Place 72 – day 129: Vancouver, BC – 2 Classes 1 Day

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy morning and thought it must have been later than it was, but he had only been at work for an hour!

Curtis did some admin work for a project and then had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had a couple of things to do and then had nothing to do! He was asked to do something fairly dull, but at least it was something to do!

Curtis got a lot of requests just as he finished doing what he was asked to do and that took him perfectly to the end of the day.

After work, Curtis went to meet Kim an we went to a shoe shop to get some shoes for Kim.

Kim’s Day

Kim ordered and paid for todays coffee yesterday, and picked a smaller amount, so she picked that up on her way into the office.

Today Kim only had one meeting to help with and they were on the same floor as the main office which meant kim had time to do other things today which was amazing! The first thing she did was set up the meeting room by putting the fruit, drinks and coffee in and made it look pretty.

After setting up the meeting room Kim looked into some catering options for 2 meetings that are happening next week. She also arranged two lunches with the nearby hotels for the upcoming weeks, which is exciting! After this Kim set out some of the leftovers from yesterdays meeting, she had cookies, mini desserts and a platter of fruit.

After a morning of catching up on admin and sorting lunches the catering arrived for the meeting so Kim signed for it and set up the drinks to go with it, including a replacement coffee. Then then regular weekly taco order came in so Kim sorted that first before taking the main catering into the meeting.

As the deliveries of the new drinks had been inconsistent, the account manager popped in to deliver the cold brew that had been missing from yesterday’s delivery and he came with doughnuts. And not just a few doughnuts – 8 boxes of 24! Kim kept those aside to put out for the afternoon when more people will be around.

After the meeting finished Kim cleared away the catering and the. Sat down for some lunch.

After her lunch Kim put the doughnuts out. People weren’t going hungry today.

After lunch Kim had a few messages asking if she could sort out an issue with a hotel. Kim did the paperwork and called the hotel to make sure everything was sorted.

Kim then reached out to the caterers to put an order in for the catering needed next week. Then she greeted and had a nice chat with someone who was in for an interview, and also dropped off the afternoon snacks to the meeting. Shortly after this, the meeting finished so Kim put yet more food into the kitchen and she cleared up the meeting room.

Kim finished her day by making up the paperwork and delivering a box to FedEx.

2 Classes 1 Day

We watched a few YouTube videos and then Kim went to an exercise class.

This evenings class was so good.

Kim finally started to feel the muscle memory kick back in and had some fun with some of the moves. She is starting to feel less fearful of trying moves and is able to string one or two together to make a pretty combo.

After class, Kim had a chat with the instructor about the upcoming competition that Kim has signed up for.

Then kim noticed that there was space in a more dance style class and asked if she could join, so she did! It was a little but challenging for Kim but it was so much fun!

Curtis played some games and ate half a sandwich Kim got from work (again!) And when Kim got home we did some admin, watched a bit of TV and then went to bed!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 103: Vancouver, BC – Kim’s Company Summer Picnic

Curtis’ Day & Evening

Curtis got to work and had a security meeting. The meeting was quite short, but he was then able to get on with some work.

He setup a mac for someone and then then setup another laptop for someone else, all whilst doing some tickets.

Curtis’ day was busy and varied again, which was great. He had to remote into some laptops in North Carolina and set them up and that took some time.

In the afternoon, Curtis gave the mac to the person he set it up for and then spent most of the afternoon trying to sort the virtual machine again!

Just before he left, Curtis had to get the approval to give someone access to something that they needed urgently.

Curtis then helped someone that was having issues with their email account and then he walked home.

Curtis just played games in the evening whilst Kim was out. He also tried sushi again and still doesn’t like it!

Kim’s Day & Evening

Today is finally the day of Kims work summer party and she is so excited and ready to start the day. When she got in she arranged stuff for the day and ordered some catering for a summer party in Boston that will be happening tomorrow. She also passed over the front desk to her predecessor who agreed to come back and cover for the day! This was great as it meant Kim did not have to train anyone.

Kim then left to head to the dollar store to meet with her collaegue to pick up a few little things for the party like table cloths, games for kids and supplies for the planned games. They were then met by another colleague and a rental car that they had for the day.

All 3 jumped in the car and headed to Costco to pick up, burgers, hot dogs, buns and other stackable items. Then they went back to work to pick up all of the things they had collected over the past few days and put that in the car before heading to Safeway to pick up a few Gluten Free items, ice and have some lunch. The first thing on the list was lunch, so Kim got a build your own style Chinese food put which was great!

After this everyone got back in the car and went to the party destination, Prospect Point. Just after they arrived and started setting up, one of the rental companies arrive, they then set up the BBQ and generator. The girls unloaded the car of everything and left one girl to prep the food while Kim and the other lady headed back to the office to collect the last few things from the office and but the few things that they had forgotten, like suncream and veggie dogs!

They then went back to the park to finish setting up. When they arrived, the other lady had pretty much finished all of the food and was just chopping the last few onions! Kim helped set out the eating area, by organising the food tables, sorting out the drinks and moving all of the spare stuff out of the way in the small kitchen style room they had available to use. Just as Kim put the last box away the bus turned up with the first group of people. Kim then went about getting balloons blown up and put about the place to decorate.

The evening started with people milling around and soaking up the sun, before the BBQ food was ready to eat! Once the food was flying off the grill people were eating and having a great time. There was a bouncy castle, volleyball net, croquet, tug of war and a few little things like foam swards, soft footballs and hoolahoops for the kids. As it was a family event and Kim was allowed to organise all the fun and games, she knew that she had to get the kids on her side if she had any chance of anyone participating in any of the races. Kim was well prepared with little bubble tubes for every kid.

The first race started a little while after the BBQ and it was the classic 3 legged race. First it was parents and children and then there were 2 heats of the adults playing too. The next game was the egg and spoon race, there was a kids only race and then another 2 rounds of the adults racing, with the final being the 2 winners of each race.

There was a small break before the tug of war! Everyone got involved and it was a child favourite! They had a few rounds and then they had a small inter-departmental competition where one team totally destroyed the rest of the company and were rightfully crowned winners. After this utter destruction from that team the children wanted another go so we arranged for a few goes for them, the best was against their own parents!

The last 2 races of the day was the wheelbarrow race. This was done with parent and child and it was great fun. The final was a sack race! People were starting to dwindle by this point so we just had child participation. Just before they all started heading home, we distributed the foam swords, hoolahoops, bounce balls and remaining bubble amongst the kids for being so much fun.

Kim and her colleague then took 5 minutes as people were leaving to play a little bit of volleyball, this was the first 5 minutes they had to themselves for the whole day! Then it was straight into clearing up and making the place look nice, clean and tidy. Kim had the great idea of asking one of the rental companies if we could use their dolly to make one return trip to the car much easier, and they said yes! It took a lot of time and effort out of the clean up.

After the clean up, one colleagueauge dropped the other 2 off at their homes before she and Kim went back to the office to empty the car to allow a quick return to the rental in the morning. Once this was done she kindly dropped Kim off home, which saved Kim so much time!

Late Evening Chill

Kim is up very early tomorrow to get to work for an earlier time, so once she got back around 21:35, there wasn’t much time left before she wanted to sleep.

She got ready for tomorrow and then we watches some videos, did our duolingo and went to bed!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 102: Vancouver, BC – New Bathroom Stuff!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was very busy today. He also ended up spending a long time doing something he’d been doing over the last few days only to find out it wouldn’t actually work that way so it was essentially wasted time! All wasn’t actually wasted though as he learned a lot along the way, so that was good.

Curtis had a couple of meetings, one being his 1:1 and one being a meeting to discuss structure changes which was very positive. After lunch, Curtis did a few more tickets and started rebuilding a Macbook he needs for tomorrow.

He was able to get some things done, but as he was about to leave he saw a ticket about a possible security threat, so he had to deal with that and then someone wanted help with setting up their headset on their laptop, so he helped with that too and left 15/20 minutes late.

At least the day was busy and not boring.

Kim’s Day

Kim started the day by catching up on emails before heading into a meeting with her teammates. Every 3 months a new hire meet and greet is held and Kim will be a new starter and help with the organising of it too.

After this meeting Kim got a few small things sorted before heading into another meeting! This time it was with finance to iron out a process and make sure it is working the best way it can be / see what we are missing.

After this meeting the locksmith came to fix a cabinet. But it turns out that a lot of the pieces are missing so it is unfixable. Kim then went straight from this into her 3rd meeting to run over the plans for tomorrow, as the summer party is finally here, and ensure that we have good shopping lists and a rough plan of how the day is going to turn out.

Somehow after this meeting it was lunchtime, the morning just flew past! Kim went up to the roof with a few colleagues and soaked up some sun and had a great catch up.

After lunch Kim spent most of the afternoon organising and collecting things for the party tomorrow. There was a small break at about 230 for a nice little first aid catch up to give the opportunity for the people going on the course to ask any questions and to familiarise ourselves with what we have in stock. It was a short and sweet meeting, but at the end Kim built up a first aid kit to take to the party tomorrow. Better to be prepared!

Kim and her colleague then went out to grab some massive containers for tomorrow so it was one less thing to pick up.

Kim spent the rest of the afternoon setting up for the party!

New Bathroom Stuff

We needed a new bathroom towel rail, so we walked to Home Depot (via the supermarket) to buy one. We looked around for a while, asking employees too, but couldn’t find the one we thought we saw online, so we made do with another, as well as a towel ring for a small hand towel.

we brought it back and were very hungry, so we began dinner.

We had paprika pork with sweet potato, asparagus, green beans and mushrooms with a nice creamy mustard sauce. Delicious.

We watched some YouTube and TV and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 101: Vancouver, BC – Lunchtime Dancing!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work to a stream of messages from many people about all kinds of things, both incidents, requests and questions.

Curtis spent a while dealing with some of these, followed by some tickets and then got onto setting up a Mac for someone in the Regina office.

Once that was setup, he got the instructions for how to send it out and boxed it all up ready to go.

Curtis tried to continue with the virtual machine thing he was doing last week, but it didn’t download properly so he had to re-do it.

Adter lunch, Curtis was continuing to re-download the file and whilst he was doing that he got some tickets done, helped someone with their monitors, provided a laptop for someone and started setting up a laptop for someone else.

It reached the end of the day and Curtis began to pack away. As he was doing so, someone asked himto sort something urgently for him so Curtis ended up leaving 10 minutes late.

Overall, a busy hut very productive day for Curtis.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into the office and went across to say hello to a colleague that she hadn’t seen since before her First Aid course as she went to the UK office and France! It was so nice to see her again! They had a nice little catch up then Kim had her breakfast.

A little later in the morning the fruit arrived so Kim sorted it all out. She then went back to her desk and continued with her ad hoc tasks until it was time for her 11am meeting.

At 11 Kim went to the Benefits Orientation. Kim learned all about what her company offers and not has a far better understanding of how it all works.

Straight after this meeting Kim went up to the 25th floor as two colleagues had arranged to teach a fusion dance class so Kim thought it would be fun to go along to. The class was so great and relaxed. It consisted of paired dancing but in a far more relaxed way than other more traditional dance styles. The time just zoomed by and it was a great success!

As she was so knackered from concentrating on not falling over Kim decided to take lunch after the class. So she sag and ate and was then joined by a colleague so they had a nice little chat.

Kim refilled the drinks fridge a while after lunch and made a few rearrangements to allow foe the more popular drinks to have a little more space.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim spent some time preparing for the summer party that is coming up during the week!

Our Standard Monday

We had our standard Monday once we got home.

We emptied the recycling, checked the post, completed the laundry and did the vaccuuming.

We had baked potatoes for dinner and watched some Eagles, YouTube videos and Vikings to pass the time.

We ended up sleeping quite early considering how well we slept last night.

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This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 100: Vancouver, BC – Car Is Insured & Our Plans Changed

Winter Tyres

The person we bought the car from was coming in the morning to deliver both our winter tyres and a forgotten piece of paper we need.

The lady arrived at 10:00 and got her to drive into our guest parking so we could easily load the tyres into the storage area.

The lady unfortuantely forgot the paper again, but urgently needed it, so she drove back home and got it for us.

Whilst we waited for her to come back, we got showered and then spoke with Kim’s family.

Insurance

We went to go and get our license plates from a place nearby, but when we arrived, there was a note saying they would be 10 minutes.

After a 20 minute wait, the man arrived and was actually quite rude.

We sat down with him but then found out, not what others had told us, that we cannot get the plates until we insure the car.

To do this, we wanted to pay on our English card, so we had to go back home and get that.

Eventually, we got back there and got it done and then we were able to get insured and get our plates!

Once we got home, we installed the plates onto our car and we are now able to drive it, if we wish.

Change of plans

We then had no plans as the plans we did have fell through with the other party, so we didn’t know what to do! We didn’t end up getting everything finished until around 15:00 anyway, so when we got home we went to the shop to get our weekly shop done.

When we got back, we ate some pain au chocolat as we were so hungry!

Roast (Vegetables) Dinner

Kim made an incredible dinner, which was just a roast dinner but with no meat, but it was still pretty tasty. We had perfect yorkshire puddings and crispy potatoes, too!

We watched some TV and then went to bed fairly early. We have a busy week this week.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 99: Vancouver, BC – New City, New Car!

Insurance Advice

We had breakfast and then got ready to go up to the insurance place near us.

We wanted to get advice on both buying a car, what the steps are as well as a rough estimate on insurance.

We got all the information we needed, the required forms and a very expensive quote for the insurance.

We headed back home to wait for some people coming who we were hoping to buy a car from!

Buying A Car

The car arrived and it seemed exactly what we were looking for. We did a test drive and it seemed perfect, as well as doing the required checks.

There is a scrape on one of the wheel arches, but we can live with that.

We bought a 2012 Ford Fiesta, which is perfect for what we need!

We paid for the car (which we ended up having to do with part cash due to bank limits) and then we went back to the insurance company to get our license plates as well as to say we have bought the car.

Unfortunately, the paperwork wasn’t fully completed so we had to leave and wait for the people we bought it from to send us the information.

We went to Starbucks to get a coffee and, whilst there, we got the message so went all the way back to the insurance place.

We spoke with a lady but we were missing a further piece of documentation! We have to get the lady to bring it out to us, which is frustrating!

This means we can’t drive it (which we didn’t plan to yet anyway) and we have no plates or insurance.

We plan to get the documents tomorrow and then get it sorted Monday evening.

It has been a crazy busy day and we didn’t get back for a few hours, so by the time we were done it was 16:30 and dinner time.

We got a pie for dinner, which was alright. We ate that and then realised we hadn’t bought a lot of things we needed, so we went back to the shop and got them.

We came back and spent the rest of our evening in front of the TV.

We have something a little different planned tomorrow, which should be a bit of fun!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 97: Vancouver, BC – Plugging The Holes

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was very similar to yesterday. He was setting up some Apple Macs as well as some Windows laptops.

He had a few more challenging requests and incidents to deal with too, which was good to break up the day.

Luckily, Curtis got his keys that he accidentally locked in a cupboard back today too!

Right before Curtis left to head home, he got a request for a few macs for a new development team! Luckily, there are a lot of old ones laying around so Curtis can set those up for people, but its still a bit of a pain.

Curtis walked home alone as Kim was going to the hairdressers.

Kim’s Day

Kim got a few bits and bobs before her meeting about the project. In the meeting they went over a few things in preparation for tomorrows meeting as tomorrow they will be getting a lot of help and direction which will be amazing!

After the meeting Kim continued working on some pages that she made for the project and they came out looking great!

As someone was leaving for lunch she invited Kim along and they had a great little walk to the takeaway place, even though they walked the opposite direction for one block! Smak is a healthier place that does a range of veggie and meat options, mainly curries. Kim went for a thai green chicken curry and took it back to the office to eat. It was beautiful!

When Kim went back to work she continued with her project as she wanted to stay at her desk because there were 2 interviews scheduled for the afternoon. Kim had a lovely chat with each candidate when they arrived.

As there is filming going on next week, they had arranged for a scout to come out and check out the best locations to film. He arrived just after 4 and Kim gave him the tour of the office, but knew they would prefer the upstairs boardroom. He was completely sold and started taking photos for reference and organised to come back tomorrow to triple check the lighting in the morning, which is when the filming would take place next week. Kim sorted the new booking for tomorrow morning and then headed out to get her hair cut.

Kim walked to the bus stop while having a chat with Curtis on the phone. Went in and had a great time getting a nice and simple trim before walking home.

Plugging The Holes

Once Kim was done and got back home from the hairdressers it was fairly late! She relaxed for a bit and then we started making dinner.

As we were making dinner, our landlord popped over and filled some holes in our bathroom wall, which were created due to the towel rack falling off the wall. We had a quick chat with him and then had dinner.

We ate ‘tatertots’ covered in cheese with some leftover minced meat. It was really delicious but very filling too!

We watched some YouTube and ended the night with Vikings. Tomorrow is Friday!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale