Place 72 – Day 196: Vancouver, BC – A Photo Centric Day

Curtis’ Day

Curtis set out his plan for the week, which was a bit more project work as some more are ramping up now, which he is glad about.

Curtis had 2 back to back long meetings, so couldn’t get too much done.

The end of his afternoon was a little better as he stated a couple of projects and then finally got to do a bit of training, reading a book he has to read to get a qualification.

Curtis walked home with a stop off somewhere to run an errand, then it was cleaning time!

Kim’s Day

Kim decided to start her day with some breakfast so she sat down and had some cereal!

Kim then went through all of the messaging channels to save photos from the past year and put them in a social folder. Kim then started to make a slideshow for these photos as a 2019 highlight reel.

Kim then sent out a meeting invite that she prepared last week for a holiday pot luck. She made a fee changes and added cookie decorating to the invite and sent it out! She is looking forward to eating all the tasty food!

Kim then started putting together a design for the photo strip for the photobooth.

Kim then popped out for lunch, she dicided to go and get the hoi sin wrap that she had a few months ago. It wasn’t as smothered in sauce so it wasn’t as tasty for Kim but she really enjoyed it still!

When she god back Kim sent out some packages via FedEx and she ordered some more supplies.
Kim then went back and made some changes to the photo strip before heading home.

Kim walked home and drove to the doctors as she had a follow up appointment from the visit last week. Everything seems good which is great news!

Cleaning, Cooking & Training

We both got home around the same time and got started on the cleaning, until Kim had to leave to go training.

Kim’s classes tonight were tough but she really enjoyed them! She learnt her first flip off the pole and watched everyone else do a really cool combo.

The most life changing thing to come out of this class is that Kim has learnt to properly climb today! Up until this point Kim has been hulking her way up and using too much energy, she has now been taught to use her elbow and climbing is now effortless.

This distracted Kim and she just spent ages climbing and not doing the combo, which is fine!

Curtis made dinner for us both, which was spaghetti bolognese, which turned out pretty well! After he was done making that, he did the vacuuming and that was the chores done for the evening, so he just relaxed.

Once Kim returned home, she had some of the spaghetti bolognese and we sat down to watch a couple of TV episodes and YouTube videos before sleeping.

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This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 189: Vancouver, BC – Broken Elevators

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and 3 out of the 6 elevators weren’t working!

Curtis crammed into one of them and just after he arrived at work, he was told that all of the elevators had stopped working, so he got there at the perfect time.

Curtis had his standard team meeting after doing a lot of a admin for the morning, but then really had nothing planned.

His day became busy, in a good way, and he was able to get a lot of tickets completed.

A concern was raised about something project related, so that is what Curtis spent most of his afternoon doing, after his team strategy meeting which lasted for an hour.

Right at the end of the day, Curtis did some project admin but also helped someone who had been having some issues for a few days.

Once that was done, it took Curtis perfectly to the end of the day.

Luckily, the elevators were working.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had a day of getting the things she has been putting off done.

Kim started by sending out a chaser message about the Holiday party so she collected the RSVPs and gave the spreadsheets formulas so Kim doesnt have to do maths anymore, then the fruit arrived so Kim sorted all of that and then reorganised one of the other cupboards in the kitchen. Kim gutted it, sorted through plastic cutlery boxed up some plastic lids and just generally had a good clean up.

Kim then spent some time drafting up business cards and got them sent out to be made up.

Kim then sent a few emails about the holiday party and added more points to the to do list and moved some from ‘to do’ to ‘completed’ which is a win!

Throughout the day there were many deliveries, which Kim can only expect will increase over the next few coming months!

One of the deliveries for Kim’s colleague was ful of decorations for the holiday party. The only issue was that one of the things ordered was about a third of the size they wanted! So they will have to get more!

Kim then got her head down and scanned all of her receipts for the past month and saved them all too! This is so great as it means she will have done it just in time to reconcile!

Costco

We went over to Costco to get a few things from there on the way home.

We didn’t get much at all and were out within 20 minutes!

The weather was foul, so all of our bags and the box we carried got wet, but at least we got the items we needed.

Weekly Clean

We got home and did our weekly clean.

We took the rubbish and recycling out and then cleaned up around the apartment.

Kim walked up to the shop to get a few things and then when she got back, we had dinner.

Chicken Baguette

We had a chicken baguette for dinner, with mayonnaise and sweetcorn, accompanied by turkey stuffing crisps and some of our leftover “fancy” cheese.

We watched some TV, made some lunch for tomorrow and that was our evening!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 119: Vancouver, BC – Stressful Costco Run & Hockey Scrimmage

Family Chat

We woke up and got ready just in time to speak with Curtis’ family.

We had a nice chat and spoke with Curtis’ auntie, uncle and cousins which was really nice!

We finished this and then headed out to the car for a road trip…To Costco!

Big Costco

We wanted to see if the Richmond Costco was any better, as it’s much bigger.

We took a drive out there, but stopped at bulk barn first to see what that was about (it wasn’t great).

We got into the Costco carpark and it was a mission. People and cars everywhere! We eventually got a space, and went into the pandemonium of Costco.

It wasn’t really any better than the one usually go to, just bigger and full of more people!

We left after about an hour and got back into the car to go to Walmart.

We got a few lunch items from the shop then drove back home.

Hockey Scrimmage!

We watched a few things on TV and had a delicious sweet chilli beef dish with rice.

Once it got to 20:15 we left the house and drove down to New Westminster for Curtis’ scrimmage!

Curtis really enjoyed it, having not played since December. He got to meet his team mates and more importantly, play hockey with them.

#65 in White!

It wasn’t all that serious. It went on for an hour and 15 minutes and then it was home time.

Curtis thought he’d have been more tired but he actually feels great and can’t wait for the season to start again!

We got home pretty late so then it was bed time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 103: Vancouver, BC – Kim’s Company Summer Picnic

Curtis’ Day & Evening

Curtis got to work and had a security meeting. The meeting was quite short, but he was then able to get on with some work.

He setup a mac for someone and then then setup another laptop for someone else, all whilst doing some tickets.

Curtis’ day was busy and varied again, which was great. He had to remote into some laptops in North Carolina and set them up and that took some time.

In the afternoon, Curtis gave the mac to the person he set it up for and then spent most of the afternoon trying to sort the virtual machine again!

Just before he left, Curtis had to get the approval to give someone access to something that they needed urgently.

Curtis then helped someone that was having issues with their email account and then he walked home.

Curtis just played games in the evening whilst Kim was out. He also tried sushi again and still doesn’t like it!

Kim’s Day & Evening

Today is finally the day of Kims work summer party and she is so excited and ready to start the day. When she got in she arranged stuff for the day and ordered some catering for a summer party in Boston that will be happening tomorrow. She also passed over the front desk to her predecessor who agreed to come back and cover for the day! This was great as it meant Kim did not have to train anyone.

Kim then left to head to the dollar store to meet with her collaegue to pick up a few little things for the party like table cloths, games for kids and supplies for the planned games. They were then met by another colleague and a rental car that they had for the day.

All 3 jumped in the car and headed to Costco to pick up, burgers, hot dogs, buns and other stackable items. Then they went back to work to pick up all of the things they had collected over the past few days and put that in the car before heading to Safeway to pick up a few Gluten Free items, ice and have some lunch. The first thing on the list was lunch, so Kim got a build your own style Chinese food put which was great!

After this everyone got back in the car and went to the party destination, Prospect Point. Just after they arrived and started setting up, one of the rental companies arrive, they then set up the BBQ and generator. The girls unloaded the car of everything and left one girl to prep the food while Kim and the other lady headed back to the office to collect the last few things from the office and but the few things that they had forgotten, like suncream and veggie dogs!

They then went back to the park to finish setting up. When they arrived, the other lady had pretty much finished all of the food and was just chopping the last few onions! Kim helped set out the eating area, by organising the food tables, sorting out the drinks and moving all of the spare stuff out of the way in the small kitchen style room they had available to use. Just as Kim put the last box away the bus turned up with the first group of people. Kim then went about getting balloons blown up and put about the place to decorate.

The evening started with people milling around and soaking up the sun, before the BBQ food was ready to eat! Once the food was flying off the grill people were eating and having a great time. There was a bouncy castle, volleyball net, croquet, tug of war and a few little things like foam swards, soft footballs and hoolahoops for the kids. As it was a family event and Kim was allowed to organise all the fun and games, she knew that she had to get the kids on her side if she had any chance of anyone participating in any of the races. Kim was well prepared with little bubble tubes for every kid.

The first race started a little while after the BBQ and it was the classic 3 legged race. First it was parents and children and then there were 2 heats of the adults playing too. The next game was the egg and spoon race, there was a kids only race and then another 2 rounds of the adults racing, with the final being the 2 winners of each race.

There was a small break before the tug of war! Everyone got involved and it was a child favourite! They had a few rounds and then they had a small inter-departmental competition where one team totally destroyed the rest of the company and were rightfully crowned winners. After this utter destruction from that team the children wanted another go so we arranged for a few goes for them, the best was against their own parents!

The last 2 races of the day was the wheelbarrow race. This was done with parent and child and it was great fun. The final was a sack race! People were starting to dwindle by this point so we just had child participation. Just before they all started heading home, we distributed the foam swords, hoolahoops, bounce balls and remaining bubble amongst the kids for being so much fun.

Kim and her colleague then took 5 minutes as people were leaving to play a little bit of volleyball, this was the first 5 minutes they had to themselves for the whole day! Then it was straight into clearing up and making the place look nice, clean and tidy. Kim had the great idea of asking one of the rental companies if we could use their dolly to make one return trip to the car much easier, and they said yes! It took a lot of time and effort out of the clean up.

After the clean up, one colleagueauge dropped the other 2 off at their homes before she and Kim went back to the office to empty the car to allow a quick return to the rental in the morning. Once this was done she kindly dropped Kim off home, which saved Kim so much time!

Late Evening Chill

Kim is up very early tomorrow to get to work for an earlier time, so once she got back around 21:35, there wasn’t much time left before she wanted to sleep.

She got ready for tomorrow and then we watches some videos, did our duolingo and went to bed!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place72 – Day 73: Vancouver, BC – Free Coffee, Forgotten Phone & Costco Run

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work with 5 minutes to spare and was non stop from that point on.

He had a new starter to setup as well as 2 people to offboard.

At 11:00, Curtis helped someone move desks and convert it to a standing desk. Once this was done, Curtis got bought a coffee by the lady, which was lovely!

After the coffee, Curtis had some more of the onboarding to complete and then it was lunch time.

Kim met Curtis down at a Vietnamese place near Curtis’ work as they do a great Banh Mi. We got those but because it was far from Kim’s work, she had to walk back as soon as she got it.

Curtis went back to work after lunch and continued to be busy. He had to order a lot of items as well as some software.

At 14:30 he updated the AV system in 2 rooms and checked on them periodically.

There were a lot of small issues today so Curtis spent quite a bit of time sorting those, too.

Curtis’ day finished at 17:00 and he walked to meet Kim.

Kim’s Day

As Kim was walking to work she checked to see if her phone was in her bag and found that it wasn’t! This was not the best start to the day.

When the fruit arrived Kim put it all away, she ordered a lot of different items from normal so it will be a nice change.

Someone mentioned that they couldnt find any brown sugar so Kim then spent some time sorting out the sugar! Nor exciting but everything is much easier to find now! Plus its easier to know what the stock levels are.

Kim then took some time to set up next weeks order and contact a few other vendors about some possible additional items they would like to stock!

It was a colleueges birthday on Thursday, but she was away on leave so in the late morning Kim and another colluege ran to a bakery to pick up a beautiful red velvet cake and a card! As they got in the elevators who catches the door at the last second? The birthday girl! Sods law!

When they got back upstairs the girls prepared the cake and plates to ‘surprise’ the birthday girl! They got a few people together sang happy birthday and then ate cake!

Kim sorted a few things out before heading to near Curtis’ work to meet him for lunch. Not so easy to do without a phone as they had not really discussed a time to place all that well. They eventually found each other and sat for a little while.

When Kim got back she spent most of her afternoon sorting our various different social things. She set up the agenda for the social team meeting later this week, went over a few things for the upcoming summer party and sent out an invite to a meeting next week. She also ordered some catering for next weeks meeting!

At the end of the day Kim spent some time going through her phones messages. It was not interesting and mainly consisted of the dead space before someone hangs up. There was one call where the phone was just recording background noise of people singing in an office, Kim stopped listening somewhere around the 2 minute mark.

Costco Run

We met up from work and walked down to Costco, primarily to get meat but also a few other things like cheese and a cereal.

We spent some money there and then walked back, boxs & bags in hand with all the items we bought.

Too Much Food

For dinner, we has a big chicken salad with a side of Kraft mac and cheese. Turns out it was way too much food!

We were very stuffed, so we just sat and watched Vikings in the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 36: Vancouver,BC – Costco Card!

Costco

We had a lay in, had breakfast and then got ready to head out.

We walked up to the bank to get a statement which we need to have for Costco.

We then walked from there across the road to a Vietnamese place. We restrained ourselves from having food, but we did have a, subpar, Vietnamese coffee.

We left here and made the walk across the bridge to Costco.

We got to Costco, on a Saturday, so very busy. We got in line to get a membership and once that was done, off we went to shop! We also signed up for the credit card they have via Capital One, which has great cashback!

Curtis got a free coffee via the Nespresso stand and we also tried a few free food items.

We bought a lot of meat and cheese which were the two things we needed most and what we will save a lot of money on.

Leftovers & Salad

We had some leftovers and salad for dinner as we needed to get rid of it, but the chicken we hd was great, as well as leftover potatos and fajita filling.

Lucifer & YouTube

We sat and watched a couple of episodes of Lucifer and then broke it up with watching some YouTube videos. After this, we watched some other shows and then went to bed.

Today was productive but also relaxed. We have both had a busy week!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 32: Vancouver,BC – Costco & More Kitchen Stuff

Curtis’ Day

Curtis woke up with a nose bleed, so not the best start to the day!

Luckily, he still got to the office on time.

Curtis began by configuring a Mac for a user getting a replacement and then had to go and look at the lounge area of the office and remove redundant equipment as well as plan what will be done with the area from an audio/visual standpoint.

Curtis had a quick 1 to 1 to check how he was going on and then he had to check multiple meeting rooms to check their visual equipment was working correctly and he gained a few future projects from that!

After lunch, Curtis completed a few tickets and then had to get some laptops and test them for donating.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into work and started by setting up some of the fruit.

When she settled down at her desk, Kim decided to rearrange her desk and organise some of the computers files. During this, a request came in for breakfast catering so Kim and colleague headed across to the fancy supermarket across the road to buy many pastries.

After a little while, Kim then headed into a meeting to finish off the rest of the orientation.

Then suddenly it was lunch time! Kim joined the rest of her team up on the rooftop terrace to enjoy some sun and have some lunch. It was lovely to just sit and have a chat with people.

After lunch, Kim headed to Costco with 3 colleagues to get some breakfast items and snacks for the Hackathon thats happening from Wednesday to Friday.

The team took 2 taxis back because so much stuff had been bought!

When they got back, Kim was met by a few other employees who helped take the many bags and boxes upstairs. Once they were upstairs, Kim helped empty and organise all of the food, including helping move a small fridge from one part of the office to another to store all of the cheese!

The unpacking room roughly an hour which left them with an hour left in the day so Kim managed to get some time to go through her emails and get a bit more practice with the systems she will be using.

Screws

We had to collect some screws from the guy we bought our TV from as the base requires certain screws. He was in Chinatown so we walked there together after work.

We got the screws and then briefly went to Costco to find out about the card and how to get one.

More Kitchen Stuff

We walked back home and dropped off our stuff and then went back out to get some more things for the kitchen. We tried a dollar store but that wasn’t great so we went to homesense and got stuff there.

We came back home and Kim made fajitas for dinner, which were incredible!

New Blinds

Our landlord came by in the evening to provide us with some new blinds as well as speak to us about anything we wanted fixing. He will be coming by sometime next week to put the new blinds up, which is great!

Swim

In the late evening, Kim went for a relaxing swim in the pool we have in our building. Kim really enjoys having a pool so she can swim when she wants!

We watched some TV and headed to bed. We have no plans for tomorrow evening, which we are very excited for.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale