Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 507: Vancouver, BC – Finally Found An Earring

We woke up and got ourselves showered and dressed and then we headed right out.

We went out for a walk and got some breakfast on the way. We got ourselves a croissant and some coffee from the European style bakery down the road.

We had a nice long walk for a couple of hours. It was brisk outside but a pretty perfect temperature.

We stopped in at a jewelry store that Kim has bought things from before to look for a replacement earring and Kim was able to find exactly what she was looking for!

Once we got home, we watched one or two things on TV and then Kim did some admin for our PR application.

Once that was done, we played some VR for a bit and then had some chilli for dinner.

Once we ate, we went out to the shop to get the shopping done.

We got back home and Kim made cookies and then we watched some TV together for the remainder of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 489: Vancouver, BC – Late Night Shopping

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a surprisingly busy day today!

He had to do a surprise offboard in the morning and then after that he had a project related meeting.

Curtis did some tickets up until lunch and then had an onboard to do for a contractor and there were some odd things he needed to do for that so it took some time.

In the late afternoon, he helped a few people with some password issues and then the day was done!

Kim’s Day

Today Kim joined the weekly meeting and gave a couple of updates! Technically, after the weekly meeting everyone has finished for the year, which is so lovely. However, Kim has a few more things to finish up so she sent out a few emails and made notes for the new year.

Around midday Kim popped out to the office to pick some things up to take to the CEO as she was picking something up from them. So she went from the office to their house, dropped things off and picked up the things that she needed.

Once she was home Kim had some lunch and relaxed for a bit before heading to a phone shop to get a contract and SIM for the company. She was also able to pick a number so Kim chose one that is perfect for the company.

After this she met up with a colleague to give them a card that had come in the post yesterday. They then went for a quick walk before someone from the office building called and asked Kim to pop in to check something. Once Kim was at her car they said she didn’t need to go in, so she went home and relaxed.

Evening

We tried to go shopping right after work, but realised how large the queue was, so we came back home and had some leftover stew for dinner!

We ate that, relaxed for a bit and then at 20:30 we went to the shop as we knew it would be pretty quiet.

We managed to get everything we needed and did it super fast!

We got back home and chilled for the rest of the night, though it felt weird as we usually get home around 18:00 from doing the shopping, not 21:45.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 479: Vancouver – BC – A Little Christmas Shopping

We woke up at a fairly decent time na shad some cinnamon buns for breakfast.

After breakfast, we got ourselves ready and went out for a walk. We had sunshine today which was wonderful, though it was still cold.

We got ourselves a coffee and then walked to the beach.

We left the beach and headed back towards home, but we stopped in at a few stores to find some Christmas presents. The first bit of ‘proper’ Christmas shopping this year.

Unfortunately, we didn’t find what we were looking for, so we left and went back home.

We got back home and relaxed for a bit and watched a bit of TV.

We then started to get hungry, so we went to the supermarket to get the food for the week.

We got back home and had a very easy dinner and watched some quick TV.

After that, we watched The Queen’s Gambit again, which we are really enjoying, and then watched some other TV and played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 473: Vancouver, BC – Buying Ourselves Gifts

We woke up at the same time as yesterday and had some cinnamon buns for breakfast.

We had a pretty lazy start to the day and then we got some cleaning done.

After cleaning, we drove out to do the shop. Apparently, it was the day for everyone to shop, as it was super busy!

We picked up some small dehumidifiers from Canadian Tire, then we went to Winners and bought ourselves some Christmas gifts! We only had one thing we each wanted, so we just went and bought them (lounge trousers) and we’ll have them to use on Christmas day.

We finished that and then did the weekly food shop. We didn’t get too much so it didn’t take very long.

We got back home and Kim made a terrific roast, just like we had last week. Curtis went and got a pre cooked whole chicken from the store down the road and we had that with it too. We have a lot of leftovers for us over the next few days!

Once we ate, we tidied up and took the bins down.

We did a bit more cleaning then we relaxed for the evening, playing some games, watching TV and Kim did a facemask and had a bath!

Curtis is back to working this week, but he’s actually quite looking forward to it.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 467: Vancouver, BC – A Week Off!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis woke up at 09:30 and had some breakfast.

Whilst he ate and a bit thereafter, he did his Norwegian homework in time for his lesson tomorrow.

Curtis played a lot of games today, but he did also receive the information he needed from work for his visa application, so he put all of that on his visa profile, but he needs to wait to submit until Kim has her consultation tomorrow.

Curtis also got some research done for our visas, to confirm a few things, and find some questions for Kim to ask tomorrow.

In the afternoon, after some lunch, Curtis went down to the drug store to book in for a flu shot, so we are both booked in for Wednesday now!

That was it for productiveness for the day, as Curtis just played games until he met with Kim to go to the shop.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the day in the office today. When she arrived there were a lot of flies and bugs, so Kim made a couple of DIY fly catchers of clingfilm with little holes in it over a glass that has sugar and maple syrup in it.

She then went over the new HR system with her colleague by sending a new hire a lot of information and forms for them to complete and fill out. Kim the. Had a meeting with the new hire she had been helping over the weekend to finished setting her up and took her through the new hire packet that had been sent over. It was also very productive as they mentioned a few things that needed tweaking on the system and then Kim was able to contact the company there and then to make those changes.

Once Kim passed the new hire to their manager for the day she popped to a couple of shops to get a few things for the office like fly traps, paper towels and more hand sanitizer.

Kim was then back in the office for a short time before heading out to pick up a laptop from the CEO. It was so strange that it was her first time meeting him! She drove over, got the laptop and then they had a lovely quick chat before Kim left.

Once she was back in the office again Kim quickly ate before working on Bamboo again with her colleague. They used setting up her account as a test to see some of the functions of the system. It was great to have an option to run through it again so soon after the morning.

At the end of the day Kim joined a call in preparation for a meeting tomorrow. They ironed our a few last minute details and then Kim made a few purchases before heading home.

Evening

We did the shopping and when we got back home, around 19:00, we made some sweet chilli potato wedges for dinner.

We ate those and chatted about our day and watched some TV for the remainder of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 458: Vancouver, BC – The Start of Christmas Things

We woke up pretty late today and had some cinnamon buns for breakfast whilst watching some TV.

We got ourselves ready and then did a bunch of housework, getting some laundry done, replacing the bed sheets and some vaccuming.

We went out for a coffee late afternoon and short walk, as far away from people as we could.

We got back home and played some games and then we went out to the supermarket in the evening to get our weekly shop.

The shop was quite large, but we have some really nice meals planned for the week!

We got home and made some potato and chicken with BBQ sauce and cheese along with a side salad and garlic bread. A big mix of random stuff but pretty tasty!

We then watched a Christmas film (kinda) called Holidate and then a Christmas TV show based in Norway and in Norwegian, which was most of the reason we are watching it!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 451: Vancouver, BC – English Test

English Test

We had an English test today, starting at 10:00.

As mentioned yesterday, even though we are from the UK, we still have to have an English test completed for our PR, so that’s what we did!

We were up at 07:30 and very tired!

We walked down to the test centre which was about 15 minutes away.

We got there and had to sit around for a while and then we were taken in for our ID checks.

We then moved to the test room and sat our computers ready to take the test. That being said, we at there for 45 minutes waiting to start!

We eventually started and Curtis did it pretty quickly. We had 3 hours to do so, and Curtis completed it in 1 hour 15 minutes! There was a listening, reading, writing and speaking section.

Kim finished not too long after, maybe 30-45 minutes, and we were done!

We went to get ourselves a coffee and we both think it went pretty well.

We got home and were very tired!

Need For Speed, Completed!

We completed Need For Speed, so that was fun, and then Kim had to do a little bit of work for something that came up during the day.

After that, we mustered up the effort to go and do the shop.

We smashed the shop! Military precision was used and we got around it really fast, and even went to two other shops!

We got back home and had some cheese and wine for dinner whilst watching the film JEXI which was pretty funny and silly.

We relaxed for the rest of the evening. The day felt very long as we were up so early!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 434: Vancouver, BC – Ripped Jeans!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting fairly early, which was a 1 on 1, and then he had a team meeting after that.

After that, he did tickets for most of the day and then after lunch he walked down to the office.

Once at the office, Curtis checked on a few things and then got some things together and went and waited down in the lobby for someone who was picking up a chair and a few other items.

Once the person picked up the items, Curtis walked back home.

For the rest of the afternoon, Curtis completed an offboard.

Kim’s Day

Kim popped out to get a couple of coffees in the morning and then joined Curtis for lunch.

In the afternoon Kim filled in one more form for her new job and then went out to buy some jeans! All of Kim jeans are on the brink of ripping so its time to replace. Maybe she will try to upcyle the jeans!

She drove to the shopping centre and went to H&M, but didn’t find anything she liked so Kim decided to try Levis. She found a couple of pairs that she liked so grabbed them and then headed home.

Evening

We had some chicken egg fried rice for dinner, which was delicious, and we cleaned the apartment after that, too.

We also figured out how to correctly ‘seal’ and clean our wok, as it had a weird smell to it.

Curtis had a hockey game tonight, so that’s where his evening ends, and Kim will be doing some relaxing whilst he is out.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 431: Vancouver, BC – Autumn Is Here!

Curtis’ Hockey

Curtis’ team won their game last night, which was good, but there was controversy again!

The other team’s goalie pulled his groin at the end of the 1st period, so the other team had to get a player into the goalie gear and play him in net!

Curtis managed to get an assist and his team won 4-1, but felt bad for the other team a bit and hoped the goalie was ok!

Autumn Is Here!

We went out today for a walk to and around Stanley Park.

We walked a different way to get to an Italian coffee shop which we had some nice coffee from!

We had a long walk for a few hours and it was much colder due to it being autumn now. It was beautiful outside, but much colder.

Katsu

We got home and relaxed for a bit, playing some games, doing some research for our PR & watching some TV.

We then went out to do the shop at around 17:45, which felt much later as it was so dark!

We got the shop done and headed back home, where Kim made a chicken katsu curry.

The chicken was really good, but for some reason the sauce didn’t turn out ask expected, which was a little disappointing.

We chilled out for the evening, it was a little colder too than it has been, so it felt nice and cosy.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 424: Vancouver, BC – Afternoon Nap

We woke up around 10:30 and had some more cinnamon buns and strawberries for breakfast.

We then got ourselves ready and, after a lot of being lazy, made our way out to the supermarket.

The supermarket was busy and there was a queue again!

We only did a fairly small shop, so we left pretty quickly.

When we got home, we emptied the bins and then Kim felt a little under the weather, so she had a short nap and felt way better afterwards!

We then had some leftover pizza and a ceasar salad for dinner and watched some TV for the evening.

Perfectly relaxed Sunday.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale