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

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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

Place 72 – Day 90: Vancouver, BC – Pride Pot Luck

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was completely non-stop and he was able to do something all the time, which was great for him.

At lunch time, there was an office pot luck to support pride!

There was a crazy amount of food and noone went hungry, that’s for sure!

It was a nice time for Curtis to mingle and chat with his colleagues but he had a lot to do so he had to go back to his deal and sort it out.

Curtis received a package of Apple Mac laptops which he started to configure, but then the CEO had issues with his laptop so he spent the last hour of his day fixing that.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim organised some invoices and sent some emails before heading down to one of the hotels to have a little coffee catch up.

The ‘little’ coffee catch up ended up a bit of a longer chat than little, but it was great to talk over some things and get a better understanding of the hotel.

When she got back to the office Kim helped set up the lunch and learn. This meant organising the kitchen to have a seating and presenting area. There was a little 45 minute break in the set up so Kim was at her desk catching up on a few smaller things that needed to be orgnaised. Then it was back to setting up chairs and then when the pizza arrived, laying that out in a way that made it easy to have it picked up and people sat down quickly.

The lunch and learn today was about inclusivity and diversity, specifically for the LBGTQ2S+ community. It means so much to Kim to live in a city that is so inclusive and does feel so accepting and safe for all. It is even more amazing to work for a company that promotes a safe environment and provides education in the workplace. About a year ago there was another talk that went over pronouns and the spectrums of gender identity and gender expression. The talk this year focused more on key moments in Canadian / North American history that have carved the community into what it is now. It was such a great talk that had such a wonderful turnout.

At the end, Kim flipped the kitchen back to its original state and cleared away all the empty pizza boxes.

In the afternoon Kim had orgnaised some time with her colleague in IT to discuss their project that had taken a back seat for the past few weeks. It was great to bring it back to the front and get the ball rolling again!

After the meeting Kim organised some notes for the following day, made a call to FedEx and then headed home!

Admin & Games

We didn’t do a huge amount in the evening, but Curtis played some games and Kim had to run up to the supermarket as well as got some admin done.

We watched the last two episodes (ever!) of Jane The Virgin and then went to sleep. Tomorrow is Friday!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 87: Vancouver, BC – Playing Catch Up & 500lb Boxes!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a productive day today, especially in comparison to the end of last week!

After getting some new tickets completed, as well as some from last week, Curtis had a meeting planned with a colleague to discuss and create a guide/cheat sheet for how to use the polycom systems in the meeting rooms.

As the meeting was going on, Curtis was told a man had arrived to drop off so.e packages but needed help to bring it upstairs. Curtis went down to the truck with him to see what was there and it was some batteries he was expecting but they were so heavy…All the boxes together weighed 500lbs (227kg)!

Curtis helped the guy get them upstairs and then briefly continued his meeting, followed by lunch.

After lunch, Curtis finished off the document and printed it out to get it in the meeting rooms to see if people use it.

Curtis did a few admin tasks for the rest of the day and cleared some old tickets that were no longer required.

Kim’s Day

It was back to work for Kim today! It was nice to be back in the office again.

Kim started by going through her emails and responding to the smaller and easier emails as she went. It was then a case going back through the more important emails that required a little more thought.

As it is Vancouver Pride this Sunday Kim is putting on a Pride themed bake off so she sent out an email about that and created a sign up sheet.

Kim then spent some time going through other emails and saving things like invoices and what-not, the less fun things came last!

There is also a National relaxation day coming up in August so Kim spent some time going through some.options we have available to celebrate this!

In the morning Kim also made arrangements with another hotel to grab lunch later in the week and grab a coffee in the afternoon which was very exciting.

Kim spent most of the afternoon continuing with her end of month finances that need to be sorted.

At about 2.45 the gentleman from the hotel arrived with a big box of doughnuts! So Kim made some coffee and they sat down and had a nice chat. The funny thing is that both he and Kim both started their roles within a month of each other. This can be both good and bad, but they are both finding their feet and starting the new relationships togther which is exciting!

After he left Kim went through some more emails and end of month processes for the rest of the afternoon.

Returning A Fan & Shopping

We got back home, got changed into more comfortable clothing, packed up the fan we bought and walked up to the shop.

We returned the fan as it wasn’t really what we were looking for and planned to get something else, but we did the weekly shop first.

After, we went in and bought the right fan and then lugged it home.

Once we got home, we had dinner. We tried veggie ‘meat’balls, and they were just ok.

We sat and watched some TV, including a Norwegian TV show and an episode of Vikings.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 84: Vancouver, BC – First Aid Completed & Linda Is Here!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had another quiet day today, but spent a lot of it being fairly productive, getting the helpdesk system changed so it was more friendly as well as easier to use!

Curtis did a couple of tickets, one of which was right after lunch, which was good. It took about an hour to complete that and then it was super quiet, so Curtis went into the lounge, got a beer and chilled out.

Curtis did a ticket just before he left and then walked home.

Kim’s Day

Today was the final day of first aid training! For the morning everyone spent their time running through scenarios while teams were assessed by the instructors. When Kim did hers she felt she made some stupid mistakes, but as time went on she realised that maybe she was being a little hard on herself.

In order to get out and about during the day Kim popped put and to the shipping centre to pick up some Tim Bits for the class and get a coffee too!

After lunch people continued running a few more scenarios before sitting down to sit the written exam. The exam was in multiple choice format Kim used all of the exam time to ensure that she triple checked the the answer she had circled was actually the answer she wanted to have circled. That way she would make less stupid and easily avoidable mistakes.

After the written Kim assisted with two other peoples practical exams before being the final person to complete theirs. Kim’s went relatively well and then she helped tidy up the classroom while people got feedback on their assessment. Kim was last again but had really good responses and feedback.

While Kim waited to know whether she had passed or not she went upstairs to the reception desk to book a 2 more people in for the course.

Once that had all been done Kim was the final person to hear whether she had passed or not. Prior to this Kim had seen all of her classmates leave with smiles and their certifications so she was feeling hopeful.

Kim went in and found out that she had passed! She had a nice discussion with her instructor before saying goodbye. It was a really. Great week and Kim had such a wonderful time meeting so many amazing people and having the chance to work with them!

Kim went back up to reception, picked up the reading materials and then headed home.

Linda Is Here!

We didn’t eat when we got home as we were going to eat later.

We watched a bit of TV and then walked down to a hotel in the city.

We checked in to the hotel for Linda and they wanted to hold the whole price of it on the card for some reason.

We went down to meet Linda in the dock when she got off her boat and walked her to her hotel.

After we showed her the room, we all went out for a long walk around.

Chinese Feast

We were really wanting Chinese food and so we ordered some at around 22:00, when we got home.

We ordered from the place we got it from here before as it was good then. We got szechuan beef with noodles, curry chicken with rice and half a duck.

The food was just as good as it was last time! We ate whilst watching Suits.

A perfect way to celebrate success.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale