Place 72 – Day 145: Vancouver, BC – Pokémon Quiz!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was busy right from the get go today. He had some challenging tickets, which meant he had to think and investigate, which was great, and he also had a few things planned.

He had to help with a meeting, ensuring the polycom was setup and ready to go, but his colleague did that which was helpful! Then, he sat in on the meeting to be there in case he was needed, but thankfully he was not.

Once the meeting was done, it was time to have some lunch and then get right back to work.

Curtis started setting up a laptop for someone who needed a replacement and he did some tickets whilst doing that, too.

Curtis got some further project work done and that meant he is ready for next week’s project kick off!

Curtis had some drinks with everyone in the office and had some really good conversations, mostly with some of the new employees, so it was good to chat with them.

Curtis left quite late as he got carried away with the conversation, leaving around 17:20.

Curtis waited for Kim for a while and then we walked home together.

Kim’s Day

The first thing Kim sorted was stealing more furniture. The marketing team needs more space to hold their swag and Kim found a smaller cupboard that she could move all of her stuff into, freeing up a larger cupboard. She emptied the small cupboard, moved it to the other side of the building and moved her stuff into it and bow the cupboard is empty for marketing to use.

After the clean out of all of the meeting rooms yesterday Kim had a lot of random stuff to filter through and put away so she spent a bit of time going through that before putting it back in the stationary cupboard.

Then the pizzas arrived which reminded Kim that she had to finish her presentation. So she quickly finished the formatting before setting up the pizzas and getting ready for her presentation.

As Kim is hosting the monthly social talks going forward she thought it best for her to actually do one of the talks. She decided to do her talk on Aerial Acrobatics and it went really well. We had a few technical difficulties during other peoples talks but the first time hosting wasn’t so bad.

After the pizza had been cleared away Kim did a quick check of the meeting rooms and made sure that all of the chairs in each of the meeting rooms matched. She also hid all the older and broken chairs in one room.

After this Kim ran out to pick up some wine and a pack of beer for the Friday afternoon drinks. Then she had the great idea of doing Pokémon themed cocktails so Kim cut up some mango and some lime ready for later.

Kim then caught up on some admin and emails before setting up for the quiz. She set up the bottled drinks, got glasses ready and IT had already sorted the projector. As Kim was making the cocktails people started walking in ready for the quiz. It was quite a good turn out, about 20 people came for the quiz and another 5 – 10 came to watch and chat.

The quiz went amazingly and people loved the cocktails too. After the quiz Kim sorted out some letters and set herself up for next week by going through her emails again and setting up reminders.

Cheeky Chinese!

We both had a craving for Chinese food, so we ordered that and had to wait for 45 minutes for that to arrive. During this time, Curtis watched hockey and Kim watched some videos.

We got the dinner right at the perfect time and time flew by as we ate and watched some YouTube videos.

We ended up watching some more Vikings and actually slept quite early for a Friday. We feel very tired!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 56: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Games & Quiz

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and there were a few tickets waiting for him to complete.

It was a pretty busy day today, similar to yesterday where he had a lot of small things to do. There were a few different things, too, such as giving someone access to voicemail and some other things he hadn’t done before.

Curtis had to complete an offboard in the afternoon as well as setup some laptops for the summer camp that is happening next week.

Curtis had a beer at about 16:15 whilst he did some final bits of work and then the voicemail website access went down so he spent some time trying to figure that out with his colleagues.

Curtis walked home and got home in record time!

Kim’s Day

Kim set to work once she arrived and spent the morning catching up on emails and general ad hoc administrative tasks. This kept her nice and busy for a while. Kim then got on with organising some things for the summer parties which was fun!

Kim then went and set up some seating for the end of month talks. At the last friday of each month the office orders a few pizzas and people have the opportunity to talk in front of the company for 6 minutes on a topic that interests them!

Before the talks can start people need their pizza! So Kim set up the pizzas and people dug in and grabbed their seats ready for the talks. Today the talks were about keyboards, fishing, something to do with time and relative distance and scrapbooking. It was really cool to get an idea of the things people you work with find interesting. The thing that surprised Kim the most was that at the end of all the talks, everyone restacked all the chairs. Not even badly wither! Neat piles exactly where they were before the talks! Kim was gobsmacked, she was expecting to be picking napkins and plates off of the floor. Its a small thing, but makes a huge difference to Kim’s day.

Someone had some visitors coming in today so Kim made time to ensure she was at her desk when they arrived. This gave Kim time to organise a quiz for the end of week drinks this afternoon.

Once the visitors had arrived Kim went and decorated the kitchen area for Canada Day! Kim put up flags, banners a table cloth and weird hanging decorations. It looked so cool. The snacks were typical canadian snacks of all dressing ruffle crisps, lays (walkers) ketchup crisps and Canada day m&ms. Another thing that mim made was a fun game of ‘pin the leaf on the flag’. Kim was unnecessarily proud of this!

Kim enjoyed standing around and chatting to people and then someone asked where the games were. So Kim set up pin the leaf on the flag and everyone got involved, had a go and really enjoyed themselves.

Just after that someone mentioned the quiz and everyone then wanted to do that as well! So Kim ran out, grabbed her quiz and premade answer sheets and laughed her way through the quiz! It was so much fun and so nice for Kim to see people enjoying something she had put together!
After the quiz Kim had a quick chat with people and then headed home, it was 17:45 at this point!

Friday Night!

We were both tired when we got home so we chilled out and even had a little nap! We watched some Youtube and then some TV! Curtis ate a combination of some leftovers for dinner and Kim had a sandwich which she didn’t eat at lunch today.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 292: Auckland – Lonely & Busy

Curtis’ Day;

It is school holidays this week, so Curtis got to work pretty early.

There were a few new cases for Curtis to look at as well as the usual Monday sift through of his unread emails.

Curtis was alone for an hour and then his boss came in but briefly left again. Curtis popped out to sell his old phone to someone just outside work and then continued with the day. The day got much busier from there as two of Curtis’ colleagues were sick and his boss was out of the office leaving just him until the Australian team came on at 11:30!

This meant Curtis had to deal with the major incidents that happened in the morning so he didn’t have much spare time in the morning.

After lunch, Curtis’ afternoon was a bit more quiet so he could get on with his back log of work!

After work, Curtis drove home which was surprisingly busy.

Both of us;

Kim got home and we got ready and went right back out. We were, for the first time in a few weeks, going to quiz!

We were so hungry so we ordered food as soon as we got there. Curtis got a creamy chicken and bacon pasta while Kim got a chicken pesto pizza.

After dinner, we started the quiz. Our usual quiz master wasn’t there and the replacement was not as good…

We finished in last place, unfortunately, so no free stuff!

We came home and did some research and made lunch before heading to bed.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 276: Auckland – Wearable Arts & Post Game Antics

Kim woke up at 08:30 as it was ridiculously warm! Curtis managed to sleep for a bit longer and got up at 09:30.

Once Curtis got out of bed, Kim made pancakes and bacon for breakfast which as ever, was delicious!

After breakfast, we got showered and ready to go out. The weather today was excellent, lovely and warm.

Kim was going out with Tabitha to the city where they went to a ‘wearable arts’ show. Curtis drove them down.

Kim’s Day;

Once Kim and Tabitha got to the city, they found out they needed to buy tickets for the event which they did not do. This meant they could only do the free part, which was a shame but still cool! There were 3 people dressed up in interesting art designs.

After this, they went for a stroll around the city, seen as it was such a lovely day outside.

Curtis picked up Kim and Tabitha and brought they home. Right after that, they went back out again to get some Japanese food for lunch.

Both of us;

Once Kim got home again, we chilled out and Kim and Tabitha watched some TV.

At 16:45, we left for Curtis’ first ice hockey game in a month!

Whilst Curtis was getting changed, Kim and Tabitha went to a pet shop and there was a beautiful husky puppy there!

Curtis was using borrowed skates. They fit well but it was odd for him to get used to. It took the whole first period for him to skate as normal!

The game was a close one, though Curtis’ team outshot the other team by quite a lot! Curtis had some good chances but unfortunately the game ended 0-0.

After the game, we went out for dinner with Tabitha, Colten and his girlfriend Sarah. We went to Goode Brothers as we had the voucher from the quiz night!

We had a good few hours there and it was really nice to chill and just chat. We all good very into the rugby that was on, too!

We left there and drove home, getting home at 22:45. Curtis wasn’t feeling too well so we went to bed.

Tomorrow is Curtis’ birthday!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 264: Auckland – War Memorial Museum & Family Quiz Night!

We woke up together at 07:30 and Curtis took Kim to work as her car is in the garage.

Once Curtis got back from dropping Kim off, he had some breakfast and a coffee and relaxed before showering.

Curtis then drove over to the rental house to meet up with his family.

After getting to the house, everyone got ready and then they all headed out to the War Memorial Museum. Once they got there, there was no free street parking, so they had to pay for the underground parking.

The museum tour started with a Maori experience, which was a story of how New Zealand was founded via traditional Maori song and dance, including the Haka at the end!

After that display, they spent a couple of hours walking around the museum. There were all different exhibits, but the best sections were the WWI & WWII sections which were informative and had a lot of memorabilia.

The building itself was incredibly grand also.

They went to the volcano section at the end and went into a simulation of a volcano/earthquake. This was a little disappointing as it was a long wait for a tiny shake of the room and the lights turning off.

Once the museum was all done, they went to the cafe and got some food and coffee. Curtis had a cappucino and some ham and cheese macaroni.

After lunch, they made their way back to the house and then Curtis went an took some chocolate to Kim at work.

After relaxing for a bit, Curtis went back to Kim’s work to pick her up.

Once we both got back to the house, there was fajitas waiting for us, made by Lisa! We ate these and then drove down to New Lynn to quiz night where Curtis’ family joined in and met Danielle and Josh, also.

We came second to last again, which is perfect, and we all had a great time. They also have new desserts so we had to try those. Curtis had a tiramisu and Kim had a Sundae.

We came home and went right to bed…We were very tired!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 240: Auckland – Back At The Quiz!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis hit every traffic light perfectly this morning which meant he got to work super early!

Curtis had a lot of emails from Friday to go over so he did that but also received a phone call. He was only on that call for 15 minutes, luckily!

Not long after that call, Curtis got another which was a little more urgent and meant that Curtis had to go onsite to the client. He’d never been there before, either, so it was good to see another client.

Curtis got there and they were having internet issues which turned out to be hardware issues (with a switch) so Curtis managed to plug everything into another switch and get them up and running again.

Curtis got back to the office and it was fairly busy for the rest of the day, helping someone else with some network issues before leaving at 16:15.

Both of us;

We decided we wanted to go to the quiz with Josh and Danielle this evening, so we left when Kim got home.

We arrived and it wasn’t that busy, but that soon changed!

We ordered some food and waited for the quiz to start. Kim got her usual pesto pizza and Curtis had braised lamb and chilli pasta.

During the quiz, we thought we were doing quite well until the last few rounds when we dropped off. Danielle got a lot of the bonus question right which boosted our points up! We still got second to last which is perfect as we win our usual prize.

We left and came home and it was then about 22:00, so the perfect time for bed.

This time last year, we arrived in Vietnam! Read about it in the link below!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale