Place 72 – Day 105: Vancouver, BC – Short Weekend Getaway

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and was pretty busy from the offset.

He didn’t have too much planned, but new tickets that came in filled the gap.

Curtis was meant to have a training session at 11:00 but this got cancelled so he had a bit more time to do things.

At 11:30, Curtis went for lunch with some people from the office. This happens each Friday, but Curtis usually doesn’t go, but fancied it today!

They went to Tap & Barrel for some food.

Curtis got a raspberry beer which was really good, as well as a southern fried chicken burger and fries.

Whilst eating, there was a big yoga session going on due to the Seawheeze event. This is a marathon organised by lululemon and they had a pre-marathon event in and around the convention centre.

Curtis got back to work and got back to trying to get the virtual machine sorted from the last week or so.

Curtis was able to move forward with it a bit, which was good, but it still isn’t complete!

Curtis had to walk home pretty quick so he was at the bus stop at the right time.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a long meeting that took up most of her morning, so she set up some snacks in the meeting room before everyone else went in. She also went through her emails and made sure that everything was sorted.

The meeting was for the wiki project that Kim has been working on for the past few months. There was an external consultant who was advising, this was great for support and guidance. There was a good outline of what content will be under the HR side of the site and what will be under the Facilities side. This is great becauae it means that Kim and the other lady in facilities can start making progress on their parts with a bit more confidence and certainty.

Kim then had half an hour between this meeting and her lunch meeting with Marriott so she sorted a few emails and went on a search for the coffee urn she used yesterday.

Kim and her colleague then went to the restaurant to meet the gentleman. They then had a great chat and he explained his role and how everything works. Kim ordered the chicken and waffles and they were wonderful! Everyone had a good catch up and ate. Then they ordered dessert so Kim had a tiramisu and it was delicious!

After the meeting and lunch Kim went and got the drinks for the Friday afternoon drinks and then set them all up in the fridge to cool. She then went across to the post office to send the letter she tried to send via FedEx the day before.

When Kim got back to the office she cleared out both fridges and freezers. It was so good to get rid of all the mostly empty takeaway containers and free up loads of space in the kitchen!

The final thing for Kim to do today was to set up for the afternoon drinks. Kim put out the snacks and the drinks and then left them to it as she was leaving at 4 today because she was in so early the day before.

Kim walked home, packed the bag for herself and Curtis. Then on the way to the bus stop she grabbed some sandwiches for the boat ride over to Victoria and waited for Curtis at the bus stop.

Weekend Away

We met at the bus stop and actually got there very early and waiting for around 30 minutes.

We got on the bus and then had a 45 minute ride to the ferry terminal.

Once we got on the ferry, we went straight to the coffee shop and Curtis got a coffee whilst Kim got a hot chocolate.

We sat and watched some Wipe Out on TV for the 95 minute journey.

Once we got off the ferry, it was another bus ride to the city centre.

We got into Victoria and walked up to Linda’s apartment!

We are here to celebrate Linda’s birthday (which is next week). We are only here until Sunday afternoon, but it should be a good fun weekend.

We relaxed for the remainder of the evening and caught up with Linda. We went to bed early as we need to be up for breakfast tomorrow morning!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Advertisements

Place 72 – Day 102: Vancouver, BC – New Bathroom Stuff!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was very busy today. He also ended up spending a long time doing something he’d been doing over the last few days only to find out it wouldn’t actually work that way so it was essentially wasted time! All wasn’t actually wasted though as he learned a lot along the way, so that was good.

Curtis had a couple of meetings, one being his 1:1 and one being a meeting to discuss structure changes which was very positive. After lunch, Curtis did a few more tickets and started rebuilding a Macbook he needs for tomorrow.

He was able to get some things done, but as he was about to leave he saw a ticket about a possible security threat, so he had to deal with that and then someone wanted help with setting up their headset on their laptop, so he helped with that too and left 15/20 minutes late.

At least the day was busy and not boring.

Kim’s Day

Kim started the day by catching up on emails before heading into a meeting with her teammates. Every 3 months a new hire meet and greet is held and Kim will be a new starter and help with the organising of it too.

After this meeting Kim got a few small things sorted before heading into another meeting! This time it was with finance to iron out a process and make sure it is working the best way it can be / see what we are missing.

After this meeting the locksmith came to fix a cabinet. But it turns out that a lot of the pieces are missing so it is unfixable. Kim then went straight from this into her 3rd meeting to run over the plans for tomorrow, as the summer party is finally here, and ensure that we have good shopping lists and a rough plan of how the day is going to turn out.

Somehow after this meeting it was lunchtime, the morning just flew past! Kim went up to the roof with a few colleagues and soaked up some sun and had a great catch up.

After lunch Kim spent most of the afternoon organising and collecting things for the party tomorrow. There was a small break at about 230 for a nice little first aid catch up to give the opportunity for the people going on the course to ask any questions and to familiarise ourselves with what we have in stock. It was a short and sweet meeting, but at the end Kim built up a first aid kit to take to the party tomorrow. Better to be prepared!

Kim and her colleague then went out to grab some massive containers for tomorrow so it was one less thing to pick up.

Kim spent the rest of the afternoon setting up for the party!

New Bathroom Stuff

We needed a new bathroom towel rail, so we walked to Home Depot (via the supermarket) to buy one. We looked around for a while, asking employees too, but couldn’t find the one we thought we saw online, so we made do with another, as well as a towel ring for a small hand towel.

we brought it back and were very hungry, so we began dinner.

We had paprika pork with sweet potato, asparagus, green beans and mushrooms with a nice creamy mustard sauce. Delicious.

We watched some YouTube and TV and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 101: Vancouver, BC – Lunchtime Dancing!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work to a stream of messages from many people about all kinds of things, both incidents, requests and questions.

Curtis spent a while dealing with some of these, followed by some tickets and then got onto setting up a Mac for someone in the Regina office.

Once that was setup, he got the instructions for how to send it out and boxed it all up ready to go.

Curtis tried to continue with the virtual machine thing he was doing last week, but it didn’t download properly so he had to re-do it.

Adter lunch, Curtis was continuing to re-download the file and whilst he was doing that he got some tickets done, helped someone with their monitors, provided a laptop for someone and started setting up a laptop for someone else.

It reached the end of the day and Curtis began to pack away. As he was doing so, someone asked himto sort something urgently for him so Curtis ended up leaving 10 minutes late.

Overall, a busy hut very productive day for Curtis.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into the office and went across to say hello to a colleague that she hadn’t seen since before her First Aid course as she went to the UK office and France! It was so nice to see her again! They had a nice little catch up then Kim had her breakfast.

A little later in the morning the fruit arrived so Kim sorted it all out. She then went back to her desk and continued with her ad hoc tasks until it was time for her 11am meeting.

At 11 Kim went to the Benefits Orientation. Kim learned all about what her company offers and not has a far better understanding of how it all works.

Straight after this meeting Kim went up to the 25th floor as two colleagues had arranged to teach a fusion dance class so Kim thought it would be fun to go along to. The class was so great and relaxed. It consisted of paired dancing but in a far more relaxed way than other more traditional dance styles. The time just zoomed by and it was a great success!

As she was so knackered from concentrating on not falling over Kim decided to take lunch after the class. So she sag and ate and was then joined by a colleague so they had a nice little chat.

Kim refilled the drinks fridge a while after lunch and made a few rearrangements to allow foe the more popular drinks to have a little more space.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim spent some time preparing for the summer party that is coming up during the week!

Our Standard Monday

We had our standard Monday once we got home.

We emptied the recycling, checked the post, completed the laundry and did the vaccuuming.

We had baked potatoes for dinner and watched some Eagles, YouTube videos and Vikings to pass the time.

We ended up sleeping quite early considering how well we slept last night.

For a discount on Capitola Watches enter code MRANDMRSHALE at checkout!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 91: Vancouver, BC – Pride Celebration & Games!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a non stop day again today, but it was perfect! The day went incredibly fast.

Just after lunch, Curtis went down to the lobby of the building as they were doing a ‘building appreciation day’. This meant that every person got a free cold brew coffee and an ice cream sandwich!

Curtis got his free stuff and went and sat outside with some colleagues to eat it.

After finishing his first cold brew, Curtis went and got another one because he could!

Curtis got some more of the Apple Macs sorted and then went and had some drinks with colleagues.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim sorted the fruit when she got in, binned the mouldy grapes and replaced them. She later went back in to the kitchen to make a little fruit salad and also cut and freeze some fruit for a drink she had planned for the afternoon.

Kim then spent some time orgnaising a day trip for a few differnt people who have arranged for a summer outing. She and the representative kept missing each other so Kim will solidify the plans next Tuesday. She also placed the food order to arrive for the following week.

As there is a day off on Monday kim then drafted and sent out the company wide notification email.

The Vancouver Pride March is on this coming Sunday so the theme for this weeks Friday afternoons drinks is Pride! Kim went out to the dollar store to pick up more decorations. She got rsimbow banners, flags and treat pots. After this Kim went and got a cake from a local supermarket as she had a great idea! Then on her way back to the office Kim picked up the wine and beer. It was a very successful trip out of the office.

The cake kim bought was a lemon bundt style cake, so it had a hole in the middle. Kim filled it with skittles and then ‘iced’ the top with coconut whipped cream and decorated it with a skittle heart!

Kim then spent some time going through her phone messages and catching up on emails before and after her lunch.

Towards the end of the day Kim decorated the kitchen with everything she had gotten earlier, but still felt it was lacking something. So she made a small thing of pride glad bunting and hung that near the table and that perfected the room!

Kim then made the foundations for the Sangria type drink! She had found a sparkling rose can that donates to charity so bought 3, chopped and froze fruit throughout the week to make a wonderful little summer drink! She started by putting the frozen fruit into 2 pitchers, adding a little triple sec and ginger beer and letting it marinate while she set up the rest of the glasses and drinks. Once everything else was set up Kim poured the rose in and everything was ready to go.

People started arriving and then 10 minutes in Kim set up and started the game of Pride Anthems guess the song. There were 20 songs and Kim played various lengths of parts of songs and points were awarded for song and artist name. It was so fun! There were songs that people expected to heat that didn’t come up, so there is a possibility of round 2 this coming Friday. That way the people who were away for the long weekend can join in the fun too.

People left right after the game, which was to be expected, so Kim packed away the drinks and table cloths, but decided the flags and bunting could stay up a little while longer. Then she headed home herself.

Wendy’s & Upcoming Long Weekend!

We forgot to take anything out for dinner, so had to decide what to have.

We were incredibly lazy when we got home and did nothing for over an hour and then went up to Wendy’s to get some food.

Curtis wasn’t too hungry so just got a cheeseburger and Kim got a big chicken burger meal.

We watched some YouTube and then the latest Suits episode, followed by some more YouTube.

We have a long weekend this weekend and we may do something but mostly we want to sleep!

Feel like its time to buy a watch? Well, you can with a 20% discount at www.capitolawatches.com! Use code MRANDMRSHALE at checkout.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 63: Vancouver, BC – Drone Obstacle Course & Lunchtime Coffee

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy morning, fixing an issue that started yesterday as well as fixing a few things that happened due to some changes made last night.

As well as fixing issues, Curtis attempted to convert a desk to a standing desk, but after unscrewing all but 1 screw, the last one was blunted so he couldn’t undo it, so he had to give up and put it back to how it was.

Our Lunchtime Coffee

We met at a coffee shop called Mario’s for a coffee as we’ve both been past it and thought it looked great! It is a typical Italian style cafe, owned by an Italian man who was very lovely. We got a coffee each, which was incredible, and had a chat about our day together.

Curtis’ Post Lunch

After lunch, Curtis got some more things done before having to write the ‘beer email’ for the week. This is a nominated email in which the nominated person must say about the upcoming weather as well as the beer the office had on tap and anything else that they want to share.

Once Curtis finished this email, an obstacle course for kids that were at his office (due to there being a ‘summercamp’) started. Drones had to be flown through hoops and obstacles and then a RC truck had to be driven around a course.

Curtis had some drinks in the afternoon and socialised with his colleagues before walking home.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into work and set up for the day then ate some breakfast.

She then properly started her day by chasing for a quote for a cake that is needed next week.

Kim then spent some time going through the replies from the summer party invite and noting who is bringing plus ones and dietary requirements people may have. She made a cool little spreadsheet, info like that is always better on a spreadsheet!

She then completed the paperwork and sent it across to the bus company to secure the transfer from work to the party on the day!

Kim then spent some of her morning on ad hoc things that came up, like organising the catering that arrived, finding a branded hoody for someone who wanted one and greeting a visitor who came in.

While checking up on orders coming in for a catering service that they use, Kim notice that people had the ability to order plastic cutlery at $0.25 a unit. Kim then contacted the company and request that this functionality be removed as they have cutlery, both metallic and plastic at work so it seems silly to order more in. It worked too! The company were super accommodating and were more than happy to remove the option!

Kim then spent some time organising the cupboard behind her desk and then organised the single use plastic cutlery, the more organised it is, the faster it can be used up and bio replacements can be brought in!

Kim then headed out to meet Curtis for coffee.

When she got back kim organised a few little things before popping out to the liquor store to buy the weekly wine and beer for the Friday afternoon drinks. On the way back Kim also grabbed the mail.

When she got back to her desk Kim then went through and ordered the fruit for next week and a new catering request for Monday.

The quote then came through so Kim discussed it with her colleague and then placed the order.

It was then time to set up the friday afternoon drinks, so Kim set everything up and let everyone know it was time to help themselves.

After maybe 45 minutes Kim then headed home for the weekend!

Chilled Evening

We had a very chilled evening, watching some YouTube videos then some Lucifer followed by The Last Leg and some other shows.

We are very much looking forward to sleeping!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 62: Vancouver, BC – Free Fancy Lunch & 20,000 Views!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent his morning catching up on tickets from yesterday, as well as setting up a laptop for someone to replace their old one.

A lot of new tickets came in throughout the day in general, so Curtis was very busy!

Curtis learned a few things today, as well as spent a while trying to fix a specific problem.

For lunch, Curtis went to the food truck directly outside his office building and got a buritto bowl.

The afternoon wasn’t much less busy and Curtis was juggling multiple things at once.

Some things needed testing around 16:50 for a change that was happening in the evening, so Curtis helped with that and then left for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of her day on just a few things. When Kim got in she started her day by going through her template emails and adjusting them slightly.

Then Kim moved on to updating her contact and info list of vendors she has frequently used. It’s much easier to have everything saved in one place with active links rate than checking multiple areas!

Kim then spent some time trying to get a quote that she requested yesterday. Having received no answer from one of the companies Kim proceeded to place an order with a different company.

Kim then headed out with a colleague to a local hotel to join their sales rep for lunch. It was a great way to properly and informally catch up. It was also a great excuse to sample a few dishes from their sharing menu. They started with a lovely beetroot and cheese dish, it was so beautiful and tasted phenomenal. Then the show started!

The whole table was covered in plates! There was, scallops, squid, tuna mac and cheese, brocollini, korean chicken, a quinoa salad and a lovely egg plant dish. The girls tucked in and Kim even tried a bit of a scallop. It wasn’t lovely but it wasn’t the worst food she has ever eaten! After trying all that food, and even boxing up a little to take home, they then brought out a small dessert platter! The platter had 3 little blueberry tarts, orange cheesecake and a little chocolate orange truffle. Just the right amount after a massive feast!

After lunch had flown by, Kim’s colleague had to head back to the office while Kim got a tour of one of the rooms, a few of the meeting rooms, the ballroom and the amenities room. It was so lovely to see the hotel and be able to make solid recommendations to any visitors we may have while Kim is here in Vancouver.

When Kim rolled herself back to work she found a few items on her desk that needed to be sent out. She popped them all in envelopes and was ready to use the post stampy machine thing to weigh and out the postage on the envelopes. However, when she went to do it, the machine had an error. After about 5 attempts of trying to call and receiving a dead line and one answer and being hung up on, Kim eventually spoke to someone to trouble shoot the issue and walk her through putting the machine through it’s update. After that long call Kim was able to put the postage on the items and have them ready to be sent out.

Kim then focused her attention to completing the booking for the bus hire for the upcoming summer party.

After she made progress with the paperwork for the bus company Kim then looked into and contacted a company about a cake that needs to be ordered. She emailed the company and then left to go home! It was a productive and filling day!

20,000 Views!

Today, we hit 20,000 blog views! Thank you all so much, especially if you read the blog every day!

When we got home, we went right out for a walk. The weather was perfect for a stroll, so we walked and discussed our days some more.

Once we arrived back at our apartment, Kim had a tuna sandwich and Curtis had some toast as we both had big lunches so we didn’t need any proper dinner.

We sat and started the new series of Lucifer and then had a bit of an earlier night, in comparison to recent evenings.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 57: Vancouver, BC – Quarry Rock & Honey Doughnuts

Quarry Rock Hike

We were up at 08:00 and had bagels for breakfast.

We left the house around 10:15 and walked to the train station. We caught a train to the city to then catch a bus.

We got on the bus which took us all the way to Deep Cove, about 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

We got off the bus and just started walking. We walked for a bit and then noticed a sign saying we had gone the wrong way and had to turn back and walk all the way back to where we had come from! Luckily, other people had done the same so we weren’t all alone. We also got to see some really nice houses here, so not all was lost.

Once we returned to the right place, we began the walk up to Quarry Rock.

The trail up to the rock was 1.2km with the majority of it being on stairs but through some gorgeous woodland and higher up and up the mountain.

It took us about 30-45 minutes to get to the top, dodging people and crossing rivers (on bridges).

Once we got to the top, we had a stunning view! The weather wasn’t great, so there was no sun, but it was still nice to sit down and admire.

We walked back down the trail as we were very hungry and thirsty!

Lunch & Doughnuts

We were recommended a cafe called Cafe Orso so we went in, grabbed a table and each got a coffee.

Along with the coffee, we got half a tuna melt each with a tomato bisque, which was great!


Cafe Orso | Deep Cove, BC

Rating:- 8.5/10


We left after our lunch, incredibly full, and went for a bit of a walk and sit down by the beach.

We then went to Honey Doughnuts to see what all the fuss was about. This place was recommended to us by more than one person and the queue was out the door, so we had thought it would mean it was amazing!


Honey Doughnuts | Deep Cove, BC

Rating:- 7/10


We weren’t amazed by the doughnuts, they were just OK. Kim had a chocolate glazed and Curtis had a cinnamon sugar.

We left here and had a bit of a sit down whilst we ate.

We then left and caught the bus back, which took about 50 minutes.

We stopped off at the liquor store and bought some cans of Jameson, Giner & Lime to try.

Evening

We got a lot of admin done in the evening, as well as going for an evening walk.

We weren’t hungry after our lunch so Kim had a salad and Curtis had some toast.

We watched some TV and went to bed. We were exhausted!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale