Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 919: Vancouver, BC – And They’re Out

Curtis’ Day

Right at the start of the day, Curtis had an onboard orientation which went really well and the guy was really nice!

After that, Curtis had some other bits of work to do and then a team meeting. 

Curtis finished up some tickets until lunch and then post lunch he had a demo to attend for some software.

After the demo, he did more work and then watched the Leafs game.

The Leafs managed to lose, meaning they’re now out of the playoffs. Incredibly disappointing for Curtis.

Kim’s Day

Kim had only a few meetings today so she was able to get a lot of admin done. She spent some of the morning getting things ready for two new starters in her team for the next couple of weeks. Then she had a quick team meeting to get ready for the day before helping a few people with some IT stuff.

She finished the morning with more admin and then had a good collaborative work session with her colleague to clean up the department folders and get a little more organized.

In the late afternoon Kim ordered some chairs and contacted a vendor to see if they could support multiple orders to different addresses. She then had a quick hiring forecast meeting.

In the evening Kim spent time organising meetings, documents and contracts.

Evening

We had chilli for dinner and watched a bit of TV before Kim had to do a bit more work.

Curtis played some games whilst she did that.

Once Kim was done with work again, we watched a bit more TV and went for a nice night walk.

Curtis is debating if he should stay awake tonight to watch the final GB hockey game, but he’s unure yet as it’s a 2am start!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 915: Vancouver, BC – Close, But Not Quite!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had some messages to deal with in the morning and then he had a training session ran by one of his colleagues.

He had a few tickets to get done, one of which took a while but he worked through it with someone on a Zoom call and got it sorted.

There were a few discussions about a couple of different things that Curtis had throughout the day and then the afternoon was dominated with getting some policies up to date and making changes to those.

It was hockey time once again this evening!

Curtis watched the Leafs game, in which the Leafs were able to get through to the 2nd round of the playoffs! The game didn’t start great, with the Leafs being down 3-0, but they got into overtime after getting 3 goals to tie it! The Leafs were so close, but unfortunately they lost in overtime, so there’s another game on Saturday.

Kim’s Day

Kim’s day was a little less busy today, she still had time to get lots of admin done in the morning. She then went into an interview and had a quick chat after to discuss next steps. She then joined the weekly manager’s meeting to give and update and see where she can be supporting other teams.

She spent the last bit of the morning packaging up laptops to be sent out. After that she joined the weekly recruitment meeting and then she spent some time on some planning and admin.

Kim spent most of the afternoon working collaboratively with her teammate, she took a break to have a chat with a colleague. Then she also managed to order a couple of laptops and start organising the orders for the home office equipment.

In the evening Kim prepared for next week and set up a laptop for the final new starter of next week.

Evening

Curtis made Italian style tomato pasta with chicken, mushrooms and red onion for dinner. We ate that and relaxed for the evening, though Kim did get a little work done.

We had a nice late evening walk, too, which was needed.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 913: Vancouver, BC – Forgot To Book!

Curtis’ Day

We were both up at 06:00 this morning. Kim was to do work, but Curtis got up to watch Great Britain’s next game against Denmark.

The game went to overtime and whilst GB lost, it was a terrific game.

Curtis then started work and was meant to have a Norwegian lesson about an hour in, but then realised he hasn’t actually remembered to book it! He’s booked in for next week, but that’s a little annoying. On the plus side, he had some more time to get things done.

He got tickets done throughout the day and also reviewed a policy as part of a project.

Curtis had his weekly team meeting before lunch and then got more tickets completed.

Once he was done with work, Curtis watched the Toronto Maple Leafs edge that little bit closer to the 2nd round of the playoffs with another win!

Kim’s Day

Kim had a long but super productive day! She started by checking the laptops she sorted over the weekend and getting them sent out. She then did some research and got some other admin done before having a quick check in with a new starter. She then gave her update in th company meeting.

After the big meeting Kim had a call with an exec to have a chat about a hopeful new hire. Then Kim had some time for some collaborative work before giving an update to the finance team.

After lunch Kim joined a recruitment meeting and then continue some collaborative work with her teammate. She had an interview and interview review after that.

For the rest of the day Kim had one long meeting that she kept jumping out of to attend other meetings. The long meeting was to discuss a role and the applicants in the hiring process. She left the meeting to do a review of another interview and then she left again to go over the onboarding plan for two new starters for next week.

Evening

We had leftover Mac and cheese for dinner and chilled out for the evening. We were both very tired from waking up early this morning.

We did get out for a walk around 10pm, which was really nice and needed!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 912: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Pizza! 🍕

We woke up late today, as it was a day off, then we made a fancy breakfast!

Curtis had something akin to an eggs Benedict whilst Kim had mushrooms on toast, with egg. Both were delicious.

We got ourselves ready, slowly, and then went out to the the supermarket.

Turns out, where we have been parking for the last 2 years is now paid parking, as is most of the area around it! We had to find another spot, which we did, but that’s a little frustrating.

We completed the shop and came home, then Curtis watched the leafs game whilst Kim chatted with a friend.

Kim then went out to buy a kitchen mixer and a few other items. Kim was very happy about getting to buy and use a KitchenAid for the first time… Very exciting!

Once Kim got back, we made homemade pizza! First, Kim made the dough and let that rise for a bit, then we chucked our toppings on.

We had chicken, red onion, red pepper and sweetcorn atop of BBQ & tomato sauce.

We are that, which was excellent, and then relaxed for the remainder of the evening.

We are both getting up early tomorrow, Kim for work and Curtis to watch the next GB hockey game!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 910: Vancouver, BC – Great Britain Hockey & Renewed Driving Licenses

Curtis was up at 05:45 to watch Great Britain play the first game of the world championships against Russia.

The game went about as you would expect, with GB losing 7-1, but they actually played really well.

Curtis went back to bed after hockey and then got another hour or so of sleep in before we got up.

Curtis had a homemade breakfast sandwich for breakfast and Kim had French toast.

We got ourselves ready and walked down to the driving license office to renew our licenses and health cards.

We got there early and were able to get it done, and it was nice and fast! We do need to call about our health cards, apparently, but that’s not a big deal!

Once we got that done, we got doughnuts and coffee and went for a little walk.

When we got home, we watched the F1 qualifying and then Curtis watched the next Leafs playoff game whilst Kim did some work she needed to get done.

After both of us were done, we had some leftovers for dinner and then used the rest of the evening to just relax.

Curtis is staying awake to watch Great Britain’s second game tonight, which starts at 02:15! Late one for him!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 908: Vancouver, BC – Back to Laptop Setups

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a company wide meeting again this morning. This time it was more of a question session but it was very interesting.

Curtis got a lot of tickets and admin done in the remainder of the day, but he also had a meeting with someone to help them with setting up and using OneDrive.

Once he got that done, more tickets ensued until the end of the day.

After work, Curtis watched the first playoff game for the Leafs. Unfortunately, one of the players suffered a pretty nasty injury which was not great to watch. The Leafs ended up losing the game, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim had so much time not in meetings today! She had such a productive morning doing admin, research and updating job descriptions. She then joined a meeting with other department leaders to set up the structure for the new recurring meeting. She then had a quick hiring meeting.

To start the afternoon Kim joined the wellness break it was a follow on from last week where people are updating a world map with pins of where they grew up with photos and stories. It was so much fun.

She left the wellness break to go and pick up some equipment from a teammate. When she got home Kim worked on updating another job description and she started setting up a laptop to send out to a new starter.

She finished the day with a 1-1 with her teammate, that went over by nearly 45 minutes! She then had a really a nice chat with a good friend. After, she quickly finished setting up the laptop.

Evening

For dinner, we had curry that we had in the freezer and then we went out for a walk to both clear our heads after the day of work.

We got back home and relaxed, watched some TV and just decompressing.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 358: Vancouver, BC – Lost Lagoon

Lost Lagoon

We woke up at a good time today and had some breakfast.

We had a grilled cheese again and then got ready for the day.

We then went out to do our usual weekend walk on the seawall, along the beaches and across to Stanley Park.

There were far too many people outside today, so we had to keep dodging them, but once we got to Stanley Park, it was a little less populated.

We went to Lost Lagoon at Stanley Park which was a big lake and it was actually very nice and incredibly peaceful!

We walked around here for a while and then went to grab a drink from the pharmacy nearby.

We left there and walked back home, which took about 30 minutes.

Goodbye, Leafs

We got back home and Curtis watched the leafs game. This was the final game of the series, so the winner moves on.

Unfortunately, the Leafs lost 3-0, so that’s a short lived return of hockey for Curtis!

Home Pole Dancing

Kim did some pole dancing at home whilst Curtis watched hockey. She loves the fact she can do stuff at home and she had some success with it, too.

Gnocchi

We had gnocchi for dinner, which was just from a packet so nothing fancy, but Kim made a homemade sauce which was really good.

We watched some TV and played some games as usual for the evenings these days!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 353: Vancouver, BC – Surprise Offboard

Curtis’ Day

Curtis has a lot of team members that are off for most of this week, so it’s a busy one!

In the morning, a lot of tickets were coming in so Curtis triaged them and also did a few himself.

After this, Curtis had a team meeting which also didn’t last long as there wasn’t many people.

Curtis did some security work and then some more tickets up to lunchtime.

At lunch, the Leafs game came on and Curtis watched that! He then had that on in the background for the rest of the day.

The leafs won!

Curtis had a surprise offboard come in in the afternoon to be completed today! Therefore, Curtis did this at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim was asked to print some stuff off for a colleague popping into the office, but when she went to print the waste toner cartridge was full. So she called a technician to come in and empty it. Unfortunately, the colleague had already made their way into the office so Kim spent some time on the talking with IT to see if they can set her up on another printer but had no luck. Luckily the colleague was able to get the things done that were needed without the document, so that was a relief.

She then worked out and set up a plan for someone else to come back to the office to work. She picked some seats that they can use and sent them across for the person to pick from.

Kim spent some time running through some of the party stuff with her colleague, they checked the RSVPs and went over communications that need to go out.

We had another visitor come in to drop off a few things and pick up another charger. Shortly after that the printer technician arrived and while he was in Kim worked on a shipment and ended up calling UPS to troubleshoot an issue that she has been having in regards to printing off documents. It was a really good call, Kim wasn’t hung up on and there is now a workaround for the issue!

To end the day Kim finished up the quizzes for the UK, tomorrow she will start putting them onto Kahoot and finding the media for them too.

Evening

Once Kim got back home, we had lasagna with garlic bread and salad for dinner and got a bit into a YouTube rabbit hole!

We wat he’d a bunch of videos and then played some mini golf, followed by more videos.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 351: Vancouver, BC – NHL Playoffs!

Beach Walk!

We were going to go and play some mini golf today, but we decided we wanted to have a walk instead, so we walked down to English Bay for a walk on the beach!

We had some breakfast, some delicious french toast with strawberries, banana & syrup.

We left our apartment and grabbed a coffee on the way to the beach.

We got to the beach after a decent walk and it wasn’t too busy.

We walked on the sand, which was very hot, and then we got to the water and walked in the cool water for a bit, which was really nice with the hot sun!

We left the beach when we got to the end and sat in the shade on the grass and finished our coffee before continuing to walk.

We walked for a while and then got a little hungry, so we popped to McDonald’s to get a snack!

We ate our McDonald’s and our very melted mcflurry and then we walked through Stanley Park for a bit, which was in the shade so that was a nice break from the heat.

NHL Playoffs!

We walked back home and then the Leafs played their first game of the playoffs! It was a close, intense, game, which Curtis really enjoyed, but unfortunately the Leafs lost it.

After the game, Kim made a really nice veggie lasagna, which was very tasty, though we didn’t eat too much as we weren’t too hungry.

We watched some TV for the rest of the evening, though we did eat dinner quite late.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Orlando,FL

Place 81 – Day 6: Orlando,FL – Easter Sunday Swim

Swim

Kim and Abbie really wanted to surf today, so they headed down the beach with Tom & Maggie to see if they could rent some surfboards.

They Got A Nice Family Photo

Unfortunately, there were no waves for surfing, so instead they just swam and the weather was perfect.

Whilst this happened, Curtis was back at the house relaxing and watching an important Leafs playoff game.

After a few hours of swimming and relaxing, a coffee was purchased and they went back to the house.

Panda Express

After Curtis finished watching hockey, we went for some dinner at Panda Express as it is quick, easy & tasty.

We all ate up and then went looking for some dessert in Waffle House, but it turns out they aren’t really a dessert waffle place so we gave up and went home.

Dramatic Card Games

We played some card games together today.

Abbie had a game which she wanted to share with us which was like spies and agents. It took us a bit to get our heads around it but really enjoyed it once we got it.

We played a few games of that and then some games of UNO before it was bed time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale