We woke up at 09:00, which is early for us on a Saturday, and we got up and got ready for the long day!
We had french toast for breakfast with cheese!
We drove for 45 minutes up to Mt Seymour. The drive was super easy and there wasn’t much traffic.
We got parked up and the weather became very cold, as we were on a mountain, of course.
We walked to the first trail, which was to head to Mystery Lake. This was an easy hike, but with some good elevation!
We got to the lake after about an hour and sat down, just relaxing and looking at the scenery, which was a beautiful big lake!
We left here and walked up further, eventually hitting the top of a mountain! The views were stunning and we sat and had some lunch here. We had a sandwich we bought this morning from our favourite coffee shop. We managed to find snow on the way up too!
We walked down once we were done with lunch and found a small trail to go up which ended up joining the main trail. We then found out that it was a much, much longer hike to where we wanted to go, so we just hiked all the way back down to the car.
We were out for a long while, and we drove home, very warm and sweaty, but feeling accomplished.
We showered and relaxed when we got home, which was much needed!
We went up to the drug store and liquor store to get some things we needed and some drinks.
Dinner & Fire Trucks?
We put our dinner on (baked potatoes) when we got home and sat on the balcony with a beer!
We had a really nice time just relaxing outside, but it started to get a bit windy and cold, so we came back in and luckily, dinner was ready. We ate dinner and watched some TV and then for some reason, there were 4 fire trucks outside as well as 3 fire car things.
We aren’t sure what it was for as it seemed nothing really happened, but a little entertainment for us and it seemed that no-one got hurt which was good!
He was able to get admin completed when he arrived and then had his team meeting which he has each morning.
After the meeting, Curtis spent most of the day doing ticket work, but that was varied too which was great.
Curtis had to do a bit of project work, but not too much.
Curtis’ day was pretty uneventful, but walking home was beautiful!
As the competition is this weekend coming Kim decided to head into work early so she could fit in some open training and partially be involved in a regular class.
Kim ate far too much on the Vegas and Utah trip and didn’t train for nearly a week so really missed it!
When Kim got in she reorganised the the kitchen back to how it usually is and decided to fix some of the tables.
After this Kim spent a fair amount of time going over the invoices she hadn’t yet saved and listened to the past few weeks of voicemails. This took a while!
Kim then had a meeting about the summer party with her colleague and took on a lot of information and guidance about how to plan it.
Kim arranged a FedEx and sorted the pizza and tacos that arrived for different meetings. Kim sat down for some lunch and had some pizza.
After lunch, Kim continued with sorting the invoices that she is working her way through before having a good catch up with a colleague.
When Kim started she worked closely with the HR team and provided some support there, however she hasn’t had much to do with it over the past few months.
Kim and her teammate had a catch up to realign how this will be working going forward and talk about the gaps in Kim’s training.
Kim went to training and the classes were fun. The open pole session was packed, so Kim achieved very little, with the exception of a nice little transition move she will throw into the routine! The second lesson Kim did not succeed in! She didn’t want to injure herself so kept to the basic end of the combo and didn’t push herself too much.
After that, she went back home with a friend from training to try and sew some things together for their performances.
This didn’t go too great as the machine didn’t seem to work correctly, but it was fun anyway.
After her friend left, Kim showered and then we sat and watched a little bit of TV before sleeping.
We can’t believe it’s Friday tomorrow already and we have a day off Monday!
We were up at 10:30 and got ready to go out and have some brunch!
We had been recommended a place called Yolks which is a breakfast place and there are only 2in Vancouver. Luckily, one of them is just 10 minutes walk from our home!
We got there and it was very busy, so we put our name down for a table and were told it would be 30 minutes, so we took a walk down the street to find that there are many other places we need to visit in that area.
We finally got the text to say our table was ready, so we went in and took our seats.
Curtis walked to work this morning! The weather was pretty nice, even a bit warm. He got to see a beautiful view from the bridge.
Curtis got to work and saw a message about an issue in the boardroom, so went to sort that out.
Curtis had a colleague from the Winnipeg office visiting to show him some stuff.
Curtis got to see a lot today about how Apple Mac laptops are setup, so he went all through that.
As well as going through that, he looked at onboarding and offboarding people.
Curtis got some ginger chicken from the Vietnamese place opposite the road. It was a lot of food!
It was all of a sudden 17:00 and time to go home.
Kim got ready in the morning and then headed to Downtown for her first day at work. It was such a beautiful, sunny morning.
When Kim got to work she had a little tour and got a few things set up before heading into a couple of orientation meetings. The orientation went on until midday where Kim met with a few members of the team and learned more about her role and new company.
One thing that was cool was the kitchen! There are various types of coffee machines, including one with a milk foamer. This is very exciting as Kim will now be able to make amazing hot chocolates and coffees in the winter. There is also a massive soft drink fridge too!
At midday, Kim and the rest of the team went out for lunch at Zefferellie’s, a lovely Italian place just around the corner. Kim had a spaghetti with meat sauce, but only the half portion as the meals where huge! This was a really nice way for Kim to get to know the team in a relaxed environment.
When they went back, some of the team headed into a meeting to organise the company’s meeting rooms for the second half of the week as there will be an optional company wide hackathon, which is very exciting! This will give Kim a chance at getting to know lots of people in the company and really help out, a great way to start a new job!
After this meeting Kim continued on more of the orientation for another hour or so before heading back to get desk to do some reading and get a better understanding of the systems and apps.
Just before the end of the day Kim got a cool swag pack of a mug, backpack and laptop case!
Walking Home Together
We met after work and walked home together. Kim told Curtis about her first day and Curtis told Kim about what he did today.
The walk didn’t seem to take long at all and we even got more beautiful photos!
Once we got home, the guy from Shaw cable was there too, right at the perfect time!
He came in and very quickly set up the wifi and we were good to go. When we first tested, when nothing else was using the network, we got 320mbps download, which is excellent!
We then used this to setup the TV and xbox, as well as our Mac & phones.
We are now all connected and ready to go.
We went for a walk after the Shaw guy left, partially to look in shops for some things but also just to walk. The weather was still nice, so why not?
We came back home as we got hungry and we just made some grilled cheese sandwiches and had some ketchup crisps on the side.
Curtis played some games in the evening and we watched some TV together, too.
We were also recommended an underground tour of Seattle.
We walked from the breakfast place down to Pioneer Square, where there is the entrance for the underground tour.
We were first sat in a room where we listened to our guide talk about the history of the city and its founders.
After we had a 15 minute listen, we were walked around various points under the city, told stories regarding the great fire of Seattle (which burned the city down) and how all the original buildings are actually underground now as they were built below sea level, before the fire.
Our guide was very funny and informative. We were able to learn a lot about how Seattle was, the ‘villain’ and the founder of Seattle, all told in an interesting, funny way.
The tour took about 1 hour, over several buildings and down many tunnels.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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!