Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 345: Vancouver, BC – Japanese Cheesecake

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy morning, with a lot of tickets coming in and he took them and got those done, as well as having a Zoom call with someone to resolve something from last week.

Curtis then had a meeting with his team which lasted and hour and then he had some lunch.

After lunch, he had another team meeting, this time it was about a team document that they have to get done and provide to some other people.

Curtis did some more tickets and answered some questions from people for the rest of the afternoon.

Curtis did some cleaning in the evening, after he played some games and waited for Kim to get home.

Kim’s Day

Kim began her day by starting on a new mini game for Kahoot! It similar to ‘who are you’, but with only two choices and it is called ‘this or that’.

She had a quick catch up with her colleague when she came in and then moved on to emails and organising things for the coming week.

Later in the morning Kim had a meeting with her colleague where they went over a few projects that are going on and made a few plans.

Kim spent most of the afternoon working on the main event for the virtual summer parties that will be happening in a few weeks. It takes a fair amount of research and attention. So mid way through the afternoon she popped out to get Japanese cheesecake with a couple of friends. When she got back Kim continued to work on the games.

Kim finished the day by having a long catch up with a friend, it went well into the evening again and it was lovely.

Evening

We had an easy dinner, just some chicken and we went old school with smiley face potatoes! Then we watched a bit of TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 337: Vancouver, BC – Long Beach & Park Walk

We had a pretty relaxed morning after a not so good sleep last night.

Kim made some incredible crepes for breakfast, Curtis had syrup, cinnamon and strawberries whilst Kim had melted chocolate with strawberries.

We watched a bit of TV and then decided to get up and get ready.

We left the apartment all ready for a nice long walk, but first, coffee!

We stopped at Starbucks and grabbed some nice, cold, coffee to walk with.

We then walked down to English Bay, where we walked on the beach, dipped our feet into the water, but then kept walking on.

We walked all the way through to ‘third beach’, which is the third of three beaches, named ‘first beach, second beach & third beach’…Very inventive names!

We walked all the way across the seawall until we got to Stanley Park.

We walked through Stanley Park, which was great as we didn’t have the sun beating down on us for a bit.

We walked for a while through the park and then we turned around and started to walk back home, which was a while away!

We headed back home but with a stop to grab Kim an ice cream! It was very tasty, but melted VERY fast, so she had to sit down and eat it quickly in the shade, but that did give us time to watch some people play beach volleyball which was entertaining!

We eventually got home, very tired and very warm, excited to have a glass of water!

We had showers and relaxed and then played some mini golf on the Xbox for a bit.

Kim then made some Nandos-style chicken burgers and a salad for dinner which was so incredibly delicious!

We then watched some movies and TV!

All in all, a pretty great weekend!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 291: Vancouver, BC – Salad Season!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a lot of ticket work today, and a lot of the day was for one in particular.

Curtis had some tickets to do first thing and then had 2 meetings in a row.

He had a meeting with a couple of people from his team in which they discussed options around a specific piece of software that’s been under discussion for a while, and then he had another meeting which was his daily team one.

After his meeting, Curtis did a lot of small things for a bunch of different tickets and then had lunch.

Post lunch, Curtis spent most of the rest of the day researching and getting information and pricing on a specific laptop for someone, which he was able to order, too.

Curtis did some report exporting for someone and then his day was done.

Kim’s Day

Today’s blog for Kim won’t be all that interesting as she spent more time on FedEx again!

She started her day by losing a game of cribbage, unfortunately that means she is now out of the competition entirely! She enjoyed it whole she was involved, but still gets to facilitate the tournament which is great.

She went from the game straight into the mid week catch up. Today was great, there were a few newer faces and everyone was able to have a great conversation, which obviously focused around the events in America, black lives matter, human rights and hope for change.

A little later in the morning Kim had a donut catchup which was brilliant. It was with someone who works in the same office as Kim and that she gets on well with, which is great!

Kim then spent a lot of her day reorganising FedEx pickups and sorting out a few more. She also made a few plans for other projects and tried making a payment that has been a pain for the last couple of weeks, it still didn’t work.

Salad Season!

We were pretty hungry after work, but we watched an episode of a TV show first and then made dinner. It’s getting much warmer now so it’s time to have more salads.

We had a mexican chicken salad, which was absolutely perfect for today!

We watched some TV, played some games and did some tidying and cleaning around the apartment.

We played some UNO and mini sticks in the evening too, to break up the TV watching!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 241: Vancouver, BC – Meal Preparation!

Curtis’ Day

We got our walk in this morning before work and then Curtis started his day.

Curtis was able to get some admin sorted and then he had some tickets to complete.

After these tickets, he started looking at some of the tickets that his team had automatically created with relation to the last time the laptops have been connected to the company network.

Curtis sorted through these for a lot of the day and removed any that weren’t required.

Curtis had a team meeting in which they had to discuss projects and ensure they were planned out correctly. This was his only meeting of the day!

As mentioned, he looked through the automatic tickets and helped a few people out in the afternoon and then ended the day with 30 minutes of reading.

Kim’s Day

This week is the second to last week of the company wide meetings in the morning and it was a shorter meeting too! Kim was due to have a hack team meeting after it, but because the hack day has been delayed, they cancelled the meeting and will revisit in in a few weeks.

After the meeting Kim set up her donut catch ups, she had been lazy and didnt set one up for her last person and everyone has been allocated new people and Kim has been paired up with the big boss of the company! So Kim organised the older one and reached out to the bog boss for their catch up, she and the PA organised it and set everything up!

For the rest of the morning Kim worked on a few things here and there, updating lists that she has and going through her mailboxe to tick off all the older items.

After lunch Kim resent out the weekly social catch ups to go into mid may and move the UKs to a better time. She also decided to invite everyone to all of the social catch ups, that way people can dip in and out when they want and people from across the time zones can chat!

Kim worked on a few quizzes in the afternoon and finished her day with some scheduling!

Shop Again, Workout & Chicken Cobb Salad

Once we finished work, Kim went to the shop to get a few things she forgot yesterday.

When she got back, we did our usual workout which felt really good and then Kim made a really tasty chicken Cobb salad.

Kim also made a vegetarian chilli after we finished eating, in preparation for tomorrow!

We played some Need for Speed and then watched a bit of TV, but it was already quite late by this point, so we didn’t stay up much longer.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 228: Vancouver, BC – Plenty of Booze!

Curtis’ Day

We were going to go for a walk when we woke up, but right as we got outside, Kim realised she had a meeting at 08:00, so we went right back in!

Curtis did some admin and then some tickets before his team meeting.

After the meeting, another meeting he had got cancelled so he did some more ticket work and then finished off the morning with training.

After lunch, Curtis had a quick meeting with someone to show them how to do a couple of things and then did a bit of project work and research.

Curtis did some more training and then played some games with his team for team building!

Kim’s Day

Kim started the day with a week a midweek catch up that is open to all offices. There were a lot less people than last week, but it we still great to see people and have a chat!
After this, Kim joined the company wide meeting.

For some of the morning Kim worked on a few quizzes. She has a fair few ideas and it doesn’t look like this working from home situation will be changing anytime soon so she might as well add a few and use them as and when!

She also worked on her spreadsheet that logs the cribbage tournament. She made it easier to read and made the scoring sytem automated! She was very proud of this as she hasn’t used some of the formulas in years!

After lunch Kim joined on a catch up call with people in her team and who sit near by. It was great to see everyone and chat to them, she has missed them all!

Straight after this Kim watched the first game of the cribbage tournament and then updated the shiney new spreadsheet with the results.

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon setting up games for in the future.

Plenty of Booze!

We did our workout which nearly killed us today!

After that, we walked up to the liquor store to get some wine, beer and pre mixed Moscow mules, just to stock up so we have plenty for any occasion.

We got back home and were hungry, so we had a big salad to start with and then leftovers from yesterday.

We watched TV and then played some mini sticks hockey at home, which was WAY more fun for us than it should have been, but was nice to get away from a screen for a bit.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 217: Vancouver, BC – Lynn Valley Walk, Again

Late Wake Up

We slept in a bit, but neither of us had a very good sleep anyway, so it was quite nice to sleep in.

We got up around 11:30 and had some scrambled eggs on toast for breakfast.

We both got showered and ready for the day and then we went out!

Lynn Valley Walk

We drove 30 minutes up to Lynn Valley and went for a walk around there.

When we arrived, there was very little parking, but we were able to find some eventually!

The weather was perfect for a walk – not too hot and not too cold, with sunshine so it was perfect!

We walked around for about 2 hours in total, even through snow and ice, too!

Our walk back was a bit quicker but we really enjoyed our walk and definitely needed it.

Blackened Chicken Salad

We got home and were pretty tired from our walk, but we did feel great!

Kim made blackened chicken Mexican salad, with black beans, sweetcorn, lime tortilla chips and Nando’s Chicken!

This food was SO GOOD!

We watched a bit of TV and ended up sleeping fairly early as we were tired.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 114: Vancouver, BC – Bake Off’s Back!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work and had some admin to do, as usual and then he finished setting up an old mac.

After that, Curtis replaced someone’s laptop and ensured that all worked for them.

Curtis then did a few tickets up until lunch time.

Post lunch, Curtis ststted setting up a new laptop, which took most of the afternoon, and then he had a brief 1 on 1 with the HR team about his first 3 months at the company.

Curtis finished the day with a bit of project work, as well as a bit of security work.

A fairly slow day but varied non the less.

Kim’s Day & Evening

As there was a new hire starting today, who came all the way from the UK office, Kim ensured that she was in a little early as he was due to arrive at 9ish. It 9.10 he is introduced to Kim be her colleague as he arrived before Kim and had done the tour already! Kim was also greeted this morning by an email from the close by hotel to say they have rooms available and the price was much lower than any competitor! What a great way to start a day!

Kim used her new extra time to catch up on emails, that she had neglected yesterday! She approved items, saved invoices and whizzed through!

To be prepared for the meeting taking place later in the day Kim went and stole all the best mugs and cups to ensure they would be nice, clean and easily available later in the day. She also hid 2 of the water jugs and our the frozen cut up lemon in one to allow it to thaw and infuse the water! She also put a load of soft drinks on a tray ready for later too!

Kim then went back to the hotel / meeting room booking she has been working on and organised with the building to have the 25th floor for 2 of the days and then organised internally to free up the boardroom on their floor for the 3rd and final day.

Before Kim started the boardroom preperations Kim collected and gift wrapped some company swag for the external visitors. She didn’t go full Love Actually gift wrapping but the thought was there!

As it was suddenly midday Kim started preparing the meeting room by making sure all the chairs were the same and at the same height and perfectly placed around the table. She then set the glasses and water jugs up before helping giving the windows a quick clean. Kims colleague then ran out to grab some snackables for the meeting so Kim set up the drinks she set aside from earlier and made a start on a coffee urn. When her colleague came back Kim plated the biscuits and set everything up.

Just as they were putting the napkins in the boardroom the external visitors arrived so Kim contacted the meeting organiser while her colleague made a coffee.

After the meeting was underway Kim took some time to have lunch and take a breather. She had a lovely catch up with a few colleagues and it was lovely.

After lunch Kim spent some of her afternoon organising meeting invites for the new hire meet and eats coming up. Then she spent her time catching up on more emails and reorganising meeting rooms.

Kim ended up sticking around later today to make sure that the meeting didn’t need anything else. While she was waiting, she stole a bookcase from a meetingroom and is keeping it at reception for storage!

Kim was then asked to call cabs for the meeting to head out to dinner. After the meeting left Kim then sorted and cleaned out the room!

Then she headed home, got changed and went directly to her class.

Then she headed home, got changed and went directly to her class. Today’s class was lyrical so they spent some time at the beginning learning 2 moves and then they were incorporated into a routine. It was so much fun!

Kim then was heading home and popped to the supermarket to pick something up and realised that she did not have her purse. Luckily Curtis was home so bought it to her and then they did the mini shop together

The Remainder of Our Evening

Curtis didn’t really do anything whilst Kim was out. He did a few things around the apartment, but mostly just played some games and relaxed.

Once Kim got home after going to the supermarket, we were both very hungry! Luckily, Curtis had done most of the salad and Kim just added the fresh roasted chicken from the supermarket and some caesar sauce and hey presto a simple yet delicious caesar salad.

We finished up by watching the first episode of the new Great British Bake Off and then went to bed at a reasonable time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 92: Vancouver, BC – Elysian Coffee & Movie Night

Kim woke up around 10:00, but Curtis fell back asleep until 12:00!

We had muffins for breakfast with turkey ham, egg and cheese.

We watched some YouTube videos and all of a sudden it was 14:30!

We got ready for the day and then went out for a coffee.

We had walked past a place not too far away called Elysian which looked nice and Curtis had it recommended to him too, so we had to try it.


Elysian Coffee | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 6.5/10


The coffee wasn’t too bad, but the service wasn’t great, unfortunately.

We left the coffee spot after people watching for a while and Kim had to head off to an appointment.

Once Kim got back, we had a big salad for dinner and watched the film Always Be My Maybe.


Always Be My Maybe

Rating:- 7.5/10


We finished the night looking for a car to buy and just chilling out.

Something that should be fun happens tomorrow, so we’ll see you then!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 73: Vancouver, BC – Free Coffee, Forgotten Phone & Costco Run

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work with 5 minutes to spare and was non stop from that point on.

He had a new starter to setup as well as 2 people to offboard.

At 11:00, Curtis helped someone move desks and convert it to a standing desk. Once this was done, Curtis got bought a coffee by the lady, which was lovely!

After the coffee, Curtis had some more of the onboarding to complete and then it was lunch time.

Kim met Curtis down at a Vietnamese place near Curtis’ work as they do a great Banh Mi. We got those but because it was far from Kim’s work, she had to walk back as soon as she got it.

Curtis went back to work after lunch and continued to be busy. He had to order a lot of items as well as some software.

At 14:30 he updated the AV system in 2 rooms and checked on them periodically.

There were a lot of small issues today so Curtis spent quite a bit of time sorting those, too.

Curtis’ day finished at 17:00 and he walked to meet Kim.

Kim’s Day

As Kim was walking to work she checked to see if her phone was in her bag and found that it wasn’t! This was not the best start to the day.

When the fruit arrived Kim put it all away, she ordered a lot of different items from normal so it will be a nice change.

Someone mentioned that they couldnt find any brown sugar so Kim then spent some time sorting out the sugar! Not exciting but everything is much easier to find now! Plus its easier to know what the stock levels are.

Kim then took some time to set up next weeks order and contact a few other vendors about some possible additional items they would like to stock!

It was a colleague’s birthday on Thursday, but she was away on leave so in the late morning Kim and another colleague ran to a bakery to pick up a beautiful red velvet cake and a card! As they got in the elevators who catches the door at the last second? The birthday girl! Sods law!

When they got back upstairs the girls prepared the cake and plates to ‘surprise’ the birthday girl! They got a few people together sang happy birthday and then ate cake!

Kim sorted a few things out before heading to near Curtis’ work to meet him for lunch. Not so easy to do without a phone as they had not really discussed a time or place all that well. They eventually found each other and sat for a little while.

When Kim got back she spent most of her afternoon sorting our various different social things. She set up the agenda for the social team meeting later this week, went over a few things for the upcoming summer party and sent out an invite to a meeting next week. She also ordered some catering for next weeks meeting!

At the end of the day Kim spent some time going through her phones messages. It was not interesting and mainly consisted of the dead space before someone hangs up. There was one call where the phone was just recording background noise of people singing in an office, Kim stopped listening somewhere around the 2 minute mark.

Costco Run

We met up from work and walked down to Costco, primarily to get meat but also a few other things like cheese and a cereal.

We spent some money there and then walked back, boxes & bags in hand, with all the items we bought.

Too Much Food

For dinner, we has a big chicken salad with a side of Kraft mac and cheese. It turns out, this was way too much food!

We were very stuffed, so we just sat and watched Vikings in the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 66: Vancouver, BC – Housework Mondays!

Curtis’ Day

The weather was perfect for walking to work today.

Curtis got to work, grabbed a coffee and got right to work. He had a few things planned to do from last week, so he did those and he also had a couple of messages from different people with either follow up questions or new questions he had to answer.

Some new tickets came in and Curtis sorted those out.

A delivery of cans of drink came in and Curtis just so happened to be getting coffee at the same time, so he put them away to help out.

After lunch, Curtis continued with some work and was quite busy. He had to order a new Macbook for someone and then it was already 15:00!

Curtis had a bit more to do, namely trying to resolve the wifi issues happening in the office in Charlotte.

It slowed down around 15:45 and Curtis did some project work to pass the time.

Kim’s Day

Kim got in and started on catching up on emails and just generally starting her week.

A little bit into the morning Kim decided to put a few orders in for some things like cutlery and printer stuff.

Kim then sat down with a colleague and organised some interviews and run through that process. It was good to have the refresher.

After scheduling the interviews Kim decided today was the day to clear our her desk, clean it and reorganise the whole thing! She emptied the top 2 draws and pulled everything off the desk. Then she went through everything, binned all the old things and things she didn’t need. She also put loads of stuff back in the stationary cupboards.

While Kim was doing this, the pizza arrived for a meeting so kim set that up and then set up for her other catering that was due to arrive around the same time. The meeting was being held on a differnt floor so Kim was asked to bring up some drinks. Midday rolls around and the food hadnt yet arrived, but sometimes people can be a few minutes late do Kim kept organising things but by 5 past she had to call as she was being chased by people who want their lunch. She called and was informed that the lunch would be another 25 minutes from then, making it roughly 40 minutes late. Kim kept herself busy but near the desk and once the food arrived she took it upstairs.

Kim then went on her lunch and when she got back from her lunch she started clearing out the stationary cupboard. It as super organised already, but reorganising gives Kim a good understanding of what should usually be in there and what needs to be ordered now.

Kim then started to draft up a stationary order alongside little random tasks.

Housework Monday

We got home and had some housework to do.

Curtis started by taking out the recycling and the organic waste. When he got back, we both decided we were hungry so we waited on the housework and made dinner.

We had a steak & sweet potato salad, which was pretty tasty but the steak wasn’t good quality.

After finishing dinner, we did the rest of the housework such as cleaning the kitchen and vaccuuming.

We played some games, watched some YouTube videos and some TV before hitting the hay.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale