Place 72 – Day 201: Vancouver, BC – Christmas Market 🎄

Shopping

Kim was up at a good time to head down and meet Linda so they could do some shopping!

Curtis stayed home and caught up with some sleep after his early start yesterday.

49th Parallel Coffee

Curtis walked down to meet Kim and Linda for a coffee!

We went to 49th Parallel because their coffee is just fantastic!

Christmas Market

We walked down to the Christmas market after a little bit more looking around shops.

The Christmas market looked small, but we went in anyway.

It turns out, it was quite big, with over 50 little huts!

This Christmas market was ‘German’ so a lot of them items and even staff were German!

We walked around for a couple of hours checking out all of the different stalls as well as purchasing a few things. We had some tasters too, of course.

It got colder and colder whilst we were out, so we got a pretzel to keep us warm!

Whilst we ate our pretzels, we queued up for the German handcrafted gifts tent, which was a big German company that makes intricate small wooden Christmas decorations. These were very expensive but they did look cool!

We were also very glad to be inside and warm.

We left here and went to get some food. We all had a goulash in a bread roll bowl…it was very delicious, very winter-y and exactly what we wanted.

We sat in a big tent and ate this and then just relaxed in there for a while.

After that was done, we were all funned out and so we headed out.

We went back to Kim’s work as we left some bags there, so we had to get them.

We walked Linda back to her hotel and we parted ways, but we’re seeing each other tomorrow!

More Shopping

Curtis watched hockey once we got home and Kim went out to burnaby for a bit more shopping for herself as there was something out there she was looking for.

Once she got home, we sat and watched some TV together and basically just did nothing with our Saturday night.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 200: Vancouver, BC – Linda’s Back!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was awake at 05:00 and out the door by 05:15 to head to work! As it is Black Friday, he was required to be available to support the teams in his company, should they need it.

Curtis got to work at 05:45 with all the lights off (they are on a timer for 06:00) and noone else in the office.

Curtis left the office at 06:00 and went to McDonald’s to get a big coffee and some breakfast.

Noone was in the office until 07:30 and most people didn’t arrive until 08:30, so Curtis didn’t have much to do.

He showed a colleague something they wanted to learn about and he also read some more of his book. This was everything, along with Admin, until some tickets came in at 08:30.

Curtis’ day was still fairly quiet, but he did some tickets and then had some testing to do to help some colleagues out. He had a free lunch at 12:00 provided by the company which was nice! All of a sudden, it was 13:30 and home time.

Curtis went home and watched the leafs game which took him perfectly to needing to leave the house around 17:00 to meet Kim.

Kim’s Day

One of the first things Kim had to do today was send out a memo to everyone in her office to see if they had lost their bike. The building have had a bike for over a year and wanted to see if anyone could claim it.

Kim had a delivery come in which was one of the parts of the final holiday party decoration for the tables. She then went out and bought the final few parts to make the prototype snowman they are having as centerpieces.

While she was out, Kim picked up the beer for this weeks afternoon’s drinks.

When she got back, she continued with some party planning and even made a snowman to see if it would work and it looks so cute!

In the afternoon Kim had to finalise some hotel bookings and place all the weekly shop orders for all 3 offices. She also set up the weekly drinks too!

Linda’s Back!

Linda has come to see us this weekend!

We met her at her hotel and then went for a walk to look at the hospital Christmas lights, which were meant to be amazing.

The lights were ok, but nothing spectacular.

We all got hungry, so it was time to eat! We had a reservation at a place we wanted to go for a while.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t a great experience.

Kim’s order was wrong and so she had to order something extra after already waiting for a whole and by the time she got hers, Curtis and Linda had already eaten and the food wasn’t even that nice!

We left and stopped Linda off at her hotel, with a weekend of plans set and ready.

We walked back home and chilled out watching some TV… Curtis is very tired!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 199: Vancouver, BC – Adding a Coat Rack

Curtis’ Day

Curtis didnt have much planned, but ended up having a very busy morning!

He had shook bwe interesting tickets which kept him busy and he had to investigate things, which he loves doing.

He had a 6 month check in and then had a meeting regarding a laptop auction his company is having for employees.

After lunch, Curtis worked on some revisions to a process he created yesterday, with the help of feedback from his team, and he got that all completed.

Curtis did some reading in the afternoon of his business analysis book and also had a beer with a colleague.

Curtis is in work from 06:00-14:00 tomorrow as he is being on hand for Black Friday.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she started with her emails as there were a few responses from vendors and hotels that she had been waiting for. She then called a hotel to confirm bookings for two people coming to the office in a few weeks.

As Kim was working away, she noticed a visitor had come in and then realised it was their hotel rep, a few moment later kims colleague walked around the corner and said she forgot to invite Kim to the meeting, but if Kim has time to come in. So Kim had an impromptu and important meeting where they ironed out a few things and made some great plans for the future.

After the meeting Kim spent the rest of her day organising still for the party. She made a guest list for the office party in Toronto that is happening tomorrow, finalised the food menu and drew up a drinks menu. It was a really productive afternoon!

New Coat Rack

We both got home and watched a bit of TV and relaxed.

Kim went out to the shop to get some pasta and also to buy a coat hanger from Homesense.

Curtis ate pizza whilst Kim was out and then when Kim got back, we put up the new coat rack/shelf on the wall, which looks awesome!

We got that done and then Kim had tuna and pasta, whilst we watched Silicon Valley.

We watched one more show after we both got showered for tomorrow and then went to bed a little earlier than usual so Curtis can be up for 05:00!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 198: Vancouver, BC – Helpin’ Out

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of tickets to get done or chase up on today, so that kept him nice and busy, as well as a few new tickets he had to pick up.

Curtis had a call with a user and also an external support team to try and figure out an issue, which took about 45 minutes.

Curtis didn’t know how to do something he had seen a ticket for, so after he tested the boardroom to ensure it was working for a meeting, he did a 30 minute call with someone on his team so they could show him what to do.

After getting that done, Curtis had lunch and then after lunch, he had some project work to do, which was mostly just developing and writing up a process as well as creating a flow chart for it.

Once that was done, Curtis walked home.

Kim’s Day

Kim doesn’t really have much to report on today! She spent her her morning organising a meeting room for someone so had to kick people put of one and find others for them and talking with a hotel in regards to some local accommodation that needs to be booked.

For the afternoon Kim was talking with all the vendors for the holiday party and taking a fair few incoming calls. She also ordered the regular pizza for tomorrow.

That’s it in a nutshell really!

Helpin’ Out

Curtis got home crazy fast and watched the Leafs game, where they did very well!

As well as that, Curtis washed his hockey kit and folded and put away some laundry that we had out.

Kim got home briefly and then went back out again to go and help out at pole.

Kim went to the pole studio to help out at reception. This involved greeting people, handing out wrist bands and answering any questions when the receptionist was busy. As a result of helping, Kim now has a spare class!

After Kim’s pole help, she came home and had some dinner, then went up to the supermarket to get a few things.

We watched some TV and Kim ordered some things she needed for the holiday party.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 197: Vancouver, BC – First Goal in Canada!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a day full of tickets!

He began the day doing some admin and responding to some emails and getting tasks ready for the day.

Curtis had to put most of what he planned to the side as he got a lot of tickets requiring a bit of work, too, not just quick things, but that was great as it got him thinking.

He did do some project work in the afternoon and then setup a laptop right at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent a good portion of her morning chasing people, from restaurants, to hotels and DJs for receipts and other information!

She then spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon drawing up a menu for the holiday party. She even managed to shave some money off the original quote, which is a win!

Kim then had the weekly 30 minute meeting to go over the plans for the holiday party, most of it was spent talking about the menu.

After this, Kim had another meeting with a different teammate where she also went over the menu and they crunched the numbers to make a few changes, still under budget but ordering more food! They also went over a few other questions or concerns that Kim had.

Kim fully updated the menu, added the linen on to the order to be sent across to the caterer once the meeting finished. With this email she lister about 7 questions and planning points to the caterer too!

She then spent some time making up a new photo strip, it was way better than the previous so she sent that out to the vendor to be made up.
Kim also emailed the other vendors with various questions.

After chasing in the morning Kim eventually got all the missing receipts and sent off the statement for approval!

Hockey Again!

Curtis got home and got his hockey stuff sorted as he had a hockey game tonight.

Kim was still at work at this point, so Curtis did a few things around the apartment and then played some games.

Once Kim got home, we watched some TV and had some spaghetti bolognese leftovers before leaving to head to the rink.

Curtis’ team won their hockey game, after going down 2-0! Curtis got one assist after falling and accidentally hitting the puck to a teammate and then scored an empty net goal, but they all count! It was a fun one, ending 5-2.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 196: Vancouver, BC – A Photo Centric Day

Curtis’ Day

Curtis set out his plan for the week, which was a bit more project work as some more are ramping up now, which he is glad about.

Curtis had 2 back to back long meetings, so couldn’t get too much done.

The end of his afternoon was a little better as he stated a couple of projects and then finally got to do a bit of training, reading a book he has to read to get a qualification.

Curtis walked home with a stop off somewhere to run an errand, then it was cleaning time!

Kim’s Day

Kim decided to start her day with some breakfast so she sat down and had some cereal!

Kim then went through all of the messaging channels to save photos from the past year and put them in a social folder. Kim then started to make a slideshow for these photos as a 2019 highlight reel.

Kim then sent out a meeting invite that she prepared last week for a holiday pot luck. She made a fee changes and added cookie decorating to the invite and sent it out! She is looking forward to eating all the tasty food!

Kim then started putting together a design for the photo strip for the photobooth.

Kim then popped out for lunch, she dicided to go and get the hoi sin wrap that she had a few months ago. It wasn’t as smothered in sauce so it wasn’t as tasty for Kim but she really enjoyed it still!

When she god back Kim sent out some packages via FedEx and she ordered some more supplies.
Kim then went back and made some changes to the photo strip before heading home.

Kim walked home and drove to the doctors as she had a follow up appointment from the visit last week. Everything seems good which is great news!

Cleaning, Cooking & Training

We both got home around the same time and got started on the cleaning, until Kim had to leave to go training.

Kim’s classes tonight were tough but she really enjoyed them! She learnt her first flip off the pole and watched everyone else do a really cool combo.

The most life changing thing to come out of this class is that Kim has learnt to properly climb today! Up until this point Kim has been hulking her way up and using too much energy, she has now been taught to use her elbow and climbing is now effortless.

This distracted Kim and she just spent ages climbing and not doing the combo, which is fine!

Curtis made dinner for us both, which was spaghetti bolognese, which turned out pretty well! After he was done making that, he did the vacuuming and that was the chores done for the evening, so he just relaxed.

Once Kim returned home, she had some of the spaghetti bolognese and we sat down to watch a couple of TV episodes and YouTube videos before sleeping.

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This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 195: Vancouver, BC – Perfect Day Of Chill

More Coffee, More Shopping

We did basically nothing today.

We relaxed for a few hours after waking up and then planned what we were going to do for dinners over the next week.

We then went up to the shop, but of course made a stop at Starbucks for more of a sit down, a chat and just a delicious coffee each!

We finished that and went into the supermarket, which was insanely busy.

We got the few things we needed and got out of there as fast as possible.

Dinner

We had a few things remaining from our Indian yesterday, so we got a few more sides to go with it and ate those. That was a perfect dinner!

Another Film!

We watched another film tonight, called King Of Thieves – This is based on a true story about some old guys robbing a jewelry store in London. We had a great time watching this film!


King Of Thieves


We did some laundry and some other housekeeping things, but that was basically our day. Simple, quiet. relaxing and perfect.

Ready for a busy weekend next week!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale