Place 72 – Day 208: Vancouver, BC – A Christmas Tree

Last Night’s Hockey Game

Curtis’ hockey game last night was a good one!

Curtis’ team had a lot of spare people playing, but it turned out to be pretty good!

Curtis had a lot of chances and his team in general did actually, and they were playing the 2nd place team, too.

The score ended 1-0 to the other team, but everyone really enjoyed themselves and tried their hardest, which was the best!

Haircut

Curtis had a haircut at 13:15 today, so after our relaxed morning, he walked down to Gastown to get that done.

He had the same barber as he had last time, an Australian guy, so luckily the barber knew what Curtis wanted and could work on that for him easily!

Coffee & A Christmas Tree

We went to get a coffee after Curtis’ haircut, just up at the Starbucks by our house.

Once we were done with out coffee, we popped into Canadian Tire and bought ourselves a Christmas tree and some decorations to go on it…we plan to set this up sometime tomorrow.

Cheese & Wine

Curtis watched hockey when we got back and Kim watched some Queer Eye.

After both of these finished, we went up to the shop to get some cheeses so we could have wine and cheese again!

To do this though, we also needed wine, so we jumped into the liquor store to get that, too.

A Film

During our wine and cheese night, we watched a film that Kim has seen before, but wanted to watch called what to expect when you’re expecting.

It was actually not a bad film and Curtis enjoyed it more than he thought he would.

After watching that, we watched some YouTube videos and then went to bed…Kim is up fairly early tomorrow (for a Sunday anyway) and has a bit of a busy day planned!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 207: Vancouver, BC – Lunchtime, Gametime

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy start to the morning, having to help a whole company (that work within his company) setup their respective office boardrooms for a company wide meeting.

After that, Curtis spent the morning doing ticket work, and a small amount of project work, hoping to finish up a project soon.

Curtis’ team had a meeting at 13:00, which was to agree on projects to take on for the upcoming 2 weeks.

This meeting went on for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, which Curtis had lunch after.

After lunch, Curtis was able to get his project finished and start another project, which was a big success!

Kim’s Day

Kim got in and started on the shopping orders for the other two offices right away. She put all the orders together but ran out of time before her meeting room booking to actually place the orders. She really didn’t want to rush them and make a mistake.

Kim collected everything she needed for starting the table decorations and took them up to the meeting rooms on the 25th floor.

As she was spray painting Kim decided to go up to the roof so she can work in a meeting room wity a door that can open and allow fresh air in.She had the idea of using parts of the beautiful bouquet of flowers that Curtis got her for her birthday. She dried out the leaves and some petals and spray painted them sparkly or silver. This will look so pretty on the night scattered around the food.

She then cleaned up and headed back downstairs in time to start setting up for the lunchtime game. Kim moved some furniture and set out the pens and answer sheets for the game. Kim’s colleagues grabbed the pizza while she was setting up too!

The game this quarter was Guess the Song – Festive Addition.

It was great fun to watch people try to figure out what was playing and then the debates during the answers were great! Kim would not accept George Michael, it had to be Wham, but she was not insistent on the exclamation mark. She totally made the rules up as she went! It ended in a 3 way tie so there was then a few quick fire rounds until we came to one winning team! It was great fun!

Kim got back to her desk and then went through all the other offices orders and triple checked them before she completed them.

After this Kim sent 2 packages vis FedEx, which is great as she was worrying she was running out of time.

As she had bought some extra stuff for the table centrepieces yesterday, Kim wanted to do a quick improvement of the snowman she has made. It is now much cuter and better looking!

Kim then finalised the shop for the Vancouver office. It won’t be arriving until the afternoon on the Monday as Kim has tried a different shop!

As she has to order some extra things that the usual place is unlikely to stock.

Kim then sent and replied to a few emails before heading home!

Late Hockey Game

Curtis got home and sorted his hockey kit out and chucked that in the car.

Kim got home and we had some food. Curtis made himself some (way too spicy) Piri-Piri chicken with rice and Kim wanted to have a potato instead, so she did just that.

We watched some TV and then left the house around 21:00 to go to Curtis’ hockey game.

We will update you on how the hockey game went tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 206: Vancouver, BC – Interesting Network Things

Curtis’ Day

Curtis only had a few things planned for the day, but that soon grew!

A lot of tickets came in, which Curtis took and sorted for people.

Curtis had to deal with a possible security issue, which took up quite a chunk of the morning, but he did enjoy that!

Curtis went for lunch with two colleagues. They had Banh Mi and Curtis also got a vietnamese iced coffee.

After lunch, Curtis had a meeting, followed by doing a few bits of project work as well as discussing a new project with his team.

Curtis also did some network things with his colleague who is in town from Winnipeg. He learned a bit more, too, which is great and always welcome.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she set up for the day and sent out a reminder email about a building run holiday breakfast party happening in the lobby.

Kim and a few others went down to grab some food, there was also a live 2 person band playing festive songs.
When Kim got back she tool some time to compare 2 pizza places as she wanted to try ordering from somewhere new.

Kim picked a restaurant that she and Curtis have ordered from previously. It has a comparable price, larger pizzas, better quality and all the dietary replacements that are needed.

Kim then popped out to the dollar store to grab some cheap holiday chocolates and mini candy canes for the chocolate vase at her desk.

People were very happy when they saw it filled with festive treats! On the way back into the office she picked up a box of 6 chicken nuggets.

Kim then scanned and saved a few recipts before heading out on another little coffee date! This time they actually went for coffee!

Kim and another colleague went down to JJ Bean and had a wonderful chat about management, how they both ended up in Vancouver and languages.

When Kim got back she actually booked the pizza for delivery as she didn’t want to place the order earlier over lunch time, that seemed like a bad time to be placing a 16 pizza order!

Kim the popped out again to pick up some felt for the party declarations and picked up the multipack of beer and case of cider for tomorrows afternoon drinks.

Enjoyable Pole Training

Curtis got home and had no plans to do anything at all, so just sat around and played games!

Kim’s class tonight was great fun! She ended up learning a move she tried a few weeks ago. It took a few attempts but she finally nailed it on the last attempt! She also learned a very cool fake bendy move!

Kim got back home and we watched a YouTube video or two, followed by Silicon Valley.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 205: Vancouver, BC – Getting Things Done

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and had a few things planned to do but didnt really get around to them until after his 15 minute team meeting, due to getting some admin completed.

Curtis’ plan for the day was mostly to get tickets completed which he didn’t get to do yesterday with how busy he was doing the onboards.

Curtis did a lot in a short period of time, which was great as he needed to catch up!

He did get an email from someone thinking they recieved a phishing email, so Curtis investigated that for a while, which he always finds interesting, and he was able to determine that it was not a phishing email.

Curtis got a lot done for a project he is working on, too! He had to contact a company and find out if they could make some changes for him, as well as look at a few parts of the software and determine if it can do what is needed.

The afternoon involved setting up a laptop as well as starting off a backup and changing the name of a website, as requested by someone.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by reaching out and replying to vendors for the holiday party.

Kim then did a quick test of some of the party declarations, she loves the ones from today, but hates the one she made a few weeks ago!

Kim then spent some time planning up two floor plan options, one is preferable, but the other is a backup plan for if the band can’t be placed where they want it to be.

Kim then hopped on a call with a charity that the company works closely with and her boss to talk about future involvement and plans.

It was great to meet them and it will be awesome to work closer with them in the up and coming months.

After this call Kim finalised some more of the floor plan and then sent that off to the caterers to ensure that the current plan has enough space for all the food ordered. She then went on to amend her current timeline for a nice and easy to read timeline for all of the vendors.

Kim then had a small meeting with a colleague to go over the social lunch happening on Friday and the party plans.

Kim then had to do some proper first aid, it was just wrapping up an old injury that has flared up. So.she sorted that, did the paperwork and sent across some recommendations

Evening

Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim was out and helping at pole!

Once Kim got back home, we watched just a little TV, ate some hoisin chicken and rice that we made and then headed to bed.

Not a particularly exciting day today, but we got a lot of things done that we needed to.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 204: Vancouver, BC – Backpack Donation

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day, whilst very productive, was pretty same, same!

He had to get 2 onboards setup, but they are to be based in Denver, which takes a bit more work.

Curtis had to get into the laptop that was in Denver, which always takes a while! He eventually got into both, but it did take up some time.

Curtis setup the user accounts, and had to do a lot extra with the phone setup, which took an hour in itself!

Curtis finished setting up both by around 15:30, when he had a quick meeting/chat with someone from the legal team with regards to a project he wanted to get started.

The rest of the day was Curtis catching up on tickets.

Kim’s Day

While Kim was setting up the catering for the day long meeting arrived, which is great because she had completely forgotten that it was arriving. Kim set that up in the meeting room ans then went to make a coffee pot. While the coffee was brewing, Kim organised everything to go with it, milks and sugars. As she went to take it through, she realised she had brewed a whole pot but didn’t put any beans in the filter, she just brewed hot water. Not ideal! She sorted it all out and took it into the meeting.

Kim spent most of the morning on ad hoc tasks like looking into ordering food and starting all of the weekly shops!

The cleaning supervisor came in again to check up on the things that had been listed, a fair few of the items had been done, so they had a walk around to check in.

After her lunch Kim and the marketing team headed to Starbucks! They took all 22 bags, 20 from the company and 2 donated from someone else, to Starbucks to go towards their 300 backpack goal.

Kim also reached out to the charity directly to see if they would accept donations at a later date as some people would love to help but aren’t in the office until later in the week, so fingers crossed they will be able to help out a little more.

For the social new hire lunch Kim is orgnaising the festive addition of Guess the Song. So she drew up the team answer sheets and made a brilliant playlist of Winter, Christmas and Hanukkah songs!

There also may or may not be a Disney song included also! She is now even more excited for the event now that the playlist is put together!

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon drawing up the slideshow that captures the last year at EP, its coming together nicely and Kim has managed to make it nice and fully automatic so it will just run in the background!

Lock Problems

Before Kim went off to training, we went to move the tyres from inside the car to our storage locker.

When we got to the storage locker, we were unable to unlock it! The combination was what it has always been, but it just would not unlock.

After some time, Curtis managed to get it to open and it turns out that it somehow changed the combination, which is suspicious!

That meant that we could get the tyres put away, but it was just a strange situation.

Kim went off to training and Curtis relaxed at home.

Today was Kim’s first class in the next level up at pole training!

She was so nervous but realised that she had already learnt a few of the moves back in the UK, so it was a great lesson to start on.

Kim is really looking forward to the challenges that this class will bring! She loves the new teacher and has been in a few classes with her and having her as a teacher, so its a really easy transition into this class!

When Kim got back home from training, we watched a bit more TV and then went to sleep at a good time.

Curtis didn’t sleep well at all last night, for no apparent reason, so it was a good idea to sleep early.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 203: Vancouver, BC – Car Service

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and had a lot of emails!

He got messages from a few different people asking for some help, so he went off to each of those people and assisted them.

At his team meeting, he wore his new team T-shirt along with the rest of his team. During that meeting, the team surprised their boss by giving her a t-shirt as well which they had all paid for so she could have one too.

Curtis’ day was meeting heavy. There was a big debrief meeting after black Friday, so he had to setup for that as well as attend.

After that, there was another meeting for his team and in the morning he did have a brief meeting regarding some software they had all be trying out.

Curtis was able to try the new coffee that was added to the office collection today. They now have a (hot) nitro brew coffee on tap…one dark roast and one medium. It was incredibly smooth and delicious!

After lunch, there were no meetings, so Curtis had some time to get on with other things.

As well as this, he has a colleague that is visiting from Winnipeg, so he was chatting with him as well as learning some network things from him.

Kim’s Day

Kim left early and dropped the car off at a garage that is owed by one of the dancers she trains with. They had a lovely chat and then Kim took the bus into work.

When she got in Kim did a thorough check of the floor to ensure that everything was clean, as she had recieved a few comments lately about it. She took photos of things that she felt weren’t up to standard and sent them over to be looked at over the evening.

Kim then spent some time booking a meeting room and some catering for a meeting that is taking place tomorrow.

Kim then spent a fair amount of time going over invoices and making sure they are all sent to Accounts so she knows that they will get paid and everyone will be fed during the party.

In the afternoon Kim had a quick meeting with her teammate where they went over the plans for the next few weeks, as there is so much happening!

They have the quarterly new hire social lunch, a pot luck and the holiday party, all by next Friday. They agreed on ‘guess the song’ but a festive addition for the game for the social lunch, they went over what to order for the potluck and agreed to send out a chaser message to remind people and they went over the plan for the holiday party.

Kim explained the menus and rough plan for the room set up.
After the meeting Kim sent out the reminder and then spoke to people in regards to donating old brand backpacks to a Starbucks that is trying to collect 300 to make survival kits for homeless youths. The great thing is it was all approved and marketing even want to come along to take photos too! Its great for Kim to have the ability to help out in this way!

Kim then took 2 trains to go pick up the car. She left with a small list of things that certainly have to be done or may need to be done!

Chilli Chicken

We had some chilli marinated chicken in the fridge so it was time to eat that!

Curtis cooked it up with some more sweet chilli sauce, some soy & some ginger and we had that with rice.

After dinner, Kim went up to the shop to get a few things we needed.

We watched a bit of TV and then went to bed! Today went very fast.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 201: Vancouver, BC – Christmas Market 🎄

Shopping

Kim was up at a good time to head down and meet Linda so they could do some shopping!

Curtis stayed home and caught up with some sleep after his early start yesterday.

49th Parallel Coffee

Curtis walked down to meet Kim and Linda for a coffee!

We went to 49th Parallel because their coffee is just fantastic!

Christmas Market

We walked down to the Christmas market after a little bit more looking around shops.

The Christmas market looked small, but we went in anyway.

It turns out, it was quite big, with over 50 little huts!

This Christmas market was ‘German’ so a lot of them items and even staff were German!

We walked around for a couple of hours checking out all of the different stalls as well as purchasing a few things. We had some tasters too, of course.

It got colder and colder whilst we were out, so we got a pretzel to keep us warm!

Whilst we ate our pretzels, we queued up for the German handcrafted gifts tent, which was a big German company that makes intricate small wooden Christmas decorations. These were very expensive but they did look cool!

We were also very glad to be inside and warm.

We left here and went to get some food. We all had a goulash in a bread roll bowl…it was very delicious, very winter-y and exactly what we wanted.

We sat in a big tent and ate this and then just relaxed in there for a while.

After that was done, we were all funned out and so we headed out.

We went back to Kim’s work as we left some bags there, so we had to get them.

We walked Linda back to her hotel and we parted ways, but we’re seeing each other tomorrow!

More Shopping

Curtis watched hockey once we got home and Kim went out to burnaby for a bit more shopping for herself as there was something out there she was looking for.

Once she got home, we sat and watched some TV together and basically just did nothing with our Saturday night.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale