Place 72 – Day 206: Vancouver, BC – Interesting Network Things

Curtis’ Day

Curtis only had a few things planned for the day, but that soon grew!

A lot of tickets came in, which Curtis took and sorted for people.

Curtis had to deal with a possible security issue, which took up quite a chunk of the morning, but he did enjoy that!

Curtis went for lunch with two colleagues. They had Banh Mi and Curtis also got a vietnamese iced coffee.

After lunch, Curtis had a meeting, followed by doing a few bits of project work as well as discussing a new project with his team.

Curtis also did some network things with his colleague who is in town from Winnipeg. He learned a bit more, too, which is great and always welcome.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she set up for the day and sent out a reminder email about a building run holiday breakfast party happening in the lobby.

Kim and a few others went down to grab some food, there was also a live 2 person band playing festive songs.
When Kim got back she tool some time to compare 2 pizza places as she wanted to try ordering from somewhere new.

Kim picked a restaurant that she and Curtis have ordered from previously. It has a comparable price, larger pizzas, better quality and all the dietary replacements that are needed.

Kim then popped out to the dollar store to grab some cheap holiday chocolates and mini candy canes for the chocolate vase at her desk.

People were very happy when they saw it filled with festive treats! On the way back into the office she picked up a box of 6 chicken nuggets.

Kim then scanned and saved a few recipts before heading out on another little coffee date! This time they actually went for coffee!

Kim and another colleague went down to JJ Bean and had a wonderful chat about management, how they both ended up in Vancouver and languages.

When Kim got back she actually booked the pizza for delivery as she didn’t want to place the order earlier over lunch time, that seemed like a bad time to be placing a 16 pizza order!

Kim the popped out again to pick up some felt for the party declarations and picked up the multipack of beer and case of cider for tomorrows afternoon drinks.

Enjoyable Pole Training

Curtis got home and had no plans to do anything at all, so just sat around and played games!

Kim’s class tonight was great fun! She ended up learning a move she tried a few weeks ago. It took a few attempts but she finally nailed it on the last attempt! She also learned a very cool fake bendy move!

Kim got back home and we watched a YouTube video or two, followed by Silicon Valley.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 205: Vancouver, BC – Getting Things Done

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and had a few things planned to do but didnt really get around to them until after his 15 minute team meeting, due to getting some admin completed.

Curtis’ plan for the day was mostly to get tickets completed which he didn’t get to do yesterday with how busy he was doing the onboards.

Curtis did a lot in a short period of time, which was great as he needed to catch up!

He did get an email from someone thinking they recieved a phishing email, so Curtis investigated that for a while, which he always finds interesting, and he was able to determine that it was not a phishing email.

Curtis got a lot done for a project he is working on, too! He had to contact a company and find out if they could make some changes for him, as well as look at a few parts of the software and determine if it can do what is needed.

The afternoon involved setting up a laptop as well as starting off a backup and changing the name of a website, as requested by someone.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by reaching out and replying to vendors for the holiday party.

Kim then did a quick test of some of the party declarations, she loves the ones from today, but hates the one she made a few weeks ago!

Kim then spent some time planning up two floor plan options, one is preferable, but the other is a backup plan for if the band can’t be placed where they want it to be.

Kim then hopped on a call with a charity that the company works closely with and her boss to talk about future involvement and plans.

It was great to meet them and it will be awesome to work closer with them in the up and coming months.

After this call Kim finalised some more of the floor plan and then sent that off to the caterers to ensure that the current plan has enough space for all the food ordered. She then went on to amend her current timeline for a nice and easy to read timeline for all of the vendors.

Kim then had a small meeting with a colleague to go over the social lunch happening on Friday and the party plans.

Kim then had to do some proper first aid, it was just wrapping up an old injury that has flared up. So.she sorted that, did the paperwork and sent across some recommendations

Evening

Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim was out and helping at pole!

Once Kim got back home, we watched just a little TV, ate some hoisin chicken and rice that we made and then headed to bed.

Not a particularly exciting day today, but we got a lot of things done that we needed to.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 204: Vancouver, BC – Backpack Donation

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day, whilst very productive, was pretty same, same!

He had to get 2 onboards setup, but they are to be based in Denver, which takes a bit more work.

Curtis had to get into the laptop that was in Denver, which always takes a while! He eventually got into both, but it did take up some time.

Curtis setup the user accounts, and had to do a lot extra with the phone setup, which took an hour in itself!

Curtis finished setting up both by around 15:30, when he had a quick meeting/chat with someone from the legal team with regards to a project he wanted to get started.

The rest of the day was Curtis catching up on tickets.

Kim’s Day

While Kim was setting up the catering for the day long meeting arrived, which is great because she had completely forgotten that it was arriving. Kim set that up in the meeting room ans then went to make a coffee pot. While the coffee was brewing, Kim organised everything to go with it, milks and sugars. As she went to take it through, she realised she had brewed a whole pot but didn’t put any beans in the filter, she just brewed hot water. Not ideal! She sorted it all out and took it into the meeting.

Kim spent most of the morning on ad hoc tasks like looking into ordering food and starting all of the weekly shops!

The cleaning supervisor came in again to check up on the things that had been listed, a fair few of the items had been done, so they had a walk around to check in.

After her lunch Kim and the marketing team headed to Starbucks! They took all 22 bags, 20 from the company and 2 donated from someone else, to Starbucks to go towards their 300 backpack goal.

Kim also reached out to the charity directly to see if they would accept donations at a later date as some people would love to help but aren’t in the office until later in the week, so fingers crossed they will be able to help out a little more.

For the social new hire lunch Kim is orgnaising the festive addition of Guess the Song. So she drew up the team answer sheets and made a brilliant playlist of Winter, Christmas and Hanukkah songs!

There also may or may not be a Disney song included also! She is now even more excited for the event now that the playlist is put together!

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon drawing up the slideshow that captures the last year at EP, its coming together nicely and Kim has managed to make it nice and fully automatic so it will just run in the background!

Lock Problems

Before Kim went off to training, we went to move the tyres from inside the car to our storage locker.

When we got to the storage locker, we were unable to unlock it! The combination was what it has always been, but it just would not unlock.

After some time, Curtis managed to get it to open and it turns out that it somehow changed the combination, which is suspicious!

That meant that we could get the tyres put away, but it was just a strange situation.

Kim went off to training and Curtis relaxed at home.

Today was Kim’s first class in the next level up at pole training!

She was so nervous but realised that she had already learnt a few of the moves back in the UK, so it was a great lesson to start on.

Kim is really looking forward to the challenges that this class will bring! She loves the new teacher and has been in a few classes with her and having her as a teacher, so its a really easy transition into this class!

When Kim got back home from training, we watched a bit more TV and then went to sleep at a good time.

Curtis didn’t sleep well at all last night, for no apparent reason, so it was a good idea to sleep early.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 203: Vancouver, BC – Car Service

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and had a lot of emails!

He got messages from a few different people asking for some help, so he went off to each of those people and assisted them.

At his team meeting, he wore his new team T-shirt along with the rest of his team. During that meeting, the team surprised their boss by giving her a t-shirt as well which they had all paid for so she could have one too.

Curtis’ day was meeting heavy. There was a big debrief meeting after black Friday, so he had to setup for that as well as attend.

After that, there was another meeting for his team and in the morning he did have a brief meeting regarding some software they had all be trying out.

Curtis was able to try the new coffee that was added to the office collection today. They now have a (hot) nitro brew coffee on tap…one dark roast and one medium. It was incredibly smooth and delicious!

After lunch, there were no meetings, so Curtis had some time to get on with other things.

As well as this, he has a colleague that is visiting from Winnipeg, so he was chatting with him as well as learning some network things from him.

Kim’s Day

Kim left early and dropped the car off at a garage that is owed by one of the dancers she trains with. They had a lovely chat and then Kim took the bus into work.

When she got in Kim did a thorough check of the floor to ensure that everything was clean, as she had recieved a few comments lately about it. She took photos of things that she felt weren’t up to standard and sent them over to be looked at over the evening.

Kim then spent some time booking a meeting room and some catering for a meeting that is taking place tomorrow.

Kim then spent a fair amount of time going over invoices and making sure they are all sent to Accounts so she knows that they will get paid and everyone will be fed during the party.

In the afternoon Kim had a quick meeting with her teammate where they went over the plans for the next few weeks, as there is so much happening!

They have the quarterly new hire social lunch, a pot luck and the holiday party, all by next Friday. They agreed on ‘guess the song’ but a festive addition for the game for the social lunch, they went over what to order for the potluck and agreed to send out a chaser message to remind people and they went over the plan for the holiday party.

Kim explained the menus and rough plan for the room set up.
After the meeting Kim sent out the reminder and then spoke to people in regards to donating old brand backpacks to a Starbucks that is trying to collect 300 to make survival kits for homeless youths. The great thing is it was all approved and marketing even want to come along to take photos too! Its great for Kim to have the ability to help out in this way!

Kim then took 2 trains to go pick up the car. She left with a small list of things that certainly have to be done or may need to be done!

Chilli Chicken

We had some chilli marinated chicken in the fridge so it was time to eat that!

Curtis cooked it up with some more sweet chilli sauce, some soy & some ginger and we had that with rice.

After dinner, Kim went up to the shop to get a few things we needed.

We watched a bit of TV and then went to bed! Today went very fast.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 202: Vancouver, BC – Christmas Parade & Festival of Lights

Christmas Parade

We were up at a good time this morning and then we had a quick breakfast before walking down to meet Linda at her hotel.

We didn’t have a huge amount planned for the day as we did a lot of walking yesterday so didn’t want to do too much today.

Kim had heard about a Christmas parade in the city, so we headed towards that.We had a bit of time, so we went and sat down for a coffee!

We finished our coffee and headed up to watch the parade.The parade wasn’t too great, so we left a little early. It was mostly just advertisements for companies, rather than any interesting Christmas floats.

New Yellow Coat!

We went to Sportchek after this as Kim had seen a nice bright yellow coat she liked. She decided to actually buy it today and she loves it!

Christmas Movie

We had some time before our next thing to do, so we brought Linda back to our place and sat watching Let It Snow which is our first Christmas film of the year!

Festival of Lights

We drove up to the Vandusen Botanical Garden to attend the festival of lights. We drive past here often but were not sure what to expect.

The lights were amazing! All the trees were dressed up with lights and there was a light show that went on every 20 minutes. It was actually great!

Dinner time!

Once we finished here, we went off to dinner. We went to Milestones which is a chain here in Canada.

We had some really great food!

Kim had sweet chilli chicken with rice which was very spicy but very delicious. Curtis had ginger glazed salmon with fried rice which was really tasty and also spicy! Linda had chicken pesto penne.

We were full, but we still had dessert!Curtis had a white chocolate cheesecake and Kim had a coconut/chocolate cake.

We waddled back to the car and then we drove Linda back to the hotel.

Linda goes home tomorrow, but it was great to see her and we will see her again soon!

Arrested!

We went up to the shop to get a few things and when leaving, we saw someone being arrested. He was making a lot of noise!

We got back home and did a few admin tasks we needed to get done before going back to work tomorrow.

It’s been a really fun weekend!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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