day by finalising the accommodation for someone who is interviewing in the Ontario office.

Kim had agreed to join the end of another teams weekly catch up to field any questions they may have about the Wiki project. So she went and joined and had a quick 15 minute chat before being kicked out of the meeting room. She then went back to her desk to catch up on a few emails.

Kim then went into the social team meeting where they caught up and discussed the plans for the upcoming month. It went well and they agreed on running a few things here and there so that people weren’t bombarded with too much going on!

After this meeting Kim decided to start emptying the cupboard behind her as there is a box full of stuff that she has not once used since she started. Kim went though everything, boxed things up in categories for things she doesn’t often use and moved things she uses even less to other areas in the office. This allowed Kim to get rid of loads of things that are simply not used or needed anymore, free up space which makes the whole area neater and easier to use!

One of the doors on the drinks fridge stopped working so Kim chased the company to see when they would be coming out.

A colleague of Kims asked her to collect some company swag to send out so the teo of them worked together into boxing the gifts up and making them look pretty. After Kim went to FedEx to get them sent out and it was meant to be a 15 minute job but ended up taking about 30 minutes because there were extra forms!

Kim then headed back to the office, finished up the last couple of emails and then headed home.

Oh, Smashing!

When Curtis got back home he emptied the recycling, put away the dishes and then walked up to the supermarket. He made sure to get some yoghurt as well as some hot dogs, cheese and buns for dinner.

Kim really felt like having hot dogs and that felt like a terrific idea to Curtis!

Once Kim eventually got home, we had our hotdogs, as well as mac and cheese.

After dinner, whilst we were watching some YouTube videos, Curtis must have gotten a little excited over the delicious spicy ginger beer we were drinking as he proceeded to drop the glass onto the table, which, as you’d imagine, had consequences.

The glass smashed in half, but didn’t really shatter which is great. We cleared this up (and the remainder of Curtis’ delicious ginger beer!) And then watched the other half of the Bake Off we didn’t watch last night.

We finished the evening with another episode of Peaky Blinders.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 112: Vancouver, BC – Very Little Movement

Lazy Half A Day

We spent the first half of our day doing nothing at all.

We watched a few videos and we did get a little bit of admin done that we needed to do but the majority was absolutely nothing.

Outside?

Getting out of the house was a good idea, so we walked up to Homesense to return a couple of items.

We got out of Homesense and went into Starbucks for some refreshment.

After our coffee, we went to the supermarket to get a few things for the week.

Evening Gaming

We came back home and played some games together, which was a fun change!

We got so engrossed that it became 20:00 all of a sudden and we thought we should probably make some dinner.

Dinner

We had chicken with potato wedges and broccoli with some Nando’s peri-peri sauce on the side. Nice and simple, yet covers all the bases.

We watched a bit of TV and then went to bed. Had the perfect relaxed day this weekend. It’s recouped our tiredness.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 111: Vancouver, BC – Ice Skating & Lion King

Ice Skating

We got up at 11:00, which was a great sleep in for us.We had breakfast and then got ready for the day.Curtis wanted to go ice skating to test the ice skates he bought before the hockey season starts just to see if they fit right, he can skate in them etc.We took the car for its first drive, driving out to the Botany 8-Rinks arena which took us about 25 minutes. The car drives great and we didn’t crash, which is a positive.We got to the rink and paid just $5 each for 1.5 hours of skating as well as $3 for some skates for Kim.The arena has 8 rinks, surprisingly, and we were on the figure skating rink. There weren’t too many people there and we were able to get our skating on!

We had a really good time but only did about an hour as we got a bit tired. Curtis’ skates are a little stiff, which is expected with higher end skates, but he was able to skate really well in them, so he is hoping they will work great when the season starts.

Coffee & Shopping

We drove from the rink to Metropolis, just 10 minutes down the road.We parked in the free underground parking and then went in and headed right to Starbucks.We each got a caramel iced latte and just sat and relaxed for a bit.After that, we bought cinema tickets for the Lion King and then went to a few shops before the film started.Kim needed to get some items for exercise, so we found some of those which was successful.

The Lion King

We got into the cinema just in time for the trailers and then watched the Lion King.We thought the animation of the film was amazing and it was quite funny at points, but Kim wasn’t too happy that they missed some parts out!


The Lion King

Our Rating:- 8/10


We Lost The Car!

We left the cinema and wanted to head home.The only problem was, we couldn’t find the car!We walked around for a while and eventually found it. We swear it was a maze in that carpark.We drove back home and we were actually very tired. We weren’t meant to do anything today and were out for 7 hours!Kim walked up to Canadian Tire to get some supplies and then when she came back, we watched some TV.Weirdly, neither of us were that hungry, but we did have snacks at the cinema. Therefore, Curtis had some toast and Kim had a pop tart.Tomorrow, we REALLY plan to do nothing.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70 – Day 28: Victoria, BC – Brunch & Incredible Foot Massage!

Brunch

We were up at 09:00 to get ready for brunch/breakfast. By the time we both got ready it was around 10:30 and our brunch/breakfast time was at 11:00, so we all started the walk down.

Our brunch was in a hotel in the restaurant called Vista 18.

We got some coffee as well as a hot chocolate for Kim. This place was called Vista 18 due to being on the 18th floor, therefore it had some great views!

Curtis had eggs benedict with bacon & homemade breakfast potatoes, which were basically just potato chips.

Kim had a breakfast with bacon,eggs, pancakes and the same homemade potatoes.

Linda had the french toast which looked great! All of the portions were huge and it was an incredibly reasonable price.


Vista 18 | Victoria, BC

Rating:- 7/10


We were very full after breakfast and so we went for a walk downtown to burn it off.

We walked around a few shops to pass time and Kim also managed to buy some exercise gear she needed.

Foot Massage

Kim and Linda went for a foot massage at 13:00. The original booked time was 13:30, but they couldn’t wait so changed it to 13:00.

Whilst they did this, Curtis went back to the apartment and relaxed.

Time To Go

Once we were all back in the same room, we didn’t have long before we had to say goodbye to Linda and walk down to catch the bus.

We said our goodbyes and wandered to the bus station.Once at the station, we waited for a little bit and then boarded. The bus was very busy and very hot!

Once we arrived at the ferry port, everyone was way too hot so temporarily disembarked the bus to get some fresh air.

There was a small delay on the boat bring offloaded as the police were waiting for a car to speak to the driver, so we had to wait for that to be dealt with before we could board.

Ferry Ride

We got on the boat and sat charging our phones. We were able fully charge our phones, which was a result!

It was incredibly loud and busy on the boat, but it went quite fast.We loaded back onto the bus and headed towards home.We got back home and it was nice to be back, but we already miss spending time with Linda!

We stopped in at the supermarket for a bit to do a small weekly shop and to get some food for dinner.

We ate our dinner and caught up on some TV and YouTube videos before we went to bed, ready for work tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale