Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 397: Vancouver, BC – Dos!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to catch up on a bunch of things after being away for a week, so he did that for most of the day.

A new round of computer checkups has started, too, so Curtis had some people to contact and setup a time to check some things on their laptops.

He had a team meeting at one point in the morning and then had to contact a bunch of people for the computer checkups.

As well as this, Curtis had to coordinate and plan for some new people starting, which Curtis has to head to the office for tomorrow to setup some laptops and send them out.

Curtis did some tickets and some other admin and then was done for the day. It went very fast and was very busy!

Kim’s Day

Kim spent a good portion of her morning catching up on emails and messages. She took some time to check on incoming laptops and ensure that they were all on their way or received and she looked into a few company updates that went out. Kim also sent out a charger to a remote worker.

After shipping out the charging cable Kim went through her voicemails. Most of them were for her colleague so she wrote up all the phone notes and sent them over.

A laptop had been returned to one of the offices, but it is now required back in the Vancouver office. So Kim spoke with an employee from that office and arranged that they will send it back. Kim put the paperwork together and sent it all over to the colleague who will help out.

In the afternoon Kim spent more time on the hoodies that need to be sent out over the coming weeks. She has a preset page on a spreadsheet for sheets of stickers and started adding employees addresses there so that the ink doesnt smudge and Kim has to write less.

Dos!

When Kim got home, we made some sandwiches for dinner. Kim had brie, mushrooms and shallots in her sandwich with mustard.

Curtis had wagu steak, mushrooms, shallots and mustard in his.

We ate these and watched some TV and then we played some Dos, which is made by Uno, and is similar but has some different rules, of course. Kim bought this for Curtis for his birthday, but it only arrived today!

We figured out how to play that and played it for way longer than we probably should have!

We watched some TV for the rest of the evening and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Whistler, BC

Place 87 – Day 4: Whistler, BC – Quad Biking!

Breakfast, Of Course

We had a small breakfast from Purebred of just a coffee and a croissant.

We ate this quickly and finished off getting ready for the day, and then checked out, which we were able to do by phone, which was great.

We got everything into the car and then went for a bit of a final walk around Whistler.

We got ourselves some drinks for the day and the went back to the hotel to grab the car.

Alpha Lake & Nita Lake

We drove out to a couple of lakes near where we were going just to pass the time before our activity.

We just had a walk around and chatted for a bit, but it was actually a little cold.

Kim thought it was a good idea to go on the swing…But she then realised it was not.

We finished walking around these lakes and got back to the car to drive to the quad biking place.

The check engine light came on, which wasn’t ideal, but we managed to make it there fine.

Quad Biking!

For Curtis’ birthday, Kim got us a quad biking tour close to Whistler.

We got there and there was just 2 other people joining us for our tour, which was excellent!

We set off on some big quad bikes and did a bit of practice to acclimate to the bikes and ensure we were safe.

We began our tour and it was actually a little technical! There were a lot of stones around to navigate over, but we got to the first viewpoint pretty quickly.

Unfortunately, as with everything at the moment, the view wasn’t very good due to the smoke, but there was a nice river.

We continued on and went up a mountain which was pretty difficult with much larger rocks to get over and some steep hills but we made it to the top!

Again, there is meant to be a good view, but it’s not a very good time for views at the moment.

We had to ride back down the mountain and that was tough as we didn’t want to go too fast over the rocks, but it was incredibly fun and made us think and consentrate for sure.

We got down this part and had a nice flat part we could go fast on and then we came to a thin forest track which was challenging but great!

We then moved into a section that was in a forest still but with a lot of puddles on corners, which got us wet and dirty, especially the one big puddle!

We then headed back to the camp after around 1.5 hours of riding. We had a really great time overall and actually want to come back!

Home Time

We left here (with our check engine light on still) and drove home.

We got home in about 2 hours and were incredibly tired, but glad we got home even though we had a check engine light on.

We booked our car in for Wednesday and then we relaxed!

We had some frozen pizza for dinner, unpacked and relaxed for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 369: Vancouver, BC – Early Morning Cocktail Class & Virtual Summer Party!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets and answered some questions in the morning.

After this, Curtis and a couple of different project meetings and then had some lunch.

Post lunch, Curtis completed a contractor onboard which was pretty easy and fast and then he did some more tickets, some admin and answered some more questions regarding contractor onboarding.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim helped host the first virtual summer party, for the UK folks. So as it is held in UK time, Kim was up and in the office by 6! She finished setting up the last few things for the Zoom call by getting extention cables and getting all the aspects ready for the cocktail masterclass.

Once her colleague arrived they popped out to to Tim Hortons pick up some breakfast. Kim had a cheese and egg muffin and they ate while the did the audio and visual tests.

Then it was time to go! They started with a couple of introductions and then went straight into the cocktail class. It was so much fun, Kim made a long island iced tea and showed everyone the steps on how to make it and her colleague did the same for a pina colada. After this they went into the pub quiz. There were four rounds, two rounds had general questions about the past two decades and the other two rounds were about the people and the company. All the rounds went so well and people had a great time.

After the party was officially ‘over’ some people still stayed on the call to hang out. So Kim and her colleague hosted a couple of jackbox games which were amazing.

Once the event finished Kim and her colleague had a catch-up to see how well things went. We had a couple of people reach out and say they enjoyed it, so that makes all the work totally worth it!

Kim spent a little time working on her expenses before she had a team meeting with her manager and colleague to go over the event. It was a great meeting with some good feedback, easy changes to implement for the next two!

After this meeting Kim made a few notes and a game plan for the next few days before heading out and catching up with a couple of people. The colleague who left a few weeks ago is flying home this weekend so it made sense to have one final meet up and another colleague joined too! When they met Kim was suddenly hungry, so they went and got a taco from Tacofino and enjoyed that on the enclosed patio thing, as distanced as possible. Then after that they all went and got some cheese tarts and they were amazing! The colleague still at the company will be joining the summer party next week, but didn’t want to make cocktails so they went to pick something up for her to make instead. After that Kim said goodbye and has made plans to go and visit the colleague again sometime when the world opens back up!

Kim then popped back in the office to hang out with her teammate and just have a chat. It was so lovely to just sit, talk nonsense and plan for the next two events a little as well.

Evening

When Kim got home, we had some tomato and mushroom pasta which was delicious and then watched some TV and played some games.

Kim was pretty tired as she was up from 5am, so we tried to head to bed at a good time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 367: Vancouver, BC – Dropping Off Laptops

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some admin first thing and then walked down to work with Kim as he had a couple of things to do in the office.

Curtis got to the office and had to check some things in the server room and once he checked those, he went to the storage and got two laptops out that he had to send.

These laptops needed to be sent because they were sent incorrectly to Curtis’ company.

Curtis printed the waybills he was provided and then left the office, taking them to the UPS store to get them to send them off.

Curtis walked back home and when he got home he did a few tickets before lunch and had a brief meeting, too.

After lunch, Curtis did a lot of tickets and the afternoon flew very fast!

Kim’s Day

Today Kim spent her day shipping stuff. It seems uneventful but the day never seemed to stop!

Kim started the day by spending her morning sending out laptops. There were only 3 to send out, but it was so time consuming.

For the beginning of the afternoon Kim sending out the mocktail kits for the east coast people. She made some stickers with instructions and to let the postal service know that the boxes are fragile.

She then had a sit down with her colleague to go over the summer parties once more and finalise the day of timeline. Once this meeting was done Kim sent packaged up and sorted all the labels for the other mocktail kits that will be sent out tomorrow.

Evening

When Kim got home, we had some hoisin chicken with pasta & mushrooms, with a ceasar salad on the side.

We watched some TV and then played mini golf.

Kim then made some coconut fudge as we had some leftover condensed milk.

Once she did that, we watched some more TV and then tried to go to bed a little earlier to get some good sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 361: Vancouver, BC – New TV Show

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a morning filled with meetings!

First, he had a company wide meeting which was VERY positive and informative.

After this meeting, Curtis had his daily team meeting right after.

After that meeting, Curtis got some admin and tickets completed and then had another meeting, this time it was a 1 on 1 which was also a positive meeting.

After lunch, Curtis got a lot of reading done and then did an offboard in the late afternoon.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into the office for the midweek catch-up today and she had a couple of people join!

Today Kim had a new list if people to chase for their cocktail orders so she sent out a few messages and after a while everyone responded with all the information, it was great!

Around mid morning Kim had someone try the new coffee machine, but it didn’t work, so she emailed the company and they sent someone out to come and take a look at it. Kims favourite employee from the company happened to be the person to get the call, so it was great to see him and have a catch up. He fixed the machine and Kim did a test cup! It works and it is so cool!

In the afternoon Kim had a quick chat with her colleague in the office and then wrote up an email for her and their manager with a bunch of questions for an upcoming project. So that was really productive feeling!

Before Kim started on the quizzes for the day she popped out to test her new credit card by buying a couple more hand sanitiser bottles for the office. Unfortunately the card didn’t work, so Kim used her old work credit card. When she got back Kim did a lot of the work for the UK Our People quiz. She managed to sort a lot of the questions and just needs to build it out with the media and some of the answers. Kim also made a start on the History of the company quiz but she is not sure she is happy with how it looks and flows.

Evening

Kim had an appointment right after work and then when she got home we had chicken with homemade potato salad and sweetcorn.

We watched some YouTube videos and then after that we tried watching the first episode of The Umbrella Academy and then we watched the next episode of The Rain.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 358: Vancouver, BC – Lost Lagoon

Lost Lagoon

We woke up at a good time today and had some breakfast.

We had a grilled cheese again and then got ready for the day.

We then went out to do our usual weekend walk on the seawall, along the beaches and across to Stanley Park.

There were far too many people outside today, so we had to keep dodging them, but once we got to Stanley Park, it was a little less populated.

We went to Lost Lagoon at Stanley Park which was a big lake and it was actually very nice and incredibly peaceful!

We walked around here for a while and then went to grab a drink from the pharmacy nearby.

We left there and walked back home, which took about 30 minutes.

Goodbye, Leafs

We got back home and Curtis watched the leafs game. This was the final game of the series, so the winner moves on.

Unfortunately, the Leafs lost 3-0, so that’s a short lived return of hockey for Curtis!

Home Pole Dancing

Kim did some pole dancing at home whilst Curtis watched hockey. She loves the fact she can do stuff at home and she had some success with it, too.

Gnocchi

We had gnocchi for dinner, which was just from a packet so nothing fancy, but Kim made a homemade sauce which was really good.

We watched some TV and played some games as usual for the evenings these days!


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 354: Vancouver, BC – Sliced Finger!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis certainly had an eventful day!

The morning was filled with Curtis completing an onboard for the Denver office.

Curtis did this over an hour or two as he had some tickets to do, as well.

Then, Curtis went through the tickets that had come in today and got a few of those completed.

At 13:00, Curtis had a meeting with someone to help them test something.

After this, Curtis planned to have lunch, but whilst slicing some bread with a bread knife, he managed to slice his finger instead!

It was a pretty bad cut and he fainted, too, in typical Curtis fashion!

Kim came back home to check on him and make sure the wound was properly cleaned and dressed, then we got the apartment cleaned up, but Kim did most of the cleaning as Curtis was still a little woozy.

Curtis eventually got up and had just the beans he had heated up for lunch and then got back to doing some work and then Kim headed back to the office.

Curtis had a few things to do in the afternoon, so he did those and then just relaxed.

Kim’s Day

Kim hosted the midweek catch-up, but no one turned up! So she just went into the office. The first thing she did was send a few emails and catch up on some admin.

Then Kim packaged up some stuff to send to a new hire. She then called UPS in regards to a pickup that didnt happen yesterday and they were able to set it up for the afternoon, which was great!

After her lunch Kim called Curtis as he said he cut himself. Then she ran home to make sure everything was okay!

When she got back into the office Kim spent the rest of the afternoon and evening putting the quiz onto Kahoot, finding media and changing a few of the questions! She is really happy with how it is turning out.

Evening

As Kim worked late, she came back home fairly late, too.

Kim then cleaned the inside of the oven which meant we couldn’t use it, so we ordered McDonald’s to have for dinner.

After dinner, we did a bit more cleaning up and then sat down to watch some TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 353: Vancouver, BC – Surprise Offboard

Curtis’ Day

Curtis has a lot of team members that are off for most of this week, so it’s a busy one!

In the morning, a lot of tickets were coming in so Curtis triaged them and also did a few himself.

After this, Curtis had a team meeting which also didn’t last long as there wasn’t many people.

Curtis did some security work and then some more tickets up to lunchtime.

At lunch, the Leafs game came on and Curtis watched that! He then had that on in the background for the rest of the day.

The leafs won!

Curtis had a surprise offboard come in in the afternoon to be completed today! Therefore, Curtis did this at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim was asked to print some stuff off for a colleague popping into the office, but when she went to print the waste toner cartridge was full. So she called a technician to come in and empty it. Unfortunately, the colleague had already made their way into the office so Kim spent some time on the talking with IT to see if they can set her up on another printer but had no luck. Luckily the colleague was able to get the things done that were needed without the document, so that was a relief.

She then worked out and set up a plan for someone else to come back to the office to work. She picked some seats that they can use and sent them across for the person to pick from.

Kim spent some time running through some of the party stuff with her colleague, they checked the RSVPs and went over communications that need to go out.

We had another visitor come in to drop off a few things and pick up another charger. Shortly after that the printer technician arrived and while he was in Kim worked on a shipment and ended up calling UPS to troubleshoot an issue that she has been having in regards to printing off documents. It was a really good call, Kim wasn’t hung up on and there is now a workaround for the issue!

To end the day Kim finished up the quizzes for the UK, tomorrow she will start putting them onto Kahoot and finding the media for them too.

Evening

Once Kim got back home, we had lasagna with garlic bread and salad for dinner and got a bit into a YouTube rabbit hole!

We wat he’d a bunch of videos and then played some mini golf, followed by more videos.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 352: Vancouver, BC – Monday Mini Golf

Mini Golf!

We woke up and had a cooked breakfast, consisting of scrambled eggs, hash browns, baked beans, toast and Curtis also had bacon.

Today is a day off here in BC, so no work for us!

We watched a bit of TV and then got ready for the day.

We got into the car and drove up to North Vancouver where we went to a driving range, which also had an outside mini golf course!

We got there and it was quiet, but shortly after we arrived quite a lot of people came after us!

The holes were quite simple, but we did enjoy it. Curtis actually won, too, which was unexpected from both of us.

After our mini golf, we went down to the nearest town to grab a coffee.

The coffee shop we went to wasn’t great. The coffee didn’t taste that good and no one inside was wearing masks.

We sat and people watched for a while but got warm, so we headed back to the car and drive home. We stopped in at a store to get bread, too.

We got home and just relaxed to cool down for an hour or so and then we had our dinner.

We had more lasagna but this time with homemade garlic bread.

We watched a bit of TV and then we played a few games that we had previously downloaded but not played. We really enjoyed most of them, actually!

We watched a few more shows, did some housekeeping and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale