Vancouver, BC

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

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 113: Vancouver, BC – Fundraiser Four Course Feast

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work a little earlier than normal and had a lot of emails/messages/admin to do.

Eventually, Curtis was able to continue with setting up laptops for the conference, which he was able to get done by lunch time.

After lunch, Curtis gave someone their new mac and then had a team meeting with some important company structure information and questions.

After that, Curtis setup a laptop for someone as a replacement and they spilled a drink on their current laptop and it has damaged a key!

Curtis then spent the rest of the afternoon wiping a mac and setting it up as a spare.

Curtis went to meet Kim and walk her to her exercise class.

Kim’s Day

Kim didn’t stay in the office for long this morning, it must have only been 10 minutes before she was back out the door to pick up more nail varnish remover to clean the whiteboards with.

When she got back Kim had a 30 minute catch up about the new hire meet and eat that will be happening in a couple of weeks. While the meeting was on the fruit arrived, so Kim put away all the fruit before cleaning the boardrooms whiteboard.

After the cleaning Kim took a new hire, who is visiting from the Ontario office, on a quick office tour. Then she put away the coffee delivery that arrived.

Just before lunch Kim spent some time chasing for a group hotel reservation that she needed to arrange.

After lunch Kim started collecng the items that she needs for the branded gift boxes that she will be sending out tomorrow. Once she collected the items Kim went and picked up some things to put them in and decorate it with. When she got back she arranged them all and set them aside to be sent out the next day.

The final thing that needed to be done was to introduce the new starters in a staff all email. Kim added all the needed information to the premade PowerPoint and then sent it out just before she left for the day.

On the way to her hoop class Kim met up with Curtis and he walked her to class.

The class went well, Kim is struggling with nit being able to do moves with as much ease as she could before she left the UK, but she will get there.

After the class Kim went home to say goodbye to Curtis before popping to the shop to get some stuff for dinner. For dinner Kim made nando’s chicken wraps with mozzarella sticks, tomatoes and sweet potato wedges. She ate this whule watching Queer Eye.

Curtis’ Evening

Curtis had no plans for the evening until 16:30 when someone said they had spare tickets to a fundraiser in which a chef cooks a 4 course meal!

Curtis gladly accepted and headed down there for 20:00.

Once Curtis got there, and everyone else did, everyone sat down and waited for further information.

This evening was the 53rd on the Greasy Spoon evening in which a fine dining chef enters the Save On Meats diner and serves what is their idea of fine dining-diner food.

This time it was Roger Ma from the Boulevard restaurant here in Vancouver.

The first dish was a ‘chilled’ borscht which tasted like a nice creamy tomato soup. It was really great.

The second course was sauté beef with noodles and a broth, which was terrific.

The 3rd item was boiled pork which was in a heavy batter with cheese on and, whilst delicious, it was very heavy!

The dessert was a red bean and tapioca tart which was amazing and this was paired with sake.

Each meal was paired with a drink. The first with a white wine, the second with an IPA and then third with a red wine, along with the finale which was with sake.

The food was incredible. During the breaks, there was a speaker speaking about his experiences being homeless and how he has overcome this, as well as a local singer, singing.

This whole even is to raise awareness and money for homelessness as this place serves people in need of food each and every day and has done so for over 2 million people in Vancouver!

Curtis left and walked home to see his incredible wife who was hard at work making lunch, because she is amazing!

Curtis and Kim relaxed briefly and watched some videos and then went to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 109: Vancouver, BC – Project Full

Curtis’ Day

Curtis wasn’t able to have meetings today as there is a new company policy for ‘Thoughtful Thursdays’.

This means that Curtis had more time to get some other admin and project tasks done!

Curtis got some admin done in the early morning and then setup 2 laptops back to back. This is to upgrade people as part of a project.

Curtis was able to continue with some project work in the afternoon, but this time it was mostly research. He did a few tickets along the way but it was good to get some other things done, though his calendar for tomorrow is full!

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she spent the morning on random little tasks. Then mid morning she went on to make a fruit salad to use up the other half of the melon and restock parts of the fridge.

Just before midday the weekly pizza arrived for the meeting. Today Kim decided to try using proper plates rather than the usual paper plates, it saves in cost and reduces the amount of single use items used around the office.

Just after this Kim was invited out to head to Sephora with 2 girls who were going and as she fancied a little walk in the sun Kim tagged along. When they got back the meeting had finished so Kim and one of the other girls sat down for some pizza for lunch and had a good chat.

Kim spent the first half of her afternoon changing parts of the floor plan maps to make them work and fit better. They looked so much better after the changes.

Kim then spent some time organising and placing orders. She had to call up Nespresso to get her order to go through and she had to call staples because she charged the order to the wrong card. Unfortunately she was unable to get through so that will now be a job for tomorrow.

Terrific Spaghetti Bolognese

We didn’t really do anything in the evening.

We got back and relaxed and then when we eventually started to get hungry, Curtis made a spaghetti bolognese.

We had some sauce leftover from another meal and Curtis used that as well as a blend of other items to create possibly one of the best spaghetti bolognese’s we’ve had!

It was meaty yet saucy and all around great.

We finished our evening as our usual with some TV and duolingo and then went to bed. Friday tomorrow, but we’re sure it’ll be busy!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

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

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 98: Vancouver, BC – All The Free Food!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day ahead of him! He started the day doing a few tickets from other days as well as a couple of new ones that came in.

Once those were done, he had to order some IT equipment and then continued on imaging an old laptop for reuse.

Curtis finished the laptop and then moved on to something a bit more challenging, once he was done with lunch.

Curtis was trying to get a virtual machine to run on a server which people could all remote in to and use whenever they needed. It took a while to figure out, but he managed to realise that the hard drive was only recognisable on mac and once he plugged it in, the file was in the incorrect format.

Curtis had to re import the file into a free virtual machine manager and re export it as a different file type. This took over an hour to do and whilst he was doing this, he got a colleague to setup a server to put it on, which he will do on Monday.

Curtis went and had some drinks with his colleagues and even had a little bit of whiskey!

Curtis walked home alone as Kim was still at work, but once he got home he went on the xbox and had a long chat with his friend Shane (who was his best man) who he hasn’t spoken to in while.

It was amazing for them to catch up!

Kim’s Day

Kim got in before 9 to ensure that the boardroom was ready for the scout to come in and do their checks. When they came in, Kim showed them upstairs and left him to it.

She realised that she forgot her breakfast, so nipped across the road to the supermarket to grab a chocolate croissant. It was so tasty and just what Kim wanted!

After Kim ate her breakfast, she sorted out some of the fruit for the sangria. She set up 2 jugs with some of the frozen fruit to allow for it to soak up some of the alcohol for the duration of the day.

After this Kim got prepared for her meeting this morning in regards to her project and checked on the scout to make sure he was all set.

In the meeting Kim learned that the project was at a different phase than she was initatly led to believe it was at. Kim thought her role was to encourage other teams to complete certain tasks whereas her role at the moment is to ensure that her department is up to date and can then be used as a model for other departments. She was able to realign her goals and and efforts to reflect what is actually needed now. It was a very successful and useful meeting.

Just after the meeting the catering for another meeting arrived. Kim sorted it all out and let then know that the food was waiting in the meeting room and went back to going through some project stuff. A few minutes later someone came back to Kim with a spare burrito as someone had ordered one and not come to the meeting! What a win!

Kim decided to take her lunch then and relax and enjoy a free crispy chicken burrito. It was a good lunch!

When she finished her lunch Kim continued working with her new information on the project. She then popped out to pick up some cider and wine for the Friday afternoon drinks and pick up the mail.

Kim then organised with the film crew and the building managers how the filming would work logistically.

It was then Kim’s favourite time of week where she got to make sangria and set up all of the drinks! Kim even made a virgin sangria too! She then finished an email, had a chat with a colleague and then joined everyone until 6pm for drinks. It was really easy going and fun!

Pizza & Hidden Figures

We ate a frozen pizza for dinner as it was late and we are lazy!

We watched a couple of YouTube videos and then watched the film Hidden Figures which was a pretty good film!


Hidden Figures

Rating:- 8/10


We finished the night by starting to watch a Swedish show called Eagles.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 95: Vancouver, BC – Hockey Socks & Evening Swim

Curtis’ Day

Curtis didn’t sleep well at all last night, but he was up and ready for work this morning.

Once Curtis got to work, it was full on from there.

There were a lot of tickets, so he was doing those, but he also had to configure some Macs and took a delivery of some new Windows laptops, too.

Curtis got to do a wide variety of things today, which kept it fresh and before he knew it, it was 16:45!

Curtis left and went to meet Kim at SportChek as he needed to get some hockey socks.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the day in a state of confusion. It was so hot during the night and it seems like no one in Vancouver slept well. People even told Kim it looked like she hadn’t slept well, that’s when you know you’re looking off!

She started the day by booking the day excursion for the people on the east coast. Then went the fruit arrived Kim organised it all and put it all away.

As there is another visitor coming towards the end of the month, Kim arranged their flights and hotel and sent that back across to HR. Kim then realised that the form they are currently using didn’t ask for all the information needed to make the booking. So Kim drew uo a new one and sent it to HR for approval and they loved it so that was a massive win for the day!

Kim then treated herself to pop out to the post box to post stuff and grabbed a doughnut on the way back. Because they are delicious.

Kim then started her afternoon by doing some more work for her project. She set up some questions she needs a little help with, a meeting with her colleuege to go over things that still need to be done and actually did some formatting and making of pages which was great!

As two more people will be attending the first aid course in a couple of weeks Kim had previously arranged a meering for the afternoon to answer any questions they may. Its also a good time to go through the first aid cupboard and ensure we are fully stocked. Kim rearranged this meeting until next week to allow for people to start their reading and for Kim to have some time to organise a few more things.

Hockey Socks & Evening Swim

We stopped in at SportChek as Curtis needed some hockey socks due to his new team jerseys and socks being delayed so he has to get some temporarily.

Once we got that, and had a bit of a walk around, we walked home.

When we arrived home, we were hungry so we started on dinner.

We noticed that we had recieved a letter which was meant to go next door, so we took it there, to our landlord, and had a chat with him.

We got back and finished dinner, having a similar meal as yesterday but with rice.

We relaxed for an hour or so and then Kim went for a quick swim, before she got hiccups and decided it was a bit too dangerous to swim in that condition!

Once Kim got back, we watched some Vikings and then had a fairly early night, with hopes we might actually sleep tonight.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale