Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 381: Vancouver, BC – Doing Network Stuff & Taco Tuesday!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right at 09:00 and that lasted for about an hour and 15 minutes which was longer than anticipated.

Curtis got ready to leave the apartment after this as he had to do the thing he planned to do yesterday.

He and a colleague got to the office and began moving the equipment they needed to move.

Wearing masks, Curtis had his colleague had to move a large, heavy piece of equipment to another big container.

This had to be done carefully which was fairly easy but took some time. There were many screws that needed to be taken out as well as multiple things to be turned off in certain orders etc.

Curtis and his colleague were very happy to get it done and it went really well, which was the best part.

After that, Curtis went to meet Kim for lunch!

We went to Tacofino and got a couple of tacos each which were, as always, terrific!

We ate these and then Kim went back to work whilst Curtis headed home.

Curtis caught up with a lot from the rest of the day and did some tickets but the rest of the day went very fast!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with voicemails, and that kept getting interrupted by real time calls! To get up and about she then put all the kitchen stuff she has hoarded in the meeting room into some of the kitchen cupboards, so that frees up a lot of room.

For the last part of the morning Kim went over the list of people with access cards and updated the building with all the names of people who are no longer with the company.

After lunch Kim continued cleaning up the office. She removed a load of bankers boxes from the mass shredding and put them at a colleagues desk as she may need them. She moved a few of the empty drawers around and then put the group meeting space back together.

Kim then had a catchup with her colleague before she left to head home. At the end she went over her dream plan for the office set up and it went well, so Kim will pull some information together and see if it would work.

Evening

In the evening, Kim stopped on the way home so she could get some white wine to make dinner with.

Kim got home and made a terrific chicken and mushroom risotto which we ate whilst watching some YouTube videos.

We watched some more TV and relaxed for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 266: Vancouver, BC – Gotta Sell Stuff

Apartment Viewings

We had a bunch of people come and look at our apartment today, which pretty much took up our time.

We had breakfast and then at 12:00, the people started arriving.

We had 4 sets of people which took a look and this took us to about 14:45.

After our viewings, we listed our sofa and some other stuff we can’t take to our new apartment for sale.

Quick Shop & Spider Man

After this, Kim went and did a quick shop, which didn’t take long at all!

We had chicken tacos for dinner and watched Spider Man: Far From Home. We thought it was alright, but not as good as the previous.

Spider Man: Far From Home

Our Rating:- 5/10

We finished that up with some games and TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 89: Vancouver, BC – Celebration Of Light Fireworks

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was up at normal time, rather than early like yesterday!Once Curtis got to work, he joined the security and compliance meeting he had. There were some good points raised but it was a short meeting.After the meeting, Curtis had a few tickets to do and was actually really busy until lunch, which felt great as it’s been quiet recently.After lunch, it was much of the same but with quiet spots filled with project work.Curtis planned to swap out some batteries on a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) at 16:45, but someone came over for some help so he helped that person and started the swapping of batteries at 17:00 instead.It was pretty easy to swap the batteries and it worked, which is great, but it took about 15 minutes because it pays to be careful…Plus they’re heavy!Curtis left work and met Kim to walk home.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim spent most of her time going through her emails and picking up as hoc tasks. She also decided to cut up some watermelon for people to enjoy.

Mid morning Kim had her 2 weekly social team meeting where they discuss all the plans for the next few weeks. In this meeting the Bake Off came to an end due to lack of interest. Kim was very sad to hear it, but you can’t force people to bake! Its also a rubbish bake off if there is nothing there to be judged. A few other things got moved around or taken off the calendar as there is less interest in the summer months.

As they left the meeting the catering arrived for a meeting so Kim set that up and then was on her way out the door.

Today Kim had another meeting with the hotel rep who came in with doughnuts on Monday. This time she went to the hotel to see one of their rooms, have lunch and see a few of the facilities. The lunch was beautiful and so tasty and then the facilities were amazing too! The gym was huge, the pool had lovely big windows and the executive lounge was stunning.

On the way back in to the office Kim popped into the liquor store to pick up a specific drink that was on offer in support of Pride. They are little cans of bubbly rose with a rainbow theme!

In the afternoon Kim went through more emails and organised more things for the filming that is due to take place in a few weeks. It is really good to get the ball properly rolling with that!

At the end of the day Kim was given a few wristbands for the rooftop for the fireworks display that was going on tonight. Kim managed to keep 2 for herself after the rest were collected.

Celebration Of Light Fireworks

Kim peeled off the bridge to go home whilst Curtis continued on as he had to get some hummus & sour cream for a pride potluck tomorrow.

Curtis got that and then walked back home where we watched some Youtube videos and ate tacos which we made.

At 21:20, we left the apartment and walked up to Kim’s office building to go to the roof and watch the Celebration of Light fireworks.

We tried to take the elevator from the 14th floor but it took too long so we walked up the stairs to the 25th floor!There were quite a few people up there but we got a good enough view.

The fireworks went on for around 30 minutes and were alright but nothing crazy.

We walked back home and arrived around 23:00. We were so tired so we went to bed pretty early.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 46: Vancouver,BC – Lots Of Tinkering, Lunchtime Tacos & Even More Shoes!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy day in general today! He had some packages arrive which meant he could continue with some things he needed to do.

Curtis got a few tickets done and then got a few messages asking for help, so he cleared out most things by lunch.

Curtis ate his lunch and then after that he had a meeting in which he learned about the unique style of team meetings that his company uses, which took about an hour.

After that, Curtis had to install and clone a hard drive for someone so that they had more space.

Curtis got that going and then realised that the screen of the laptop was damaged, so he swapped it over to a new laptop and continued.

After it cloned, it hit an error so Curtis had to restart it, and it had to be left overnight.

A server hard drive died the other day, so Curtis had to order one and that arrived, so he figured out how to remove the dead one and install the new one, which he did successfully.

Curtis helped someone move some styrofoam into a cupboard and then his day at work was done. Incredibly busy, but in a good way.

Kim’s Day

Kim got in and had her breakfast quickly before starting her day.

She started by going through some emails and cracking on with general admin. Then she had to organise a hotel for someone visiting in 2 days, so that was a fun challenge.

Later in the morning Kim had a nice sit down and informal meeting with a colleuege who is over from the Toronto area office. It was so nice to put a face to the name.

Then most people from HR then went out to grab some tacos from a nearby food truck! Its the same company Curtis visited a few weeks ago. Kim had the crispy chicken burrito and it was amazing! They then all sat on the roof and ate their lunch in the sun, it was so lovely!

When Kim got back to her desk she continued plodding away at ad hoc tasks and was then asked to check a statement against the invoices, this took a while as its the first time Kim has done it.

Kim then had another meeting with her colleague from Toronto and got a little training on scheduling phone screenings. It is so nice to have have so many aspects of this role!

Kim then wrapped up the last half hour by making notes for the up coming days and planning.

Shoes & Evening McDonald’s

We met after work and went on the hunt for shoes.

We tried Vans, Winners and some other stores. Kim got some shoes from Winners and Curtis bought some Vans. Both of our shoes are falling apart so it was a good time to get some! We also saw some Chow-Chow dogs, which were cute!

We headed back home and were hungry, so kim made a chicken salad again for dinner.

Once we ate, we went out for a walk to stretch our legs, but rewarded ourselves with a McFlurry & hot chocolate.

We walked back home and got some awesome photos of the sky…We live here!

The hot chocolate was gross but the McFlurry was great! We watched some Lucifer and then headed to bed.

Curtis has an exciting meeting tomorrow morning, so he is looking forward to that!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Austin,TX

Place 79 – Day 2: Austin,TX – Jacob’s Well

Jacob’s Well

The weather wasn’t as warm today, but still plenty warm enough.

We planned to head out pretty early today, but we slept in a bit and then the bathroom was being used this morning so we couldn’t get showered, so we left around 12:00.

We headed out of Austin for 1 hour to a town called Wimberley. This town is home to Jacob’s Well, which is a large underwater cave which, during summer, people jump into.

The dark part of the water here is the well

This was named a well because it resembled one, back in the 1800s.

We were not here during the swimming season, but wanted to take a look.

We walked down some stairs which went through a nice tree covered walkway, which looked awesome.

We got down to the well and instantly noticed how tiny it was. On the photos the area looks large, but in actuality it was very small.

There were another couple there who were taking photos, so we had to work around them, but we got some pretty cool shots.


Jacob’s Well | Wimberley,TX

Rating:- 6/10


We left here after only 30 minutes, but did have a go on the swings they had there before we went.

Coffee, A Muffin & Big Tacos

We went for a coffee and a muffin in a really nice coffee shop called Blanco Brew in Wimberley.

We were really happy with the coffee shop. Incredible coffee, nice staff and a tasty muffin, which we got warmed up.


Blanco Brew | Winberley,TX

Rating:- 10/10


We left here and went for a taco each in a gas station, which apparently had really good tacos.

We thought they were alright, a little big and not enough meat, but the meat was good. Probably around a 7/10.

Playoff Hockey

We drove back home and then Curtis watched the first game of the Leafs playoff first round.

Whilst Curtis did this, Kim booked something really exciting for tomorrow, which will be fun! She then had to go out and get some lunch items for tomorrow.

Throwback Dinner

We had chicken pesto pasta for dinner, which is a travelling throwback dinner, but we went fancy and had red pesto instead, with a side of salad.

We watched the latest episode of Jane The Virgin and then went to sleep. Up at a decent time tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Las Vegas,NV

Place 77 – Day 8: Las Vegas,NV – Pool Day & Zipline

Pool #1

We organised to meet with a friend, Alice, who we met in Rome around 2 years ago. She lives here in Vegas, so we had to meet up!We got up, had breakfast and then Alice was coming to collect us, so we got ready quickly and headed out.

We stopped off at the supermarket to get some drinks and snacks and then continued the drive up to Alice’s apartment, where we got ready to head to the pool.We went down to the pool and relaxed there.

The weather was hot but the sun wasn’t out, so it wasn’t too bad. We had a drink and chatted for a couple of hours and then got back in the car to go to Mandalay Bay.

Pool #2

We got to Mandalay Bay and went through to their beach/pool area. They have an artificial beach equipped with a wave pool.

We got ourselves some deck chairs, some how, and then walked down to the wave pool and chilled in there for a while.

When we got cold we went and sat in the sun and fell asleep!

Lunch

We had a spot of lunch with Alice, which was at a Mexican place.

We had a pork taco each alongside some potato in a cheese sauce with jalapeños.

Zipline

We relaxed at home for a couple of hours and got showered before we headed back into downtown so Kim and Alice could do the zipline.The zipline goes through Fremont Street and it is done in the superman pose.

Whilst Kim was queueing, Curtis got a beer with Kenny, who joined us for the day.

Once Kim finished her zipline, we walked around Fremont Street for a bit and then got hungry so we all got in the car and drove to In & Out for a delicious burger!

We got a Lyft home and then slept. We are up at a decent time to check out tomorrow but don’t fly until the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Seattle,WA

Place 73 – Day 5: Seattle,WA – Amazon Spheres, Tacos & Giant Water Tower

Visa

First thing’s first – something we forgot to mention yesterday – Curtis now also has his Canadian work visa, so we can confirm that we plan to work in Canada in the near future!

Now – onward to today;

Off Into The City

We took the bus to the city this morning, but only had a $5 note. Kim was given a ticket which still had time on it, so only Curtis needed a ticket.

Curtis put the $5 note in the machine, expecting change, but the driver informed him that change is not given on buses in Seattle! This didn’t really bother us too much, but now we know.

When we got off the bus, the driver called us over and gave us 2 tickets to be used any time up to 18:00 as he felt bad that we put too much money in. He didn’t have to do that, but it was incredibly kind that he did!

SIM Shopping

We need to get a US SIM as we will be in the country for a bit of time, so we walked around places trying to find one.

We had seen the perfect thing at the supermarket yesterday, but didn’t want to just take the first thing we saw, so decided to browse.

Whilst we looked, we found nothing better, so decided we’d head to the supermarket later and get the one we saw.

Victrola Coffee

We had seen a coffee shop named Victrola a few times and it was full each time, so it must have been good! We decided we would check it out.

The coffees were mostly one size, which wasn’t a great start for us, so much so that Curtis panicked a little and ordered the house coffee instead of espresso.

The house coffee wasn’t great, but Kim had a mocha which seemed to get better over time.

We found some of the staff a little standoff-ish too, which wasn’t pleasant.

Interestingly there was also an Amazon office within the same building as this coffee shop.


Victrola Coffee | Seattle,WA

Rating:- 5/10


Amazon Spheres

Kim’s surprise was planned to be a tour of the Amazon headquarters. Unfortunately, it’s a very full tour and is usually booked for months in advance, so Kim had put us both onto the waiting list.

We walked to the Amazon HQ and asked the question as to if we had been accepted or not.

Unfortunately, we were not accepted and it is still full, so we were unable to do the tour. That being said, we have signed up for Thursday’s waiting list, so fingers crossed!

Spheres

We were still able to go into the Amazon Spheres, which were built fairly recently primarily as an alternative workspace for Amazon employees, but also as a living plant biome.

We could only explore the bottom floor, which explains all about how it was built, why it was built, the challenges and the people within. It was pretty cool to see!

Tacos

We left here and walked about 25 minutes to get tacos! Our host told us last night about a great, cheap, taco place so we grabbed some as a snack.

We each got a house taco (pork, salsa & pineapple) and we shared a steak taco.

The pork were by far the best. absolutely delicious, and the steak was just ok.


Taco Chukis | Seattle,WA

Rating:- 7.5/10


Volunteer Park

We went for a walk around volunteer park, which is a large park of woodlands. There isn’t much there, but it was a nice walk to relax. We saw a lot of squirrels and some were daring enough to come close. Kim tried to hand one a pinecone and freaked out!

We walked around for a bit more and then stumbled across a giant former water tower.

Water Tower

This water tower is huge and is now an observation deck.

We were able to climb the stairs to the top and get a 360° view of the city (and all the rain clouds!).

Different Bus

We took a different bus home after stopping by at something we will be doing tomorrow to ensure we are booked in.

We walked to a bus stop and caught a different bus number so we could go a bit off course and get directly to the supermarket near our apartment, rather than having to walk from home.

We got the SIM and other things we needed from the store and walked back home.

Stir Fry

We got home and Kim whipped up a pork stir fry, which was incredible.

We ate a lot, but it was worth the fullness!

We watched some TV and then went to bed. Got to be up early tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale