Place 72 – Day 64: Vancouver, BC – Movie Night

Lazy

We did very little for the start of the day.

Kim went out in the morning to get us a McDonald’s breakfast, but it wasn’t great.

We watched some TV whilst we ate and then just played some games for a couple of hours.

Shopping

We eventually got ready to go out and went up to HomeSense to buy something to put our spare linen in.

We found a nice create to put it all in as well as a few other things we needed.

We then went to Save On Foods to get a few more food items we needed and wanted.

Free Whiskey & Wine

When we got home, we watched some TV and then we went to the liquor store to get some wine.

We entered and there was a couple of free tasters. There was 2 white wines and 1 red wine, as well as 2 bourbon whiskeys.

After trying these, we went to find a bottle of red.

Dinner

We really wanted toasties for dinner, so we had those with a side of salad and then had a homemade brownie afterwards.

Movie Night

We watched the latest purge film as we hadn’t seen it yet…We thought it was actually pretty good, but we do love the series.


The First Purge

Rating:- 8/10


We finished watching this, watched a bit of Lucifer and played some games before heading to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 63: Vancouver, BC – Drone Obstacle Course & Lunchtime Coffee

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy morning, fixing an issue that started yesterday as well as fixing a few things that happened due to some changes made last night.

As well as fixing issues, Curtis attempted to convert a desk to a standing desk, but after unscrewing all but 1 screw, the last one was blunted so he couldn’t undo it, so he had to give up and put it back to how it was.

Our Lunchtime Coffee

We met at a coffee shop called Mario’s for a coffee as we’ve both been past it and thought it looked great! It is a typical Italian style cafe, owned by an Italian man who was very lovely. We got a coffee each, which was incredible, and had a chat about our day together.

Curtis’ Post Lunch

After lunch, Curtis got some more things done before having to write the ‘beer email’ for the week. This is a nominated email in which the nominated person must say about the upcoming weather as well as the beer the office had on tap and anything else that they want to share.

Once Curtis finished this email, an obstacle course for kids that were at his office (due to there being a ‘summercamp’) started. Drones had to be flown through hoops and obstacles and then a RC truck had to be driven around a course.

Curtis had some drinks in the afternoon and socialised with his colleagues before walking home.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into work and set up for the day then ate some breakfast.

She then properly started her day by chasing for a quote for a cake that is needed next week.

Kim then spent some time going through the replies from the summer party invite and noting who is bringing plus ones and dietary requirements people may have. She made a cool little spreadsheet, info like that is always better on a spreadsheet!

She then completed the paperwork and sent it across to the bus company to secure the transfer from work to the party on the day!

Kim then spent some of her morning on ad hoc things that came up, like organising the catering that arrived, finding a branded hoody for someone who wanted one and greeting a visitor who came in.

While checking up on orders coming in for a catering service that they use, Kim notice that people had the ability to order plastic cutlery at $0.25 a unit. Kim then contacted the company and request that this functionality be removed as they have cutlery, both metallic and plastic at work so it seems silly to order more in. It worked too! The company were super accommodating and were more than happy to remove the option!

Kim then spent some time organising the cupboard behind her desk and then organised the single use plastic cutlery, the more organised it is, the faster it can be used up and bio replacements can be brought in!

Kim then headed out to meet Curtis for coffee.

When she got back kim organised a few little things before popping out to the liquor store to buy the weekly wine and beer for the Friday afternoon drinks. On the way back Kim also grabbed the mail.

When she got back to her desk Kim then went through and ordered the fruit for next week and a new catering request for Monday.

The quote then came through so Kim discussed it with her colleague and then placed the order.

It was then time to set up the friday afternoon drinks, so Kim set everything up and let everyone know it was time to help themselves.

After maybe 45 minutes Kim then headed home for the weekend!

Chilled Evening

We had a very chilled evening, watching some YouTube videos then some Lucifer followed by The Last Leg and some other shows.

We are very much looking forward to sleeping!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 62: Vancouver, BC – Free Fancy Lunch & 20,000 Views!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent his morning catching up on tickets from yesterday, as well as setting up a laptop for someone to replace their old one.

A lot of new tickets came in throughout the day in general, so Curtis was very busy!

Curtis learned a few things today, as well as spent a while trying to fix a specific problem.

For lunch, Curtis went to the food truck directly outside his office building and got a buritto bowl.

The afternoon wasn’t much less busy and Curtis was juggling multiple things at once.

Some things needed testing around 16:50 for a change that was happening in the evening, so Curtis helped with that and then left for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of her day on just a few things. When Kim got in she started her day by going through her template emails and adjusting them slightly.

Then Kim moved on to updating her contact and info list of vendors she has frequently used. It’s much easier to have everything saved in one place with active links rate than checking multiple areas!

Kim then spent some time trying to get a quote that she requested yesterday. Having received no answer from one of the companies Kim proceeded to place an order with a different company.

Kim then headed out with a colleague to a local hotel to join their sales rep for lunch. It was a great way to properly and informally catch up. It was also a great excuse to sample a few dishes from their sharing menu. They started with a lovely beetroot and cheese dish, it was so beautiful and tasted phenomenal. Then the show started!

The whole table was covered in plates! There was, scallops, squid, tuna mac and cheese, brocollini, korean chicken, a quinoa salad and a lovely egg plant dish. The girls tucked in and Kim even tried a bit of a scallop. It wasn’t lovely but it wasn’t the worst food she has ever eaten! After trying all that food, and even boxing up a little to take home, they then brought out a small dessert platter! The platter had 3 little blueberry tarts, orange cheesecake and a little chocolate orange truffle. Just the right amount after a massive feast!

After lunch had flown by, Kim’s colleague had to head back to the office while Kim got a tour of one of the rooms, a few of the meeting rooms, the ballroom and the amenities room. It was so lovely to see the hotel and be able to make solid recommendations to any visitors we may have while Kim is here in Vancouver.

When Kim rolled herself back to work she found a few items on her desk that needed to be sent out. She popped them all in envelopes and was ready to use the post stampy machine thing to weigh and out the postage on the envelopes. However, when she went to do it, the machine had an error. After about 5 attempts of trying to call and receiving a dead line and one answer and being hung up on, Kim eventually spoke to someone to trouble shoot the issue and walk her through putting the machine through it’s update. After that long call Kim was able to put the postage on the items and have them ready to be sent out.

Kim then focused her attention to completing the booking for the bus hire for the upcoming summer party.

After she made progress with the paperwork for the bus company Kim then looked into and contacted a company about a cake that needs to be ordered. She emailed the company and then left to go home! It was a productive and filling day!

20,000 Views!

Today, we hit 20,000 blog views! Thank you all so much, especially if you read the blog every day!

When we got home, we went right out for a walk. The weather was perfect for a stroll, so we walked and discussed our days some more.

Once we arrived back at our apartment, Kim had a tuna sandwich and Curtis had some toast as we both had big lunches so we didn’t need any proper dinner.

We sat and started the new series of Lucifer and then had a bit of an earlier night, in comparison to recent evenings.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 61: Vancouver, BC – More Apartment Items!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ morning started slow with a meeting he had which everyone sat in, spoke about their day and what they did over the weekend and then ended the meeting!

Curtis spent an hour setting up a paired programming station for someone and luckily after testing it, it worked perfectly!

Curtis had a few things to do and then a lot of tickets came in, as well as a request to get a lot of people to upgrade their laptops to the latest update.

Curtis helped one lady twice and was able to resolve her issues.

The afternoon was much of the same with a few tickets coming in but also Curtis had to setup a laptop which is in another office, as well as a new user account.

Curtis left the office at 16:45 as both of us needed to get home at a good time.

Kim’s Day

Kim set up the kitchen for the day and then had her breakfast. She then got on with going through emails and getting ready for the day.

Kim then had the social team meeting and her preparation the day before really paid off as the meeting went really smoothly.

Kim then got back to her desk and spent some time sourcing quotes for catering that will be happening next week.

Then Kim spent the rest of the morning on researching stuff for the office summer party and drafting up the official invite.

She then spent some time looking over and attempting to cross reference things to find the missing information. After searching in all the places she thought the information might be she had to ask for help.

Kim then went over the summer party invite with a colleague and then sent it out.

The rest of the afternoon Kim spent going through the action points from the meeting in the morning. Kim coordinated with managers to see when a social hour would best suit their teams next week and she sent out a message outlining that its clean the beaches week and set up a mini competition to encourage people to head to the beach and pick up rubbish!

More Apartment Stuff!

We got home and waited for a bit and then some people turned up with some items we had bought for the apartment from them!

We got a chest of draws, a sled (weirdly), a lamp and a small entrance table.

We were incredibly hungry so we started to make dinner.

We had egg fried rice using the leftover rice from yesterday and some vegetables. We also had some potstickers with it!

We watched Lucifer as it was at a dramatic point so we had to find out what happened at the end of the series.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 60: Vancouver, BC – Event Coordination & Project Progress

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was busy from the get-go, with a flood of tickets in the morning.

Curtis’ priority for the day was to get a new user set up as they were meant to be starting later but are actually starting tomorrow!

Curtis setup the account and then a laptop for them followed by their desk phone.

After setting everything up for them and completing a couple of tickets, it was already lunch time!

Curtis had a delicious tuna mayo sandwich which Kim made.

After lunch, Curtis had a short meeting and then setup some laptops. Whilst doing this, he also almost completed a project which he is passionate about.

It was pretty much home time once Curtis had finished consentrating on this and so he and Kim left work.

Kim’s Day

Kim got in out of the rain and started her day right, with some breakfast!

There was a different feeling in the office today, it felt a little more relaxed and Kim felt she had some time to get stuff done which was amazing!

As its the first of the month Kim had to update the social calendar in the kitchen. Kim spent some time researching what’s happening in the up coming month and updated the calendar even with some little pictures!

Kim started on getting some information together about the summer party coming up in the middle of August. Kim contacted a bus company, booked a rental car and checked when all the rentals would be arriving. Very successful!

Then the fruit arrived so Kim organised it all! Then Kim accepted an invite from a local hotel to they out their menu. Very much looking forward to that!

Kim then spent some time organising some catering for next week, lots of different meeting requiring food, on top of all the usual catering that comes in.

A trip to FedEx was needed, so it was nice to head out into the sun in the afternoon when the rain had gone away.

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon preparing the social teams meetings agenda for the catch up in the morning. Then it was suddenly home time!

Costco & Chilli Pork

We ran to Costco after work to get a couple of things and then made the walk home.

Kim started on the dinner and then she went out to get some things she had forgotten.

Curtis put the rice on once Kim got back and then we had some dinner!

It was sweet chilli pork with ginger, garlic, vegetables and rice. Excellent.

We watched some YouTube videos and then some Lucifer.

Today has gone crazy fast…and it’s already Wednesday tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 59: Vancouver, BC – Canada🇨🇦 Day Festivities!

Music, Lemonade & Japanese Curry

We knew that there were festivities in the city today, so we walked down there, after Curtis had a morning nose bleed and then breakfast!

We got down to Granville Island which had some sort of party happening but it was rather busy and there wasn’t much going on, so we walked to the city instead. There was a giant flag, though!

The first stop was at Starbucks for a coffee and then we walked on to the Vancouver Conference Centre.

We got into the area where some things were happening and looked at the food trucks. There wasn’t much else going on in this area really, other than a couple of music stages and for some reason, the North American Irish Dancing Championships.

We walked out of here and into Canada Place, which had some more activities happening. There was a kids section with a few games and also an Armed Forces section.

We moved on from Canada Place and came across a lemonade stand, so we had to get one! It was just OK.

We walked around some more and then got hungry and fed up of the large crowds, so we walked towards our home and found an Asian supermarket which had a Japanese Curry place inside it!

Curtis got a ‘deluxe curry’ which was chicken katsu, katsu potato & shrimp katsu with rice and curry!

Kim got a chicken katsu curry.

The food was pretty great! We were going to stay in the city for another 6 hours, but we were very tired and there wasn’t much else to do, so we went home.

Firework Hunting

We sat and watched some TV until 22:20 when the fireworks were due to start and then we went outside to see if we could see them.

Unfortunately, they were just a little too far away, but we did some some fireworks in the end. And we did get a great photo or two of the city!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 58: Vancouver, BC – Brunch & Cheap Guinness

Brunch

We were up at 10:30 and got ready to go out and have some brunch!

We had been recommended a place called Yolks which is a breakfast place and there are only 2in Vancouver. Luckily, one of them is just 10 minutes walk from our home!

We got there and it was very busy, so we put our name down for a table and were told it would be 30 minutes, so we took a walk down the street to find that there are many other places we need to visit in that area.

We finally got the text to say our table was ready, so we went in and took our seats.


Yolks | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 8.5/10


Kim got a salted caramel hot chocolate and Curtis got a very delicious coffee.

For brunch, Curtis had an eggs benedict with maple smoked ham, which had some odd sauces but it was incredibly tasty. This also came with lemon & truffle potatoes, which were sublime.

Kim had a croque madam, which was made fancy with poached eggs as well as bechamel sauce and some other interesting ingredients, as well as a side of fruit.

We finished our food and headed back home to get some admin, laundry and cleaning done.

Cheap Guinness

We saw a sign yesterday while on our walk which said that Mahoney’s pub had Guinness on deal, so we went for a walk and then popped in on the way back home!

We eventually got a seat outside and it was hot but with a great view.

We finished our drinks and walked to the shop where we got a few things we needed (and some ketchup as it was on deal!).

Salad, TV & Games

We made a big salad for dinner which we ate whilst we watched some TV.

After dinner, we watched a bit more TV and then played some video games together, which is something we haven’t done for a while!

We did that for a lot of the evening, alternating between that and some Lucifer and then we went to sleep.

Tomorrow is Canada Day so we are off work tomorrow and have a few things we would like to do.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale