Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 961: Vancouver, BC – New Glasses!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a quick onboard orientation in the morning and then joined his team to use a new software for 2 weeks!

Curtis had to setup accounts for another new hire and then he got right into a team meeting followed by some project work, which lasted really for most of the day.

After work, Curtis got the remainder of his Norwegian homework completed and thrn played some games whilst waiting for Kim to finish up work.

Curtis’ new glasses arrived today, so he can actually see well again!

Kim’s Day

Kim went to start her day with a meeting just as it got moved. So she was able to get some admin done. She then joined a meeting about a research project that will start over the next week or so.

Around mid morning Kim joined the recruitment meeting that was pushed from earlier in the morning. It was interesting and involved lots of interesting discussions. She then joined three different one week check ins before also having a one month chat. Kim really enjoys interacting with new employees and seeing how things are going.

In the afternoon Kim joined a team meeting before having a quick break for lunch. She then joined another recruitment meeting for a department to see the new roles they may want to hire for over the next 12 months.

Kim then had a a while to get a bit of admin done before she had a chat with a few people about another new role and how one team is likely to look and be shaped over the coming months.

In the evening Kim worked on setting up some laptops. Two worked fine and the final one has been a nightmare. Kim has totally set it up yet it still isn’t working as expected. The plan is currently to leave it overnight and try again in the morning. If that doesn’t work she will have to factory reset and start the whole process again!

Evening

We had a delicious dinner! Kim had a mushroom sandwich with caramelised onions and relish whilst Curtis made a steak sandwich with caramelised onions and relish. Delicious! We were still a little hungry after though, so we had some salad.

Kim finished up a bit more work and then we went out for a night walk.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 947: Vancouver, BC – Many Fans

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting at 09:00, to orientate someone new, but before that we both got all our fans and placed them strategically around the apartment as well as ensuring all blinds were closed so we could keep the apartment as cool as possible whilst we worked.

Curtis finished up his 09:00 meeting and then completed a rushed onboard for a contractor.

After that was done, Curtis had a team meeting, a 1 on 1 and then a LOT of tickets and messages from people to deal with.

He had one further meeting in the afternoon around a piece of software, but luckily that didn’t late too long.

Kim’s Day

Today was super hot, so Kim decided to drop a laptop off for delivery in the morning after she was able to get some admin done. Once she got back Kim popped to a couple of shops down the road to pick up a couple more drinks and snacks for the day.

Once she was home Kim joined a meeting to discuss how an interview went then that meeting turned into a 1-1. She then joined the team meeting and then had lunch.

In the afternoon Kim worked on a lot of admin and wrote up an invite for a picnic that will be happening in a couple of weeks. She had a quick call with her manager to discuss a few things then finalised the invite and sent it out.

Evening

It was far too hot today, around 40°C, so we didn’t really want to cook. Kim went to the coffee shop across the street and got us caprese sandwiches for dinner and we watched a bit of TV for the start of the evening.

When it began to cool down, we went for an evening walk, though it was still stupidly hot outside!

We got home and watched a bit more TV and tried to stay cool, before heading to bed and hoping we can sleep!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72- Day 911: Vancouver, BC – A Dog In A Lake

Early Hockey

Curtis managed to get a couple of hours of sleep before he woke up at 02:00 to watch Great Britain play hockey!

Curtis really enjoyed the game and Great Britain only lost 2-1 to Slovakia, which was a huge accomplishment.

Once the game was done, around 04:30, he went back to bed and got some good sleep in.

Finding A Sandwich

We woke up and had the same breakfast as yesterday and then got ourselves ready to head out for a walk.

We walked to Kitsilano beach again, but stopped a few times along the way to find a sandwich we could eat for lunch. Unfortunately, there were none we could find that we were interested in, so we didn’t bother in the end. We just got ourselves some coffees!

We walked around at the beach for a while and then it started to rain, so we walked back towards home.

We walked a long way back, to where we used to live, in our first apartment, just to give ourselves another route to walk around and a change of scenery.

A Dog In A Lake

As we were heading back home, we were distracted by a situation in which a dog had got into a lake and was chasing the ducks around. Dogs are meant to be on a leash in this area, so it was annoying a few people there. This went on for quite a while, until eventually the dog’s owner got into the lake and got the dog.

By this time, it was raining a little harder so we hurried back home, with a stop to a shop on the way back to get a few things.

Mac & Cheese

Kim made a terrific multi-cheese Mac and cheese for dinner which was great. We had that with a salad and homemade garlic bread and were thoroughly stuffed afterwards!

We went out for a bit of a walk and to get some things we forgot earlier from the shop, then when we got back home, Kim had a bath and relaxed.

We just relaxed for the rest of the night together and watched some TV before heading to bed. Curtis was noticeably tired today after his late night and early morning yesterday.

Tomorrow is a day off, in which we plan to do very little as the weather is not great.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 904: Vancouver, BC – Kits Beach Long Walk

We woke up and had a nice homemade breakfast sandwich for breakfast. After we ate that, we got ourselves ready and went out for a walk.

We got a bit tired of doing the same walk, so we planned to walk for about an hour to get to Kitsilano and visit the beach there.

We got a coffee once we got to Kitsilano and it was a really good one!

We then walked to what we thought was Kitsilano beach, but we accidentally went about 30 minutes too far and walked to Jericho beach instead! Luckily, this is still a nice place to walk to, but we walked along that beach and up to Kitsilano beach, where we walked around a bit.

We walked down to the dog beach and watched all the dogs run around and then Kim dipped her feet in the water a little before we headed back towards home as we were hungry!

After about an hour of walking, we managed to get back home, legs hurting but McDonald’s in hand which was a bonus! A beautiful day out and a nice, very long, walk.

We ate our dinner and relax for a bit, then headed out to the supermarket followed by Kim having her weekly relaxing bath.

We watched a bit more TV and headed to bed.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 329: Vancouver, BC – First Haircut in Months & Indoor Mini Golf!

First Haircut in Months

Curtis has had a couple of haircuts from Kim over the last few months, but his barbershop opened up a few weeks ago so Curtis thought it may be time to go there and get them to sort his hair out.We woke up and had a quick breakfast and then got ready for the day.Curtis walked down to the barbershop and it was empty, so he was even able to go in early.Kim did some things around the apartment and got ready for today while Curtis got his haircut.

Fancy Lunch

Curtis was very happy with his haircut and walked back home. On the way home, it began to rain and we had planned to go to outdoor mini golf, which the rain would ruin, so we found an indoor place instead and booked an appointment for 20:15.When Curtis got home, Kim had gone to Small Victory Bakery again and got a coffee each along with a nice Italian sandwich to share which was a perfect, fancy, lunch!We played games and watched some TV before heading out to the golf place.

Indoor Mini Golf

We drove out to Richmond to an indoor mini golf place to get there for around 20:15.We actually had a very great time! It wasn’t a particularly exciting or pretty course, but a full 18 holes and lots of fun was had!

Kim won in the end, by 7, but we had some fun for a bit!We came back home and had leftover Chinese for dinner and watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Comox,BC

Place 86 – Day 2: Comox, BC – Rock Climbing, Backyard Bonfire & Home Cooked Food

Rock Climbing

We did some rock climbing in the early afternoon, after some relaxing in the morning.

We had some crepes for breakfast and then drove to the rock climbing place.

Brody frequents the rock climbing gym often, so he knew what to do, so it was great having him there.

We did alright and we actually really enjoyed ourselves!

Sandwiches

We finished with the rock climbing after 2 hours and were pretty hungry, so thought we’d find somewhere for a sandwich.

Brody took us to an ice cream store which also did homemade sandwiches.

These sandwiches were phenomenal!

We polished off our sandwiches and headed to the snowboard rental store.

Snowboard Rental

We both had to rent snowboards, boots and helmets, so we did just that. It cost us just $94 and they were very helpful with helping get us set up. We slung that all in the back of the van and we’re ready to go.

Backyard Bonfire

We went out for a couple of hours to the house we were at last night as they had a small bonfire going in their garden.

We all stood around and chatted whilst feeding the fire and keeping very warm!

Eventually, we had to leave as we were having a home cooked dinner from Brody’s mum!

Home Cooked Meal

We got back and the food was ready!

We had coconut chicken, a vegetable medley/salad type thing and some asparagus. It was terrific food!

We had some wine and just chatted for hours. We had a really great evening.

We got all our things ready for our fun adventure tomorrow, and headed to bed at a good time as we are up early again tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 189: Vancouver, BC – Broken Elevators

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and 3 out of the 6 elevators weren’t working!

Curtis crammed into one of them and just after he arrived at work, he was told that all of the elevators had stopped working, so he got there at the perfect time.

Curtis had his standard team meeting after doing a lot of a admin for the morning, but then really had nothing planned.

His day became busy, in a good way, and he was able to get a lot of tickets completed.

A concern was raised about something project related, so that is what Curtis spent most of his afternoon doing, after his team strategy meeting which lasted for an hour.

Right at the end of the day, Curtis did some project admin but also helped someone who had been having some issues for a few days.

Once that was done, it took Curtis perfectly to the end of the day.

Luckily, the elevators were working.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had a day of getting the things she has been putting off done.

Kim started by sending out a chaser message about the Holiday party so she collected the RSVPs and gave the spreadsheets formulas so Kim doesnt have to do maths anymore, then the fruit arrived so Kim sorted all of that and then reorganised one of the other cupboards in the kitchen. Kim gutted it, sorted through plastic cutlery boxed up some plastic lids and just generally had a good clean up.

Kim then spent some time drafting up business cards and got them sent out to be made up.

Kim then sent a few emails about the holiday party and added more points to the to do list and moved some from ‘to do’ to ‘completed’ which is a win!

Throughout the day there were many deliveries, which Kim can only expect will increase over the next few coming months!

One of the deliveries for Kim’s colleague was ful of decorations for the holiday party. The only issue was that one of the things ordered was about a third of the size they wanted! So they will have to get more!

Kim then got her head down and scanned all of her receipts for the past month and saved them all too! This is so great as it means she will have done it just in time to reconcile!

Costco

We went over to Costco to get a few things from there on the way home.

We didn’t get much at all and were out within 20 minutes!

The weather was foul, so all of our bags and the box we carried got wet, but at least we got the items we needed.

Weekly Clean

We got home and did our weekly clean.

We took the rubbish and recycling out and then cleaned up around the apartment.

Kim walked up to the shop to get a few things and then when she got back, we had dinner.

Chicken Baguette

We had a chicken baguette for dinner, with mayonnaise and sweetcorn, accompanied by turkey stuffing crisps and some of our leftover “fancy” cheese.

We watched some TV, made some lunch for tomorrow and that was our evening!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 149: Vancouver, BC – A Winning Lunch!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of the day doing project work, which was all positive and its heading in the right direction!

Not too much more to speak about with that, but lunch was interesting.

As Curtis and a couple of his colleagues won a card building competition, they won a free lunch! They decided upon sandwiches from Chachi’s.

The sandwiches were excellent! Curtis had a smoked meat sandwich which was tender and delicious. It had pickles and some kind of mayo inside.


Chachi’s | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 8/10


After lunch, Curtis completed some more project work and did some testing for it.

Right when he was about to leave, he got an email from someone asking for something from someone that has left the company, which makes it difficult.

Curtis did some investigation to see what could be done, but it seems not much was the answer.

Curtis walked home and just played some games for a bit until Kim arrived back.

Kim’s Day

To make time for training Kim is going in to work earlier so she can attend and open training time slot.

Kim got in and started her day by catching up on emails and preparing emails to send out to today’s new starters, as there are 3 today!

When the first arrived later in the morning Kim did the full new hire tour, including showing her the facilities like the gym and the too floor of the building.

For the rest of the morning Kim was working on the invites again and made some good progress. Just before lunch Kim had to nip out and pick up some milk alternatives as she forgot to order some. She also picked herself up some lunch while in the shop.

Mid afternoon the other new starter arrived so Kim did a tour of the office floor and that was it. After this Kim had a chat with her colleague about their plans for upcoming meetings and the timings that would work for them.

Kim started making the bookings before getting distracted by ad hoc requests from people coming to her desk. So she made a note of it all before she left and went to her first training session.

Session 1

Kim’s first training session went well. Kim trialled a new song to see if it worked better and it really did! She was able to take the few pieces from the other routine and easily transfer it into this song. It was so easy it in fact worked better with this song!

Session 2

Once Kim got back from her first set of exercise, we watched a little bit of TV and Curtis had some leftovers.

Kim went off to her exercise and Curtis played a few more games and got some admin completed.

Kim’s second training session was very much the same thing but at the location closer to home. Kim.was able to do a full run through with around and record it which is amazing!

As the routine is just over a month away and Kim is missing a whole week of training across 2 weeks, she was starting to stress. She is much happier and confident now.

Kim got back home and we watched a little more TV before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 127: Vancouver, BC – Taking The Train Home?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did the usual admin for the morning, as well as got some old and new tickets completed.

It was a slow morning, but there was enough to keep him busy.

At 13:00, which is usually his lunchtime, Curtis had a team meeting that went on for an hour, but it was productive and helped Curtis move on with one of his projects.

In the afternoon, something broken which some of Curtis’ colleagues started fixing and Curtis had a few people asking him about different things that stopped working as a result.

At 16:20, the rain really started to come down and Curtis had hoped it would stop by time he had to walk home, but it did not.

It was a bit too heavy to walk in, so Curtis got the train instead, which takes just 5 or so minutes to get him to the station near home.

Curtis walked back home and was able stay dry!

Once he got home, Curtis emptied the dishwasher, cleaned down the sides, vacuumed and cleaned the sink in the bathroom. Pretty productive!

Kim’s Day

Kim got into work a fair bit earlier today as she had 2 full day meetings to set up for. On the way into work Kim stopped by Starbucks to order a large 2.5 gallon coffee urn for one of the meetings.

Once she was at work Kim orgnaised a coffee urn for the other meeting room and soft drinks for both rooms. Kim then went back to Starbucks to pick up the urn and then took it all upstairs to the 25th floor just as the meeting was settling down.

Kim then finally sat down and turned on her computer, an hour and a half after she had arrived. Kim decided to be ahead of the game and updated the bingo sheet for the next meet and eat as she had already emailed herself ideas and needed a small and easy task to get herself sorted!

After this Kim started to sort out some travel for a customer but ended up getting called away from her desk to sort out the fruit. As Kim put the fruit away she sectioned off some for the visitors and made each meeting a little fruit bowl.

After sorting the fruit the first batch of catering arrived so Kim quickly ran out to get the smaller items for the other catering that was due to arrive. While she was out the other catering arrived, so Kims colleague put it in the meeting room.

When she got back Kim and her teammate then both handled the catering by getting soft drinks ready ensuring that the plating was nice and taking out the drinks from earlier that hadn’t been drunk.

Kim then sat down to make the travel reservation and it all went through easily.

After booking the travel Kim and her colleague went to both rooms and cleared out the catering and then sat down to some lunch. They had a lovely catch up!

After lunch Kim and her colleague went straight into a meeting with the corporate travel company as they now have a new account manager so it was great to meet him and it really gave Kim a good understanding of how it all works.

After the meeting Kim processed and then delivered a FedEx package, as it was too late in the day Kim did have to deliver it and it was absolutely pouring it down!

Kim was feeling really stupid for not wearing new new waterproof shoes she got yesterday!

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon/ evening packing up after the meetings and saying goodbye to an awesome lady who left the company today!

After wor Kim checked out a few shops for tights and couldn’t see any she liked too much!

Free Dinner!

When Kim got home, we had a small dinner. We had half of a leftover sandwich each which Kim got from work, and it was great! A spicy shreaded pork sandwich…delicious!

After dinner, we watched a couple of YYouTube videos and then could smell an odd smell, which smelled like burning plastic.

We investigated and could confirm it wasn’t us, but the whole building and outside seemed to smell of it, so we were unsure what it was.

We messaged our building manager to let him know, but we assume it is nothing worry about.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 107: Vancouver, BC – Back To Sport

Curtis’ Day

After getting to the office, Curtis helped someone with a few settings on their new laptop and copying over some things from their old laptop.Once that was done, Curtis did a couple of tickets and then had a long, 1 hour 1-to-1 which was very productive, informative and a good chat.

Curtis did some more tickets and then spent an hour at someone’s desk trying to get something sorted, which he did but was then a little late for lunch with Kim!

Curtis left and walked to Quiznos for a quick lunch with Kim.We sat and ate our sub, which was actually pretty good, and then had to quickly get back to work.

Once Curtis got back, he started setting up a new macbook for someone as well as doing the odd thing here and there.Curtis left work and walked to the shop to get a some vegetables for dinner and a few other supplies.

When Curtis got back home, he did a few things that needed to be done and then just played some games.Once Kim was on her way home, Curtis started chopping/prepping the vegetables for dinner.

Kim’s Day

Today the fridge wasn’t leaking, which was brilliant! So Kim was able to start her day by continuing on conversations about the new food ordering Portal.

Kim was also inundated with calls for the morning. One was a repeat caller that was a recording of the phone number, after a while Kim just got it blocked.Kim spent some time going through parts of the Wiki project and making notes on things she wants to add and updating parts of pages with a little more information.

Kim had also been asked to update the office information areas for the two other offices, one part of this includes a map of the office layout.

Kim started to try and make one and then checked if there was better software she could be using. After finding out the application she was trying to download is IOS only, she decided to park the idea and head out to meet Curtis for lunch.

She arrived just before him so placed the order and waited!

Once she was back in the office Kim had a chat with the drinks delivery man and spoke about the layout for the new drinks that will be coming in on Friday.

Kim spent a little bit of time setting herself up online for the health insurance ans seeing how all of that worked. This plan faltered when Kim didn’t have her membership number! So she will try again tomorrow.Kim then found that there was a way to make the floorplan of the office on Wiki itself.

Kim did realise that the outline was still easier to make on paint, so she did that and transferred it across and it came out looking great!

As Kim worked the extra 2 hours last Thursday she was able to head out of the office about 30 minutes early to ensure that she got to her into to aerial arts class on time. She obviously ended up arriving 30 minutes ahead of time, but that just meant she wasn’t rushing and had time to get changed!The class was great fun, Kim used the aerial hammock, which is similar to silks, just all in one and not seperated. Then they practised on the hoop, just moves Kim had practiced before, but it was great to get up there and try everything again.

Kim then had another class after and was completely exhausted at the end of it all! In the second class, Kim spent a lot of time upside down! It was great fun!

Thai Green Curry

We made a Thai green curry for dinner and it was actually great! Pretty solid spice, too.We had just vegetables, but we also had a ‘lazy egg’ on the side.

We watched a few videos and an episode of Vikings but Kim got home fairly late so we went to bed not too long after dinner.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale