Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 339: Vancouver, BC – New Company Wide Competition

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a quiet day in general, but he did start it off with some work on some tickets.

Before he could do anything, though, he had to try and fix his Outlook which, after changing his password, was being a pain!

Eventually, after probably an hour or so, he was able to get it working and started getting some tickets done.

Curtis dealt with a few questions around a piece of software and that took up some time too.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with planning out the new tournament she has made up. She wrote up the how it works and rules. She then researches how she will work the voting system so tried a few different survey and quiz options.

Mid morning Kim took a bunch of stuff down to the storage room which really cleans up the meeting room she is currently working out of.

For the rest of the morning, and most of the afternoon Kim worked on the other events that are coming up. She started on the invites, amended some of the ideas and spoke with vendors. Towards the end of the afternoon Kim had an impromptu meeting and whiteboard session with her colleague to triple check numbers against vendors we would use. It was another very successful day!

Evening

We just had frozen pizza for dinner as we didn’t have anything planned.

We ate dinner and watched some TV and then went out for a brief walk. The weather was very warm again today, so good to get out.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 156: Vancouver, BC – Cooking Competition Winner!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and just had a whole day of meetings planned.

Curtis got a few things done and then went into his first meeting. This meeting had a lot of information thrown at him all at once, so it was a lot to take in and make plans for!

As it was a meeting with other people in the business, Curtis had a follow up meeting with just his team to discuss this.

Shortly after that meeting, Curtis had another meeting with his team, to work on a few project things.

Directly following that meeting, his team had another meeting to discuss the last 2 weeks of work they had done, what went well, what didn’t go well and what was learned.

After this, Curtis got some other work done and then had some drinks with colleagues in the office.

Curtis had to leave his laptop at the office (locked away) so it could continue doing something he was doing that was going to take a while.

Curtis walked home and waited for Kim to get home.

Kim’s Day

Kim went to a company ran cooking competition today!

She had to cook a few things with her team. Kim made a steak sandwich with an arugula side salad and she also made a brunch style meal which was hash brown with eggs!

Kim then got a meal which was really good! A beetroot terrine for starter, duck for main and then a chocolate budino for dessert!

Kim won the competition for her steak sandwich, which was awesome! She won a wooden spoon!

Evening Out!

Kim continued her work outing for a few hours after work. They went to a bar and had some drinks and some really good chats! They had a terrific time.

Once Kim got home, she wasn’t feeling very hungry, so Curtis just had some soup.

We watched some TV and then went to bed. We were excited to get some sleep!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

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

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 180: Vancouver, BC – Kim’s Pole Dancing Competition

A quick breakfast

We got up and had some scrambled eggs on toast for breakfast, but it had to be quick!

Supporting others

Kim got ready and went out to support other people from her pole club.

She got there and did a bit of training but then spent the rest of the day watching other people’s performances and preparing.

Kim’s Performance!

Curtis walked to the theatre that the performances were taking place in, which took about 30 minutes, and he was able to catch a few people before Kim.

Kim had 2 others in her group, so was guaranteed a medal, but wanted to do well!

Kim’s performance was first of her group and it went perfectly with no issues.

Kim really enjoyed it and Curtis was very proud and thought it was amazing!

After that, the two others went and then it was time for the level 5 people.

These people were insane and it was a real eye opener to both of us.

Once that was done, the award ceremony happened, after a big group photo.

Awards

All the medals were given out for each category and Kim got 3rd out of 3 in her group. Curtis felt her routine was the best, so it wasn’t fair! But Kim did enjoy it and did really well, but she still got a medal which is amazing!

Food & Drinks

We went out with a few people from the competition and their partners.

We just went to Earl’s Kitchen & Bar which is a standard place here in Vancouver.

We each got cajun chicken and it was delicious! Curtis also got an old fashioned and Kim got a mojito.

We had some good chats and met a few new people which was great fun and then we took the slow 30 minute walk back home.

We got back home and it was bed time!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 39: Vancouver,BC – Banana Bread Competition & Pot Luck

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the day with a coffee and apple juice after walking to work.

He looked into a possible setup for someone that wanted something a little specific and Curtis wasn’t even sure if it was possible!

Curtis helped with a few small issues and then he went to do some banana bread judging. Two colleagues had said they were each better at baking banana bread, so they went to war and each made one for everyone to test and vote on!

After lunch, Curtis did some more research for his project as well as had a phone call with a software company in relation to this project. They are also based in Vancouver and not far from Curtis’ office…And the guy was British.

Curtis installed some extra RAM in someone’s laptop and once that was done, he spent a bit of time seeing if he could develop a little something himself for the project, partially due to interest but also in case it would work for what he needs.

Kim’s Day

Kim got to work and got set up and spent the first bit of her day watching more training videos.

Then some information came in about some travel Kim was booking so she went back over to reception to get some help with that. That then spiraled into other mini training sessions.

It was then time to pack down guitar hero and put the kitchen back to normal.

Kim then went into a meeting to get a better understanding of what another string of her role would be. She also had a good chat with the lady she would be working closely with for it.

Then it was time to set up for the pot luck people set up to celebrate Eid. There was a wonderful spread and Kim provided some Brookies that went down well.

After stuffing her face with amazing food Kim went back to her desk to do a little more training. This then got a little tedious so kim decided to start setting up spreadsheets and other documents to get her started in her role. Things like template emails, lists of the more random items that get purchased on occasion and other stuff like that.

Then her computer was about to die so Kim and a colleague went about clearing the kitchen. All the food that was left had been polished off, so that made it much easier!

Seawall Walk

We both finished work and headed home. Once we got back, Kim headed back out briefly to pick something up whilst Curtis played some games.

When Kim returned, we went for a walk for about 20 minutes. We walked along the seawall, which is just outside our house, and along the private harbours and by the restaurants. This was a nice thing to do as the weather was very warm and the sun was going down, glistening off the water.

We had to fight through a horde of geese to get back home, but once we did we had dinner.

We ate the same as yesterday to finish it off.

We watched the Billions season finale and then an episode of Chernobyl.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale