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

Las Vegas,NV

Place 77 – Day 12: Las Vegas , NV – Downtown Vegas & Incredible Steak

A Perfect Night

We had an incredible night last night.

We pulled up in a campsite in the Valley of Fire, with no electricity, and it was great!

There were a couple of big dogs next to us, huge wolf like dogs, that kept howling which was amazing.

We had a bit of a chat with the guy next to us and had a walk around the place.

We had an incredible night sleep, after we also had a big walk at night time, in the silence, taking in the night stars.

Back to Vegas

We got up and got on the road back out to Vegas.

We had to drop off the bike that Tom rented, as well as the RV.

We stopped at a dump site and had the fun of dumping the waste from the RV!

We did all ot that successfully and then drove onward.

The trip was pretty uneventful.

We stopped in and got breakfast at a bar next to where we dropped the bike off. The breakfast was huge, but just what we needed.

We left the breakfast spot and headed on.

We had a good run and then a tire on a truck next to us exploded, which was scary but nothing bad happened!

We dropped off the RV and took an uber to downtown.

Downtown

We are staying in downtown for just one night, so we took Tom to the hotel we stayed at before which we really enjoy.

We had a relax for a bit and then walked out and down Fremont St with Tom.

We showed Tom the sites and then did a little bit of gambling, just you have to! We won $10, too. We went back and watched a bit of TV before getting ready to go out.

Andiamo Steakhouse

We had to take Tom to the steakhouse we went to here before, so we took him there and ate far too much..we each had a steak as well as steak tips for a starter to share, 2 sides and they give you a couple of free meals too, for some reason, soiit’s incredibly filling!

We walked off the food and did a bit more gambling and won some more money!

TV Relax

We watched a bit of TV together and just relaxed, enjoying some electricity!

We leave tomorrow, as does Tom, so the trip is coming to an end, though it was incredibly fun!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 170: Vancouver, BC – Short Trip Away!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a bit of work as soon as he woke up.

He had to check the migrations he started overnight and, unsurprisingly, some of it had not worked.

Curtis got to work and had to figure out what the problem was and how to prevent it happening again. Curtis spent all day answering questions post migration as well as trying to get the migration for one team’s folder in particular to work, but it did not.

As he couldn’t get it to work, he investigated the issue and figured out the problem, which should be mitigated by completing the transfer on Friday instead.

A second set of migrations had to take place today as well, but they went very smoothly, which was excellent!

Curtis had to help with desk moves at his office and then headed out at 16:30 to walk up and meet Kim.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she started on her reconciliations straight away. This was only for 30 minutes as she and a colleague agreed to run to the liquor store to place a larger order to deliver for Friday for the function on Monday.

After this they caught up on some time to go over a few things like a stationary order and what to change the catering from and to.

They also went over a stationary order where Kim order stuff for all of the upcoming events, pencils and water colours for Diwali, a flip chart for the meeting next week and some other office items.

As one of Kim’s teammates is due to go on maternity leave soon the team arranged a group manicure or pedicure followed by lunch.

It was so nice to relax and talk about everything not work related. It was extra funny because in the nail place they had Jack Whitehalls TV show where he holidays with his dad on and everyone found it hilarious!

After lunch Kim got straight back into reconciliations to try and sort all of that out, but once she finished one card that required a few phone calls, she realised she had to sort a few other things out before she left.

Kim then ordered all the upcoming food for this week including the weekly Thursday pizzas and the monthly social talks pizzas.

She then wrote up a few emails and sent them off before she leaves for 2 days! She met Curtis downstairs to start their holidays!

Flying To Portland!

We met at Kim’s work and then walked to the train station.

Kim was able to get a seat, which was a win on such a busy train!

The train took 45 minutes to get us to the airport, but that gave us perfect time to chat about our day.

We got to the airport and found the correct check-in area, but luckily we had already checked in, so we just went right to security.

The terminal was absolutely empty, so security was fast, but then we got to US immigration, which was also fast, luckily!

There weren’t many people in the departures either, so we just wandered around.

There wasn’t much to see or do, so we just sat at the game and chilled, waiting for the flight.

We got 2 trams to get from the airport to our hotel, which is in downtown Portland.

We got checked in and went and got some quick food as we were quite hungry and then we went back to the hotel to chill!

We’re in Portland for a concert, which is tomorrow, so we have most of the day to do stuff tomorrow and then a bit of time on Thursday morning before we fly back home.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Day 72 – Day 118: Vancouver, BC – Steveston Town

Steveston Town

We had a lazy morning, just had a bagel each and watched some YouTube.

We eventually got ready and decided we wanted to go out for the day. We hopped in the car and googled to find somewhere fairly close to go as its long weekend, therefore all places places to go will be very busy, so we found somewhere a little different.

We drove for about 30 minutes to get to Steveston.This is a fairly small, former fishing town in Richmond.

We arrived and eventually found some parking. We had a couple of plan for whilst we were there, but we didn’t really know anything about the place.

Coffee, Of Course

We started by finding a coffee spot. We found a really nice, and cheap, place called Rocanini Roasters.

Curtis had a flat white and Kim had a mocha.They were both pretty good, but not the best we have had!

Former Tram

This town used to have a tram system that ran through it.

We went rright across from the coffee shop and there was the tram they used to have!

We walked along the tracks and came to a small forest walk, so we partook in that for a bit.The town is quaint but also a bit built up in some areas, though a lot of the older buildings are still around.

Waterside Walk

We walked along the side of the water for a while, just for something to do.We got to a point and wondered if we should continue as it didn’t seem that there was much going on, but we then saw a cool old building in the distance so wanted to investigate.

Former Fishing Area & Living Quarters

We stumbled upon the former fishing area, where there were living quarters and multiple buildings, which could be entered, which were used during this time.

This was a museum area and was actually very interesting.

The first building we entered was a building for both hanging nets as well as making things, such as steering wheels for boats.

There was many older artefacts still around and in good condition, as well as a lot of machinery.

We moved on from here to the living quarters.

All of these are segregated, so there were the likes of a Japanese house and a Chinese house.

These were all pretty small for the amount of people that would have lived in them.

Boat House

We finished off in the boat house, which had a few different uses but was used most recently to store and build boats.

We looked around and saw lots of things along with boats, such as a few ddifferent workshops, such as the engine workshop and the blacksmith.

Ice Cream!

We walked back and had previously spotted an ice cream place, so went and got one there.

Kim got salted caramel and chocolate and Curtis had whisky coffee.

We sat outside and had our ice cream and just chatted about our day!

After our ice cream, we got back into the car and drove home.

Hockey Gear

When we got home, Kim vacuumed the car whilst Curtis got his hockey gear ready! He has a team scrimmage tomorrow, which he is very excited for!

Kim went out to get some things from the shop and then when she got back she began to make dinner.

Sweet Chilli Wedges

We have been discussing having sweet chilli wedges for a few days now, so we finally decided to today, and it was an excellent choice.

We ate some dinner, drank some wine and watched some TV. A fun day all around!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 93: Vancouver, BC – Pride Parade & Festival

Fire Alarms

We were getting ready to go out this morning when the fire alarm went off in the building.

We had to go outside and wait until the fire department showed up!

Once they came they turned off the alarm and said there was nothing to worry about. Everyone one went back inside and we started getting ready again. Shortly after the fire engine turned around to leave, the alarm went off again! They determined it was a faulty smoke detector and that we should be all good.

Pride Parade

Shortly after the 2nd alarm, we left and walked into the city.

We stopped off at a Starbucks and grabbed a nice big cold drink before walking on.

We got to an area which was a closed road and full of things to see and do, all pride related, with music blasting too!

We timed it perfectly and caught the parade as it was ending at the beach!

Pride Festival

We stood and watched the parade and then once that was coming to an end we walked over to the beach to see what was going on there.

There was a lot of people there, with food trucks, all kinds of stands and music!

Everyone was happy and having a great time so it was a lovely day out. That along with the terrific 30°c heat and it was amazing.

We got a bit tired so we started the long walk back home, via the supermarket.

Jacket Potatoes & Relaxing

We were too warm for proper food, so we had a jacket potato with tuna each which was exactly what we wanted.

We watched some YouTube and TV, as well as cleaning the dishwasher, because we have an exciting life!

Tomorrow is a stat day, known as ‘BC Day’ so we get a day off work! We plan to do very little.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

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