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 128: Vancouver, BC – Child Cancer Awareness Month Pancakes

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got the office and right away it was time for pancakes.

For a donation towards child cancer research, each person in the office could have some pancakes! Afsara, the office coordinator of his office, was the one making the pancakes and she even chopped up for fruit and bought some syrup/whipped cream to have with them!

Curtis was already full from breakfast, but he donated and had a couple of pancakes anyway, just with strawberries though, nothing fancy.

Curtis ate his pancakes and then started his day.

The morning was quiet up until around 11:00, when he had a few people call after him at once! He got side tracked trying to get stuff done tha he forgot about lunch, but only had it 15 minutes later than normal.

After lunch, it was more of the same. He had something from before lunch to finish and then at 15:00, once it calmed down again, he wiped an old laptop.

Kim’s Day

Today it felt like Kim did nothing, but she never stooped all day!

Kim arranged to pick up the coffee beween 8:15-8:30 this morning so she could save time. On her way into the office she bumped into a colleague who helped her in, which was a great relief!

Once in the office Kim updated all of the fruit bowls and set the cold drinks aside for both meeting rooms. Kim then took everything needed to the 25th floor and then did it all again for the meeting in the boardroom on the same floor, only this time, they also had muffins to prepare.

After settng up the meetings without a hiccup Kim moved on to going through her emails. She also ran down to collect the mail and took a little time to eat some breakfast.

The first set of catering to arrive was for the smaller group so Kim went through and organised it all then the other caterer for the larger meeting was roughly 60 minutes late causing the driver and Kim to set up in the meeting room which was not ideal. That with a few comments about the food meant that Kim had to make a call to the company and outline what happened after she had cleared away the lunch stuff from both meetings.

After having a chat with the caterer and sending them across an email Kim had some time to go through her receipts and save all the ones from.the past week and a half. She was also lucky enough to be able to respond to some emails!

Just before the end of the day the smaller meeting finished, so Kim emptied and cleared down that room and set it up for the larger meeting to move down there for tomorrow.

Kim then called the restaurant for the larger meeting to delay their reservation by 30 minutes so Kim then had time to continue going through emails.

Once the larger meeting left Kim cleared and emptied their room before heading home.

The Trial Is Over

Curtis was playing games but then his trial ran out for the new NHL so he has to wait until Friday to play that now!

He played some other games, did the washing up, at a really tasty sandwich that Kim brought home for him and then made lunch for tomorrow.

All of this was whilst Kim was at her exercise session.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Orlando,FL

Place 81 – Day 2: Orlando,FL – Florida Beach

Pancakes

Tom made pancakes this morning, as well as bacon, sausages & eggs.

We ate up and lazed about before we got ready.

Florida Beach

When in Florida, you have to go to a beach.

We went down the road and just found a beach somewhere, which was perfect as it wasn’t rammed.

We chilled at the beach for a few hours Kim and Abbie went in the sea and everyone got sufficiently brown.

We got a coffee whilst we were down there and Kim and Abbie looked in some shops.

We left all feeling very tired and headed back home.

Evening

We had a spinach, feta & beetroot salad for dinner and then Curtis watched the Leafs game.

We all slept at a decent time as we were tired and the both of us have colds, too.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Los Angeles,CA

Place 76 – Day 6: Los Angeles,CA – Griddle Cafe Lunch & Evening Drinks

Griddle Cafe Lunch

We slept in a little and then we got a message from our friend, Sep, that he was awake and ready to go! We were meeting Sep for some lunch as we havent seen him in a couple of years.

We first met Sep in Kuala Lumpur as he was staying in the same hostel as us and we spent a few days with him whilst there, so we had to catch up with him whilst we are in his hometown!

We got an Uber to the Griddle Cafe, which we have seen before and they monstrous pancakes.

We had a few conversations with Sep whilst we were there and then we got our food…which was big!

We each got pancakes, Curtis got an espresso and chocolate chip pancake and Kim got a coconut and chocolate pancake.

Curtis’ Pancake

Kim’s Pancake

We each could have done with only half the pancake as it was way too huge!


The Griddle Cafe | Los Angeles,CA

Rating:- 8/10


We sat here for a while, after being defeated by our food, and then we all headed out for a walk.

Melrose Walk

We walked to Melrose, which has nice streets and hipster stores to walk around, though very expensive!

We were here for a while and then Sep had to go home, so we also took an Uber home, which took a while due to crazy LA traffic.

Relax

We had an afternoon relax, with Curtis watching hockey, and then in the evening we went to the supermarket and got a pizza for dinner.

Drinks

We met Sep and his boyfriend for some drinks in the evening.

We went to a few bars and had some drinks. The first bar we had to enter via a refrigerator door, which was very hipster but awesome at the same time, and then we went to another part of town which was the ‘gay’ area and went to a couple of gay bars. It was pretty fun and we had some drinks but were back by midnight, which was perfect!

It was time for bed once we got home and tomorrow is our final day in LA.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale