Place 72 – Day 192: Vancouver, BC – Beginning Exciting Training

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty busy start to the day, which was a change from the last few days.

Curtis had a demo for some software at 12:30 but during that he had to deal with a bunch of questions and investigation with regards to some possible spam emails.

In the afternoon, it was a little quieter. Curtis got some ticket based work done, setup a laptop and the did a little bit of reading and training for an exam he is hoping to take.

Curtis had a beer with his colleague at the end of the day, because why not!

Kim’s Day

Again, Kim spent most of her day preparing for the holiday party.

Kim started with looking into a floor plan and seeing how the tables and other furniture would fit into the space, this then opened up into a meeting with her two teammates and they made some good decisions about most of the things.

Kim then ordered the pizza for the Vancouver office for tomorrows social talks.

After a while of other administrative work Kim went out on a different person from the company for the pair up meet ups. They went to a wonderful Japanese restaurant and had a wonderful time.

When Kim got back she went through all the RSVPs and got to a final amount of attendees! She the sent out emails to most of her vendors for the holiday party to finalise something’s and for more information on others.

Kim then decided to go through her expenses and matched up all the easy transactions, allowing Kim to just find the more complicated ones tomorrow.

Kim then updated the notes for the holiday party and really filled out the timeline for the evening with vendor arrival, key points and food change times. It was really successful.

As Kim left work late she had to walk quickly home to get changed and head straight to pole.

Back on Track

Curtis watched the Maple Leafs get back on track tonight, with A new coach and getting a win.

Kim’s pole class was amazing. Kim was feeling stronger and less tired than last week and the class covered the 2 moves Kim asked to be covered!

It was brilliant, she had wanted to.learn these loves for a while and even tried to self teach them a few weeks ago, but there were funny little tricks and important parts she would have missed. It was a great lesson and Kim loved it.

After Kim got back, we shopped online for a new purse and handbag for her as there was a sale on online.

We finished that up, watched some TV and then went to bed.

Curtis has a hockey game tomorrow night, which he is excited for!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 191: Vancouver, BC – SLA Crafting

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work quite early today, which gave him time to plan for the day and complete some admin.

Curtis had some ticket things to keep him busy, as well as writing out the team’s SLA document.

In the afternoon, he had a 1 hour team meeting which was incredibly productive.

Curtis spent some time doing some more admin and research in the afternoon, most of which for upcoming possible training he can do, and then he setup a laptop.

Kim’s Day

Before heading into work Kim had to pop to the doctors, she is all good, just a routine check up. As she had planned to be late in this morning and the doctors appointment was quicker than she anticipated she grabbed some breakfast and went into the office.

Kim spent a bit of her time in the morning preparing for a meeting. She also sent out the final reminder for the holiday party.

In the social team meeting Kim went over a few changes that are due to happen and outlined what that all meant. It went really well!

After the meeting, Kim’s colleague, who is on maternity leave, came in to pick a few things up so the whole team sat down for some lunch and a nice catch up.

After the meeting Kim and another colleague went to a shop to pick up some replacement decorations for the centrepieces for the holiday party. The ones that arrived in the mail were teenytiny! As a result of this trip Kim now had a decent amount of DIY to do and she is VERY excited about that!

On the way back Kim stopped to pick up a subway to eat in her next meeting.

When she got back into the office Kim had a meeting about the holiday party and the quarterly social meet up for new starters.

After this meeting Kim finally got the ball rolling with getting things done. She updated the notes for the holiday party to do list, set up reminders for tomorrow and organised her inbox to make things more manageable!

Training

Kim’s pole class tonight was so much fun, it was a combo class of things that were learnt over the past few weeks!

She then treated herself to a silks class as someone she trains with in the pole class is the instructor for the class. She loved it and would really love to go back to Silks!

We watched a bit of TV when Kim got home and then went to sleep. It felt like a long day as we didn’t sleep well last night!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 190: Vancouver, BC – A Slow One

Curtis’ Day

The day was very slow for Curtis today.

He didn’t really have anything planned for the day, but had 2 meetings back to back at the start of the day.

The day ended up being steady as tickets came in, but no project work for him at all.

Curtis fought with a laptop in the afternoon, which would do as he wanted it to, for some reason. He also helped a couple of people with their questions.

Weirdly, the day was slow work-wise, but fast time-wise!

Kim’s Day

Kim collected more RSVPs for the winter party and continued adding notes to her to do list.

She then went to get something from the stationary cupboard and couldn’t find it so she dragged everything out and reorganised it. She recently found 2 plastic baskets in her apartment buildings swap table and knew they would be perfect for the stationary cupboard and they were perfect too!

Kim then took am earlier lunch as she had a meeting in the early afternoon. Just after lunch Kim got caught on the phone with a potential vendor. They organised for Kim to arrange a lunch for her and the administrative team so Kim will look into setting that up for next week.

In the meeting with her colleague Kim went through the relatively long list of questions she stored up over the last week. Kim will bow be hanging up a whiteboard, responding to a rental company and she also got a lot of guidance on the Holiday party among many other things.

Kim went from this meeting straight into her bi-weekly 121 with her manager. They had a great catch up and Kim got a lot of guidance on how to love forward on a few things too!
After the meetings, Kim had a few items to action for the Holiday party and other communications that need to go out so she worked her way through these.

Free running!

Curtis watched the Leafs game which started at 19:00, so a couple of hours after the usual time, so he could watch the whole thing.

Kim went to free running to check the place out and then went to off to pole training.

Kim’s training tonight was far more successful than last week! She managed a fair few handstand related moves and even started to feel more confident with a differnt variety of climb which is wonderful!

We managed to watch one bit of TV before sleeping!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 189: Vancouver, BC – Broken Elevators

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and 3 out of the 6 elevators weren’t working!

Curtis crammed into one of them and just after he arrived at work, he was told that all of the elevators had stopped working, so he got there at the perfect time.

Curtis had his standard team meeting after doing a lot of a admin for the morning, but then really had nothing planned.

His day became busy, in a good way, and he was able to get a lot of tickets completed.

A concern was raised about something project related, so that is what Curtis spent most of his afternoon doing, after his team strategy meeting which lasted for an hour.

Right at the end of the day, Curtis did some project admin but also helped someone who had been having some issues for a few days.

Once that was done, it took Curtis perfectly to the end of the day.

Luckily, the elevators were working.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had a day of getting the things she has been putting off done.

Kim started by sending out a chaser message about the Holiday party so she collected the RSVPs and gave the spreadsheets formulas so Kim doesnt have to do maths anymore, then the fruit arrived so Kim sorted all of that and then reorganised one of the other cupboards in the kitchen. Kim gutted it, sorted through plastic cutlery boxed up some plastic lids and just generally had a good clean up.

Kim then spent some time drafting up business cards and got them sent out to be made up.

Kim then sent a few emails about the holiday party and added more points to the to do list and moved some from ‘to do’ to ‘completed’ which is a win!

Throughout the day there were many deliveries, which Kim can only expect will increase over the next few coming months!

One of the deliveries for Kim’s colleague was ful of decorations for the holiday party. The only issue was that one of the things ordered was about a third of the size they wanted! So they will have to get more!

Kim then got her head down and scanned all of her receipts for the past month and saved them all too! This is so great as it means she will have done it just in time to reconcile!

Costco

We went over to Costco to get a few things from there on the way home.

We didn’t get much at all and were out within 20 minutes!

The weather was foul, so all of our bags and the box we carried got wet, but at least we got the items we needed.

Weekly Clean

We got home and did our weekly clean.

We took the rubbish and recycling out and then cleaned up around the apartment.

Kim walked up to the shop to get a few things and then when she got back, we had dinner.

Chicken Baguette

We had a chicken baguette for dinner, with mayonnaise and sweetcorn, accompanied by turkey stuffing crisps and some of our leftover “fancy” cheese.

We watched some TV, made some lunch for tomorrow and that was our evening!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 188: Vancouver, BC – All New Clothes

Richmond Shopping

We drove out to Richmond to go and do some shopping.

Kim still has some money left for her work items, so we went to get some of that sorted.

We got a coffee to start with, and then walked around a few shops.

We got to American Eagle, which we have both got clothes from before and bought a lot!

Curtis got a whole load of new T-Shirts and Kim got some new tops and jumpers.

We left there and checked a couple of other shops, but had more than enough already.

We drove to Homesense down the road so we could find a couple of trays we were looking for, but we didn’t!

We left there and drove back home.

Sausage & Mash

We had sausage and mash for dinner, which Kim made, with terrific Yorkshire puddings!

We played a bit of Red Dead Redemption 2 and then we watched a film, Shaft, before heading to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 187: Vancouver, BC – Housewarming

Early Training

Kim got up early(ish) to head out to pole training.

She enjoyed the session, but it was a little early!

She headed back and when she got back, we planned to go out for breakfast.

Out For Breakfast…Or Not!

We walked up to a place we had been before, called Yolk, but when we got there, it was a 1 hour wait, so we changed our mind and walked home, with a stop at Starbucks so Curtis could try a gingerbread latte (which he liked!) And at the supermarket.

We got home and made some scrambled eggs with ham and cheese and some toast.

Leafs & Winners Shopping

Curtis watched the leafs game and whilst doing this, Kim went up to Winners to find a few things she needed for our kitchen and apartment.

Hockey

Curtis had another hockey game today, at 20:30!

We left at 19:15 to get there at a good time.

Curtis’ hockey game was awful and they lost 4-0!

Housewarming

We were invited to a housewarming party out in New Westminster, but couldn’t go for 19:00 as we had Curtis’ hockey game, so we went after!

We were there from 22:00 something and had a good time. This was for someone that Kim met through pole dancing. It was a nice house, too!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 186: Vancouver, BC – Workplace Baby Shower

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few meetings today.

He had his daily meeting, followed by doing a little bit of admin and work, but then right back into another meeting.

This meeting was very interesting, though, and it was planning for the team’s financial forecast, so it was cool for Curtis to see what went on there.

After that meeting, Curtis got some ticket work done and was then meant to have another meeting, this time an external meeting with a cloud software company.

The representative didn’t show up, so Curtis didn’t have that meeting, but did eventually get his questions answered via email.

For lunch, Curtis and a couple of colleagues went to a place called Hot Star Chicken. This is a Taiwanese street food place where you get a big slab of fried chicken in a paper bag.

Curtis had a BBQ one and Kim had a Korean flavoured chicken.

Kim went back to work and so did Curtis. He put the remainder of the chicken on a plate and ate it that way when he got back to the office and it was much easier to eat.

After lunch, Curtis spent an hour doing some ticket and project work, both were successful, and then he had an hour long meeting with someone from legal.

After that, it was beer and hockey time! Curtis grabbed a beer and watched the first period of the leafs game, before walking home.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim finally saved all of her outstanding travel invoices! She had a full half a months worth and spent most of the morning sorting through those.

She then went and met Curtis and a couple of his work friends for lunch, but on the way back to work stopped to pick up some chocolate bars for the baby shower.

When she got back to the office Kim put all of the regular things in the fridge for the end of week drinks.

She then got on with some administration tasks before starting the fun stuff of baby shower preparations.

Kim printed off the answer sheets for the nappy game, melted the chocolates into the nappies, sorted the snacks and made the mocktails. The mocktails on the menu today were:

  • Mumgo Colada
  • Gran-berry ‘Cider’
  • Up at the Crack of Sunrise

Kim was very pleased with the mockt

ails and names she picked for them. Kim also arranged for rum to go with the mango colada style drink for those that were drinking alcohol.
Once all the games were set up the team allocated 15 minutes to sit, enjoy and catch up together before inviting the rest of the office to join in.

They drank mocktails, played ‘mark the soother on the baby’ and ate cookies.

A few other people joined while the team were guessing what was in the nappies. Then, suddenly, another department joined in with a fondue set!

As it was someone’s birthday the day before they celebrated with fondue, this was a welcomed addition.

Kim decided to pick a winner for the nappy guessing game so ran around the office to see if anyone else wanted to try first, a few more people had a go and then Kim went through the correct answers. It was so much fun and it was great to see everyone relax and enjoy each other company!

Most people left around the same sort of time, so the few who were around at the end cleared up with Kim. She then realised that she had not yet place a weekly shop order for next week, so she put one of those through and then went home.

It was a brilliant evening and a really nice way to celebrate the excitement of a new little baby on its way!

Silly Videos

Once hockey was finished, we each had some food (Curtis had the last of the roast and Kim had the remainder of her chicken from lunch) and sat and watched silly videos.

Before we knew it, it had been a few hours!

It was fun to just sit and watch stupid stuff for a while, though.

Tomorrow’s Saturday, but a busy one!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale