Place 72 – Day 188: Vancouver, BC – Dentist, Team Building & PM Course!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went to work but left after 30 minutes or so to walk to the dentist.

This a much different experience from the UK. You get a lot of x-rays as well as a full clean and exam in which they explain a lot about your teeth and go through possible treatments they think you should have.

This was 2 hours long, but free under insurance! Curtis has to go back Tuesday for some more cleaning, though.

Curtis got back to work and got something done quickly and then had a team building exercise. This involved playing some games as a team and having a laugh. This was great fun for Curtis and his team and is something they should do regularly.

Curtis got a few project things done for the next couple of hours and then had some drinks with people at the office.

It felt like a very short say for Curtis, but that’s a good thing for a Friday.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent her day at a project management exam prep course. She learnt a lot and feels really excited about the rest of the course and now has a LOT of reading and studying to do.

Curry & Beer

We really fancied curry and beer for dinner tonight, so we rushed home to have that.

We ordered from Indian Junction as usual and awaited the food.

We chatted about our day and Kim’s exciting course she is taking and then our food arrived!

We ate that and watched some TV for the evening.

We are looking forward to a chill weekend.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 175: Vancouver, BC – Power Outage & ThinkTank Decommissioning

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and there was an issue with the Regina office’s power, meaning a lot of things were not working!

Curtis and his colleague, as well as 2 others from the office, went over to Gastown to visit the think-tank which the company is getting rid of.

There, they removed all of the IT equipment, TVs etc, and packed it all up.

This only took about 2 hours, which was a little quicker than expected, but they managed to get back in time for a debrief on the issues that had happened that morning.

After lunch, Curtis had a meeting regarding a software application to see what can be done from his team to assist.

After this, Curtis just got some tickets completed and then headed home.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim took some time to look into courses to see what is available for her to take.

She then had a project meeting and they talked about where they got up to. It’s all going smoothly and is on the right track. After the meeting Kim added links and made changes here and there before redoing one of the floor plans and starting a plan to redo another, before starting a new floor plan for a different office.

During the work on the project Kim and her colleague had an impromptu meeting to go over the project, a few social things and a plan for the next few months. It was a really god catch up.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on setting up things for a few social events that are coming up. She drew up some costs and looked into where everything would be bought from for each office.

Evening

Kim went out to do her energy exchange and then went to the drug store on the way home. Curtis watched the leafs game during this time.

Once Kim got back, we had some dinner and watched some TV.

Curtis has to be up early tomorrow as there is a meeting happening at 09:00 so he wants to be there before to ensure everything works as expected.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 171: Vancouver, BC – Ramen With A Friend

Chill Morning

We had a chill morning and had some cereal for breakfast.

Kim was going to go out for lunch with a friend, but they decided to have dinner together instead, so Kim didn’t have to rush!

Kim got ready to go out and got in the car to drive up to North Vancouver to pick up a board game.

Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim was out.

Board Game Pickup, Shopping & Lunch!

The first thing Kim did was head out to get the game Taboo from someone selling it on Facebook.

After this she headed to Burnaby to meet a friend for dinner and do a little shopping.

They started by wondering around some shops, then went for a lovely Ramen.

Kim went for chicken ramen and her friend went for creamy vegan! They loved them.

After dinner they spent time walking around the shopping centre and having a great catch up.

We continued to watch the show Sex Education in the evening after Kim got back and we had some snacks and relaxed.

We booked a hotel somewhere for a couple of nights, too! Kim booked the wrong dates but luckily she was able to change it!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 169: Vancouver, BC – Goodbye Lunch & No Traction!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a day full of meetings!

The first meeting was his usual daily catch up, followed by a meeting to discuss and learn about a new software the company is trialling. This helped him get some clarity on how it works and what to look out for.

Shortly after that meeting, Curtis had a 1:1 with his new manager. His colleague got promoted to be his manager now, so that’s great! Curtis got to chat about some things he’d like to see and other things.

Curtis then went out for lunch to say goodbye to someone leaving the company.

This person has been at the company for a while and tomorrow is their final day.

Curtis had a blackened chicken burger with fries. It was a lot but it was good!

Curtis got back to the office and had another 1:1, this time with someone else.

After that, Curtis had some ticket work to do and then he looked into ordering some new Macbooks for the office as some more are, or will be, needed.

Curtis left after what felt like a day of just meetings, and met Kim on the way home.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent her day doing two things, orgnaising catering and listening to voicemails.

When she got in she helped set up the breakfast catering and then went over some emails.

During the morning we moved things to the top floor so that the meeting could move up there towards midday. The meeting was meant to be in there for the while day but the elevator to get up there was broken. As they weren’t sure when it would be fixed they decided to keep the meeting on the companys floor so had to go back up to collect everything.

They then set up all of the lunch catering and while they waited for the group to come out and eat kim checked her voicemail. She had messages from back in mid December! So she would intermittently listen to it between people asking for things.
After their lunch Kim helped clear it up and then continuted listening to the messages. Towards the end of the day Kim sent out a FedEx.

No Traction

Kim popped out to the doctors to get a check up for the other recent doctors appointments.

Everything is fine and Kim is all healthy.

On the way home Kim saw cars going around a car with their 4 way lights on. Kim drove down the road and parked before running back up to the car.
It turns out that the lady driving wasn’t able to get traction up a hill. Kim stopped the people coming up the hill and directed the lady about 2 meters back to flatter road where she was able to get traction and head on up the hill.

People need their winter tyres here! Its rains a lot and the roads are steep!

Kim was going to go out to some shops and get stuff done after, but really couldn’t be bothered!

We did some cleaning, had some leftovers for dinner and just watched some TV, binging some shows.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 162: Vancouver, BC – Roasted Peppers & Cous-Cous

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy day! He did an onboard for half the day and then setup the desk for that person too.

Once he did that, and whilst he was doing that, he kept getting questions left right and centre from people, as well as tickets, so he had more than enough to for to the day.

He had a call with someone to try and get some stuff fixed for them, which he was able to!

Curtis left and was able to meet Kim at sportchek where she was returning an item.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim worked on the Wiki project and cleared up in the office. With the Wiki Kim really made good process on the project and put together all the things she had to do! She also tried securing the shelving unit to the wall, but had no luck.
Kim sat with her colleagues for lunch. After this, Kim spent a while trying to figure out why the xbox isn’t working, but with no luck!

Then in the early afternoon went out with two people to get a hot chocolate as Vancouver is currently having a Vancouver hot chocolate festival.

Kim then placed the food order for next week and then continued the tidy up by folding up a bunch of unused, branded tops.

Roasted Peppers & Cous-Cous

We got home and Curtis got some cleaning done, whilst Kim went out to training.

Tonights class was brilliant. Kim finally nailed a move that she has wanted to do forever! Its not even a difficult move, she just couldn’t get her head around it. The main focus of the class was a beautiful and brilliant combo that Kim really enjoyed.
After class Kim went to home depot and a supermarket to get stuff for work and then dropped it off at work!

After training, Kim had some stuff to buy for work, so she went to get that and then had to also needed to do a couple of other things, all of which she got done so she was very happy with that!

When Kim got back home, we had roasted garlic and tomato cous-cous inside grilled peppers…delicious!

We ate that and then watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 158: Vancouver, BC – Hot Chocolate & Jojo Rabbit

Shopping

We had our breakfast then got ready to head out.

We went out to get some stuff for the week at the shop.

We weren’t out at the shop for too long, so when we got back we decided we wanted to go to the cinema!

Hot Chocolate & Jojo Rabbit

We had been talking about watching Jojo Rabbit for a while, so we booked in to see that.

We didn’t have anything to do until that time, so we walked down to the Lindt store in the city to get a hot chocolate! It was pretty nice, though the definitely burned the milk.

This used enough time before the film, so we then walked to the cinema.

We got to the cinema very early so queued for some drinks and then secured seats, which was lucky as it was very busy!

We really enjoyed the film! We thought it was the perfect blend of comedy, story telling & drama. Really good film, 10/10!

Jojo Rabbit

Our Rating:- 10/10

We came home after the film and just chilled out. We had some leftovers for dinner, watched some TV and got an early night.

Curtis has an exciting delivery coming tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 151: Vancouver, BC – Overnight Snow

Overnight Snow

We woke up this morning to some snow! We didn’t even know it had snowed overnight until we went outside.

We had our breakfast and then left the apartment, after getting ready, to get some shopping done.

We went to Winners first and got Kim some more leggings and took back her snow trousers she bought as she got some better ones.

We left here and went for a coffee.

After coffee, we went to the supermarket and got food for the week and a few other things, such as cold and flu pills for Curtis as he is coming down with a cold!

We came back home and Curtis watched the (terrible) leafs game and then we had the remainder of the leftover veggie chilli with rice for dinner whilst watching some TV. Curtis is hoping he’s feeling better tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale