Place 72 – Day 167: Vancouver,BC – Sofa Swap

U-haul

We started the day at 08:45, getting up and ready to head off to U-haul.

We jumped in the car and drove the 15 minutes there. We were early, so got breakfast at McDonald’s.

We got to U-Haul & picked up the van. We did a check around it had to mark any dents and scrapes as you do, but we got to do this through a webpage rather than a piece of paper, which was cool!

We drove off and headed to our first destination.

Picking Up A Sofa

We were purchasing a sofa from someone and so had to drive out to them and collect.

We got to them, parked up and started loading it in. Luckily, the sofa came apart in multiple easy chunks (thank goodness for IKEA!) so it was no problem moving it around.

Once we collected that, we got out of the way there and drove home.

We got home and brought everything inside. We took all of the covers off of the sofa and cushions and chucked them into a wash.

Dropping Off Our Sofa

We got everything in and then had to get our current sofa into the van. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the luxury of being able to break it down, so had to lug it out whole, which we got sorted eventually and then were back on the road.

We drove for 20 minutes to the people that were buying it from us.

We had to wait for 15 minutes before they responded and then it started raining! Luckily, we were able to get a spot right outside their building and helped them unload the van.

After this, we headed to take back the van and had to stop for fuel along the way.

IKEA

We dropped the van off and then got back in the car and drove up to IKEA, because why not.

We got there, parked up and took a wander around. The only things we bought were a pillow, some small Christmas decorations, laundry baskets, some cinnamon buns and some other Swedish snacks!

We had a hotdog and drink before we left and it hit the spot perfectly.

We took the drive home knowing we had to rebuild the sofa.

Sofa Building

We got home and built the sofa. It was the perfect size and seemed very comfy!

Some of the cushion covers are still damp, but we have everything else on and it is a great sofa. (It’s an Ektorp from IKEA).

Curtis watched hockey and Kim relaxed in the evening.

More!

Kim saw something on Facebook she wanted so she went out at 19:15 to buy it. It’s a storage rack for the bedroom so we can organise things a little better.

We ate some leftovers and watched TV For the rest of the night…it was a busy, successful day.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 30: Vancouver,BC – Move In Completed!

Table & Chairs

We just had the table and chairs to build today, so after we got ready, Kim got onto that.

Whilst Kim did that, Curtis collated all of the rubbish into the required piles and then took out the paper pile and put it out in the bin.

Once Kim finished the table and one chair, we ate our leftover Chinese food from last night for lunch.

Internet Install

We should have been getting a technician from Shaw cable coming to install internet into the apartment, but we got a call during lunch saying that they would not be able to come today, so it has to be rescheduled.

As we are both new at work, we said we cannot do during the week but settled on tomorrow at between 18:00-20:00, which means Curtis will sort that out after work!

We finished our food and went out to the shops to get some more things. We got a recycling bin, some more cleaning supplies and a very nice cordless vacuum, which Kim is in love with!

We got a coffee from Starbucks whilst we were out, but Curtis had to wait for over 20 minutes for his as they forgot about him!

Last Chair!

We got the remaining chair built whilst the maintainance people for our apartment building installed blinds in our apartment.

We finished that and then everything was built!

First Food Shop

We got our first food shop done, getting a lot of spices and meat as well as sauces.

We bought a lot but it wasn’t too expensive.

Final Touches & Steak!

We got everything in the kitchen cleaned and put away in the correct place as well as figured out locations for everything else.

We vacuumed and got the place looking good! We then moved the sofa and TV to get them both in the perfect place.

We had already taken all the rubbish out and some things to our storage unit, so we were all ready and it was looking and feeling more like a home.

We had steak for dinner, but unfortunately it wasn’t a very good steak. We had great sides with it though and Kim made an incredible sauce, so it was pretty good. It was our first meal at our new table!

Hopefully Shaw come to install our internet tomorrow and then we are sorted. Kim starts work tomorrow too, and we plan to walk to work together!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 29: Vancouver,BC – Moving Day!

Picking Up Some Things

We left the apartment with everything we have and loaded it into the Uhaul.

We drove to an apartment in the city and picked up some tables. Luckily, these were dismantled so were easy to fit in the van.

We then moved on to another city apartment in which we picked up a nice TV! The guy was very nice and let us test it before we purchased and we also spoke to him a little bit.

We had the fun job of trying not to smash or damage the TV… more on that later!

We continued on from here to collect two bar stools. Kim decided to put them to good use when we were in the elevator.

We drove from here to our new home, which wasn’t far.

TV Panic!

Whilst driving home, a panel of one of the tables slid onto the top of the TV screen, so we stopped to check it. It looked physically ok but obviously couldn’t check it there and then.

We continued to drive and then shortly after, another part of a table slammed into the TV.

We got to our new apartment and ran in to test the TV…It was fine! No issues at al, we don’t think.

Coffee & Apartment Check

We saw the previous tenant of the apartment who was cleaning it for a couple of hours. Due to this, we had to kill time, so we went for a coffee.

On the way back, we got the previous tenant a drink, too!

We had a check around with the landlord regarding the apartment with what needs fixing etc. Once we did this, we moved everything in!

Moved In!

We went down to the garage with the landlord who is kindly giving us a sofa that he no longer needs. We has to help him bring it upstairs, which wasn’t the easiest, but we did it.

After this, we went out to the truck and started unloading.We didn’t really have a plan, so just dumped stuff in our living room, but we got the mattress out of its wrapping and let it expand fully.

Taking The Van Back

We finished moving in and then drove the van back to Richmond. We dropped it off and then went to McDonald’s for some food as we hadn’t eaten since breakfast.

We left McDonald’s and got a bus and then a train to get back home.

Once we arrived home, which was around 17:30, we sorted out the sofa bed, followed by building our bed.

We finally got the bed done by around 21:00.

Canadian Tire

We went to Canadian Tire to get a few things we needed, such as a bed sheet, plungers & sone extension cords.

Chinese

We got a bit hungry, so we walked to a Chinese place and ordered some lemon chicken and szechuan beef. They even said they would delivery it to us, so we said yes and stopped by the liquor store on the way back to get some beer.

We finally got out bed made and got into bed. The bed is very company and just perfect for us!

We watched a quick YouTube video using data as we don’t have wifi as of yet – that is hopefully getting installed tomorrow!

More stuff to build and do tomorrow, but we are getting there.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 383: Auckland – Admin Success & Old Friend Meetup

We started the day far too early at 08:00.

We had a quick breakfast and got out the door for about 08:20.

First stop was the visa application centre which Kim had to go to for her biometrics. That being said, she had accidentally deleted her appointment the other day, so she was hoping they would be able to reinstate it, which they were! Result! Kim’s appointment wasn’t until 11:15, though, and she got there for 09:00.

Curtis waited to pick Kim up until he found out about the fact she would be there for a couple of hours, so instead he drove all the way to Henderson to get the car serviced.

Once he dropped the car off, Curtis had at least a couple of hours to kill, so he found a McDonald’s to get a coffee. The McDonald’s was about a 25 minute walk away, but Curtis had nothing else to do so he walked there in the scorching heat.

Curtis got to McDonald’s and got his coffee and it was perfect, as always.

Curtis chilled for a while before making the walk back to the garage to get the car. Curtis had to wait a bit longer for the car when he got there, but eventually it was done and Curtis then went to collect Kim from the city.

Once he got Kim, we headed up north to get the car cleaned, but first, a pitstop! we went to Honey Cafe and Curtis got a fruit juice and kim got some french toast.

We found a self service car wash and got that done, not that it made much difference!

Woooo carwash!

We had a lot of time to kill before the next thing we needed to do, so we went to Birkenhead for no reason at all!

Once it got to 14:30, we left Birkenhead and drove back to our old apartment. We were selling someone a sofa who was to meet us there before 15:00.

The delivery driver arrived to us, but the person buying it did not! We waited with the driver for a while but the person never arrived and then said they were running late, so the driver left!

Eventually, the lady arrived and paid us, but with no driver she had to organise a pickup.

We left here and wanted a final coffee from Little Things, so we drove up to Glenfield to get one. Along with coffee, we got a sponge to clean parts of the car as well as steak for our dinner.

Once we got back, we had a chat with our host and then Curtis drove Kim to see a friend from the UK, Rebecca, down in the city. Kim had a really great time catching up.

Once we got back home, Kim cooked up a delicious steak meal and then we went to bed, as we ate dinner at 22:30!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale