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 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 97: Vancouver, BC – Plugging The Holes

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was very similar to yesterday. He was setting up some Apple Macs as well as some Windows laptops.

He had a few more challenging requests and incidents to deal with too, which was good to break up the day.

Luckily, Curtis got his keys that he accidentally locked in a cupboard back today too!

Right before Curtis left to head home, he got a request for a few macs for a new development team! Luckily, there are a lot of old ones laying around so Curtis can set those up for people, but its still a bit of a pain.

Curtis walked home alone as Kim was going to the hairdressers.

Kim’s Day

Kim got a few bits and bobs before her meeting about the project. In the meeting they went over a few things in preparation for tomorrows meeting as tomorrow they will be getting a lot of help and direction which will be amazing!

After the meeting Kim continued working on some pages that she made for the project and they came out looking great!

As someone was leaving for lunch she invited Kim along and they had a great little walk to the takeaway place, even though they walked the opposite direction for one block! Smak is a healthier place that does a range of veggie and meat options, mainly curries. Kim went for a thai green chicken curry and took it back to the office to eat. It was beautiful!

When Kim went back to work she continued with her project as she wanted to stay at her desk because there were 2 interviews scheduled for the afternoon. Kim had a lovely chat with each candidate when they arrived.

As there is filming going on next week, they had arranged for a scout to come out and check out the best locations to film. He arrived just after 4 and Kim gave him the tour of the office, but knew they would prefer the upstairs boardroom. He was completely sold and started taking photos for reference and organised to come back tomorrow to triple check the lighting in the morning, which is when the filming would take place next week. Kim sorted the new booking for tomorrow morning and then headed out to get her hair cut.

Kim walked to the bus stop while having a chat with Curtis on the phone. Went in and had a great time getting a nice and simple trim before walking home.

Plugging The Holes

Once Kim was done and got back home from the hairdressers it was fairly late! She relaxed for a bit and then we started making dinner.

As we were making dinner, our landlord popped over and filled some holes in our bathroom wall, which were created due to the towel rack falling off the wall. We had a quick chat with him and then had dinner.

We ate ‘tatertots’ covered in cheese with some leftover minced meat. It was really delicious but very filling too!

We watched some YouTube and ended the night with Vikings. Tomorrow is Friday!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 96: Vancouver, BC – The Locked Away Keys

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting rught when he got to work and it was a good one. It was security related and had a good outcome and discussions.

Most of the day for Curtis was setting up Macs for people and giving them out, among other things.

He had a team meeting just before lunch which was also great and productive.

In the afternoon, Curtis gave Macs out and dealt with some tickets. Right at the end of the day, he went into the IT store room and then once he left it, he realised he locked his keys inside! He will need to see if there are any other keys around but that was annoying!

Curtis left work and met Kim on the way home.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the morning doing little tasks and finally completely catching up on her voicemails for her phone.

For lunch Kim went up to the roof and sat with colleagues and had a nice catch up and soaked up the sun.

In the afternoon Kim started the afternoon by checking in on the project. Then her manager came over to set up a meeting to discuss the direction the project is going and what needs to be done next.

She then took a call to talk about the filming that will be happening next week and get a better understanding of what the scout will be looking for tomorrow. This was great because it clarified the timeline and Kim was able to make a plan ahead of time as to where to go and show the scout tomorrow.

One thing Kim had been putting off for a while is a deep clean of the whiteboards. Kim popped out to get some bail varnish remover, picked up the post on the way back and was ready for action!

When Kim got back to the office she spent the last few hours giving all the whiteboards a good scrub and they came put looking beautiful!

Pesto Chicken

We got home and were so hungry, so we made our dinner.

We had pesto chicken along with hasselback potato and a balsamic salad.

We watched some YouTube, Curtis made lunch and then we finished with the latest episode of Suits.

We had an early night as we have not slept well these last couple of nights.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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

Place 72 – Day 94: Vancouver, BC – BC Day Relax

Quaint Coffee Spot

We had another relaxed morning and then got out the house by going for coffee.

We walked past a small house which has been converted to a coffee shop on Saturday so we marked it for our next stop!

We went in and it was beautiful inside, but we decided to sit outside with our drinks as it was in the shade and therefore cool.

Kim got an iced caramel latte and Curtis got a cappucino. They use the 49th parallel coffee, which is the best!


Cafe Cittadella | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 8.5/10


Gym & Swim

We got back from our coffee and Kim wanted to go to the gym, followed by a swim, so that’s what she did. She loved it and even used the sauna briefly!

After Kim was done with swimming, she marinaded the pork we were having for dinner and then we went out for a walk and a drink!

Irish Pub

There is an Irish pub just around the corner from our apartment, so we stopped in there and grabbed a drink whilst sat on the patio in the sun.

Kim got a glass of wine and Curtis got a Guinness, of course.

We left here and went home to have dinner.

Pork Stir Fry & Cleaning

We had Chinese pork stir fry which was terrific! This was exactly what we were looking for for dinner.

We did a bit of cleaning, both vaccuuming & washing and then chilled for the rest of the evening.

Back to work tomorrow, but we’ve had a mostly relaxed weekend with bit of fun yesterday.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 93: Vancouver, BC – Pride Parade & Festival

Fire Alarms

We were getting ready to go out this morning when the fire alarm went off in the building.

We had to go outside and wait until the fire department showed up!

Once they came they turned off the alarm and said there was nothing to worry about. Everyone one went back inside and we started getting ready again. Shortly after the fire engine turned around to leave, the alarm went off again! They determined it was a faulty smoke detector and that we should be all good.

Pride Parade

Shortly after the 2nd alarm, we left and walked into the city.

We stopped off at a Starbucks and grabbed a nice big cold drink before walking on.

We got to an area which was a closed road and full of things to see and do, all pride related, with music blasting too!

We timed it perfectly and caught the parade as it was ending at the beach!

Pride Festival

We stood and watched the parade and then once that was coming to an end we walked over to the beach to see what was going on there.

There was a lot of people there, with food trucks, all kinds of stands and music!

Everyone was happy and having a great time so it was a lovely day out. That along with the terrific 30°c heat and it was amazing.

We got a bit tired so we started the long walk back home, via the supermarket.

Jacket Potatoes & Relaxing

We were too warm for proper food, so we had a jacket potato with tuna each which was exactly what we wanted.

We watched some YouTube and TV, as well as cleaning the dishwasher, because we have an exciting life!

Tomorrow is a stat day, known as ‘BC Day’ so we get a day off work! We plan to do very little.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale