Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 432: Vancouver, BC – Full Bathroom Clean

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting at 10:30, so did a bit of work before that.

The meeting was good and after that he did some more tickets.

In the afternoon, Curtis setup accounts for a new starter and did some other tickets, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of the day doing a deep clean of the bathroom. We noticed it needed to be cleaned, so Kim said she wanted to do it during the day whilst Curtis is working.

This took a couple of hours and then Kim did some more research for the permanent residency we need to get and we now know a little more about what is required and we’ve sent off some emails we need to send to get some information and items.

Risotto

Kim wanted to make some risotto, so she had to go and get some wine as well as some other things for the risotto, such as parmesan cheese.

Kim made the risotto and we watched some TV whilst we ate.

We then watched a Netflix show about designing homes, which is something we love to watch!

Kim had to do her background check for her new job so she did that and we chilled out after that.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 405: Vancouver, BC – Back To Evening Walks

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got up and was sure to get a coffee as soon as possible, as he had to go to the office.

Curtis had his coffee and did some tickets, then he walked down to the office.

Once he got there, Curtis got the things he needed out of the storage and got to work setting up a laptop and the accounts for a new starter on Monday.

This took pretty much the entire first half of the day, and he got that all packaged up and booked a courier to take that tomorrow.

Curtis left the office and walked back home.

After he got home, Curtis had some lunch and then got back to work.

Curtis had some work to do in the afternoon and it went pretty quick.

Kim’s Day

Kim got ready for the day and then did a little housework and then started looking for jobs again.

Kim applied to a couple of jobs that she really liked the look of before lunch and then after lunch Kim applied to a lot more which is very promising!

Evening Walk

When Curtis finished work and Kim finished applying for jobs, we headed out to go for a bit of a walk!

We walked down to the seawall and walked for a while, but swung around to get to the store to get a carrot and some spring onions for dinner.

We were at the store for a while as it was very busy, but once we got home, Kim made some chicken egg fried rice.

We watched some TV for the evening and also we looked into a bit of immigration stuff for next year (exciting!).


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 200: Vancouver, BC – Board Games & Ice Cream Sundaes!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and actually had an onboard to complete, so he got that started and that took up a lot of the morning.

Just before that though, the nitro coffee people and turned up and Curtis spoke with them. They were eventually able to get it fixed! They noticed that when they had cleaned it last time, they’d tightened the taps too much and therefore it created a blockage! That now means the nitro is flowing as it should, which was a win.

Curtis did the onboard until 11:30, when he then went and played board games and had snacks with colleagues. This went on until 13:00.

Curtis used the rest of this time to get the rest of the onboarding done and setup the laptop.

This time led perfectly to the ice cream sundaes in the afternoon, which Curtis was looking forward to!

After eating that, Curtis helped a couple of people around the office with some issues, did some other tickets and then setup the desk for the new person starting Monday.

This took a while as it was being a pain, as usual.

Curtis finished up and then headed home.

Kim’s Day

Kim had an idea for a new Wiki page so she spent a lot of her day making that. She made a travel page and included information and links to hotels and other useful information that people may need all in one place!

In the morning Kim went to the Marriott for a coffee with their rep. It was great to catch up and have a talk about travel.
In the afternoon Kim dealt with a lot of emails organising the dishwasher repairs and other bits and bobs.

Cleaning & Playing Hockey Late!

Curtis got home and did all the cleaning of the apartment, taking out the recycling and cleaning/vacuuming etc.

After that, Curtis sorted his hockey equipment out, packing it away into the car and re-taping his stick.

Kim got back home and we watched some TV and made dinner!

We ate food and then left to go to Curtis’ hockey game, which starts at 22:30!

We will update about the hockey game tomorrow as it’s another late one.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 198: Vancouver, BC – Mimosas, Bloodwork & Coffee Explosion!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and did some admin as usual, and then had his daily team meeting.
After that, he tried to get the nitro coffee sorted, but after doing exactly what he does each week, it didn’t seem to work!

He ended up, throughout the day, speaking with 2 different people at 2 different companies and it was determined that the nitrogen gas may be too low for it to work, but others were working so it’s a little confusing!

During troubleshooting, Curtis managed to spray coffee everywhere, including all over his face!

Curtis had mimosas and pancakes at work around 10:00! It was fun, the pancakes were homemade and the drinks were great. Nice it chat with the few people in the office (due to the Mexico trip) and have some food and drink.

Post food and drink, Curtis helped someone with the printer, which ended up taking 45 minutes!

Curtis joined in on some games with people from his team and a team close to his. This was for an hour and then he had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis completed an onboard and did some more admin, then met Kim to go home!
Kim’s DayShortly after Kim got in the weekly shop arrived, so she organised all of that and then responded to a few emails that she missed from being out of the office on Friday. She then headed to a LifeLabs centre to let them steal some of her blood for testing. It was very easy, she was in and out within 15 minutes, even though she arrived early!

On her way back to the office Kim stopped by the Youth Centre she dropped the donations off at the other day and handed in some nappies as a colleague had a few spare that no longer fit their babies.
when she got back into the office Kim sorted through some invoices and took a look into one that she didn’t understand further. She ended up having to reach out to the travel agency to see what was going on. Towards the end of the day it became apparent that it was a fair charge, so that is good news.
Kim spent a little of her time today trying to find a venue for a summer party. She had a great idea in mind, but cannot seem to find a venue that would work at all! It’s a little frustrating, but it’ll all come together in the end. Kim also took a look into setting up a blood drive across all 5 offices, but it turns out that it’s not possible as mobile collections are not a thing and Kim just made them up.

In the afternoon Kim spent a lot of her time looking into why a letter was returned. It was rejected by the postal service due to insufficient funds to send the letter, however when Kim ran it through the system again it printed the same amount of postage. Kim called the postal service who said that the postage should easily cover the letter and that maybe it was an issue with the machine, which led Kim to have a 30 minute phone call with no new information at the end of it.

Kim ended up heading to the post office and dropping it off by hand and asking if they know why it would have been rejected and they didn’t believe that it should have been. So the letter is back in the post and Kim is just hoping it doesn’t come back in a few days!

Evening TogetherWe had a weekday evening together today, which seems rare!

Usually Kim’s out at pole or Curtis is doing something, but not tonight!

Kim went to the shop to get a few things for dinner and then made another Risotto!

We watched the film Good Boys and ate some food for the evening, with some TV thrown in there too.

Perfect!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 168: Vancouver, BC – Dogs!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and right away someone grabbed him to assist with a visitor’s guest WiFi connection.

The fix was actually not that difficult, but it took Curtis and his colleague 30 minutes to realise what the actual issue was. Curtis’ coffee went cold whilst he did this too!

This quick start to the morning threw Curtis’ day off, so it took him some time to catch up.

Curtis had an onboard to complete, but before he could do that, he had a meeting with a potential software provider, so once he was done that, he got on with the onboarding.

The laptop was an absolute pain, so that took him some time, but he finally got it done and then had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis caught up with some ticket work and did a few other things, such as reviewing policies and also some training for some new software.

Curtis met Kim and walked home.

Kim’s Day

Kim did a lot of the Wiki project throughout the day. The other things that cropped up were amazing!

Someone brought their bermesedoodle in and he was VERY well behaved and handsome. Another lady and her husband bought her two month old in a few times throughout the day so Kim had multiple cuddles and it was brilliant!

Some catering came over lunch and it looked amazing, so Kim spent some time setting that up and putting the fridge in the meeting room.

In the afternoon Kim popped across to the shop with her colleague and they picked up some flowers and decaf coffee as the coffee is the one thing that Kim forgot to order ahead of time!

The rest of the afternoon Kim was working on the Wiki project where she sorted through lots of old information to condense it down.

Easy Dinner

We got home and Curtis watched hockey. Kim then had to go out to do her energy exchange, so she walked up there and got a hot chocolate on the way!

Kim got back home after this and we didn’t know what to eat, so we just had sweet chilli chicken with rice and dumplings.

We watched some TV and went to bed pretty early. We were both feeling sleepy today!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 162: Vancouver, BC – Roasted Peppers & Cous-Cous

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy day! He did an onboard for half the day and then setup the desk for that person too.

Once he did that, and whilst he was doing that, he kept getting questions left right and centre from people, as well as tickets, so he had more than enough to for to the day.

He had a call with someone to try and get some stuff fixed for them, which he was able to!

Curtis left and was able to meet Kim at sportchek where she was returning an item.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim worked on the Wiki project and cleared up in the office. With the Wiki Kim really made good process on the project and put together all the things she had to do! She also tried securing the shelving unit to the wall, but had no luck.
Kim sat with her colleagues for lunch. After this, Kim spent a while trying to figure out why the xbox isn’t working, but with no luck!

Then in the early afternoon went out with two people to get a hot chocolate as Vancouver is currently having a Vancouver hot chocolate festival.

Kim then placed the food order for next week and then continued the tidy up by folding up a bunch of unused, branded tops.

Roasted Peppers & Cous-Cous

We got home and Curtis got some cleaning done, whilst Kim went out to training.

Tonights class was brilliant. Kim finally nailed a move that she has wanted to do forever! Its not even a difficult move, she just couldn’t get her head around it. The main focus of the class was a beautiful and brilliant combo that Kim really enjoyed.
After class Kim went to home depot and a supermarket to get stuff for work and then dropped it off at work!

After training, Kim had some stuff to buy for work, so she went to get that and then had to also needed to do a couple of other things, all of which she got done so she was very happy with that!

When Kim got back home, we had roasted garlic and tomato cous-cous inside grilled peppers…delicious!

We ate that and then watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 155: Vancouver, BC – What Is That In My Potato?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of the morning doing an onboard for someone. Interestingly, they were a remote person that needs a laptop and a phone for their home.

Curtis was unsure on the process for setting up a phone for use at someone’s house, so he had to find that out.

As well as this, Curtis had to get the laptop sorted. The original plan was to get one from one of the US offices, but that plan didn’t work and Curtis didn’t have any at his office, so he had to get someone to set one up at there office and then he had to get a phone sent from yet another office.

After that, Curtis had his team meeting which was productive. Then it was lunch time.

After lunch, Curtis spent the afternoon doing a mini project which ended up taking the whole afternoon!

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of her day doing one of 2 things, sending things via FedEx or organising travel.

Kim spent most of her morning trying to organise some group travel by reaching our to hotels and contacting the travel agent to get quotes on flights. She also arranged 2 FedEx parcels in the morning and sorted the weekly fruit.

The afternoon was much of the same, she reached out to other hotels, organised 2 more parcels. She then had to call FedEx, which is one of Kim’s least favourite things to do, as one delivery just simply never registered so she had to do it all again.
Kim also spent some time in the afternoon going through her voicemails.

She did end her day on a high and started drafting the final invites for the holiday parties.

What’s That?!

We got home and Curtis watched the remainder of the leafs game.

We made baked potatoes for dinner.

This was going well until we cut one open and there was something odd inside! It seemed like maybe a slug or something, so we didn’t eat that one and instead shared a potato.

We ate our food and watched a couple of videos and then headed to Curtis’ hockey game.

Curtis’ game went really well! They won 6-3 and Curtis finally got a point (1 assist). A very fun game!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 148: Vancouver, BC – The Tale Of The Lost Keys

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was nonstop for about 1.5 hours this morning.

When he got to work, he emptied the dishwasher and put on a pot of coffee.

A new person had started so he helped them get all setup and that took a long while!

Eventually, curtis got on with his admin and then did a few tickets, helped a few people out and did some project work.

At 11:30, he had a remote session with someone to try and fix something for them.

After this, Curtis had a team meeting, which was productive, and then he had lunch.

The whole afternoon was full of project work, which Curtis then realised there is even more to do for it!

Curtis left at 17:00 and met Kim on the way home.

Kim’s Day

Kim came on this morning to an email for catering for today so she booked that in and then started booking in a new starters travel to Vancouver for their first week.

Kim then set up catering for this Friday for both the Vancouver and the Toronto offices. She also took a fair few phone calls and answered emails throughout the day too.

The pizza than arrived 15 minutes early, again. So Kim set that up in the meeting room and then called the vendor that the last few deliveries had been arriving early, it took a few calls as Kim was hung up on instead of transferred and left on hold instead of being transferred twice.

On the third attempt the lady who helped added a fairly decent voucher to the account which is good news.

Kim then spent some time talking with her colleague about the upcoming holiday parties and they came up with a couple of potential themes and Kim was told about a good graphic design site to make the formal invitations on. So Kim tried to familiarise herself with that and had a play around on there.

Kim also cleaned and reorganised the boardroom and stocked up the stationary pack in the smaller meeting room behind reception.

The Key Quest

When we got home, we spent a while searching for Kim’s keys!

She didn’t have them all day, but remembered having them at home yesterday.

After looking for ages, we found them down the side of the sofa cushion!

We took out some recycling, cleaned down the kitchen tops and vacuumed.

We watched some TV after Kim got back from taking her dressing gown back to the store as it didn’t fit as good as she thought.

We had leftovers from yesterday for dinner, which actually tasted better than they did fresh!

We finished the night with an episode of Vikings and then off to bed we went.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 137: Vancouver, BC – A Card Tower

Curtis’ Day

Curtis wanted a break from doing the guides he spent all day doing yesterday, so he made an effort to not do any!

Instead, Curtis spent most of the day just setting up accounts and laptops for 2 new people that start on Monday.

After lunch, at 15:30 after his meeting, Curtis had a challenge to complete – building a tower from a pack of cards.

The rules were simple. Only the cards and box can be used.

Curtis was on a team with 2 others and they thought of the idea to bend the cards to use them as a structure, which is what they did.

Everyone started to follow suit but in the end, after some drama of the ‘judge’ accidentally knocking down another tower, Curtis’ team won and got tickets to do an escape room!

Curtis setup desks for the new people and completed a couple of tickets at the end of the day and then left to meet Kim and walk home.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she remembered that she had some fruit from the catering in the fridge, so she chopped up some more and made a nice little fruit salad. Kim then turned her attention to the drinks fridge and restocked that.

When she got back to her desk is was time to save more of the invoices. She is making good progress, but gets interrupted by the phone and other emails which disturbs the flow!

As two people were leaving to pick up their lunch they invited Kim along so she went for a nice walk with them to the shop. When they got back they all sat down for some lunch. It was so nice.

After lunch Kim took some time to rearrange her calendar for next week and warning people of thw big meeting room cleanout taking place tomorrow. She then continued on with the invoices.

Kim arranged a meeting with a colleague so she could help Kim figure out what should and shouldn’t be kept from behind at reception. She went through and organised it in to piles and then they quickly went through it together and Kim managed to organise paperwork and throw a whole lot out.

The last bit of the afternoon was continuing on with the invoices.

Back To Silks

We actually walked home together today, which is the first time in a while as Kim didn’t have to stay late.

We got home and watched some YouTube whilst Curtis had some thai curry for dinner.

Once Kim left to go to Silks, Curtis played the new Call of Duty beta!

Kim drove out to Richmond and had an open silks practice session. It felt like Kim has no muscle mass in comparison to when she left.

Kim was able to climb okay but her invert and combo moves were gross!
As a result of this, when kim got home, she went straight to the gym to focus on legs, core and flexibility. Hopefully that will help!

Kim got home and we watched some more TV and then went to sleep.

We can’t believe its Friday already!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale