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

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

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

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

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

Place 72 – Day 184: Vancouver, BC – Back to Pole Training

Curtis’ Day

Curtis actually got to work at the perfect time, but then emptied the dishwasher which took him perfectly to his daily meeting.

After the meeting, Curtis spent all morning doing ticket work and it was perfectly busy!

At 12:00, there was a demo for some antivirus software which was very interesting, so he really enjoyed that.

After lunch, Curtis had to figure out who owned a software as someone was leaving and someone new had to take it over. Once he figured that out, he started the setup for that.

Once he got that done, he had time to look over a few different helpdesk software and compare them to see which is the best and which his company should start using.

Curtis walked home and watched the leafs game.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she decided to start getting into the habit of having something to eat before starting to work. She grabbed her cereal and sat down, just after it dawned on her that she has a visitor coming in for someone at 9 so she hid her cereal ans waited to greet the guest. Once the guest was in Kim pipped back to the kitchen to have her cereal.

Kim then spent a while trying to get hold of someone who would be able to send across the missing receipt from a hotel. In total it took over an hour, many calls to different numbers! It was a whole kerfuffle!

She then went into a meeting to have a chat about the upcoming winter party. Kim and her colleagues agreed on decorations and a plan for cracking on with the to do list.

After the meeting Kim sent out a few emails asking a vendor for some information and updated the spreadsheets with new RSVPs.

Just before lunch Kim went out with a friend so that she could grab her colleague a birthday cake and so Kim could grab nappies for a baby shower themed Friday afternoon drinks. Kim will also be making mocktails!

Kim spent some time ordering pizzas and creating templates for possible Congratulations cards for winter party prizes.

Then Kim went into another meeting with one of the ladies from earlier to discuss plans for the social side of the quarterly new hire meetings. They discussed possible dates and games that could work.

Kim then worked through more party stuff by emailing the venue for some info and finally making an RSVP list for the people in the UK office.

Back to Pole

Curtis finished watching hockey and then went up to the shop to get some ham for lunches.

Once Curtis got back, Kim left to go to pole training for the first time since her competition.

Kim loved going back to class today as she learned a crunch spin, which will be great on other combos and a shoulder dismount, which hurt but again is very useful!

Kim went for a swim and to the gym when she got back home. After that, we watched some TV and then went off to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 172: Vancouver, BC – Surprise Performance!

The Morning

We slept in a bit which was really nice.

We then had some breakfast, just simply a bagel/cereal nothing fancy.

We watched videos and then Kim went out to the shops to buy a few pieces of clothing she needed for her performance she is doing.

Once she did that, she got back home and then went out to Richmond to bartend/perform!

Kim’s Bartending & Performance

Kim spent her evening bar tending at the pole show this evening.

The studios where Kim practices have a quarterly show and this one was Halloween themed so kim chucked together a last minute pirate costume and was ready to help.

She also found out that there would be some space in the shows runnings so Kim out herself forward for a time slot to use as a dress rehearsal for her upcoming competition!

Her routine went down so well and she loved every second of it. She got a few tips and bits of constructive criticism after from a few friends which was great.

Just things like acknowledge the audience, which Kim hasn’t planned to do and point toes on a couple of moves. Other than that it went brilliantly!

The rest of the evening Kim watched all of the performances and served drinks, it was a great night!

After this, she drove to the rink to watch Curtis’ game.

Hockey

Curtis really just played call of duty whilst Kim was out, he is still enjoying the game which is good!

Curtis also watched the leafs game.

As Kim had the car, Curtis got a lift up to the rink by a teammate, which was very kind and helpful.

Curtis’ hockey game was a close one, just a 2-1 loss. It was a chippy game, with Curtis getting a penalty after he returned a slash to someone that slashed him.

There was a bit of rough stuff at the end of the game too, but it’s all fun!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale