Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 363: Vancouver, BC – Both Working At Home Again

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was ask a few questions around an onboard right in the morning.

After answering those, Curtis did some admin and then blocked some phishing email addresses that people had reported in the last week.

Curtis then had his daily team meeting followed by helping someone with a password issue, which took about 45 minutes.

Once Curtis was finished with that, he had to purchase something for the Vancouver office and then did some more small tickets before lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had a quick call to go over something with someone in his team and then had his bi-weekly team meeting to discuss project work over the last couple of weeks.

Kim’s Day

Kim was working from home today!

Kim started her day with the UK call and had a wonderful catch up with one of the people out there. She then spent most of the morning finishing the news UK quiz before testing it on her family. Unfortunately that call didnt go so well! Her parents connection kept dropping so Kim ran through the questions with her sister to check for timing and wording changes that need to be made.

Kim also did a little admin before and after the call. She reached out to someone who is leaving and made a payment for her colleague.

After the call with her sister Kim joined the east coast social call and had a great chat with those people. Then Kim had a quick lunch before making a few changes to the quiz she tested today. Once she had made the changes Kim started working on the our people quiz for the UK.

She ended her day with the west coat call and had a great time. We had a few new starters on the call and it was lovely!

Evening

We ordered an Indian from our favourite Indian place which we haven’t had in a while and it was delicious!

We watched some YouTube videos whilst we ate dinner and then we watched the film Desperados on Netflix which wasn’t great but wasn’t terrible.

We watched some more TV for the evening and played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 362: Vancouver, BC – Moving Things

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had an incredibly busy day today!

Curtis had a meeting right away in the morning. This was a project meeting to determine the scope and requirements from the stakeholders.

Once that meeting was done, Curtis had another meeting with some of his team members to create a full project from the meeting they just had.

After that, Curtis was able to start work on some tickets but was then asked to head to the office to move a few things around.

When he got to the office, Curtis moved a server cabinet from the boardroom to another area so it was not in the way.

Once he did that, Curtis had to move around some of the server cabinets in the server room as they weren’t placed quite right.

After this, Curtis did some more things around the office and then headed home, but detoured to get some Vietnamese coffee beans and normal coffee beans.

Curtis did some tickets and helped a bunch of people in the afternoon and overall had a busy day!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her morning by finishing cleaning the whiteboard for todays team meeting that were coming in. She wiped it all down and ensured that everything was sprayed by sanitizer.

Then the team members arrived for their meeting and it was so great to see them all! She explained a few of the things that are set up around the office and then left them to it!

Kims colleague came back from her mini break today so they had a catch-up and download of all the information of things that have happened over the week and it was great. They went over the few things left for the parties. For the rest of the day Kim worked on the quizzes and finally managed to word a few of the questions in a way that makes way more sense. So that was amazing.

To finish the day Kim spent an over an hour helping with writing up a communication. It was a lot of recording and lots of little tweaks here and there to make it perfect.

Evening

When Kim got home, we had some chicken chilli for dinner and watched some TV, along with playing some mini golf.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 361: Vancouver, BC – New TV Show

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a morning filled with meetings!

First, he had a company wide meeting which was VERY positive and informative.

After this meeting, Curtis had his daily team meeting right after.

After that meeting, Curtis got some admin and tickets completed and then had another meeting, this time it was a 1 on 1 which was also a positive meeting.

After lunch, Curtis got a lot of reading done and then did an offboard in the late afternoon.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into the office for the midweek catch-up today and she had a couple of people join!

Today Kim had a new list if people to chase for their cocktail orders so she sent out a few messages and after a while everyone responded with all the information, it was great!

Around mid morning Kim had someone try the new coffee machine, but it didn’t work, so she emailed the company and they sent someone out to come and take a look at it. Kims favourite employee from the company happened to be the person to get the call, so it was great to see him and have a catch up. He fixed the machine and Kim did a test cup! It works and it is so cool!

In the afternoon Kim had a quick chat with her colleague in the office and then wrote up an email for her and their manager with a bunch of questions for an upcoming project. So that was really productive feeling!

Before Kim started on the quizzes for the day she popped out to test her new credit card by buying a couple more hand sanitiser bottles for the office. Unfortunately the card didn’t work, so Kim used her old work credit card. When she got back Kim did a lot of the work for the UK Our People quiz. She managed to sort a lot of the questions and just needs to build it out with the media and some of the answers. Kim also made a start on the History of the company quiz but she is not sure she is happy with how it looks and flows.

Evening

Kim had an appointment right after work and then when she got home we had chicken with homemade potato salad and sweetcorn.

We watched some YouTube videos and then after that we tried watching the first episode of The Umbrella Academy and then we watched the next episode of The Rain.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 360: Vancouver, BC – Distanced Park Gathering

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very quiet day in general.

He did some tickets and then got to do some training in the afternoon as it was quiet, which was great.

Kim’s Day

Kim collected the office visit paperwork, saved it and sent out emails confirming the desks that they can use.

She was then given the task to chase West Coast people for their cocktail choices. She sent out an email to one group and she sent smaller messages to another group. For some people Kim needs a lot of information and for others Kim just needs to know which cocktail they would like.

Today is the day that the new coffee machine is installed! The vendors arrived and set up a big touchless coffee machine. It works by scanning a QR code and ordering a coffee that way, its super cool!

Around logging peoples cocktail choices Kim set up the desks and meeting space for people coming in on Wed, Thurs and Fri. She set up two new hot desks round by the printer. Sprayed all the hot desks with a bleach solution and cleaned down one of the whiteboards. Tomorrow Kim will set up chairs for the meeting and finish cleaning the whiteboards.

To finish the day Kim was able to spend a little time on the quiz, while chasing the final few people for their choices.

Kim had plans this evening! Plans that are outside and with other people! It was very exciting. She got home, changed and left right away! She drove towards the lake where she is meeting some work friends, but when she pulled over to check directions Kim noticed a colleague was stuck as their peddle fell off their bike! So she detoured and picked her up and between the two of them managed to fit her bike in the back of the car. For the rest of the drive over they both wore masks and kept the windows open. Not getting them ‘ronas today!

They made it to the lake and found the two other friends and one of their dogs! Kim was over the moon and spent a lot of the catch-up playing fetch with the dog and it was great! It was so nice to just sit with people and have a chat, in a lovely evening outside. It just seemed so normal. The beat part was that it wasn’t all just work talk too! It was a lovely evening and Kim had a great time.

After this, kim dropped her colleague and her bike at home before heading home herself.

Evening

Whilst Kim was out, Curtis played some games and had pizza for dinner.

After Kim got home, she had some food and we watched a bit of TV.

We didn’t do too much this evening as Kim got back a bit late, but we made sure to play mini golf!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 359: Vancouver, BC – Urgent Laptop Setup

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to urgently setup a laptop this morning, but it was in Denver, so he had to do it all remotely, with a bit of help from someone at that office.

Curtis got that laptop setup and then had his weekly team meeting.

After that, he did a few tickets and a bit of research for a problem before having another quick project meeting.

After that meeting, he ate lunch and then did more tickets and finished the day off with some training.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a few things to work on for the summer parties while her colleague is away. She had to send a few chasers so Kim started with the small message reminders and then drafted up the larger email reminders and got those sent out. She kept an eye on the responses and made notes throughout the day.

Kim also updated the visitor forms and uploaded those to the Wiki. She went through the paperwork for the meeting that is happening on Thursday and confirmed the plan for tomorrow with the drinks vendor.

In the mid afternoon Kim sent out a laptop and welcome kit for a new hire. She then had to call UPS as she couldn’t figure out the billing system, she eventually managed to find another workaround.

For the late afternoon Kim worked on the quiz. She managed to get quite a bit done. She changed one question from the quiz she had already completed and managed to finish about 10, more questions for the 2nd quiz round for the UK.

Evening

We had really tasty paprika chicken with a mustard/cream sauce, homemade potato crisps and peas.

We ate our dinner and then played a game of mini golf, and watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 358: Vancouver, BC – Lost Lagoon

Lost Lagoon

We woke up at a good time today and had some breakfast.

We had a grilled cheese again and then got ready for the day.

We then went out to do our usual weekend walk on the seawall, along the beaches and across to Stanley Park.

There were far too many people outside today, so we had to keep dodging them, but once we got to Stanley Park, it was a little less populated.

We went to Lost Lagoon at Stanley Park which was a big lake and it was actually very nice and incredibly peaceful!

We walked around here for a while and then went to grab a drink from the pharmacy nearby.

We left there and walked back home, which took about 30 minutes.

Goodbye, Leafs

We got back home and Curtis watched the leafs game. This was the final game of the series, so the winner moves on.

Unfortunately, the Leafs lost 3-0, so that’s a short lived return of hockey for Curtis!

Home Pole Dancing

Kim did some pole dancing at home whilst Curtis watched hockey. She loves the fact she can do stuff at home and she had some success with it, too.

Gnocchi

We had gnocchi for dinner, which was just from a packet so nothing fancy, but Kim made a homemade sauce which was really good.

We watched some TV and played some games as usual for the evenings these days!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 357: Vancouver, BC – A BBQ, With People!

Breakfast

We slept in for a while, until around 11:30, and then lazily got up and had some breakfast, which was grilled cheese.

Returning Clothes

Kim went to Burnaby to return some clothes at a shop or two and also to buy a few items.

Kim got herself some new earrings that she had been looking for, too.

Curtis stayed home and played games for the afternoon and evening.

BBQ

Kim went to a BBQ which her friend invited her to at her house.

She really enjoyed herself, and there were quite a few people there but they were all in a bubble, so Kim stayed distanced as much as possible, but still had some good conversations and some fun!

Shopping

When Kim was done at the BBQ, she headed home and we went to do the weekly shop. We finished the shop and headed home, getting home around 21:30.

Cheese & Wine

We had cheese and wine for dinner, because we fancied it and it’s a fun Saturday dinner!

We watched some TV and chilled out for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place72 – Day 356: Vancouver, BC – Hockey Is Stressful

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy morning, mostly just doing tickets.

The afternoon was pretty quiet, with just a few tickets and not much else happening.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the day on calls! She first had the UK social call, but no one joined, so she headed into the office and did a little admin before joining a quick call with her colleague to show her the PowerPoint she made for the summer party mini game! They also had a quick catchup about the parties.

Kim then arranged a courier and sorted out a few other things in the gap between that call and her 1-1, which went really well. It was a great catchup with her manager and Kim updated her on a few of the projects she is working on, the new thing for the kitchen, the test of the quiz the day before and a few other things.

Kim then had another call with her colleague after she had a request come through that she just needed to soundboard. So so it was a lot of Kim listening and offering ideas when her colleague hit a mind blank.

After that call Kim squeezed in a few emails and some scannning before joining the East Coast social call. She had a great call with all those people, but was then needed to brainstorm with her colleague. So Kim jumped off the social call and helped her colleague make a game plan and back up plans.

Kim then had a quick lunch before managing to do some more admin before the West Coast call. She stayed on that for a while before one of the people on the call reminded kim that someone else is joining the office as of next week and Kim realised she had set nothing up for them! She sent them all the information during the day and added them to all the communication channels, but totally forgot to set up the desk, so Kim did that. Then she set up a laptop for a new starter. To close off the day Kim finally worked on the quiz and she got 3 questions added with media and answers to Kahoot, she took that as a win and eventually went home!

Hockey Is Stressful

Curtis watched the Leafs game after work, which was very, very stressful! The leafs were losing 3-0 but came back to win in Overtime, making it all to play for on Sunday.

We ordered Korean chicken again for dinner as it was so good last week!

We sat and ate that and watched some TV and then played games for a lot of the night, just messing around and having fun!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 355: Vancouver, BC – Quiz Test & Back To Pole!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to renew a license in the morning so had to figure out how to do that one which took some time.

Curtis then did a bunch of tickets and after that he edited a guide that needed changing.

After that, he had some lunch and then helped Kim with testing her quiz that she has made, along with Kim’s family!

The test went really well, and then Curtis did some more tickets as well as a bit of security training in the late afternoon, which everyone at the company has to complete.

Curtis then watched hockey after work was done.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by catching up on a few emails and adding the last few questions to her quiz.

At midday Kim had a meeting with a vendor who popped in. They went over an offer that they have, Kim and her colleague are very excited and hopeful that they can utilise this great offer!

Just after the meeting Kim hosted a game time, but no one showed! So Kim worked on the quiz for a bit.

Kim had organised a test run through of the quiz with her family She sorted out a time and then sent out an invite to her parents and sister, and Kim invited Curtis and her colleague too. It was a great test and Kim got some wonderful feedback that she can use going forward into making the other quizzes. It was also so fun! Everyone seemed to enjoy the quiz, some questions were harder than others, they were able to iron our some technical issues and just have a good catch-up too!

After the quiz and mini game test were done Kim started troubleshooting an issue she had with the audio. The problem ended up that Kim had turned the volum down on the game to stop the lobby music being too loud and didn’t turn it back up again for the sound rounds in the quiz! So that was funny and an easy fix! She also updated the quiz with some word changes and layout changes of some of the questions. She finished by starting the second UK quiz and will work on that a little more tomorrow.

Back to Pole!

Kim got home and shortly after went off to pole! She was finally going back, but obviously there are precautions, such as wearing a mask the whole time and keeping 6ft apart.

Kim loved being back at pole! She was a little nervous at first, but she had a great double lesson back, with a teacher she loves to train with. Kim didn’t manage to nail many of the moves, but she is taking it slow and understanding that her body will have lower limits than it did pre COVID and that thats okay! She will work her way back up for sure. Its also exciting as Kim now has momentum and will, hopefully, start practicing at home too!

We had a chicken salad for dinner and watched a bit of TV, once Kim got back from pole.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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