Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 303: Vancouver, BC – The Outside?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a lot of admin and tickets at the start of his day, but then had to pack up and head to the office!

The office is reopening with a lot of rules and restrictions as well as just a small number of people as of this week.

Curtis and his colleagues went in first to do the orientation and assist with some last few things around the office.

Curtis isn’t going back for a couple of weeks but wanted to help out.

It was a little strange for Curtis to be back in the office and everyone has to walk the same direction around the office which means it takes Curtis a long time to get anywhere!

Curtis did some more tickets and then had the orientation, learning what everyone can and cannot do and all the rules.

Curtis then helped fill some bottles with sanitizer, each person gets their own, and then he had a team meeting.

After the team meeting, Curtis cleaned the coffee urns which had coffee in them since everyone left…so you can imagine how disgusting they were!

After cleaning that, Curtis had some lunch and ordered himself something exciting!

After lunch, Curtis helped put up some tape around the office to shut areas. He then went to each desk that will not be occupied and put a ‘do not take’ sticker on each monitor just to make sure they don’t go missing.

Curtis left the office around 16:30 and walked home.

Once Curtis got home, he emptied the dryer and then Kim got back so we went right over to our old apartment.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of her day in the office, before she went in she caught up on emails and messages.

Once she was in the office Kim collected a few things that needed to be sent out and got them all set up. She then arranged a FedEx pickup and started to move onto the next FedEx package that needed to be sent out. Kim went to print the documents from the first package and it wouldn’t work, so while she was arranging the second package she called FedEx to send over the paperwork she needed. After and hour and a half of calls, speaking to 3 people she was told they couldn’t help and she would have to start again. So she resubmit the form online and went through the whole process again. She finally had them packaged up and ready to go.

Kim had a quick walkround with a colleague to check what needed to be done in the office and then moved some furniture around.

After lunch Kim set up a game of cribbage, this time its the final! Once of the teams is undefeated so that will be exciting. She then spent the rest of the afternoon making plans for the rest of the week and moving more furniture around.

All The Admin

We met with our old landlord to get our deposit back, but also had a long chat about the state of the world and everything that happening.

After we did that, we went and did the shop. We got a decent amount of stuff and popped to Canadian Tire too.

Today was the first time we had been outside in 2 weeks, so it did actually feel a little strange.

We got home and unpacked the shopping and then had more leftovers for dinner.

After that, we watched some comedy and some other TV and then went to bed.

We were very tired today as we didn’t sleep too great.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 274: Vancouver, BC – Checking Out The New Neighbourhood

We woke up and had some french toast for breakfast and then we got ready for the day.

After we were ready, we spoke with Kim’s family and gave them a little tour of our apartment, even though it is not ready yet!

We finished the call, had a quick snack and then went out to walk around and explore our new neighbourhood. There seemed to be some cool places around and we even found an open Starbucks, so we got our first Starbucks in months!

We then walked back home and relaxed for a while, as well as looking at beds and other things for the apartment.

We then got hungry, so decided to make pizza!

We had a pizza dough already, so it was a case of just getting the topping sorted. We went with mushrooms, cheese (cheddar & mozzarella), red onion and sweetcorn!

The pizza was pretty tasty, though we don’t think it was enough for 2 people.

We watched the film Prospect whilst we ate dinner.

We had some cookies and other snacks throughout the evening and just generally did very little.

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 257: Vancouver, BC – Positive Steps

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right at the start of the day with his team to create a diagram of how different systems work together as well as a few ideas on how to resolve a few issues and challenges.

After that meeting, Curtis and some tickets to complete and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had another meeting which Wass an update for a lot of the company as well as a Q&A.

After that, Curtis did a few more tickets followed by 3 offboards of contractors that had left today.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a game of cribbage to start her day today. It was such a close game, but unfortunately they lost. Kim spent a lot of the morning trying to get organised, she got the go ahead on a few things so Kim started writing notes for meetings coming up and making plans.

At midday Kim had her 1:1 and it was amazing! It was so productive, Kim got a few answers to things that she had been waiting for and got good direction for a lot of things.

Straight after the 1:1 Kim had a different type of doctors appointment, it was with a neurologist. Kim had a migrane a few months ago, that with the other medical stuff she has been dealing with made her doctor want to refer her on to a specialist. They went over the migraine and everything else and nothing seems too outstanding and bad, which is great. The plan is to catch up in 6 months and come into the office for a face to face examination, once all this stuff with COVID-19 has blown over.

Kim then had a catch up with her teammate where she went over a few questions she had about projects they are working on. It was great to have a catch up too!

In the afternoon Kim reached out to vendors to let them know she had moved their stuff in the office during the big clean up! She also started making a plan for events in May.

Landlord Conversation

We had a chat with our landlord after we finished working and he was able to fix a couple of things for us, too.

We had a long chat with him about a few things.

We finished our chat and it was past 19:00, so we were pretty hungry!

Kim made hoisin chicken pasta, which we had to use spaghetti for as we had no other pasta, and we just relaxed and watched TV for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 246: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Barber!

We woke up at a fairly decent time and started the day with the remaining cinnamon buns, strawberries and banana and watched some TV.

We both showered and got ready for the day, and then it was time…

Curtis sat down in the kitchen and Kim shaved and cut his hair! This is the first time Curtis has had this short hair for probably 3 years!

It took a while and Kim did a pretty good job, though the back is… questionable, but we don’t need to show anyone that!

After Kim did Curtis’ hair, he did her hair!

Kim wants to donate a lot of her hair, so she chucked it up in a ponytail and Curtis chopped it off! He did a little tidying of the back but not too much…it turned out really well and Kim looks great and loves it!

After this, Kim spoke with a friend from pole dancing on Zoom and then we ate some dinner. We hadn’t planned any dinner, so we made baked potatoes.

We ate those and watched a Travel Man episode and then we played some VR for a while…we’re quite addicted to SuperHot VR!

We finished up with VR and watched some more TV, followed by a nice hot chocolate to send us to sleep!

Back to doing some work tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 232: Vancouver, BC – Upping Our Mini Sticks Setup!

Shopping

We got up and had breakfast, followed by getting ready shortly after.We went out to go to a couple of shops right after we got ready.We walked up to Winners first, but that was closed, so we went to the supermarket and spent quite a bit of money but got a lot of things, which was good.We left the supermarket and then went to Canadian Tire to find some lightbulbs, a stud finder & some goals for our mini sticks setup!

Building The Goals

Kim got home and used the stud finder as well as looking online to see if she can get a pole for home, and Curtis spent time building the two goals for mini sticks. We’ve now really upgraded our mini sticks setup!

Friend Chat

Kim and a chat with 5 other friends from pole dancing on Zoom!This was a nice conversation and gave the chance to chat with some other people.

Roast!

As we have the time, we made a veggie roast for dinner!We had potato, sweet potato, beetroot, broccoli, carrot and peas!Delicious.We are our food and then did the usual in the evening, playing games, mini sticks and watching some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 197: Vancouver, BC – All The Hangin’ Out!

Pole & Sandwiches

Kim went off to pole dancing at 09:30 and had an amazing session! She was feeling tired when she left and didn’t think it would be very successful, but it was actually incredibly successful and she got more of her routine sorted.

Kim finished up with pole and then had a grilled cheese and ginger beer with a friend from pole.

Whilst Kim was out doing all this, Curtis had a chat with his family back in England, catching up with them!

Shopping

We went and did the weekly shop which wasn’t very big and we also grabbed a coffee, as standard!

Dinner With New Friends!

Kim has a friend she met at work (who actually waters and maintains the plants) and since they met they’ve become great friends!

Due to this, we went, with Kim’s friend and her husband, to dinner!

They chose an Indian restaurant and it was terrific!

Sula Indian Restaurant

Our Rating: 9/10

We shared a lot of laughs and stories, but also some amazing food!

We each had a curry but we also had a starter platter, which had a bunch of Indian starters and we also had spicy chicken wings which were spicy but also tasty.

We came back home and got ready for the week before heading to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Comox,BC

Place 86 – Day 2: Comox, BC – Rock Climbing, Backyard Bonfire & Home Cooked Food

Rock Climbing

We did some rock climbing in the early afternoon, after some relaxing in the morning.

We had some crepes for breakfast and then drove to the rock climbing place.

Brody frequents the rock climbing gym often, so he knew what to do, so it was great having him there.

We did alright and we actually really enjoyed ourselves!

Sandwiches

We finished with the rock climbing after 2 hours and were pretty hungry, so thought we’d find somewhere for a sandwich.

Brody took us to an ice cream store which also did homemade sandwiches.

These sandwiches were phenomenal!

We polished off our sandwiches and headed to the snowboard rental store.

Snowboard Rental

We both had to rent snowboards, boots and helmets, so we did just that. It cost us just $94 and they were very helpful with helping get us set up. We slung that all in the back of the van and we’re ready to go.

Backyard Bonfire

We went out for a couple of hours to the house we were at last night as they had a small bonfire going in their garden.

We all stood around and chatted whilst feeding the fire and keeping very warm!

Eventually, we had to leave as we were having a home cooked dinner from Brody’s mum!

Home Cooked Meal

We got back and the food was ready!

We had coconut chicken, a vegetable medley/salad type thing and some asparagus. It was terrific food!

We had some wine and just chatted for hours. We had a really great evening.

We got all our things ready for our fun adventure tomorrow, and headed to bed at a good time as we are up early again tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 179: Vancouver, BC – Sunday Training & Hockey Game!

Training

Kim had pole dancing training at 12:30 which she was really looking forward to and was doing it with a friend.

She had a pretty good session, but she was quite tired.

Kim had booked a foot scrub for 14:00, but wasn’t able to get there in time and they didn’t have any more spots, so she had to not go.

Instead, Kim went for a coffee with her friend and chatted.

Shopping

Curtis walked up to the shop to meet Kim to do the weekly shop.

After that, Curtis went up to get himself a coffee from Starbucks.

Planning

We had a phone call with a friend who we are going to visit at the weekend! We spoke With him to get a few things planned for the weekend.

Qasadillas

We had homemade qasadillas for dinner which were really tasty!

We watched some TV for a bit and then we headed off to the ice rink for Curtis’ hockey game.

Hockey

Curtis’ team needed to win to pull away from this team in the standings…and they did!

Curtis had different linemates for this game, but played on the 1st line and continued his point streak, getting 1 assist and was +2 on the night, too.

The team won 3-1 and had a very well played defensive game, considering there were a lot of spares playing.

Curtis got a penalty, but he thinks it was more of a collision then a penalty, but it was called as ‘interference’.

Curtis now has 8 points in his last 5 games, taking him to 14 points in 21 games. He’s pretty happy with that (and he’s top of the team!).


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 164: Vancouver, BC – Brunch & Planning With Friends

Last Night’s Hockey

Curtis’ hockey game went well, at least for him! He got 1 goal and 1 assist, with the game ending 5-5! There was a shootout, but neither team won so it ended a tie.

Appointment

We went out for an appointment in Gastown which was at 11:00.

We finished pretty quickly with the appointment and then went out for brunch!

Brunch

We found a place called Catch 122 Cafe Bistro which we had seen looks really great!

Curtis had a full breakfast which was actually really great and the coffee was good too!

Kim had mushroom toast which wasn’t that great, and we had to wait 40 minutes outside to get a table!

Planning With Friends

We got home and Kim went to the shop quickly and then when she got home we chatted with Danielle and Josh to plan some more of their trip over here!

We had a nice long chat with them and then the rest of the night we watched some TV, ate some sweet chilli potato wedges.

We had some whiskey and just chilled for the evening.

A great evening all around.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

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