Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 351: Vancouver, BC – NHL Playoffs!

Beach Walk!

We were going to go and play some mini golf today, but we decided we wanted to have a walk instead, so we walked down to English Bay for a walk on the beach!

We had some breakfast, some delicious french toast with strawberries, banana & syrup.

We left our apartment and grabbed a coffee on the way to the beach.

We got to the beach after a decent walk and it wasn’t too busy.

We walked on the sand, which was very hot, and then we got to the water and walked in the cool water for a bit, which was really nice with the hot sun!

We left the beach when we got to the end and sat in the shade on the grass and finished our coffee before continuing to walk.

We walked for a while and then got a little hungry, so we popped to McDonald’s to get a snack!

We ate our McDonald’s and our very melted mcflurry and then we walked through Stanley Park for a bit, which was in the shade so that was a nice break from the heat.

NHL Playoffs!

We walked back home and then the Leafs played their first game of the playoffs! It was a close, intense, game, which Curtis really enjoyed, but unfortunately the Leafs lost it.

After the game, Kim made a really nice veggie lasagna, which was very tasty, though we didn’t eat too much as we weren’t too hungry.

We watched some TV for the rest of the evening, though we did eat dinner quite late.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 349: Vancouver, BC – A Psychological Thriller

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets and also a decent amount of security work to start off the day.

After his team meeting, Curtis did some more tickets and learned how to do something new! Once he learned that, he made a guide for it so others will know, too.

Curtis then had lunch and post lunch, he had a long team meeting to discuss project work from the last 2 weeks.

After that, Curtis’ laptop started being a bit temperamental, so Curtis ran some fixes on it.

Once the laptop decided to work, Curtis did another couple of tickets and then was done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim took the earliest social call from home, it was just her and one other person from one of the UK offices and it was lovely!

As she got to the office Kim met someone who started a few weeks ago to swap their laptop. While they were in the office she also gave them a quick tour and introduced them to a few people in the office.

After this Kim did a comparison on the shipment services available and set up a package to go out. She also spent some of the morning sorting a team booking and updating a few documents.

At lunch, Kim and a friend went and grabbed tacofino, bought it back to the office and had lunch together. It was really great as its his last day and he is a good egg!

Just as Kim finished lunch she joined the east coast social call, but it was just her and one other person, so they called it quits after 15 minutes. Then a little while later Kim noticed that people had joined the call so she jumped back on! It was great to catch up with those great people.

A short while after, eveyone in the office had a quick catch-up and a cheers to the guy leaving. It was a lovely little, distanced, get together before the long weekend.

Kim worked on the quizzes and then started the West coast social call a little earlier. She had it on in the background while she was working away, but after 45 minutes Kim decided to call it a day and head home!

Korean Chicken!

We had seen a Korean chicken place whilst we were walking the other day and so we thought we would try it out for dinner!

We each got some Korean chicken and Kim’s came with rice whilst Curtis got some Kimchi with his.

We had a nice beer with it and watched a bit of TV.

We relaxed for the evening and watched the film The Invitation which was a phycological thriller. We enjoyed it, but it did take some time to get going.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 338: Vancouver, BC – Pixel Buds

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ start to the morning was filled with admin and a lot of people messaging him questions and asking for help, so that took up his time until his 10:30 weekly team meeting.

The team meeting took an hour and then Curtis had new tickets to get sorted, as there were a lot that arrived during the meeting.

This took Curtis nicely to lunch time.

After lunch, Curtis was able to fix an issue for someone and then did some other work and admin which took him nicely to the end of the day.

During the day, Curtis received his Pixel Buds, his new wireless earbuds, which he is enjoying!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by handing out some post and then she joined a couple of colleagues in getting a coffee.

When they got back to the office Kim drafted and sent out some emails before making notes for an upcoming meeting. She also called a postal service to see if there have been problems delivering the post lately, but it doesn’t seem like there is.

Kim was due to have an hour long meeting with her colleague to go over some events happening over the next few months, but instead it lasted the rest of the day! Kim made a quick report just before the meeting and then they got stuck in. They spoke about vendors and each of their options, called a vendor, organised the budged, sorted the timeline of planning, arranged the day of events and made a game plan for the next few days.

After the meeting Kim drew up a schedule for the day of and made a guide for what each event is and how it will work. Kim also reached out to the vendors she had been talking to for further information. She then wrote up a to do list for tomorrow before heading home.

Teriyaki Chicken

Kim got home and marinaded some chicken in teriyaki and then we tried on some clothes that we got delivered.

We then took out the recycling and Kim finished off the dinner.

We watched some TV, played some mini golf and relaxed for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 332: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Mac & Cheese!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got some admin and tickets done in the morning and then there was a company wide meeting with information about the company’s plans, financial information etc which he attended.

At the end of that call, he went to the office as someone was picking something up so he had to get that sorted for them.

Whilst at the office, Curtis took a shock take of the current laptops so the whole team knows what the Vancouver office has.

Curtis headed back home and had lunch when he got back.

Curtis didn’t have too much to do in the afternoon so he did some admin and some training.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim started her day by researching stuff for events that are coming up and dealt with some other small admin tasks.

Kim the helped IT set up a new computer but before sending it out she compared FedEx to UPS to see how the prices differ and how easy the system is. The price was good so Kim tried UPS. She packaged up all the things and got it ready to go. She had an issue with part of the paperwork so had to redo that.

Just as she finished that Kim joined a call with two teammates to discuss processes that will be going in place over the next few weeks. It was very productive and needed as it was only meant to be 15 minutes, but lasted the full hour.

Before she left Kim set up a few meetings and sent out a few emails.

Homemade Mac & Cheese

Curtis ran out to get some milk and then when Kim got home, she made Mac and cheese! We bought smoked Gouda and some nice cheddar to use and it was excellent!

Kim did some pole dancing at home properly for the first time and loved it! She loves having the ability to do that!

We went out for another evening walk which yielded beautiful photos once again!

We watched some TV and played some games as usual and then went to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 324: Vancouver, BC – Planning Projects

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the day with some tickets and questions from some people. It went incredibly fast and he got a lot done in that short hour or so which felt really good.

Curtis had his weekly team meeting and then not too long after that, he had another team meeting to plan a project, writing a project charter. This was really good for Curtis and his team to figure out how those work and what to do.

Curtis had his lunch and then had a pretty quiet afternoon, just doing a couple of tickets, some admin and then training for the rest of the day, which was good to get done.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into the office and started by catching up on a few emails. She then continued to try to set up an account where she called the company numerous times. She managed to progress the issue, but has now hit another issue that she will deal with on another day.

Kim reached out to a colleague who is leaving and continued to work on paperwork for a colleague who has already left.

Towards the end of the morning Kim went to work from home, and it was relatively unexciting. She spent a lot of her day catching up on old emails and sorting out some general admin that she had been putting off.

Evening

We played some Golf with friends which is a fun mini golf game and then we had some dinner and watched some TV.

We didn’t really sleep last night or for the last few nights really, so we are looking forward to getting some sleep!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 275: Vancouver, BC – One Bed Gone, Another Acquired!

New Bed

We got up and had some toasties with some of the remaining mozzarella cheese and some cheddar and then we got ready.

We were speaking with a company about getting a bed from them, out in Richmond, so we agreed a pickup time and drove out to them.

It took us about 25 minutes to get there and we picked up the bed frame. It’s a simple metal frame, but it does the job!

We got that back home and started to build it.

Old Bed Gone!

As we were building the bed, someone said they can pickup our old bed and buy it from us, so we had to stop building and drove across to the other apartment to get the bed out for them.

They were also British and had been here about the same amount of time as we have!

We had a little (distanced) chat with them and then drove back home to finish the bed.

It didn’t take too long to finish building the bed, and now we have an actual bed instead of a mattress!

We were hungry after this, so we made a veggie spaghetti bolognese and relaxed for the rest of the night.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 274: Vancouver, BC – Checking Out The New Neighbourhood

We woke up and had some french toast for breakfast and then we got ready for the day.

After we were ready, we spoke with Kim’s family and gave them a little tour of our apartment, even though it is not ready yet!

We finished the call, had a quick snack and then went out to walk around and explore our new neighbourhood. There seemed to be some cool places around and we even found an open Starbucks, so we got our first Starbucks in months!

We then walked back home and relaxed for a while, as well as looking at beds and other things for the apartment.

We then got hungry, so decided to make pizza!

We had a pizza dough already, so it was a case of just getting the topping sorted. We went with mushrooms, cheese (cheddar & mozzarella), red onion and sweetcorn!

The pizza was pretty tasty, though we don’t think it was enough for 2 people.

We watched the film Prospect whilst we ate dinner.

We had some cookies and other snacks throughout the evening and just generally did very little.

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 265: Vancouver, BC – We Got A New Apartment!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty quiet morning, just having a team meeting and then doing a few things here and there.

In the afternoon, the tickets picked up and Curtis got some done, followed by a long team meeting to discuss the projects from the last two weeks.

Afte that meeting, it was happy hour time, so Curtis jumped onto the zoom call to have a chat.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim got ready and set up the weekly catch up call for the UK offices and when no one showed up for 15 minutes, she ended the call. Kim later found out that the UK had a bank holiday, which she knew about.

In the morning Kim spent a lot of her time on admin, reaching out to people, updating logs and setting up meetings.

Kim then got invited to a meeting and was told about a project she will be helping out with. After that meeting Kim had a quick call with her parents to wish her Mum a happy birthday. It was so great to speak with them!

At midday Kim hosted a games time for her department. She got to use her new Jackbox games and it went well, once she figured out how it all worked! After two games on there Kim joined the East Coast catch up, which mainly had west coast people on it. They had a great chat and then they played some more Jackbox. Kim used the call as a Guinea pig to get the audio from the game at just the right level.

After the games Kim spent a lot of her afternoon doing admin and then she hosted the West Coast weekend catch up. It was a small call, but a lot of fun!

We Got A New Apartment!

We finished work, bought renters insurance, and then walked down to the city.

We got to where we needed to be and met our new landlord again!

We went up to the apartment, got all the information and signed the contract.

We sent the money across but that took a while, but it did eventually go through!

We left the apartment and headed back home and we were hungry so we ordered food on the way home.

We got back and had our food, curry again, and it was spicy!

We had to do a few other things, like change over the utilities and probably buy a new sofa as ours is too large for the apartment.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 253: Vancouver, BC – Vietnamese Coffee Hunting

We were up at around 11:00 today, and we had a great breakfast!We had french toast and Kim had chocolate on hers and Curtis had cinnamon and maple syrup, and both had banana and strawberries.We watched some TV and then got ready for the day.We did very little during the day and then Kim went out to T&T, a mostly Asian supermarket, to find Vietnamese coffee and the items you need to make it!Unfortunately, Kim was unsuccessful with finding either of those things, so instead she went to Costco to get a few things.Kim got back and we started to get a little hungry, so Kim made dinner!We had roast vegetables, including mashed swede, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas and more!We ate our food and watched some TV and then watched the film 1917 which we really enjoyed!We played some games and VR before heading to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 248: Vancouver, BC – All New Games!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had another couple of computer checkups planned for the day today, so he got those done in the morning, as well as his team meeting.

Curtis did some other tickets and then at 12:00, he was meant to have another checkup but the person had to reschedule, so he didn’t do it.

After lunch, Curtis had a lot of tickets to do and then he hopped on a zoom call with someone who needed some urgent assistance freeing up some space on their laptop.

Curtis got some training in and helped Kim a little with a spreadsheet and then that was his day done!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by joining a game of cribbage, this time it was one she was meant to be in, so that was great! It was good fun and we lost again, unsurprisingly!

Just before the game Kim got the go ahead on a few things for getting the office in a good position for when people are heading back in again, which is great. As a result, Kim has a few mini projects that will keep her busy. She sent a bit of information to her manager and is awaiting a response on a few things. Kim also set up a meeting with her colleague, where they can go over anything and everything!

For the rest of the morning Kim made her Taboo game, she popped into the office the other day to pick up the game so she could copy the words from the cards into the game. It saved kim trawling the internet and thinking some up!

At 1 Kim hosted taboo and it was so much fun! There were just two players, but they did enjoy it. Kim ended up ditching the timer and letting people just work through 8 words and phrases each.

In the afternoon Kim spent a little time finding and chasing for invoices. She also made a tracker for winners of competitions to go on the Wiki!

All New Games!

We did our workout and then had an easy dinner.

Once we were done with our food, kim spoke with a friend from pole and then we watched a bit of TV and then Curtis was able to download some new games on the Oculus Quest!

We played some SuperHot VR again and then we did that and watched some more TV and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale