Place 72 – Day 161: Vancouver, BC – Haircut & 49th Parallel

Haircut

We were up a little later today and we felt great!

We had a decent sized breakfast and watched a couple of YouTube videos and then got ready for the day.

We went down to Gastown for Curtis to get his haircut. Unfortunately, the barber was a bit behind and we had to wait for 30 minutes!

Curtis got his hair cut and was very happy with it! The barber was from Australia and had only been in the country for 9 weeks.

Coffee

After the haircut, we went for a coffee a our favourite place, 49th Parallel.

We each got a doughnut, Kim a chocolate one and Curtis a lemon one. Curtis also got a cappucino.

We left the coffee shop and walked home.

We watched a bit of TV and then went out to get some food for both tonight and the Thanksgiving meal tomorrow.

We don’t celebrate it, but want to have a nice roast anyway.

We started at Whole Foods, where we got a nice half rack of lamb to have.

We went to SaveOnFoods for tonight’s dinner, which was swedish meatballs, carrots, creamy gravy, mashed potato & peas.

We watched some more TV and then went to bed. Other than having an nice big dinner, we have no plans tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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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

Place 72 – Day 158: Vancouver, BC – A Day Of Pies!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and his first task was to look into the floor plan of the office and see if there was anything obvious that would indicate an power coming from another floor.

There is apparently another floor doing work and they want to unplug something, but it says it links down to the floor Curtis works on.

Unfortunately, it couldn’t be found, so he has to speak with the building management to see if they know anything about it.

Curtis’ team had their quick daily meeting and then all split to work.

Someone at Curtis’ office made mini pumpkin pies, so Curtis had one…it was delicious!

Curtis continued the day with a few tickets and then had some questions to answer about his project.

Once he answered them, this caused a lot more work for the project, so Curtis spent the rest of the day dealing with that!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by ordering pies! Its Thanksgiving this weekend so Kim sourced some pies from a couple of supermarkets, the dairy free pie Kim will pick up in the evening from a supermarket up the road.

As it is Kims sisters birthday she had to call to say happy birthday, but her family were on the way to dinner so they arranged to chat a little later in the day.
Kim then spent a fair amount of time on calls and organising invoices again. When the pizza arrived Kim sorted out plates and napkins to go with it.

In the afternoon Kim ended up in back to back meetings. Her first meeting was with her teammate and they discussed budgets and other social events outside of the holiday parties. They both then went into a meeting with a vendor to discuss the plan going forward and this went very well.

After thay meeting they caught up again and Kims teammate taught Kim how to use the different ways to expense things.

After this kim had another quick 5 minute call with her sister before she headed to bed.

After that call Kim had a quick training session on how to upload the monthly social talks for people to see them. That was a great lesson because Kim forgot to find our before she took it all on!

At some point during the day a stationary delivery came so Kim put all the new whiteboard wipes into all of the meeting rooms. She then caught up on emails and headed home.

All The Pies!

We got home and Curtis watched the remainder of the Leafs game and Kim wasn’t feeling too good, so she had a lay down.

After that, we walked up to Whole Foods where Kim needed to collect a vegan pumpkin pie for work as well as 2 more, smaller, pies.

Once we got those, we walked back home and were very cold! We got in and each had some leftover beef and ale pie with mashed potato, to complete all the pies of today.

We watched two, 1 hour, YouTube videos about a trip to Iceland and it reminded us of when we went and loved it so much. Its actually where we got engaged, too!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 157: Vancouver, BC – New Blinds, Towel Rack & Pie!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had training right when he got to work. Coffee was the priority as it was a cold morning today!

Curtis’ training went well, though he wasn’t too sure if it will be beneficial to his team, but we shall see.

Curtis got his admin done after this and the rest of the day was a little manic.

Curtis got some further questions and issues regarding his project, which he had to work on.

There were a few people that asked for some help so he helped them and did some standard tickets, as well as had some conversations with colleagues around policies and procedures.

Once Curtis got home from work, the handyman was still in our apartment doing a few things.

Kim’s Day

Kim’s day today had no meetings at all and she spent a fair amount of it on incoming calls and doing little ad hoc tasks.

The first thing Kim sorted was a pizza order for today and she also placed the regular weekly pizza order for tomorrow at the same time. After this Kim then laminated some new signs for the kitchen and everyone’s first aid attendant cards – better late than never!

While Kim was putting the signs up someone asked if she was coming to a meeting and it turns out Kim had completely lost track of time and was due to be in a meeting shortly so she packed away and grabbed her laptop and went into the meeting.

The social meeting was discussing much of the same that we had for the past few weeks, Diwali and Halloween. We have also decided to do pie and ice cream this Friday for Canadian Thanksgiving!

After the meeting Kim finished putting up the newly laminated signs. When the pizza arrived it was the wrong order, they had sent tomorrows order today, which was not ideal, so Kim arranged for the correct pizzas to be delivered and received a credit on the account and 4 random free pizzas!

To start the afternoon Kim hung up a first aid kit in the kitchen, it seems like the place most injuries would occur. Someone was very surprised to see Kim screwing in a nail and even offered to help and didn’t believe Kim when she said that she had done this kind of thing many times before!

The rest of the afternoon was spent saving invoices answering sales calls!

New Blinds & Towel Rack

The handyman finished off a few things in our apartment and we have some improvements!

We now have a nicer set of (horizontal) blinds in the living room as well as a towel rack in the bathroom as the other one we had fell off the wall.

The bedroom blinds are up, but they have gaps around the side, so the handyman will be popping back to screw some wood into that area.

Kim’s Training

Kims first lesson today was hard. She did some tricky moves but they could be of great use in Kim’s upcoming routine, so that was great!

After this Kim walked home and spent 10 minutes there before heading to her second lesson.

This is a great lesson where they learned a step up from a move Kim loves. This will not make it into the routine but it was a pretty move. There was also a simple and effective looking spin that requires a lot of energy, for it to work you have to be completely engaged from your shoulders to toes, its beautiful but tricky.

Kim then asked if the lesson after had any spaces and a few people had dropped out so Kim hung around and joined in on that class too. The routine for this class was very spin orientated and Kim was totally unable to get the trick as she does not have enough flexibility, she did enjoy the class though!

Curtis put the pie top on the filling whilst Kim was out and cooked it, but it seemed to collapse a little but still looked (and tasted) delicious.

Kim got back and we watched The Appentice and then went to sleep!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 156: Vancouver, BC – Ale Hunt & Falling!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work at the perfect time and was told that there was a fire in the building next door!

Luckily, Curtis didn’t have to evacuate, but the sirens and alarms could be heard for a while.

Curtis did a lot of the same as he did yesterday, but also had a few tickets that came in, right after he cleared most of his out!

The afternoon was the busiest part of the day, with many a ticket to get stuck into and a couple more challenging then normal.

Curtis left the office after work and walked home.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had a fair few productive meetings! Her first meeting was relatively early in the morning was with her colleague and they discussed the holiday party invites and a little bit about travel. It was a short and sweet meeting.

After this meeting Kim had a meeting with finance about credit cards and they ironed out some of the processes and that meeting went well.

Kim then had some time to catch up on emails when someone from a stationary company came in and said he had a meeting with her too! It turned out that he had the wrong email address so all Kim knew was that he might be coming in at some point in the afternoon.

Kim grabbed her colleague and they had an interesting meeting.

After this is was suddenly 13:30, Kim and her colleague were so hungry so they went and grabbed crepes by using a discount and had a little sit down and catch up over lunch.

After lunch Kim spent most of her afternoon sorting out the first aid cupboard with 2 and then one other first aider. Kim had to nip out a few time to greet a candidate and organise some travel.

It was a really productive day, but it felt like Kim didn’t stop for a second!

Ale Hunt

Curtis got home before Kim, so he did the cleaning, vacuuming etc and took out all the bins.

When Kim got back home, she made a stew which was then bound to become a pie! She needed ale for this, so Curtis went to find some.

The liquor store didn’t have really any, so much so that Curtis had to hunt the lone bottle of ale down! It’s a 9% beer, too!

Kim finished off the dinner and Curtis had some as a stew as the pie won’t be constructed until tomorrow.

Kim’s training session was good fun.

Kim was able to try out a replacement combo for her routine, its her favourite combo so she is glad to get it put in!

She did also fall off and it would have been onto her head but luckily she got her arms up quick!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 155: Vancouver, BC – What Is That In My Potato?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of the morning doing an onboard for someone. Interestingly, they were a remote person that needs a laptop and a phone for their home.

Curtis was unsure on the process for setting up a phone for use at someone’s house, so he had to find that out.

As well as this, Curtis had to get the laptop sorted. The original plan was to get one from one of the US offices, but that plan didn’t work and Curtis didn’t have any at his office, so he had to get someone to set one up at there office and then he had to get a phone sent from yet another office.

After that, Curtis had his team meeting which was productive. Then it was lunch time.

After lunch, Curtis spent the afternoon doing a mini project which ended up taking the whole afternoon!

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of her day doing one of 2 things, sending things via FedEx or organising travel.

Kim spent most of her morning trying to organise some group travel by reaching our to hotels and contacting the travel agent to get quotes on flights. She also arranged 2 FedEx parcels in the morning and sorted the weekly fruit.

The afternoon was much of the same, she reached out to other hotels, organised 2 more parcels. She then had to call FedEx, which is one of Kim’s least favourite things to do, as one delivery just simply never registered so she had to do it all again.
Kim also spent some time in the afternoon going through her voicemails.

She did end her day on a high and started drafting the final invites for the holiday parties.

What’s That?!

We got home and Curtis watched the remainder of the leafs game.

We made baked potatoes for dinner.

This was going well until we cut one open and there was something odd inside! It seemed like maybe a slug or something, so we didn’t eat that one and instead shared a potato.

We ate our food and watched a couple of videos and then headed to Curtis’ hockey game.

Curtis’ game went really well! They won 6-3 and Curtis finally got a point (1 assist). A very fun game!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 154: Vancouver, BC – Lighthouse Park & Horseshoe Bay

Lighthouse Park

We left the house and jumped right into the car once we got ready!

We drove for around an hour (in all the traffic) to get up to West Vancouver (which is weirdly in North Vancouver) and visited a couple of places.

We first went to lighthouse park.This is a park, unsurprisingly, with a lighthouse.

We parked up and first noticed the enormity of the trees. It was more of a forest than a park.

There were multiple routes, but we walked down the default one for a while and followed to the Lighthouse.

There were two viewing points for the lighthouse. One was down someone’s driveway (which you can go down).

This had the best view of the lighthouse and it was a standard red and white lighthouse.

We moved up to the 2nd viewing point, which was just up the hill from a few huts. The second viewing point was ontop of a rock, but the view was a bit obstructed.

We continued on for a while, walking down a few different trails and came across a small ‘beach’.

This spot had beautiful views as well, and the sky looked awesome.

We left the beach and wandered around a few more tracks and then started to head back up.

We wanted to reward ourself with a coffee, so we went to find some!

Horseshoe Bay

There was a place nearby called Horseshoe bay, which people have told us about before, so we thought we should check it out whilst we are in the area.

We drove there in search of coffee, but were a little disappointed.

The only place was a Starbucks, which we enjoy, but we were hoping for something a little more.

We finished our Starbucks and got a snack to sit next to the water and eat, even though it was raining a little bit!Whilst we sat there, we saw a seal swim past!

We left here and drove back home, tired from all the walking, but really happy with our day.

Boring Shop

We got back home and had to do the shop, so we did just that.

We got the essentials for the week and went back home.

Giant Yorkshire Pudding

We couldn’t be bothered to cook, so we went up to the pub near us (The Wicklow) and each had a giant Yorkshire Pudding, stuffed full of beef, gravy and mashed potatoes! (And some wine, of course)

We were absolutely stuffed from this and we walked back home.

We sat and watched an episode of Vikings and then got ready for work tomorrow.

What a great day we had! We need to head back as there were so many different trails.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale