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

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

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

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

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

Place 72 – Day 41: Vancouver,BC – We Enjoy Our Jobs!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work and had 2 people waiting for him before he could even turn on his laptop.

The first person had forgotten their laptop at home, so Curtis had to find a temporary replacement and set that up for them.

Curtis then had to sort out the second person who had some issues with their monitor not connecting to their laptop. When Curtis went to investigate, he realised that the cable connecting the two had slightly come out of the monitor, so when he plugged it back in, it worked. Nice and easy. This was all before 09:00!

Curtis had a really busy morning, but it was great! Lots of different things to do as well as some incidents Curtis was able to resolve.

The afternoon was much quieter so it was some regular tasks and onboarding that Curtis did to keep himself busy, before walking home.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim was so busy and she loved it.

Kim got into the office and started with a few of the receptionist tasks to start her day and then went and settled down in the HR area to practise a few more tasks there.

Just as she got comfortable Kim was invited out for a coffee and handover of some events stuff with two colleagues. So they went to a nearby coffee shop, grabbed a drink and pastry and ironed out some details. It was lovely to get out of the office and sit outside while still working!

When she got back Kim spent the morning between the 2 desks balancing HR back office stuff and front desk project stuff. Kim then attended a meeting for some more HR help and set up a few other meetings for the afternoon. A big part of the project Kim is working on takes place over the weekend so now is the time to get cracking!

Kim then treated herself to a whole 15 minute lunch break and spent it in the sun on the roof with some of her colleagues.

Kim was then back in the office and setting up for a meeting with people from our other offices. It was great to get there opinions on the project and try to answer any questions they may have.

Kim then had 15 minutes between that meeting and her next, which was back to HR for more training on the back office stuff. Kim had some guidance on one part and was then left to try one on her own! She only made 2 minor mistakes that were easily fixed, so it was a great success.

She went from that meeting straight into another meeting about the project! This was great as Kim and her counterpart in IT were really able to explain the project to people and the next steps we were taking.

After this meeting the IT person suggested that they sit down and finalise the details with the project for an hour or so! It’s really nice to have someone who actually knows about the project a lot more than Kim does!

By the time that was done Kim only had another 30 minutes left in the day! It just flew by! So she did the 3rd and final bit for HR and it went really well. Kim sent out one more email and finished at 5 on the dot.

Kim is really enjoying her new role, it has lots of challenges to pick up and great support from her teammates! She is feeling very happy and excited for the coming year!

Dog Park!

We met each other from work and walked home in the beautiful sunshine.

We got home and Kim made a delicious pork meal, with a creamy mushroom sauce, potato hasselback & balsamic vegetables.

Once we finished eating, we walked the other way around the seawall at the perfect time of day where the sun was going down, so it was very beauiful!

We got to the dog park and Kim went in to say “hi” to the dogs in there and then we walked back home to watch TV for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 76 – Day 3: Los Angeles,CA – Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier & A Comedy Show

Family Chat

We has a 1 – 1.5 hour facetime with Curtis’ family, in which we discussed a whole host of things and just ‘caught up’ in general.

Marina Del Ray

We got ready and then dropped off at Marina Del Ray. We are huge fans of NCIS:LA and had read that the ‘boatshed’ from the show is around this area, so we went looking.

After looking for a bit of time, and coming across a really nice area, we decided to take an e-scooter and head to the opposite side of the marina as we believed the boatshed was on that end.

A Nice Lighthouse In The Area

The Marina Was Pretty

Low and behold, we couldn’t find it, so we gave up and walked to Venice Beach.

Venice Beach

We got to Venice Beach, in terrific weather, and the first port of call was a bite to eat.

As to be expected, there were a lot of expensive places and we stopped in one of them and got pulled pork sliders, which looked good but really weren’t. We didn’t even catch the name of the place we ate, but the food wasn’t that great.

After food, we went for a walk along Venice Beach. We walked for a long while, until we came across Muscle Beach & a skate park.

We spent some time at these places and watched people do their thing. Kim even gave the rope climb a go, which she conquered!

Santa Monica Pier

We walked on from Venice Beach towards Santa Monica pier, where Kim saw a hoop and had to do some tricks on it!

We saw the pier from the beach and then headed up onto it.

The pier really wasn’t that interesting and we had evening plans, so we walked up the road to find a ride back home.

We had to wait a while, but got a ride home and once we got back, we realised that Panda Express was so close, so we got some food from there to save time.

We got the orange chicken again, as well as spicy chicken and Curtis got some wok fired fired shrimp, too!

On the way home, Kim managed to break her flip flops so we had to throw those away and she had to walk home barefooted.

Comedy Show

We ate our food and then had to get ready to go back out again.

In West Hollywood, there is a comedy place called Comedy Store which Kim had seen a few well known names were performing tonight, so we got some tickets! Kim got to dress up and even had shoes at this point in the day.

We stood in line for a while, but eventually got in, got our seats and ordered some drinks.

We Were Very Close To The Stage!

There were a few big names, such as Iliza Shlesinger, Sarah Silverman and Jimmy O. Yang.

We couldn’t film or take photos at all, but believe us when we say it was a pretty hilarious 3 hours! Whilst watching, we got a bottle of wine to share and Curtis got a whiskey. There was a minimum 2 drink limit anyway, so why not!

We got a Lyft home and it was safe to say it was bed time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale