Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 919: Vancouver, BC – And They’re Out

Curtis’ Day

Right at the start of the day, Curtis had an onboard orientation which went really well and the guy was really nice!

After that, Curtis had some other bits of work to do and then a team meeting. 

Curtis finished up some tickets until lunch and then post lunch he had a demo to attend for some software.

After the demo, he did more work and then watched the Leafs game.

The Leafs managed to lose, meaning they’re now out of the playoffs. Incredibly disappointing for Curtis.

Kim’s Day

Kim had only a few meetings today so she was able to get a lot of admin done. She spent some of the morning getting things ready for two new starters in her team for the next couple of weeks. Then she had a quick team meeting to get ready for the day before helping a few people with some IT stuff.

She finished the morning with more admin and then had a good collaborative work session with her colleague to clean up the department folders and get a little more organized.

In the late afternoon Kim ordered some chairs and contacted a vendor to see if they could support multiple orders to different addresses. She then had a quick hiring forecast meeting.

In the evening Kim spent time organising meetings, documents and contracts.

Evening

We had chilli for dinner and watched a bit of TV before Kim had to do a bit more work.

Curtis played some games whilst she did that.

Once Kim was done with work again, we watched a bit more TV and went for a nice night walk.

Curtis is debating if he should stay awake tonight to watch the final GB hockey game, but he’s unure yet as it’s a 2am start!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 568: Vancouver, BC – Trip To Staples

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the day with some tickets and responding to some messages from people. He also got some admin done.

At 11:00, he had a meeting with a few people, some from his team, some not, to discuss some project requirements. It was a fairly quick meeting, but a good one.

Curtis had some work to do from that meeting as well as some other tickets.

Post lunch, it was mostly tickets again and a surprise offboard he had to deal with a bit of.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim had a team meeting to go over the projects and ask a few questions. It’s one of the first time in weeks that it has finished on time! She then worked on some admin before heading out to Staples to pick some up. Kim then took a few items to a colleague before heading home. For the rest of the morning Kim managed to get a few smaller tasks done.

In the early afternoon Kim hosted a dance off where a few people followed along to a tutorial for Everybody by Backstreet Boys and then did the dance to the actual song. It was a lot of fun!

For the rest of the afternoon Kim had various team meetings talking about projects and then potential purchases and then another call in regards to logistics for the party.

Evening

Curtis watched hockey after work and then once that was done, we had some pizza and watched some TV, including the final episode of It’s A Sin which was a very good show!

We watched a bit more TV and some YouTube videos and relaxed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 537: Vancouver, BC – A Little Snow

Curtis’ Day

Curtis didn’t expect his day to be busy, but it very much was!

The day started with many tickets needed to be attended to, and then he also had to book a shipment with a courier.

Once that was done, he learned how to do something for a colleague which was very helpful, and then he had a team meeting which lasted for an hour and a half.

After that was done, he did a few more tickets and answered some questions from people and then had himself a bit of lunch.

Once that was done, a colleague wanted to share some information, so he joined a chat with them about that, and then Curtis had another meeting.

The meeting he had was about an integration to some software, which everyone wanted to understand a bit more and ensure we were able to do that and review it on multiple fronts from his team’s end, with regards to security.

After that meeting, he had some actions from that meeting to do a few things.

It snowed fairly heavy today, but there was no chance of it settling as the sun came right out afterwards.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent a lot of the day in meetings! In the morning she had a quick chat with her colleague before attending a meeting and taking notes. Then she co-hosted an interview. After the interview she had a chat with the two other people on the panel.

Kim then had a couple of hours to send out emails and invites before co-hosting another interview. The panel then joined another meeting to discuss position and the next steps.

Kim then had a call with someone from another team to get an idea of what some of the meetings planned for this week are. It was such a useful chat!

She finished the day by sending out more emails and meeting invites and then had another quick call to plan for tomorrow and the rest of the week.

Evening

Curtis watched hockey after work and Kim worked fairly late, so we just had pizza for dinner and relaxed for the rest of the evening. Nothing special but perfect after our busy days!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 522: Vancouver, BC – Another COVID Test

We woke up and had ourselves some breakfast and relaxed.

Once we were done with breakfast, we each showered and got ourselves ready. During this time, Kim noticed a slight tightness in her chest and shortness of breath.

Out of precaution, she went to get herself tested for COVID-19. This was her second test, as she had one close to the start of the pandemic, but this one took far less time.

This was still unpleasant, though!

Kim went to a drive-thru testing station, which was incredibly easy and efficient!

Once she got home, we had to re-arrange the apartment viewings that are meant to happen tomorrow, should Kim have COVID.

We should find out the results some time tomorrow, likely the afternoon, so we thought postponing would be the safest thing to do.

Due to this possibility, we didn’t go anyway today, we just stayed at home and relaxed.

Kim is perfectly fine, other than a little bit of chest tightness and we suspect that she doesn’t have COVID, but we shall find out tomorrow.

Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim went to get tested and then we played games and watched TV for the remainder of the day.

We don’t have much food in the house, but enough to get by for a few days, so we had frozen pizza as it was the easiest thing.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 351: Vancouver, BC – NHL Playoffs!

Beach Walk!

We were going to go and play some mini golf today, but we decided we wanted to have a walk instead, so we walked down to English Bay for a walk on the beach!

We had some breakfast, some delicious french toast with strawberries, banana & syrup.

We left our apartment and grabbed a coffee on the way to the beach.

We got to the beach after a decent walk and it wasn’t too busy.

We walked on the sand, which was very hot, and then we got to the water and walked in the cool water for a bit, which was really nice with the hot sun!

We left the beach when we got to the end and sat in the shade on the grass and finished our coffee before continuing to walk.

We walked for a while and then got a little hungry, so we popped to McDonald’s to get a snack!

We ate our McDonald’s and our very melted mcflurry and then we walked through Stanley Park for a bit, which was in the shade so that was a nice break from the heat.

NHL Playoffs!

We walked back home and then the Leafs played their first game of the playoffs! It was a close, intense, game, which Curtis really enjoyed, but unfortunately the Leafs lost it.

After the game, Kim made a really nice veggie lasagna, which was very tasty, though we didn’t eat too much as we weren’t too hungry.

We watched some TV for the rest of the evening, though we did eat dinner quite late.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 171: Vancouver, BC – Ramen With A Friend

Chill Morning

We had a chill morning and had some cereal for breakfast.

Kim was going to go out for lunch with a friend, but they decided to have dinner together instead, so Kim didn’t have to rush!

Kim got ready to go out and got in the car to drive up to North Vancouver to pick up a board game.

Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim was out.

Board Game Pickup, Shopping & Lunch!

The first thing Kim did was head out to get the game Taboo from someone selling it on Facebook.

After this she headed to Burnaby to meet a friend for dinner and do a little shopping.

They started by wondering around some shops, then went for a lovely Ramen.

Kim went for chicken ramen and her friend went for creamy vegan! They loved them.

After dinner they spent time walking around the shopping centre and having a great catch up.

We continued to watch the show Sex Education in the evening after Kim got back and we had some snacks and relaxed.

We booked a hotel somewhere for a couple of nights, too! Kim booked the wrong dates but luckily she was able to change it!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Orlando,FL

Place 81 – Day 6: Orlando,FL – Easter Sunday Swim

Swim

Kim and Abbie really wanted to surf today, so they headed down the beach with Tom & Maggie to see if they could rent some surfboards.

They Got A Nice Family Photo

Unfortunately, there were no waves for surfing, so instead they just swam and the weather was perfect.

Whilst this happened, Curtis was back at the house relaxing and watching an important Leafs playoff game.

After a few hours of swimming and relaxing, a coffee was purchased and they went back to the house.

Panda Express

After Curtis finished watching hockey, we went for some dinner at Panda Express as it is quick, easy & tasty.

We all ate up and then went looking for some dessert in Waffle House, but it turns out they aren’t really a dessert waffle place so we gave up and went home.

Dramatic Card Games

We played some card games together today.

Abbie had a game which she wanted to share with us which was like spies and agents. It took us a bit to get our heads around it but really enjoyed it once we got it.

We played a few games of that and then some games of UNO before it was bed time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Orlando,FL

Place 81 – Day 2: Orlando,FL – Florida Beach

Pancakes

Tom made pancakes this morning, as well as bacon, sausages & eggs.

We ate up and lazed about before we got ready.

Florida Beach

When in Florida, you have to go to a beach.

We went down the road and just found a beach somewhere, which was perfect as it wasn’t rammed.

We chilled at the beach for a few hours Kim and Abbie went in the sea and everyone got sufficiently brown.

We got a coffee whilst we were down there and Kim and Abbie looked in some shops.

We left all feeling very tired and headed back home.

Evening

We had a spinach, feta & beetroot salad for dinner and then Curtis watched the Leafs game.

We all slept at a decent time as we were tired and the both of us have colds, too.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 7: Vancouver, BC – First NHL Game!

Haircut

We left pretty early in the morning and walked for about 25 minutes to the hairdresser which Kim was getting her haircut at.

Kim had her hair cut, which took about 45 minutes.

Curtis had a free coffee whilst he waited, too!

Home Time

We walked back home to the apartment and chilled out whilst we waited for our friend to arrive!

A Bar

Our friend arrived and we walked for 20 minutes down to a bar to get some food and drinks.

The bar had free wings, providing you purchase a beer.

We had sweet and spicy wings as well as Guinness BBQ wings.

We sat there until 17:00 and then walked to the ice rink.

Leafs Game!

We got to the area and walked in. When we got in, we just walked around and checked out what they had.

We got to our seats and watched the warm up and then waited for the game to start.

We watched the light show, which was pretty good!

The Leafs went up by 2, after the 2nd period, but lost in overtime. The game was great fun! We had an amazing time and loved the atmosphere. There was about 70/30 Leafs fans, considering we were in Vancouver.

Post Game

We went for a drink at a bar about 15 minutes walk from the area, and it was snowing!

We got a drink here and then we met some of Brodie’s friends and they had a drink.

We walked back to the apartment via the supermarket and got some garlic bread.

We got back and chatted whilst we ate potato smilies, chicken and garlic bread, then it was time to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Victoria,BC

Place 70 – Day 23: Victoria, BC – Last Day In Victoria

Breakfast Additions

Curtis really wanted to have fried eggs with breakfast, so he ordered some as soon as he got downstairs. He then got some sausages and bacon as well as fruit and a cinnamon swirl.

After breakfast, we got showered and then Kim spoke with her dad as it was his birthday.

Good Deed

We went out for a walk and when we went we took the (heated up) sweet & sour pork that we didn’t eat. We took that as well as a for and napkins and found a homeless person to give it to. It was only going to go to waste so had to make sure it found a good home.

The Empress Hotel

We went for a walk around The Empress hotel.

This hotel was built a long time ago and neither of us had ever gone inside it, so it was worth a look.

We went in and saw the reception dog and then walked around the various shops and dining areas.

The Staircase

The Entrance

We left via the conference centre and back onto the street in search of coffee.

An Old Royal Mail Post Box

Victoria Conference Centre

Victoria Conference Centre


More Information About The Empress Hotel


Good Coffee

We had seen a nice looking coffee shop a few times so we decided we had to give it a go.

We each got a cappuccino and they had a lot of foam and good flavoured espresso, too!

The coffees were delicious and we would highly recommend the place.


Milano Coffee | Victoria, BC

Rating:- 9.5/10


TV & Hockey

We got back and warmed up a bit whilst watching some TV.

we ate the rest of the Korean fried chicken whilst watching, too.

Curtis watched hockey at 16:00 and then Kim walked to get Linda.

Kim and Linda came back to our hotel for a bit and then we went for dinner.

Dinner

We only went across the road to a place named Browns Social House.

This place is like a sports bar and a restaurant.

Curtis had chicken pasta and Kim had a pizza. Both were equally as good as each other.


Browns Social House | Victoria, BC

Rating:- 8/10


Packing

We walked Linda back and then came back to the hotel to pack as we leave here tomorrow on a bus and then a ferry!

Chocolate Poutine

We rewarded ourselves for packing with chocolate poutine. We had it with brownie bits, too, as well as a hot chocolate.

Late Evening

We watched more TV and then went to bed. We are up early tomorrow for a morning of travel!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale