Place 72 – Day 193: Vancouver, BC – Kim’s Turn For The Dentist

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few tickets he wanted to take care of today, and he did just that!

Curtis got some settings changed on a few computers and got a big ticket that had taken him over 9 hours to complete but he finally got it done!

That took a lot of the day, but Curtis got a few other tickets at least started and also got some other things sorted, including helping a colleague with a project of theirs.

Curtis did a bit of training and then walked home.

On the way home, Curtis returned one of his visors. He got one from someone at work to try but unfortunately it was the same as the one he has already tried!

Curtis changed his mind again and thought it was safer to use his old visor on his new helmet for now and he contacted a company as was able to ask for exactly what he wanted and they were able to point him in the right direction, so he has ordered that and now will need to take back the other visor!

Kim’s Day

Kim spent a lot of her day answering calls and emails and tackling small admin tasks. During the morning Kim focused on chasing a few missing invoices. In the afternoon she worked on getting a few things sorted for St Patrick’s day and ordered pizza for the two offices for the social talks coming up on Friday.

Kim the left work early to head to the dentist which went well and the dentist said she had healthy teeth!

Evening

Not much happened in the evening. Curtis sorted his visor and Kim went to energy exchange and then made a veggie spaghetti bolognese for tomorrow’s dinner as we finished the risotto tonight.

We watched a bit of TV when Kim returned and that was that for the day!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 191: Vancouver, BC – Delicious Risotto!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis, around meetings, spent most of the day doing just 2 things.

He had to look into some databases for a ticket, which he was doing last week too. He eventually got it to do as he wanted today, so he was able to send that to the external company so they could assist with troubleshooting.

As well as this, Curtis had to speak with lots of different people to see if they required some things that they had on the system and also educating them regarding the correct way to do these things.

Curtis’ meetings today we’re useful! One was the weekly team meeting which got a few things ironed out and the other meeting was to discuss as a team around what the plan will be with the main software we are using, such as changing permissions and settings on each individual part of the software.

Curtis got some training done at the end of the day and headed off to sportchek.

Curtis bought a new hockey helmet and another visor to give that a go.

Kim’s Day

As Kim was away at her course on Friday she had a few emails to catch up on. She did a few on Friday night, but there were some that required a little more attention so she left them until then.
Mid morning she had a meeting with her manager to discuss the plans for when she is not in the office. It was great to know that they were on the same page with a lot of things.

Kim spent a lot of time on the Wiki project again as all the links broke due to a different migration happening over the weekend. She also had a tidy up and uniformed some of the pages too.

Kim finished her afternoon by working on some course stuff!

Another Visor

We got home and Curtis attempted to fit the new visor to his new helmet.

This worked perfectly, but it’s a bit bigger of a visor than he usually likes, so he’ll either have to get used to it or use another visor!

Kim got some training and planning done and then made a chicken and mushroom risotto, which was delicious.

We ate and watched one episode of a TV show and then Curtis made his lunch whilst Kim studied.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 188: Vancouver, BC – Dentist, Team Building & PM Course!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went to work but left after 30 minutes or so to walk to the dentist.

This a much different experience from the UK. You get a lot of x-rays as well as a full clean and exam in which they explain a lot about your teeth and go through possible treatments they think you should have.

This was 2 hours long, but free under insurance! Curtis has to go back Tuesday for some more cleaning, though.

Curtis got back to work and got something done quickly and then had a team building exercise. This involved playing some games as a team and having a laugh. This was great fun for Curtis and his team and is something they should do regularly.

Curtis got a few project things done for the next couple of hours and then had some drinks with people at the office.

It felt like a very short say for Curtis, but that’s a good thing for a Friday.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent her day at a project management exam prep course. She learnt a lot and feels really excited about the rest of the course and now has a LOT of reading and studying to do.

Curry & Beer

We really fancied curry and beer for dinner tonight, so we rushed home to have that.

We ordered from Indian Junction as usual and awaited the food.

We chatted about our day and Kim’s exciting course she is taking and then our food arrived!

We ate that and watched some TV for the evening.

We are looking forward to a chill weekend.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 178: Vancouver, BC – Anniversary Dinner!

Kim’s Evening Last Night

Kim went to the naughty but nice sex expo for the evening! Before that she and her friend went out for Korean food and a nice catch up!

After dinner they headed over to the Tantra Pole Dance booth at the expo to drop off their bags before getting ready and exploring the convention. It was amazing!

There were so many booths that had so many items to sale and to look at!

They headed back to the booth after their walk around and did a few demos on a stage pole at the booth and helped with sales!

The booth was right at the main stage so everyone was able to watch all the performances including Canada best male strippers, an amazing dance crew and the competition for pole studios in Vancouver.

At the end of her first shift Kim helped on stage by cleaning the pole and making sure it was on spinny or non spinny for a pole competition. It went well for the first person, but the second persons music didn’t work so Kim tried to help out and then when the 3rd clean happened Kim realised she didn’t have the allen key to unlock the pole! It was terrible!

Eventually the owner managed to get it all sorted and fixed and Kim can only assume that she put it down while helping with the music and just couldnt find it again! It wasn’t the end of the world, but Kim did feel terrible!

The other half if her shift Kim helped on pole, sales and hoop! It was so much fun. She managed to do a couple of mini hoop routines, which was great fun!

At the end Kim then walked back to work to pick up some stuff and then took the train home.

Anniversary Dinner

On Tuesday, we will be celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary! We decided that a Saturday was a better day to celebrate then the Tuesday!

We woke up pretty late today, had some breakfast and then Curtis watched hockey and Kim went out to Winners to see if they had any tops…They did not.

We went out for dinner to a place called Brix & Mortar, just a 20 minute walk from us.

We got there and the staff were terrific, providing excellent service right from the start.

We let them know it was our anniversary and they gave us a free glass of prosecco!

We shared some focaccia bread and then for main Kim had tagliatelle with mushrooms and Curtis had a AAA beef tenderloin with a German potato hash with bacon and a delicious sauce.

Our food was great but we still had some room for dessert.

The server was so lovely and she got us a free dessert to go along with our desserts we ordered.

Kim got a chocolate and praline dessert which was very creamy and chocolatey and Curtis got s coffee cheesecake which was exactly as you would expect…coffee flavoured!

We got a free lemon Panna Cotta which was really nice as a palette cleanser at the end of our meal.

We finished our bottle of wine and walked home, a little merry, but we had a great time and some terrific food.

Brix & Mortar

Our Rating:- 10/10


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 173: Vancouver, BC – Winners Dinner!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of meetings planned for the day, 5 in total, so that was basically what he did!

There were also a lot of tickets coming in, so that kept Curtis busy in between meetings.

A meeting Curtis was meant to have in the afternoon got cancelled and he was able to welcome someone that traveled in from the Regina office and give them a little tour.

After that, Curtis finished the day with some training.

Kim’s Day

Kim came into work and had an email back from a venue she reached out to. It turns out that the company had way more venues than Kim initially realised so she looked through all the options and responded back for more information.

Kim then took a bit of time to organise other areas of the social planning. This came at a great time as it appears that all of Kim’s saved information had been corrupted so she had to start again with all of her notes on upcoming events.
Kim also scheduled a delivery pickup and cancelled some catering that no one made any choices on.

Kim then went on a donut date with a wonderful lady. They went and picked up a coffee and then came back to the office to have lunch together. It was so much fun and they talked about a load of different things.
When she got back to her desk Kim spent some time looking at catering options for breakfast for a meeting next week.

After this Kim had a catch up with someone in regards to their desk set up and then Kim had a catch up with someone in marketing to talk about sending some swag out. She then spent the rest of her afternoon saving invoices.

Winners Dinner!

Curtis had a quick dinner with all of his team from the Hackathon as one of them was in from the Regina office!

They went to a place called Pourhouse which was actually pretty quiet when they arrived.

Curtis had a burger and fries and a cheap beer (it was Happy Hour) and everyone just chatted, got to know eachother a bit more and just had a laugh together.

Curtis walked home and got home to Kim cleaning.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 172: Vancouver, BC – Optometrist, Bakery & Sandwiches!

Optometrist

We were up a decent time so we could get ready to head into the city.

Curtis had an optometry appointment, so we had to get down there for 12:50.

We had muffins with egg and cheese for breakfast and then got ready!

We got there and were a little early so Kim booked an appointment for herself and Curtis checked in and then we had a look around at some glasses frames.

Curtis went in for his appointment and it was actually pretty quick.

Curtis got his pupils dilated. It was horrible…! Firstly, it stung a lot, and then Curtis couldn’t see anything close up and it was pretty strange.

Curtis has to get some slightly stronger glasses and contact lenses. He went with a different brand for the lenses after giving them a try.

Curtis then, with Kim, tried a few different frames and finally found a pair! They’re a little different style to what he usually wears, but he really likes them.

Bakery

After this, we went to a bakery called Breka.

Kim had a chocolate mouse cake thing and Curtis and a lemon crumble slice which was tasty!

Curtis had a cappuccino which was ‘eh’ and Kim had a salted caramel mocha which she liked.

We walked to Urban Fare from here to get a few things for dinner tonight and for lunch for the week.

Costco

We stopped in at Costco on the walk home to get some chicken and cheese, as well as a couple of other things.

We walked back home and relaxed for a second, before Kim had to go up to the shop to get some things, too.

Sandwiches!

We each had a great sandwich for dinner! Kim had a two cheese sandwich with brie and cheddar and Curtis had a steak sandwich!

Each sandwich had mushrooms, onions, cheese an balsamic vinaigrette.

We ate these and has some wine and then watched some TV for the rest of the night, whilst also getting ready for work tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 164: Vancouver, BC – Brunch & Planning With Friends

Last Night’s Hockey

Curtis’ hockey game went well, at least for him! He got 1 goal and 1 assist, with the game ending 5-5! There was a shootout, but neither team won so it ended a tie.

Appointment

We went out for an appointment in Gastown which was at 11:00.

We finished pretty quickly with the appointment and then went out for brunch!

Brunch

We found a place called Catch 122 Cafe Bistro which we had seen looks really great!

Curtis had a full breakfast which was actually really great and the coffee was good too!

Kim had mushroom toast which wasn’t that great, and we had to wait 40 minutes outside to get a table!

Planning With Friends

We got home and Kim went to the shop quickly and then when she got home we chatted with Danielle and Josh to plan some more of their trip over here!

We had a nice long chat with them and then the rest of the night we watched some TV, ate some sweet chilli potato wedges.

We had some whiskey and just chilled for the evening.

A great evening all around.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale