Place 72 – Day 153: Vancouver, BC – Free Clothes?!

Fry Up!

We both really fancied a fry up this morning and although we didn’t have everything for it, we made it work!

We had a sausage, egg and cheese muffin with beans and hash browns. Some bacon would have made it perfect, but it was already exactly what we wanted.

Air Vents

We got ready for the day and then we went out to grab a coffee.

We stopped in at Home Depot to see if they had any closable air vents as the ones we currently have cannot be closed and it is freezing! We didn’t find any, so we just went for a coffee.

We got a coffee from Starbucks and it was one of the best from there we have had!

Kim didn’t actually have a coffee, but a hot chocolate and Curtis had a flat white.

We finished up our coffee and headed home, where Kim sorted out some videos we had on the GoPro, which was something we have been meaning to do for a while now.

Free Clothes?!

Kim went shopping whilst Curtis watched hockey as she has a bonus from work to spend from work on work clothes!

She drove out to Metropolis which was quite busy. Once parked, Kim went to a LOT of shops, looking for different things and trying them on.

Kim was there for a total of around 4 or so and it was a bit productive but she didn’t get as much as she had hoped.

Church’s Chicken

We had been told that Church’s Chicken was good, compared to KFC at least.

Kim drove past one on the way home and thought it would be a good time to try!

We ate this whilst we watched some TV and chilled out for the evening.

The chicken was alright, but the breading was odd.

Providing we get good weather, we plan to do something fun tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 152: Vancouver, BC – A Rude Awakening

Rude Awakening!

We were woken, incredibly loudly, at 04:30 this morning by the fire alarm!

We rushed out of bed and outside.

For some reason, everyone took a very long time to get outside, which was a little worrying.

Sure enough, people started to leave and the sound was absolutely piercing!

It seemed to be a false alarm, which is also good and the inside alarms were turned off fairly quickly, but the outside was still going off.

Two fire trucks arrived and they calmly walked into the building and double checked, confirming that there was indeed no fire.

We were allowed back in, but the outside alarm was still going on! We fell asleep whilst it was going off, but it was off by the time we were up at 07:30.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and was right on answering questions regarding his project, but it was good to iron out some questions and answers with people.

This seemed to take up most of his day, but the rest was broken up with tickets as well as creating a guide for another thing he missed, which helped people a lot too.

Curtis assisted a colleague with some design work, because it interests him and he has a very procedural & analytical approach to things, so he hoped that would help them.

Curtis walked home fairly quick and watched the leafs game.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she collected up the last few pieces of fruit and put them in a glass bowl to make it more obvious that some is left.

Kim and her colleague sat down to talk over the holiday parties. Kim was given all the agreements, given an update on each venue and they agreed on the theme for all of the parties.

After the meeting 3 food deliveries arrived so Kim sorted them all out. The larger deliver had 4 whole extra orders, so Kim and her teammate had one, she gave one to a friend and another to an exec, no food goes to waste!

Kim then had some time to look at emails and catch up on some things. She also placed all the necessary orders for next week.

After catching up on stuff Kim went out to pick up some drinks for the afternoon. When she got back she set up the drinks and started playing a boardgame with some colleagues. It was great fun!

TV Catchup

We caught up on a lot of TV we had missed over the last few days! We watched NCIS:LA, some YouTube videos and the first episode of the new season of The Apprentice.

Curtis had a big lunch so only had a bagel for dinner and Kim had her pasta (that she took for lunch) for dinner.

We hope to get a much better, and complete, night sleep tonight!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 151: Vancouver, BC – Free Cocktail!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had some bad new relating to his project this morning, and it only got worse!

The migration started early today, so it was a lot of answering questions etc regarding that.

Curtis did a lot of tickets today, though, which he feels he hasn’t done much of in the last few weeks, so it was quite nice to get back to it.

There were a few things he had to do using PowerShell, which is similar to coding, so it was good to use his brain for that.

In the afternoon, there was an environment quiz, which Curtis wasn’t part of, but as a participation prize there were cocktails! Curtis got one as they were spare, so that was a win!

He spent some time watching some people try and open a wine bottle without a bottle opening. It was very entertaining!

Curtis left for the day and met with Kim to walk home.

Kim’s Day

Kim and her colleague have really set aside time to get the nittygritty things done. Most of Kims morning was spent in a Health and Safety meeting going over the communications, plans for certain meetings and drawing up a timeline of when we want to get things done for. It was a great meeting and followed on nicely from the others that have happened previously.

Kim then spent a good amount of time going back over checked, but not completed, emails and completing them. This involved saving a lot of invoices.

After lunch Kim chopped up some melon for everyone to enjoy.

In the afternoon Kim continued with her catch up but also booked some travel for an incoming new starter so that kept kim entertained for a while.

In the mid afternoon Kim got a craving for a doughnut so she nipped out, picked up a box of 6 and 2 things of lemon loaf for her and the team to enjoy. Then they all came to her desk and sneakily munched on nice Tims doughnuts before going back to work! It was a nice way to hang out for a few mintues!

Positive Training!

Our evening was fairly standard. Kim went off to training but further away today. Curtis didn’t really do anything whilst Kim was out.

Kim wasn’t sure if training would be worth it, but it really was! She is starting to fill in the gaps and elongate combinations to make sense!

Once Kim got back, we watched Bake Off and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 150: Vancouver, BC – Busy Evening!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was able to get some further testing done with a user for his project when he got in and then he had a team meeting to talk about another project that is coming to an end.

After that, there was a few tickets that Curtis got sorted and then spent a long time trying to get something sorted for accounts with a purchase order.

Just before and after lunch, Curtis helped someone with a couple of email issues, which he spent a long time fixing and eventually got that done.

Curtis spent the last few parts of the day changing some guides for his project as well as starting to setup a laptop.

Kim’s Day

One of the first things Kim did this morning was to do the building tour for the new started who came in in the afternoon yesterday.

Kim went from that straight into a meeting that lasted most of the morning for first aid and other things with her teammate. Then from that into making up busniess cards from yesterdays replies. A fair few of them needed a few amendments so that took a while.

After lunch Kim then went into a confrence call meeting in regards to a new system she wants to put in place. It was Kim with a few colleagues and they all received a demo and asked a lot of questions. At the end of the meeting Kim was very pleased with it and is interested in seeing what comes from it all.

After this Kim went to staples to pick up some notebooks, some adhesive hooks and a clock. Kim thought that the hooks might be a good idea for the loose wires in meeting rooms that need to be moved around a lot.

A few people asked for a clock in the kitchen so Kim picked one up at staples. When she got back Kim put the clock up and it looks awesome!
Kim then caught up on a few emails as she spent most of the day in meetings she hardly had a chance to keep up today!

Kim went to an intermediate class today where she wasnt sure she would be able to keep up. Luckily she was able to for the most part which was great!

Kim then walked home before heading out to a different class at another location. This is the same class Kim takes every week and she absolutely loves it. She was able to get most of the moves but could not figure one of them out, but thats just one to practise and get better at.

Busy Evening!

Curtis got home and watched the Leafs’ first game of the regular season.

Kim had 2 training sessions this evening which were pretty much back to back, so she was out for most of the evening.

After that, once Kim got back, we headed out to Richmond for Curtis’ hockey game!

Curtis’ game went really well and he he got one of the player of the game beers from the other team! Curtis’ team won 4-3 against the team they lost 7-1 against before.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 149: Vancouver, BC – A Winning Lunch!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of the day doing project work, which was all positive and its heading in the right direction!

Not too much more to speak about with that, but lunch was interesting.

As Curtis and a couple of his colleagues won a card building competition, they won a free lunch! They decided upon sandwiches from Chachi’s.

The sandwiches were excellent! Curtis had a smoked meat sandwich which was tender and delicious. It had pickles and some kind of mayo inside.


Chachi’s | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 8/10


After lunch, Curtis completed some more project work and did some testing for it.

Right when he was about to leave, he got an email from someone asking for something from someone that has left the company, which makes it difficult.

Curtis did some investigation to see what could be done, but it seems not much was the answer.

Curtis walked home and just played some games for a bit until Kim arrived back.

Kim’s Day

To make time for training Kim is going in to work earlier so she can attend and open training time slot.

Kim got in and started her day by catching up on emails and preparing emails to send out to today’s new starters, as there are 3 today!

When the first arrived later in the morning Kim did the full new hire tour, including showing her the facilities like the gym and the too floor of the building.

For the rest of the morning Kim was working on the invites again and made some good progress. Just before lunch Kim had to nip out and pick up some milk alternatives as she forgot to order some. She also picked herself up some lunch while in the shop.

Mid afternoon the other new starter arrived so Kim did a tour of the office floor and that was it. After this Kim had a chat with her colleague about their plans for upcoming meetings and the timings that would work for them.

Kim started making the bookings before getting distracted by ad hoc requests from people coming to her desk. So she made a note of it all before she left and went to her first training session.

Session 1

Kim’s first training session went well. Kim trialled a new song to see if it worked better and it really did! She was able to take the few pieces from the other routine and easily transfer it into this song. It was so easy it in fact worked better with this song!

Session 2

Once Kim got back from her first set of exercise, we watched a little bit of TV and Curtis had some leftovers.

Kim went off to her exercise and Curtis played a few more games and got some admin completed.

Kim’s second training session was very much the same thing but at the location closer to home. Kim.was able to do a full run through with around and record it which is amazing!

As the routine is just over a month away and Kim is missing a whole week of training across 2 weeks, she was starting to stress. She is much happier and confident now.

Kim got back home and we watched a little more TV before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 148: Vancouver, BC – The Tale Of The Lost Keys

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was nonstop for about 1.5 hours this morning.

When he got to work, he emptied the dishwasher and put on a pot of coffee.

A new person had started so he helped them get all setup and that took a long while!

Eventually, curtis got on with his admin and then did a few tickets, helped a few people out and did some project work.

At 11:30, he had a remote session with someone to try and fix something for them.

After this, Curtis had a team meeting, which was productive, and then he had lunch.

The whole afternoon was full of project work, which Curtis then realised there is even more to do for it!

Curtis left at 17:00 and met Kim on the way home.

Kim’s Day

Kim came on this morning to an email for catering for today so she booked that in and then started booking in a new starters travel to Vancouver for their first week.

Kim then set up catering for this Friday for both the Vancouver and the Toronto offices. She also took a fair few phone calls and answered emails throughout the day too.

The pizza than arrived 15 minutes early, again. So Kim set that up in the meeting room and then called the vendor that the last few deliveries had been arriving early, it took a few calls as Kim was hung up on instead of transferred and left on hold instead of being transferred twice.

On the third attempt the lady who helped added a fairly decent voucher to the account which is good news.

Kim then spent some time talking with her colleague about the upcoming holiday parties and they came up with a couple of potential themes and Kim was told about a good graphic design site to make the formal invitations on. So Kim tried to familiarise herself with that and had a play around on there.

Kim also cleaned and reorganised the boardroom and stocked up the stationary pack in the smaller meeting room behind reception.

The Key Quest

When we got home, we spent a while searching for Kim’s keys!

She didn’t have them all day, but remembered having them at home yesterday.

After looking for ages, we found them down the side of the sofa cushion!

We took out some recycling, cleaned down the kitchen tops and vacuumed.

We watched some TV after Kim got back from taking her dressing gown back to the store as it didn’t fit as good as she thought.

We had leftovers from yesterday for dinner, which actually tasted better than they did fresh!

We finished the night with an episode of Vikings and then off to bed we went.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 147: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Beef Stew

Coffee & Homesense

We eventually left the house and went up to check out a few things we needed from Homesense, but first, coffee!

Curtis wanted to get a cardamom latte to see if that is any good, but they didn’t have any, so he got a cappucino instead whilst Kim got a salted caramel hot chocolate.

We sat and relaxed for a bit and then went up to Homesense to find a few things. The main things we wanted were;

  • A duvet
  • An airtight contantainer for coffee
  • A dressing gown for Kim

We were able to get these things pretty easily and Curtis was also able to find a coat which he needed, and it was half price!

We got all of this (which was quite a bit of money) and then took it home before heading back out to go to the supermarket. We spent around $150 there which wasn’t too bad, but it was busy in there today.

Homemade Beef Stew

We got back home and Kim spent a couple of hours making a delicious beef stew with dumplings and a side of cauliflower cheese. A perfect warming dinner as the weather starts to get colder.

We settled and watched Vikings and had some ice cream.

A great Sunday night!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale