Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 859: Vancouver, BC – Official Promotion!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was mostly getting tickets done as well as ordering some equipment for the office and also some licenses.

He did have one meeting in the afternoon which was nice and quick and then continued with some admin and tickets.

Kim’s Day

Kim got her official promotion to Operations Manager today!

After completing some admin in the morning Kim joined a meeting to discuss candidates who have applied for jobs. She then joined an interview and then had a catch up with the recruitment team she works with before joining the weekly recruitment meeting.

In the afternoon Kim joined another interview and then had a meeting to discuss the candidates and next steps with a few positions and candidates.

She then had a quick call with her family and it was so nice to say hello and catch up!

For the rest of the evening Kim worked through some paperwork and finalised a few things before hosting another games night. It was so much fun and everyone really managed to laugh and just enjoy the evening!

Evening

After Kim had her fun evening, she made egg fried rice and we ate that whilst relaxing for the remainder of the night.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 91: Vancouver, BC – Pride Celebration & Games!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a non stop day again today, but it was perfect! The day went incredibly fast.

Just after lunch, Curtis went down to the lobby of the building as they were doing a ‘building appreciation day’. This meant that every person got a free cold brew coffee and an ice cream sandwich!

Curtis got his free stuff and went and sat outside with some colleagues to eat it.

After finishing his first cold brew, Curtis went and got another one because he could!

Curtis got some more of the Apple Macs sorted and then went and had some drinks with colleagues.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim sorted the fruit when she got in, binned the mouldy grapes and replaced them. She later went back in to the kitchen to make a little fruit salad and also cut and freeze some fruit for a drink she had planned for the afternoon.

Kim then spent some time orgnaising a day trip for a few differnt people who have arranged for a summer outing. She and the representative kept missing each other so Kim will solidify the plans next Tuesday. She also placed the food order to arrive for the following week.

As there is a day off on Monday kim then drafted and sent out the company wide notification email.

The Vancouver Pride March is on this coming Sunday so the theme for this weeks Friday afternoons drinks is Pride! Kim went out to the dollar store to pick up more decorations. She got rsimbow banners, flags and treat pots. After this Kim went and got a cake from a local supermarket as she had a great idea! Then on her way back to the office Kim picked up the wine and beer. It was a very successful trip out of the office.

The cake kim bought was a lemon bundt style cake, so it had a hole in the middle. Kim filled it with skittles and then ‘iced’ the top with coconut whipped cream and decorated it with a skittle heart!

Kim then spent some time going through her phone messages and catching up on emails before and after her lunch.

Towards the end of the day Kim decorated the kitchen with everything she had gotten earlier, but still felt it was lacking something. So she made a small thing of pride glad bunting and hung that near the table and that perfected the room!

Kim then made the foundations for the Sangria type drink! She had found a sparkling rose can that donates to charity so bought 3, chopped and froze fruit throughout the week to make a wonderful little summer drink! She started by putting the frozen fruit into 2 pitchers, adding a little triple sec and ginger beer and letting it marinate while she set up the rest of the glasses and drinks. Once everything else was set up Kim poured the rose in and everything was ready to go.

People started arriving and then 10 minutes in Kim set up and started the game of Pride Anthems guess the song. There were 20 songs and Kim played various lengths of parts of songs and points were awarded for song and artist name. It was so fun! There were songs that people expected to heat that didn’t come up, so there is a possibility of round 2 this coming Friday. That way the people who were away for the long weekend can join in the fun too.

People left right after the game, which was to be expected, so Kim packed away the drinks and table cloths, but decided the flags and bunting could stay up a little while longer. Then she headed home herself.

Wendy’s & Upcoming Long Weekend!

We forgot to take anything out for dinner, so had to decide what to have.

We were incredibly lazy when we got home and did nothing for over an hour and then went up to Wendy’s to get some food.

Curtis wasn’t too hungry so just got a cheeseburger and Kim got a big chicken burger meal.

We watched some YouTube and then the latest Suits episode, followed by some more YouTube.

We have a long weekend this weekend and we may do something but mostly we want to sleep!

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This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 84: Vancouver, BC – First Aid Completed & Linda Is Here!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had another quiet day today, but spent a lot of it being fairly productive, getting the helpdesk system changed so it was more friendly as well as easier to use!

Curtis did a couple of tickets, one of which was right after lunch, which was good. It took about an hour to complete that and then it was super quiet, so Curtis went into the lounge, got a beer and chilled out.

Curtis did a ticket just before he left and then walked home.

Kim’s Day

Today was the final day of first aid training! For the morning everyone spent their time running through scenarios while teams were assessed by the instructors. When Kim did hers she felt she made some stupid mistakes, but as time went on she realised that maybe she was being a little hard on herself.

In order to get out and about during the day Kim popped put and to the shipping centre to pick up some Tim Bits for the class and get a coffee too!

After lunch people continued running a few more scenarios before sitting down to sit the written exam. The exam was in multiple choice format Kim used all of the exam time to ensure that she triple checked the the answer she had circled was actually the answer she wanted to have circled. That way she would make less stupid and easily avoidable mistakes.

After the written Kim assisted with two other peoples practical exams before being the final person to complete theirs. Kim’s went relatively well and then she helped tidy up the classroom while people got feedback on their assessment. Kim was last again but had really good responses and feedback.

While Kim waited to know whether she had passed or not she went upstairs to the reception desk to book a 2 more people in for the course.

Once that had all been done Kim was the final person to hear whether she had passed or not. Prior to this Kim had seen all of her classmates leave with smiles and their certifications so she was feeling hopeful.

Kim went in and found out that she had passed! She had a nice discussion with her instructor before saying goodbye. It was a really. Great week and Kim had such a wonderful time meeting so many amazing people and having the chance to work with them!

Kim went back up to reception, picked up the reading materials and then headed home.

Linda Is Here!

We didn’t eat when we got home as we were going to eat later.

We watched a bit of TV and then walked down to a hotel in the city.

We checked in to the hotel for Linda and they wanted to hold the whole price of it on the card for some reason.

We went down to meet Linda in the dock when she got off her boat and walked her to her hotel.

After we showed her the room, we all went out for a long walk around.

Chinese Feast

We were really wanting Chinese food and so we ordered some at around 22:00, when we got home.

We ordered from the place we got it from here before as it was good then. We got szechuan beef with noodles, curry chicken with rice and half a duck.

The food was just as good as it was last time! We ate whilst watching Suits.

A perfect way to celebrate success.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 59: Vancouver, BC – Canada🇨🇦 Day Festivities!

Music, Lemonade & Japanese Curry

We knew that there were festivities in the city today, so we walked down there, after Curtis had a morning nose bleed and then breakfast!

We got down to Granville Island which had some sort of party happening but it was rather busy and there wasn’t much going on, so we walked to the city instead. There was a giant flag, though!

The first stop was at Starbucks for a coffee and then we walked on to the Vancouver Conference Centre.

We got into the area where some things were happening and looked at the food trucks. There wasn’t much else going on in this area really, other than a couple of music stages and for some reason, the North American Irish Dancing Championships.

We walked out of here and into Canada Place, which had some more activities happening. There was a kids section with a few games and also an Armed Forces section.

We moved on from Canada Place and came across a lemonade stand, so we had to get one! It was just OK.

We walked around some more and then got hungry and fed up of the large crowds, so we walked towards our home and found an Asian supermarket which had a Japanese Curry place inside it!

Curtis got a ‘deluxe curry’ which was chicken katsu, katsu potato & shrimp katsu with rice and curry!

Kim got a chicken katsu curry.

The food was pretty great! We were going to stay in the city for another 6 hours, but we were very tired and there wasn’t much else to do, so we went home.

Firework Hunting

We sat and watched some TV until 22:20 when the fireworks were due to start and then we went outside to see if we could see them.

Unfortunately, they were just a little too far away, but we did some some fireworks in the end. And we did get a great photo or two of the city!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale