Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 518: Vancouver, BC – X-rays

X-rays

We were up around 07:00 this morning and ready to go!

We had to get x-rays as the last part of our medical and it’s a walk in clinic for that, so we wanted to get there for when it opens so we’re in and out as quick as possible.

It opened at 07:30 and we got in and out of there pretty quick and we’re back home by 09:15, but did stop to buy a coffee on the way home!

Curtis’ Day

As soon as he got home, Curtis had a busy day!

He had meeting right when he got back and then did a lot of tickets right up until lunch.

Once lunch was done, he had more tickets to do and did some troubleshooting with someone.

It was an entire day of tickets but a busy and successful one!

Kim’s Day

To start her day Kim updated spreadsheets and made notes for the next few weeks and months. At midday she then joined her team meeting to discuss the ongoing projects and the next steps for them all. Kim then hosted the social call where everyone just had a chat and caught up, it was so nice.

For the afternoon Kim joined her colleague discuss the plans for the next year or so for the team. It was such an interesting call!

She then had a call with someone so that they could help Kim send the first offer letter on the new HR system. It was so great for Kim to have that support from someone who has a little more experience with the software than she does.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on a few projects and eventually sent the offer letter out.

Evening

Curtis watched hockey after work whilst Kim was working.

We then had Mac and cheese for dinner, homemade of course!

We ate that and watched some TV and headed to bed at a decent time as we were up early this morning.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 514: Vancouver, BC – Hot Chocolate Festival!

We woke up and felt very well rested.

Kim made some cinnamon bun crepes which were very tasty, though we found them a little too sweet!

We watched some TV but then got ourselves ready petty quickly and went out for a walk.

We went to 49th Parallel, a previous favourite coffee stop for us, which is down by Kim’s old work building.

We went so Kim could get a doughnut and also their special hot chocolate they had! Each year, they have a hot chocolate festival here in which many cafés have a special unique hot chocolate flavour. Last year, we weren’t that impressed, but this time, Kim got a dark chocolate & orange flavour hot chocolate and it was excellent! It also came with two chocolate brigadeiros which were also incredible and worked perfectly with the hot chocolate.

We had a long walk and then came home. Curtis then watched hockey whilst Kim relaxed.

We ate leftovers from yesterday for dinner, and watched a bit of TV.

We took the bins down to the recycling as well as some items we needed to take down to storage.

We got some vaccuming and cleaning done and then we played some games and went back to watching TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 358: Vancouver, BC – Lost Lagoon

Lost Lagoon

We woke up at a good time today and had some breakfast.

We had a grilled cheese again and then got ready for the day.

We then went out to do our usual weekend walk on the seawall, along the beaches and across to Stanley Park.

There were far too many people outside today, so we had to keep dodging them, but once we got to Stanley Park, it was a little less populated.

We went to Lost Lagoon at Stanley Park which was a big lake and it was actually very nice and incredibly peaceful!

We walked around here for a while and then went to grab a drink from the pharmacy nearby.

We left there and walked back home, which took about 30 minutes.

Goodbye, Leafs

We got back home and Curtis watched the leafs game. This was the final game of the series, so the winner moves on.

Unfortunately, the Leafs lost 3-0, so that’s a short lived return of hockey for Curtis!

Home Pole Dancing

Kim did some pole dancing at home whilst Curtis watched hockey. She loves the fact she can do stuff at home and she had some success with it, too.

Gnocchi

We had gnocchi for dinner, which was just from a packet so nothing fancy, but Kim made a homemade sauce which was really good.

We watched some TV and played some games as usual for the evenings these days!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 353: Vancouver, BC – Surprise Offboard

Curtis’ Day

Curtis has a lot of team members that are off for most of this week, so it’s a busy one!

In the morning, a lot of tickets were coming in so Curtis triaged them and also did a few himself.

After this, Curtis had a team meeting which also didn’t last long as there wasn’t many people.

Curtis did some security work and then some more tickets up to lunchtime.

At lunch, the Leafs game came on and Curtis watched that! He then had that on in the background for the rest of the day.

The leafs won!

Curtis had a surprise offboard come in in the afternoon to be completed today! Therefore, Curtis did this at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim was asked to print some stuff off for a colleague popping into the office, but when she went to print the waste toner cartridge was full. So she called a technician to come in and empty it. Unfortunately, the colleague had already made their way into the office so Kim spent some time on the talking with IT to see if they can set her up on another printer but had no luck. Luckily the colleague was able to get the things done that were needed without the document, so that was a relief.

She then worked out and set up a plan for someone else to come back to the office to work. She picked some seats that they can use and sent them across for the person to pick from.

Kim spent some time running through some of the party stuff with her colleague, they checked the RSVPs and went over communications that need to go out.

We had another visitor come in to drop off a few things and pick up another charger. Shortly after that the printer technician arrived and while he was in Kim worked on a shipment and ended up calling UPS to troubleshoot an issue that she has been having in regards to printing off documents. It was a really good call, Kim wasn’t hung up on and there is now a workaround for the issue!

To end the day Kim finished up the quizzes for the UK, tomorrow she will start putting them onto Kahoot and finding the media for them too.

Evening

Once Kim got back home, we had lasagna with garlic bread and salad for dinner and got a bit into a YouTube rabbit hole!

We wat he’d a bunch of videos and then played some mini golf, followed by more videos.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 351: Vancouver, BC – NHL Playoffs!

Beach Walk!

We were going to go and play some mini golf today, but we decided we wanted to have a walk instead, so we walked down to English Bay for a walk on the beach!

We had some breakfast, some delicious french toast with strawberries, banana & syrup.

We left our apartment and grabbed a coffee on the way to the beach.

We got to the beach after a decent walk and it wasn’t too busy.

We walked on the sand, which was very hot, and then we got to the water and walked in the cool water for a bit, which was really nice with the hot sun!

We left the beach when we got to the end and sat in the shade on the grass and finished our coffee before continuing to walk.

We walked for a while and then got a little hungry, so we popped to McDonald’s to get a snack!

We ate our McDonald’s and our very melted mcflurry and then we walked through Stanley Park for a bit, which was in the shade so that was a nice break from the heat.

NHL Playoffs!

We walked back home and then the Leafs played their first game of the playoffs! It was a close, intense, game, which Curtis really enjoyed, but unfortunately the Leafs lost it.

After the game, Kim made a really nice veggie lasagna, which was very tasty, though we didn’t eat too much as we weren’t too hungry.

We watched some TV for the rest of the evening, though we did eat dinner quite late.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 346: Vancouver, BC – The NHL Is Back!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got ready for the day and then made himself lunch and some coffee for the day.

Curtis then left the apartment and walked down to the office to work from there for the day.

Curtis got to the office and right from there he had a lot of work to do!

He did a lot of tickets and he had someone in the office mention that they had an issue, which he fixed very quickly!

Shortly after, another new person came to the office to work and the desk they were assigned was setup for a Windows machine and not a Mac, so Curtis had to assist with that. Unfortunately, the monitors were being a pain, but he got that sorted, too.

After that, he did some more tickets and then had lunch.

After lunch, he did some feedback for some colleagues and did his own, too, which helps with compensation reviews.

Curtis then had to give someone monitors, but when he took monitors there, he realised that there were no monitors that fit on those monitor arms, so he had to swap the arms out too, and then connect some monitors.

Curtis did that and then did some admin, then headed home. A very busy but productive day!

Kim’s Day

A lot of Kims day was working on the main event for the summer parties and she managed to get a lot of the grunt work done of one aspects. Thats 1 of 8 done! Kim still has to transfer the research and work from today unto the right media and pretty it up, but its a big step in the right direction.

Kim took so many calls today too, which kept interrupting her flow! One call was actually for Kim and she spoke with the building manager about a few things, so that was great!

In the afternoon Kim had a catch up with a teammate which was so nice! Shortly after that call they were both on another call with another teammate going over how Kim can help them iver the next few weeks. It was great to understand the project a little more.

At the end of the day Kim set up a few things for tomorrow and then returned some shoes on her way home!

The NHL Is Back!

Curtis watched the Leafs game this evening after work, which was a strange feeling but he is very happy hockey is back! This is just an exhibition game, but the Leafs won, which was awesome.

After this, Kim made a delicious Mexican chicken salad and we watched some YouTube videos.

We then got very engrossed in a new game they released today called Grounded – it was pretty fun and took some getting used to, but must have been good as we played for a couple of hours!

Kim then watched some of the office and Curtis played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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 199: Vancouver, BC – Jurassic Park, Margaritas & Nachos

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to leave home an hour earlier this morning to get a scan. This was to see his wisdom teeth in 3D to check if they are touching the nerves. This will determine how they’ll need to be removed.

This only took 10 minutes, so Curtis stopped off at Mario’s for a coffee and then headed to work.

Curtis got to work and played games with his team for an hour as ‘team building’.

Curtis got the nitro canister swapped out for the coffee but it still didn’t work, so he got in contact with the company who are sending someone out.

After this, Curtis had some tickets to do and then there was a meeting in which Curtis was the Business Analyst, gathering information from a team lead with regards to the project he is working on.

After that, he watched Jurassic Park with a few people in the boardroom and had nachos and margaritas!

After this, it was very quiet, so Curtis did some training to wrap the day up.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim started her day by moving a TV from one meeting room to another.

However the TV does not actually fit on the new wall properly, so in reality Kim has moved a TV from a wall to the floor!

She then had her weekly 1:1 with her teammate and they went over all the questions that Kim had written up over the week. They also then did a quick walk around to discuss a few things that they want to change around the office. It was a good successful meeting.

The rest of Kims day was filled with quick wins! She fixed the dishwasher and a table, reached out to handymen, the dishwasher repair company and she reached out to the building about recycling a bunch of stuff!

In the early afternoon, Kim had a meeting with a car rental company which was quick and went well. She then also had another catch up with the cleaners and building management and they went over a few things too.

Evening

Curtis did some laundry and a few things around the apartment and then played games whilst waiting for Kim to come home.

Kim got home but left fairly quickly after to go to pole.

Kim’s first class was great! One of her favourite teachers is back and then after Kim went to open pole to work on her routine. She is making genuinely good progress, but the routine is far from finished!

Curtis watched the leafs game which was on later today, at 19:30.

Kim got back home from pole and we watched a little bit of TV but went to sleep pretty early.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 175: Vancouver, BC – Power Outage & ThinkTank Decommissioning

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and there was an issue with the Regina office’s power, meaning a lot of things were not working!

Curtis and his colleague, as well as 2 others from the office, went over to Gastown to visit the think-tank which the company is getting rid of.

There, they removed all of the IT equipment, TVs etc, and packed it all up.

This only took about 2 hours, which was a little quicker than expected, but they managed to get back in time for a debrief on the issues that had happened that morning.

After lunch, Curtis had a meeting regarding a software application to see what can be done from his team to assist.

After this, Curtis just got some tickets completed and then headed home.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim took some time to look into courses to see what is available for her to take.

She then had a project meeting and they talked about where they got up to. It’s all going smoothly and is on the right track. After the meeting Kim added links and made changes here and there before redoing one of the floor plans and starting a plan to redo another, before starting a new floor plan for a different office.

During the work on the project Kim and her colleague had an impromptu meeting to go over the project, a few social things and a plan for the next few months. It was a really god catch up.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on setting up things for a few social events that are coming up. She drew up some costs and looked into where everything would be bought from for each office.

Evening

Kim went out to do her energy exchange and then went to the drug store on the way home. Curtis watched the leafs game during this time.

Once Kim got back, we had some dinner and watched some TV.

Curtis has to be up early tomorrow as there is a meeting happening at 09:00 so he wants to be there before to ensure everything works as expected.


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