Place 72 – Day 52: Vancouver,BC – Kids Club Volunteering

Curtis’ Day

Curtis grabbed a coffee when he got to work and then he was non-stop!

Curtis swapped out a laptop for someone who needed a better one.

Curtis then had a few tickets to look at and he had an offboard to complete.

After getting everything done, Curtis had his lunch and then packed up for the day.

Curtis had a volunteering afternoon planned through work where he had to go to a kids club and help out there.

Curtis and his colleagues jumped on a train to Main St and walked to the kids club.

Once they got there, they were told about what the club does, how long it has been around and then what the plan for the afternoon was.

The first thing to do, before kids arrived, was to build some ‘fortune teller parrots’ which were made from paper. This took a while and then the kids started arriving, so Curtis and his colleagues headed downstairs to the gym.

An interesting fact about the gym was that it was, a couple of years ago, renovated by the Toronto Raptors who even stayed and played Basketball with the kids…Pretty cool!

The dodgeball started and it was against the older kids, who were fierce! Two games were played and then it was the turn of the younger kids.

After 3 games against the younger kids, it was already 16:30 and they were due to finish at 17:00!

For the last 30 minutes, Curtis and a couple of colleagues played pool with a sweet little girl and then a quick game of marbles before the volunteering was done.

Curtis and his colleagues got photos together outside the club and then Curtis took the 22 minute walk home.

Obviously Curtis couldn’t get any photos at the kids club, but the organiser did take some so he may be able to get some at some point.

Kim’s Day

Kim went in a little early today a new starter was due in at 9. When she arrived Kim got everything ready and then when the new starter arrived Kim did a brief floor tour before he started his day.

When the weekly fruit arrived Kim unpacked it all and realised she ordered about a 5th of the regular amount of bananas. So a small ad hoc order has gone through and everyone should have bananas by tomorrow!

The rest of Kim’s morning consisted of ad hoc administration tasks and some reconciliations. All of this kept Kim nice and busy.

For lunch Kim sat in the kitchen to eat and the after Kim popped out to return a toaster that was too tiny to toast anything!

Kim’s afternoon sped by! She continued work on a spreadsheet that covers all the contact information for vendors she will frequently have to contact. Its so much easier having it all in one space with a search and filter function!

For a while Kim started setting up 2 deliveries that will be sent out tomorrow, so this was good practice to get to know those processes and websites.

Kim then headed home a little early because she started early!

Quasadillas

We had quasadillas for dinner again today, along with a side salad.

We did a bit of cleaning and tidying but got sat down at a good time to watch some TV.

We watched a couple of episodes of lucifer and then went to bed at a good time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 50: Vancouver, BC – Dragon Boat Festival 🐉

Bagels

We woke up and had a nice relaxed morning.

We had cinnamon raisin bagels for breakfast, covered in butter, which were delicious.

We relaxed and then headed out to the shops.

Brief Shop

We had a few more things to get, mostly a bread knife which we noticed we needed this morning!

We got some items and then came home.

Dragon Boat Festival

There is the Dragon Boat Festival happening right by our apartment this weekend, so we thought we would check it out.We went to watch a race first, which we did from a small island near where we live.

We walked further down and watched the next race and then went towards all of the festivities which were happening by the science centre.

These festivities were not that interesting, but there was a lot of free stuff, including free mcdonalds coffee, but when we got in the queue they ran out of milk, so we didn’t get one.

We walked around some more and checked out what all the fuss was about but then we wanted a coffee so found a nearby bakery to grab one from.

We got our coffee and came home, where we just relaxed, watched some TV and ate quesadillas for dinner, which Kim made!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 46: Vancouver,BC – Lots Of Tinkering, Lunchtime Tacos & Even More Shoes!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy day in general today! He had some packages arrive which meant he could continue with some things he needed to do.

Curtis got a few tickets done and then got a few messages asking for help, so he cleared out most things by lunch.

Curtis ate his lunch and then after that he had a meeting in which he learned about the unique style of team meetings that his company uses, which took about an hour.

After that, Curtis had to install and clone a hard drive for someone so that they had more space.

Curtis got that going and then realised that the screen of the laptop was damaged, so he swapped it over to a new laptop and continued.

After it cloned, it hit an error so Curtis had to restart it, and it had to be left overnight.

A server hard drive died the other day, so Curtis had to order one and that arrived, so he figured out how to remove the dead one and install the new one, which he did successfully.

Curtis helped someone move some styrofoam into a cupboard and then his day at work was done. Incredibly busy, but in a good way.

Kim’s Day

Kim got in and had her breakfast quickly before starting her day.

She started by going through some emails and cracking on with general admin. Then she had to organise a hotel for someone visiting in 2 days, so that was a fun challenge.

Later in the morning Kim had a nice sit down and informal meeting with a colleuege who is over from the Toronto area office. It was so nice to put a face to the name.

Then most people from HR then went out to grab some tacos from a nearby food truck! Its the same company Curtis visited a few weeks ago. Kim had the crispy chicken burrito and it was amazing! They then all sat on the roof and ate their lunch in the sun, it was so lovely!

When Kim got back to her desk she continued plodding away at ad hoc tasks and was then asked to check a statement against the invoices, this took a while as its the first time Kim has done it.

Kim then had another meeting with her colleague from Toronto and got a little training on scheduling phone screenings. It is so nice to have have so many aspects of this role!

Kim then wrapped up the last half hour by making notes for the up coming days and planning.

Shoes & Evening McDonald’s

We met after work and went on the hunt for shoes.

We tried Vans, Winners and some other stores. Kim got some shoes from Winners and Curtis bought some Vans. Both of our shoes are falling apart so it was a good time to get some! We also saw some Chow-Chow dogs, which were cute!

We headed back home and were hungry, so kim made a chicken salad again for dinner.

Once we ate, we went out for a walk to stretch our legs, but rewarded ourselves with a McFlurry & hot chocolate.

We walked back home and got some awesome photos of the sky…We live here!

The hot chocolate was gross but the McFlurry was great! We watched some Lucifer and then headed to bed.

Curtis has an exciting meeting tomorrow morning, so he is looking forward to that!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 44: Vancouver, BC – Homesense Haul

Family Chats

We woke up and had our pain au chocolat with strawberries for breakfast and then got showered.

We started by speaking with Curtis’ family who were enjoying their time in their new hot tub! It was great to catch up and the chat lasted for just over an hour.

After this, Curtis wanted a coffee and the coffee cart wasn’t near our house today, so Curtis walked up to Starbucks to get drinks for the both of us.

Whilst Curtis was getting drinks, Kim spoke with her family and shortly after Curtis arrived back they finished their conversation.

Homesense

We walked up together to Homesense as we had some things we wanted to get.

We ended up leaving after over an hour with quite a bit of stuff, but most of it required.

What wasn’t required was our new beautiful clock, but at $23 it was a bargain!

We got back home and unpacked our goodies…We got some things like towels and some items for the kitchen as well as a few other things.

Dinner

We did a lot of housework and general tidying and then got hungry, so we walked to the Irish pub just down the road.

We got there and checked out the menu but it wasn’t great, so we gave up with that and walked to Uncle Fatih’s Pizza, which we had seen as it looked (and smelled) terrific.

we got a couple of pizzas, one make your own and also a BBQ chicken.


Uncle Fatih’s Pizza | Vancouver, B

Rating:- 8.5/10


We ate our pizza at home in front of the TV with a beer…A perfect Sunday night!

We watched quite a bit of TV and then got ready for work, followed by sleeping at a reasonable time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 43: Vancouver, BC – Kitsilano

Walk To Kits

We woke up and had a pains au chocolat each and some strawberries.

We ate this and then spoke with Kim’s family briefly as they were at Kim’s uncle’s wedding.

We then sat down to speak with Curtis’ family, but missed them so instead we left the house and walked to Kitsilano!

Kitsilano is a very trendy, hippie and beautiful neighbourhood in Vancouver. It took us roughly 45 minutes to walk from our home across to ‘Kits’.

The weather was beautiful, with the sun beating down on us.

The majority of the walk was along the seawall, so we got to see a lot of boats and we even walked through Granville island.

Coffee In Kits

We wanted to grab a coffee so we found a coffee shop called Bean Around The World. We believe this is a chain but it smelled delicious when we walked in and it was pretty well priced as well.

Curtis got a cappucino and Kim got a caramel macchiato. Both of our drinks were delicious!


Bean Around The World | Vancouver,BC

Rating:- 9/10


Looking For Food

We thought we would look around for something to eat, so we went to the main area in Kitsilano to get some lunch.

Unfortunately, we were unable to find anything, so we settled for a wrap and KitKat from Whole Foods instead!

Kitsilano Beach

We walked to the beach which has mountain views and lots of volleyball courts! We sat and ate our lunch and then began the walk home by the side of the beach.

We walked all the way home from there which took about another 45 minutes and we were exhausted!

Shopping

We got back home and relaxed for a bit as our feet hurt.

We then went out to do our shop for the week and didn’t really spend that much!

We came back and Kim made a really good dinner which was marinated pork with noodles and vegetables.

We finished up with dinner and watched the first episode of the new season of Black Mirror, followed by some Lucifer, as well as some ice cream and then whiskey!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 42: Vancouver, BC – Free Pizza, Busy Project Work & Software Testing

Curtis’ Day

Once Curtis arrived at work, it was non-stop from there.

He had a few cases from yesterday as well as some new ones from this morning and then he had someone walk over and mention that they are having wifi issues, so Curtis ended up spending a lot of the day investigating that.

Curtis had to source a new hard drive for a server and helped out with changing some processes.

At lunch, we both met together and got a free slice of pizza with a drink and a brownie! There is a pizza chain here that has that as a deal at the moment.

After lunch, Curtis had been messaged a few times and so had some stuff to do.

Whilst he was doing that, he wiped a Mac and started setting it up.

At 14:45, Curtis tested some of the in-house made software as if he was a user and then he got to give some feedback, which he thinks may help, which is good. He really enjoyed doing this and can’t wait to do it in the future, too.

Curtis spent the rest of the afternoon investigating the wifi issue and doing some admin before taking a bit of a break and having a beer with colleagues.

Curtis walked home on his own as Kim was at busy at work.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into work early and had some breakfast before starting her day.

Kim spent the morning tackling a few administrative tasks before spending some time playing around with the new aspect of the project so that she is able to be of use next week when people have questions.

When she got back from lunch Kim then went to a couple of shops to set up for the Friday afternoon drinks! Just grabbing a few drinks and some snacks for people to enjoy.

She spent the afternoon working on her project, holding a meeting with IT, doing admin and creating a mini tutorial video to help people navigate things come Monday. There is a section of the project that will take place over the weekend so there were a few loose ends to tie up and thinks to prepare for the coming weeks.

Kim was so engrossed and focused on getting it all sorted she completely missed stopping for Friday drinks at 4! She managed to finish the final task at exactly 5, then had to send a couple of emails and was then finally able to head to the kitchen for a well deserved sit down, wine and chat.

Whiskey & Toasties

We just chilled out this evening, playing games and watching TV shows.

Kim was kind enough to buy some whiskey, so we cracked that open too!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 40: Vancouver, BC – Free Cookies

Curtis’ Day

It was a very warm day today and when Curtis walked to work he worked up a sweat!

When Curtis got to work he had an email regarding an issue with a mac which he dealt with and then he ended up getting a lot of tickets come in and got most of the sorted before lunch.

Curtis had a team meeting right before lunch which was productive and informative.

After lunch, Curtis’ day became a bit less busy but he did then notice a warning light on a server so he worked with a colleague to get that sorted.

Curtis then had 2 informative meetings in which he learned a few new things and then he walked home.

It was another hot walk and when he got home he relaxed for a bit before sorting out the recycling into type piles.

Kim’s Day

Today, Kim walkedto work all lonely because she had to get in early to man reception.

Kim got started on setting up for the day, putting out fruit etc. and then had a few questions for reception. By the time Kim finally ended up in the HR department to start her day it was 10!

This also didn’t last long. While doing some admin, Kim needed some help from the front desk with something so went back out there to go over a few things. While Kim was getting help, a lady from the Marriott popped by to make an introduction and say hello to Kim and another colleague. It was lovely to put a face to the name and she even came with cookies! They were delicious snicker doodle cookies and did not last long in the office!

Kim then eventually went back and continued with some admin.

Kim spent the rest of her morning and early afternoon after lunch on more of her project, just familiarising herself with the applications and how things work.
Kim then had a meeting about some HR procedures and even had a chance to help with some of the onboarding process.

Just towards the end of the meeting, some of Kim’s colleagues were walking around playing music and handing out ice creams! What a great way to celebrate mid afternoon on a Wednesday.

Kim kept herself busy for the rest of the afternoon.

She left early due to arriving early and took this opportunity to head to the bank to collect her credit card. One very hot train journey and 20 minute walk later, Kim had collected her credit card and headed home via 2 buses and the supermarket. She had to pick up some veggies!

Dinner

We sort of did nothing for a while and then decided we would make dinner.

We had pork and egg fried rice. Curtis made the rice as per usual and Kim cooked up the vegetables and meat.

TV

After dinner we just watched some TV and Kim showered to get ready for tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale