Place 72 – Day 146: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Moscow Mule!

Exercise Morning

Kim was up at 09:00 to go to her exercise class for 10:00.

Curtis had breakfast with coffee and played some games whilst Kim was out.

Video Admin

Kim got back home and had some admin to do with the videos she had taken at her exercise. She had to export them from the GoPro and download them.

Coffee & Lunch

We went out briefly for coffee, but stopped in at Tim Horton’s for some food. Kim got a sandwich and Curtis got a bacon grilled cheese.

We walked on to 49th parallel. Curtis loves their coffee and Kim loves their doughnuts! Kim got a chocolate doughnut and Curtis got a cappucino.

Leafs

Curtis watched the Leafs game, and Kim watched a little bit too! The Leafs dominated, which was awesome to watch.

After watching that, we watched some YouTube and then left to drive to Richmond for Curtis’ hockey game.

Curtis’ Hockey Game

We got to the rink and realised shortly after that neither of us brought our wallets! We told the people on the desk and they were fine with it, luckily.

Curtis’ game went ok, but they ended up losing 4-3, making them now officially the last place team, but its early days!

Curtis played well defensively, but not great offensively.

Homemade Moscow Mules

We got home and Curtis showered. After that, we had a bit of food. Curtis finished the leftover Chinese food and Kim just had pop tarts.

We watched some more YouTube and had homemade Moscow mules which Kim gott the idea from work for! They were great, with quite a lot of booze.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 138: Vancouver, BC – Friday Night Is Pizza Night!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a full day planned out, his calendar had no holes at all!

He got pretty much everything he needed to get completed, done throughout the day and helped with a couple of tickets.

Curtis had a beer and chilled out a reward just before heading home and watching the remainder of the Leafs game.

Kim’s Day

The first thing Kim came across this morning was spilt milk! It was in one of the draws in the fridge and it had covered the bottom. So she emptied it out, washed down the bottles and left the draw to dry.

Kim then hurried back to her desk as there was someone in for an interview, they were 25 minutes early! So she and Kim had a nice little chat.

Surprisingly Kim spent the next little while still catching up on invoices. She also had a meeting with her team mate as a catch up on the dire drill that happened the other week. They arranged plans to make some changes and add some other little safety features in.

Shortly after this meeting Kim sat down and had some lunch with the rest of the team which was really nice.

After lunch Kim had set up a meeting with IT to see if a software that they already have in place for one thing could also assist with something that Kim and her colleague want to implement from a safety standpoint. It went well and they believe that the software company should be able to help and they are already in the works to have a demo meeting set up which is perfect!

For a little while after the meeting Kim finished her invoices! It was amazing! Now next week all she has to do is reconcile everything!

After sorting the invoices Kim went out to pick up the wine and cider for the afternoon drinks. Kim came back caught up on some emails and then set the afternoon drinks up. She then went and finished a little scanning before joining in for a card game and a nice long chat with people she doesn’t get to speak to very often, which is so nice!

As everyone dwindled away, Kim cleared up. She then popped out to send some post and was about to head home before she realised that her class this evening was in an hour and 10 minutes. If Kim walked home she would be there for all of 15 minutes! She didn’t see the point in this so sat down with a smoothie and relaxed at work!

Call Of Duty Beta & Pizza Night!

Kim left work late so went right to training from there.

Tonight’s class was so fun! Kim enjoyed the routine and really felt she kept up!

After watching hockey, Curtis played more of (and got better at) the Call of Duty beta.

Kim got back from her training and brought pizza!

We sat and ate pizza and watched TV all evening. It’s starting to feel a lot colder now in the evenings, so more reason to snuggle up and watch TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 136: Vancouver, BC – All Day Typing & Post Work Massage

Curtis’ Day

As made apparent from the title, Curtis’ day was a lot of writing (technically typing).

He started the day with some admin and then doing a couple of tickets, but he did have it planned to get guides written for his project. There are around 8 guides to get written, so Curtis has to get those all done, and ASAP!

Curtis just did those all day and got half done, which is better than none.

Curtis walked home and there was no rain, which is much better, and then he watched the last 2 periods of the leafs game.

He had leftover Thai curry which he cooked up some chicken for and ate.

Kim went out to exercise and Curtis played some games.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim had to grab a cake for a team so she headed to the shop up near home and planned to take a taxi in. She called for a taci before going in to.the store, but as the answered the line cut out. So kim grabbed the cake and waited outside while she called again, it took 5 minutes to get through and there was no estimated arrival time.

While Kim was at the bus stop waiting for the taxi a police escort came down the road and blocked it off, then came a group of cyclists followed by more police and an ambulance or 2. The best part was that the police van was playing ACDC, a great way to start a morning!

When the taxi eventually arrived Kim made her way into work and was about 30 minutes later than she had anticipated! Kim then hid the cake at her desk before running back out to post a letter and pick up some dairy free cakes.

While she was out in the morning Kim was asked to do some printing, so she got all of that sorted.

During the morning Kim felt very strange, she had a pounding headache, felt neasous and had funny vision. So Kim took 5 and sat in a meeting room to see if it would pass, and then went and grabbed some fresh air on the roof. This helped a fair amount.

It was then cake time! So Kim arranged the main cake in the kitchen, but hid the dairy free ones! There was a nice little talk and then everyone grabbed some cake.

As she still wasnt feeling 100% Kim then changed her settings on her computer to cause less of a strain on her eyes, this was Curtis’s great idea and he walked her through how to do it over the phone! He is so wonderful and really does take good care of Kim.

This helped immensely and throughout the course of the day all the issues went away! During the call, the gentleman who put on the presentation snuck Kim some cake, which was very appreciated.

Kim then took some time to go through the emails received today and had a little catch up with her team mate who had been in another office for the past week.

It was then lunch time, and despite Kim saying that she would sort her lunch in the morning and to no surprise to Curtis, Kim had not made her lunch. As she had felt so groggy in the morning Kim decided to get a McDonald’s, and she picked a great day to as well, she got a free cheeseburger! So she grabbed her lunch and then went back to eat. She ended up in and out of her seat for the first half of her lunch sorting things out for people!

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon catching up on the invoices. Its going to be like that for a fair few days as she hadn’t saved an invoice until yesterday since the 4th September. Kim is very glad to announce that she is now up to the 9th September!

In the middle of the invoices Kim had a bit more of a proper meeting with her colleague, mainly a catch up from the last week and plans on the Christmas parties. Kim ended up giving a great idea for the UK office that will possibly be used, so that was great!

After work, Kim used her benefits to get a quick massage. She had booked herself in for a 30 minute neck and back massage to sort out her painful shoulder, but as a result of her morning, Kim changed it to a head, neck and back massage and it was alright!

Kim class today was good! The conditioning nearly killed her and she was utterly rubbish at it all. She was able to nail some of the moves which was great.

Bake Off, Again!

Kim got back from exercise and we watched the latest bake off episode before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 131: BC Lions Game!

Curtis’ Day & Evening

Curtis’ day was steady today, which was perfect!

At 11:30, Curtis had an early, and long, lunch. Someone in one of the teams he works with is leaving, so it was a leaving lunch.

They went to a place called Black & Blue which is quite an upmarket meat place, but they do a great lunch deal!

It was $14 for a burger and a beer, so everyone got that and it didn’t disappoint!


Black & Blue | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 9/10


The burger was great quality, the sauce was great and the accompaniments were tasty!

Curtis got back to the office at 13:30 and next thing he knew it was 15:30!

Curtis was asked about something he had setup and then someone said something about it which meant Curtis had to review it as he wasn’t informed of the full scope, so that took up some time.

After this, Curtis offboarded the leaving person and then had just enough time to had a quick beer with everyone before walking home.

Once he got home, he played NHL20 all night as it has come out! Borderlands 3 also came out and Curtis purchased this too, but was too engrossed in playing NHL he never got a change to play it.

Kim’s Day & Evening

As Kim had been worming a few days early and late, she decided to come in an hour late.

Once she got in Kim restocked the fridge before heading down and picking up the mail.

Kim then spent some time picking uo.older emails and taking calls and then suddenly it was midday! Kim went to the shop with 2 team mates to.get some lunch, just before she ordered Kim realised she left her wallet on the desk.

Kim went back to get it and then picked up a chicken pot pie with mash and gravy as the weather was miserable. She then had lunch with a few colleagues and had a nice chat.

After lunch Kim put the weekly order through and cleaned the boardrooms whiteboard ahead of some meetings that are happening next week.

She also was in discussions with the caterer during the afternoon.

Kim then went to the liquor store nice and early to make sure things had a good amount of time to cool.

When Kim got back she went straight into a meeting with the other fire warden from yesterday to catch up on what happened, to tweak the plan and talk about any procedures they want to put in place.

After this meeting Kim started to look inti some travel for someone coming to visit. Kim had to reach out to hotels directly in order to get a gosod rate.

Kim oversaw the set up of the alcohol today. She was 3 minutes late to setting it up so the IT team emptied the fridge and set it up. Kim grabbed the snacks and cut up the lime for the coronas.

Kim then went back to her desk to finalise the hotel reservation and book the flights.

When that was all done Kim joined some colleagues in a card game that is hiring orientated but similar to cards against humanity and it was great fun.

Kim then left to head to the Canadian football game.

She headed over to a local hotel to join everyone else in taking the taxis over to the arena where they all watched the game in the box.

Kim also met some ex players and other cool and interesting people.

Champions ring!

This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 117: Vancouver, BC – Lunchtime ‘Taco Friday’

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was busy right from 08:50-16:10 today.

Right from the get go, Curtis had some things planned and ready to get done.

He had to complete the cloning he did yesterday, which worked perfectly overnight.

He then helped someone having issues with Outlook on their new laptop. After this, he did some IT security work and then had to test the boardroom for a big meeting to ensure it was working and setup as required.

Once Curtis was done with that, he helped someone start a complicated purchase process and then began an onboarding!

A new person starts Tuesday, so Curtis had to get everything sorted out for them. (Monday is a day off in Canada)

Curtis took about 1.5 hours to setup their accounts and information, all whilst completing tickets and answering questions.

Taco Friday

Taco Friday is a ‘thing’ that people do in Scandinavia, for some reason, and we aren’t opposed!

We also do it from time to time, but this time it was for lunch.

We were lazy and couldn’t be bothered to make lunch, so we went do to Tacofino to have some tacos.

Kim got 2 chicken tacos and Curtis got 2 beef tacos. These were incredible. Spicy yet sweet yet meaty. Amazing!

We weren’t there long and then we had to walk back to our respective offices, but it was really nice to catch up briefly.

Curtis’ Afternoon

Curtis’ afternoon was just as busy as hi morning.

Along with doing tickets, Curtis had to setup a new laptop for the new person starting, as well as setup their desk and ensure it works.

After that, Curtis helped someone setup a couple of programs on their laptop and then he was able to get the fnal thing he needed to get done before having a drink with some people in the office.

It’s been a busy couple of days but he’s enjoyed it!

Kim’s Day

Kim spent a lot of her morning changing travel plans for 2 people. For one Kim had to change the 1 day trip for a visitor to the Ontario office. She also had to change a new starters return trip back to the UK, moving his flight to a week early and with a stop off in the states.
Kim also spent some time looking into the catering of large meetings going on the week after next.
Curtis and Kim had planned to meet up for lunch so she headed out to meet him.
Kim spent more time in the afternoon on the travel changes and finally started to get things approved and changed, which was great.
As we have a new starter in our UK office who is visiting at the moment Kim arranged to sort his business cards out while he is here. She added the info and sent it across for approval.
Kim then placed the order for the weekly shop to be delivered on the Tuesday for next week as it is a bank holiday on Monday!
As it is Friday Kim then went out to pick up the wine and beer for the Friday afternoon drinks.
When she got back it was time to set up the drinks and snacks for people to enjoy. Kim joined for a while and had a nice chat to 2 people over from the UK office before realising that she hadn’t sent across the business cards to be printed so she ran back to sort that. She then went back to join for a while longer before heading home!

Lazy Pizza Evening

We got home and Curtis played games for about two hours, some how, whilst Kim lay on the bed relaxing.

We finally decided to do something, so we watched a YouTube video and then had a frozen pizza for dinner as we had a big lunch, so we didn’t need anything bigger.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 114: Vancouver, BC – Bake Off’s Back!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work and had some admin to do, as usual and then he finished setting up an old mac.

After that, Curtis replaced someone’s laptop and ensured that all worked for them.

Curtis then did a few tickets up until lunch time.

Post lunch, Curtis ststted setting up a new laptop, which took most of the afternoon, and then he had a brief 1 on 1 with the HR team about his first 3 months at the company.

Curtis finished the day with a bit of project work, as well as a bit of security work.

A fairly slow day but varied non the less.

Kim’s Day & Evening

As there was a new hire starting today, who came all the way from the UK office, Kim ensured that she was in a little early as he was due to arrive at 9ish. It 9.10 he is introduced to Kim be her colleague as he arrived before Kim and had done the tour already! Kim was also greeted this morning by an email from the close by hotel to say they have rooms available and the price was much lower than any competitor! What a great way to start a day!

Kim used her new extra time to catch up on emails, that she had neglected yesterday! She approved items, saved invoices and whizzed through!

To be prepared for the meeting taking place later in the day Kim went and stole all the best mugs and cups to ensure they would be nice, clean and easily available later in the day. She also hid 2 of the water jugs and our the frozen cut up lemon in one to allow it to thaw and infuse the water! She also put a load of soft drinks on a tray ready for later too!

Kim then went back to the hotel / meeting room booking she has been working on and organised with the building to have the 25th floor for 2 of the days and then organised internally to free up the boardroom on their floor for the 3rd and final day.

Before Kim started the boardroom preperations Kim collected and gift wrapped some company swag for the external visitors. She didn’t go full Love Actually gift wrapping but the thought was there!

As it was suddenly midday Kim started preparing the meeting room by making sure all the chairs were the same and at the same height and perfectly placed around the table. She then set the glasses and water jugs up before helping giving the windows a quick clean. Kims colleague then ran out to grab some snackables for the meeting so Kim set up the drinks she set aside from earlier and made a start on a coffee urn. When her colleague came back Kim plated the biscuits and set everything up.

Just as they were putting the napkins in the boardroom the external visitors arrived so Kim contacted the meeting organiser while her colleague made a coffee.

After the meeting was underway Kim took some time to have lunch and take a breather. She had a lovely catch up with a few colleagues and it was lovely.

After lunch Kim spent some of her afternoon organising meeting invites for the new hire meet and eats coming up. Then she spent her time catching up on more emails and reorganising meeting rooms.

Kim ended up sticking around later today to make sure that the meeting didn’t need anything else. While she was waiting, she stole a bookcase from a meetingroom and is keeping it at reception for storage!

Kim was then asked to call cabs for the meeting to head out to dinner. After the meeting left Kim then sorted and cleaned out the room!

Then she headed home, got changed and went directly to her class.

Then she headed home, got changed and went directly to her class. Today’s class was lyrical so they spent some time at the beginning learning 2 moves and then they were incorporated into a routine. It was so much fun!

Kim then was heading home and popped to the supermarket to pick something up and realised that she did not have her purse. Luckily Curtis was home so bought it to her and then they did the mini shop together

The Remainder of Our Evening

Curtis didn’t really do anything whilst Kim was out. He did a few things around the apartment, but mostly just played some games and relaxed.

Once Kim got home after going to the supermarket, we were both very hungry! Luckily, Curtis had done most of the salad and Kim just added the fresh roasted chicken from the supermarket and some caesar sauce and hey presto a simple yet delicious caesar salad.

We finished up by watching the first episode of the new Great British Bake Off and then went to bed at a reasonable time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 103: Vancouver, BC – Kim’s Company Summer Picnic

Curtis’ Day & Evening

Curtis got to work and had a security meeting. The meeting was quite short, but he was then able to get on with some work.

He setup a mac for someone and then then setup another laptop for someone else, all whilst doing some tickets.

Curtis’ day was busy and varied again, which was great. He had to remote into some laptops in North Carolina and set them up and that took some time.

In the afternoon, Curtis gave the mac to the person he set it up for and then spent most of the afternoon trying to sort the virtual machine again!

Just before he left, Curtis had to get the approval to give someone access to something that they needed urgently.

Curtis then helped someone that was having issues with their email account and then he walked home.

Curtis just played games in the evening whilst Kim was out. He also tried sushi again and still doesn’t like it!

Kim’s Day & Evening

Today is finally the day of Kims work summer party and she is so excited and ready to start the day. When she got in she arranged stuff for the day and ordered some catering for a summer party in Boston that will be happening tomorrow. She also passed over the front desk to her predecessor who agreed to come back and cover for the day! This was great as it meant Kim did not have to train anyone.

Kim then left to head to the dollar store to meet with her collaegue to pick up a few little things for the party like table cloths, games for kids and supplies for the planned games. They were then met by another colleague and a rental car that they had for the day.

All 3 jumped in the car and headed to Costco to pick up, burgers, hot dogs, buns and other stackable items. Then they went back to work to pick up all of the things they had collected over the past few days and put that in the car before heading to Safeway to pick up a few Gluten Free items, ice and have some lunch. The first thing on the list was lunch, so Kim got a build your own style Chinese food put which was great!

After this everyone got back in the car and went to the party destination, Prospect Point. Just after they arrived and started setting up, one of the rental companies arrive, they then set up the BBQ and generator. The girls unloaded the car of everything and left one girl to prep the food while Kim and the other lady headed back to the office to collect the last few things from the office and but the few things that they had forgotten, like suncream and veggie dogs!

They then went back to the park to finish setting up. When they arrived, the other lady had pretty much finished all of the food and was just chopping the last few onions! Kim helped set out the eating area, by organising the food tables, sorting out the drinks and moving all of the spare stuff out of the way in the small kitchen style room they had available to use. Just as Kim put the last box away the bus turned up with the first group of people. Kim then went about getting balloons blown up and put about the place to decorate.

The evening started with people milling around and soaking up the sun, before the BBQ food was ready to eat! Once the food was flying off the grill people were eating and having a great time. There was a bouncy castle, volleyball net, croquet, tug of war and a few little things like foam swards, soft footballs and hoolahoops for the kids. As it was a family event and Kim was allowed to organise all the fun and games, she knew that she had to get the kids on her side if she had any chance of anyone participating in any of the races. Kim was well prepared with little bubble tubes for every kid.

The first race started a little while after the BBQ and it was the classic 3 legged race. First it was parents and children and then there were 2 heats of the adults playing too. The next game was the egg and spoon race, there was a kids only race and then another 2 rounds of the adults racing, with the final being the 2 winners of each race.

There was a small break before the tug of war! Everyone got involved and it was a child favourite! They had a few rounds and then they had a small inter-departmental competition where one team totally destroyed the rest of the company and were rightfully crowned winners. After this utter destruction from that team the children wanted another go so we arranged for a few goes for them, the best was against their own parents!

The last 2 races of the day was the wheelbarrow race. This was done with parent and child and it was great fun. The final was a sack race! People were starting to dwindle by this point so we just had child participation. Just before they all started heading home, we distributed the foam swords, hoolahoops, bounce balls and remaining bubble amongst the kids for being so much fun.

Kim and her colleague then took 5 minutes as people were leaving to play a little bit of volleyball, this was the first 5 minutes they had to themselves for the whole day! Then it was straight into clearing up and making the place look nice, clean and tidy. Kim had the great idea of asking one of the rental companies if we could use their dolly to make one return trip to the car much easier, and they said yes! It took a lot of time and effort out of the clean up.

After the clean up, one colleagueauge dropped the other 2 off at their homes before she and Kim went back to the office to empty the car to allow a quick return to the rental in the morning. Once this was done she kindly dropped Kim off home, which saved Kim so much time!

Late Evening Chill

Kim is up very early tomorrow to get to work for an earlier time, so once she got back around 21:35, there wasn’t much time left before she wanted to sleep.

She got ready for tomorrow and then we watches some videos, did our duolingo and went to bed!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale