Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 374: Vancouver, BC – First Professional Norwegian Lesson!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some admin and some tickets at the start of the day and then at 10:30, he had his first ever professional Norwegian lesson! He has been self teaching for about 12 years, but thought it was time he had some professional help, and an opportunity to speak Norwegian!

The lesson was through an app called iTalki which is used for learning languages. It wasn’t free, but it was worth it, and Curtis was able to pay a little less for a trial lesson.

The class was more of a conversation, both people getting to know each other, but the whole 30 minutes was in Norwegian only, which really helped Curtis and he enjoyed it. He is already looking forward to the next lesson!

He had a couple of meetings to round out the morning and the did some tickets and admin after lunch.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent her day finishing a few things for the summer party tomorrow. Most of her morning focused on finishing the quizzes and she had a quick meeting to go over the timeline and make a few changes to that.

After that Kim focused on making a How to Kahoot slideshow and another stand alone agenda for that. Then she updated the changing agenda with the few changes too!

Kim had a team meeting in the afternoon and they went over some points from the last party and helped with a few things for the next two.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim focused on the final quiz for tomorrow’s party. Once that was completed Kim and her colleague did a run through to check timings and made edits to the quizzes after. It was another long day, but totally worth it.

Evening

Kim was home late again, as to be expected with her current project work going on, so the evening was a lot like yesterday.

Curtis had a pizza and waited for Kim to get home and then she had some food and we watched a bit of TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 342: Vancouver, BC – The IT Crowd

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a moderately busy day today.

Curtis started with admin as usual, and then some tickets came in so he took and completed those.

Curtis had a team meeting in the morning and then later in the morning, there was an office wide zoom call in which everyone got a colour from the pride flag and made a pride flag on zoom with everyone’s faces in it, which was awesome!

After that, Curtis had some lunch and then after lunch he did some teams building with his team, which was to watch The IT Crowd together, which was fitting for his team!

After that, Curtis wrapped up a few things and then was done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim startes nice an early today as she had to move the social call earlier for a company wide Q&A from yesterday’s meeting. The social call was great, there were a fair few people on the call and they had a wonderful catch up. The meeting after was informative and interesting.

When Kim got into the office she sent a few emails chasing for information and direction. She also received the laptop that had been hard to ship back! Which was great news, it had been a headache!

Kim spent the last bit of her morning working on her credit card and the expenses. She did that right up until the next social call, where she waited for people to join but only one did! They had a little catch up. After the chat Kim finished her credit card expenses.

Late afternoon Kim popped out with a couple of friends to get ice cream! There is a great place just down the road so they got one there and enjoyed them back at the office.

Kim finished her day by joining the West Coast social call for a while. She jumped off to tidy up after a few deliveries and then went home!

Japanese Curry

Kim got home and we played some mini golf but then got hungry, so we ordered Japanese curry to have for dinner.

It was ok, not as good as in Japan of course, but it was fine.

We ate that and then Kim had a bath & relax whilst Curtis played some games.

We joined back together and watched a movie in the evening. It was an easy to watch movie called Overboard.

We then went to bed fairly early as we have a long big day tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 333: Vancouver, BC – Email Issues!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy start to the day as there were some issues with Microsoft Outlook.

Curtis had to find out what was happening from the users and eventually from Microsoft.

Curtis dealt with this and then had a team meeting.

Once that meeting was done, he was looking at Google accounts throughout the company and removing any that could be removed as well as organising the grouping and ensuring that everything was correct there.

He did this throughout most of the day.

Curtis had a project meeting in the afternoon which was very positive.

Kim’s Day

Kim worked from home for some of the morning and started the day by hosting the mid week catch up before joining this months health and safety committee meeting. Both meetings went really well!

Once Kim was in the office she started working on communications that will go out over rhe coming weeks. She would take breaks when she couldn’t figure out what else was needed by tearing apart the few remaining notebooks to recycle and shred. Kim also had a quick call with a colleague to discuss one of the communications, just to get a second opinion.

In the mid afternoon Kim and two friends went out to get a vietnamese coffee! It was so lovely to get out in the sun and have a delicious coffee!

When she got back Kim took some time out from communications to update the maps on the Wiki. Then she went back to continue writing.

Kim finished the day by having a great big catch up with a friend that went well into the evening. It was so lovely to sit down and just chat!

Yet Another Walk

Kim got home fairly late and we had the same dinner as yesterday.

We watched a little TV and then went out for a nice evening walk again, and chatted about each of our days.

We got back home and played some virtual mini golf and then Kim watched some of the office and Curtis played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 273: Vancouver, BC – Last Remaining Things

We got up and had some breakfast, just some scrambled eggs and hash browns.

Curtis got to use his new Aeropress coffee maker, which was well worth it! Excellent coffee!

We then got ready for the day and headed down to the garbage disposal area and then up to our storage locker, to put a few things in there.

We then jumped in the car and drove to our old apartment to get a few things we forgot!

We picked up our cereal and some clothes we had hung up, as well as our bath mat and entrance mat.

We left there and went to Canadian Tire where Kim got some stuff for work and we also bought ourselves some cotton facemasks so we don’t have to keep using disposable ones.

We had to line up for that and then once we were done we lined up to enter the supermarket.

We got our shop done and drove back home.

Once we got home we did a few things around the apartment. We put all our clothes away and got some things moved around to the right place.

We had also listed our old bed frame for sale so were responding to people about that, too.

We made katsu curry for dinner. Most was fresh but the sauce was packaged as we bought it a while ago so had to use it.

Kim breaded the chicken and fried it and we had it with potato and onion cooked in the sauce with some rice.

It wasn’t amazing, a little bland, but next time we know what to do!

We finished that up and then watched another Middleditch & Schwartz which is a very funny improv standup comedy show.

We did that and then Kim made cookies!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 263: Vancouver, BC – Non-Apartment Hunt Evening

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty busy and successful day!

It started with a call with someone who had some questions about email encryption, so Curtis and his colleague jumped into that and got those questions answered and helped with next steps.

Curtis then did a few tickets followed by a plumber showing up to fix a sink plug that wasn’t working.

Right after the plumber, the ‘window guy’ arrived to look at our dodgy window. It seems it actually either needs replacing or he needs to come back and try a few things to it.

Once the window guy left, Curtis had some other tickets to work on and then had some lunch.

Post lunch, Curtis had even more tickets to complete, as well as writing up a communication for the company.

Kim’s Day

Kim was in the office nice and early today to meet the people coming in for the renovations, shortly before they were due to arrive she got a call telling her they will be late. So Kim hopped on the midweek catchup call and had a great time talking with everyone.

After the call Kim played the undefeated champions of the cribbage tournament. At the end of the game they were still undefeated! It was also the last game of the round robin part of the tournament. Kim then worked out the pairing for the next round and updated the spreadsheet.

While Kim was updating the spreadsheet the renovations person turned up and ended up only being able to do one small part of the project as the filler had to dry before the wall can be painted and the TV mounted. So they will arrange for a day next week where two people can come in to finish the project.

For a lot of the morning Kim went through all of the marketing stock and made notes of what there is and in what quantities. It was great to get the area organised and have a better idea of what there is.

In the middle of sorting through the stock Kim had a meeting with a colleague in regards to mail and general plans for the offices.

As a friend of Kim’s works in town, they met up for lunch and sat 2 tables apart in the kitchen. It was so amazing to see her and have a great catchup in a nice and safe environment.

After lunch Kim wrote up her notes from the meeting earlier and made a good plan of what she has to do. She also made a proper log of the marketing stock to send over to the team.

Non-Apartment Hunt Evening!

We didn’t have any apartments to look at today and noone came to look at ours, so it was a fairly standard evening.

We went to the supermarket and there was no line which surprised us.

We did the shop quickly and then came back home to do our workout!

We finished our workout which felt like the first one in a while and then had a quick dinner.

We then relaxed and watched some TV, followed by mini sticks and Need For Speed!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 73 – Day 250: Vancouver, BC – Back At The Office For A Day

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a quiet day overall.

Curtis had a 2 hour meeting with his team to discuss some projects and plan for future project work, too.

Curtis then did a few tickets that came in, and then a computer checkup.

The rest of his morning was pretty quiet and mostly just admin.

After lunch, Curtis had a meeting with his team again, but this was a training session to learn something from one of the people on the team. This was very interesting!

Curtis had 2 meetings after that followed by doing some tickets and training and then his day was done!

Curtis did some cleaning of the apartment once he finished working and then waited for Kim to come home.

Kim’s Day

Kim joined the last company wide meeting for that series of talking points. Some more big meetings will be arranged for the coming months that will cover different topics.

Kim then played a game of cribbage and her team won! She thinks that she understands the game a little now! After the game Kim updated the wiki page about working from home to add more useful links. The she headed into the big wide world to go into the office.

On the way to work, she saw some beautiful wall art!

Once Kim arrived it was full speed ahead! She emptied the marketing cupboards so she could take stock on what there is in order to buy new cupboards and stuff to keep it all in. Around aorting the marketing stuff Kim also rearranged the whole corner of the office ,she restacked chairs, koved a plant and collected up furniture that she needs to move.

She then moved one of the cupboards and put it round by the printer to be the new stationary cupboard. Kim then emptied the current stationary cupboards from within the kitchen so she can bin the old or broken stuff and reorganise everything into two new cupboards. She put all the daily use stuff next to the printer, along with all the stacks of paper.

While she was in the office, Kim’s teammate came in to the office. They then went out (very far apart from each other) to go and get some lunch. They went to Tim Hortons, picked up a sandwich and then say very that apart in the kitchen back at work to eat lunch. It was very strange, but also nice to have some company, some resemblance od normality and talk to someone face to face!
After lunch Kim had a doctors appointment that was a follow up from the one she had last month and then Kim went straight back into stationary organising!

Towards the end of the day Kim had a meeting with another teammate about all the social events that have been going on and plans for future events. It was great to have a catch up and get an idea of what is coming up.

Kim and her teammate in the office then worked on a few things around the office before Kim headed home!

Busy Evening!

When Kim got home, we took out the recycling and then did our workout!

After our workout, Curtis went to the car to get some of the shop from yesterday which we left in the car for ‘quarantine’.

We then got showered and made our dinner!

Curtis had a steak with mushrooms, potato, onion, carrot and peas.

Kim had a mushroom sandwich for dinner, which was terrific!

After dinner, we played some Need For Speed and watched some TV, but it was already pretty late in the day by this point!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 208: Vancouver, BC – Mandatory Work From Home!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day with a lot of tickets but also some other things.

He setup a couple of new laptops for people, as well as having a few meetings.

He had a meeting regarding one of the projects he is working on. This was a very successful meeting and he was very pleased with how it went.

After that, he and his team had a chat with regards to a few contingency plans for coronavirus things.

Curtis also had a 1:1 and did a few other things throughout the day. Unfortunately, it also felt like a long day, so long and busy!

Kim’s Day

Today the decision was made that going forward people should work from home. Kim spent a lot of her day helping set that up, reaching out to vendors to cancel all visits and deliveries for the coming weeks.

In the afternoon the team had a meeting about events and how that is looking and how we are wanting to plan those. Which is great news for Kim as it means she will be able to start visiting some of the venues to see if they work for her.

On her way home Kim stopped to pick up a sports bra to complete her costume for her upcoming routine.

She then rushed home to get to her pole class. They learnt such a fun move and Kim really enjoyed it!

Kim Training

While they were waiting to go into open pole to train for the competition an email went out from the organisers saying that its been postponed. It’s not great news, but Kim could really do with the time to get her routine perfect, so she isnt too upset.

Admin Evening

Curtis got home and got a lot of admin/cleaning done.

Curtis emptied all the bins, recycling, regular and organic.

He then did some cleaning, wiping down all the counters and vacuuming.

After this, Curtis made himself hoisin chicken and pasta, which was a lot of food, but delicious.

Curtis played a lot of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare – WarZone, which is a new mode of Call Of Duty that has come out recently, so he did that.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 198: Vancouver, BC – Mimosas, Bloodwork & Coffee Explosion!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and did some admin as usual, and then had his daily team meeting.
After that, he tried to get the nitro coffee sorted, but after doing exactly what he does each week, it didn’t seem to work!

He ended up, throughout the day, speaking with 2 different people at 2 different companies and it was determined that the nitrogen gas may be too low for it to work, but others were working so it’s a little confusing!

During troubleshooting, Curtis managed to spray coffee everywhere, including all over his face!

Curtis had mimosas and pancakes at work around 10:00! It was fun, the pancakes were homemade and the drinks were great. Nice it chat with the few people in the office (due to the Mexico trip) and have some food and drink.

Post food and drink, Curtis helped someone with the printer, which ended up taking 45 minutes!

Curtis joined in on some games with people from his team and a team close to his. This was for an hour and then he had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis completed an onboard and did some more admin, then met Kim to go home!
Kim’s DayShortly after Kim got in the weekly shop arrived, so she organised all of that and then responded to a few emails that she missed from being out of the office on Friday. She then headed to a LifeLabs centre to let them steal some of her blood for testing. It was very easy, she was in and out within 15 minutes, even though she arrived early!

On her way back to the office Kim stopped by the Youth Centre she dropped the donations off at the other day and handed in some nappies as a colleague had a few spare that no longer fit their babies.
when she got back into the office Kim sorted through some invoices and took a look into one that she didn’t understand further. She ended up having to reach out to the travel agency to see what was going on. Towards the end of the day it became apparent that it was a fair charge, so that is good news.
Kim spent a little of her time today trying to find a venue for a summer party. She had a great idea in mind, but cannot seem to find a venue that would work at all! It’s a little frustrating, but it’ll all come together in the end. Kim also took a look into setting up a blood drive across all 5 offices, but it turns out that it’s not possible as mobile collections are not a thing and Kim just made them up.

In the afternoon Kim spent a lot of her time looking into why a letter was returned. It was rejected by the postal service due to insufficient funds to send the letter, however when Kim ran it through the system again it printed the same amount of postage. Kim called the postal service who said that the postage should easily cover the letter and that maybe it was an issue with the machine, which led Kim to have a 30 minute phone call with no new information at the end of it.

Kim ended up heading to the post office and dropping it off by hand and asking if they know why it would have been rejected and they didn’t believe that it should have been. So the letter is back in the post and Kim is just hoping it doesn’t come back in a few days!

Evening TogetherWe had a weekday evening together today, which seems rare!

Usually Kim’s out at pole or Curtis is doing something, but not tonight!

Kim went to the shop to get a few things for dinner and then made another Risotto!

We watched the film Good Boys and ate some food for the evening, with some TV thrown in there too.

Perfect!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 190: Vancouver, BC – Skate Sharpening & Visor Struggles

Skate Sharpening

We had breakfast and then went out once we were ready.

We went just up the road to Max Performance, which is a hockey store.

Curtis wanted to get his skates sharpened (not something he does often!) And so he handed those in and we went for a coffee.

After our coffee, we headed back to the store and the skates had been sharpened. Curtis also got some skate laces and asked about a visor as his visor is very scratched up, so wanted to get a new one.

He eventually bought one and then we went to the shop on the way home.

Visor Struggles

We got back home and we cleared out some of our clothes, planning to get rid of old clothes that don’t fit or we don’t wear anymore.

After this, Curtis attempted to fit the new visor.

Unfortunately, it seemed there wasn’t a screw in the packaging, some how, so Curtis went up to Home Depot to see if they had any, which they didn’t. Eventually, he used another screw which worked, but the visor wasn’t right, so he put the old one back on and packaged up the new one again to take back.

Curtis also noticed his helmet seems to be a little broken, possibly (or maybe not sitting right), either way, he plans to buy a new one this week, as well as see if he can get another visor.

Curtis put his new skate laces on whilst Kim made a veggie Thai green curry and then we ate that.

Pink Panther 2

We watched Pink Panther 2 as Kim thinks it is better than the first. Curtis wasn’t too keen, but we watched it all anyway.

We watched a few smaller things and did things like getting the lunches sorted and emptying the dishwasher and then we headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

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