Place 72 – Day 183: Vancouver, BC – Hot Chocolate Station & A Big Win!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and had his daily meeting.

Post-meeting, Curtis did a lot of ticket work, mostly on new tickets that were arriving after the long weekend.

At 11:30 he had a demo of some software with his team, which they got a small Q&A for too.

After that, Curtis jumped right into showing his team what to do with some software, with relation to a project.

Curtis’ afternoon involved helping someone with some OneDrive issues via a screen share and then he used the quiet afternoon to wipe and setup two old laptops.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by calling a hotel who they are missing a receipt from.

It took 4 calls and a lengthy conversation to track down the transaction in question and then the hotel never even emailed it across meaning Kim has to do it all again tomorrow!

Just as Kim was about to walk into her weekly catch up with her teammate where they had a good catch up on everything winter parties, first aid and all the other other small things that get pushed to one side.

Kim then spent the rest of the morning sorting through RSVPs for one of the other offices and reminding other offices to respond too.

Just before lunch Kim made a hot chocolate station as the cream was due to go past its sell by date at the end of the day. So she steamed up some cream and put out cinnamon, hot chocolate powder and vanilla flavour for people to help themselves!

Kim then sat down to a quick lunch before heading into the monthly health and safety meeting.

In this meeting they watched some instructional videos on their specific AED that they have. They also handed out action items for everyone to do. Its one thing Kim is trying to work on, hand work out and not hold it all!

Kim then went through the responses from the Vancouver winter party and drew up a spreadsheet for this office too.

Big Win!

Curtis had a hockey game at a really good time of 20:30.

They got there and it was Curtis’ team’s first time wearing their dark jerseys, which look amazing!

The game went really well, especially for Curtis. He got two assists, one was a really lovely saucer pass and the other was after whacking away at the puck and a teammate came in and finished it.

Curtis also got a boarding penalty, which he didn’t mean to do!

His team won 4-1, again the leading team and it was a really great feeling game!

We got back home, cleaned a few things we neglected earlier today, made some lunch for tomorrow and that was that, bed time. Which we are looking forward to as we are very tired after a lack of sleep last night!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 181: Vancouver, BC – Thai Oil Massage, ‘Luzia’ Cirque Du Soleil & Cheese & Wine!

More Pole

Kim left fairly early to catch the sea bus over to Granville Island so she could watch a couple more pole dancing performances from people she knows.

After she was done with that, she walked to meet Curtis near a massage parlour they were going to.

Coffee & Thai Oil Massage

We stopped at Starbucks as we still had time to use and we got a coffee. Curtis’ was free as he had enough ‘stars’ on his account and Kim got the limited edition Peppermint Mocha which was terrific.

We then walked the additional 5 minutes to the massage parlour.

Curtis booked a massage for us both as a birthday present to Kim and to help after her rigorous training for her performance.

We were having a couple massage, so it was in a couple room.

It was a really great massage and we both felt amazing after!

‘Luzia’ Cirque Du Soleil

We stopped at the shop to get some cheese and chutney for dinner and then headed back home.

Curtis started to watch hockey and planned to watch most of it as the cirque performance wasn’t until 19:00…That was where he was wrong!

He had bought these tickets for Kim’s birthday also, but had thought it was at 19:00..luckily, at 16:30, he got a reminder that it was starting at 17:00!

After checking the tickets, it was indeed starting then, so we had to rush out the door!

We got there with more than enough time left, which was lucky.

We were pretty squished in our seats, but the show was pretty good.

There were some great elements, but we felt it wasn’t as good as ‘O’ or Absynthe that we watched in Vegas.

We still had a very fun evening, though!

Cheese & Wine!

For dinner, we had some cheese and wine.

We had some of our cheddar, we got some camembert and some smoked gouda as well as Curtis’ favourite cheess, wensleydale with cranberries!

We had these with crackers, nice bread and some apples/grapes.

This was the perfect end to a great weekend, with some quality TV too!

We even have a day off tomorrow, which we plan to use as a sleep day.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 176: Vancouver, BC – Flying Out, Again!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was a bit delayed this morning before work as he was packing a few last things for our trip.

He left about 10 minutes later than usual, but still got to work on time, but not when he wanted to!

Curtis had a busy day, but not as busy as it has been.

He had a few more project things to do whilst he wasn’t doing anything else, but mostly he was picking up some tickets, discussing policies and procedures with his team and generally just ‘getting stuff done’.

Curtis had to tie a few things up before he left for a week, so he did that at the end of the day and then made the mistake of getting engrossed in something right before he was meant to leave!

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in this morning she was greeted by a pile of boxes and other cardboard that hadn’t been collected over night.

She cleaned this up a little and then took a couple of people to get their passes.

After this Kim made up some business cards and had them ready to send out to the printers.

She was then fed up of looking at the pile of boxes so she changed it and turned them into a Halloween feature!

She was then reminded that we have run out of creme, this was such a surprise as Kim ordered more on top of her extra to be safe!

She then started investigating the missing receipts and invoices from the statements.

Kim then took a quick lunch where she had a sandwich from the catering and that was delicious! As part of her lunch Kim popped to Lush to get some travel friendly stuff.

She then spent a little more time finding missing receipts and contacting hotels and travel agents to make sure they have everything.

Kim then finalised parts of the holiday parties and got the invites sent out for all 3 parties!

To Vegas We Go!

We each took our respective train from work to get back home and grabbed all of our bags.

We left the apartment shortly after and walked back to the train station, to get on the train to the airport.

We got to the airport, checked a bag which we don’t normally do, but we had to check it to bring a few certain things out.

We got that done very fast as there was no queue and then went right through to security, where there was still no queue!

Immigration was very fast and smooth, and then we just had to wait.

We were hungry, so we went to Burger King right next to our gate. We, apparently, still don’t really like Burger King.

We boarded the plane and took our 2.5 hour flight down to Las Vegas!

We got a ride share to our hotel from the airport and checked in.

We met up with Tom, Kim’s dad, as we are here to see him! He has a 25 hour cycle race over the weekend in Utah, so we are going with him and though we should make a holiday of it and go to Vegas too!

We chatted for a bit and then headed to our rooms to get some sleep. We are staying in Luxor which is pretty awesome!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 175: Vancouver, BC – Project Officially Finished!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work pretty early, and it was good that he did!

The project was now ‘done’, but there were still a lot of questions around it, how to do things, what about this etc.

Curtis spent most of his day doing things around that, but luckily, it seems to be calming down!

Curtis’ team had an important meeting in the afternoon to discuss what projects they will be taking on for the next two weeks.

That means more project work for Curtis, but it’s good because there is a follow on project from the one Curtis just did, so it would be good if he did that one anyway.

The afternoon was spent doing some research, setting up a laptop and doing some more ticket work.

Curtis left work and walked home.

Kim’s Day

Today there was breakfast in the office! Kim got in and it was all set up as a couple of her teammates came in to meet the delivery driver.
Kim grabbed a plate and had a little breakfast.

After this Kim started to clear down the pastry tray and collect all the utensils.

The reason there was a breakfast is for the company wide meeting that was occurring in the building. Everyone went upstairs to the roof for the meeting.

After this Kim went and finished clearing away the breakfast stuff and then helped setting up the drinks for the meeting that was going on on the rooftop. To set the drinks up Kim had the great idea to put a mini fridge on a wheely thing to make it a mobile mini fridge, meaning the drinks don’t ever get cold!

She then spent a bit of timing clearing the meeting room behind her desk and the whole front desk area in general. It now looks like a welcoming area rather than an absolute mess!

Kim then met a colleague downstairs to collect some pumpkins.

When she got back up she saw a delivery driver unloading lunch bags into the kitchen so Kim said he was meant to be delivering to the rooftop but he didn’t believe her until the lady who ordered it came down and said it as well.

Kim then started reconciling the last and final credit card. She did this until she went into a meeting with her manager.

They had a good catch up and went over a few things like the Job Description and how it aligns with what she is doing now. It was a good meeting.

Kim then decided to treat herself to a 3pm lunch!

After she took a little break she then continued to reconcile the credit card before realising that she is simply doing a duplicate of what the accounts team have already done, so she had a chat with the lady in accounts and they both laughed at how silly it was and that neither of them noticed!

Kim then spent some time setting up for the following day by making notes for herself and attempting to see what needed to be done.

Kim then potted around with other things while she waited for the upstairs.meeting to finish so she could restock the drinks and allow them to cool overnight. She also binned and saved food from the previous evenings event that had been left out since lunch. The whole kitchen smelt like sweaty cheese! Not nice!

Kim went to train this evening and it wasn’t great.

She was able to try the first combo but her full run through went terribly!

Packing Again & Bake Off Final!

We have a week off starting Thursday, so we need to get packed so we can fly out tomorrow night.

We got some stuff packed, either side of Kim returning from work and returning from training.

We got almost everything ready to go and then watched the final of the Great British Bake Off.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 163: Vancouver, BC – Christmas Invites!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work and spent an extra 15 minutes more doing admin as it seemed there was a lot to do for some reason!

Curtis had a team meeting at 10:00 which was brief.

Curtis spent a lot of the day (more than he planned) figuring out things and planning for his project.

This is mostly done and ready for next week, minus a few things, so that’s exciting!

Curtis had a chat with a colleague to discuss the project and let him know a few points as Curtis is actually away for the project.

There were a few other things Curtis had to take care of, but the day went very fast.

Kim’s Day

Kim called up and sorted out a hotel issue that occured over the weekend, which is never a great way to start a week. On the bright side, at least people now know where not to stay and the person in question is now fully booked in and all sorted.

After this Kim took 2 new starters on their building tour and got them all set up and sorted.

Kim spent most of the rest of the morning saving accounting thins, mainly reciepts and invoices. She also took a lot of calls!

Kim and her colleague nipped out to pick up a cake for another teammate who has flown in from the states.

Then for the rest of the afternoon we kept trying to ensure everyone was around to wish her a happy birthday, it took four attempts but eventually everyone was there and we wished her all a happy birthday and it was lovely.

Around trying to sing happy birthday Kim sorted out a lot of the details for Halloween, she put time in a teammates calendar to ensure that they have time to go through the current decorations have time to buy more and have time to set up. Kim also sent out all the calendar invites for people so they can know where they should be!

While she was on an events role Kim started doing the wordy bit of the formal invites for the holiday parties. She copied a template from last year but has truly made it her own. She will finish this tomorrow.

Back To Training

Kim went back to training tonight after the weekend and she was very happy about getting to go back!

Kim class went relatively well, she is still a little lackluster from getting over the cold and hopes that’s why she struggled today. She managed to get a full run through of the routine, however she thought she had time to fill, but totally ran out of time which was not ideal!

Curtis did some cleaning around the apartment and then when Kim got back we watched Great British Bake Off before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 159: Vancouver, BC – All The Pies v2

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was very organised and busy today!

He really planned out his day and it seemed to pay off.

He did a lot of project work but filled in the gaps with tickets.

As the main part of the migration is getting closer, the work is becoming less and less, which is great! Most of it is simple administration and preparation work and answering people’s questions.

Curtis worked solidly until 16:00 when he went and joined his colleagues for some drinks. He didn’t get to do this last week, so he made sure to make time for it today.

Kim’s Day

The first thing Kim did today was head across the road to pick up the rest of the pies (all the non dietary requirement pies).

While she was there Kim also picked up a hot chocolate and pain au chocolate for herself because she doesn’t feel to well, Kim has a bit of a cold.

When she got back to the office Kim saw a message that someone had bought their cat in so she went and said hello to the cat. She then went back to taking calls and saving invoices.

Kim greeted someone who came in for an interview and they had a nice chat. Once she went through into the interview Kim made her lunch and called home.to have a chat with her mum and sister. It was so nice.

After lunch Kim set up all the pies and most people in the office came and had pie and hung out for a little while.
After pie Kim had a little 1 2 1 with her manager and they had a nice catch up which was great.

Shortly after the 1 2 1 Kim set up the weekly drinks before helping someone move the boxes of swag that was lying around.

Unlocked?!

We got home and our apartment door was unlocked but with no one inside!

We had said that the maintenance guy could go in and do a few things for us, but had assumed the apartment would have been locked after! Luckily everything was safe and we ironed out what happened afterwards.

After that, we relaxed for a bit and then Kim went out to meet a colleague to give her some things she needed for a personal project. Kim also walked her colleague to a few places she needed to visit whilst she was in the area.

Kim got back home and we had the remainder of the pie with some mash and garlic mushrooms which was delicious. We watched another vlog from the Iceland trip we have been watching and then it was pretty much bed time as we are exhausted!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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