Whistler, BC

Place 87 – Day 4: Whistler, BC – Quad Biking!

Breakfast, Of Course

We had a small breakfast from Purebred of just a coffee and a croissant.

We ate this quickly and finished off getting ready for the day, and then checked out, which we were able to do by phone, which was great.

We got everything into the car and then went for a bit of a final walk around Whistler.

We got ourselves some drinks for the day and the went back to the hotel to grab the car.

Alpha Lake & Nita Lake

We drove out to a couple of lakes near where we were going just to pass the time before our activity.

We just had a walk around and chatted for a bit, but it was actually a little cold.

Kim thought it was a good idea to go on the swing…But she then realised it was not.

We finished walking around these lakes and got back to the car to drive to the quad biking place.

The check engine light came on, which wasn’t ideal, but we managed to make it there fine.

Quad Biking!

For Curtis’ birthday, Kim got us a quad biking tour close to Whistler.

We got there and there was just 2 other people joining us for our tour, which was excellent!

We set off on some big quad bikes and did a bit of practice to acclimate to the bikes and ensure we were safe.

We began our tour and it was actually a little technical! There were a lot of stones around to navigate over, but we got to the first viewpoint pretty quickly.

Unfortunately, as with everything at the moment, the view wasn’t very good due to the smoke, but there was a nice river.

We continued on and went up a mountain which was pretty difficult with much larger rocks to get over and some steep hills but we made it to the top!

Again, there is meant to be a good view, but it’s not a very good time for views at the moment.

We had to ride back down the mountain and that was tough as we didn’t want to go too fast over the rocks, but it was incredibly fun and made us think and consentrate for sure.

We got down this part and had a nice flat part we could go fast on and then we came to a thin forest track which was challenging but great!

We then moved into a section that was in a forest still but with a lot of puddles on corners, which got us wet and dirty, especially the one big puddle!

We then headed back to the camp after around 1.5 hours of riding. We had a really great time overall and actually want to come back!

Home Time

We left here (with our check engine light on still) and drove home.

We got home in about 2 hours and were incredibly tired, but glad we got home even though we had a check engine light on.

We booked our car in for Wednesday and then we relaxed!

We had some frozen pizza for dinner, unpacked and relaxed for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 375: Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Office Fun Day!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a quick chat in the morning with a colleague to go over something and do some testing.

After that, Curtis has a 1 on 1 which was quick, and then he had his daily team meeting.

When that meeting was done, Curtis had some tickets to do and then he had some lunch.

Once lunch was done, the afternoon was very quiet.

Curtis was able to get some admin done and he did a few tickets as well.

Kim’s Day

Kim went through and made some changes to the quizzes and added better answer options.

Later in the morning Kim and her colleague popped out to pick up some ice and snacks for the summer party later. They then had a quick check of a few questions and other things. Then her colleague had the great idea of making fun backgrounds using the plants in the office. So Kim grabbed all the plants and they both decorated them and they looked amazing!

Then the party started! Kim followed along with the cocktail making and made a lovely mojito. After that they went straight into the quizzes. Same for rounds, in the media, in the news, company history and our people. There were a few times where people werent happy that their answer didn’t get accepted or autocorrect changed it, but it was so fun!

Then into the evening a few people played a few rounds of jackbox before just having a chat. After that Kim made most of the our people quiz for the final party, she just has to add a few answers for 6 rounds, so thats nice and easy!

Evening

Kim was home late, again, as expected, but today we had some leftovers that we defrosted.

We watched a bit of TV again and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 374: Vancouver, BC – First Professional Norwegian Lesson!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some admin and some tickets at the start of the day and then at 10:30, he had his first ever professional Norwegian lesson! He has been self teaching for about 12 years, but thought it was time he had some professional help, and an opportunity to speak Norwegian!

The lesson was through an app called iTalki which is used for learning languages. It wasn’t free, but it was worth it, and Curtis was able to pay a little less for a trial lesson.

The class was more of a conversation, both people getting to know each other, but the whole 30 minutes was in Norwegian only, which really helped Curtis and he enjoyed it. He is already looking forward to the next lesson!

He had a couple of meetings to round out the morning and the did some tickets and admin after lunch.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent her day finishing a few things for the summer party tomorrow. Most of her morning focused on finishing the quizzes and she had a quick meeting to go over the timeline and make a few changes to that.

After that Kim focused on making a How to Kahoot slideshow and another stand alone agenda for that. Then she updated the changing agenda with the few changes too!

Kim had a team meeting in the afternoon and they went over some points from the last party and helped with a few things for the next two.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim focused on the final quiz for tomorrow’s party. Once that was completed Kim and her colleague did a run through to check timings and made edits to the quizzes after. It was another long day, but totally worth it.

Evening

Kim was home late again, as to be expected with her current project work going on, so the evening was a lot like yesterday.

Curtis had a pizza and waited for Kim to get home and then she had some food and we watched a bit of TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 360: Vancouver, BC – Distanced Park Gathering

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very quiet day in general.

He did some tickets and then got to do some training in the afternoon as it was quiet, which was great.

Kim’s Day

Kim collected the office visit paperwork, saved it and sent out emails confirming the desks that they can use.

She was then given the task to chase West Coast people for their cocktail choices. She sent out an email to one group and she sent smaller messages to another group. For some people Kim needs a lot of information and for others Kim just needs to know which cocktail they would like.

Today is the day that the new coffee machine is installed! The vendors arrived and set up a big touchless coffee machine. It works by scanning a QR code and ordering a coffee that way, its super cool!

Around logging peoples cocktail choices Kim set up the desks and meeting space for people coming in on Wed, Thurs and Fri. She set up two new hot desks round by the printer. Sprayed all the hot desks with a bleach solution and cleaned down one of the whiteboards. Tomorrow Kim will set up chairs for the meeting and finish cleaning the whiteboards.

To finish the day Kim was able to spend a little time on the quiz, while chasing the final few people for their choices.

Kim had plans this evening! Plans that are outside and with other people! It was very exciting. She got home, changed and left right away! She drove towards the lake where she is meeting some work friends, but when she pulled over to check directions Kim noticed a colleague was stuck as their peddle fell off their bike! So she detoured and picked her up and between the two of them managed to fit her bike in the back of the car. For the rest of the drive over they both wore masks and kept the windows open. Not getting them ‘ronas today!

They made it to the lake and found the two other friends and one of their dogs! Kim was over the moon and spent a lot of the catch-up playing fetch with the dog and it was great! It was so nice to just sit with people and have a chat, in a lovely evening outside. It just seemed so normal. The beat part was that it wasn’t all just work talk too! It was a lovely evening and Kim had a great time.

After this, kim dropped her colleague and her bike at home before heading home herself.

Evening

Whilst Kim was out, Curtis played some games and had pizza for dinner.

After Kim got home, she had some food and we watched a bit of TV.

We didn’t do too much this evening as Kim got back a bit late, but we made sure to play mini golf!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 352: Vancouver, BC – Monday Mini Golf

Mini Golf!

We woke up and had a cooked breakfast, consisting of scrambled eggs, hash browns, baked beans, toast and Curtis also had bacon.

Today is a day off here in BC, so no work for us!

We watched a bit of TV and then got ready for the day.

We got into the car and drove up to North Vancouver where we went to a driving range, which also had an outside mini golf course!

We got there and it was quiet, but shortly after we arrived quite a lot of people came after us!

The holes were quite simple, but we did enjoy it. Curtis actually won, too, which was unexpected from both of us.

After our mini golf, we went down to the nearest town to grab a coffee.

The coffee shop we went to wasn’t great. The coffee didn’t taste that good and no one inside was wearing masks.

We sat and people watched for a while but got warm, so we headed back to the car and drive home. We stopped in at a store to get bread, too.

We got home and just relaxed to cool down for an hour or so and then we had our dinner.

We had more lasagna but this time with homemade garlic bread.

We watched a bit of TV and then we played a few games that we had previously downloaded but not played. We really enjoyed most of them, actually!

We watched a few more shows, did some housekeeping and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 309: Vancouver, BC – Distant Coffee With A Friend

Father’s Day Chat

Kim had a father’s Day chat with her family after breakfast and then headed out for a few hours.

Distant Coffee With A Friend

Kim and her friend decided to go for a walk, sit down and chat whilst having a coffee!

It was nice to sit and chat (distanced, of course) and get outside.

Kim even managed to get quite sunburned, even though it was raining most of the time!

Kim went to a shop to look for Vietnamese coffee but there was none, so she went to Costco to get a couple of things.

Shopping

When Kim got back home, we went out to do a shop, after we decided on what food we were going to have for the week.

The weather was very warm when we went out, which we weren’t expecting.

We weren’t in the shop too long and then came right back home.

We unpacked everything and were hungry, so we made dinner.

Delicious Chicken

We made nice creamy herb chicken with mushrooms, peas and potatoes which was phenomenal!

After that, Kim went to the drug store to get some Aloe for her burns and also picked up a marble cake, which reminded us of Italy as we used to eat them there all the time.

We ate the dessert and then watched the film All The Bright Places, which was much more hard hitting than we thought it was going to be, but it teaches some very good lessons and we thought it was done very well.

29,000!

We hit 29,000 blog views today! Thank you to everyone…nearly at 30,000 which is crazy!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 202: Vancouver, BC – Office Olympics!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had an incredibly quiet day.

He blocked some email addresses that were sending spam and phishing emails to the company and then got the Mac he was working on yesterday to ensure everything was correct on it.

Once he did that, he got another new Mac and tested the setup on it as there were some issues last time.

Curtis didn’t do too much after this, but went and joined the rest of the office for pizza!

After pizza, Curtis did a few small things and then it was office Olympics time!

This was a team event and there were 3 teams of 3.

Event 1 was a chair relay, which is fairly self explanatory.

Curtis’ team got 2nd in this.

After the chair relay, there was a drink break where everyone made margaritas.

The 2nd event was a can shooting event using NERF guns.

Curtis’ team did poorly on this, getting last place.

The 3rd event was a wall sit, which Curtis’ team won, thanks to a valiant effort from one person.

After this, it was a mind exercise in which 3 riddles/word puzzles had to be answered.

Curtis’ team got just 1/3 and last place again.

The last ‘bonus round’ was paper aeroplanes.

The goal was to get them as far as possible. Each team had 1 minute to make a paper aeroplane.

Curtis’ team also didn’t do great in this event and overall got stomped in the whole event, but it was so much fun!

Curtis sat and had drinks with a few people that were still around and then walked to meet Kim so we could walk home.

Kim’s Day

Kim doesn’t have much to report today.

She went to her class and learned a lot…it gave her a headache but she learned new things!

KFC

We got home and accidentally had a nap!

Curtis planned to watch hockey, which was starting at 19:00, and he was lucky enough to wake up just in time.

Curtis watched hockey and Kim just relaxed more and then we both weirdly decided that we fancied KFC, so Kim went out to get that, as well as fuel.

We ate KFC and watched some TV for the evening. Nothing particularly special.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 201: Vancouver, BC – Hide & Seek

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was very quiet, with him not doing a huge amount in the morning.

The nitro guy came back on to fix the metallic taste in the coffee.

He flushed the lines again and all was good!

Curtis did get some admin done and a few tickets, but it was the most quiet day of the week so far.

He played some games with his team and then had some lunch at 13:00.

After lunch, Curtis got a delivery of some new Macbooks, so he got that sorted and got one of them out to setup for someone.

At 15:00, Curtis played hide & seek in the office, as planned by some colleagues!

It was actually great fun and lasted for a while!

After that, Curtis finished the setup of the MacBook and then left to head home.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim hardly sat down! She got in early to watch a company wide information meeting. Half way through this she had to help fix the coffee machine. The grinder for the beans fell off.

After this meeting Kim ran out to get cream, another bottle of wine for Friday drinks and some birthday stuff for a colleague. She picked up a wine bag, card and flowers!
Kim quickly finished the weekly shop when she got back and then she headed out to a doughnut date with someone from Marketing!

It was a really good catch up, they went to a wonderful little italian coffee shop where Kim had a hot chocolate and she picked up a great panini for later!

Kim then did a walk round to spot check meeting rooms and the kitchen to see if things were being kept nice and clean. On this trip she snapped a few photos that will later go out on a sazzy message to people to remind them to tidy up a bit more!

She then had lunch and ended up talking with one of the guys from IT which was nice! Then after lunch Kim took a few more photo, but specifically around the kitchen this time, to show everyone the aftermath of everyone not cleaning up their little bit. She then compiled the message and annotated some of the photos with instructions on how the situation could be improved and sent it out to shame the office. It was a stupid message and people found it quite funny, which was good!

Kim spent some of the afternoon fixing a table, but took a small break when her drill died so she went and grabbed a coffee with a colleague so they could have a catch up. After the coffee Kim got all the drinks for Friday night ready and finished the table before heading home.

Evening

Kim went out for a double lesson of pole and Curtis watched the (late) leafs game.

Once Kim got back, she had some food and we watched a little TV before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 200: Vancouver, BC – Board Games & Ice Cream Sundaes!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and actually had an onboard to complete, so he got that started and that took up a lot of the morning.

Just before that though, the nitro coffee people and turned up and Curtis spoke with them. They were eventually able to get it fixed! They noticed that when they had cleaned it last time, they’d tightened the taps too much and therefore it created a blockage! That now means the nitro is flowing as it should, which was a win.

Curtis did the onboard until 11:30, when he then went and played board games and had snacks with colleagues. This went on until 13:00.

Curtis used the rest of this time to get the rest of the onboarding done and setup the laptop.

This time led perfectly to the ice cream sundaes in the afternoon, which Curtis was looking forward to!

After eating that, Curtis helped a couple of people around the office with some issues, did some other tickets and then setup the desk for the new person starting Monday.

This took a while as it was being a pain, as usual.

Curtis finished up and then headed home.

Kim’s Day

Kim had an idea for a new Wiki page so she spent a lot of her day making that. She made a travel page and included information and links to hotels and other useful information that people may need all in one place!

In the morning Kim went to the Marriott for a coffee with their rep. It was great to catch up and have a talk about travel.
In the afternoon Kim dealt with a lot of emails organising the dishwasher repairs and other bits and bobs.

Cleaning & Playing Hockey Late!

Curtis got home and did all the cleaning of the apartment, taking out the recycling and cleaning/vacuuming etc.

After that, Curtis sorted his hockey equipment out, packing it away into the car and re-taping his stick.

Kim got back home and we watched some TV and made dinner!

We ate food and then left to go to Curtis’ hockey game, which starts at 22:30!

We will update about the hockey game tomorrow as it’s another late one.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

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