Place 72 – Day 157: Vancouver, BC – The Rain’s Back!

Rain!

We got up lazily and had some breakfast whilst watching some TV.

Once we could be bothered, we went out in the rain (which is now back, for at least the next 10 days) to get a coffee, as well as go to the pharmacy to get something.

We came right back home and Curtis watched the Leafs game whilst Kim went out to get some perfect shoes for work.

After that, we chilled out and did nothing whilst we ordered a curry for dinner!

We watched Once Upon a Time In…Hollywood. We didn’t enjoy it that much as we didn’t really understand the whole point of it. It was all over the place and a little odd.

Either way, we watched a bit more TV and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 154: Vancouver, BC – The Trek To Work

Trek To Work

We had a bit of a trek to work this morning as the snow had really picked up overnight and there was a lot of it on the ground!

It took us a while to navigate through the snow to work, but we got there eventually with no issues.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was feeling quite a bit better today. He was fairly busy with tickets and his small project in the morning, but come the afternoon it was pretty quiet.

Curtis trudged home in all the snow, but it had luckily stopped snowing as heavy as it was from 14:00-16:00.

Kim’s Day

To start her day Kim had a call meeting with a vendor. It was really good and they covered everything and asked a bunch of questions.
After the meeting Kim worked on a few smaller administration tasks and spent some time listening to her voicemail.

She then popped out with the rest of her team to grab some lunch, they all ate at their desks but Kim sat in the kitchen and ate. Shortly after this Kim and her teammate went out and got hot chocolate and doughnuts and set that up for the very empty office.
Kim then ordered some breakfast for the meeting that is happening on Friday and later she tidied up the boardroom after a day long meeting left.

Kim stopped by Starbucks to get a coffee for herself and the other lady on front desk as there is a lot of snow and it is cold! When she arrived Kim was invited to take part in a class so she did and she had a great time! It was a lyrical class and the routine was to Bruises by Lewis Capaldi and it was beautiful. It was so flowly and easy to follow!

Evening

Curtis did nothing all evening, just played games and watched some YouTube videos.

Kim went out to training as well as to help out there! She was out for a few hours and had to walk there and back as she would normally drive but it was a bit too snowy for that, so easier to drive.

Once Kim got back, we relaxed together, watched a bit of TV and went to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 152: Vancouver, BC – Plenty More Snow

Snow

We woke up to even more snow this morning. This was cool, except for the fact the bridge we walk on was completely frozen so we had to walk carefully on the way to work.

Curtis has had quite a bad cold since yesterday, so the -8 temperature didn’t help on the way to work!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis continued to feel rotten all day, but did get a lot done. He fixed a couple of other migrations that were causing him problems, so he got those completed.

He also got a lot of tickets done and had a team meeting.

At 16:00, Curtis left the office to head home and relax as he really wasn’t feeling great.

Kim’s Day

Kim caught up on emails from the weekend and saved a few invoices to start her day.

Just before 10 Kim headed out to look for mini wine glasses and a few bottles of bubbly for a celebration in the morning. When she got back she set it up and all the offices in the company celebrated! It was a really fun morning!

Kim then spent some of her morning trying to.fix an issue with someone’s profile on the travel booking site. After that she had to sort out the postage machine, which also required her calling for support for that!

After both of these Kim ran a raffle to win one of two broken full espresso coffee machines! To ensure fairness Kim had someone else draw out the names, which was lucky as one of her colleagues won!

Kim then spent some time remaking the floor plan as it didn’t save from last time.

She then had a chat with a colleague from a different team in regards to their desk set up, so Kim made a few adjustments and spent some time researching other things that may be able to help!

On the way home Kim stopped at a few shops, one was to pick up some essential oils to put into the humidifier to help Curtis with his cold!

Weekly Clean!

We did our weekly clean this evening, after Kim got home from doing a bit of shopping.

Kim then made a veggie bolognese which was excellent.

We watched some TV and Curtis relaxed and slept at a good time with hopes that he’ll be better tomorrow as he has a hockey game!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 150: Vancouver, BC – Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

We had a sleep in but then decided we wanted to go out somewhere.

Kim had been told about Lynn Valley, which is a village in North Vancouver, so we drove up there and did so with the hope of snow!

It took us 30 minutes and then we arrived.

We walked a bit further down the road and found a set of stairs, so we went down those!

We came to a beautiful clear river, which we continued to follow until we reached Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.

We started a trail and the further we got, the more snow there was!

We got to see some amazing sights, mostly the clear water river with the backdrop of a snow topped mountain which looked beautiful.

The snowy floor was beautiful and at times there was noone around, so it was silent and just relaxing.

We walked for a long while and just before it got dark we walked all the way back up to the car.

Coffee & Snacks

We treated ourselves with a coffee at a coffee shop in the village nearby. We shared a toasted cajun chicken sandwich and Curtis had a lemon slice whilst Kim had a nanaimo bar.

We got some things from the supermarket and drove home.

We got back home and were actually very tired! We watched some TV and then had sweet chilli wedges for dinner, whilst watching the movie Game Night.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 149: Vancouver, BC – Snow?

Snow?

We walked to work and it was snowing quite heavy! It was meant to snow yesterday but we didn’t get any at all, though the snow we got today didn’t settle at all.

The weather changed 3 times whilst we walked to work, from heavy snow to rain to sleet!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work at 08:40, which is pretty early for him, but that gave him some more time to get stuff done.

Curtis got some emails back from a company that he was getting support from and had to provide them with some further information and logs, so he did that.

Curtis spent a while doing that as well as some other tickets and then had a long team meeting.

After the meeting, he had to deal with someone’s laptop as they spilled wine on it!

It was well and truly dead, so Curtis had to go and purchase one at the local Apple store as a replacement as they needed it urgently.

That took up Curtis’ afternoon as he also had to setup it and ready for use.

He got that done and then walked home, and was not attacked this time!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by finding two of the missing invoices, she had to call the hotel and they sent them across nice and easily. She then called the travel agent to see if she can get information on another card charge.

Just before lunch Kims colleague came in with her 5 week old baby and the whole team had a great catch up. It was so great to see her and she looked amazing and the baby was beautiful too.

Kim then popped out to pick her car up from the garage.

It was a round trip from work, out to the garage, to home and back to work, so when Kim got back she started looking into an invoice for a beverage delivery that she doesn’t believes adds up.

While she was waiting on a response in regards to this Kim went through and saved a few more travel invoices.

Kim spent the final part of her afternoon setting up and placing an order for fruit for the next week and did one final walk around for people if they wanted to sign someones leaving card.

Kim then headed out to a small leaving party where she had a great catch to with some brilliant colleagues.

Return To Hockey

It was Curtis’ first hockey game in 3 weeks, so he was excited and a little nervous!

We drove up to the rink for the first time in a while and got there with plenty of time, despite the dreadful weather of today, which changed to rain, rather than snow.

Curtis’ game was very close, just losing 1-0 with a powerplay goal, but the team played pretty well!

After, the team and some other people from the other team went out for some food and drinks to celebrate Curtis’ teams goalie’s birthday!

After that, we drove home and went to bed!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 140: Vancouver, BC – New Years Day Beach Walk

New Years Beach Walk

After Kim spoke with her family in the morning, we went out to Kitsilano for a beach walk!

The weather was excellent (at the time) for a walk, so we did just that.

We drove out to Kitsilano, parked up and walked down to the beach.

We first stopped at the dog beach for Kim to say hi to some dogs, and then continued on to the human beach.

We got terrific views of the snowy mountains in the distance, too.

We walked along the beach for a while and then it started to rain, so we looked for a coffee shop!

We found one, but upon entering, it was too hot and crowded so we went elsewhere.

Once we found a new place, we got our coffees and, they were small, but pretty tasty!

We stopped at a supermarket on the way back to the car, but didn’t buy anything, so we went back to the car and drove home.

Early Dinner

We at dinner at 17:00, which is early for us! We had sweet chilli chicken with rice and vegetables.

We watched a film, which was alright, but it wasn’t the best we have seen. We don’t even remember the name…

We did some housework and got ready for work tomorrow and then watched some TV before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 206: Vancouver, BC – Interesting Network Things

Curtis’ Day

Curtis only had a few things planned for the day, but that soon grew!

A lot of tickets came in, which Curtis took and sorted for people.

Curtis had to deal with a possible security issue, which took up quite a chunk of the morning, but he did enjoy that!

Curtis went for lunch with two colleagues. They had Banh Mi and Curtis also got a vietnamese iced coffee.

After lunch, Curtis had a meeting, followed by doing a few bits of project work as well as discussing a new project with his team.

Curtis also did some network things with his colleague who is in town from Winnipeg. He learned a bit more, too, which is great and always welcome.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she set up for the day and sent out a reminder email about a building run holiday breakfast party happening in the lobby.

Kim and a few others went down to grab some food, there was also a live 2 person band playing festive songs.
When Kim got back she tool some time to compare 2 pizza places as she wanted to try ordering from somewhere new.

Kim picked a restaurant that she and Curtis have ordered from previously. It has a comparable price, larger pizzas, better quality and all the dietary replacements that are needed.

Kim then popped out to the dollar store to grab some cheap holiday chocolates and mini candy canes for the chocolate vase at her desk.

People were very happy when they saw it filled with festive treats! On the way back into the office she picked up a box of 6 chicken nuggets.

Kim then scanned and saved a few recipts before heading out on another little coffee date! This time they actually went for coffee!

Kim and another colleague went down to JJ Bean and had a wonderful chat about management, how they both ended up in Vancouver and languages.

When Kim got back she actually booked the pizza for delivery as she didn’t want to place the order earlier over lunch time, that seemed like a bad time to be placing a 16 pizza order!

Kim the popped out again to pick up some felt for the party declarations and picked up the multipack of beer and case of cider for tomorrows afternoon drinks.

Enjoyable Pole Training

Curtis got home and had no plans to do anything at all, so just sat around and played games!

Kim’s class tonight was great fun! She ended up learning a move she tried a few weeks ago. It took a few attempts but she finally nailed it on the last attempt! She also learned a very cool fake bendy move!

Kim got back home and we watched a YouTube video or two, followed by Silicon Valley.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale