Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 332: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Mac & Cheese!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got some admin and tickets done in the morning and then there was a company wide meeting with information about the company’s plans, financial information etc which he attended.

At the end of that call, he went to the office as someone was picking something up so he had to get that sorted for them.

Whilst at the office, Curtis took a shock take of the current laptops so the whole team knows what the Vancouver office has.

Curtis headed back home and had lunch when he got back.

Curtis didn’t have too much to do in the afternoon so he did some admin and some training.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim started her day by researching stuff for events that are coming up and dealt with some other small admin tasks.

Kim the helped IT set up a new computer but before sending it out she compared FedEx to UPS to see how the prices differ and how easy the system is. The price was good so Kim tried UPS. She packaged up all the things and got it ready to go. She had an issue with part of the paperwork so had to redo that.

Just as she finished that Kim joined a call with two teammates to discuss processes that will be going in place over the next few weeks. It was very productive and needed as it was only meant to be 15 minutes, but lasted the full hour.

Before she left Kim set up a few meetings and sent out a few emails.

Homemade Mac & Cheese

Curtis ran out to get some milk and then when Kim got home, she made Mac and cheese! We bought smoked Gouda and some nice cheddar to use and it was excellent!

Kim did some pole dancing at home properly for the first time and loved it! She loves having the ability to do that!

We went out for another evening walk which yielded beautiful photos once again!

We watched some TV and played some games as usual and then went to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 330: Vancouver, BC – Warm Sunny Walk

Birthday Chat

We had a chat with Curtis’ family as it is his mum’s birthday today!

We chatted for quite a while and then hung up and started our day.

Shopping

We went to get the shopping done and actually paid to park underground as we were getting a lot of heavy and bulky things, so it was easier to do it that way.

We got back home and decided to go out for a nice walk as the weather was beautiful!

Warm Sunny Walk

We walked down to the seawall and just kept walking! The sun was beating down and just beautiful!

We walked all the way around to English Bay Beach, but it got a little too busy, so we headed back home.

We got a Vietnamese coffee on the way home, because they’re delicious so we can’t say no!

Homemade Thai Curry

We got home and Kim ordered some things online and then she made a Thai curry!

The curry was delicious and Kim also made a ‘lazy egg’ with it, too, which was something we really liked in Thailand!


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Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 326: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Veggie Lasagna & No COVID-19!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a fairly early project meeting which didn’t last too long, but had a few action points from it which was positive.

Curtis got some tickets completed and then had a couple of team meetings.

Curtis had a few more project related meeting sheich were very positive and did some more tickets, finishing the day with creating a new project.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of her morning working on one FedEx delivery. She ended up redoing the whole thing after chasing for weeks. Hopefully with the new right pickup and whole new paperwork everything will go smoothly, but who knows!

Just after midday Kim called the helpline to get her test results. The first time she called she was unable to get through, then the second time they confirmed that Kim does not have COVID. Which is wonderful! Kim had some lunch and started the ‘meat’ sauce for the lasagna tonight and then headed into the office.

Kim collected all the things she needs to send our to a new starter and began packing them up. She joined her 1-1 call with her manager and that was great. Bother were happy at the new that Kim does not have COVID and they spoke about events for the future.

After the 1-1 Kim went back to sending the items. She had to rebox one of the packages as she had packed more than was needed, so that was great! Kim also picked up the post and ordered coffee for the nespresso machine. It was a very productive afternoon!

Evening

Kim got home after being at the office for the afternoon and made a vegetarian lasagna!

It turned out perfectly and was so delicious! We had it with some homemade garlic bread, too.

We watched TV and played some games for the evening, as usual.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 310: Vancouver, BC – Fixing Telephony

Curtis’ Day

All of Curtis’ morning was helping fix some telephony things.

There were some changes made but the team which broke a few things, so a bunch of Curtis’ team, including him, had to go through and click a few buttons on each user’s profile to fix it. This took all morning but it was good that it got fixed.

Curtis had his weekly team meeting at 13:00 and then ate lunch after.

After lunch, Curtis and to organise tickets for a bunch of computer checkups and then he had to contact each of the people to setup these checkups.

There was also a couple of tickets for Curtis to get to at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her week at home and caught up on emails. At mid morning she had organised another cello recital and it was amazing. She recorded it and uploaded both recordings to the Wiki.

After that Kim headed into the office and made some more progress on her signs before having a meeting a catch up with her colleague.

After lunch Kim had a meeting with her team which went well. Then her she went out to a few shops with her colleague to sort a few things out.

When she got back to the office Kim worked on the signs a little more and ordered flowers for the cellist from today.

Homemade Curry, Again!

Kim made the marinade for a curry last night, so it was pretty much good to go today, she just had to make the sauce and some coconut rice!

When Kim got home we made that and homemade naan too!

We watched some TV and relaxed for the evening.

We both had a busy day, so were pretty tired!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 296: Vancouver, BC – Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada Webinar

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of meetings today! 6 in total, which is a lot for him.

His first meeting was fairly early and was to discuss the return to work plan.

After that, he had a 1 on 1 chat and then his daily team meeting.

After that, Curtis had a bit of break to get tickets done and then had a training session learning about something from someone else in the company which was interesting.

After that meeting, Curtis did some tickets and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had another team meeting, his weekly one.

Right after that meeting he had his final meeting of the day which was a project update.

He did some tickets and some security work after that, followed by some project admin.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a few emails come in over the weekend so she sorted through those before fixing a link on the Wiki and adding a new link.

She then spent part of her morning on admin, she reached out to the local hotels to see how the reps are, talked to IT and sales

After the admin Kim realised she hadn’t done a game of Who Are You in a while, so she sent out an invite to a game on Thursday and started making the questions. Once she had the questions she started finding pictures to go with them.

In the afternoon Kim had a team meeting that went so well. It was also great to see how everyone was and make some good plans for the next few weeks.

She had a few things to work on as a result of the meeting so Kim made notes for tomorrow, ordered a few things and started to create a log on excel.

To finish the day Kim joined a webinar that was about confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada, orgnaised by a feminist group and it was amazing and Kim learned a lot.

Chicken Burgers!

We had chicken burgers for dinner! Kim made these once she was done with her webinar and it was very delicious! We had some chicken pieces with coconut on them on the side too. As well as that, we had homemade salsa and homemade potato salad!

We watched some TV and relaxed for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 292: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Butter Chicken!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a normal start to the morning. He was able to get some admin done but also had to answer some questions from people.

Curtis did a few tickets. Curtis helped get someone a license for some software, which took a bit of time to figure out how they want that setup.

Once he did that, Curtis got some statistics and usage information exported for someone, which also took some time as it is a bit of a mundain task, but had to be done.

Curtis got someone back up and running after helping them clear a lot of wasted space taken up on their laptop.

Once he did that, he got started with his newest project. He had to make a mock-up of a page but on 2 different platforms to see what looks best. This took the whole afternoon, but he did it!

Kim’s Day

Kim started tbe day by helping with one of the company wide calls. After this she spent some time working through some of the postal project she has ans she made a good amount of progress again, which is great.

She was then emailed by her manager to help with a quick task of finding the appropriate links for the list of sites she had. So Kim got that sorted and sent that back over. As a follow up to the meeting Kim update the Wiki and sent out an email for people to be able to find it.

Kim spent a lot of the afternoon working on the sales project. She managed to get one half of it done and thats great because she has really been neglecting it!

Homemade Butter Chicken!

Kim made butter chicken from scratch!

It was fairly simple to make, but very, very delicious! It didn’t take too long, she just had to marinate the chicken and then it was pretty much ready to cook.

Along with this, we made coconut rice and had some roti & poppadoms!

A great dinner made from scratch.

We watched some TV and played some games, but Kim has to be up earlier tomorrow so we went to bed early.


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Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 274: Vancouver, BC – Checking Out The New Neighbourhood

We woke up and had some french toast for breakfast and then we got ready for the day.

After we were ready, we spoke with Kim’s family and gave them a little tour of our apartment, even though it is not ready yet!

We finished the call, had a quick snack and then went out to walk around and explore our new neighbourhood. There seemed to be some cool places around and we even found an open Starbucks, so we got our first Starbucks in months!

We then walked back home and relaxed for a while, as well as looking at beds and other things for the apartment.

We then got hungry, so decided to make pizza!

We had a pizza dough already, so it was a case of just getting the topping sorted. We went with mushrooms, cheese (cheddar & mozzarella), red onion and sweetcorn!

The pizza was pretty tasty, though we don’t think it was enough for 2 people.

We watched the film Prospect whilst we ate dinner.

We had some cookies and other snacks throughout the evening and just generally did very little.

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 246: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Barber!

We woke up at a fairly decent time and started the day with the remaining cinnamon buns, strawberries and banana and watched some TV.

We both showered and got ready for the day, and then it was time…

Curtis sat down in the kitchen and Kim shaved and cut his hair! This is the first time Curtis has had this short hair for probably 3 years!

It took a while and Kim did a pretty good job, though the back is… questionable, but we don’t need to show anyone that!

After Kim did Curtis’ hair, he did her hair!

Kim wants to donate a lot of her hair, so she chucked it up in a ponytail and Curtis chopped it off! He did a little tidying of the back but not too much…it turned out really well and Kim looks great and loves it!

After this, Kim spoke with a friend from pole dancing on Zoom and then we ate some dinner. We hadn’t planned any dinner, so we made baked potatoes.

We ate those and watched a Travel Man episode and then we played some VR for a while…we’re quite addicted to SuperHot VR!

We finished up with VR and watched some more TV, followed by a nice hot chocolate to send us to sleep!

Back to doing some work tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 205: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Lemon Chicken!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy day, especially compared to last week.

There were a lot of tickets coming in all day and Curtis took as many as he could to keep himself busy.

Curtis had a team meeting at 13:00 which lasted an hour.

Once that was done, Curtis had some lunch.

Post lunch, Curtis went to ask someone a question and ended up staying with them for an hour, testing some user experiences and answering questions on it, as well as giving opinions.

Curtis finished the day up with some admin and some final tickets.

Kim’s Day

Kim started a new Wiki page today, she isn’t sure about this one so she didn’t put too much time into it, but she did put an overview in and make a few notes. The delivery then came in so she put away all the shopping.

Kim had a meeting with her manager and it went really well! They went over a few things about the office that Kim is planning on moving around and spoke about events that will be coming up. After this meeting Kim spent the rest of her morning saving invoices.

Before lunch Kim put the dishwasher on because her colleague ordered new bowls and forks!

A colleagues nephew was in the office and was there to help out, Kim had been asked if there were any administrative tasks that he could help with. She had to remove all of the old and unused table legs from the storage room and chuck them in a recycling bin. It took one trip with two trolleys to empty all the legs from storage and now there is so much more room!

Kim spent a bit of the afternoon setting up a gaming console that she found and answering emails.

More Mice!

We got back home after work and saw a mouse scuttle past in front of us as we walked in!

We couldn’t find it anywhere, so assumed it went back to its little cave.

Kim walked up to the shop and whilst she did that, Curtis got his hockey stuff sorted for tomorrow’s game, as well as fitting his new hockey visor which finally arrived…it was the perfect size and fit!

Homemade Lemon Chicken

We made homemade Lemon Chicken with homemade egg fried rice.

This was incredible!

The sauce was incredibly sticky and flavourful and then chicken was friend to perfection.

We will be making that again!

Kim went out to the hot tub and then hopped in the shower.

We watched a little more TV and then went to bed early.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 147: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Beef Stew

Coffee & Homesense

We eventually left the house and went up to check out a few things we needed from Homesense, but first, coffee!

Curtis wanted to get a cardamom latte to see if that is any good, but they didn’t have any, so he got a cappucino instead whilst Kim got a salted caramel hot chocolate.

We sat and relaxed for a bit and then went up to Homesense to find a few things. The main things we wanted were;

  • A duvet
  • An airtight contantainer for coffee
  • A dressing gown for Kim

We were able to get these things pretty easily and Curtis was also able to find a coat which he needed, and it was half price!

We got all of this (which was quite a bit of money) and then took it home before heading back out to go to the supermarket. We spent around $150 there which wasn’t too bad, but it was busy in there today.

Homemade Beef Stew

We got back home and Kim spent a couple of hours making a delicious beef stew with dumplings and a side of cauliflower cheese. A perfect warming dinner as the weather starts to get colder.

We settled and watched Vikings and had some ice cream.

A great Sunday night!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale