Place 72 – Day 191: Vancouver, BC – SLA Crafting

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work quite early today, which gave him time to plan for the day and complete some admin.

Curtis had some ticket things to keep him busy, as well as writing out the team’s SLA document.

In the afternoon, he had a 1 hour team meeting which was incredibly productive.

Curtis spent some time doing some more admin and research in the afternoon, most of which for upcoming possible training he can do, and then he setup a laptop.

Kim’s Day

Before heading into work Kim had to pop to the doctors, she is all good, just a routine check up. As she had planned to be late in this morning and the doctors appointment was quicker than she anticipated she grabbed some breakfast and went into the office.

Kim spent a bit of her time in the morning preparing for a meeting. She also sent out the final reminder for the holiday party.

In the social team meeting Kim went over a few changes that are due to happen and outlined what that all meant. It went really well!

After the meeting, Kim’s colleague, who is on maternity leave, came in to pick a few things up so the whole team sat down for some lunch and a nice catch up.

After the meeting Kim and another colleague went to a shop to pick up some replacement decorations for the centrepieces for the holiday party. The ones that arrived in the mail were teenytiny! As a result of this trip Kim now had a decent amount of DIY to do and she is VERY excited about that!

On the way back Kim stopped to pick up a subway to eat in her next meeting.

When she got back into the office Kim had a meeting about the holiday party and the quarterly social meet up for new starters.

After this meeting Kim finally got the ball rolling with getting things done. She updated the notes for the holiday party to do list, set up reminders for tomorrow and organised her inbox to make things more manageable!

Training

Kim’s pole class tonight was so much fun, it was a combo class of things that were learnt over the past few weeks!

She then treated herself to a silks class as someone she trains with in the pole class is the instructor for the class. She loved it and would really love to go back to Silks!

We watched a bit of TV when Kim got home and then went to sleep. It felt like a long day as we didn’t sleep well last night!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 174: Vancouver, BC – Long, Long Day

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work at a pretty good time, but was not tired, surprisingly, seen as he didn’t get much sleep last night, for some reason.

Curtis started the day with a bit of project work, but most of the day was other things, like admin stuff, meetings and ticket work, which was a nice change.

Curtis finished the day with something a little challenging, but mostly to test and teach himself.

Curtis walked home alone as Kim had to stay at work for a while, as you’ll read below!

Kim’s Day & Evening

Kim knew today was going to be a long one! She got in early to decorate for Halloween.

At about 9 Kim did a new hire tour for two new people, they did the full floor tour, went to the roof and checked out the facilities.

Kim then took some time to set up some of the drinks for the evening, as there is a drinks and nibbles going on just after work.

Kim collected a small fridge and filled that with white wine, filled a larger fridge with the beers and cider. She also made room in the drinks fridge for the platters to go in.

As they had to collect the platters, Kim and a colleague went over to up the road from Kims house to pick everything up, so they got dropped off at the supermarket and Kim went home to pick up her car.

She then went and picked up her colleague who collected almost everything that was ordered.

Everything expect the 15 pumpkins as the supermarket had run out. This surprised Kim as she saw some over the weekend when she went in!

Once they had driven back to the office Kim had some pizza left over from a meeting for lunch.

She then had a little time at her desk and attempted to catch up on things!

Kim then set more drinks up, by clearing space in the drinks fridge for more soft drinks!

She then had a few minutes before the she needed to start setting the kitchen up for the evening drinks so Kim stuck some more decorations up.

Her favourite is a skeleton hand and a skill with a google eye glued in on the top of the vending machine!

Kim and a couple of teammates then set up the room by moving all the tables out and setting up a bar area in front of the fridge.

Kim also used the high chairs to act as a lower bar and set up a fan to keep her cool for the evening. It was a beautiful set up and Kim was very happy with it.

They the set up all the crackers and cookies to go around the room with the platters.

Kim.then spent the evening serving drinks which was great fun!

Kim will always love serving behind a bar, but doesn’t really miss the long nights and sore feet too much!

Towards the end of the evening Kim started packing down the bar and mixing the platters all together to be put in the fridge.

After a while Kims teammates notices that she was cleaning up and told her to go home as it had been a 12 hour day, so instead Kim sat and finished her doughnut from.ealier on in the day and tidied up the front desk as it was a tip from setting up earlier.

She then gave someone a lift home and headed home herself!

The Usual Monday Clean

Curtis got home and instantly took all of the bins out and emptied them. It was very full today!

Curtis then cleaned down the counters in the kitchen, followed by vacuuming the whole apartment, emptying and putting away the clothes from the dryer and emptying the dishwasher.

After all of that, Curtis was hungry, so it was time to have some food.

He had some leftover thai green curry that we had a while ago (which we defrosted) and cooked up some nice rice to go with it.

Curtis ate this and then played quite a bit of call of duty, whilst Kim was out.

Once Kim got back, she showered and we watched a little bit of TV but more than anything, we just wanted to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 150: Vancouver, BC – Busy Evening!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was able to get some further testing done with a user for his project when he got in and then he had a team meeting to talk about another project that is coming to an end.

After that, there was a few tickets that Curtis got sorted and then spent a long time trying to get something sorted for accounts with a purchase order.

Just before and after lunch, Curtis helped someone with a couple of email issues, which he spent a long time fixing and eventually got that done.

Curtis spent the last few parts of the day changing some guides for his project as well as starting to setup a laptop.

Kim’s Day

One of the first things Kim did this morning was to do the building tour for the new started who came in in the afternoon yesterday.

Kim went from that straight into a meeting that lasted most of the morning for first aid and other things with her teammate. Then from that into making up busniess cards from yesterdays replies. A fair few of them needed a few amendments so that took a while.

After lunch Kim then went into a confrence call meeting in regards to a new system she wants to put in place. It was Kim with a few colleagues and they all received a demo and asked a lot of questions. At the end of the meeting Kim was very pleased with it and is interested in seeing what comes from it all.

After this Kim went to staples to pick up some notebooks, some adhesive hooks and a clock. Kim thought that the hooks might be a good idea for the loose wires in meeting rooms that need to be moved around a lot.

A few people asked for a clock in the kitchen so Kim picked one up at staples. When she got back Kim put the clock up and it looks awesome!
Kim then caught up on a few emails as she spent most of the day in meetings she hardly had a chance to keep up today!

Kim went to an intermediate class today where she wasnt sure she would be able to keep up. Luckily she was able to for the most part which was great!

Kim then walked home before heading out to a different class at another location. This is the same class Kim takes every week and she absolutely loves it. She was able to get most of the moves but could not figure one of them out, but thats just one to practise and get better at.

Busy Evening!

Curtis got home and watched the Leafs’ first game of the regular season.

Kim had 2 training sessions this evening which were pretty much back to back, so she was out for most of the evening.

After that, once Kim got back, we headed out to Richmond for Curtis’ hockey game!

Curtis’ game went really well and he he got one of the player of the game beers from the other team! Curtis’ team won 4-3 against the team they lost 7-1 against before.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 136: Vancouver, BC – All Day Typing & Post Work Massage

Curtis’ Day

As made apparent from the title, Curtis’ day was a lot of writing (technically typing).

He started the day with some admin and then doing a couple of tickets, but he did have it planned to get guides written for his project. There are around 8 guides to get written, so Curtis has to get those all done, and ASAP!

Curtis just did those all day and got half done, which is better than none.

Curtis walked home and there was no rain, which is much better, and then he watched the last 2 periods of the leafs game.

He had leftover Thai curry which he cooked up some chicken for and ate.

Kim went out to exercise and Curtis played some games.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim had to grab a cake for a team so she headed to the shop up near home and planned to take a taxi in. She called for a taci before going in to.the store, but as the answered the line cut out. So kim grabbed the cake and waited outside while she called again, it took 5 minutes to get through and there was no estimated arrival time.

While Kim was at the bus stop waiting for the taxi a police escort came down the road and blocked it off, then came a group of cyclists followed by more police and an ambulance or 2. The best part was that the police van was playing ACDC, a great way to start a morning!

When the taxi eventually arrived Kim made her way into work and was about 30 minutes later than she had anticipated! Kim then hid the cake at her desk before running back out to post a letter and pick up some dairy free cakes.

While she was out in the morning Kim was asked to do some printing, so she got all of that sorted.

During the morning Kim felt very strange, she had a pounding headache, felt neasous and had funny vision. So Kim took 5 and sat in a meeting room to see if it would pass, and then went and grabbed some fresh air on the roof. This helped a fair amount.

It was then cake time! So Kim arranged the main cake in the kitchen, but hid the dairy free ones! There was a nice little talk and then everyone grabbed some cake.

As she still wasnt feeling 100% Kim then changed her settings on her computer to cause less of a strain on her eyes, this was Curtis’s great idea and he walked her through how to do it over the phone! He is so wonderful and really does take good care of Kim.

This helped immensely and throughout the course of the day all the issues went away! During the call, the gentleman who put on the presentation snuck Kim some cake, which was very appreciated.

Kim then took some time to go through the emails received today and had a little catch up with her team mate who had been in another office for the past week.

It was then lunch time, and despite Kim saying that she would sort her lunch in the morning and to no surprise to Curtis, Kim had not made her lunch. As she had felt so groggy in the morning Kim decided to get a McDonald’s, and she picked a great day to as well, she got a free cheeseburger! So she grabbed her lunch and then went back to eat. She ended up in and out of her seat for the first half of her lunch sorting things out for people!

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon catching up on the invoices. Its going to be like that for a fair few days as she hadn’t saved an invoice until yesterday since the 4th September. Kim is very glad to announce that she is now up to the 9th September!

In the middle of the invoices Kim had a bit more of a proper meeting with her colleague, mainly a catch up from the last week and plans on the Christmas parties. Kim ended up giving a great idea for the UK office that will possibly be used, so that was great!

After work, Kim used her benefits to get a quick massage. She had booked herself in for a 30 minute neck and back massage to sort out her painful shoulder, but as a result of her morning, Kim changed it to a head, neck and back massage and it was alright!

Kim class today was good! The conditioning nearly killed her and she was utterly rubbish at it all. She was able to nail some of the moves which was great.

Bake Off, Again!

Kim got back from exercise and we watched the latest bake off episode before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 116: Vancouver, BC – Running?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was non stop from the moment he arrived at the office.

He did tickets pretty much all morning and a couple were a little more elaborate so they took longer, which was good!

In the afternoon, Curtis setup 2 laptops and then, from 15:45, he added a new hard drive to a laptop and began a clone of one hard drive onto another which will run overnight.

Curtis left work around 17:00 to meet Kim from work.Kim’s Day
This morning Kim spent some time going through more of her reception clean up and went through all the leftover mail lying around. She took out all the flyers and left them for people to collect, sectioned off remote workers mail and made little folders for them, she also reminded people about mail they had. Kim also put coloured card and binder dividers to be taken home for people in the kitchen to also free up some more space.

Kim was then asked if she could give someone, who was leaving leaving shortly, some marketing material. The issue here is that Kim had not collected it yet, because of the meetings happening earlier in the week, she didn’t want reception looking messy, so Kim had to run to the print shop to pick up the banner, call the gentleman a cab and get the banner back to the office within 20 minutes! She made it, but a small amount of running and multi tasking was included!

When Kim got back she spent some time updating the social calendar to outline what is coming up over the next month.

Kim then kept the cleaning up by starting a deeper clean of the meeting rooms. Giving the whiteboards a monthly clean, checking the whiteboard pens and just giving the rooms a general tidy up. She only managed two but kept her colleagues entertained when they just saw flying pens, whiteboard erasers and paper from one corner of the meeting room to somewhere near the bin.

During her clean the Thursday pizza arrived, so Kim set that up and then when she finished her second meeting room she grabbed some pizza and had some lunch.

Kim then finally got around to updating her folders with the receipts she had collected over the past week.

She then agreed for one of the nearby hotels to come in for a chat. When they arrived Kim sat them in a meeting room and grabbed her colleague who joined for a quick 15 minute catch up!

Kim then arranged some social team stuff for some small upcoming events. The exciting thing for Kim is that there is another quiz to come! This time, she will be going for a slideshow.

A request came in to amend someone’s travel so Kim took some time to look into it and figure out where to start. However as a teammate was leaving she said that they should tackle it tomorrow. It’ll be a much easier task to tackle with fresh eyes.

Kim was handed some letters to send out so she prepared these and posted them on her way home. While she was waiting for Curtis, after popping the letters in the mailbox Kim had a little walk around sportcheck to kill some time.

Kim class tonight was by far her favourite! It was the most similar to what she used to do back in the UK. It’ll be some time before she is dancing and doing tricks like she used to but she will get there and is having great fun along the way!

More Exercise

We got home, Kim had a sandwich for dinner and Curtis had a couple of hotdogs.

Eventually, after watching some YouTube videos, Kim drove to her exercise class and Curtis played some games.

Once Kim got back and showered, we did some admin, such as this blog and Duolingo and then we watched a Vikings right before bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 109: Vancouver, BC – Project Full

Curtis’ Day

Curtis wasn’t able to have meetings today as there is a new company policy for ‘Thoughtful Thursdays’.

This means that Curtis had more time to get some other admin and project tasks done!

Curtis got some admin done in the early morning and then setup 2 laptops back to back. This is to upgrade people as part of a project.

Curtis was able to continue with some project work in the afternoon, but this time it was mostly research. He did a few tickets along the way but it was good to get some other things done, though his calendar for tomorrow is full!

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she spent the morning on random little tasks. Then mid morning she went on to make a fruit salad to use up the other half of the melon and restock parts of the fridge.

Just before midday the weekly pizza arrived for the meeting. Today Kim decided to try using proper plates rather than the usual paper plates, it saves in cost and reduces the amount of single use items used around the office.

Just after this Kim was invited out to head to Sephora with 2 girls who were going and as she fancied a little walk in the sun Kim tagged along. When they got back the meeting had finished so Kim and one of the other girls sat down for some pizza for lunch and had a good chat.

Kim spent the first half of her afternoon changing parts of the floor plan maps to make them work and fit better. They looked so much better after the changes.

Kim then spent some time organising and placing orders. She had to call up Nespresso to get her order to go through and she had to call staples because she charged the order to the wrong card. Unfortunately she was unable to get through so that will now be a job for tomorrow.

Terrific Spaghetti Bolognese

We didn’t really do anything in the evening.

We got back and relaxed and then when we eventually started to get hungry, Curtis made a spaghetti bolognese.

We had some sauce leftover from another meal and Curtis used that as well as a blend of other items to create possibly one of the best spaghetti bolognese’s we’ve had!

It was meaty yet saucy and all around great.

We finished our evening as our usual with some TV and duolingo and then went to bed. Friday tomorrow, but we’re sure it’ll be busy!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 108: Vancouver, BC – 2 Days Of Exercise

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right out of the gate this morning. It was the weekly security meeting, but it didn’t last that long.

A lot of Curtis’ day was either setting up another Mac or doing some project work. A new project has just started and Curtis began doing some admin for it as well as looking into a few components of it.

Curtis’ team had a team meeting for about 45 minutes, too! Its the final meeting of the team’s current format as the name and format is changing.

Curtis left work around 17:00 and walked to meet Kim and walk her down to her exercise class.

Kim’s Day

On the way into work, Kim was was stood waiting for the lights and aimlessly staing into spacex but wss bought back to earth by a colleague calling her name, and he had his dog with him! The best days are the ones with dogs in the office. Kim started to walk off after saying hello, but the dog kept following. It got to the point where Kim’s colleague had to stand still to let Kim get away to be at work on time!

Kim got into the office and started her day with reconciliations! This took up a large chunk of her morning but it was good to get it a out of the way.

As a nice treat Kim cut up some cantaloupe for people to enjoy! It gives Kim a good break away from her desk too!

Today was the first day of the food arriving since using the new portal and nothing went wrong! Which was great! Kim set up the food outside the meeting room and went back to saving some invoices.

Kim spent lunch indoors in the kitchen as it was rainy and miserable outside. Just after Kim finished her sandwich the catered meeting let out and Kim was offered a burrito! As she has some training on in the evening Kim was very happy to accept more food! So she enjoyed this and had a great lunch!

In the afternoon Kim created a how to find the office location 3 bullet point guide. Each office had the same info, the addresses, how to get to the office from there and other useful info. She was also given 4 notebooks that someone wanted recycled but they wanted an easy way to unbound them. As she had done it before, Kim offered to, so she grabbed some pliers and took a couple apart.

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon starting her next office layout map which was much quicker as it wasn’t so much of a strange shape.

Kim then left to head to her training and on the way she met up with Curtis who walked her to the class! How lovely!

The class was a fun routine, but heavily trick orientated. It really showed Kim how 2.5 years of training can make your body lazy! Slowly and surely she will build up her strength and stamina!

Thai Leftovers

We relaxed for the evening and before we knew it, it was already nearly 21:00, therefore we heated up our Thai curry leftovers and ate those.

We watched some TV and then hit the sack. With Kim being busy in the evenings, time flies!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale