Place 72 – Day 109: Vancouver, BC – Project Full

Curtis’ Day

Curtis wasn’t able to have meetings today as there is a new company policy for ‘Thoughtful Thursdays’.

This means that Curtis had more time to get some other admin and project tasks done!

Curtis got some admin done in the early morning and then setup 2 laptops back to back. This is to upgrade people as part of a project.

Curtis was able to continue with some project work in the afternoon, but this time it was mostly research. He did a few tickets along the way but it was good to get some other things done, though his calendar for tomorrow is full!

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she spent the morning on random little tasks. Then mid morning she went on to make a fruit salad to use up the other half of the melon and restock parts of the fridge.

Just before midday the weekly pizza arrived for the meeting. Today Kim decided to try using proper plates rather than the usual paper plates, it saves in cost and reduces the amount of single use items used around the office.

Just after this Kim was invited out to head to Sephora with 2 girls who were going and as she fancied a little walk in the sun Kim tagged along. When they got back the meeting had finished so Kim and one of the other girls sat down for some pizza for lunch and had a good chat.

Kim spent the first half of her afternoon changing parts of the floor plan maps to make them work and fit better. They looked so much better after the changes.

Kim then spent some time organising and placing orders. She had to call up Nespresso to get her order to go through and she had to call staples because she charged the order to the wrong card. Unfortunately she was unable to get through so that will now be a job for tomorrow.

Terrific Spaghetti Bolognese

We didn’t really do anything in the evening.

We got back and relaxed and then when we eventually started to get hungry, Curtis made a spaghetti bolognese.

We had some sauce leftover from another meal and Curtis used that as well as a blend of other items to create possibly one of the best spaghetti bolognese’s we’ve had!

It was meaty yet saucy and all around great.

We finished our evening as our usual with some TV and duolingo and then went to bed. Friday tomorrow, but we’re sure it’ll be busy!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 108: Vancouver, BC – 2 Days Of Exercise

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right out of the gate this morning. It was the weekly security meeting, but it didn’t last that long.

A lot of Curtis’ day was either setting up another Mac or doing some project work. A new project has just started and Curtis began doing some admin for it as well as looking into a few components of it.

Curtis’ team had a team meeting for about 45 minutes, too! Its the final meeting of the team’s current format as the name and format is changing.

Curtis left work around 17:00 and walked to meet Kim and walk her down to her exercise class.

Kim’s Day

On the way into work, Kim was was stood waiting for the lights and aimlessly staing into spacex but wss bought back to earth by a colleague calling her name, and he had his dog with him! The best days are the ones with dogs in the office. Kim started to walk off after saying hello, but the dog kept following. It got to the point where Kim’s colleague had to stand still to let Kim get away to be at work on time!

Kim got into the office and started her day with reconciliations! This took up a large chunk of her morning but it was good to get it a out of the way.

As a nice treat Kim cut up some cantaloupe for people to enjoy! It gives Kim a good break away from her desk too!

Today was the first day of the food arriving since using the new portal and nothing went wrong! Which was great! Kim set up the food outside the meeting room and went back to saving some invoices.

Kim spent lunch indoors in the kitchen as it was rainy and miserable outside. Just after Kim finished her sandwich the catered meeting let out and Kim was offered a burrito! As she has some training on in the evening Kim was very happy to accept more food! So she enjoyed this and had a great lunch!

In the afternoon Kim created a how to find the office location 3 bullet point guide. Each office had the same info, the addresses, how to get to the office from there and other useful info. She was also given 4 notebooks that someone wanted recycled but they wanted an easy way to unbound them. As she had done it before, Kim offered to, so she grabbed some pliers and took a couple apart.

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon starting her next office layout map which was much quicker as it wasn’t so much of a strange shape.

Kim then left to head to her training and on the way she met up with Curtis who walked her to the class! How lovely!

The class was a fun routine, but heavily trick orientated. It really showed Kim how 2.5 years of training can make your body lazy! Slowly and surely she will build up her strength and stamina!

Thai Leftovers

We relaxed for the evening and before we knew it, it was already nearly 21:00, therefore we heated up our Thai curry leftovers and ate those.

We watched some TV and then hit the sack. With Kim being busy in the evenings, time flies!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70 – Day 27: Victoria,BC – Surprise Birthday Breakfast!

Surprise Birthday Breakfast

We were up nice and early at 08:00 to get ourselves ready.We were having breakfast at the hotel next door with one of Linda’s friends, who arrived to the apartment around 09:00.

We walked across to the hotel and when we got there, all of Linda’s friends were there as a surprise! We knew about this, but Linda did not so it was a good surprise.

We had some big, delicious breakfasts and chatted for a long while.

We eventually walked back home and relaxed for a bit.

Coffee & Shopping

We got out of the house by getting a coffee and doing some shopping.

We stopped in at a really nice coffee shop we had been to before and people watched for a while whilst drinking some great coffee.

We went for a bit of shopping, nothing crazy but mostly just looking around. Nice to get out for a bit.

Handy People

We got back and had a couple of hours to kill.

We relaxed and then helped Linda with a couple of things.

We put up some curtains, which was pretty simple, but then we moved onto the next task which was to change a bulb, which was simple enough.

Shortly after this, we went back out again, this time down to the Steamship to get some dinner.

SteamShip Dinner

We have been here a few times, so Curtis wanted to try something else. He had the garlic mussels along with some bread and fries. They were pretty delicious, though needed more broth.

Kim and Linda both had a filet steak, which were also great.

We topped it off with dessert, Curtis and Linda having a key lime pie each and Kim had a chocolate torte.

Street Performer

We went to see if there were any street performers and there was someone that we had all seen before (who had been doing it for 25 years!).

We stayed and watched it all anyway as it was good fun and something to see and do after dinner.

Kim was saying how she was never chosen for helping at street shows, but she got thrown a hat to collect money around where we were stood, so she was over the moon that she got to help out.

Old Photos

We finished with the show and came back home to relax.

Kim looked through some photo albums of Kim and her family, as well as Linda and other photos. She had a great time doing this!

We sat and got a great view of the sun setting, which was great to see.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 94: Vancouver, BC – BC Day Relax

Quaint Coffee Spot

We had another relaxed morning and then got out the house by going for coffee.

We walked past a small house which has been converted to a coffee shop on Saturday so we marked it for our next stop!

We went in and it was beautiful inside, but we decided to sit outside with our drinks as it was in the shade and therefore cool.

Kim got an iced caramel latte and Curtis got a cappucino. They use the 49th parallel coffee, which is the best!


Cafe Cittadella | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 8.5/10


Gym & Swim

We got back from our coffee and Kim wanted to go to the gym, followed by a swim, so that’s what she did. She loved it and even used the sauna briefly!

After Kim was done with swimming, she marinaded the pork we were having for dinner and then we went out for a walk and a drink!

Irish Pub

There is an Irish pub just around the corner from our apartment, so we stopped in there and grabbed a drink whilst sat on the patio in the sun.

Kim got a glass of wine and Curtis got a Guinness, of course.

We left here and went home to have dinner.

Pork Stir Fry & Cleaning

We had Chinese pork stir fry which was terrific! This was exactly what we were looking for for dinner.

We did a bit of cleaning, both vaccuuming & washing and then chilled for the rest of the evening.

Back to work tomorrow, but we’ve had a mostly relaxed weekend with bit of fun yesterday.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 93: Vancouver, BC – Pride Parade & Festival

Fire Alarms

We were getting ready to go out this morning when the fire alarm went off in the building.

We had to go outside and wait until the fire department showed up!

Once they came they turned off the alarm and said there was nothing to worry about. Everyone one went back inside and we started getting ready again. Shortly after the fire engine turned around to leave, the alarm went off again! They determined it was a faulty smoke detector and that we should be all good.

Pride Parade

Shortly after the 2nd alarm, we left and walked into the city.

We stopped off at a Starbucks and grabbed a nice big cold drink before walking on.

We got to an area which was a closed road and full of things to see and do, all pride related, with music blasting too!

We timed it perfectly and caught the parade as it was ending at the beach!

Pride Festival

We stood and watched the parade and then once that was coming to an end we walked over to the beach to see what was going on there.

There was a lot of people there, with food trucks, all kinds of stands and music!

Everyone was happy and having a great time so it was a lovely day out. That along with the terrific 30°c heat and it was amazing.

We got a bit tired so we started the long walk back home, via the supermarket.

Jacket Potatoes & Relaxing

We were too warm for proper food, so we had a jacket potato with tuna each which was exactly what we wanted.

We watched some YouTube and TV, as well as cleaning the dishwasher, because we have an exciting life!

Tomorrow is a stat day, known as ‘BC Day’ so we get a day off work! We plan to do very little.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 89: Vancouver, BC – Celebration Of Light Fireworks

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was up at normal time, rather than early like yesterday!Once Curtis got to work, he joined the security and compliance meeting he had. There were some good points raised but it was a short meeting.After the meeting, Curtis had a few tickets to do and was actually really busy until lunch, which felt great as it’s been quiet recently.After lunch, it was much of the same but with quiet spots filled with project work.Curtis planned to swap out some batteries on a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) at 16:45, but someone came over for some help so he helped that person and started the swapping of batteries at 17:00 instead.It was pretty easy to swap the batteries and it worked, which is great, but it took about 15 minutes because it pays to be careful…Plus they’re heavy!Curtis left work and met Kim to walk home.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim spent most of her time going through her emails and picking up as hoc tasks. She also decided to cut up some watermelon for people to enjoy.

Mid morning Kim had her 2 weekly social team meeting where they discuss all the plans for the next few weeks. In this meeting the Bake Off came to an end due to lack of interest. Kim was very sad to hear it, but you can’t force people to bake! Its also a rubbish bake off if there is nothing there to be judged. A few other things got moved around or taken off the calendar as there is less interest in the summer months.

As they left the meeting the catering arrived for a meeting so Kim set that up and then was on her way out the door.

Today Kim had another meeting with the hotel rep who came in with doughnuts on Monday. This time she went to the hotel to see one of their rooms, have lunch and see a few of the facilities. The lunch was beautiful and so tasty and then the facilities were amazing too! The gym was huge, the pool had lovely big windows and the executive lounge was stunning.

On the way back in to the office Kim popped into the liquor store to pick up a specific drink that was on offer in support of Pride. They are little cans of bubbly rose with a rainbow theme!

In the afternoon Kim went through more emails and organised more things for the filming that is due to take place in a few weeks. It is really good to get the ball properly rolling with that!

At the end of the day Kim was given a few wristbands for the rooftop for the fireworks display that was going on tonight. Kim managed to keep 2 for herself after the rest were collected.

Celebration Of Light Fireworks

Kim peeled off the bridge to go home whilst Curtis continued on as he had to get some hummus & sour cream for a pride potluck tomorrow.

Curtis got that and then walked back home where we watched some Youtube videos and ate tacos which we made.

At 21:20, we left the apartment and walked up to Kim’s office building to go to the roof and watch the Celebration of Light fireworks.

We tried to take the elevator from the 14th floor but it took too long so we walked up the stairs to the 25th floor!There were quite a few people up there but we got a good enough view.

The fireworks went on for around 30 minutes and were alright but nothing crazy.

We walked back home and arrived around 23:00. We were so tired so we went to bed pretty early.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 86: Vancouver, BC – Long Walks, Granville Island & Fancy Dinner

Long Walks

We woke up fairly early, had breakfast and then did some chores around the apartment.

After we finished, we walked down to meet Linda at her hotel.

It was hot again today, but we decided to walk along the seawall. We walked all the way to the seawall from the hotel and then down to the seabus where we caught it to Graville Island.

Granville Island

When we got there, we scoped out a coffee place once we found one, all three of us got an iced latte.

We had a bit of a wander around but then wanted to get out of the crowds, so we continued around the seawall and towards our apartment.

We stopped in at our apartment to have a sit down and some water as well as to show Linda around.

We had only been walking around for about 1.5 hours in total, even though it felt like a lot more!

We relaxed here for a couple of hours but all started to fall asleep so thought it would be best if we went outside again.

We went for a walk down to the city, to the hotel Linda is staying in, where we had a dinner reservation.

Amazing Dinner

Kim had been to this restaurant with work before and knew it was tremendous so she recommended that we go.

We got there at 16:30 but our table was booked for 17:00. We were so hungry after all our walking, so we decided we would sit and have dinner then!

We got sat and got a cocktail each. Kim and Linda had a Piña Colada and Curtis had an Old fashioned.

We waited a little bit but then ordered our starters. We had chicken wings, amazing sourdough with butter and honey as well as some tempura salmon.

The salmon wasn’t great, but everything else was so good. (We forgot to get photos of that as we were so hungry!).

For mains, we got Korean chicken, a salad and mac & cheese. All of these were great, but the mac and cheese was phenomenal.

We had such a great night and whilst we were full, all three of us shared a dessert because it would be rude not to.

We got a chocolate mousse with lemon creme and some ice cream of some sort and it was incredible, but we are glad we only got the one!

We said goodbye to Linda as she leaves early tomorrow and we waddled home.


Showcase Restaurant | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 9/10


Once we got back, we watched some TV, did some admin and had an early night. It’s been a great weekend, but we are tired!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale