Whistler, BC

Place 87 – Day 4: Whistler, BC – Quad Biking!

Breakfast, Of Course

We had a small breakfast from Purebred of just a coffee and a croissant.

We ate this quickly and finished off getting ready for the day, and then checked out, which we were able to do by phone, which was great.

We got everything into the car and then went for a bit of a final walk around Whistler.

We got ourselves some drinks for the day and the went back to the hotel to grab the car.

Alpha Lake & Nita Lake

We drove out to a couple of lakes near where we were going just to pass the time before our activity.

We just had a walk around and chatted for a bit, but it was actually a little cold.

Kim thought it was a good idea to go on the swing…But she then realised it was not.

We finished walking around these lakes and got back to the car to drive to the quad biking place.

The check engine light came on, which wasn’t ideal, but we managed to make it there fine.

Quad Biking!

For Curtis’ birthday, Kim got us a quad biking tour close to Whistler.

We got there and there was just 2 other people joining us for our tour, which was excellent!

We set off on some big quad bikes and did a bit of practice to acclimate to the bikes and ensure we were safe.

We began our tour and it was actually a little technical! There were a lot of stones around to navigate over, but we got to the first viewpoint pretty quickly.

Unfortunately, as with everything at the moment, the view wasn’t very good due to the smoke, but there was a nice river.

We continued on and went up a mountain which was pretty difficult with much larger rocks to get over and some steep hills but we made it to the top!

Again, there is meant to be a good view, but it’s not a very good time for views at the moment.

We had to ride back down the mountain and that was tough as we didn’t want to go too fast over the rocks, but it was incredibly fun and made us think and consentrate for sure.

We got down this part and had a nice flat part we could go fast on and then we came to a thin forest track which was challenging but great!

We then moved into a section that was in a forest still but with a lot of puddles on corners, which got us wet and dirty, especially the one big puddle!

We then headed back to the camp after around 1.5 hours of riding. We had a really great time overall and actually want to come back!

Home Time

We left here (with our check engine light on still) and drove home.

We got home in about 2 hours and were incredibly tired, but glad we got home even though we had a check engine light on.

We booked our car in for Wednesday and then we relaxed!

We had some frozen pizza for dinner, unpacked and relaxed for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 386: Vancouver, BC – Clearing Stuff Out

We woke up at 10:30 and both actually felt really good after our night of sleep.

We had cheese toasties for breakfast and then got ready for the day.

Once we got ready, we relaxed and had leftover pizza as a snack along with homemade Vietnamese coffee which turned out much better than the last time.

We finished that and then went to the shop to get our weekly shop done.

After the shop, we went down to the storage locker and loaded a bunch of stuff we are going to donate into the car. Kim is also donating a bunch of stuff from work, so it makes sense to donate it all at the same time.

Once that was done, Kim started on making dinner.

Kim made a Thai red curry along with a lazy egg. It was terrific!

We watched some YouTube videos during dinner and then played some more Tony Hawk after eating.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 384: Vancouver, BC – Handstand Training!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty quiet day.

Curtis did some tickets in the morning and he spent a while trying to fix something with regards to an email mailbox which he worked with someone on for about 30 minutes before lunch and then a bit of time after lunch too.

Curtis had a team building session in the afternoon but on 4 people in total joined that, so they played some games.

Curtis got some admin done to end the week.

Kim’s Day

Kim started on the UK social call and it was good fun. There were a fair few people on the call and we went over our to do lists that we are all putting off. The UK had a bank holiday this Monday and America and Canada have one this monday coming, so everyone had lots of little tasks they have either ignored or planned to ignore!

Once she was in the office Kim focused on putting together a survey that would be sent out later in the day. She hadn’t used SurveyMonkey before but she figured it out and even managed to get a page break with info there! Not bad for a first try. Kim then made a few changes to the Wiki page from yesterday before moving on to change another Wiki page to follow the same format of latest news at the top, but with previous information just below. Once that was all done she sent them all off for review.

Just before the survey went out Kim went in and updated the Wiki by replacing old pages and linking all of them together. She then joined east coast call but only had one person join, ask what it was about and then leave. So she ended the call and focused on adding some more information to the floor plan page. Kim thought it would be a good idea to include some photos of the new things in the kitchen, so she took some photos and added them to the Wiki.

In the afternoon Kim went out with a friend for ice cream and it was a disaster! Before they got the few steps back to the office the ice cream started melting. When they finally got to start eating them they had to use a plate and a bowl to stop it going all over the floor and themselves. It was a good ice cream though!!

She ended the day by joining the west coast social call! It was a good group of people and Kim really enjoyed it!

Evening

Kim went off to training once she got back from work.

Kim went to a handstand class and had a great time! It was a good workout and she got a few good techniques from it that she will use for sure!

Once she got back, Kim got showered and then we had some frozen pizza for dinner as we couldn’t decide what to order!

We are that and watched some TV and played some games!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 366: Vancouver, BC – Too Hot For Sleeping

Too Hot For Sleeping

We both really struggled to sleep last night! It was so incredibly warm outside and even having the windows open didn’t seem to help as it was too warm outside with no breeze at all.

We both woke up very tired this morning but we did get to see the coop thunderstorm last night!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had his weekly team meeting and then had planned to head to the office to get someone done there, but the plans changed as something hadn’t been done by a vendor, so he’ll have to go tomorrow instead.

The rest of the morning and most of the afternoon, Curtis did some tickets.

At the end of the afternoon, Curtis wrote and email draft to send out to all team leads to inform them of the new onboarding process.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day from home and sorted out a lot of the quiz media for the UK our people quiz, which was amazing!

After lunch Kim went into the office and sorted a couple of things our before joining a team meeting. It was great for everyone to align their plans for the next few weeks and talk over a few things coming up. It was a really productive meeting.

Shortly after the meeting the cocktail kits that need to be mailed out got dropped off. So Kim helped her colleague loading them on a trolley and bringing them up to the office. They then did a quick stock check, named and logged all the kits before puttinh them in the fridges.

Kim spent the rest of the afternoon finishing the media for one quiz and then starting to draft up questions for the history of the company quiz round. As this was winding to an end Kims colleague came back into the offce so they had a good catchup and that was wonderful.

Evening

Kim got back home fairly late, so we had a pizza from Pizza Garden, which is delicious.

We played some mini golf, as expected, and watched a bit more TV. It was incredibly warm today, as it was yesterday!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 360: Vancouver, BC – Distanced Park Gathering

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very quiet day in general.

He did some tickets and then got to do some training in the afternoon as it was quiet, which was great.

Kim’s Day

Kim collected the office visit paperwork, saved it and sent out emails confirming the desks that they can use.

She was then given the task to chase West Coast people for their cocktail choices. She sent out an email to one group and she sent smaller messages to another group. For some people Kim needs a lot of information and for others Kim just needs to know which cocktail they would like.

Today is the day that the new coffee machine is installed! The vendors arrived and set up a big touchless coffee machine. It works by scanning a QR code and ordering a coffee that way, its super cool!

Around logging peoples cocktail choices Kim set up the desks and meeting space for people coming in on Wed, Thurs and Fri. She set up two new hot desks round by the printer. Sprayed all the hot desks with a bleach solution and cleaned down one of the whiteboards. Tomorrow Kim will set up chairs for the meeting and finish cleaning the whiteboards.

To finish the day Kim was able to spend a little time on the quiz, while chasing the final few people for their choices.

Kim had plans this evening! Plans that are outside and with other people! It was very exciting. She got home, changed and left right away! She drove towards the lake where she is meeting some work friends, but when she pulled over to check directions Kim noticed a colleague was stuck as their peddle fell off their bike! So she detoured and picked her up and between the two of them managed to fit her bike in the back of the car. For the rest of the drive over they both wore masks and kept the windows open. Not getting them ‘ronas today!

They made it to the lake and found the two other friends and one of their dogs! Kim was over the moon and spent a lot of the catch-up playing fetch with the dog and it was great! It was so nice to just sit with people and have a chat, in a lovely evening outside. It just seemed so normal. The beat part was that it wasn’t all just work talk too! It was a lovely evening and Kim had a great time.

After this, kim dropped her colleague and her bike at home before heading home herself.

Evening

Whilst Kim was out, Curtis played some games and had pizza for dinner.

After Kim got home, she had some food and we watched a bit of TV.

We didn’t do too much this evening as Kim got back a bit late, but we made sure to play mini golf!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 339: Vancouver, BC – New Company Wide Competition

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a quiet day in general, but he did start it off with some work on some tickets.

Before he could do anything, though, he had to try and fix his Outlook which, after changing his password, was being a pain!

Eventually, after probably an hour or so, he was able to get it working and started getting some tickets done.

Curtis dealt with a few questions around a piece of software and that took up some time too.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with planning out the new tournament she has made up. She wrote up the how it works and rules. She then researches how she will work the voting system so tried a few different survey and quiz options.

Mid morning Kim took a bunch of stuff down to the storage room which really cleans up the meeting room she is currently working out of.

For the rest of the morning, and most of the afternoon Kim worked on the other events that are coming up. She started on the invites, amended some of the ideas and spoke with vendors. Towards the end of the afternoon Kim had an impromptu meeting and whiteboard session with her colleague to triple check numbers against vendors we would use. It was another very successful day!

Evening

We just had frozen pizza for dinner as we didn’t have anything planned.

We ate dinner and watched some TV and then went out for a brief walk. The weather was very warm again today, so good to get out.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 317: Vancouver, BC – Tape, Tape & More Tape

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty busy day!

He started the day answering some questions about Microsoft Teams and completing some admin (emails, messages, tickets etc).

After that, he had a computer checkup to do and then had back to back meetings.

His first meeting was security related and that was very positive and then after that he joined an Ask Me Anything with someone from work about important things!

Curtis did a another computer checkup after that meeting and then finally had some lunch.

Curtis did a few tickets and admin in the afternoon and then his day was done. Very busy and went fast!

Kim’s Day

Today Kim put tape on the floor and that is about it! She started her day by finishing putting the signs up around the office and then moved on to measuring up a team meeting space and ensured that all the chairs were a safe distance apart. After that Kim organised the kitchen and made sure those chairs are a safe space apart and she mapped it out on the floor.

Kim spent a bit of time in the morning replying to emails and printing a couple of forgotten signs. She also had a quick meeting with her colleague in the early afternoon.

After lunch Kim moved a bank of desks and then cut and laminated the signs. To finish the day Kim mapped out another team meeting space by measuring and taping it up. It was a successful day!

And, Chill

We both had busy but positive days, so when Kim got back home we just chilled out. We couldn’t be bothered to make anything for dinner, so frozen pizzas it was!

We ate our food and watched some TV…it was super warm today so we had all windows and the balcony door open trying to cool down!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 279: Vancouver, BC – Indecision & Late Dinner

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy day!

He started with admin and some tickets and then had his daily team meeting.

After his team meeting, he had another meeting about the Hackathon project he is working on this time around. He is with the same team as before but they’re making a different product.

Shortly after that, he had a call with someone to try and figure out why their laptop kept running so slow, which he thinks he figured out!

Once that was done, it was nearly lunch time!

Curtis had some soup for lunch and then got onto a team meeting which the team has bi weekly.

This call lasted around 1.5 hours and then Curtis did a couple of other things before happy hour, where he sat and chatted with everyone.

Curtis played games for most of his evening, just relaxing.

Kim’s Day

Kim had to move the UKs social call 30 minutes earlier to make time for the follow up meeting to yesterday’s company wide meeting.

Once both of the calls were done Kim quickly made her way into the office to let someone in who had to collect some things. It was great to see them and they had a wonderful quick catch up. While they were collecting their stuff, Kim had a call with a teammate in regards to the new starter welcome packs she has put together.

Kim then had a little time before her next meeting so she found space and put away all of the stock for the welcome packs and responded to a few emails. She then tried to join the call for this months lightning talks to make sure everyone is set up properly, but she had no luck! It took several attempts and Kim broke the meeting for the other people at one point but she eventually managed to get the meeting up and running somewhat smoothly.

After the talks Kim ate some of her lunch quickly before joining the east coast weekend call it started off with a nice chat and then they played a few games on Jackbox and it was so fun! It was great to just switch off and laugh!

After the games ended Kim worked on some orders that she started yesterday that need to be amended. She then joined the west coast call and had a great time! Kim and her colleague then sat far apart in the kitchen and sat talking for hours and it was brilliant!

Late Dinner

We had a later dinner today as Kim didn’t get back until a little later from work.

We were going to order something, as per each Friday, but we couldn’t decide on anything and were hungry, so we decided to have frozen pizza instead.

We watched some TV and relaxed before we have to go and clean the old apartment tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 274: Vancouver, BC – Checking Out The New Neighbourhood

We woke up and had some french toast for breakfast and then we got ready for the day.

After we were ready, we spoke with Kim’s family and gave them a little tour of our apartment, even though it is not ready yet!

We finished the call, had a quick snack and then went out to walk around and explore our new neighbourhood. There seemed to be some cool places around and we even found an open Starbucks, so we got our first Starbucks in months!

We then walked back home and relaxed for a while, as well as looking at beds and other things for the apartment.

We then got hungry, so decided to make pizza!

We had a pizza dough already, so it was a case of just getting the topping sorted. We went with mushrooms, cheese (cheddar & mozzarella), red onion and sweetcorn!

The pizza was pretty tasty, though we don’t think it was enough for 2 people.

We watched the film Prospect whilst we ate dinner.

We had some cookies and other snacks throughout the evening and just generally did very little.

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 244: Vancouver, BC – A New Project

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some investigating before he had his team meeting.

He had to investigate an email received to see if it is spam or phishing, or who it was meant to be for.

This took him to a website followed by another website and down a bit of a rabbit hole, but it was interesting.

During his team meeting, Curtis and a couple of others were assigned a project to do!

Curtis had some other stuff to do, including another computer checkup, but he got to the project after lunch and did that for the rest of the day.

It’s pretty mundane, just moving things from one folder to another and adjusting permissions, but it needs to get sorted.

Kim’s Day

Its Friday, which means Kim spent a lot of her day on social calls. She started with one for the UK people and had a great chat with them. After the call, she played a game of cribbage, one person has dropped out so Kim has stepped in to complete a team. Her teammate is a gentleman from one of the UK offices! Kim has no idea what she is doing, but enjoyed talking to people. Its unsurprising that Kim’s team lost.

For most of the rest of the morning Kim spent some time doing admin. She emailed her manager with a bunch of questions that she never asked during the 1-1, she orgnaised a game of cribbage, sent out a few invites to other games and events too.
After lunch Kim hosted the East Coast social call, they played a few games of Jackbox, it was hilarious and so much fun!

Kim did a little scheduling and sent out another invite to a quick game she out together for next Wednesday, so that should be fun!

She then spent a while working on the pub quiz, before hosting the west coast social catch up. They had a good chat and also played a round of Skribbl too.

Pizza & Oceans 8

We did our workout and then ordered pizza from our favourite pizza place, Pizza Garden.

This took a while to arrive, but it was worth the wait! We sat and ate that whilst watching Oceans 8, which was a pretty good film.

We played some VR and some other games, as well as watched some TV. Then, we slept.

It’s the weekend again!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale