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 432: Vancouver, BC – Full Bathroom Clean

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting at 10:30, so did a bit of work before that.

The meeting was good and after that he did some more tickets.

In the afternoon, Curtis setup accounts for a new starter and did some other tickets, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of the day doing a deep clean of the bathroom. We noticed it needed to be cleaned, so Kim said she wanted to do it during the day whilst Curtis is working.

This took a couple of hours and then Kim did some more research for the permanent residency we need to get and we now know a little more about what is required and we’ve sent off some emails we need to send to get some information and items.

Risotto

Kim wanted to make some risotto, so she had to go and get some wine as well as some other things for the risotto, such as parmesan cheese.

Kim made the risotto and we watched some TV whilst we ate.

We then watched a Netflix show about designing homes, which is something we love to watch!

Kim had to do her background check for her new job so she did that and we chilled out after that.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 407: Vancouver, BC – Fresh Tomato Pasta

Curtis’ Day

Curtis thought the issue from yesterday with email was resolved, but it turned out it was not! Curtis spent a lot of the morning figuring out the new issue that arose from it and it seems that it is now fixed!

Curtis did some asset management and figured out if they need to order anything more for the office.

Curtis did a good amount of reading today for his Business Analyst training, which was interesting and he really needed to get that done.

Once Curtis finished lunch, he had a meeting to create a flow chart for a project and figure out what the flow will be.

After Curtis had this meeting, he emailed a new hire to find out a few things before they start, so he can get their equipment ready for them next week.

Kim’s Day

Kim did the same thing during the day, had a slow morning and then applied for jobs.

Later in the afternoon Kim made a pre pole snack and watched some TV before heading out to the shop to get tomatoes. When she got back she had a call with her friend from her old job and they had a great catch-up while Kim prepped dinner. It was so nice to talk to her and laugh, Kim missed seeing her everyday!

After the chat Kim got ready and went to head to pole, obviously the elevators weren’t working so Kim walked down the stairs and down to the car via the car ramp. She was then a little late to pole but joined at the end of the warm up.

Both of the classes were great! Kim was in a much better head space this week and so she was able to concentrate a bit better and enjoy the class more. In the first class they did one of Kims favourite move called an extended butterfly and they went over aerial inverts, which was great because since leaving the UK and losing some of the skill she had Kim had been struggling with that. The class today really helped and things seemed way easier now! In the second class they learnt the last bit of the combo from the week before, Kim wasn’t great at it, but then they tried a new move and a flip from that move. Kim loved this she got the move on the first try and tried the flip with assistance. It was so much fun and Kim really enjoyed it!

Fresh Tomato Pasta

When Kim got home, she added some mushrooms and onion cooked in balsamic and red wine to the sauce and we had that with pasta…It was delicious!

We watched some TV for the remainder of the evening.


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Mr & Mrs Hale

Whistler, BC

Place 87 – Day 2: Whistler, BC – Train Wreck, Rainbow Park & Birthday Dinner

Birthday Present!

Kim was excited to give Curtis his birthday present, so she did that when we woke up.

The present was a bunch of snacks from all the other countries we have lived in or will live in, so the UK, New Zealand and Norway.

Curtis loved this gift so much and is looking forward to tucking into the snacks with Kim.

Breakfast!

We woke up around 10:00 and got ourselves ready.

We then headed down to a cafe we had walked past yesterday and got ourselves some breakfast.

Kim got herself a croissant with tomato and goats cheese along with an iced caramel latte. Curtis got a breakfast wrap and a flat white.

We headed back to the hotel to eat our breakfast and then finished getting ready to go out for the day.

Train Wreck

We drove for about 10 minutes to get to the Train Wreck, which is exactly what it sounds like! This is a train wreck from the 1950s which has been used a graffiti spot for artists as well as a trick/jump spot for mountain bikers!

We walked through a forest and across a cool suspension bridge to get to the wreck and a beautiful river to boot!

We got some great photos in and around the Train Wreck and learned a little about what happened and what they are used for now.

Rainbow Park

We left the wreck and took another drive to Rainbow Park.

We didn’t spent too long here, but we walked around for a bit and took in the peacefulness of the park and the beautiful (smokey) view.

Delicious Dinner!

We went out for a dinner at 17:00 to a restaurant not far from us.

This is the first time we have been in a proper restaurant for dinner together since COVID-19 hit the world, so it was a little strange but we were outside and very distanced.

We got some wine to share and then for food Kim got duck breast whilst Curtis got some venison!

For dessert, Curtis got a lemon tart and Kim got a chocolate fondant!

This arrived with a candle and ‘happy birthday’ on it from the staff at the hotel for Curtis’ birthday, which was very kind!

We finished our food and then headed back to the hotel. It turned out that we had been our for about 8 hours, though it didn’t feel like it!

When we got back, we watched The Social Dilemma and then played some Connect 4, which was included with Curtis’ birthday present.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 357: Vancouver, BC – A BBQ, With People!

Breakfast

We slept in for a while, until around 11:30, and then lazily got up and had some breakfast, which was grilled cheese.

Returning Clothes

Kim went to Burnaby to return some clothes at a shop or two and also to buy a few items.

Kim got herself some new earrings that she had been looking for, too.

Curtis stayed home and played games for the afternoon and evening.

BBQ

Kim went to a BBQ which her friend invited her to at her house.

She really enjoyed herself, and there were quite a few people there but they were all in a bubble, so Kim stayed distanced as much as possible, but still had some good conversations and some fun!

Shopping

When Kim was done at the BBQ, she headed home and we went to do the weekly shop. We finished the shop and headed home, getting home around 21:30.

Cheese & Wine

We had cheese and wine for dinner, because we fancied it and it’s a fun Saturday dinner!

We watched some TV and chilled out for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 336: Vancouver, BC – Whyte Lake Trail

Whyte Lake Trail

We got up in the late morning, had a simple breakfast and got ready for the day.

Eventually, around 13:00, we left the apartment and drove up to West Vancouver where we went to Whyte Lake Trail.

This is a simple hiking trail, which was what we were looking for..Not too much effort but good to get outside and see some nice nature!

We really enjoyed the walk, which climaxed at a lake.

After arriving at the lake, we looked at it a bit and then walked back towards where we had parked, which was about a 20 minute walk back.

In total, it was about a 5km walk, though it was very warm out so we were a little sweaty!

On the way back, we dropped in at a cafe to get a snack and some coffee.

Kim had a Cajun chicken sandwich and Curtis had a breakfast croissant. We each had a coffee, too, but a cold one as the weather was too hot for something hot!

After this, we walked down the beach that was opposite the cafe and that was a bit busy, so we walked down the sea wall that was there.

We eventually turned around, after walking a bit on the rocks, and then went to the beach where Kim was able to stand in the water a little!

Once Kim was done in the water, we drove back home, with a stop at the supermarket for the weekly shop.

Pesto Chicken

We got back home and both needed a shower to clean off and cool down.

We then did a bit of online shopping for some better hiking shoes.

Kim then made some pesto chicken for dinner, but also prepped the chicken for other means coming up this week.

We ate our dinner and then watched the film The Old Guard.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 288: Vancouver, BC – Pole Is Up & Vancouver Protest

We had some breakfast, just some cereal, and then started to get ready for the day.

Our old landlord texted us and said we can pop over for the final handover and checklist.

We got there and cleaned a few things before he arrived.

All went well and we just had a few things to clean before the handover.

We got it handed over and then we were done! We are officially moved out of that a apartment now and there is therefore no work to do there anymore.

We got back home and went out for some coffee. We went to a place called Incognito Coffee which we really enjoyed.

We brought the coffee home and then Kim’s friend came over to confirm that our ceiling is concrete. Once that was confirmed, we had a bit of a chat and then they left.

Once they had left, we got Kim’s pole stood up and it was perfect! She is very happy she can use it now and has had a few tries on it.

We then went down to the protest here in Vancouver. We stood distanced from everyone on the outskirts of the protest, but we wanted to show our support.

We then went home, and will be self isolating for 14 days as much as possible.

We had cheese and wine for dinner, as we went to the shop once we left our old apartment earlier.

We ate that and just watched some TV for the rest of the evening. Nothing fancy.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 249 – Vancouver, BC – Quarantine Wine & Cheese

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had such a busy morning!

This morning went so fast and it was already lunchtime which was crazy.

Curtis did some tickets and then did an onboard, which took up a lot of time.

Just before lunch, Curtis got introduced to a new account executive for a vendor.

We had some soup for lunch and then in the afternoon Curtis did some admin and tickets.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim hosted the mid week catch up before the company wide meeting. During the social talk, only two people joined and they mainly had a chat, which was great as it meant Kim could get some other things ready for her day.

After the big meeting Kim helped some people in the UK with some logistics stuff. They were sending stuff from the office to people and Kim helped!

Kim then had a catch up with her colleague, it was meant to be for an hour, but it went on for at least two! They went over all the plans for the office space, events coming up and everything in between. While everyone is out of the office Kim will go in to move things around, not annoy everyone and be totally unbothered, it will be amazing!

When the meeting finished Kim went straight into hosting a mini game that she named ‘Who Are You?’ People are given controversial questions like which type of peanut butter do you prefer? And the answer options would be crunchy or smooth. Then there would be a time after where people can fight ans argue about why their answer was right and other people were wrong. It went exactly how Kim had hoped it would and people had so much fun!

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon writing down points of interest in two documents she needs to write up.

Shopping

We drove up to the shop and went to Home Depot first.

Kim wanted to get some pots and soil for her herbs.

We managed to find pots, but they were sold out of soil, but we got the pots anyway.

We left here and took the stuff back to the car and then queued up for the supermarket.

We ended up doing a pretty big and expensive shop, but that should last us for another 10 days or so, and we even managed to get some toilet paper!

We got back home and had cheese and wine for dinner, because why not?

We played some need for speed, some VR and watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 231: Vancouver, BC – Family Games & Long Drive

Lazy Morning

We had a lazy morning, as per usual on weekends, having breakfast, watching a bit of TV and relaxing.

Family Games

Once we got ready in the afternoon, we called Kim’s family and played some drawing games!

We used Skribbl.io to go against each other, having to draw whatever item we were given and everyone had to guess.

We had good fun for around an hour doing this and then they went to sleep so we said goodbye.

We chilled out for an hour or two more after this and then went for a drive!

Long Drive

We just wanted to get out but didn’t want to contend with other people, so we went for a drive.

We ended up drive for a while and got to an affluent area with a lot of horse stables and the such.

We turned around and just started driving in the general direction of home and overall the drive took us 1.5 hours once we got back.

It wasn’t as nice as going out for a walk, but we didn’t have to worry about physical distancing!

Films, Mini Sticks & Games

Our evening consisted of watching TV, a film (hotel Transylvania 2, which we think we may have actually seen before!) And then playing some mini sticks!

After Kim won the mini sticks game, which was incredibly fun and competitive, we played a bit of Need For Speed before browsing some houses in Norway whilst drinking wine, because why not?


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 228: Vancouver, BC – Plenty of Booze!

Curtis’ Day

We were going to go for a walk when we woke up, but right as we got outside, Kim realised she had a meeting at 08:00, so we went right back in!

Curtis did some admin and then some tickets before his team meeting.

After the meeting, another meeting he had got cancelled so he did some more ticket work and then finished off the morning with training.

After lunch, Curtis had a quick meeting with someone to show them how to do a couple of things and then did a bit of project work and research.

Curtis did some more training and then played some games with his team for team building!

Kim’s Day

Kim started the day with a week a midweek catch up that is open to all offices. There were a lot less people than last week, but it we still great to see people and have a chat!
After this, Kim joined the company wide meeting.

For some of the morning Kim worked on a few quizzes. She has a fair few ideas and it doesn’t look like this working from home situation will be changing anytime soon so she might as well add a few and use them as and when!

She also worked on her spreadsheet that logs the cribbage tournament. She made it easier to read and made the scoring sytem automated! She was very proud of this as she hasn’t used some of the formulas in years!

After lunch Kim joined on a catch up call with people in her team and who sit near by. It was great to see everyone and chat to them, she has missed them all!

Straight after this Kim watched the first game of the cribbage tournament and then updated the shiney new spreadsheet with the results.

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon setting up games for in the future.

Plenty of Booze!

We did our workout which nearly killed us today!

After that, we walked up to the liquor store to get some wine, beer and pre mixed Moscow mules, just to stock up so we have plenty for any occasion.

We got back home and were hungry, so we had a big salad to start with and then leftovers from yesterday.

We watched TV and then played some mini sticks hockey at home, which was WAY more fun for us than it should have been, but was nice to get away from a screen for a bit.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale