Vancouver, BC

place 72 – Day 449: Vancouver, BC – New Job, Many Meetings!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very informative company wide meeting in the morning and then after that he worked on the issue from yesterday which was a lot of waiting for things to download but it did fix the issue, which was excellent!

Curtis then did tickets up to lunch time and after lunching he did a lot of training which involved reading and doing some practice tests.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a busy day today, there were a lot of meetings and a lot to get done! She started her day by getting a few final things written up to present to her colleague and manager in a meeting during the morning.

In the team meeting Kim went over a few events coming up over the next few weeks and got some direction and clarification for those. They also went over a few other projects that are going on.

After the meeting Kim hosted a social lunch call where she had a lovely chat with someone. It was one of the first non work calls she had been on, so it was nice to just talk and get to know them.

After lunch Kim joined a HR meeting. She didn’t participate too much, but she did take notes of things that need to be done and let the people on the call know of the few changes coming up over the next few weeks and the new processes that will be in place. After this Kim joined another call that was discussing the vendor relationship with the company. Again, kim did a lot of listening and took some notes for herself during this meeting.

Kims colleague asked for a quick chat to go over a few things coming up so they had a quick call before they both joined an interview. Kim took notes during the interview and her colleague and another person asked most of the questions, but its great for Kim to be a fly on the wall to take notes, learn and know what to expect when she starts interviewing.

Kim had a short break before a quick call with a vendor to go over setting up the account.

For the afternoon and into the evening Kim worked on the invite, sign up sheet, budget and timeline for the winter event coming up. She sent that over to her manager to ensure she is happy with the costs and plan for the day.

Evening

We had sausages and mash for dinner with peas and gravy!

That was pretty much our whole evening.

We didn’t really do anything else! We watched some TV and played some games as usual.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 343: Vancouver, BC – Mt Seymour Hike

Early Wake Up (For a Saturday)

We woke up at 09:00, which is early for us on a Saturday, and we got up and got ready for the long day!

We had french toast for breakfast with cheese!

Hiking!

We drove for 45 minutes up to Mt Seymour. The drive was super easy and there wasn’t much traffic.

We got parked up and the weather became very cold, as we were on a mountain, of course.

We walked to the first trail, which was to head to Mystery Lake. This was an easy hike, but with some good elevation!

We got to the lake after about an hour and sat down, just relaxing and looking at the scenery, which was a beautiful big lake!

We left here and walked up further, eventually hitting the top of a mountain! The views were stunning and we sat and had some lunch here. We had a sandwich we bought this morning from our favourite coffee shop. We managed to find snow on the way up too!

We walked down once we were done with lunch and found a small trail to go up which ended up joining the main trail. We then found out that it was a much, much longer hike to where we wanted to go, so we just hiked all the way back down to the car.

We were out for a long while, and we drove home, very warm and sweaty, but feeling accomplished.

We showered and relaxed when we got home, which was much needed!

We went up to the drug store and liquor store to get some things we needed and some drinks.

Dinner & Fire Trucks?

We put our dinner on (baked potatoes) when we got home and sat on the balcony with a beer!

We had a really nice time just relaxing outside, but it started to get a bit windy and cold, so we came back in and luckily, dinner was ready. We ate dinner and watched some TV and then for some reason, there were 4 fire trucks outside as well as 3 fire car things.

We aren’t sure what it was for as it seemed nothing really happened, but a little entertainment for us and it seemed that no-one got hurt which was good!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 219: Vancouver, BC – Morning Walk, Stretches & Daily Workout!

Morning Walk

We were up at 07:45 today and went right out for a walk.

We walked for about 30 minutes and then got ready for the day.

Kim did a few stretches when we got back, which really helped her.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of meeting today, starting with his team meeting at 10:30, but he did some admin and tickets before that.

Curtis had some time after that, so helped some people with tickets.

At 12:00, Curtis had a project meeting which was very positive and helpful, followed by a meeting at 13:00 with his team again to discuss a few things that needed to be spoken about.

After that, Curtis had lunch with Kim, some toasties and vegetables, and then in the afternoon he made a Microsoft Forms form to log equipment that people have borrowed and then he had to help someone with a few different issues at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by working on stuff for when she will be back in the office.

Towards the middle of the day Kim joined a few other colleagues for some Yoga, its one of the things that has bee revived for while everyone working remotely. We have one person share their screen and everyone follows along at home, it was great!

After yoga Kim worked on a one page overview for the winter party in Vancouver. She also took a little time to look into options for the other offices.

After lunch Kim worked on the Vancouver winter party a little more and contacted a venue with some questions!

For the afternoon Kim started to put together a quiz that people will be able to play remotely, but all together!

At the end of the day Kim was joined a team catch up. It was great t see everyone’s faces and see how they are all doing.

Workout

We decided it was probably good to do a workout each day, as we should only really be going outside for a little each day, so we did that after work.

We chucked some music on and found an app which has a 2 week workout plan, which we started.

We think this nearly killed us, but it should do us some good, especially as neither of us can do our regular sports.

We finished that and showered, but Kim did some more stretching.

We relaxed for the rest of the evening, had a tuna baked potato and watched some TV and we played some Need For Speed together!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 165: Vancouver, BC – Booking & Planning!

Trip Planning

We had a bit of a lay in which was excellent and exactly what we needed.

We had homemade egg and cheese muffins for breakfast and then we got some things booked.

We have a small weekend trip to come in February, so we had to book a ferry for that, so we got that booked, and then we have a couple of trips coming in the months after that, so we had to book those up.

We called Kim’s parents to speak with them briefly about the plans for the trip as we’re going with them.

We then booked flights for that, so that’s productive!

Coffee & Shopping

We went up to Starbucks and had a coffee before tackling the shopping.

We didn’t have much to buy, but it was quite a few heavy things.

We had to queue for a while in the supermarket and the queue was also very, very long!

We eventually got out of there and came back home, where we did some laundry and a bit more research into places to visit.

Sausage & Mash

We had sausage and mash for dinner! Curtis had pork sausages and Kim had chicken sausages.

We ate that and continued our fairly lazy day into the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 150: Vancouver, BC – Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

We had a sleep in but then decided we wanted to go out somewhere.

Kim had been told about Lynn Valley, which is a village in North Vancouver, so we drove up there and did so with the hope of snow!

It took us 30 minutes and then we arrived.

We walked a bit further down the road and found a set of stairs, so we went down those!

We came to a beautiful clear river, which we continued to follow until we reached Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.

We started a trail and the further we got, the more snow there was!

We got to see some amazing sights, mostly the clear water river with the backdrop of a snow topped mountain which looked beautiful.

The snowy floor was beautiful and at times there was noone around, so it was silent and just relaxing.

We walked for a long while and just before it got dark we walked all the way back up to the car.

Coffee & Snacks

We treated ourselves with a coffee at a coffee shop in the village nearby. We shared a toasted cajun chicken sandwich and Curtis had a lemon slice whilst Kim had a nanaimo bar.

We got some things from the supermarket and drove home.

We got back home and were actually very tired! We watched some TV and then had sweet chilli wedges for dinner, whilst watching the movie Game Night.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 147: Vancouver, BC – Coffee Catchup!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and was right into answering questions and helping some people out.

The rest of the morning he had a variety of meetings, one of which was with a vendor but wasn’t too useful but all the other meetings were with people on his team and they were very successful.

Curtis spent most of the rest of the day doing some more migrations for teams and also trying to figure out what is wrong with some of the imports which aren’t working.

Curtis left work around 17:00 and walked home to watch the leafs game.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by organising a few thing. She booked a meeting room and started drawing up the catering for the meeting and she set up a raffle to win one of two broken coffee machines.

Kim then hopped on a call with a vendor as the representative recently changed.

After that call Kim had a meeting with her team in regards to the Wiki project. It went really well!

Just after lunch Kim ran to the shop to pick up washing liquid and paper towels as they had run out completely and the dishwasher is broken!

A while after she got back Kim went on her coffee date from 3 weeks ago!As it was due to happen over the holidays, Kim and the other lady waited until the new year to catch up. They waited so long and now the new allocations have happened, so Kim has another coffee catch up tomorrow! They went to the local fancy patisserie and had hot chocolates, it was so much fun.
Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon sorting out the stationary delivery that came in and saving invoices.

Training & Helping!

Kim went right from work to training. She had a lesson followed by helping out on the reception, all-in-all it was 3 hours and she really enjoyed it! She did hoop as her training which is a little different than usual.

Curtis watched the leafs game, had leftover sausage and potato for dinner and just played some games.

We caught up on TV and then went to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 146: Vancouver, BC – Fixing The Bathroom

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had another busy day today. He had to setup another laptop in Denver, so he got that done, but it took some time, even just to get connected.

Curtis got a lot done, but also got to investigate some problems he and his team were running in to.

The day went incredibly fast again and he walked to meet Kim and walk home.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by dropping the car off to the garage as it needed a couple of small replacements.

Kim then made her way into work and spent the first bit of time with IT, trying to figure out how Kim broke a few things on her outlook! A couple of the issues were solved, so that was great.

Kim then did a new hire tour, which would have been her first in a fair few months, so that tested her memory!

After the tour Kim then spent a while going through old photos of the company to find a few that would be great for the Wiki project.

Kim also had a call today to speak with a potential venue for the winter party this year coming. As its a great venue Kim knows it will get booked up quickly so she is starting the conversation now to present to people nice and early!

After lunch Kim had a final 1-1 with her boss. It was such a great catch up, they sorted out a few things and just had a wonderful chat.

The rest of Kims afternoon was a lot of sorting and going through smaller mini projects.

Fixing The Bathroom

We got back home and Curtis made himself sausages, potato and peas with gravy. He ate this whilst watching a YouTube series about AI, which was incredibly interesting.

Kim went off to training and about an hour after she got there, a plumber as arrived to our apartment so he could fix the tap in the bath. The tap wasn’t working correctly so he replaced it and now it works!

Kim got home after training and had some food whilst we watched TV. Then we went to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 155: Vancouver, BC – What Is That In My Potato?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of the morning doing an onboard for someone. Interestingly, they were a remote person that needs a laptop and a phone for their home.

Curtis was unsure on the process for setting up a phone for use at someone’s house, so he had to find that out.

As well as this, Curtis had to get the laptop sorted. The original plan was to get one from one of the US offices, but that plan didn’t work and Curtis didn’t have any at his office, so he had to get someone to set one up at there office and then he had to get a phone sent from yet another office.

After that, Curtis had his team meeting which was productive. Then it was lunch time.

After lunch, Curtis spent the afternoon doing a mini project which ended up taking the whole afternoon!

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of her day doing one of 2 things, sending things via FedEx or organising travel.

Kim spent most of her morning trying to organise some group travel by reaching our to hotels and contacting the travel agent to get quotes on flights. She also arranged 2 FedEx parcels in the morning and sorted the weekly fruit.

The afternoon was much of the same, she reached out to other hotels, organised 2 more parcels. She then had to call FedEx, which is one of Kim’s least favourite things to do, as one delivery just simply never registered so she had to do it all again.
Kim also spent some time in the afternoon going through her voicemails.

She did end her day on a high and started drafting the final invites for the holiday parties.

What’s That?!

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

We made baked potatoes for dinner.

This was going well until we cut one open and there was something odd inside! It seemed like maybe a slug or something, so we didn’t eat that one and instead shared a potato.

We ate our food and watched a couple of videos and then headed to Curtis’ hockey game.

Curtis’ game went really well! They won 6-3 and Curtis finally got a point (1 assist). A very fun game!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Victoria,BC

Place 70- Day 21: Victoria, BC – The Perfect Bed

Sleep In

We got to sleep in and got a great 8 or so hours of sleep last night.

The bed we have in the hotel is incredibly comfortable so it was hard to get up!

In case you did not see yesterday, it turns out the room is a suite, with a living area, dining table and small kitchenette, so lots of room.

Living Room

Dining Area/Kitchenette

Bathroom

Bathroom
Bedroom

Breakfast

We headed downstairs for our free breakfast, which we got to for around 10:30, 30 minutes before it closed.

There was a buffet and Kim was even able to make pancakes!

Along with waffles, we had bacon, eggs, sausage, coffee, juice, fruit, cereal, toast & pastries available to us!

We finished up breakfast and headed back to the room.

The Relaxing

We did very little during the first part of the day. We watched some TV in bed and just completely relaxed.

Laundry

We went to a laundromat and got our clothes washed before walking back to the hotel and hanging them up to dry.

Curtis then watched hockey for a bit whilst Kim walked to Linda to meet her and bring her to our hotel.

Dinner

We went downstairs to the pub attached to our hotel for dinner.

Curtis had a chicken pot pie and Kim had a turkey roast. Both meals were pretty good, but nothing incredible.


Bartholomew’s Pub | Victoria, BC

Rating:- 6.8/10


Warming Up

After dinner, we walked Linda back to her place and went in to warm up and chat some more. We were there for a good amount of time and then braved the cold again.

We went to get ice cream and some drinks from the shop just down the road and then went back to the hotel room.

Lego Movie & TV

We settled in and watched the logo movie with ice cream and then watched some TV for the whole evening…It was perfect!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Victoria,BC

Place 70 – Day 4: Victoria,BC – A Dash of Snow

We, again, failed to wake at a decent time, but it was much colder this morning along with high winds, making it hard to get out of bed.

We had some breakfast, got ready, wrapped up warm and braced the cold. The forecast said it was 2°C but feels like -4°C, so nice and chilly.

Couple_Cold_Canada

We checked some shops for jeans for the both of us, but we were unable to find any we liked. We got tired of looking at shops so headed for Starbucks for a coffee.

Curtis got a cappucino and Kim got a mocha, but both were not great. That being said, we did some research and some people watching for a while before heading out for a bit more of a walk.

We found a subway and grabbed one as a snack, and to get out of the cold!

We walked back to the apartment and got ready as some family friends of Kim’s, Mark & Jill, were picking us up for dinner at their house!

Just before we were picked up, it started to snow a bit, which, once we got picked up, got a lot heavier and started laying.

You can see a little snow

We got to their house and sat and chatted in the kitchen whilst they created a delicious roast pork dinner with mashed potato, green beans & honey parsnips.

We sat and chatted for hours about all kinds of things and then we headed back home around 22:15, getting back at 22:30.

When we got back, the temperature was -4°C but feels like -11°C! Tomorrow is meant to be cold, too.

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale