Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 510: Vancouver, BC – 2 Hour Phone Call

Curtis’ Day

Up until 11:00, Curtis had a standard and fairly busy morning.

Things relaxed a little but then at 12:30 someone was unable to login to their laptop.

After trying to help them with some messages back and forth, Curtis jumped on a phone call with them to see if he could fix it.

After 2 hours, it was looking pretty bleak, so Curtis asked the person to meet Curtis’ colleague at the office as he was already there.

Once that call was done, Curtis finally had some lunch and then had some admin to do as well as some other work.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a really busy day today! In the morning she prepared for the company meeting, ordered a laptop and joined the meeting. She left the company wide meeting a little early to join a meeting with potential vendors to discuss plans and options avaliable for the company.

She then has a quick call with her colleague to discuss the meeting and go over a few things that happened over the oast few days and catch up.

In the early afternoon Kim hosted the first interview for a position that is open and it went really well. She was really pleased with how it went. After the interview she had a chat with the other person in the interview to discuss next possible steps with the candidate and position as a whole.

Kim then had two meetings with the executive team, back to back. They were both great and went really well. For the last hour Kim was on a call with her colleague so they were able to collaborate easily on a few tasks and organise a few things.

Evening

We had some African stew that we had leftover in the freezer and watched some TV for the evening.

We both had a pretty busy day, so we were ready to relax!

We even had a little bit of a nap, which made us feel much better and more awake!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 509: Vancouver, BC – Work Permit Submitted!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few tickets and some questions for the morning, which kept him nice and busy, which also went around his team meeting.

Curtis also applied for his work permit which was exciting!

After work, Curtis played some games with a colleague whilst waiting for Kim to finish working.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim was so busy, but certainly felt like she had nothing to show for it! She was able to set up a lot of meetings for the week, make good notes and generally make good preparations.

Just after midday Kim had a team meeting where they went over the facilities project and a few other HR things. After this meeting Kim had lunch and then she popped out for a meeting in regards to the facilities project.

Once Kim was home from the meeting she managed to get a few things done before having a meeting about candidates that have applied for a role with the company. It was really interesting and productive.

Towards the end of the day Kim finalised a survey and sent out an invite to a social event that will be happening next month.

Evening

Kim made another meal from her new cookbook which is jam and spice chicken drumsticks! They’re sweet and spicy which was delicious!

We watched some TV and played some games and then headed to bed.

Neither of us slept too great last night, so we wanted to get some good sleep!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 508: Vancouver, BC – A 2020 Recap

We woke up and had a super lazy morning.

We had some crepes for breakfast and watched a bit of TV before getting ourselves ready.

It was raining, so we went up to Starbucks, got a coffee and came back home.

We did a lot of laundry and other cleaning and then sat down to watch some TV and play games.

We got hungry and so Kim made some chicken burgers we saw in the cook book.

They were delicious! We had then with curly fries and a ceasar salad.

We watched Death to 2020, which is on Netflix and it’s a satirical recap of 2020, which was funny!

We watched some more TV after this and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 507: Vancouver, BC – Finally Found An Earring

We woke up and got ourselves showered and dressed and then we headed right out.

We went out for a walk and got some breakfast on the way. We got ourselves a croissant and some coffee from the European style bakery down the road.

We had a nice long walk for a couple of hours. It was brisk outside but a pretty perfect temperature.

We stopped in at a jewelry store that Kim has bought things from before to look for a replacement earring and Kim was able to find exactly what she was looking for!

Once we got home, we watched one or two things on TV and then Kim did some admin for our PR application.

Once that was done, we played some VR for a bit and then had some chilli for dinner.

Once we ate, we went out to the shop to get the shopping done.

We got back home and Kim made cookies and then we watched some TV together for the remainder of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 506: Vancouver, BC – Evening Laughs

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a fairly busy morning with some tickets, a team meeting.

Once the morning was done, and so was lunch, Curtis did some training and then wrapped up the day with an offboard.

Curtis played a few games after working with a colleague.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a slow morning before joining a meeting to set up things in the HR system in a way that is more efficient and get a few hints and tips. After the call Kim prepared for her next meeting.

She then had a call with someone to go over candidates for a role that they are recruiting for. After they reviewed the candidates they went over the interview structure and questions to make sure all they would get all the right information and understanding of the applicants.

For the afternoon Kim worked on the document for the HR system, reviewed more candidates and set up a plan for the following week.

At the end of the day Kim had a chat with her new teammate to see how she was doing and just to catch up at the end of the week. It was great!

Evening

We ordered some Peruvian food as we wanted toast week but they were closed!

We atethat and watched some YouTube videos, followed by The Great Fat Quiz of Everything and we had a great laugh at that!

We watched some other TV and played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 505: Vancouver, BC – Busy, Productive & Successful!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had quite a quiet morning, but did a few things here and there.

After lunch, it got a bit busier, with a few tickets coming in together and Curtis jumped on those, as well as some people reporting some other issues which Curtis helped with too.

At the end of the day, Curtis was informed of someone leaving the company tomorrow so he had to organise their equipment return.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with a quick call with a teammate to help them with a question they had and set up a few things on their calendar. She then spent a small amount of time preparing for her meetings for the day before hosting an onboarding.

After the onboarding Kim had a meeting planned to go over some HR things. The meeting covered kittle of what was planned, but was very productive and useful!

Kim then joined the recruitment meeting to discuss the open roles and the next steps.

For the afternoon Kim had a lot of little meetings and organised a few IT things as well as looked at candidates for an open position that the company has.

Evening

Kim went out to get some chicken and once she got back we had Katsu Curry!

We had the sauce already, so we just needed to bread and fry the chicken (and make rice).

We ate that and watched some TV for the evening.

We can’t believe it’s Thursday already!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 504: Vancouver, BC – Craziness In America

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had 2 meetings back to back at the start of the day.

He had another orientation to start the day and then a brief team meeting after that.

Once that was done, Curtis spent most of the day doing tickets but also paid quite a bit of attention to what was happening in the Capitol in the US. Absolutely crazy!

Kim’s Day

Kim had another busy morning of odd tasks that she completed. One big win was to finish the job description and posting for a new role. She also managed to get information read and research done for a few meetings during the day.

Just after midday Kim had a team meeting where they went over some of the information Kim put together and made some good plans for guidelines and documentation. Straight after that meeting Kim hosted the social call. She planned nothing and everyone just had a great chat and catch up, it was really lovely.

Kim was meant to have another team meeting in rhe afternoon, but that got moved to the following day so Kim decided to head to the post office to post some letters.

When she got home Kim looked over applications and started some research on a HR project. She also had another call with her teammate and they both took a look at applications and had a chat about other work stuff. To finish the day Kim reached out to a few companies for the HR project.

Evening

Kim got some tips from someone at work about how to improve our dinner we made yesterday, and we had leftovers, so we managed to improve it and it was delightful! Lemon and some extra herbs did the trick.

We watched a bit of TV and played games for the evening but we were very tired today!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 503: Vancouver, BC – Chicken & Dumplings

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some admin in the morning, mostly with a slew of tickets that arrived to do some checkups on people’s laptops to ensure they are working as they should.

He had a Norwegian lesson which went really well at 10:30 and then he had a call with someone to take a look at a few issues they were having with their laptop.

After that, he completed a couple of the checkups and then had some lunch.

After lunch, there were a few tickets to do as well as some admin and then he finished the day with some training.

Kim’s Day

Kim collected and sent some info to her colleague for the weekly company check in and then she joined the meeting. She then had a slow morning ticking off a few items and getting smaller admin tasks done. One of the achievements was that Kim finally fixed the paid time off. She had to reach out to the support team and it turns out Kim just hadn’t scrolled down far enough and missed a tick box! Its frustrating but at least its sorted now.

In the afternoon Kim had three meetings back to back. The first was about some company merch that she would like to order. So Kim pulled together all the people who would be involved, she presented her ideal vendor she thinks that the company should work with and also shared the product that she thought was the beat fit. Everyone loved the suggestions and now things have been set in motion to get an order in. They also discussed and finalised a date for another party!

The second meeting was between Kim and her colleague where they worked through the paperwork needed for Kims provincial nomination paperwork. Then they both went over to a meeting with someone that will be joining the company soon. They discussed the role and the persons goals to see how well they align.

A while after that meeting Kim had an impromptu quick call with a couple of people to discuss a piece of writing they helped Kim with. One thing that Kim, and many other people, want to be beautifully written in all job postings for the company is the diversity ans inclusion section. So Kim asked if people would want to help and they did! So they all jumped on a call during the evening ro make a few edits together. It went so well and really encapsulates the values of the company.

Evening

Kim managed to finish working at a pretty good time and got started on cooking a wonderful dinner! Kim made chicken with dumplings, from her cookbook, which was like a chicken stew with dumplings in…Very delicious!

Curtis watched a bit of the World Junior Hockey Championship final whilst Kim cooked and once dinner was ready we watched some TV.

In the remainder of the evening, we watched more TV and played some games, too.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 502: Vancouver, BC – Double Office Visit

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was up a little earlier today as he had a call with a new starter at 09:00. This call was an orientation to ensure they were setup and everything was working.

Once did that call, Curtis walked down to the office to setup a laptop and ship some equipment.

He completed this about 2/3 hours later and went home.

He got a couple of things sorted, answered some messages and tickets and then had lunch.

Right after lunch, Curtis had to go back to the office to meet someone to fix something urgent, which only took about 10 minutes!

He walked back home and finished a few things before playing some games with colleagues.

Kim’s Day

Over the break Kim had been sent a few reading materials that are useful for diversity and inclusion during recruitment and hiring, so thats how Kim started her day. She went through the reading materials and later in the day Kimberley reached out to a consultant that her previously company had worked with who provides inclusive and diversity training to get a few training sessions set up on a regular basis.

A new starter joined today so Kim had a short onboarding time set up with them and a colleague to help set them up. They had a mini onboarding just before the winter break but the time today was to ensure that they have all the accesses that they need and to see of they had any questions. The meeting wasn’t long enough so Kim arranged a meeting later in the day and the other two went to another meeting.

For the rest of the morning Kim did research on some things for an event coming up in a few weeks and then she was asked to catch up with her team. So they all joined a call to discuss the projects that are coming up, the recruitment and a nice quick post break catch up.

After that meeting Kim and her colleague went back to their other new teammate to finish their onboarding. Kim helped for a bit and then they went into more role specific stuff so Kim left to have some lunch.

After lunch Kim tried to fix a few things with the HR system, but had no luck. She then had to reach out to the work mobile company to update something and that took a while. For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on the facilities project as she went back to square one just before the break.

Evening

We were going to have something different for dinner, but as Kim worked late, we just had frozen pizza.

After that, we watched some TV and played some games, all whilst trying not to fall asleep!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 501: Vancouver, BC – First New Cookbook Use!

We woke up and had the same breakfast as yesterday and then got ourselves ready for the day.

Once we were ready, we were finally able to go out for a walk as the weather wasn’t bad!

We stopped in at a few places to see if we could get Kim a replacement earring, but we had no luck, so we grabbed a coffee and walked to the beach.

There were quite a lot of people, but we managed to stay away from everyone and had a really nice walk.

When we got home, we looked into Kim’s new cooking book that Curtis got her for Christmas and found some nice food we can make for the week!

We left home again once we had ingredients listed out and went to the shop.

We went to Canadian Tire first to grab a rechargeable battery charger with some rechargable batteries so we don’t use up too much for our VR controllers, then we headed to the supermarket.

We queued for a bit but then headed in and got the shop done in a pretty quick timeframe.

We got home and Kim made the potato, peas & mushroom dinner from the cookbook, which we added an egg to the top of and it was pretty delicious! We wanted the potato a little crispier, but we can try it again!

Curtis vacuumed whilst Kim cooked so we were all ready to relax once we ate.

We are both back to work tomorrow and Curtis needs to head into the office, so an early wake-up it is!

We played some games and watched some TV/YouTube after we ate and just relaxed, really.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale