Place 72 – Day 230: Vancouver, BC – Party Games!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy day planned and it stayed that way!

Curtis had a company wide meeting and that lasted for around an hour. This was to update everyone on the current status of the company.

After the meeting, Curtis helped people with a few of their questions and then had his usual team meeting.

Curtis had a project meeting and then spent the rest of the morning helping someone with a couple of Zoom issues.

In the afternoon, Curtis completed an offboard which involved wiping a laptop remotely.

After that, Curtis spent a while looking into why someone wasn’t in a group they should be in, but it turns out that they were! Curtis learned a few things during this, though.

Curtis got some admin done and then had happy hour drinks with colleagues from his office!

Curtis played 30 minutes of Rocket League with his colleagues before we decided we should order some food!

Kim’s Day

After the regular morning meeting Kim started the social catch up for the UK and it was so fun! She spoke with a couple of new people she hadn’t met before and a few friendly faces.

After this Kim called FedEx to sort paperwork for a refund that was on her credit card. It was surprisingly easy and was sorted without any hiccups, a great big win! She then worked on some events, building up an easter quiz and sending out invites to a 30 minute drop in game of Skribbl, its like online pictonary! One thing that Kim wants to do is to do social events that everyone will enjoy and make sure she puts on a good variety of events.

Kim then held the east coast social catch up and it was fun. Everyone chatted for a while and then after a few people left the remaining played a few games, of Skribbl surprisingly! It was so fun and everyone had a great giggle.

After that call Kim had a quick chat with her family, it was great to see their faces and have a catch up! Over the weekend they are going to call again and probably play some games, which Kim is so looking forward to!

Kim then worked on her Easter quiz and event managed to put together a virtual easter egg hunt using Kahoot, so that will be fun! She sent out the invite for this too.
For the rest of the afternoon Kim was on social calls, she had one with her department that was for 15 minutes and then the west coast social drinks which was for 30 minutes, she saw people that she hadn’t seen in weeks and it was great!

Korean

We decided to order some Korean food from Disco Cheetah again, for the 2nd time.

Kim got a chicken bao and a chicken rice bowl, whilst Curtis got a pork bao and a beef bulgogi rice bowl.

We finished eating and watched the movie District 9.

We played some games and watched some TV for the evening…we had a very short feeling week but it was a positive one!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 229: Vancouver, BC – Fung Shui

Curtis’ Day

Post walk, the day started very quiet for Curtis.

Curtis did some admin and a few other things, but had nothing planned for a couple of hours.

The day picked up and he had to craft a communication and provide some information to the company around some software security.

Curtis also got a couple of tickets and some people messaged him about different things.

All of a sudden, it was lunch time!

After lunch, Curtis had a project interview again and then post that, he did some ticket work and some admin for the project he is working on.

In the late afternoon, Curtis and his team jumped on to play some Rocket League again and it was fun! Everyone is starting to get much better, so the games are getting more and more fun, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim joined the meeting in the morning and then worked on sending out a few more of the invites for the cribbage tournament. In the middle of the morning Kim joined in with yoga.

In the afternoon Kim had a 1-1 with her manager. It was ao great to catch up. They went over they were doing, how they are keeping busy in and out of work and it was lovely.

After that Kim then worked on the cribbage spreadsheet to set up the elimination round process! She also fixed some of the automation for the current games sheet.

For the final bit of the afternoon Kim sent. The last of this batch of invites and did some scheduling of interviews for a team mate.

Kim walked part of the way to work before she realised she didnt have her pass. So she went back home, pick it up and then went into work to drop off a few things and pick some other things up. Downtown Vancouver is very empty and some shops are boarded up. It was very surreal!

Fung Shui

We eventually did our workout, which wasn’t until around 18:30 as Kim was out still and Curtis finished up playing games with his team.

Once we finished our workout, we moved the furniture around in our apartment!

We wanted a better area for working out and playing mini sticks, which we have really started to enjoy!

We got the furniture moved and setup and then we had some pizza for dinner, because we completely forgot to get anything!

After dinner, we watched a bit of TV and then played mini sticks for 40 minutes or so. This was fun but tiring!

We finished up the night with some video games and some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 228: Vancouver, BC – Plenty of Booze!

Curtis’ Day

We were going to go for a walk when we woke up, but right as we got outside, Kim realised she had a meeting at 08:00, so we went right back in!

Curtis did some admin and then some tickets before his team meeting.

After the meeting, another meeting he had got cancelled so he did some more ticket work and then finished off the morning with training.

After lunch, Curtis had a quick meeting with someone to show them how to do a couple of things and then did a bit of project work and research.

Curtis did some more training and then played some games with his team for team building!

Kim’s Day

Kim started the day with a week a midweek catch up that is open to all offices. There were a lot less people than last week, but it we still great to see people and have a chat!
After this, Kim joined the company wide meeting.

For some of the morning Kim worked on a few quizzes. She has a fair few ideas and it doesn’t look like this working from home situation will be changing anytime soon so she might as well add a few and use them as and when!

She also worked on her spreadsheet that logs the cribbage tournament. She made it easier to read and made the scoring sytem automated! She was very proud of this as she hasn’t used some of the formulas in years!

After lunch Kim joined on a catch up call with people in her team and who sit near by. It was great to see everyone and chat to them, she has missed them all!

Straight after this Kim watched the first game of the cribbage tournament and then updated the shiney new spreadsheet with the results.

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon setting up games for in the future.

Plenty of Booze!

We did our workout which nearly killed us today!

After that, we walked up to the liquor store to get some wine, beer and pre mixed Moscow mules, just to stock up so we have plenty for any occasion.

We got back home and were hungry, so we had a big salad to start with and then leftovers from yesterday.

We watched TV and then played some mini sticks hockey at home, which was WAY more fun for us than it should have been, but was nice to get away from a screen for a bit.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 227: Vancouver, BC – No Queue?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis woke up very awake this morning, which must mean he slept well!

We completed and our morning walk and then Curtis had a shower and some breakfast.

After breakfast, Curtis started work and had a meeting right away! He helped someone with some design work, doing some testing for them. It was also nice to check in with them and have a bit of a catch up.

Curtis then had a webinar about his helpdeesk software, which was a bit boring but did have some good information.

Curtis then got some tickets done and then had a wrap for lunch with Kim!

After lunch, Curtis did some tickets but for most of the rest of the day he looked into some project work for a project he has just started today.

Kim’s Day

For the rest of the week Kim has the early meeting again, so after that Kim went straight into scheduling to help her teammate.

Kim then started working on her next quiz and wrote up a few questions and did some research for it. This quiz is based around the TV show friends as that is another interest a lot of people in the company have.
At 1 it was go time on the Pokemon quiz and it went so well! People joined in, heckled and played along.

It was so much fun and at the end of the quiz Kim asked for themes and feedback so now she has other ideas of quizzes that people would want to play along with!

After lunch Kim spent her afternoon setting up the cribbage tournament. She managed to schedule a the first games for most teams and even a second game for some!

No Queue?!

We finished up with work and got back to working out!

We finished our workout, got showered and Kim did some stretches and then we did some cleaning!

We did the usual emptying the recycling, cleaning the counters and vacuuming.

After that, we went out to the supermarket to get a bunch more stuff that we need for the week.

We were expecting a queue as it’s been for the last week or so, but it turns out that there was no queue at all, which made it far easier!

We did the shop fairly quick and headed home for some dinner.

Kim made a terrific creamy chicken and mushroom pasta which was really great!

We ate that and watched some TV, by the time we ate it was already 20:00!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 226: Vancouver, BC – 9 Years Together!

Curtis’ Day

We completed our daily morning walk and then Curtis had breakfast, showered and started work.

He had a meeting with his team to go over some project stuff which lasted 1 hour.

After this, Curtis did some tickets and admin and then some project work.

In the afternoon, Curtis had a quick 15 minute call with the whole company to test if Zoom would handle it fine and then he had lunch with Kim.

Once finishing lunch, Curtis had meetings for 1.5 hours and they were productive project meetings!

After those, Curtis got some tickets done and then the day was over.

It went really quick for Curtis!

Kim’s Day

Kim set up the teams for the online cribbage tournament and worked on getting a game set up. She had to updated the template of the invites too!

She then started looking into the process of scheduling for phone screens for a teammate.

As it had been a while since she had helped with that side of things they set up a call so her teammate could explain everything and show her the changes to the website.

Between setting all that up and the meeting Kim joined in with yoga. It was so much fun and another employee had their whole family join in from the UK! It was great!

After the meeting Kim spent most of the afternoon setting up phone screens. She also reached out to a couple of vendors to discuss plans for the next few weeks and months!

9 Years Together!

We have been together for 9 years today! Crazy!

To celebrate, we ordered some pizza, going old school with what we used to do, which was get pizza and watch some TV, so that’s what we did! But we did do some working out and stretches before hand, so it’s not all that bad!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 225: Vancouver, BC – Nice 3.5km Walk

3.5km Walk

We got up and had a relaxed morning, had some toasties for breakfast and watched a bit of TV and then we both got ready for the day.

We sat around and did absolutely nothing for a while and then went out for a walk.

We walked from our apartment to the science center, around it and back up and over the bridge.

Overall, this was a 3.5km walk which took us about 40 minutes.

It felt good but unfortunately no-one was giving the 6ft distance which was a bit irritating.

Need For Speed

We got back home and really wanted to play some need for speed so we did just that!

Time flew so fast and all of a sudden it was time for dinner.

We really wanted fried chicken with egg fried rice, so we made just that!

Chicken Egg Fried Rice

Kim butterflied the chicken and fried them in panko breadcrumbs and then fried them!

Unfortunately, the outside looked amazing but the inside wasn’t cooked, so we chucked them in the oven to cook the inside.

We fried up some veggies with rice we cooked earlier and some egg to make egg fried rice.

Bright

We watched the movie Bright with Will Smith.

We didn’t think it was going to be very good, due to the reviews, but we actually really enjoyed it!

We watched a little more TV and then headed to bed, ready to start another work week.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 224: Vancouver, BC – Mini Sticks & Quarantine Queues

Staying In

We were up late, around 12:00, and we had some scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast.

We enjoyed that and watched some TV and then eventually got ready to go out.

Mini Sticks & Quarantine Queues

We went out in the early evening to go to the supermarket and to Canadian Tire.

We went to get our weekly shop as well as headed to Canadian Tire for some stick on LED lights, as well as some mini sticks for something fun to do!

We had to queue for a bit of time to get into the supermarket, but that is definitely a good thing!

There was more than enough stuff in there for us to buy, so we got our weekly shop completed.

Curry Leftovers & Uncut Gems

We watched some YouTube whilst we ate leftover curry and then we watched the film Uncut Gems.

The film was a little confusing and we didn’t really know what the point of it was or what it was even about.

Either way, we watched it.

We finished the night with some Need For Speed as well as a couple of small TV shows.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale