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

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Place 72 – Day 90: Vancouver, BC – Pride Pot Luck

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was completely non-stop and he was able to do something all the time, which was great for him.

At lunch time, there was an office pot luck to support pride!

There was a crazy amount of food and noone went hungry, that’s for sure!

It was a nice time for Curtis to mingle and chat with his colleagues but he had a lot to do so he had to go back to his deal and sort it out.

Curtis received a package of Apple Mac laptops which he started to configure, but then the CEO had issues with his laptop so he spent the last hour of his day fixing that.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim organised some invoices and sent some emails before heading down to one of the hotels to have a little coffee catch up.

The ‘little’ coffee catch up ended up a bit of a longer chat than little, but it was great to talk over some things and get a better understanding of the hotel.

When she got back to the office Kim helped set up the lunch and learn. This meant organising the kitchen to have a seating and presenting area. There was a little 45 minute break in the set up so Kim was at her desk catching up on a few smaller things that needed to be orgnaised. Then it was back to setting up chairs and then when the pizza arrived, laying that out in a way that made it easy to have it picked up and people sat down quickly.

The lunch and learn today was about inclusivity and diversity, specifically for the LBGTQ2S+ community. It means so much to Kim to live in a city that is so inclusive and does feel so accepting and safe for all. It is even more amazing to work for a company that promotes a safe environment and provides education in the workplace. About a year ago there was another talk that went over pronouns and the spectrums of gender identity and gender expression. The talk this year focused more on key moments in Canadian / North American history that have carved the community into what it is now. It was such a great talk that had such a wonderful turnout.

At the end, Kim flipped the kitchen back to its original state and cleared away all the empty pizza boxes.

In the afternoon Kim had orgnaised some time with her colleague in IT to discuss their project that had taken a back seat for the past few weeks. It was great to bring it back to the front and get the ball rolling again!

After the meeting Kim organised some notes for the following day, made a call to FedEx and then headed home!

Admin & Games

We didn’t do a huge amount in the evening, but Curtis played some games and Kim had to run up to the supermarket as well as got some admin done.

We watched the last two episodes (ever!) of Jane The Virgin and then went to sleep. Tomorrow is Friday!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 81: Vancouver, BC – Hockey Kit!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was very quiet!

Curtis had some admin to do when he got to the office and then he completed a laptop setup for a laptop he started configuring yesterday.

Once that was done, Curtis had a meeting but it was interupted by needing to help people in the boardroom with the meeting they were having.

Curtis completed his meeting after helping people and then did a bit of project work.

Curtis got another laptop setup and then it was the end of the day!

Curtis received his hockey equipment at work so had to walk that home.

Kim’s Day

Today in the course they focused on Airway Management. At the beginning they went through patient positioning, this covered how you would manoeuvre a person from standing to lying on their back. From lying on their stomach to their back and finally from lying on their back to lying in the recovery position. Then there was a quiz to go over everything that had been taught so far.

The rest of the morning covered airway and breathing on a conscious person. In this they covered both partial and complete airway blockages and how to dislodge a complete blockage through hitting the patients back, using the abdomonal thrusts and chest thrusts. In this section they also covered CPR and the use of an AED / defibrillator. With each new skill there was a demonstration and then everyone got to practise.

In the afternoon everyone covered airway and breathing for an unresponsive patient. There were also assessments with scenarios where people would be called upon to preform CPR on a dummy alone while being watched by the instructor. The instructor said Kim did well!

Hockey Kit

Curtis got home and tried on his hockey kit. It all fit perfectly, which was excellent!

He got all of the equipment together and went down to the garage to put it there.

Kim did a bit of homework and studying for her first aid and Curtis made sloppy joe’s for dinner.

We watched some videos and then Kim did some more research.

We finished the evening with a bit of TV and then went to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 74: Vancouver, BC – Parry Planning & Password Hunt

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work at 08:50 and had a meeting at 09:00 to be informed about a new company initiative.

Once Curtis was done with this meeting, he was able to actually start his day.

Curtis had a couple of plans for the day. He got a large order approved, so he wanted to get that done, but the start of his day was interupted with a possible security risk, so he had to jump on that and provide all users with an update, explaination and a fix.

Once that was done, Curtis setup a laptop for a new user remotely. The laptop setup took a while firstly because Curtis struggled to get access to it but then because once he did, the internet connection was slow, but he got there in the end.

The printer got jammed, and really, really, jammed by someone. Curtis spent a while trying to sort the jam out and then he helped the person print as they were using card rather than paper.

Once that was sorted, Curtis spent a lot of time trying to figure out or find the password for a machine which is used to play music around the office, but he wasn’t having any luck, so he decided to try and crack it with software instead, which didn’t work!

After all of this, someone just texted Curtis’ predecessor to ask for the password. Once Curtis got it, he made sure to document it.

Late afternoon was mostly filled with admin and Curtis still didn’t get the large order sorted!

Curtis left work at 16:55 and walked to meet Kim.

Kim’s Day

Today when Kim left she managed to remember to take everything with her! When she got into work Kim organised the kitchen and then set herself down to go through her emails.

Kim then spent some time going over the summer party to do list before the meeting she had later on in the day. She also spent a lot of her morning with ad hoc tasks like sending out a reminder to let Kim know if you are brining a plus 1 to the party, creating parts of a poster for a possible competition Kim is planning on running and general more daily admin stuff.

The meeting for the summer party was with two of Kims colleagues. They sat down and went over a run through of what the afternoon will look like and did an hour-by-hour sketch of what the plan is, who is doing what and when things are happening.

During the morning Kim had chased for an email about a catering quote she requested yesterday for a meeting next week. Kim hadn’t heard back, so to ensure that they do get food Kim has now reached out to another company. This means that she should have 2 quotes tomorrow and should be able to make a better decision on which company to proceed with.

In the afternoon Kim was inundated with calls. The only problem was that thy were all from the same company tasing for the same people, how were either busy or did not have phones. At one point Kim had taken 6 calls in 20 minutes and also had well over 10 missed calls between 12:30 and 2:30. The calls started coming through once ever 20 – 40 minutes and then at one point, Kim was on the line explaining that they can’t be put through to anyone when the same number was calling again! It was madness! After this, Kim did a lap of the office!

Towards the end of the day Kim was working out how to book travel for someone who is coming to visit the Vancouver office. This gave Kim a really goo insight on how to use the system.

Enchilladas & Housekeeping

We had enchilladas when we got home (after a stop at the supermarket). Kim made these with our leftover chili so it didn’t take long and was delicious!

We got a lot of housework done, vaccuuming and taking the bins out, mainly, as well as cleaning down the sides.

By the time we finished it was already 20:00 and we spent the rest of the evening relaxing and watched YouTube videos/TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 70: Vancouver, BC – Important Meeting & Dinner Out

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work at 07:30 as he had to get the boardroom ready for the important global company meeting.

It took a whole hour from 08:00 to 09:00 for Curtis and his colleagues to join the meeting, test everything and get it all ready.

The meeting went well and ended around 10:15.

Curtis had his emails to go through after the meeting as well as checking on tickets.

After a very informative chat with his boss’ boss, he setup a mac for someone to replace their old oneand then gave them it. The were a few issues with connections, so Curtis did his best to assist with that.

During lunch, Kim popped by to see Curtis, brought him a coffee and swapped house keys.

After doing a few more tickets, it was time for Curtis to pack up and heas home early as he got to work so early.

Kim’s Day

Today there were no large meetings going on so no one required a fruit bowl today so Kim started her day by emailing candidates to see when they would be available for phone screens.

Yesterday Kim arranged some time with a colleague who recently joined to talk about the project Kim is helping with. It was really nice to meet the colleague and great to get their input of the project included. Kim then spent some time putting together information to send across to help the lady with our current plans and processes for the project.

As Curtis left the house earlier Kim had the front door key, so she decided this was a great opportunity to have a snoop at Curtis’s office. On the way she also grabbed coffees to enjoy. Kim got to the office and said Hello to the receptionist there who Curtis has mentioned has a similar personality to Kim, so it was really cool to meet her!

Kim the went back to the office and sorted a few things out before a quick call with a vendor to potentially set up a new ordering system! It was really interesting and could take a small chunk off of Kim’s plate! Win!

Kim then popped out of the office to pick up items for the Friday afternoon drinks. As it is Bastille Day on Sunday, Kim decided to do a French inspired afternoon, so she went out on a quest to find cheese, crackers and French wine! First she got the crackers and cheese and then she went to the liquor store to pick up wine and other drinks. Kim is actually out of the office in a few weeks so had the plan to buy extra of the next 2 weeks to cover her not being in. This meant she purchased larger boxes of stuff then normal and the store suggested she borrow a trolley! Kim only had to walk around the corner but that trolley was a life saver! She dropped it back off afterwards, picked up the post and then put all the drinks in the fridge.

Kim then spent some time organising the phone screens for the people who had responded and given their available times.

It was then time to set up for the Friday afternoon drinks. Kim organised 2 plates of cheeses, dried apricots, dried cranberries and two kinds of crackers! She then had some help setting up the drinks. Everything looked so pretty and Kim was super happy with how it turned out.

It was then time to socialise, the little cheese boards went down well and people enjoyed the wine!

Dinner Out

Once Kim got home, we relaxed for a bit and then went out for dinner.

We went to a place calles CRAFT beer market.

Kim had a chicken burger and Curtis had a flatbread pizza. Both were really good and we liked the place, but it was loud and big!

Kim had ice cream cookie sandwiches for dessert.

Curtis was happy that he got to use his company’s payment webapp to pay, too!


CRAFT Beer Market | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 8/10


We went back home via the drug store so we could get some supplies.

We watched a bit of TV and then went to sleep. We were both very tired.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 67: Vancouver, BC – Meeting With a Billionaire!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and was notified about a security issue with Zoom, the video meeting software, which had just been announced by someone.

Curtis and his colleagues looked into this pretty much all morning and trying to find the best fix or work around for it, as well as notifiying all affected users.

Part way through this, there was a fire drill at Curtis’ office so he had to make his way outside and stand out there for a while.

After the drill, it was a mad rush of 20 floors worth of people trying to get up in the elevators, so to avoid that, Curtis and some colleagues went to buy a coffee.

Once Curtis got back, he joined a Zoom call which the person that found the security issue had started and low and behold, the Zoom CEO was in there answering questions! He was even offering free T-shirts. Curtis sat in there listening to all of the information for a while, before he had other things to do.

Curtis tried to re-image a Mac but it wasn’t having any of it, so that took up a big chunk of the afternoon.

Curtis has 2 new users to setup tomorrow, so he’ll be doing that for a chunk of the day as well as 2 meetings.

Curtis left work and met with Kim to walk home.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim walked the opposite way to work and popped to save on foods to pick up a massive cake for a celebration that was happening in the office later on in the day. Kim had intended to pick it up and walk the usual route to work, but it was a very big cake and very heavy so she decided to take the tube thing.
Once she made it into the city she walked the few blocks into work and was greeted in the downstairs lobby by tonnes of people and lots of music. It was a lot for pre 9am!

Kim made it upstairs and set the cake down to find out that the building is hosting a Tennant appreciation breakfast! So Kim and a few people went down, joined the line and took some food back upstairs. What a strange start to the day.
Kim was getting settled into her day and then saw a notification that a new starter was coming in shortly so Kim checked her desk again to make sure it was clean and had everything the new hire would need. In the few moments Kim was away from her desk, the new hire arrived.

Kim then took the lady on a tour of the companies floor, the 25th floor and to see the building amenities. They then tried to get a security pass but the staff were busy with the breakfast function.

The fruit then arrived so Kim went and organised all of that, with the help of 2 great guys! She also put together a small fruit bowl for her colleagues working on a different floor and ran that up to them with a small selection of soft drinks!
Kim then sat down and actually started some work for the day. She also had a catch up with her colleague and got some cool mini side tasks to get on with for some of the other summer parties, one of which meant reaching out to companies in the UK. Its been a while since Kim had to do that!

Then we had the catering arrive for a large group so Kim spent some time reorganising the space to fit the food and laying out the food. Once that had been done Kim was able to run the cake out.
While the group ate and enjoyed cake Kim managed to get some of the day to day tasks done of saving invoices and other fun things!

Once the team finished eating Kim went in to clear the area and pit it back to normal. She also popped the leftover food in the kitchen.

It was then eventually lunchtime so Kim and her colleague sat down and had a good chat. It was really nice!

After lunch Kim took some time to catch up on some of the background onboarding tasks that are to be completed on the first day like sorting the employee photo and sending out some useful information. Its better late than never!

It was then time to try to get the new hire and a visitor from another office their security passes so they all popped to the main floor to sort this and found out that that service is only offered 9-10 am so they agreed to try again the next day.

The rest of the afternoon Kim spent placing orders and sending emails, not all too exciting but it has to be done! She also set up another fruit bowl for tomorrows meetings as today’s went down so well.

Derry Girls

We got back to watching some other TV as we’ve finished Lucifer, so we watched The Last Leg as well as continued Derry Girls, which is hilarious!

We had leftover bolognese with spaghetti, some nice baguette and a side ceasar salad for dinner.

We did very little else for the rest of the evening and went to bed at a good time again.


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