Place 72 – Day 293: Vancouver, BC – Zeffirelli’s

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty busy day today.

He got into a rabbit hole around security, checking a few things and then researching a bunch of stuff. It was very interesting, which was good.

Curtis had his daily team meeting which became a bit more than that but it was very productive!

After that, Curtis for a few tickets done and then had lunch.

Curtis created a project or two after lunch and did some tickets. After that, he had a team meeting and then did some admin, before joining the end of week happy hour call.

Kim’s Day

Its Friday! Which means Kim started it with the UK social call, it was just three people, which wasn’t too surprising as we had a company meeting just after. Kim hosted the company meeting today, its a Q&A from yesterday’s meeting and it went really well.

Shortly after the Q&A the team had a quick catch up to celebrate someone’s birthday! It is the other person in Kim’s team, so Kim was really excited to celebrate her birthday. It was so nice to talk to everyone and wish her a happy birthday!

Kim then sent out the quarter finals cribbage invites and dealt with a few emails for most of the morning. After lunch she hosted the east coast call which was also nice, but Kim felt oddly distracted and a little lackluster during this call, which is weird as she usually really enjoys it!

Kim spent the afternoon working on a team project and updating a document. For the project she also updated a Wiki page and wrote up a document to be used.

To finish the day Kim joined the west coast social call and really enjoyed it. It was such a good group of people and a great way to end the day.

Zeffirelli’s Pasta

We had some good food for dinner! We ordered from Zeffirelli’s which is an Italian not too far from us.

We had eaten there before and the portion sizes are huge but the food is great! It came with free bread too.

Kim had a pasta with chicken, peas and sun-dried tomatoes and Curtis had a carbonara. Both were excellent and we have more than enough for another meal.

We watched another episode of Space Force and then the film Little Monsters which was actually quite good.

We watched more TV throughout the evening and just relaxed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 292: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Butter Chicken!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a normal start to the morning. He was able to get some admin done but also had to answer some questions from people.

Curtis did a few tickets. Curtis helped get someone a license for some software, which took a bit of time to figure out how they want that setup.

Once he did that, Curtis got some statistics and usage information exported for someone, which also took some time as it is a bit of a mundain task, but had to be done.

Curtis got someone back up and running after helping them clear a lot of wasted space taken up on their laptop.

Once he did that, he got started with his newest project. He had to make a mock-up of a page but on 2 different platforms to see what looks best. This took the whole afternoon, but he did it!

Kim’s Day

Kim started tbe day by helping with one of the company wide calls. After this she spent some time working through some of the postal project she has ans she made a good amount of progress again, which is great.

She was then emailed by her manager to help with a quick task of finding the appropriate links for the list of sites she had. So Kim got that sorted and sent that back over. As a follow up to the meeting Kim update the Wiki and sent out an email for people to be able to find it.

Kim spent a lot of the afternoon working on the sales project. She managed to get one half of it done and thats great because she has really been neglecting it!

Homemade Butter Chicken!

Kim made butter chicken from scratch!

It was fairly simple to make, but very, very delicious! It didn’t take too long, she just had to marinate the chicken and then it was pretty much ready to cook.

Along with this, we made coconut rice and had some roti & poppadoms!

A great dinner made from scratch.

We watched some TV and played some games, but Kim has to be up earlier tomorrow so we went to bed early.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 291: Vancouver, BC – Salad Season!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a lot of ticket work today, and a lot of the day was for one in particular.

Curtis had some tickets to do first thing and then had 2 meetings in a row.

He had a meeting with a couple of people from his team in which they discussed options around a specific piece of software that’s been under discussion for a while, and then he had another meeting which was his daily team one.

After his meeting, Curtis did a lot of small things for a bunch of different tickets and then had lunch.

Post lunch, Curtis spent most of the rest of the day researching and getting information and pricing on a specific laptop for someone, which he was able to order, too.

Curtis did some report exporting for someone and then his day was done.

Kim’s Day

Today’s blog for Kim won’t be all that interesting as she spent more time on FedEx again!

She started her day by losing a game of cribbage, unfortunately that means she is now out of the competition entirely! She enjoyed it whole she was involved, but still gets to facilitate the tournament which is great.

She went from the game straight into the mid week catch up. Today was great, there were a few newer faces and everyone was able to have a great conversation, which obviously focused around the events in America, black lives matter, human rights and hope for change.

A little later in the morning Kim had a donut catchup which was brilliant. It was with someone who works in the same office as Kim and that she gets on well with, which is great!

Kim then spent a lot of her day reorganising FedEx pickups and sorting out a few more. She also made a few plans for other projects and tried making a payment that has been a pain for the last couple of weeks, it still didn’t work.

Salad Season!

We were pretty hungry after work, but we watched an episode of a TV show first and then made dinner. It’s getting much warmer now so it’s time to have more salads.

We had a mexican chicken salad, which was absolutely perfect for today!

We watched some TV, played some games and did some tidying and cleaning around the apartment.

We played some UNO and mini sticks in the evening too, to break up the TV watching!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 290: Vancouver, BC – Storage Room Racing

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had some admin to do at the start of the day and then got a couple of tickets to get done.

Curtis had a team meeting to discuss some projects and then another meeting to discuss returning to work plans.

After lunch, Curtis had another team meeting for a while and then did a few more tickets, followed by his 1 year check up for work!

We did a couple of trips down to the storage locker, both from our apartment and from the car.

When we were there, we did a couple of races up and down the storage area, completely spontaneous and fun! We won one race each, too.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim spent a lot of her day working on the mailing project! She had to call them and she set up two pickups for people.

Mid morning Kim had a time set aside for games, she wasn’t really feeling it but didn’t want to cancel in case people needed the escape so she went ahead. After a few minutes of waiting there was only one other person on the call so they decided to try again next week.

Later in the morning Kim placed an order for a new dishwasher and a replacement for the kitchen tap. The only option for delivery is for 7am on a Saturday, so Kim and her colleague will head in that morning to be on hand if needed.

In the afternoon Kim also spent some time looking into alternative ways to ship within the UK, but has put that aside to take another look tomorrow.

Evening

We were hungry right after work, so we put on some rice and played some games whilst waiting for it to cook.

Kim made egg fried rice for dinner and it was very, very good!

We ate that and then watched the film Blockers.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 289: Vancouver, BC – New Cleaning Tools

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the day with some admin and then had a security risk to deal with.

He spent over an hour dealing with the security risk, but it was interesting for him!

He was able to get the risk resolved which was excellent.

He then had a discussion with someone around some requirements they have for a piece of software which is currently not supported. He had to find out why they wish to use it and then discuss with his team.

He had his daily team meeting as well and he also did some tickets.

After that, it was time for the monthly questions with one of the top team leads who answers everyone’s questions about the overall team (which encapsulates a lot of teams).

We both had lunch together, which was really nice, and then got back to work.

Curtis had a meeting in the afternoon which was to start another project, and he is the Business Analyst on this one.

He was able to get some answers to some questions he needed which was excellent.

Curtis did some admin for the project after that and even got some training done!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with a game of Cribbage and her pair nearly won, they were up the whole game! Then they didn’t, but never mind! There are still two more games to play!

Shortly after this, and doing some admin, Kim joined a team meeting. It was great to talk to everyone and see how they were all doing after the weekend. They then moved on to the team project and gave updates as to where everyone is with their stuff.

After the meeting Kim did a little admin and then started working on the post project she has. She had to call FedEx and that took a while but it was a very productive call and she was able to arrange a pickup that she had been struggling with online, so that was a great success. Kim sent a couple a follow emails. Even after lunch Kim was still working on this, it took up most of her day! Towards the end if the day she sent out a few chaser emails related to this as well.

As the day finished Kim worked a little on the team project.

New Cleaning Tools!

When we went to the shop on Sunday morning, we got a swiffer to clean the floor with as we have only hard floors now, so we needed something to work alongside our vacuum that would actually wash the floor.

Once finishing work, we put it to the test and cleaned all the floors in the apartment, which made them look much better!

After that, Kim made some dinner! She made chicken in a white wine/cheese style sauce with mushrooms, potatoes, peas, broccoli and carrots. Very delicious!

We watched some TV and Kim tried playing COD: Warzone for the first time!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 288: Vancouver, BC – Pole Is Up & Vancouver Protest

We had some breakfast, just some cereal, and then started to get ready for the day.

Our old landlord texted us and said we can pop over for the final handover and checklist.

We got there and cleaned a few things before he arrived.

All went well and we just had a few things to clean before the handover.

We got it handed over and then we were done! We are officially moved out of that a apartment now and there is therefore no work to do there anymore.

We got back home and went out for some coffee. We went to a place called Incognito Coffee which we really enjoyed.

We brought the coffee home and then Kim’s friend came over to confirm that our ceiling is concrete. Once that was confirmed, we had a bit of a chat and then they left.

Once they had left, we got Kim’s pole stood up and it was perfect! She is very happy she can use it now and has had a few tries on it.

We then went down to the protest here in Vancouver. We stood distanced from everyone on the outskirts of the protest, but we wanted to show our support.

We then went home, and will be self isolating for 14 days as much as possible.

We had cheese and wine for dinner, as we went to the shop once we left our old apartment earlier.

We ate that and just watched some TV for the rest of the evening. Nothing fancy.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 287: Vancouver, BC – NASA/SpaceX Launch!

We woke up at a respectful 10:30 and had a spot of breakfast. We had cheese and egg toasties which were delicious!

We watched a bit of TV and YouTube videos and then the NASA and SpaceX launch!

We then got showered.

We still need to hand over the keys for our old place and do the final check over, but we’re waiting for our former landlord to confirm when, so we expected we may have had to do that today.

The weather was terrible today, so that was another excuse to no do anything!

We played some Xbox games and watched some TV but then thought we should play some VR as we haven’t done for a while!

We have a much better area here and we can move furniture easier too, so that means we have more space!

We had great fun playing VR again but then got hungry. We had the leftover coconut rice from yesterday’s curry and our homemade chicken chili.

We watched The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo which we enjoyed but it was a little long and a little slow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale