Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 354: Vancouver, BC – Sliced Finger!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis certainly had an eventful day!

The morning was filled with Curtis completing an onboard for the Denver office.

Curtis did this over an hour or two as he had some tickets to do, as well.

Then, Curtis went through the tickets that had come in today and got a few of those completed.

At 13:00, Curtis had a meeting with someone to help them test something.

After this, Curtis planned to have lunch, but whilst slicing some bread with a bread knife, he managed to slice his finger instead!

It was a pretty bad cut and he fainted, too, in typical Curtis fashion!

Kim came back home to check on him and make sure the wound was properly cleaned and dressed, then we got the apartment cleaned up, but Kim did most of the cleaning as Curtis was still a little woozy.

Curtis eventually got up and had just the beans he had heated up for lunch and then got back to doing some work and then Kim headed back to the office.

Curtis had a few things to do in the afternoon, so he did those and then just relaxed.

Kim’s Day

Kim hosted the midweek catch-up, but no one turned up! So she just went into the office. The first thing she did was send a few emails and catch up on some admin.

Then Kim packaged up some stuff to send to a new hire. She then called UPS in regards to a pickup that didnt happen yesterday and they were able to set it up for the afternoon, which was great!

After her lunch Kim called Curtis as he said he cut himself. Then she ran home to make sure everything was okay!

When she got back into the office Kim spent the rest of the afternoon and evening putting the quiz onto Kahoot, finding media and changing a few of the questions! She is really happy with how it is turning out.

Evening

As Kim worked late, she came back home fairly late, too.

Kim then cleaned the inside of the oven which meant we couldn’t use it, so we ordered McDonald’s to have for dinner.

After dinner, we did a bit more cleaning up and then sat down to watch some TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 353: Vancouver, BC – Surprise Offboard

Curtis’ Day

Curtis has a lot of team members that are off for most of this week, so it’s a busy one!

In the morning, a lot of tickets were coming in so Curtis triaged them and also did a few himself.

After this, Curtis had a team meeting which also didn’t last long as there wasn’t many people.

Curtis did some security work and then some more tickets up to lunchtime.

At lunch, the Leafs game came on and Curtis watched that! He then had that on in the background for the rest of the day.

The leafs won!

Curtis had a surprise offboard come in in the afternoon to be completed today! Therefore, Curtis did this at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim was asked to print some stuff off for a colleague popping into the office, but when she went to print the waste toner cartridge was full. So she called a technician to come in and empty it. Unfortunately, the colleague had already made their way into the office so Kim spent some time on the talking with IT to see if they can set her up on another printer but had no luck. Luckily the colleague was able to get the things done that were needed without the document, so that was a relief.

She then worked out and set up a plan for someone else to come back to the office to work. She picked some seats that they can use and sent them across for the person to pick from.

Kim spent some time running through some of the party stuff with her colleague, they checked the RSVPs and went over communications that need to go out.

We had another visitor come in to drop off a few things and pick up another charger. Shortly after that the printer technician arrived and while he was in Kim worked on a shipment and ended up calling UPS to troubleshoot an issue that she has been having in regards to printing off documents. It was a really good call, Kim wasn’t hung up on and there is now a workaround for the issue!

To end the day Kim finished up the quizzes for the UK, tomorrow she will start putting them onto Kahoot and finding the media for them too.

Evening

Once Kim got back home, we had lasagna with garlic bread and salad for dinner and got a bit into a YouTube rabbit hole!

We wat he’d a bunch of videos and then played some mini golf, followed by more videos.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 352: Vancouver, BC – Monday Mini Golf

Mini Golf!

We woke up and had a cooked breakfast, consisting of scrambled eggs, hash browns, baked beans, toast and Curtis also had bacon.

Today is a day off here in BC, so no work for us!

We watched a bit of TV and then got ready for the day.

We got into the car and drove up to North Vancouver where we went to a driving range, which also had an outside mini golf course!

We got there and it was quiet, but shortly after we arrived quite a lot of people came after us!

The holes were quite simple, but we did enjoy it. Curtis actually won, too, which was unexpected from both of us.

After our mini golf, we went down to the nearest town to grab a coffee.

The coffee shop we went to wasn’t great. The coffee didn’t taste that good and no one inside was wearing masks.

We sat and people watched for a while but got warm, so we headed back to the car and drive home. We stopped in at a store to get bread, too.

We got home and just relaxed to cool down for an hour or so and then we had our dinner.

We had more lasagna but this time with homemade garlic bread.

We watched a bit of TV and then we played a few games that we had previously downloaded but not played. We really enjoyed most of them, actually!

We watched a few more shows, did some housekeeping and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 351: Vancouver, BC – NHL Playoffs!

Beach Walk!

We were going to go and play some mini golf today, but we decided we wanted to have a walk instead, so we walked down to English Bay for a walk on the beach!

We had some breakfast, some delicious french toast with strawberries, banana & syrup.

We left our apartment and grabbed a coffee on the way to the beach.

We got to the beach after a decent walk and it wasn’t too busy.

We walked on the sand, which was very hot, and then we got to the water and walked in the cool water for a bit, which was really nice with the hot sun!

We left the beach when we got to the end and sat in the shade on the grass and finished our coffee before continuing to walk.

We walked for a while and then got a little hungry, so we popped to McDonald’s to get a snack!

We ate our McDonald’s and our very melted mcflurry and then we walked through Stanley Park for a bit, which was in the shade so that was a nice break from the heat.

NHL Playoffs!

We walked back home and then the Leafs played their first game of the playoffs! It was a close, intense, game, which Curtis really enjoyed, but unfortunately the Leafs lost it.

After the game, Kim made a really nice veggie lasagna, which was very tasty, though we didn’t eat too much as we weren’t too hungry.

We watched some TV for the rest of the evening, though we did eat dinner quite late.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 350: Vancouver, BC – Emancipation Day March

We woke up and had some breakfast and then got ourselves ready.

We walked down to Kim’s office where Kim planned to setup a camera to capture a timelapse of the Emancipation Day march.

Unfortunately, nothing seemed to happen for a while, which was odd, so we walked down to where it was meant to start to see what was happening.

There was a large group gathered with live music playing and some speaches. We hung out here for about 1 hour until the march started.

We then followed the march for a while, just a little bit back, but then it started to bunch up quite a bit and we were uncomfortable with this (we were distanced and wearing masks, but it got a little close). The march was very well done and moving, for sure. We were very happy to have attended.

We then left the march and grabbed a coffee.

We walked back home and relaxed for a bit.

Kim then went out to some shops to return some times and was even able to find some new clothes and shoes!

When Kim got back, we went out to the supermarket to get our shop done.

We came back home and had our leftover Korean chicken for dinner.

We then watched the film Disclosure which is about Trans representation in the media. It was very interesting and informative.

We then played some mini golf and watched a bit more TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 349: Vancouver, BC – A Psychological Thriller

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets and also a decent amount of security work to start off the day.

After his team meeting, Curtis did some more tickets and learned how to do something new! Once he learned that, he made a guide for it so others will know, too.

Curtis then had lunch and post lunch, he had a long team meeting to discuss project work from the last 2 weeks.

After that, Curtis’ laptop started being a bit temperamental, so Curtis ran some fixes on it.

Once the laptop decided to work, Curtis did another couple of tickets and then was done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim took the earliest social call from home, it was just her and one other person from one of the UK offices and it was lovely!

As she got to the office Kim met someone who started a few weeks ago to swap their laptop. While they were in the office she also gave them a quick tour and introduced them to a few people in the office.

After this Kim did a comparison on the shipment services available and set up a package to go out. She also spent some of the morning sorting a team booking and updating a few documents.

At lunch, Kim and a friend went and grabbed tacofino, bought it back to the office and had lunch together. It was really great as its his last day and he is a good egg!

Just as Kim finished lunch she joined the east coast social call, but it was just her and one other person, so they called it quits after 15 minutes. Then a little while later Kim noticed that people had joined the call so she jumped back on! It was great to catch up with those great people.

A short while after, eveyone in the office had a quick catch-up and a cheers to the guy leaving. It was a lovely little, distanced, get together before the long weekend.

Kim worked on the quizzes and then started the West coast social call a little earlier. She had it on in the background while she was working away, but after 45 minutes Kim decided to call it a day and head home!

Korean Chicken!

We had seen a Korean chicken place whilst we were walking the other day and so we thought we would try it out for dinner!

We each got some Korean chicken and Kim’s came with rice whilst Curtis got some Kimchi with his.

We had a nice beer with it and watched a bit of TV.

We relaxed for the evening and watched the film The Invitation which was a phycological thriller. We enjoyed it, but it did take some time to get going.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 348: Vancouver, BC – Fro-Yo

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a few tickets in the morning and it was fairly busy in that sense.

At 12:00, Curtis had a 1:1 meeting and that was a really nice chat. Not much of it was on topic, but it was a fun chat.

After that, Curtis did a few more tickets and then had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had some admin to do and then he had an hour long meeting with his team in which they discussed possible on call information, with regards to how that would work and what the policy would state. This was successful, which was good.

Once that was wrapped up, Curtis had some more tickets to do and a bit of admin and then his day was done.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim worked on a project! She is helping out here team by making sure that a few documents are up to date and have the right branding. So she spent most of the day clicking links on the Wiki and making notes of broken links, documents she needs to update and a list of documents she isn’t sure if she needs to update.

During the day Kim had a few ad hoc meetings with her colleague about the events that are coming up. She also reached out to a number of people in the company for inspiration for the quizzes and she notes a few idea down too.

A few times in the day Kims computer played up, once there was a black bar across the middle of the screen and the second time all of her documents wouldn’t save. For both things she had to reset her computer, which really messed up her rhythm of the task she was doing. The second issue was that her documents all randomly saved under a different file type, for no reason whatsoever!

In the afternoon Kim reformatted the documents, except when the computer was bring stroppy. She also recieved a few requests for team meetings in the office and other small requests.

Fro-Yo

Kim got home around 17:45 and she just had to have a cold shower as she was far too warm!

After that, we made some hoisin chicken for dinner which was excellent and then went for a short walk to get some frozen yoghurt! We spent most of the evening watching TV and playing games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 347: Vancouver, BC – Reoccurring Issues

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets after his usual admin today, and then had his team meeting.

The team meeting lasted a little longer than usual, but was productive.

After that, there was a bit of an incident for the Vancouver office in which no one there could reach certain websites, so Curtis and the team had to investigate.

It turns out that the issue was out of their control, but they were able to switch a few things around to resolve it.

Once that issue was resolved, Curtis had some lunch and then a big meeting happened after, which Curtis was in, too.

After that, the issue that happened earlier seemed to come back, so Curtis had to fight with that until the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim started the day by taking her social call from home, she spoke with a new starter and someone from the Vancouver office.

On the way into the office Kim picked up individually boxed cookies as someone is leaving at the end of the week, so his team wanted to do something nice!

When she got in the office Kim worked on the communication drafts for employee visitors and team meetings in the office. She is working with a couple of colleagues to get the wording and message right!

Kim hosted a games a games call in the early afternoon, but one person joined so they cancelled it and she helped set up the cookies. Everyone stood very far apart in the office, ate a cookie and hung out to say goodbye to the guy leaving and it was really lovely!

Kim had a quick meeting with Tennant services where they took a look around the office and discussed a few things. After this Kim helped her colleague word some questions for a survey and did a test run of the questions too.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on the games for the summer parties She got a fair few things sorted and was able to make a few notes of things she would like to include in some of the other games!

On the way home Kim posted some mail and had a look in a couple of shops for some things she is looking to buy. Unfortunately nothing caught her eye so Kim started to head home. She then had the genius thought that it is so hot that cooking would be a bad idea, so she picked up a pizza!

Evening

We watched some YouTube videos whilst eating dinner and then we played some mini golf, which Curtis was not good at at all.

We then played some Grounded again, and got a little further. Curtis then played some games and Kim watched some TV before we headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 346: Vancouver, BC – The NHL Is Back!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got ready for the day and then made himself lunch and some coffee for the day.

Curtis then left the apartment and walked down to the office to work from there for the day.

Curtis got to the office and right from there he had a lot of work to do!

He did a lot of tickets and he had someone in the office mention that they had an issue, which he fixed very quickly!

Shortly after, another new person came to the office to work and the desk they were assigned was setup for a Windows machine and not a Mac, so Curtis had to assist with that. Unfortunately, the monitors were being a pain, but he got that sorted, too.

After that, he did some more tickets and then had lunch.

After lunch, he did some feedback for some colleagues and did his own, too, which helps with compensation reviews.

Curtis then had to give someone monitors, but when he took monitors there, he realised that there were no monitors that fit on those monitor arms, so he had to swap the arms out too, and then connect some monitors.

Curtis did that and then did some admin, then headed home. A very busy but productive day!

Kim’s Day

A lot of Kims day was working on the main event for the summer parties and she managed to get a lot of the grunt work done of one aspects. Thats 1 of 8 done! Kim still has to transfer the research and work from today unto the right media and pretty it up, but its a big step in the right direction.

Kim took so many calls today too, which kept interrupting her flow! One call was actually for Kim and she spoke with the building manager about a few things, so that was great!

In the afternoon Kim had a catch up with a teammate which was so nice! Shortly after that call they were both on another call with another teammate going over how Kim can help them iver the next few weeks. It was great to understand the project a little more.

At the end of the day Kim set up a few things for tomorrow and then returned some shoes on her way home!

The NHL Is Back!

Curtis watched the Leafs game this evening after work, which was a strange feeling but he is very happy hockey is back! This is just an exhibition game, but the Leafs won, which was awesome.

After this, Kim made a delicious Mexican chicken salad and we watched some YouTube videos.

We then got very engrossed in a new game they released today called Grounded – it was pretty fun and took some getting used to, but must have been good as we played for a couple of hours!

Kim then watched some of the office and Curtis played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 345: Vancouver, BC – Japanese Cheesecake

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy morning, with a lot of tickets coming in and he took them and got those done, as well as having a Zoom call with someone to resolve something from last week.

Curtis then had a meeting with his team which lasted and hour and then he had some lunch.

After lunch, he had another team meeting, this time it was about a team document that they have to get done and provide to some other people.

Curtis did some more tickets and answered some questions from people for the rest of the afternoon.

Curtis did some cleaning in the evening, after he played some games and waited for Kim to get home.

Kim’s Day

Kim began her day by starting on a new mini game for Kahoot! It similar to ‘who are you’, but with only two choices and it is called ‘this or that’.

She had a quick catch up with her colleague when she came in and then moved on to emails and organising things for the coming week.

Later in the morning Kim had a meeting with her colleague where they went over a few projects that are going on and made a few plans.

Kim spent most of the afternoon working on the main event for the virtual summer parties that will be happening in a few weeks. It takes a fair amount of research and attention. So mid way through the afternoon she popped out to get Japanese cheesecake with a couple of friends. When she got back Kim continued to work on the games.

Kim finished the day by having a long catch up with a friend, it went well into the evening again and it was lovely.

Evening

We had an easy dinner, just some chicken and we went old school with smiley face potatoes! Then we watched a bit of TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale