Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 340: Vancouver, BC – Fjäll Raven Bag & Failed Comet Sighting

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy morning, with a lot of tickets coming in and a few questions being asked.

Curtis had his team meeting half way through the morning too, and did a few more tickets until lunch.

Once lunch was done, it was a little quieter but then it got a bit busier at the end of the day, with a few tickets coming in that Curtis dealt with.

Kim’s Day

Kim took her first call of the day from home and it was lovely! There was one familiar face and then three newbies who joined.

A while after Kim got in the office she had a meeting with her team in regards to events coming up and it went well! They loved the pitch from Kim’s colleague and they really liked Kims ideas for games and theme! After that meeting, two other colleagues joined Kim in passing over the information to their manager who also loved the idea.

Kim spent some time working on the invites and other communications for the events until she had her 1-1 with her manager. It was a wonderful catch up. They spoke about the events and the competition Kim is running.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim, finally, out her head down and worked on some return to office communications that she needed to finish. She is finally really happy with them as they cover the information that is needed and easy to read!

Fjäll Raven Bag & Failed Comet Sighting

We went out as soon as Kim was done with work, so we could make it to the Fjäll Raven store before it closed.

Kim wanted to get a bag from there as they’re comfy and compact…And they look great, of course.

As we were out, we grabbed some food from A&W. This was Curtis’ first time having it and he really did enjoy it.

We watched some TV, played some mini golf and then watched the first episode of the new season of Norsemen which is such a good series!

We then went out around 21:30 to see if we could spot the Neowise comet which was meant to be visible today.

We walked down to the harbour, about 30 minutes walk, but unfortunately, we waited until 22:30 but we didn’t see it at all.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 275: Vancouver, BC – One Bed Gone, Another Acquired!

New Bed

We got up and had some toasties with some of the remaining mozzarella cheese and some cheddar and then we got ready.

We were speaking with a company about getting a bed from them, out in Richmond, so we agreed a pickup time and drove out to them.

It took us about 25 minutes to get there and we picked up the bed frame. It’s a simple metal frame, but it does the job!

We got that back home and started to build it.

Old Bed Gone!

As we were building the bed, someone said they can pickup our old bed and buy it from us, so we had to stop building and drove across to the other apartment to get the bed out for them.

They were also British and had been here about the same amount of time as we have!

We had a little (distanced) chat with them and then drove back home to finish the bed.

It didn’t take too long to finish building the bed, and now we have an actual bed instead of a mattress!

We were hungry after this, so we made a veggie spaghetti bolognese and relaxed for the rest of the night.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 248: Vancouver, BC – All New Games!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had another couple of computer checkups planned for the day today, so he got those done in the morning, as well as his team meeting.

Curtis did some other tickets and then at 12:00, he was meant to have another checkup but the person had to reschedule, so he didn’t do it.

After lunch, Curtis had a lot of tickets to do and then he hopped on a zoom call with someone who needed some urgent assistance freeing up some space on their laptop.

Curtis got some training in and helped Kim a little with a spreadsheet and then that was his day done!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by joining a game of cribbage, this time it was one she was meant to be in, so that was great! It was good fun and we lost again, unsurprisingly!

Just before the game Kim got the go ahead on a few things for getting the office in a good position for when people are heading back in again, which is great. As a result, Kim has a few mini projects that will keep her busy. She sent a bit of information to her manager and is awaiting a response on a few things. Kim also set up a meeting with her colleague, where they can go over anything and everything!

For the rest of the morning Kim made her Taboo game, she popped into the office the other day to pick up the game so she could copy the words from the cards into the game. It saved kim trawling the internet and thinking some up!

At 1 Kim hosted taboo and it was so much fun! There were just two players, but they did enjoy it. Kim ended up ditching the timer and letting people just work through 8 words and phrases each.

In the afternoon Kim spent a little time finding and chasing for invoices. She also made a tracker for winners of competitions to go on the Wiki!

All New Games!

We did our workout and then had an easy dinner.

Once we were done with our food, kim spoke with a friend from pole and then we watched a bit of TV and then Curtis was able to download some new games on the Oculus Quest!

We played some SuperHot VR again and then we did that and watched some more TV and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 208: Vancouver, BC – Mandatory Work From Home!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day with a lot of tickets but also some other things.

He setup a couple of new laptops for people, as well as having a few meetings.

He had a meeting regarding one of the projects he is working on. This was a very successful meeting and he was very pleased with how it went.

After that, he and his team had a chat with regards to a few contingency plans for coronavirus things.

Curtis also had a 1:1 and did a few other things throughout the day. Unfortunately, it also felt like a long day, so long and busy!

Kim’s Day

Today the decision was made that going forward people should work from home. Kim spent a lot of her day helping set that up, reaching out to vendors to cancel all visits and deliveries for the coming weeks.

In the afternoon the team had a meeting about events and how that is looking and how we are wanting to plan those. Which is great news for Kim as it means she will be able to start visiting some of the venues to see if they work for her.

On her way home Kim stopped to pick up a sports bra to complete her costume for her upcoming routine.

She then rushed home to get to her pole class. They learnt such a fun move and Kim really enjoyed it!

Kim Training

While they were waiting to go into open pole to train for the competition an email went out from the organisers saying that its been postponed. It’s not great news, but Kim could really do with the time to get her routine perfect, so she isnt too upset.

Admin Evening

Curtis got home and got a lot of admin/cleaning done.

Curtis emptied all the bins, recycling, regular and organic.

He then did some cleaning, wiping down all the counters and vacuuming.

After this, Curtis made himself hoisin chicken and pasta, which was a lot of food, but delicious.

Curtis played a lot of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare – WarZone, which is a new mode of Call Of Duty that has come out recently, so he did that.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 207: Vancouver, BC – Hot Tubbin’

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day, mostly doing an onboard for some that starts on Monday.

As well as that, Curtis setup a couple of laptops for people to upgrade from their current laptops.

Curtis dealt with a few tickets and had a call with a team member to discuss something that someone requested as he wasn’t sure the best way to do it.

That was pretty much Curtis’ day, busy but mostly just doing the same couple of things.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she finished moving some of the desks and draws from one part of the office to another and she had a chat with people in a department to get then to clear their stuff away too.

She then spent some time organising the health and safety meeting email and sending that out and then she organised for a handyman to come in to sort a few things around the office next week. The morning was full of small wins!

For lunch Kim ans her colleague went out to lunch and it was so nice! They had a great catch up and finalised a few things too.
After lunch Kim saved more invoices and did some research into office appliances.

Evening

We went to the shop on the way home and had to buy a couple of things both for the apartment and for dinner.

We got home and all of a sudden it was 19:00!

We made fajitas for dinner, with chicken, pepper & onion.

They were alright, but not massively filling.

We watched some TV and then both went to the hot tub!

We got back and watched a bit more TV before heading to bed.


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 141: Vancouver, BC – A Child In The Road!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and welcomed a new colleague! This person was the person Curtis replaced, but he has come back!

A job opened up and he has slotted right back in, which is excellent.

Curtis spoke with him for a while, getting him back up to speed with what’s going on in the team and the company.

The rest of the day was pretty much meetings! Curtis had a bit of time to do other things, but at 13:00 there was a whole team meeting which was followed by a meeting the team and with another person which was very positive and useful!

After the two meetings, Curtis had lunch at 15:00! He went to Subway and grabbed a sub from there to eat.

After that, he finally got around to doing some tickets and helping people out, but he then left at 17:00.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in today she started by catching up on the weekends emails and then finally made it around to reconciling one of the credit cards she had to do each month. Kim did take a break to sort out the fruit and milk where she realised that all of the milk she had from last week is now out of date so Kim will have to go and buy more tomorrow!

Kim managed to finish checking the first card in perfect timing to head out for lunch. Today Kim and her colleague had been invited to check out the changes to the local hotels menu and as always it was wonderful!

We love meeting up with this hotel and the food was incredible as always. They shared the sourdough bread for a starter and then everyone except Kim ordered the special fish and Kim ordered the Korean chicken bowl.

The weather recently has been pretty miserable so all of the ladies at lunch agreed that dessert was a good move too so everyone tried the chocolate mousse bar after Kim recommended it and they loved it! All washed down with teas and mochas, it was delicious and lovely! They then waddled back to the office, sufficiently stuffed.

When they got back Kim sorted a travel issue that had happened and then reconciled both of the other cards. She also had to call a courier as there was a charge that didn’t add up but Kim eventually got to the bottom of it and signed off on all the cards. She couldn’t have timed it better as she picked up a few emails and then headed home.

Jacket

We met together and went to H&M to start with, where Kim was looking for some shoes, which we didn’t find any she wanted.

We left there and went to SportChek where we were looking for a winter jacket for Curtis.

We were unsuccessful, but did remember when we got home that we had a 30% off token to use at the same store, so we will go to another one and use that when we can.

Child In The Road

We walked back home and on the way back, we saw something that could have been terrible!

We saw a lady turn her back on her child in a pram and it rolled into the road! Luckily, a cyclist was going past and grabbed it, but it could have been bad. Kim sprinted over when she saw it happen, but luckily nothing bad came from it.

Cleaning

We got home, popped to the shop and got a few things.

Curtis made the lunches and then vacuumed the apartment whilst Kim sorted the laundry.

We cleaned down the surfaces and vacuumed the cobwebs from the ceiling too!

We got all of that done and then made ourselves some delicious baked potatoes. Kim had tuna and Curtis had baked beans.

We watched some TV and YouTube and then off to bed it was.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 114: Vancouver, BC – Bake Off’s Back!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work and had some admin to do, as usual and then he finished setting up an old mac.

After that, Curtis replaced someone’s laptop and ensured that all worked for them.

Curtis then did a few tickets up until lunch time.

Post lunch, Curtis ststted setting up a new laptop, which took most of the afternoon, and then he had a brief 1 on 1 with the HR team about his first 3 months at the company.

Curtis finished the day with a bit of project work, as well as a bit of security work.

A fairly slow day but varied non the less.

Kim’s Day & Evening

As there was a new hire starting today, who came all the way from the UK office, Kim ensured that she was in a little early as he was due to arrive at 9ish. It 9.10 he is introduced to Kim be her colleague as he arrived before Kim and had done the tour already! Kim was also greeted this morning by an email from the close by hotel to say they have rooms available and the price was much lower than any competitor! What a great way to start a day!

Kim used her new extra time to catch up on emails, that she had neglected yesterday! She approved items, saved invoices and whizzed through!

To be prepared for the meeting taking place later in the day Kim went and stole all the best mugs and cups to ensure they would be nice, clean and easily available later in the day. She also hid 2 of the water jugs and our the frozen cut up lemon in one to allow it to thaw and infuse the water! She also put a load of soft drinks on a tray ready for later too!

Kim then went back to the hotel / meeting room booking she has been working on and organised with the building to have the 25th floor for 2 of the days and then organised internally to free up the boardroom on their floor for the 3rd and final day.

Before Kim started the boardroom preperations Kim collected and gift wrapped some company swag for the external visitors. She didn’t go full Love Actually gift wrapping but the thought was there!

As it was suddenly midday Kim started preparing the meeting room by making sure all the chairs were the same and at the same height and perfectly placed around the table. She then set the glasses and water jugs up before helping giving the windows a quick clean. Kims colleague then ran out to grab some snackables for the meeting so Kim set up the drinks she set aside from earlier and made a start on a coffee urn. When her colleague came back Kim plated the biscuits and set everything up.

Just as they were putting the napkins in the boardroom the external visitors arrived so Kim contacted the meeting organiser while her colleague made a coffee.

After the meeting was underway Kim took some time to have lunch and take a breather. She had a lovely catch up with a few colleagues and it was lovely.

After lunch Kim spent some of her afternoon organising meeting invites for the new hire meet and eats coming up. Then she spent her time catching up on more emails and reorganising meeting rooms.

Kim ended up sticking around later today to make sure that the meeting didn’t need anything else. While she was waiting, she stole a bookcase from a meetingroom and is keeping it at reception for storage!

Kim was then asked to call cabs for the meeting to head out to dinner. After the meeting left Kim then sorted and cleaned out the room!

Then she headed home, got changed and went directly to her class.

Then she headed home, got changed and went directly to her class. Today’s class was lyrical so they spent some time at the beginning learning 2 moves and then they were incorporated into a routine. It was so much fun!

Kim then was heading home and popped to the supermarket to pick something up and realised that she did not have her purse. Luckily Curtis was home so bought it to her and then they did the mini shop together

The Remainder of Our Evening

Curtis didn’t really do anything whilst Kim was out. He did a few things around the apartment, but mostly just played some games and relaxed.

Once Kim got home after going to the supermarket, we were both very hungry! Luckily, Curtis had done most of the salad and Kim just added the fresh roasted chicken from the supermarket and some caesar sauce and hey presto a simple yet delicious caesar salad.

We finished up by watching the first episode of the new Great British Bake Off and then went to bed at a reasonable time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 106: Vancouver, BC – Broken Fridge

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work and as soon as he walked in, he was asked to help the new hire with setting up his laptop etc.

Curtis spent around 30 minutes doing this and then after that he grabbed some coffee and emptied/refilled the dishwasher as it was finished and there was a lot of stuff piling up.

As soon as Curtis got back to his desk, someone said they had returned from Maternity leave after being off for over a year! Noone knew about this, so it was a bit of a rush and Curtis had to help finding a desk for them, too.

Once Curtis was finished with that, he had someone’s laptop to setup on their desk and ensure that their monitor worked with it as expected.

Finally, 1.5 hours after starting his day, Curtis was able to sit down.

He got some admin done, read through messages/emails and then got on with a few things.

He researched about an issue someone was having and then decided that he would download a new version of windows to test that for their issue.

As he was doing that, he was trying to get the virtual machine working from a couple of weeks ago, for the last time! He was given a code which was meant to fix it and it worked, but he then had to transfer it to another laptop.

It hit lunchtime and Curtis had a well earned break and then went right back to it.

Curtis got a bit of work done and then there was a large meeting at 14:00-15:15.

For the rest of the afternoon, Curtis ensured he was able to get the virtual machine running how it was meant to, tested more and confirmed that it was working!

He gave the person access and let them know how to access. He is glad that is finally done.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in today she remembered that she hadn’t put through the weekly order so she got that done right away for a delivery for tomorrow morning!

Kim then thought that there was no harm in asking if they could deliver today and they said they would arrive by early afternoon! Success! In the meantime she had to run out and grab milk as the full bottle on Friday was suddenly empty!

Kim then went into the kitchen to find a puddle coming out from the drinks fridge so called that in for a repair. As last week was so busy Kim put of saving a of her receipts so she spent a bit of her morning scanning and saving the receipts and ensuring that any online / emailed invoice were saved also.

Today one team got the go ahead to order the next 4 weeks worth of catering, which was very exciting for Kim as she was then able to set up the online portal for ordering food. She arranged this with the vendor and they had it up and running in a record breaking time!

While organising catering for the next 4 weeks, Kim noticed that the monthly social talks were happening at the end of this week so she sent out a reminder for people to sign up.

Just before Kim went on lunch the fruit arrived, which was amazing! She unpacked it and had a nice chat with the delivery man. Kim then just sat in the kitchen for lunch before returning to listen to all of last weeks missed calls.

The drinks list for the drinks in the fridge finally came through last week so Kim went through it and organised a trial run of different beverages to see which ones people prefer.

Kim’s colleague noticed that she was being charged by a certain delivery website when it shouldn’t be hitting her card. She and Kim then called the company, spent 25 minutes being on hold and getting nowhere before being hung up on and then another 25 minutes being on hold and getting the issue sorted.

Cleaning & Pizza

We got back home and just did nothing for an hour and then did some cleaning. We sorted some laundry, vaccuumed the floor and wiped down the kitchen sides.

Once we had done that, we started to get hungry and, as has been a common theme, we forgot to take any meat out for dinner so we just had a frozen pizza & mac & cheese.

We caught up on some TV & Youtube videos and that was pretty much our evening. Short and sweet.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 99: Vancouver, BC – New City, New Car!

Insurance Advice

We had breakfast and then got ready to go up to the insurance place near us.

We wanted to get advice on both buying a car, what the steps are as well as a rough estimate on insurance.

We got all the information we needed, the required forms and a very expensive quote for the insurance.

We headed back home to wait for some people coming who we were hoping to buy a car from!

Buying A Car

The car arrived and it seemed exactly what we were looking for. We did a test drive and it seemed perfect, as well as doing the required checks.

There is a scrape on one of the wheel arches, but we can live with that.

We bought a 2012 Ford Fiesta, which is perfect for what we need!

We paid for the car (which we ended up having to do with part cash due to bank limits) and then we went back to the insurance company to get our license plates as well as to say we have bought the car.

Unfortunately, the paperwork wasn’t fully completed so we had to leave and wait for the people we bought it from to send us the information.

We went to Starbucks to get a coffee and, whilst there, we got the message so went all the way back to the insurance place.

We spoke with a lady but we were missing a further piece of documentation! We have to get the lady to bring it out to us, which is frustrating!

This means we can’t drive it (which we didn’t plan to yet anyway) and we have no plates or insurance.

We plan to get the documents tomorrow and then get it sorted Monday evening.

It has been a crazy busy day and we didn’t get back for a few hours, so by the time we were done it was 16:30 and dinner time.

We got a pie for dinner, which was alright. We ate that and then realised we hadn’t bought a lot of things we needed, so we went back to the shop and got them.

We came back and spent the rest of our evening in front of the TV.

We have something a little different planned tomorrow, which should be a bit of fun!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale