Tofino, BC

Place 88 – Day 1: Tofino, BC🇨🇦 – Exploring, Beer & A Lighthouse

We woke up pretty early and got ourselves ready to head out to Tofino!

Tofino is a very popular destination for tourists, so we were glad to finally be able to go.

We drove out there, on an estimated 2.5 hour drive. There were some road works and construction happening on the route, so we had to stop a few times, one of which was for 30 minutes, but we eventually made it to Tofino in around 3 hours.

We parked up and went right on the hunt for coffee. We found a place and walked there and had some pretty good coffee from Tofino Coffee Roasting Co.

We had the coffee and then walked around Tofino, just to see what it’s all about.

The actual town wasn’t all that interesting, but there was a little boat dock area which had some really fresh air and some really cool looking buildings.

After we went here, we actually ended up bumping into people that Kim knew from work and they gave a couple of really great suggestions!

The first suggestion was to go to chesterman beach which was a slightly less populated beach but really, really nice.

We stopped at the Tofino brewing company on the way and got there right as they opened! We had a beer and just relaxed outside for a bit which was really nice and the beer was good too! It was then time to get going again.

We drove down to the beach and got parked up and then had a nice, long, walk along the beach. There weren’t many people there and the sand was SO SOFT!

We decided to see how cold the water was, which was VERY COLD though kinda nice on our heavily trodden feet.

We left this beach and drove back up to Tofino and parked back up, being smart and using our ticket we still had time on!

The second thing that Kim’s friend suggested was to get a key lime pie slice from a restaurant nearby, so we got that and it was very, very delicious!

We left here after walking to a hotel that Kim remembered staying at as a child and then we drove out to Ucluelet. This super small town doesn’t have much, but it did have a lighthouse!

The lighthouse had a very large whistle buoy near it which warns boats where to go, so that was VERY loud.

We then decided that it was home time! We were pretty tired but had an incredible day and such a nice break!

We didn’t have too much trouble driving back to the hotel, which by the way, is basically a pub with rooms on, which isn’t as bad as it seemed.

We got back to the hotel and Kim ready that it was possible to see bears nearby, so we went to look for them but saw none, so headed to the local brewery!

Curtis got a beer and Kim got a cider and then we realised we were hungry and no other food place was open, so we had some pizza and a pretzel from the brewery.

We got a half and half pizza. One side was a veggie pizza and the other was lemon and herb chicken with tomatoes and tatziki.

We ate our food and had another drink and then eventually headed back to the hotel, which was just across the road.

We got back around 22:00 and chilled out until sleeping, which we are excited to do!

Likely another early morning tomorrow, and a long day, but it should be a fun one!


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 998: Vancouver, BC – Why Does It Smell So Good?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had another orientation at 09:00 this morning which went really well and the person was also very nice.

He had a team meeting after that and then did some tickets followed by another meeting to discuss a new process.

Curtis had to get a list of people that took chairs home which he needed to take from the ticket system.

Once that was done, he had some lunch and then reviewed some security systems to check for anything of note.

There were more tickets to do in the afternoon and then he had a bit of spare time to get some more Norwegian homework done.

Kim’s Day

To start the day Kim joined a meeting to discuss next steps with candidates for a role, it was great to get on the same page. She then later joined a 1-1 meeting with an employee to see how they are settling in to their new role.

Kim then had a call with a new starter where they asked how they could support Kim’s teams! It was wild to be offered support and someone turn to the department and ask ‘what can I take off of your plate’, which was so lovely and maybe even a little odd! She then had another 1-1 with a new employee to see how their onboarding went.

To start the afternoon Kim had a sit down with her manager to go over events planning as the plan she had for Friday may be ruined by rain! She then joined a meeting to discuss teams and planning with a department manager before joining an interview.

After the interview Kim joined another planning meeting about a different department. She then had a quick review of the interview before joining a weekly recruitment meeting for the same team.

In the evening Kim was able to really sink her teeth into some admin. She started making some steps in the planning for Friday and she was able to get a few salary based tasks done.

Evening

Kim did a little more work in the evening after she had an appointment and then we had some dinner. Everything outside smelled so good for some reason, all day, many different excellent smells so we were hungry for most of the day!

Kim did some more work after dinner and then we relaxed for the evening watching some TV.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 997: Vancouver, BC – Nearly Done!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went right to the office this morning. He had to get a laptop setup and sent out for someone.

Whilst he was doing this, another laptop arrived that he was waiting on, so he got that setup too.

Whilst he was there, he got a lot more of the remaining office tasks sorted out. He needed to add more monitor arms to some desks as well as order more monitors and cables ready for everyone to return to the office.

There was a pile of e-waste for Curtis to go through and take down the asset numbers to mark those as ‘disposed of’ so the records are correct.

He helped out some people in the office with moving some things and he also got some tickets done, as well as answering some messages from people.

The second laptop Curtis setup was being a pain, so he had to start again at 15:30! He managed to get it done before he finished for the day, though.

Curtis walked home and picked up coffee for him and Kim as Kim needed to work late tonight.

Kim’s Day

Kim mostly just had meetings today! She started with an interview and then went right into a 1-1 with her teammate to check in about projects.

Kim then gave her weekly update and the company wide meeting before joining a quick call to discuss the interview earlier in the day.

Towards the middle of the day Kim had a chat with her other teammate to help them build some templates, structure and a plan around social media and recruitment.

In the afternoon Kim had a couple of recruitment meetings. The first was to discuss the new plans for processes and the second and third were weekly team check ins to discuss the open roles.

To finish the day Kim joined another interview and had a quick chat after. She then spent the evening getting through some admin work. It was great to really sit down and get stuff done!

Evening

Kim worked for the evening, so Curtis played games for most of the evening, along with getting some other things around the apartment done.

Kim took a little break and we had some gnocchi and a tomato sauce for dinner. We watched a bit of TV before Kim went back to working for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

place 72 – Day 990: Vancouver, BC – Staying Away For Work!

Curtis’ Day/Night

Curtis had the croissant that Kim got him for breakfast and then he got himself ready and walked to the office.

He needed to get a couple of laptops setup and sent out, so he did that for the morning and then in the afternoon he did some office cleanup, which he is doing today and on Thursday.

He got a lot of things tidied but him and his colleague also added monitor arms and monitors to a lot of desks which took a few hours but a good chunk got completed!

More of that to do Thursday, as well as a few other things.

Curtis headed home and was alone all evening. It was a little weird!

Curtis mostly played games for the evening, but watched a few YouTube videos, too. He had some steak for dinner which was MASSIVE but really good.

Kim’s Day/Night

Kim went to get croissants for breakfast and then she left to drive down to drop off the car at the garage for a service.

Kim then got an Uber and was dropped off in town and she popped into a coffee shop and met her managers there! They got a few things sorted from there before heading to the hotel to get the day properly started.

They all then spent the day whiteboarding, making plans and talking a lot of things out. There were a couple of meetings that everyone joined. Kim gave the update in the weekly company meeting and then in the early afternoon Kim joined two recruitment calls.

In the evening they went out to a local restaurant for dinner. It was such a fun and interesting day, but there isn’t a whole much to share, we did a lot of talking, planning and whiteboarding!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 969: Vancouver, BC – In Person Colleagues!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis woke up with no plan to go to the office until later, but he has some colleagues who are in the Vancouver office from the Winnipeg office, so he went in to see them and help them out with some stuff.

Curtis got there and then started setting up a laptop he needed to setup and he helped out his colleagues with the things they were doing, and he did a lot of tickets, too.

Once he did the tickets, he helped a colleague with some account set ups, and then he finished up the laptop setup.

When the setup was done, he did more tickets and had a quick meeting to discuss a software integration.

The late afternoon was taken up by getting a laptop of an old employee setup for someone to login to and then he started setting up another laptop for someone, which he needs to finish tomorrow.

After finishing work, Curtis went to pick up a package and then walked home.

Once he got home, Curtis played some games whilst Kim went out to an appointment.

Kim’s Day

Kim had another really interesting day! She started by turning up to a meeting with the executive team, so that was better than yesterday! They reviewed a few job descriptions and sorted a couple of other things out.

Kim then had a couple of 1-1s. Her first was to discuss a new hire and how things are going and the second was with her teammate to discuss projects and next steps. She then provided the weekly update to the company before joining a call with another teammate to update a few accounts and get some IT stuff done.

Kim then had a meeting to discuss a couple of processes and then she joined another meeting to give a quick update and get approval on a couple of things. After those Kim joined a meeting about non development hiring and the next steps there before joining an interview. After the interview Kim had a review and a quick mini team meeting for most of the afternoon. It was great!

Evening

After Kim got home from her appointment, we had homemade chicken burgers for dinner and relaxed for the evening. Just a couple of days now until Curtis gets his surgery!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 968: Vancouver, BC – Exciting Interviews!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was up early to have a call at 07:30, for a new hire onboarding in Denver. He did that, which went very well, and then he started his day of meetings!

He had a team meeting at 10:30, followed right after by another team meeting and then a meeting to discuss something regarding a the main project Curtis is working on at the moment.

After that was done, Curtis finally had time for some lunch, after he helped someone with their password issues.

Curtis did some more tickets and some project admin after lunch and then he had a call with someone to help them do something.

Once he finished that chat, he had a bit more project work to do before the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a really long and interesting day today with a couple of surprise meetings. As she went to start her day Kim got a notification that her teammate was sick so Kim stepped in to do the onboarding for two new starters! It has been many months since Kim did an onboarding and she had to set up a secondary meeting so they can talk directly with her teammate to get information on part of the onboarding. Other than that it went really well!

She then joined a call with a manager to discuss how a new employee is settling in. They also had a chat about a few processes and procedures, it was a great call! Kim then just didn’t turn up to a meeting with the CEO and COO, for no reason at all other than that she was in the zone and forgot about the meeting entirely!

When Kim joined her team meeting she was greeted with a ‘oh here she is!’ as a result of missing her last meeting, it was so funny! They had a great team meeting and got everyone up to speed in terms of things that happened on Friday and some ideas that Kim had over the weekend. It was such a great meeting! From this meeting Kim and her manager both joined an interview to find the newest member of their team. They also had a quick review after the interview and Kim then took some time for lunch.

Just as she was finishing her lunch Kim had a message to see if she could join a meeting to help out with some communication and it was great to jump in and help out!

She then had a end of day chat with the new starters to check in and see how the day went! Both seemed happy and to have enjoyed their day which was amazing!

Kim then went into a meeting to discuss the breakdown of roles within the executive support team and they really managed to work out the responsibilities and description for an upcoming hire. She then joined a surprise meeting to discuss hiring with a couple of hiring managers as they seemed concerned about the status and possibly a little confused / out of the loop. So they all got on a call to ensure they were all on the same page, thus then spiralled into a really important and interesting meeting that ironed out a fair few things. It was great!

Kim took a break for some dinner and then went back to update paperwork and move it from one area to another to make it easier to read and understand. She then had a call with her manager to help them with an update and then they worked out and brainstormed a bunch of things and it was wonderful.

Evening

Curtis played games whilst Kim worked and, as Kim had to work late, we just had frozen pizza for dinner.

We were able to watch a bit of TV before heading to bed.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 967: Vancouver, BC – Mini Golf in Abbotsford

We woke up and had showers and then Curtis went to get croissants and coffee for breakfast.

We ate our breakfast and then we chatted with Kim’s sister for an hour and a bit. It was really nice to chat with her and catch up!

We then left to drive out to Abbotsford to go and play mini golf. We had been told that there was a really good place out there, so why not explore a little!

There were a few accidents on the way, so it took us about 1 hour 40 minutes to get out there, but we did get to drive through some nice rural areas.

We got there and it was GROSS inside! Very few masks and a lot of people. We decided to do the outdoor mini golf, as we didn’t have to worry about other people.

We did the 18 hole mini golf, but it took quite a while as we had to wait for people in front of us to finished each hole before starting and they took a while!

We finished that up, with Kim narrowly winning, and then we got hungry and thirsty, so we went across to McDonald’s to get some food. It was a pretty gross McDonald’s store, so we ate some of our food in the car and then drove back towards home. The way back was much faster, though we did have some congestion in a few spots, but that was to be expected.

We drove to the supermarket on the way back as that made the most sense and we did our weekly shop. We bought a lot of soup, as Curtis has his surgery this week and cannot have anything other than soup and soft food, Kim so managed to find some really nice soft foods and liquids for him.

We got back home and Curtis had the remaining leftover curry with some rice and Kim had some homemade egg fried rice with vegetables which was really good!

We watched a bit of TV and then Kim looked up some exciting things online!

Curtis has to be up earlier for a meeting tomorrow, so we shall sleep at a good time tonight!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 965: Vancouver, BC – A Chair Adventure

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had more of his project to do, which he did in any spare time he had today. He actually found more work to do for it, again, but he did make progress.

He had quite a lot of tickets to get done today, so he did those around his project and the meetings he had.

Curtis had a team meeting followed by a discussion about a project.

Once that meeting was completed, he got more tickets and project work done before having lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had a team meeting to discuss the previous set of projects they got done and then after that he did some tickets and part of an offboard.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a wonderful day today! She started with a recruitment meeting and was able to work with the exec team and recruiter on four roles to get them ready to go live next week! She then joined a planning and storm session with a big group of people and really enjoyed it. It’s so interesting to see how people want to tackle big and difficult hurdles.

Kim then joined a product demonstration and had a quick discussion after about it. She then joined a 1-1 with a manager to discuss how things are going with their new employee. To then finish her ‘in office’ part of the day Kim had a 1-1 with one of her teammates.

The first errand Kim tackled was to send a laptop out to a colleague. She met a teammate at the courier drop off, they sorted that out and then went to Apple to pick up an order, then they picked up coffee.

Kim dropped her friend / colleague at their home and went to go and pick up another colleague to run an errand with them. They then went to that person’s old apartment to pick up a deliveryof a chair that ended up at the wrong address and on the way home popped by the CEOs house to pick up a TV that was leant to them by Kim’s friend / colleague.

She then dropped her colleague and their new chair off at their house and then she popped by her friends house to return the TV. She also stopped by to day hello to the kittens. After all of that Kim went home!

Evening

Once Kim got home, we ordered ourselves some Chinese food and watched a quiet place II.

We relaxed for the evening and were very excited to do some sleeping tomorrow!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 964: Vancouver, BC – Working Out Again

Curtis’ Day

Curtis continued the project he was working on yesterday at any spare moment today, but he did have some other things to do.

He had to do 2 contractor onboards, as well as some tickets. Curtis then had a couple of meetings throughout the day. One was a team meeting, the second a meeting with someone to discuss a potential project and some research Curtis had done and then the third was a one on one.

Curtis got more of the project done whilst he wasn’t in meetings and overall had a successful day.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with a three month check in to see how a new employee has been settling in. She then managed to have a quick call with her colleague before getting some admin done and then having a short surprise call with a manager. They both then joined the department updates meeting.

Kim went straight from the department updates meeting into the weekly recruitment meeting. Some great decisions were made and there are lots of great plans in process. That call overran but Kim had a spare fee minutes so jumped on the social call for a little while, guessed a charades round and left on a win!

After lunch Kim rushed back to get ready for an interview to realise that the interview was in 45 minutes rather than 15. So she used the time to chase the courier service for an update on the missing item.

Kim then joined the interview and it overran and she then joined a review call which took a while. There were some great conversations that spun off from the review and it was amazing!

In the evening Kim was able to get a fair few info pages up and running. She was so happy to get these things underway and set up for people to use!

Working Out!

Our gym in our building has opened now, and it must be booked by one household at a time. We could only book it for 10pm, but that was fine with us.

We had a small dinner before hand and then walked down to the gym to get some working out done, for the first time in a long, long time!

We felt pretty good after, but a little tired!

We relaxed for the remaining evening and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 948: Vancouver, BC – STILL Too Hot

Curtis’ Day

It was never going to go away that fast, was it?

It was still super warm today, so another full day of trying to combat the heat, but at least we drink a good amount of water!

Curtis had a Norwegian lesson at 10:00 and that went really well! We’ve been watching a Norwegian Netflix show and Curtis thinks that has helped with getting his brain in gear, so he was able to talk right away and at a good level.

Once his Norwegian lesson was done, it was all go with tickets and messages coming in left right and centre.

Curtis then had the final workshop of the many he’s been doing recently and then he had a bit of lunch.

There were a lot more questions/tickets in the afternoon, plus a meeting to discuss a new integration as well.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day on a call with a vendor and then joined a recruitment chat to discuss next steps on hiring someone new into a team. She joined the company wide meeting and gave the weekly update before having 1-1 with her teammate. After the 1-1 they had another teammate join the call so they could review a process that had been put together.

They then joined an interview review and set up the next interviews for a couple of candidates. Then she joined the finance meeting to give an update.

In the early afternoon Kim joined another recruitment meeting that discussed two new roles that have just started the hiring process. Then she had a quick chat with a manager to go over the attendee list for a few recurring meetings.

To close the day Kim had a process chat with her team to figure out the best way to display information to the company and then she joined a recruitment meeting with one of the department heads.

Evening

After Kim got back from pole, we just had cold showers and a bit of salad. It was still far too hot to eat anything else, really!

It was announced today that British Columbia is moving to stage 3 on Thursday, meaning that masks are optional (among other things) This is pretty scary for us, and we’ll be wearing masks for sure.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale