Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 237: Vancouver, BC – Games With Friends

Late Start!

Today was Easter Friday, so it was a day off!

We took advantage of this by sleeping…For a while!

We didn’t wake up until 12:30 and eventually got out of bed at 13:00.

We had cheese toasties for breakfast and watched a bit of TV.

Games With Friends!

We played some games together and then a couple of hours later, Curtis played some games with Espen from Norway!

It was awesome to chat with him and to play some games, too.

During this, Kim watched the show Babies on Netflix.

Curry Time!

Once we were done with those activities, we ordered a curry!

We had our curry and watched the film The Hustle which was an alright film but it was an easy, funny film, to watch.

We finished that film and then watched some more episodes of some of our TV shows, before heading to bed.


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

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 211: Vancouver, BC – Long, Long Walk

Kitsilano Beach Walk

We got up and had some breakfast, but got ready for the day fairly quickly.

We left the apartment and had a brilliant 45 minute walk to Kitsilano!

The sun was out, it was still cold but there were no clouds in the sky.

We didn’t expect there to be many people either, but there were actually a lot.

We got to Kitsilano and walked around a bit, just for no reason. It was so nice out that we felt we should.

We did stop and get a coffee and doughnuts at Parallel 49th, though.

We started to walk back after this, with a few stops on the way to pet some dogs and we walked on the beach for a bit, which gave us excellent views!

Guinness & Moscow Mule

We got back home and went for a drink at the pub near our apartment!

We had been out for a good few hours, so felt like we deserved it.

Curtis got a Guinness and Kim got a Moscow Mule.

Risotto

Kim made her famous risotto again and we ate that for dinner. It was truly amazing!

We then watched some TV as well as a film, The Death Of Stalin which we thought was very funny!

We are both working from home tomorrow (and for the foreseeable future), as mentioned previously, so we don’t need to be awake as early!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 195: Vancouver, BC – Crazy Sky!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day started very busy and went very fast!

There were a lot of new tickets as most people are getting ready to travel to Mexico for the company trip!

Unfortunately, Curtis didn’t qualify for the trip (had to have started before March) and he didn’t want to pay for it, so he’s staying back next week.

Curtis got a video from the marketing team who created it to explain the new company brand story and mission and that was going to be shown in the boardroom for all to see and then ask questions.

Curtis had to set that video up in the boardroom and then partook in the meeting.

The meeting includes some drinks and food, which was awesome!

After that meeting, Curtis had another meeting with some people in his team going to Mexico and discussed some things that are need to know whilst they’re away as well as get further information regarding a project which Curtis will have to do some work on over the next week.

Curtis then finished up for the week and had another drink with the few people left in the office and then left.

He walked up to Max Performance where he got one of his visors from and returned that before going home.

Curtis got a photo of the crazy sky and the sun bouncing off the buildings!

Kim’s Day

Kim went to UBC today for her Project Management course.

Kim learned a lot and felt like she was really making progress which was amazing!

After, Kim went for some drinks with some people from work for someone’s birthday, which was lovely.

Kim then came home!

Food & Sleep

When Kim got home, she made a veggie spaghetti bolognese and then we sat and ate that whilst watching a bit of TV.

We then went to bed and we are very glad it’s the weekend.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 188: Vancouver, BC – Dentist, Team Building & PM Course!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went to work but left after 30 minutes or so to walk to the dentist.

This a much different experience from the UK. You get a lot of x-rays as well as a full clean and exam in which they explain a lot about your teeth and go through possible treatments they think you should have.

This was 2 hours long, but free under insurance! Curtis has to go back Tuesday for some more cleaning, though.

Curtis got back to work and got something done quickly and then had a team building exercise. This involved playing some games as a team and having a laugh. This was great fun for Curtis and his team and is something they should do regularly.

Curtis got a few project things done for the next couple of hours and then had some drinks with people at the office.

It felt like a very short say for Curtis, but that’s a good thing for a Friday.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent her day at a project management exam prep course. She learnt a lot and feels really excited about the rest of the course and now has a LOT of reading and studying to do.

Curry & Beer

We really fancied curry and beer for dinner tonight, so we rushed home to have that.

We ordered from Indian Junction as usual and awaited the food.

We chatted about our day and Kim’s exciting course she is taking and then our food arrived!

We ate that and watched some TV for the evening.

We are looking forward to a chill weekend.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Comox,BC

Place 86 – Day 3: Comox, BC – Snowboarding & Spare Tyre!

Snowboarding

We were up at 07:00 to get up to the mountain at a good time.

Brody drove up to Mount Washington and there wasn’t too many people there when we arrived.

We got our snow gear on and walked up to the slopes!

Neither of us have done skiing or snowboarding before, so we were in new territory.

The slopes were 50% off for the day and we just needed a pass for the easy slopes. We got a half day pass each, which cost us around $15 each…Crazy cheap!

We got started but not very well. Brody was patient with us and taught us well, but it took us some time to get used to it.

We eventually got down the first bit of the mountain which is basically the ‘highway’ to get to a bunch of different slopes.

We went down there and headed into the easy slopes. These take you up on a conveyor, which makes things a lot easier than a ski lift!

We got to the top of the mountain and had some terrific views. The weather was impeccable today, with no cloud whatsoever!

We got to about halfway down, very slowly, but Kim had started figuring out some good techniques.

We got up to the next section and decided we would just stick with that short section of the mountain, which was also great as there wasn’t many people there.

We headed back to the main area, but you have to snowboard down on a fairly flat trail, which crossed over some of the mountain, so people were flying around at all directions.

Curtis got stuck and couldn’t get moving again on the flat part, so had to shimmy his way to the end.

At the end, there’s a large hill that you have to go down. Kim got down fairly easy, but Curtis did struggle a little, taking quite a while and getting a little frustrated.

We bought a drink and ditched some clothes and then went right back up to our preferred part of the mountain.

Kim started to really get the hang of it and gave Curtis some good pointers which helped him and before we knew it we were both doing pretty well.

Kim did a couple of runs from the top of the mountain all the way to the bottom which she felt great about.

We ended up spending way more time than the 1\2 day there, pretty much going non stop from 08:45 to 14:30!

We were tired and hurting but had a great time. We feel like we’d really like to go again and improve some more.

Light Snack

We got a light snack at a pub with Brody and some of his friends and Curtis got a well deserved beer too.

We then headed back to Brody’s place and got showered and changed before hitting the road to leave!

Puncture!

We made it a bit down the road and the tyre pressure light came on and it turned out we had a very flat tyre! We had filled it with air last night so we knew it must have an issue.

We started to get the spare tyre and jack from the back of the car but the jack was very rusted on so the gas station we were at gave us a few things to get it out.

The guy was really nice and gave us a bit of help with it and we were able to get that changed fairly quick (it was mostly Kim).

Back to Vancouver

We headed down to Nanaimo to catch the ferry, after our quick pitstop to change our tyre! We took it slow and made it with plenty of time.

We went for a walk and got some food and then headed back to the car and got onto the ferry.

The sailing was easy and then we got to the other side and drove back to Vancouver, which didn’t take long.

It was an amazing weekend but it’ll be nice to be home and back in our own bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Comox,BC

Place 86 – Day 1: Comox, BC 🇨🇦 – Travel, Forest Walk & Evening Get Together

Travel

We were up early, around 06:00, and hopped in the car and headed up to horseshoe bay.

We got to the ferry port and had a little nap on the car until we boarded.

We got onto the boat and got a coffee for the crossing.

We got to the other side and drove from Nanaimo to Comox, where our friend lives!

We met him at his house and had some lunch which his mum prepared for us.

Forest Walk


Brody took us our for a walk around and to a town up the road for a walk around the forest!

There was some very large trees and beautiful views. This was a great relaxing walk, exactly what we needed!

Evening Get Together


We went and had a beer at a local brewery and then we went to meet Brody’s friends out at a beach so they could walk their dog.

We walked the dog and then headed to the supermarket to get some food and snacks.

We went to Brody’s friends house and took a lasagne that Brody’s mum made.

We all chatted and met a bunch of people and had a bunch of really good food, from salads to pasta to the lasagne!

We just hung out at this house and had some really good chats and a really good time.

This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale
Vancouver, BC

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

Portland,OR

Place 71 – Day 6: Portland, OR – Brunch, Beer Tasting & Lukas Graham!

Brunch

We woke at a fairly decent time and went out for brunch.

We went to a place we went to when we were last in Portland called Cheryl’s.

Kim had a croque monsieur and Curtis went a bit out there and had a biscuit and gravy, which was…odd.

We ate our breakfast and then went for a bit of a walk around the city. It seems we remembered a lot of the city and where things were, which helped us out!

Games Room

We wanted to have a bit of a relax and remembered that there was a games room in our hotel, so we went there to check it out.

We played some bubble hockey and some shuffleboard…we spent over an hour here!

Brew Pub

We finished up with the games and then walked to a Deschutes brewpub for some beer tasting!

We had 12 beers to try, which turns out was too much, and we didn’t even really like them!

We finished up with the beer tasting and then got some McDonald’s for dinner.

Lukas Graham!

We came out to Portland for one reason…Lukas Graham!

We had a concert booked for Portland in February, but it was postponed until today, so we were super excited to finally get to watch the show.

We walked down to the ballroom, which was beautiful and it was a very intimate venue, too, so we were very close!

We watched the support act who was pretty good and then had to wait for 30 minutes for Lukas Graham.

The show was amazing. It was by far the best concert we have ever seen together. The lighting was amazing, the whole group looked like they were enjoying it and of course, the music was incredible. We loved it so much, though our legs did not, with all the standing.

We left the concert and had to get our legs working again.

We got back to the hotel, drank the rest of our wine and watched a couple of YouTube videos before sleeping.

We fly back to Vancouver tomorrow, so a short stay but it’s been great!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 166: Vancouver, BC – Sniffles

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a plan to look at an issue for someone in the morning, which is what he did.

He then continued to do some project work from yesterday.

After his daily team meeting, Curtis had a bit more time to do project work and then had to go into the boardroom to test everything in there and setup for the big company wide meeting that was taking place in there.

The test went went and so did the meeting with just a few hiccups in general and none on the Vancouver office side, which was excellent!

After the meeting, Curtis finally had lunch, did some tickets and finally finished off some project work.

Curtis got a beer and drank that whilst completing an off board and then walked home.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she started on a few emails before heading into a meeting to talk about catering options for a couple of upcoming functions. It was great to have clarification and fresh eyes!

The rest of the day was much of the same, Kim reconciled payments around other ad hoc tasks like getting the post, trying to return an item for someone and sending outgoing mail.
Kim then had a food delivery and ran that over to the meeting.

It must have been good because 1 by 1 everyone came and told Kim what an amazing meal it was!

Kim then spent about an hour and a half trying to send things via FedEx, it took 3 attempts online and 2 phone calls to get it sorted.

After this Kim continued with the reconciliation a d took a quick break to set up the friday afternoon drinks. Then after that Kim sent out an invite and some information in regards to some diwali celebrations.

Sniffles

We got back home and caught up on some YouTube videos before Kim left for training.

Kim’s Training

Kim’s training this evening went so well. She did 2 run throughs of her routine and was able to add a move back in after falling over in practice doing in.

Kim did not want to have a mental block for the move so she threw it in during the second run and stuck it which is amazing!

Kim also watched 2 other peoples routines and they were spectacular!

Curtis was playing games whilst Kim was out and was feeling bad for himself…He seems to have gotten more of a cold even though he thought he was getting better! He started to get a runny nose and more of a sore throat, unfortunately.

When Kim got back home, we watched a bit more TV and went to bed. We need to be up at a good time tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale