Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 583: Vancouver, BC – The Mighty Ducks

Curtis’ Day

Curtis didn’t have a meeting until 10:30, so he got some tickets done and had some messages from people to deal with.

After his team meeting, he was meant to have another meeting but he didn’t, so instead he got some more work done.

Someone requested a rushed onboard and Curtis, as well as the rest of his team, had to get information provided to different people and managed to get that all wrapped up how it should be.

After lunch, Curtis had a team meeting which lasted for 1.25 hours and then tied up the week with doing some admin and a few other tickets here and there.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had few meetings, but each one was very long! The first was a vendor demonstration for a product that the company may use. It was so interesting and could be a great fit!

She then had a wonderful chat with her new teammate. They went over a lot of work stuff but also just chatted and had a catch up. It was so lovely!!

In the afternoon Kim co-hosted an interview and then had a post interview check in with the hiring managers. They went over the next steps for the role and discussed a few other things going on.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on a lot of paperwork! She signed and sent forms, planned and for prepared for next week and also reached out to some potential candidates.

Evening

We ordered some Chinese food which looked really but wasn’t too great in reality. On the plus side, they did have fried pork soup dumplings which Curtis was able to get and they were delicious, but everything else was just ok.

We watched the first episode of the new Mighty Ducks series and it was pretty bad, to be honest, but a bit of a throwback.

We took the recycling out and then when we got back to the apartment we just relaxed for the evening.

Cases here are going up, up and up so it’s more important than ever here to stay home.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 565: Vancouver, BC – The Results Are In…

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a team meeting and then had a strange issue to contend with which took up a lot of the morning.

Curtis had a good meeting about compensation, which was positive, and then did a bit more work before lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had to do some tickets and then some policy work. He had to rework his policy breach reporting setup and also make a guide for how that works, why it’s in place as well as a few other things.

That took him right to the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had a lot of small meetings throughout the day and she worked on a few guides. In the morning Kim focused on the HR guides she has been working on. She also had two individual meetings with her teammates and then had a whole team meeting at midday. In that meeting she decided that there will be a department meeting on Monday mornings and reduce the 1-1s down a little as it was a lot of repeated information.

In the afternoon Kim worked on IT guides and had a call with IT in regards to things going on for the week. They also went through a guide and tested a few things.

In the middle of the afternoon Kim worked with a teammate to finalise the results of a survey. Then to finish the day Kim tackled some other HR stuff that she hadn’t gotten around to just yet.

Evening

We had a bit of a lay down after work, because why not, and then we made some chicken with a Chinese style sauce and pasta with mushrooms and spring onion.

We ate that and watched some TV together and then played some games as well as some more TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 500: Vancouver, BC – Best Coffee In Vancouver?

We woke up at a really reasonable time today and had some toasties for breakfast. After breakfast, we had showers and then braved the rain to get ourselves some coffee!

We had heard and read that Revolver was the best coffee place in Vancouver, so we thought we should check it out.

We got pretty wet from the rain on the way there and back, but we were excited for our coffee!

Unfortunately, it wasn’t all that impressive. By no means was the coffee bad, but we weren’t really blown away! But we are glad we got to try it and we may think about trying some different coffee from there in the future.

When we got home, we played some Minecraft and then some VR!

we played quite a bit of VR, including some Mini Golf and the other game we had been playing recently.

We then watched some more TV and followed that up with eating our remaining leftovers from our Chinese food order yesterday.

We watched Big Fat Quiz 2020 whilst we ate which was funny, then finished the night off with some more Minecraft and TV/YouTube.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 415: Vancouver, BC – Friday Ex-colleague Drinks

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a slow start to the day, but it picked up and he got a decent amount of tickets completed.

Curtis had a meeting in the afternoon with his team to discuss project work and then after that he drove Kim out to a pub so she could have some drinks with some former colleagues!

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim worked on her questionnaire a little more and maybe finished it! So thats exciting! She had planned to work on the video aspect but decided she would work on that over the weekend instead.

In the afternoon Kim went out with a few friends from her old job and it was so nice! They went to a brewery near the old apartment, so it was nice to be in that area again. Kim had a pretzel and a couple of drinks and had a great catch up. One of the people there Kim hadn’t seen since COVID started.

After this most of them went to a patisserie to get a beautiful dessert and Kim decided to get one for herself and Curtis too. Then Kim ordered and picked up some dinner before getting picked up by Curtis.

Evening

We got some bao from Bao Down for dinner and they were just ok, nothing crazy..

We ate these and watched some TV, then we had a bit of a lay down as we were feeling pretty tired!

We watched some more TV and played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 205: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Lemon Chicken!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy day, especially compared to last week.

There were a lot of tickets coming in all day and Curtis took as many as he could to keep himself busy.

Curtis had a team meeting at 13:00 which lasted an hour.

Once that was done, Curtis had some lunch.

Post lunch, Curtis went to ask someone a question and ended up staying with them for an hour, testing some user experiences and answering questions on it, as well as giving opinions.

Curtis finished the day up with some admin and some final tickets.

Kim’s Day

Kim started a new Wiki page today, she isn’t sure about this one so she didn’t put too much time into it, but she did put an overview in and make a few notes. The delivery then came in so she put away all the shopping.

Kim had a meeting with her manager and it went really well! They went over a few things about the office that Kim is planning on moving around and spoke about events that will be coming up. After this meeting Kim spent the rest of her morning saving invoices.

Before lunch Kim put the dishwasher on because her colleague ordered new bowls and forks!

A colleagues nephew was in the office and was there to help out, Kim had been asked if there were any administrative tasks that he could help with. She had to remove all of the old and unused table legs from the storage room and chuck them in a recycling bin. It took one trip with two trolleys to empty all the legs from storage and now there is so much more room!

Kim spent a bit of the afternoon setting up a gaming console that she found and answering emails.

More Mice!

We got back home after work and saw a mouse scuttle past in front of us as we walked in!

We couldn’t find it anywhere, so assumed it went back to its little cave.

Kim walked up to the shop and whilst she did that, Curtis got his hockey stuff sorted for tomorrow’s game, as well as fitting his new hockey visor which finally arrived…it was the perfect size and fit!

Homemade Lemon Chicken

We made homemade Lemon Chicken with homemade egg fried rice.

This was incredible!

The sauce was incredibly sticky and flavourful and then chicken was friend to perfection.

We will be making that again!

Kim went out to the hot tub and then hopped in the shower.

We watched a little more TV and then went to bed early.


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 29: Vancouver,BC – Moving Day!

Picking Up Some Things

We left the apartment with everything we have and loaded it into the Uhaul.

We drove to an apartment in the city and picked up some tables. Luckily, these were dismantled so were easy to fit in the van.

We then moved on to another city apartment in which we picked up a nice TV! The guy was very nice and let us test it before we purchased and we also spoke to him a little bit.

We had the fun job of trying not to smash or damage the TV… more on that later!

We continued on from here to collect two bar stools. Kim decided to put them to good use when we were in the elevator.

We drove from here to our new home, which wasn’t far.

TV Panic!

Whilst driving home, a panel of one of the tables slid onto the top of the TV screen, so we stopped to check it. It looked physically ok but obviously couldn’t check it there and then.

We continued to drive and then shortly after, another part of a table slammed into the TV.

We got to our new apartment and ran in to test the TV…It was fine! No issues at al, we don’t think.

Coffee & Apartment Check

We saw the previous tenant of the apartment who was cleaning it for a couple of hours. Due to this, we had to kill time, so we went for a coffee.

On the way back, we got the previous tenant a drink, too!

We had a check around with the landlord regarding the apartment with what needs fixing etc. Once we did this, we moved everything in!

Moved In!

We went down to the garage with the landlord who is kindly giving us a sofa that he no longer needs. We has to help him bring it upstairs, which wasn’t the easiest, but we did it.

After this, we went out to the truck and started unloading.We didn’t really have a plan, so just dumped stuff in our living room, but we got the mattress out of its wrapping and let it expand fully.

Taking The Van Back

We finished moving in and then drove the van back to Richmond. We dropped it off and then went to McDonald’s for some food as we hadn’t eaten since breakfast.

We left McDonald’s and got a bus and then a train to get back home.

Once we arrived home, which was around 17:30, we sorted out the sofa bed, followed by building our bed.

We finally got the bed done by around 21:00.

Canadian Tire

We went to Canadian Tire to get a few things we needed, such as a bed sheet, plungers & sone extension cords.

Chinese

We got a bit hungry, so we walked to a Chinese place and ordered some lemon chicken and szechuan beef. They even said they would delivery it to us, so we said yes and stopped by the liquor store on the way back to get some beer.

We finally got out bed made and got into bed. The bed is very company and just perfect for us!

We watched a quick YouTube video using data as we don’t have wifi as of yet – that is hopefully getting installed tomorrow!

More stuff to build and do tomorrow, but we are getting there.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Orlando,FL

Place 81 – Day 6: Orlando,FL – Easter Sunday Swim

Swim

Kim and Abbie really wanted to surf today, so they headed down the beach with Tom & Maggie to see if they could rent some surfboards.

They Got A Nice Family Photo

Unfortunately, there were no waves for surfing, so instead they just swam and the weather was perfect.

Whilst this happened, Curtis was back at the house relaxing and watching an important Leafs playoff game.

After a few hours of swimming and relaxing, a coffee was purchased and they went back to the house.

Panda Express

After Curtis finished watching hockey, we went for some dinner at Panda Express as it is quick, easy & tasty.

We all ate up and then went looking for some dessert in Waffle House, but it turns out they aren’t really a dessert waffle place so we gave up and went home.

Dramatic Card Games

We played some card games together today.

Abbie had a game which she wanted to share with us which was like spies and agents. It took us a bit to get our heads around it but really enjoyed it once we got it.

We played a few games of that and then some games of UNO before it was bed time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Orlando,FL

Place 81 – Day 3: Orlando,FL – Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach

We went to paradise beach today.

The weather was a little windy today, but much more muggy, but we headed out anyway.

We took some chairs and parasoles today to keep us out of the sun for a bit.

Kim and Abbie went in the sea and then went to try and find some surfboards, but were not successful.

We left the beach and headed home for a little bit to relax and get cooled down.

Dinner

We went out to a Chinese buffet, which was just $9 each!

We each stuffed ourselves and then came back and flopped on the sofas to watch Thor:Ragnarok, and that’s how the day ended.

Another chilled day at the beach, but should be something different tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Seattle,WA

Place 73 – Day 7: Seattle,WA – Gas Works Park, Pinball Museum & Oldest Chinese Restaurant

Sleep!

We slept in until 11:45 this morning, partially by accident but also it was lovely to get some sleep.

We had our breakfast, showered and finally headed out at around 13:30.

2 Buses

We got onto the bus and had to change at downtown onto a bus taking us further north.

We got up to an area called Fremont and walked towards the Gas Works Park.

Gas Works Park

The gas works park is a park which contains a former coal gasification plant.

The style looks very ‘steampunk’ and it is a really awesome thing to look at. This place was used from 1906-1956 and still looks great for its age! This is actually the old remaining coal gasification plant in the US!


More About The Gas Works Park | Seattle,WA


We were also able to get amazing photos of the city from this view point!

Google

We were aware that Google had an office around that area too, so we walked down the coast line and then came across it.

They basically own an entire street of buildings…it was very cool!

Pinball Museum

We got a bus back towards the city and got off at Chinatown.

We walked for 10 minutes and got to Seattle’s pinball museum.

We had to pay a fee of $15 each and then we could play for as long as we wanted on whichever machines we wanted!

We had a really great time playing all of the machines. They were also layed out in age order, from 1960 all the way to 2018!


Seattle Pinball Museum | Seattle,WA

Rating:- 8/10


There were 2 floors to the store and we actually really enjoyed ourselves, considering we were a little sceptical.

Kim Playing The 1960 Machine

Oldest Chinese Restaurant

We asked for good food suggestions at the pinball place and were told that the oldest Chinese restaurant in Seattle was around the corner. That sold it for us, so off we went!

We got to Tai Tung and instantly noticed how old it looked, but in a good way! It has been open since 1935 and it has incredible character. It was also Bruce Lee’s favourite restaurant in Seattle!


Check Out A Video About Tai Tung Restaurant


We sat and were given a pot of Tea, water and then later, free cabbage soup!

We ordered beef chow mein, sweet & sour pork as well as some rice.

The food was pretty good, actually! The chow mein was delicious, with incredible beef in it. The pork inside the batter was good, but the batter was a little odd and the sauce a bit too sweet.


Tai Tung Restaurant | Seattle,WA

Rating:- 8/10


Hometime!

We walked back from chinatown to our apartment. There were some incredible views on the way, including a beautiful sunset.

We got back, packed as we leave Seattle tomorrow, and watched some TV for a bit.

Tomorrow

Luckily, we don’t need to leave too early in the morning due to our flight being early afternoon.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale