Place 72 – Day 154: Vancouver, BC – The Trek To Work

Trek To Work

We had a bit of a trek to work this morning as the snow had really picked up overnight and there was a lot of it on the ground!

It took us a while to navigate through the snow to work, but we got there eventually with no issues.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was feeling quite a bit better today. He was fairly busy with tickets and his small project in the morning, but come the afternoon it was pretty quiet.

Curtis trudged home in all the snow, but it had luckily stopped snowing as heavy as it was from 14:00-16:00.

Kim’s Day

To start her day Kim had a call meeting with a vendor. It was really good and they covered everything and asked a bunch of questions.
After the meeting Kim worked on a few smaller administration tasks and spent some time listening to her voicemail.

She then popped out with the rest of her team to grab some lunch, they all ate at their desks but Kim sat in the kitchen and ate. Shortly after this Kim and her teammate went out and got hot chocolate and doughnuts and set that up for the very empty office.
Kim then ordered some breakfast for the meeting that is happening on Friday and later she tidied up the boardroom after a day long meeting left.

Kim stopped by Starbucks to get a coffee for herself and the other lady on front desk as there is a lot of snow and it is cold! When she arrived Kim was invited to take part in a class so she did and she had a great time! It was a lyrical class and the routine was to Bruises by Lewis Capaldi and it was beautiful. It was so flowly and easy to follow!

Evening

Curtis did nothing all evening, just played games and watched some YouTube videos.

Kim went out to training as well as to help out there! She was out for a few hours and had to walk there and back as she would normally drive but it was a bit too snowy for that, so easier to drive.

Once Kim got back, we relaxed together, watched a bit of TV and went to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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

Place 71 – Day 6: Portland, OR – Brunch, Beer Tasting & Lukas Graham!

Brunch

We woke at a fairly decent time and went out for brunch.

We went to a place we went to when we were last in Portland called Cheryl’s.

Kim had a croque monsieur and Curtis went a bit out there and had a biscuit and gravy, which was…odd.

We ate our breakfast and then went for a bit of a walk around the city. It seems we remembered a lot of the city and where things were, which helped us out!

Games Room

We wanted to have a bit of a relax and remembered that there was a games room in our hotel, so we went there to check it out.

We played some bubble hockey and some shuffleboard…we spent over an hour here!

Brew Pub

We finished up with the games and then walked to a Deschutes brewpub for some beer tasting!

We had 12 beers to try, which turns out was too much, and we didn’t even really like them!

We finished up with the beer tasting and then got some McDonald’s for dinner.

Lukas Graham!

We came out to Portland for one reason…Lukas Graham!

We had a concert booked for Portland in February, but it was postponed until today, so we were super excited to finally get to watch the show.

We walked down to the ballroom, which was beautiful and it was a very intimate venue, too, so we were very close!

We watched the support act who was pretty good and then had to wait for 30 minutes for Lukas Graham.

The show was amazing. It was by far the best concert we have ever seen together. The lighting was amazing, the whole group looked like they were enjoying it and of course, the music was incredible. We loved it so much, though our legs did not, with all the standing.

We left the concert and had to get our legs working again.

We got back to the hotel, drank the rest of our wine and watched a couple of YouTube videos before sleeping.

We fly back to Vancouver tomorrow, so a short stay but it’s been great!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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

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