Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 332: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Mac & Cheese!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got some admin and tickets done in the morning and then there was a company wide meeting with information about the company’s plans, financial information etc which he attended.

At the end of that call, he went to the office as someone was picking something up so he had to get that sorted for them.

Whilst at the office, Curtis took a shock take of the current laptops so the whole team knows what the Vancouver office has.

Curtis headed back home and had lunch when he got back.

Curtis didn’t have too much to do in the afternoon so he did some admin and some training.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim started her day by researching stuff for events that are coming up and dealt with some other small admin tasks.

Kim the helped IT set up a new computer but before sending it out she compared FedEx to UPS to see how the prices differ and how easy the system is. The price was good so Kim tried UPS. She packaged up all the things and got it ready to go. She had an issue with part of the paperwork so had to redo that.

Just as she finished that Kim joined a call with two teammates to discuss processes that will be going in place over the next few weeks. It was very productive and needed as it was only meant to be 15 minutes, but lasted the full hour.

Before she left Kim set up a few meetings and sent out a few emails.

Homemade Mac & Cheese

Curtis ran out to get some milk and then when Kim got home, she made Mac and cheese! We bought smoked Gouda and some nice cheddar to use and it was excellent!

Kim did some pole dancing at home properly for the first time and loved it! She loves having the ability to do that!

We went out for another evening walk which yielded beautiful photos once again!

We watched some TV and played some games as usual and then went to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 288: Vancouver, BC – Pole Is Up & Vancouver Protest

We had some breakfast, just some cereal, and then started to get ready for the day.

Our old landlord texted us and said we can pop over for the final handover and checklist.

We got there and cleaned a few things before he arrived.

All went well and we just had a few things to clean before the handover.

We got it handed over and then we were done! We are officially moved out of that a apartment now and there is therefore no work to do there anymore.

We got back home and went out for some coffee. We went to a place called Incognito Coffee which we really enjoyed.

We brought the coffee home and then Kim’s friend came over to confirm that our ceiling is concrete. Once that was confirmed, we had a bit of a chat and then they left.

Once they had left, we got Kim’s pole stood up and it was perfect! She is very happy she can use it now and has had a few tries on it.

We then went down to the protest here in Vancouver. We stood distanced from everyone on the outskirts of the protest, but we wanted to show our support.

We then went home, and will be self isolating for 14 days as much as possible.

We had cheese and wine for dinner, as we went to the shop once we left our old apartment earlier.

We ate that and just watched some TV for the rest of the evening. Nothing fancy.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 234: Vancouver, BC – Back To Pole?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got right to work after our walk and breakfast.

Curtis had a meeting at 09:30, but this was just with a team member regarding a project.

After that meeting, Curtis had his team meeting, followed by completing some tickets.

After that, he had another project meeting which was very useful.

He had a catch up with the Project Manager for the project and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had a 1:1 and then did some tickets and some training for the rest of the afternoon.

Kim’s Day

After the company meeting Kim joined a meeting with her hack team to discuss the plan. It looks as though they have decided on a plan, Kim is on presentation so she has taken on the PowerPoint. Kim is not entirely sure what is going on but she will help as much as she can!

Kim then did a little scheduling and other smaller tasks for the rest of the morning.
After lunch Kim updated the cribbage scores and held an open game of Skribbl for people to join. She is trailing having games for people to drop in and out of once a week, next week she is thinking Taboo! Kim loves the fact that she is able to put events on virtually and give people a place to hang out and switch off for a bit.

For most of the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on the Easter quiz. Towards the end of the day Kim had an idea for the first slide of the PowerPoint, so she put it together!

Back To Pole

In the evening, Kim went out to pole!

Kim decided to rent the pole studio this evening, and it was a great decision. She walked up, avoiding the busier streets and was let into the studio. Kim only rented it for an hour, but it was amazing to just play and enjoy dancing and listening to the music. It did Kim the world of good to have a little normality back. She even spoke to another person (from at least 2m away) Very exciting stuff!

We did our workout when Kim got home and then Kim did some stretches.

We took out the bins after Kim’s stretches and that was followed by a delicious dinner!

Sweet Potato Salad

We made a sweet potato salad for dinner which was SO GOOD! Light yet delicious.

We finished up with dinner and did the usual…playing some games and watching TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 208: Vancouver, BC – Mandatory Work From Home!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day with a lot of tickets but also some other things.

He setup a couple of new laptops for people, as well as having a few meetings.

He had a meeting regarding one of the projects he is working on. This was a very successful meeting and he was very pleased with how it went.

After that, he and his team had a chat with regards to a few contingency plans for coronavirus things.

Curtis also had a 1:1 and did a few other things throughout the day. Unfortunately, it also felt like a long day, so long and busy!

Kim’s Day

Today the decision was made that going forward people should work from home. Kim spent a lot of her day helping set that up, reaching out to vendors to cancel all visits and deliveries for the coming weeks.

In the afternoon the team had a meeting about events and how that is looking and how we are wanting to plan those. Which is great news for Kim as it means she will be able to start visiting some of the venues to see if they work for her.

On her way home Kim stopped to pick up a sports bra to complete her costume for her upcoming routine.

She then rushed home to get to her pole class. They learnt such a fun move and Kim really enjoyed it!

Kim Training

While they were waiting to go into open pole to train for the competition an email went out from the organisers saying that its been postponed. It’s not great news, but Kim could really do with the time to get her routine perfect, so she isnt too upset.

Admin Evening

Curtis got home and got a lot of admin/cleaning done.

Curtis emptied all the bins, recycling, regular and organic.

He then did some cleaning, wiping down all the counters and vacuuming.

After this, Curtis made himself hoisin chicken and pasta, which was a lot of food, but delicious.

Curtis played a lot of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare – WarZone, which is a new mode of Call Of Duty that has come out recently, so he did that.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 206: Vancouver, BC – Locksmith

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ morning was full of tickets. He got a lot done and they were mostly new ones, and they kept coming in thick and fast.

In the afternoon, Curtis had a meeting with regards to a project (on which he is a Business Analyst) and then after that, he setup a laptop for someone, as well as completing some other tickets.

A locksmith visited Curtis’ work to look at some doors and see if they would be able to put a lock on them.

They’re sliding doors so it may be a little difficult.

Kim’s Day

Kim wrote up an email to her colleague with a load of questions of stuff she needed help with and she looked into car rentals for a visitor.

She then went through her social folder and reorganised it and made a better list of her ideas, costs and venues. It makes it easier to understand the plans she has!

Kim spent a lot of her day answering calls, saving invoices and sending out emails.
In the late afternoon Kim moved some desks around and allocated empty desks a set of draws.

Evening

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

Kim was at work for a bit longer, so didn’t have much time left before she went off to training.

Kim class tonight was awesome! She managed to nail a climb she has struggled with for ages and she did a cool combo.
After the class Kim practiced her routine and she now has a solid base, she is getting there!

Curtis played some of a new game that was released and then had to take the train up to Richmond and meet Kim there, as he didn’t have hockey for a while, but Kim was up in Richmond so he just met her there.

Curtis has a late hockey game, so we will tell you about that tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 204: Vancouver, BC – Even More Training!

Even More Training!

Kim left early(ish) again to go to do even more training!

When she did this, Curtis got ready and went up to the pharmacy, followed by the supermarket.

Kim went to open pole and attempted training but really just sat about and did a few tricks. After the class she did some handstands and tried a few moves that someone quickly taught on the pole in reception!

Kim popped to a shop before heading home to have some lunch.

After lunch Kim went out to a feedback session with 3 coaches who provided some great feedback. It was great to get good criticism where it was needed and a few compliments on combos that worked and were worth keeping.

She then drove back to the studio closer to home with a friend and they went to a semi private lesson and worked on the comments from the feedback session.

Kim returned home and went in the hot tub for a little bit and then we had some food!

We ate a baked potato each with tuna, but weren’t quite full yet so we had some Mac and cheese!

We watched some more TV and then had an early night.

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This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 203: Vancouver, BC – 4 Hours of Training!

4 Hours Of Training

Kim went to pole training that had been set up for competitors only at 10:00 and it was so much fun!

She got some good guidance and saw some beautiful routines!

In the middle she popped out to get a snack and she walked her friend to the train station. After that Kim had more energy and was able to draw up two new and good combos, which was amazing!

Now all she has to do is clean them up and sew them all together!

Kim popped back for a bit of lunch and then went to a parkour gym where she worked on a couple of moves that she may be able to fit into the routine. She didn’t nail the moves this week, however made some good progress!

Curtis did basically nothing today, just playing games and relaxing.

Evening

Once Kim got back from all her training, we had some food (leftover KFC with rice and vegetables) and then sat and watched the Netflix film Spenser Confidential as it looked like it might be funny.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 201: Vancouver, BC – Hide & Seek

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was very quiet, with him not doing a huge amount in the morning.

The nitro guy came back on to fix the metallic taste in the coffee.

He flushed the lines again and all was good!

Curtis did get some admin done and a few tickets, but it was the most quiet day of the week so far.

He played some games with his team and then had some lunch at 13:00.

After lunch, Curtis got a delivery of some new Macbooks, so he got that sorted and got one of them out to setup for someone.

At 15:00, Curtis played hide & seek in the office, as planned by some colleagues!

It was actually great fun and lasted for a while!

After that, Curtis finished the setup of the MacBook and then left to head home.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim hardly sat down! She got in early to watch a company wide information meeting. Half way through this she had to help fix the coffee machine. The grinder for the beans fell off.

After this meeting Kim ran out to get cream, another bottle of wine for Friday drinks and some birthday stuff for a colleague. She picked up a wine bag, card and flowers!
Kim quickly finished the weekly shop when she got back and then she headed out to a doughnut date with someone from Marketing!

It was a really good catch up, they went to a wonderful little italian coffee shop where Kim had a hot chocolate and she picked up a great panini for later!

Kim then did a walk round to spot check meeting rooms and the kitchen to see if things were being kept nice and clean. On this trip she snapped a few photos that will later go out on a sazzy message to people to remind them to tidy up a bit more!

She then had lunch and ended up talking with one of the guys from IT which was nice! Then after lunch Kim took a few more photo, but specifically around the kitchen this time, to show everyone the aftermath of everyone not cleaning up their little bit. She then compiled the message and annotated some of the photos with instructions on how the situation could be improved and sent it out to shame the office. It was a stupid message and people found it quite funny, which was good!

Kim spent some of the afternoon fixing a table, but took a small break when her drill died so she went and grabbed a coffee with a colleague so they could have a catch up. After the coffee Kim got all the drinks for Friday night ready and finished the table before heading home.

Evening

Kim went out for a double lesson of pole and Curtis watched the (late) leafs game.

Once Kim got back, she had some food and we watched a little TV before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 199: Vancouver, BC – Jurassic Park, Margaritas & Nachos

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to leave home an hour earlier this morning to get a scan. This was to see his wisdom teeth in 3D to check if they are touching the nerves. This will determine how they’ll need to be removed.

This only took 10 minutes, so Curtis stopped off at Mario’s for a coffee and then headed to work.

Curtis got to work and played games with his team for an hour as ‘team building’.

Curtis got the nitro canister swapped out for the coffee but it still didn’t work, so he got in contact with the company who are sending someone out.

After this, Curtis had some tickets to do and then there was a meeting in which Curtis was the Business Analyst, gathering information from a team lead with regards to the project he is working on.

After that, he watched Jurassic Park with a few people in the boardroom and had nachos and margaritas!

After this, it was very quiet, so Curtis did some training to wrap the day up.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim started her day by moving a TV from one meeting room to another.

However the TV does not actually fit on the new wall properly, so in reality Kim has moved a TV from a wall to the floor!

She then had her weekly 1:1 with her teammate and they went over all the questions that Kim had written up over the week. They also then did a quick walk around to discuss a few things that they want to change around the office. It was a good successful meeting.

The rest of Kims day was filled with quick wins! She fixed the dishwasher and a table, reached out to handymen, the dishwasher repair company and she reached out to the building about recycling a bunch of stuff!

In the early afternoon, Kim had a meeting with a car rental company which was quick and went well. She then also had another catch up with the cleaners and building management and they went over a few things too.

Evening

Curtis did some laundry and a few things around the apartment and then played games whilst waiting for Kim to come home.

Kim got home but left fairly quickly after to go to pole.

Kim’s first class was great! One of her favourite teachers is back and then after Kim went to open pole to work on her routine. She is making genuinely good progress, but the routine is far from finished!

Curtis watched the leafs game which was on later today, at 19:30.

Kim got back home from pole and we watched a little bit of TV but went to sleep pretty early.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 197: Vancouver, BC – All The Hangin’ Out!

Pole & Sandwiches

Kim went off to pole dancing at 09:30 and had an amazing session! She was feeling tired when she left and didn’t think it would be very successful, but it was actually incredibly successful and she got more of her routine sorted.

Kim finished up with pole and then had a grilled cheese and ginger beer with a friend from pole.

Whilst Kim was out doing all this, Curtis had a chat with his family back in England, catching up with them!

Shopping

We went and did the weekly shop which wasn’t very big and we also grabbed a coffee, as standard!

Dinner With New Friends!

Kim has a friend she met at work (who actually waters and maintains the plants) and since they met they’ve become great friends!

Due to this, we went, with Kim’s friend and her husband, to dinner!

They chose an Indian restaurant and it was terrific!

Sula Indian Restaurant

Our Rating: 9/10

We shared a lot of laughs and stories, but also some amazing food!

We each had a curry but we also had a starter platter, which had a bunch of Indian starters and we also had spicy chicken wings which were spicy but also tasty.

We came back home and got ready for the week before heading to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale