Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 939: Vancouver, BC – Kittens & Ice Cream!

Croissants & A Friend

Curtis went to get croissants for breakfast and once we ate those and Kim showered, Kim went out to meet a friend and hang out in a park for a while.

Kittens!

Kim went to see the kittens that her friend had for a little bit and they were so cute!

Once Kim was done, she walked back home and then we both went out together.

New Shoes, Warmth & Ice Cream!

We went to get ice cream, specifically, at a place Kim went to around a year ago and remembered it was amazing, so we had to try it.

It was 28°C today, so super warm but beautiful! We got a drink when we got there and a light snack and we ate that whilst sat in a park nearby.

We then had a walk around the park and headed to a shop to get Kim some sandals as her feet were far too warm.

Once we got those, we went to the ice cream store, which had a bit of a queue, and waited patiently for our turn.

Curtis got a coffee flavoured ice cream and Kim got salted caramel. The ice cream was super delicious and we took it to the park and sat on the grass again, in the shade, just relaxing.

We eventually got up and had a bit more of a walk before heading back to the car around 17:50.

Fans, Supermarket & Leftovers

We drove back towards home and stopped at the supermarket but also popped into another store to get a couple of fans (it’s getting warm!) And some screws so we can hang the photo we bought a while ago!

We got back home and had leftovers form yesterday’s delicious Chinese food and then Kim had a shower and got herself ready for work tomorrow. It was too hot to have a bath this week.

Curtis is off work tomorrow, he had been given the day off to recognise National Indigenous Day in Canada, which is a great thing that the company is doing.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 938: Vancouver, BC – FINALLY, Prawn Crackers!

We woke up a little too late, but we felt great! We had some breakfast and then got ready for the day.

We went out to the CORRECT French café today! We got a double chocolate cake to share and a cappuccino each, all of which were delicious!

We left here and drove to a lake which we thought had a part attached to it, but it didn’t, so we drop up the road a little to an actual park.

The park was more of a dog park and wasn’t actually that good, so we left and drove back towards home instead.

We got back home and relaxed for a bit before we ordered some Chinese food! We have a place opposite us which we don’t believe has been open very long and it sounded like they did good food, so we had to check it out.

The food was a lot like the Chinese food we used to get in England, which is a huge plus for us! They even had the same type of prawn crackers, which we haven’t had for a very long time.

Doesn’t look amazing, but oh it really was!

Once we ate, we went for a nice long evening walk to the beach!

There were a lot of gatherings around, including a band playing to a large crowd, so we made sure to stay away, though it did make a good atmosphere.

The sun was setting so we had some beautiful views and sunlight, which was lovely to see as we were walking.

We watched some TV when we got home and ate ice cream, which we got on the way back home.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 937: Vancouver, BC – Ouch, My Knee!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right at 09:00, another workshop with an external vendor. This didn’t as long as expected, which was great, so Curtis had some time to get some tickets and other things done.

In the afternoon, Curtis had a team meeting to discuss projects and then once that was done, he went out to collect a package. On the way out, he managed to hit his knee pretty hard on the door and it REALLY hurt. He now has a bruised and swollen knee, so good job to him!

Once he got home, he had a team happy hour and just had some really good conversations there.

Curtis played some games whilst Kim was out having fun!

Kim’s Day

To starr the day Kim joined a meeting to discuss job descriptions with a hiring manager and her teammate. She then had a one month check in chat with a new employee before reviewing another job description with her teammate.

She then joined and interview and had a quick review with the same teammate after. They also had a chat about plans for the next week or so. Kim then had another one month check in followed by a chat to end a new starters first week. Everyone she spoke to was extremely complimentary.

Kim then was told she would be able to get a professional headshot taken so she quickly started getting ready for that and then popped out to pick up a couple of things from some stores. Once she got home Kim had another quick meeting to discuss a new starter with their manager. It was such a great conversation.

Kim was then picked up by a colleague and they went over to another colleagues house (to sit in the garden!). She had a wonderful evening in the sun in the garden having great conversations, while distanced, with her fantastic work friends. It was so lovely to have an evening with an ounce of normality. After a couple of hours a few people drove to a park to get pizza and hang out there for a little while longer.

Evening

Once Kim got home, we were going to order food but it was a bit late, so we made some easy food here and ate that whilst relaxing and watching some TV. We had a lot to watch, so it was a great relaxing Friday night!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 935: Vancouver, BC – Finally Doing Normal Things Again!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of tickets to do in the morning and then right before he had lunch he got another part of his project completed.

After lunch, Curtis had a meeting with an external company who were doing some training/a workshop. This went on until the end of the day and it was…Ok… Though a little too much sales for Curtis.

That was pretty much his day. Lots of sitting in a meeting. Curtis had nothing to do in the evening, other than play some games and have the leftover salad from yesterday.

Kim’s Day

Kim and her team had a trial day in an office and it was wonderful. She stopped for coffee on the way and then had a quick tour of the spaces. She then sat down with her colleague and they worked in a few planning items to really iron things out.

Kim then joined the marketing recruitment meeting before continuing on with the white boarding session to continue planning to change and update the current process for onboarding.

Throughout the day other team members arrived, Kim met a few people for the first time. At about 1 everyone had some lunch before having a discussion about ordering and even placing a couple of orders.

The team then built on the discussion from earlier to further confirm plans for the new processes. Kim then joined another hiring forecast meeting and worked with the department to see where they feel they will need support in the next few months.

Normal Things!

Kim got to go to pole dancing for the first time in so long! She was able to go before but she wanted to wait for things to die down a little before doing that. She drove out to Richmond and was nervous but very excited.

It was difficult but really fun! Kim really enjoyed it and can’t wait to go back again.

After, Kim did MORE normal things! She met with 2 people from work that live in the area and they went for some food on a patio! This is allowed with the new restrictions, though it did feel a little strange for Kim as she hasn’t done this since around November but it was really nice to meet people in person.

Kim ate a mushroom linguini which was pretty good and the had a chocolate melt in the middle pudding for dessert.

She left fairly late and got back home around 23:30!

Remainder of Evening

Once Kim got home, we relaxed a little before heading to bed ASAP. Curtis is awake at 07:00 tomorrow, far too early, as he needs to go to the office to do a lot of things there! It’ll be productive, but long!


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 934: Vancouver, BC – Waiting All Alone

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few things to get done in the morning and then had a Norwegian lesson. It took him some time to get his brain in Norwegian mode, but once he got going he had a great conversation.

Curtis did some tickets and then spent 3 hours on a project. He mostly just had to look at some groups and decide if they are needed anymore and if not, delete them. This was tedious but good work that needed to be done!

There were more tickets in the afternoon to keep him busy and then all of a sudden, the work day was over.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with an interview! It was so great to meet another new face. She then had a quick review with the hiring manager and a quick catch up too which was lovely!

She then had a quick beginning of day chat with a new teammate before giving an overview update to the company. She had a quick call after the meeting with a colleague she hasn’t spoken to in weeks, which was wonderful!

She then spent some time getting small wins done before joining the finance meeting for updates and approvals. She had a quick break before then having a sit down with her teammate to build a game plan for ordering things, which was awesome!

Kim then joined a meeting but the other person didn’t turn up! Kim waited for her for a while as this person is usually super on time so Kim figured they had got completely absorbed in their task and as they have a lot going on with deadlines just around the corner Kim wanted to just leave them to it. So rescheduled the meeting for later in the week and for on with more admin.

Kim then joined a 3 month check in with a new starter. She got some fantastic feedback and some great suggestions! She then got a little admin done before joining a hiring forecasting meeting. She then finished the day with ordering, getting small admin wins done and a quick meeting with her teammate.

Evening

We had a Mexican style chicken salad for dinner and then Kim had a bit of work to do still so she did that and then we went for a nice evening walk.

We got back home and watched some TV.

Kim is out for most of the day tomorrow and Curtis had a workshop in the afternoon, so we’re both busy!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 933: Vancouver, BC – Trying Out EAP

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had an IT onboarding at 09:00 and that went very well! After that, he got settled for the day, got some admin done and took a few of the new tickets that came in and then had a team meeting.

After that meeting, Curtis had another meeting with a software vendor who were there to answer some security related questions.

Curtis then got hungry, so he had lunch and then did some tickets up until having a meeting with someone to talk them through how to do something.

The remainder of the day was tickets and answering people’s questions.

Kim’s Day

To start her day Kim joined meeting with a vendor and broker to discuss a couple of things. It was an interesting meeting and she is looking forward to seeing where this project goes.

She then had an awesome daily check in with her teammate to see if they need any help or direction on a few things. Both of the meetings in the morning overran so Kim was able to get a little admin done now before she joined her team meeting.

She then had a few smaller meetings, one to discuss a new role, the next to chat about a new system to get implemented and finally a one week check in!

Then to finish the day Kim popped out to check out an office space with her colleague. It was so interested and they will be having a trial day on Wednesday.

Once she got home Kim had her first EAP (similar to therapy) session. It wasn’t what she expected, but she is excited to be taking steps for her mental health. Kim will also explore other avenues for support over the next couple of weeks.

She then had another quick call to catch someone up on the meeting that took place in the morning.

Evening

We forgot to take out chicken for dinner from the freezer, so we had chilli we had frozen instead with some rice.

We had a walk and watched some TV, pretty much the same old stuff!

As of tomorrow, some more restrictions are eased here in BC, which may open some possibilities of going further a field over the weekends!


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 932: Vancouver, BC – French Patisserie

We woke up and had a nice breakfast at home and then got ourselves ready for the day.

The weather wasn’t good today, but we wanted to go out to a cafe or patisserie, so we found one and drove out there.

It turns out, we actually went to the wrong one! That being said, we did get to have a delicious chocolate coffee cake there!

Chocolate & Coffee…A delicious combo!

We did have a coffee each with this, too, but unfortunately they were no where near as nice as they looked. We plan to come back out and go to the other patisserie we were meant to go to, which was only a block over!

We were parked at a mall, so it made sense to go there to do our weekly shop but also a few other things. We picked up a frame and some other items from Homesense and then went to the supermarket.

We drove back home after a pretty successful day and then when we got home we did some relaxing then Kim made a veggie lasagna for dinner!

We watched a bit of TV and then Kim had a bath and watched a film.

We watched some more TV after Kim’s bath and then headed to bed. Another busy week is coming!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 931: Vancouver, BC – Wreck Beach

Breakfast & Wreck Beach

We had a good sleep and then woke up and had some breakfast. Kim went out to get croissants and we ate those and slowly got ourselves ready.

We went out to Wreck Beach, which is right by the university campus. This beach, it turns out, is actually clothing optional, though most people that go don’t go for that.

We drove out there and found ourselves some parking and then walked down the many steps through the trees to get to the beach.

The beach was nice and peaceful, with most people just lounging around. There are a lot of logs around, so we sat on one of those after having a walk around and just took in the air and the scenery. The weather wasn’t amazing, but not cold, so it gres to just sit and relax at the beach.

We walked a little more and then headed back up the many steps to get to the car. As we walked back to the car, another car drove very slowly beside us, trying to wait for us to leave our parking spot so they could take it. This was much to the dismay of other drivers who got very annoyed, so we intentionally just walked away and let the guy drive off so he didn’t hold up traffic.

A Surprise!

On the way home, Kim surprised Curtis by driving to the British shop, where we were able to buy a lot of British snacks, similar to what she did for his birthday!

We bought a lot of stuff there and then drove home.

Homemade Pizza

After relaxing at home a little, we went to the supermarket to buy everything we needed for a homemade pizza. We bought the dough this time, though, but it was fresh dough.

We made the pizza and it came out great, though quite soggy in the middle, so that’s something to work on, but it was very tasty!

After eating, we watched a film and had some of our snacks. After that, we watched some more TV but Kim also ordered herself a blanket she wanted to get.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 930: Vancouver, BC – IKEA, We Meet Again!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day yet again!

He had some tickets to do right away in the morning and then he had a team meeting, followed by a meeting with an external vendor, which ended up leading into another meeting. The meetings were… frustrating…These settings actually brought up some more issues with the specific situation, but it was a bit enjoyable trying to figure out some solutions.

Once that was done, he had to talk someone through something which took less time than expected.

The remainder of the day was a lot of tickets and then Curtis made some niceties within the chat application at work, which make things run a bit better.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a super productive day! She sat down with her team and her manager to go through their RACI chart. Given that Kim is looking after a few teams, with just one member or less in each, it took forever! The meeting overran by about 2 hours, but it is 95% complete and it is so satisfying!

She then had a chat with her manager after to review it and write up a communication to send out to the company. They both then met with the COO ( Kim’s previous manager, and her managers new manager!) To present the RACI and discuss potential plans for hiring in the future.

IKEA

After work, we headed to IKEA so Kim could pickup her desk which she was able to order through work.

Seen as we were going there, we went in for a look around to see if there was anything else we could get.

We got ourselves some replacement glasses (as Curtis keeps breaking them, for some reason) and also some more mugs as well as some other random items and Swedish chocolate, of course.

We drove back home and on the way we picked up KFC to have for dinner.

The rest of the evening was relaxation and just watching some TV.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 928: Vancouver, BC – Looking At (Shared) Offices

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to go to the office this morning to setup a laptop for a new hire.

He actually got that laptop setup and packaged pretty quickly, but he also had to setup another laptop in a different way and that took a bit more time. That one was for someone to swap to as they are having issues with their current laptop.

After completing that process and being ready to leave te office, he luckily checked that laptop and noticed it was not done right, so he had to do it again. It was lucky that he noticed!

Curtis walked back home and met Kim as she was on her way home and she had coffee!

The afternoon was mostly tickets and catching up from the morning. He also had a security incident to take care of, as well!

Kim’s Day

To start the day Kim had a team meeting to go over the RACI as she and her teammate missed the meeting that was due to happen the day before. They added and assigned tasks and were able to get a fair amount done.

She then popped to a shared office tour, with her teammate, ro see if the space would be a good fit. After that they had a mini meeting in the park to review it and soak up some sun.

When she got back Kim had a little time to work on some admin before the book club meeting. She enjoyed learning about how to read poetry and is hoping that the book club will allow her to enjoy that art form and move away from seeing poetry in the same way she would at school. After this she had a great chat with someone as part of the donut imitative.

In the afternoon Kim trained her teammate on placing orders and went through a few things with her. She then had a call with the HR person from the consultancy company she worked to get some training, support and direction for herself, it was awesome!

She then had another RACI meeting with another team to help them and then after a bit of a break she had a quick meeting with her teammate to discuss planning for the future and how the team might look.

Evening

For dinner, we had leftovers from yesterday. We did our daily walk which we are really enjoying, it’s great to clear our heads after work!

We watched some TV and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale