Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 206: Vancouver, BC – Locksmith

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ morning was full of tickets. He got a lot done and they were mostly new ones, and they kept coming in thick and fast.

In the afternoon, Curtis had a meeting with regards to a project (on which he is a Business Analyst) and then after that, he setup a laptop for someone, as well as completing some other tickets.

A locksmith visited Curtis’ work to look at some doors and see if they would be able to put a lock on them.

They’re sliding doors so it may be a little difficult.

Kim’s Day

Kim wrote up an email to her colleague with a load of questions of stuff she needed help with and she looked into car rentals for a visitor.

She then went through her social folder and reorganised it and made a better list of her ideas, costs and venues. It makes it easier to understand the plans she has!

Kim spent a lot of her day answering calls, saving invoices and sending out emails.
In the late afternoon Kim moved some desks around and allocated empty desks a set of draws.

Evening

Curtis got home and watched the remainder of the leafs game.

Kim was at work for a bit longer, so didn’t have much time left before she went off to training.

Kim class tonight was awesome! She managed to nail a climb she has struggled with for ages and she did a cool combo.
After the class Kim practiced her routine and she now has a solid base, she is getting there!

Curtis played some of a new game that was released and then had to take the train up to Richmond and meet Kim there, as he didn’t have hockey for a while, but Kim was up in Richmond so he just met her there.

Curtis has a late hockey game, so we will tell you about that tomorrow!


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 194: Vancouver, BC – Fire! 🔥

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy morning!

A lot of tickets came in and he had a lot of replies on tickets, so he spent all morning sorting those.

He did also have a meeting to discuss some system administrator applications that the company has and how his team can use those.

There was a fire alarm around 13:00 and it was actually real! The fire department came and it turned out to be a burning fan coil causing a small fire 6 floors down from Curtis’ office!

After getting let back in, Curtis had lunch and then a meeting with regards to one of his Business Analysis projects.

Curtis did a couple more tickets and then finished the day off with some training.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim had a meeting with the cleaning company where they did a walk around. It was great to meet a new person from the team and have a chance to touch base after working with them for a few months.
Kim then spent a lot of the morning ordering loads of different stuff. She confirmed the pizza order for Friday that was placed the day before, she did the weekly shop and orgnaised a few things for someone who just had their baby!

In the early afternoon there were a couple of people in for interviews so Kim stayed on hand to help out there. Then she had a quick impromptu meeting with her colleague to go over a few things.

For some of the afternoon Kim managed to squeeze in some studying too, which was great!

Evening

Curtis got home and watched the leafs game, which was an important one and the leafs won!

He started to feel a bit unwell, for some reason, but he was alright.

Kim went off to training for a couple of hours and had a pretty fun time!

Kims first class went really well! She was able to do the full combo, it wasn’t pretty, but she managed it. Kim then had an hours break, where she studied again and then went in to work on her routine. It was a but of a flop, but at least she tried!

We had some food and Kim studied more and then we headed to bed.

Friday tomorrow already! Sneaks up every week!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 166: Vancouver, BC – Plant Based Spaghetti Bolognese

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ Day was a very busy one!

Curtis had his normal brief team meeting in the morning, but was so busy before hand that he didn’t manage to even plan his day (which is what is discussed in the meeting).

Curtis didn’t stop being busy after the meeting, helping a couple of people around the office but also in other offices.

Curtis started to write up a policy, which he actually did for most of the afternoon, and then got some feedback from that which meant he had to do some further research.

Curtis left and walked home, hitting every light perfectly and was able to get home in about 25 minutes!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by catching up on emails from over the weekend and then she went into a meeting about the Wiki project.

They went over the full plan and most of the required bits have been done.

After the meeting Kim made up some business cards and did a little more administrative work on the project.

After lunch Kim ordered some flowers and then had a quick catch up with a colleague for what the plan is over the weekend and where they will need support.

Kim spent the rest of the afternoon working on her Vancouver office floorplan and made great improvements to it. It’s not quite finished but it is a lot more useful and makes far more sense!

Hockey’s Back

Hockey was on again tonight, starting at 17:00, and it hasn’t been on for over a week as there was a break for the all-star game.

Curtis was happy it was back and was able to watch the whole game when he got home. The Leafs won, too, which was a bonus!

Kim got back home from work and relaxed until hockey was finished and then we made dinner.

We had plant-based mince meat in a spaghetti bolognese as Kim wanted to give it a go.

We watched some TV and just chilled out.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 157: Vancouver, BC – The Rain’s Back!

Rain!

We got up lazily and had some breakfast whilst watching some TV.

Once we could be bothered, we went out in the rain (which is now back, for at least the next 10 days) to get a coffee, as well as go to the pharmacy to get something.

We came right back home and Curtis watched the Leafs game whilst Kim went out to get some perfect shoes for work.

After that, we chilled out and did nothing whilst we ordered a curry for dinner!

We watched Once Upon a Time In…Hollywood. We didn’t enjoy it that much as we didn’t really understand the whole point of it. It was all over the place and a little odd.

Either way, we watched a bit more TV and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 153: Vancouver, BC – First Aid!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was still feeling under the weather this morning, so he decided to work from home, mostly to stop himself getting anyone else sick.

Curtis’ day was productive, but not massively busy. He got a couple of hours of project work completed and also got a bunch of tickets sorted, too.

After working, Curtis watched hockey and got his stuff ready for his hockey game!

Kim’s Day

Kim ran out to the shop to pick up cream, but also grabbed a chocolate croissant for herself and a coffee for her colleague. Just after she got back she had a meeting with her teammate and it was really good.

They caught up on a few of Kim’s questions and got up to speed on a few things.

Kim then hopped on a coffee date with a remote worker and had a lovely chat with them.

After that call Kim had a call with the travel agency it go over an issue that cropped up yesterday.

In the afternoon Kim went into the first aid meeting but then no one showed up, so instead she emptied a bookcase and moved it into the kitchen to become a book swap and games area.

Kim would love for this to bring a new social aspect into the workplace!

First Aid

Curtis got picked up by a teammate to go to hockey as Kim had training (still in the same area, so she was able to see Curtis’ game after).

Kim arrived an hour early to pole and luckily there was pole free so she was able to take the earlier class. She did the exotic class and loved it and then did the 505 class, but she was quite tired so didn’t do great, but it was so much fun!

Curtis’ hockey game went really well! He got an assist from a hard working play and the team won 3-1! They’ve now beaten every team in the league.

Kim didn’t get to the rink until half way through the 2nd period as the snow was so heavy, she was being careful driving and she also got some food.

During the game, someone on the other team really hurt their ankle, so Kim did first aid on him for a long while.

After the game, Kim drove home and the snow was really coming down! It’s meant to snow overnight and all day tomorrow, so there’ll be plenty around tomorrow too.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 147: Vancouver, BC – Coffee Catchup!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and was right into answering questions and helping some people out.

The rest of the morning he had a variety of meetings, one of which was with a vendor but wasn’t too useful but all the other meetings were with people on his team and they were very successful.

Curtis spent most of the rest of the day doing some more migrations for teams and also trying to figure out what is wrong with some of the imports which aren’t working.

Curtis left work around 17:00 and walked home to watch the leafs game.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by organising a few thing. She booked a meeting room and started drawing up the catering for the meeting and she set up a raffle to win one of two broken coffee machines.

Kim then hopped on a call with a vendor as the representative recently changed.

After that call Kim had a meeting with her team in regards to the Wiki project. It went really well!

Just after lunch Kim ran to the shop to pick up washing liquid and paper towels as they had run out completely and the dishwasher is broken!

A while after she got back Kim went on her coffee date from 3 weeks ago!As it was due to happen over the holidays, Kim and the other lady waited until the new year to catch up. They waited so long and now the new allocations have happened, so Kim has another coffee catch up tomorrow! They went to the local fancy patisserie and had hot chocolates, it was so much fun.
Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon sorting out the stationary delivery that came in and saving invoices.

Training & Helping!

Kim went right from work to training. She had a lesson followed by helping out on the reception, all-in-all it was 3 hours and she really enjoyed it! She did hoop as her training which is a little different than usual.

Curtis watched the leafs game, had leftover sausage and potato for dinner and just played some games.

We caught up on TV and then went to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 143: Vancouver, BC – Getting Stuff Done

Getting Stuff Done

We got up and had breakfast.

Once we ate, we spoke with Kim’s family to discuss our holiday with them and then Kim headed out to Richmond to go to a shop and return something.

Unfortunately, when she got there, they didn’t have what she was looking for (to swap the old item with), so she left.

Kim looked around this area for a bit but nothing really interested her, so she went to another place to look around.

Again, nothing was interesting, so after being out for a few hours, she went back home.

Curtis was watching hockey when Kim got back, but there wasn’t much left to watch, so we decided upon dinner!

We went with an Indian takeaway again, which was terrific as ever, which is very dangerous.

We watched a variety of TV shows and YouTube videos, as well as playing some more Crash Bandicoot.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 201: Vancouver, BC – Christmas Market 🎄

Shopping

Kim was up at a good time to head down and meet Linda so they could do some shopping!

Curtis stayed home and caught up with some sleep after his early start yesterday.

49th Parallel Coffee

Curtis walked down to meet Kim and Linda for a coffee!

We went to 49th Parallel because their coffee is just fantastic!

Christmas Market

We walked down to the Christmas market after a little bit more looking around shops.

The Christmas market looked small, but we went in anyway.

It turns out, it was quite big, with over 50 little huts!

This Christmas market was ‘German’ so a lot of them items and even staff were German!

We walked around for a couple of hours checking out all of the different stalls as well as purchasing a few things. We had some tasters too, of course.

It got colder and colder whilst we were out, so we got a pretzel to keep us warm!

Whilst we ate our pretzels, we queued up for the German handcrafted gifts tent, which was a big German company that makes intricate small wooden Christmas decorations. These were very expensive but they did look cool!

We were also very glad to be inside and warm.

We left here and went to get some food. We all had a goulash in a bread roll bowl…it was very delicious, very winter-y and exactly what we wanted.

We sat in a big tent and ate this and then just relaxed in there for a while.

After that was done, we were all funned out and so we headed out.

We went back to Kim’s work as we left some bags there, so we had to get them.

We walked Linda back to her hotel and we parted ways, but we’re seeing each other tomorrow!

More Shopping

Curtis watched hockey once we got home and Kim went out to burnaby for a bit more shopping for herself as there was something out there she was looking for.

Once she got home, we sat and watched some TV together and basically just did nothing with our Saturday night.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale