Place 72 – Day 188: Vancouver, BC – All New Clothes

Richmond Shopping

We drove out to Richmond to go and do some shopping.

Kim still has some money left for her work items, so we went to get some of that sorted.

We got a coffee to start with, and then walked around a few shops.

We got to American Eagle, which we have both got clothes from before and bought a lot!

Curtis got a whole load of new T-Shirts and Kim got some new tops and jumpers.

We left there and checked a couple of other shops, but had more than enough already.

We drove to Homesense down the road so we could find a couple of trays we were looking for, but we didn’t!

We left there and drove back home.

Sausage & Mash

We had sausage and mash for dinner, which Kim made, with terrific Yorkshire puddings!

We played a bit of Red Dead Redemption 2 and then we watched a film, Shaft, before heading to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 187: Vancouver, BC – Housewarming

Early Training

Kim got up early(ish) to head out to pole training.

She enjoyed the session, but it was a little early!

She headed back and when she got back, we planned to go out for breakfast.

Out For Breakfast…Or Not!

We walked up to a place we had been before, called Yolk, but when we got there, it was a 1 hour wait, so we changed our mind and walked home, with a stop at Starbucks so Curtis could try a gingerbread latte (which he liked!) And at the supermarket.

We got home and made some scrambled eggs with ham and cheese and some toast.

Leafs & Winners Shopping

Curtis watched the leafs game and whilst doing this, Kim went up to Winners to find a few things she needed for our kitchen and apartment.

Hockey

Curtis had another hockey game today, at 20:30!

We left at 19:15 to get there at a good time.

Curtis’ hockey game was awful and they lost 4-0!

Housewarming

We were invited to a housewarming party out in New Westminster, but couldn’t go for 19:00 as we had Curtis’ hockey game, so we went after!

We were there from 22:00 something and had a good time. This was for someone that Kim met through pole dancing. It was a nice house, too!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 186: Vancouver, BC – Workplace Baby Shower

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few meetings today.

He had his daily meeting, followed by doing a little bit of admin and work, but then right back into another meeting.

This meeting was very interesting, though, and it was planning for the team’s financial forecast, so it was cool for Curtis to see what went on there.

After that meeting, Curtis got some ticket work done and was then meant to have another meeting, this time an external meeting with a cloud software company.

The representative didn’t show up, so Curtis didn’t have that meeting, but did eventually get his questions answered via email.

For lunch, Curtis and a couple of colleagues went to a place called Hot Star Chicken. This is a Taiwanese street food place where you get a big slab of fried chicken in a paper bag.

Curtis had a BBQ one and Kim had a Korean flavoured chicken.

Kim went back to work and so did Curtis. He put the remainder of the chicken on a plate and ate it that way when he got back to the office and it was much easier to eat.

After lunch, Curtis spent an hour doing some ticket and project work, both were successful, and then he had an hour long meeting with someone from legal.

After that, it was beer and hockey time! Curtis grabbed a beer and watched the first period of the leafs game, before walking home.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim finally saved all of her outstanding travel invoices! She had a full half a months worth and spent most of the morning sorting through those.

She then went and met Curtis and a couple of his work friends for lunch, but on the way back to work stopped to pick up some chocolate bars for the baby shower.

When she got back to the office Kim put all of the regular things in the fridge for the end of week drinks.

She then got on with some administration tasks before starting the fun stuff of baby shower preparations.

Kim printed off the answer sheets for the nappy game, melted the chocolates into the nappies, sorted the snacks and made the mocktails. The mocktails on the menu today were:

  • Mumgo Colada
  • Gran-berry ‘Cider’
  • Up at the Crack of Sunrise

Kim was very pleased with the mockt

ails and names she picked for them. Kim also arranged for rum to go with the mango colada style drink for those that were drinking alcohol.
Once all the games were set up the team allocated 15 minutes to sit, enjoy and catch up together before inviting the rest of the office to join in.

They drank mocktails, played ‘mark the soother on the baby’ and ate cookies.

A few other people joined while the team were guessing what was in the nappies. Then, suddenly, another department joined in with a fondue set!

As it was someone’s birthday the day before they celebrated with fondue, this was a welcomed addition.

Kim decided to pick a winner for the nappy guessing game so ran around the office to see if anyone else wanted to try first, a few more people had a go and then Kim went through the correct answers. It was so much fun and it was great to see everyone relax and enjoy each other company!

Most people left around the same sort of time, so the few who were around at the end cleared up with Kim. She then realised that she had not yet place a weekly shop order for next week, so she put one of those through and then went home.

It was a brilliant evening and a really nice way to celebrate the excitement of a new little baby on its way!

Silly Videos

Once hockey was finished, we each had some food (Curtis had the last of the roast and Kim had the remainder of her chicken from lunch) and sat and watched silly videos.

Before we knew it, it had been a few hours!

It was fun to just sit and watch stupid stuff for a while, though.

Tomorrow’s Saturday, but a busy one!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 185: Vancouver, BC – AI Talk @ Microsoft

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a productive day, getting a lot of ticket work done, but also spent a while trying to get an email address setup through a piece of software…which took a while.

When Curtis first got to work, he was told that a TV wouldn’t turn on and sure enough, after he declared it broken, there was a hidden power button to flip!

Just after lunch, Curtis helped a team with a bit of user testing and then got back to doing some work.

For the last part of the work day, Curtis offboarded someone who left today.

At 16:30, Curtis walked to Microsoft with a couple of colleagues for a talk!

Once they got in, they were given visitor lanyards and got some food and drink waiting for the talk to start.

The talk was about the ethics of AI and there was someone that worked in healthcare, head of AI at Microsoft and an Intellectual property lawyer.

The discussion was quite interesting, but not as good as the last one.

Curtis walked home and waited for Kim to get back from her training.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with some holiday party planning, as we are getting closer and closer there will always be something that needs to be done. Today Kim asked the venue for some information for the band aet up and coordinated with the band for their requirements.

Once Kim had worked on the holiday stuff for a few hours she decided to head out to return a flipchart that they bought a few weeks ago as it was missing a piece. Kim went to the staples to return it however the shipment date associated with the online delivery stated it was sent in 1997. This then meant a simple return took about 30ish minutes as the wonderful gentleman behind the counter had to call support. Eventually they got to the end of it and Kim had a good laugh with the guy in the store, he was very helpful too!

Kim came back to both orders of pizzas having been delivered so she put those into the right meeting rooms. She also had a wonderful catch up with they lady who comes in to water the plants. Kim gets on super well with this lady and was away in Vegas for her last visit to the office so it felt like ages since they had a chat!

They decided to arrange to catch up outside of work and have a proper sit down and catch up! Kim is turning into quite the social butterfly these past few weeks, its really lovely!

Someone within the office knows of a new pizza place that recently opened, so they arranged for a free trail to come in to see if the pizza is any good and if it would be a contender for somewhat regular orders.

A few people came in to try the pizza and the general consensus is that it is pretty good!

Kim then did a little planning for this weeks Friday social drinks as it is baby shower theme for one of her colleagues who goes on maternity leave this Friday. Kim drew up a mocktail menu and then went out to pick up some juices. While she was out she picked up the regular alcoholic drinks too!

Kim then focused on the holiday party for a while when she got back. Then Kim made place cards for the mocktails so they were easy to figure out which is which and what they include.

Kim is very excited to put everything together tomorrow.

Kim’s Training

Kims first hour of training was open pole and she really struggled. She thought it was fatigue but found out after the class that the pole was slippery.

Before the next class, Kim claimed a different pole but still struggled with the first move as none of it was anything she has experienced before.

She learnt a new invert, into a new rest position into a new hold position, so it was quite challenging!

The second move was a regular invert into a superwoman to a kind of stand up pose, which was very cool! It was hard to get into but Kim somewhat managed it 3 times, so she left training having achieved something and on a bit of a high.

Late Evening

We were both home later than usual, so didn’t have as much time.

We watched a couple of TV shows and then hit the hay.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 184: Vancouver, BC – Back to Pole Training

Curtis’ Day

Curtis actually got to work at the perfect time, but then emptied the dishwasher which took him perfectly to his daily meeting.

After the meeting, Curtis spent all morning doing ticket work and it was perfectly busy!

At 12:00, there was a demo for some antivirus software which was very interesting, so he really enjoyed that.

After lunch, Curtis had to figure out who owned a software as someone was leaving and someone new had to take it over. Once he figured that out, he started the setup for that.

Once he got that done, he had time to look over a few different helpdesk software and compare them to see which is the best and which his company should start using.

Curtis walked home and watched the leafs game.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she decided to start getting into the habit of having something to eat before starting to work. She grabbed her cereal and sat down, just after it dawned on her that she has a visitor coming in for someone at 9 so she hid her cereal ans waited to greet the guest. Once the guest was in Kim pipped back to the kitchen to have her cereal.

Kim then spent a while trying to get hold of someone who would be able to send across the missing receipt from a hotel. In total it took over an hour, many calls to different numbers! It was a whole kerfuffle!

She then went into a meeting to have a chat about the upcoming winter party. Kim and her colleagues agreed on decorations and a plan for cracking on with the to do list.

After the meeting Kim sent out a few emails asking a vendor for some information and updated the spreadsheets with new RSVPs.

Just before lunch Kim went out with a friend so that she could grab her colleague a birthday cake and so Kim could grab nappies for a baby shower themed Friday afternoon drinks. Kim will also be making mocktails!

Kim spent some time ordering pizzas and creating templates for possible Congratulations cards for winter party prizes.

Then Kim went into another meeting with one of the ladies from earlier to discuss plans for the social side of the quarterly new hire meetings. They discussed possible dates and games that could work.

Kim then worked through more party stuff by emailing the venue for some info and finally making an RSVP list for the people in the UK office.

Back to Pole

Curtis finished watching hockey and then went up to the shop to get some ham for lunches.

Once Curtis got back, Kim left to go to pole training for the first time since her competition.

Kim loved going back to class today as she learned a crunch spin, which will be great on other combos and a shoulder dismount, which hurt but again is very useful!

Kim went for a swim and to the gym when she got back home. After that, we watched some TV and then went off to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 183: Vancouver, BC – Hot Chocolate Station & A Big Win!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and had his daily meeting.

Post-meeting, Curtis did a lot of ticket work, mostly on new tickets that were arriving after the long weekend.

At 11:30 he had a demo of some software with his team, which they got a small Q&A for too.

After that, Curtis jumped right into showing his team what to do with some software, with relation to a project.

Curtis’ afternoon involved helping someone with some OneDrive issues via a screen share and then he used the quiet afternoon to wipe and setup two old laptops.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by calling a hotel who they are missing a receipt from.

It took 4 calls and a lengthy conversation to track down the transaction in question and then the hotel never even emailed it across meaning Kim has to do it all again tomorrow!

Just as Kim was about to walk into her weekly catch up with her teammate where they had a good catch up on everything winter parties, first aid and all the other other small things that get pushed to one side.

Kim then spent the rest of the morning sorting through RSVPs for one of the other offices and reminding other offices to respond too.

Just before lunch Kim made a hot chocolate station as the cream was due to go past its sell by date at the end of the day. So she steamed up some cream and put out cinnamon, hot chocolate powder and vanilla flavour for people to help themselves!

Kim then sat down to a quick lunch before heading into the monthly health and safety meeting.

In this meeting they watched some instructional videos on their specific AED that they have. They also handed out action items for everyone to do. Its one thing Kim is trying to work on, hand work out and not hold it all!

Kim then went through the responses from the Vancouver winter party and drew up a spreadsheet for this office too.

Big Win!

Curtis had a hockey game at a really good time of 20:30.

They got there and it was Curtis’ team’s first time wearing their dark jerseys, which look amazing!

The game went really well, especially for Curtis. He got two assists, one was a really lovely saucer pass and the other was after whacking away at the puck and a teammate came in and finished it.

Curtis also got a boarding penalty, which he didn’t mean to do!

His team won 4-1, again the leading team and it was a really great feeling game!

We got back home, cleaned a few things we neglected earlier today, made some lunch for tomorrow and that was that, bed time. Which we are looking forward to as we are very tired after a lack of sleep last night!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 182: Vancouver, BC – Chore Day Off

Sleep!

We slept for a bit more then we have been this morning, which was amazing!

We had a quick breakfast, watched a YouTube video or two and then got ready for the day.

Coffee & Shopping

We went up to Starbucks for a coffee as Kim really liked the peppermint mocha, so Curtis got a flat white to have, too.

We went for a shop and got a lot of vegetables to roast for dinner.

Chores

We came back home after shopping and had a lot to do!

We took all of the rubbish and recycling out and then Kim cleaned the living room and kitchen whilst Curtis cleaned the bathroom.

We cleaned the bedroom together, as well as did some laundry.

Big Roasted Vegetable Dinner

Kim slaved over dinner for a few hours, roasting vegetables, making Yorkshire puddings and cauliflower cheese.

The dinner was excellent and great to set us up for going back to work.

We watched a couple of TV shows and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale