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

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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