Place 72 – Day 48: Vancouver, BC – Microsoft Talk & Pot Luck

Curtis’ Day

The start of Curtis’ day was filled with assisting executives.

Once Curtis was done with the execs, he could move onto his other tickets as well as new tickets.

Curtis spent most of the rest of the day dealing with getting some new laptops setup.

At 16:45, Curtis and a few colleagues walked up to Microsoft!

After going into Microsoft, Curtis got a name tag and then grabbed a glass of wine before sitting down.

The president of Microsoft was in attendance and one of the people who was on the panel. This was a cyber security talk which Curtis got invited to, which was amazing! He got to both go to Microsoft, see the President of the company and hear a very interesting discussion regarding cyber security and specifically defence against democracy within cyber security.

This was a 1.5 hour event and afterwards he walked to meet Kim in a shoe shop.

Kim’s Day

Today there was another dog in the office! This is a wonderful week!

Kim spent most of the morning on ad hoc admin tasks! Things just kept coming and coming. She was due to have a call with a vendor but they just missed each other so have rescheduled for tomorrow.

The team said they wanted to head out to the food trucks for lunch. Kim and the team were all ready when Kim realised that the weekly Thursday pizza hadn’t arrived and it was 10 minutes late. Kim called the pizza company who then terminated the call due to not being able to hear Kim, so she called back, and explained that the pizza was now 15 minutes late. The company apologised, checked with the store and ensured that it would only be another 5 to 10 minutes maximum.

The team stood and chatted patiently but when Kim found out that there was still a 10 minutes wait she suggested they go ahead and she meets them there.
Another 10 minutes went by so Kim called back and was told she would receive a call directly from the shop, she did a few minutes later when they explained that the driver was having trouble parking and would be there shortly.

30 minutes after it was meant to arrive the pizza made it! Kim sorted it all out and realised she would only have 20 minutes to get to everyone, order and eat so decided to skip on the food trucks and just eat at work!

The afternoon totally sped by, Kim worked on her project and sent out a company wide email outlining what had happened and plans for what is coming up next.

Everything else was general admin that was thrown throughout the day.
Kim ended the day by setting up tomorrows orders that need to go through, people need their coffee and fruit!

After work Kim spent some time plodding around shops looking for bits and bobs.
Just before Curtis caught up with her Kim found the perfect new shoes! Now she will have less holey feet!

Pot Luck

We met up and Kim bought some shoes.

Once she did, we walked back home and got our items we had bought and went to the pot luck! This pot luck was for our apartment building and we got to meet a few really nice people who we chatted with for a couple of hours.

We got to see a beautiful sunset and also spoke to some people for Bosnia, which was interesting!

We got back home and watched some TV before heading to bed. A busy day, but all of it was fun!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 47: Vancouver, BC – Security Meeting & Dog At Work!

Curtis’ Day

As soon as he arrived at work, Curtis finished off the laptop cloning he started yesterday. It all went well and he returned the laptop to the user who was very happy to have more space.

Curtis joined in on a security & compliance meeting which he was interested to join, though the meeting didn’t last long at all.

Curtis then completed a few tickets and just before lunch he started to wipe a laptop and image it from fresh.

After lunch, Curtis continued getting the laptop sorted and was having some issues with it, so it took up a lot of the afternoon.

At the end of the afternoon, Curtis got out a new laptop and added some more RAM to it, followed by setting it up so it can be used in the future.

Kim’s Day

Kim did the usual when she got into work, breakfast and a catch up. Then suddenly Kim heard the jingle of a collar, she looked up and saw a cute tiny dog! This little dog spent the whole day at the office and visited Kim twice!

Kim then headed into her first social team meeting! It went really well and the team planned a lot of fun things for the coming months.

Then half an hour after that meeting, Kim went into a meeting with marketing and IT to discuss the next plans for the project. It was great to get a different viewpoint of it and direction on where people see the project going.

Kim then went back to her desk and actioned some of her talking points from the meeting.

Then Kim organised some food that had been delivered. Then pizza arrived that Kim hadn’t planned for! There is a weekly Thursday pizza order and kim was panicking thinking she had ordered 3 times the amount on the wrong day, then the delivery man realised he was on the wrong floor! Thank goodness for that!

It was then eventually lunchtime! Kim had to return the shoes she bought yesterday as they are just a size too small. Kim did that and then headed back to eat her lunch. For lunch Kim made a ham, cheddar cheese, lettuce and salad cream sandwich. This doesn’t sound exciting, but nowhere sells salad cream and its the first block of good cheddar Kim and Curtis have found in years!

Kim then got back to her desk and continued with general admin and then a few visitors came in so Kim ensured they had water and coffee.

Towards the end of the day Kim had a catch up about the project and ironed out some more details about the plan.

Costco

We went to Costco after work today as we have a Pot Luck at our apartment building tomorrown evening so we needed to get some things for that.

Appointment & Baked Potatoes

Kim went to an appointment in the evening and Curtis went to the shop to get some potatoes.

Curtis made the best baked potatoes ever, which were seasoned very well! We had beans and cheese on top of them, which was perfect!

We watched some TV and then headed to bed.

Curtis has his exclusive ‘thing’ he is doing tomorrow…He is very excited!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 44: Vancouver, BC – Homesense Haul

Family Chats

We woke up and had our pain au chocolat with strawberries for breakfast and then got showered.

We started by speaking with Curtis’ family who were enjoying their time in their new hot tub! It was great to catch up and the chat lasted for just over an hour.

After this, Curtis wanted a coffee and the coffee cart wasn’t near our house today, so Curtis walked up to Starbucks to get drinks for the both of us.

Whilst Curtis was getting drinks, Kim spoke with her family and shortly after Curtis arrived back they finished their conversation.

Homesense

We walked up together to Homesense as we had some things we wanted to get.

We ended up leaving after over an hour with quite a bit of stuff, but most of it required.

What wasn’t required was our new beautiful clock, but at $23 it was a bargain!

We got back home and unpacked our goodies…We got some things like towels and some items for the kitchen as well as a few other things.

Dinner

We did a lot of housework and general tidying and then got hungry, so we walked to the Irish pub just down the road.

We got there and checked out the menu but it wasn’t great, so we gave up with that and walked to Uncle Fatih’s Pizza, which we had seen as it looked (and smelled) terrific.

we got a couple of pizzas, one make your own and also a BBQ chicken.


Uncle Fatih’s Pizza | Vancouver, B

Rating:- 8.5/10


We ate our pizza at home in front of the TV with a beer…A perfect Sunday night!

We watched quite a bit of TV and then got ready for work, followed by sleeping at a reasonable time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 42: Vancouver, BC – Free Pizza, Busy Project Work & Software Testing

Curtis’ Day

Once Curtis arrived at work, it was non-stop from there.

He had a few cases from yesterday as well as some new ones from this morning and then he had someone walk over and mention that they are having wifi issues, so Curtis ended up spending a lot of the day investigating that.

Curtis had to source a new hard drive for a server and helped out with changing some processes.

At lunch, we both met together and got a free slice of pizza with a drink and a brownie! There is a pizza chain here that has that as a deal at the moment.

After lunch, Curtis had been messaged a few times and so had some stuff to do.

Whilst he was doing that, he wiped a Mac and started setting it up.

At 14:45, Curtis tested some of the in-house made software as if he was a user and then he got to give some feedback, which he thinks may help, which is good. He really enjoyed doing this and can’t wait to do it in the future, too.

Curtis spent the rest of the afternoon investigating the wifi issue and doing some admin before taking a bit of a break and having a beer with colleagues.

Curtis walked home on his own as Kim was at busy at work.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into work early and had some breakfast before starting her day.

Kim spent the morning tackling a few administrative tasks before spending some time playing around with the new aspect of the project so that she is able to be of use next week when people have questions.

When she got back from lunch Kim then went to a couple of shops to set up for the Friday afternoon drinks! Just grabbing a few drinks and some snacks for people to enjoy.

She spent the afternoon working on her project, holding a meeting with IT, doing admin and creating a mini tutorial video to help people navigate things come Monday. There is a section of the project that will take place over the weekend so there were a few loose ends to tie up and thinks to prepare for the coming weeks.

Kim was so engrossed and focused on getting it all sorted she completely missed stopping for Friday drinks at 4! She managed to finish the final task at exactly 5, then had to send a couple of emails and was then finally able to head to the kitchen for a well deserved sit down, wine and chat.

Whiskey & Toasties

We just chilled out this evening, playing games and watching TV shows.

Kim was kind enough to buy some whiskey, so we cracked that open too!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 23: Vancouver,BC – Free Doughnut & Long Central Park Walk

Central Park Walk

We walked all the way down to Central Park again today as it was nice weather so we had to use it somehow.

We stopped at Tim Hortons to get a doughnut for Kim and when Curtis scanned his loyalty card, it came up and said we had a free reward, so the doughnut was a free one!

We walked out of Tim’s and went down the road to Starbucks to get a nice cold iced coffee before heading into the park.

We walked a different way around, but with no real plan. We just walked and talked for a couple of hours, only really stopping to take a few photos of the beautiful environment.

We also saw a really big tree that had fallen, and the routes were insanely large!

Supermarket & Pizza

We left the park and walked back home via the supermarket. We picked up a pizza for dinner, some ice cream and something to drink.

We ate our pizza (which was OK) and watched some TV. We started a couple of new TV shows; Lucifer & a Norwegian show called Occupied (Okkupert).

It’s just 2 days until Curtis starts work, but Kim does have some things to do during the week to keep her busy, and get us ready for our move in on (hopefully) Saturday!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 83 – Day 2: Fort Lauderdale,FL – Bugs, Bagels & Long Shot

Bugs!

Curtis had another interview at 12:00 today, so we slept in until 11:00.

When we woke up, all was well, until Curtis went for shower! Once he got out of the shower and sat on the bed, he noticed a flying ant on himself. He flicked it off and shortly after felt one, but on the other side of himself..when he flicked this one off of him, he noticed that the bed bad a few on…after standing up, he noticed the bed was covered in the flies and then this is when he got Kim to show her.

When Kim came in and was shocked to see them, she looked around and was even more shocked than before…they had burrowed themselves in via a hole in the wall above a door connecting us to another room and there must have been hundreds!

We called the person we are renting from and they said they were going to send cleaners over in an hour to resolve, so we sat outside the front with the door open, hoping they would all fly out.

We couldn’t go anywhere until Curtis did his interview, which, after finding another method due to the phone playing up again, didn’t last too long but seemed very promising.

Bagels

We left before housekeeping did to get some breakfast and then watch something at the cinema. The weather was quite nice all morning, but was due to storm so we couldn’t really be bothered to go anywhere.

We found a bagel shop near by the cinema and got a bagel each. It wasn’t great but did the job.

Long Shot

We watched the film Long Shot at the cinema. The film was quite good, actually, but we didn’t really know what to expect anyway.

The cinema screen was quite small and there were few seats, but it was a ‘dine in’ cinema, so you get fancy, fully reclining leather armchairs with a tray that pulls across them so you can order food and drinks to your seat, which was far too expensive so we didn’t do that.


Long Shot

Rating:- 7/10


Rain

It did begin to rain when we left the cinema.

We went to the supermarket to see if there was anything we wanted for dinner, but there was nothing, so we left and walked back, which in total took about 45 minutes.

We got back just it started to thunderstorm again.

Pizza

We ordered pizza from Domino’s and sat and watched TV. That is pretty much the end of Fort Lauderdale for us, but we didn’t really plan to do too much here as we are mostly using it for a base to fly from.

We are going to be flying early tomorrow, so up nice and early, so we’re just making sure everything is packed and getting some sleep.

The next place should be awesome, though possibly stormy again!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 78 – Day 3: Hurricane,UT – Angels Landing & Weeping Rock Trails

Angels Landing

Today was another day of hiking in Zion National Park.

We were up early, at 06:30, to get to the park for a good time and hopefully park our car right there, rather than having to take an extra bus.

Luckily for us, we arrived around 08:10 and were able to get a space easily.

It was cold out, but we had a hike planned so got onto the bus to get us to stop #6, which was where we could hike to Angels Landing.

Angels Landing is one of the most difficult trails, mostly for its steep inclines and twists, but also due to the ending, which we will get back to shortly.

As you can see above, the sky was beautiful at the early time we got there and the sights helped us with our 2 hour upward hike.

Once we got to the top, there was the most infamous part of Angles Landing, which was the steep incline with 1000ft drops at each side with just a couple of chains to hold onto as you made your way up.

In 15 years, 7 people have died falling from this area!

This part was a full blown climb, which we started to ascend.

We quickly decided it wasn’t for us. Yhere were too many people coming down the mountain and not paying attention or moving, so as it was a dangerous area, we decided against climbing.

We sat for a little and then walked back down the mountain, which took us around an hour.

Lunch Break

We walked from stop 6 to stop 5 and sat and ate our lunch. We had bought sandwiches from Walmart, so we ate those and then Curtis got a coffee.

We saw a beautiful border collie mixed with a burmese mountain dog, too!

Riverside Walk

We took the bus all the way up to the last stop where we took the easy riverside walk. There wasn’t too much to look at, other than a naturally formed amphitheatre.

The Amphitheatre

Weeping Rock

We hopped back on the bus and went down to stop 7 where we walked up to Weeping Rock, which is a rock that spurts out water, similar to a waterfall.

We got some cool photos and slow mo videos!

Walking Back

We got the bus back to stop 3 and then walked back to stop 1 (the visitor centre) via a very hot but easy path, with some great views.

Long Day Out

We drove back to our airbnb, via the supermarket. We were going to get something to cook for dinner, but couldn’t be bothered so we bought a small suitcase, because that’s a normal thing to buy, and went back home.

We had showers and then ordered a domino’s which we went to pick up.

We ate our domino’s and spoke with our host some more and then chilled in bed watching TV as well as packing to head out tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale