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

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Place 72 – Day 74: Vancouver, BC – Parry Planning & Password Hunt

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work at 08:50 and had a meeting at 09:00 to be informed about a new company initiative.

Once Curtis was done with this meeting, he was able to actually start his day.

Curtis had a couple of plans for the day. He got a large order approved, so he wanted to get that done, but the start of his day was interupted with a possible security risk, so he had to jump on that and provide all users with an update, explaination and a fix.

Once that was done, Curtis setup a laptop for a new user remotely. The laptop setup took a while firstly because Curtis struggled to get access to it but then because once he did, the internet connection was slow, but he got there in the end.

The printer got jammed, and really, really, jammed by someone. Curtis spent a while trying to sort the jam out and then he helped the person print as they were using card rather than paper.

Once that was sorted, Curtis spent a lot of time trying to figure out or find the password for a machine which is used to play music around the office, but he wasn’t having any luck, so he decided to try and crack it with software instead, which didn’t work!

After all of this, someone just texted Curtis’ predecessor to ask for the password. Once Curtis got it, he made sure to document it.

Late afternoon was mostly filled with admin and Curtis still didn’t get the large order sorted!

Curtis left work at 16:55 and walked to meet Kim.

Kim’s Day

Today when Kim left she managed to remember to take everything with her! When she got into work Kim organised the kitchen and then set herself down to go through her emails.

Kim then spent some time going over the summer party to do list before the meeting she had later on in the day. She also spent a lot of her morning with ad hoc tasks like sending out a reminder to let Kim know if you are brining a plus 1 to the party, creating parts of a poster for a possible competition Kim is planning on running and general more daily admin stuff.

The meeting for the summer party was with two of Kims colleagues. They sat down and went over a run through of what the afternoon will look like and did an hour-by-hour sketch of what the plan is, who is doing what and when things are happening.

During the morning Kim had chased for an email about a catering quote she requested yesterday for a meeting next week. Kim hadn’t heard back, so to ensure that they do get food Kim has now reached out to another company. This means that she should have 2 quotes tomorrow and should be able to make a better decision on which company to proceed with.

In the afternoon Kim was inundated with calls. The only problem was that thy were all from the same company tasing for the same people, how were either busy or did not have phones. At one point Kim had taken 6 calls in 20 minutes and also had well over 10 missed calls between 12:30 and 2:30. The calls started coming through once ever 20 – 40 minutes and then at one point, Kim was on the line explaining that they can’t be put through to anyone when the same number was calling again! It was madness! After this, Kim did a lap of the office!

Towards the end of the day Kim was working out how to book travel for someone who is coming to visit the Vancouver office. This gave Kim a really goo insight on how to use the system.

Enchilladas & Housekeeping

We had enchilladas when we got home (after a stop at the supermarket). Kim made these with our leftover chili so it didn’t take long and was delicious!

We got a lot of housework done, vaccuuming and taking the bins out, mainly, as well as cleaning down the sides.

By the time we finished it was already 20:00 and we spent the rest of the evening relaxing and watched YouTube videos/TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 71: Vancouver, BC – Things Needed to Be Done

Hockey Stick

Curtis got up at 09:15 and got ready to walk up the road. He was meeting someone selling a hockey stick and it was only about 5 minutes walk from home.

Curtis got there, paid for the stick and had a little chat with the guy before he walked home.

Once he got back home, Kim was freshly awake and then Curtis made some cereal for breakfast.

We watched a bit of TV and then headed out to get stuff done!

Pharmacy

We went to collect something from the pharmacy but had to wait for about 45 minutes, so we wasted time by getting a coffee, which turned out to be a big mistake!

We went to Whole Foods who had an Allegro coffee shop which we saw does Vietnamese coffee, so we got a large one each.

This was not nice. It actually made us both feel a little sick.

We went back to the drug store and they weren’t ready yet, so we got a few items we needed, such as bodywash, baby wipes & hair wax.

We got the prescription finally and then walked back towards home. On the way, we got a few things from the supermarket.

Important Admin!

We got back and for about 4 hours we got some admin done. We sent money to our Canadian account from New Zealand as we both got big tax refunds there!

As well as that, Kim did some research for her presents for Curtis’ birthday and a few other admin tasks, such as looking for a car to buy and Curtis bought his hockey gear, too!

A very productive day, but not particularly exciting.

We had mushroom pasta for dinner and a side salad.

We watched some more TV and then went to bed. Neither of us have felt very good after the coffee earlier!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 61: Vancouver, BC – More Apartment Items!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ morning started slow with a meeting he had which everyone sat in, spoke about their day and what they did over the weekend and then ended the meeting!

Curtis spent an hour setting up a paired programming station for someone and luckily after testing it, it worked perfectly!

Curtis had a few things to do and then a lot of tickets came in, as well as a request to get a lot of people to upgrade their laptops to the latest update.

Curtis helped one lady twice and was able to resolve her issues.

The afternoon was much of the same with a few tickets coming in but also Curtis had to setup a laptop which is in another office, as well as a new user account.

Curtis left the office at 16:45 as both of us needed to get home at a good time.

Kim’s Day

Kim set up the kitchen for the day and then had her breakfast. She then got on with going through emails and getting ready for the day.

Kim then had the social team meeting and her preparation the day before really paid off as the meeting went really smoothly.

Kim then got back to her desk and spent some time sourcing quotes for catering that will be happening next week.

Then Kim spent the rest of the morning on researching stuff for the office summer party and drafting up the official invite.

She then spent some time looking over and attempting to cross reference things to find the missing information. After searching in all the places she thought the information might be she had to ask for help.

Kim then went over the summer party invite with a colleague and then sent it out.

The rest of the afternoon Kim spent going through the action points from the meeting in the morning. Kim coordinated with managers to see when a social hour would best suit their teams next week and she sent out a message outlining that its clean the beaches week and set up a mini competition to encourage people to head to the beach and pick up rubbish!

More Apartment Stuff!

We got home and waited for a bit and then some people turned up with some items we had bought for the apartment from them!

We got a chest of draws, a sled (weirdly), a lamp and a small entrance table.

We were incredibly hungry so we started to make dinner.

We had egg fried rice using the leftover rice from yesterday and some vegetables. We also had some potstickers with it!

We watched Lucifer as it was at a dramatic point so we had to find out what happened at the end of the series.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 60: Vancouver, BC – Event Coordination & Project Progress

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was busy from the get-go, with a flood of tickets in the morning.

Curtis’ priority for the day was to get a new user set up as they were meant to be starting later but are actually starting tomorrow!

Curtis setup the account and then a laptop for them followed by their desk phone.

After setting everything up for them and completing a couple of tickets, it was already lunch time!

Curtis had a delicious tuna mayo sandwich which Kim made.

After lunch, Curtis had a short meeting and then setup some laptops. Whilst doing this, he also almost completed a project which he is passionate about.

It was pretty much home time once Curtis had finished consentrating on this and so he and Kim left work.

Kim’s Day

Kim got in out of the rain and started her day right, with some breakfast!

There was a different feeling in the office today, it felt a little more relaxed and Kim felt she had some time to get stuff done which was amazing!

As its the first of the month Kim had to update the social calendar in the kitchen. Kim spent some time researching what’s happening in the up coming month and updated the calendar even with some little pictures!

Kim started on getting some information together about the summer party coming up in the middle of August. Kim contacted a bus company, booked a rental car and checked when all the rentals would be arriving. Very successful!

Then the fruit arrived so Kim organised it all! Then Kim accepted an invite from a local hotel to they out their menu. Very much looking forward to that!

Kim then spent some time organising some catering for next week, lots of different meeting requiring food, on top of all the usual catering that comes in.

A trip to FedEx was needed, so it was nice to head out into the sun in the afternoon when the rain had gone away.

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon preparing the social teams meetings agenda for the catch up in the morning. Then it was suddenly home time!

Costco & Chilli Pork

We ran to Costco after work to get a couple of things and then made the walk home.

Kim started on the dinner and then she went out to get some things she had forgotten.

Curtis put the rice on once Kim got back and then we had some dinner!

It was sweet chilli pork with ginger, garlic, vegetables and rice. Excellent.

We watched some YouTube videos and then some Lucifer.

Today has gone crazy fast…and it’s already Wednesday tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 53: Vancouver, BC – Teriyaki Steak Noodles

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was feeling the burn today after playing dodgeball for so long yesterday!

He got to work and had to sit for a bit to recover!

Curtis saw a message about someone needing a phone, so he found one and went and installed it on their desk.

Curtis had a lot od general tasks to do today and had to setup some laptops, but in general it was a fairly quiet day.

Curtis left the office around 16:50 and met with Kim to walk home.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into work and had some cinnamon toast crunch for breakfast before starting her day.

Kim’s morning consisted of general admin and also sending out some packages. She also had a quick phone meeting with someone in regards to the ongoing project.

At midday Kim had a training session on scheduling interviews with someone from a different office. It was great to learn the next step in the recruitment process. That way Kim can be prepared if she needs to do anything while people are away on leave.

Kim then sat upstairs on the roof to have some lunch. Its so nice to be able to get outside and sit in the sun, while being away from all the hustle and bustle from the street!

When she got back from lunch Kim had to deliver one of the packages to the courier so she set out to get that done. Kim showed great restraint as the courier is right next to a Tim Hortons and she did not buy a doughnut or a coffee. We will see how long that lasts!

Kim spent the rest of the afternoon preparing for a meeting she is putting together for her project. Making sure that the agenda is right and people are all invited.

Walk & Teriyaki Steak Noodles

We got home from work and decided to go for a walk. The weather was great and so we just wandered along speaking about our days.

Once we got back, we made steak teriyaki noodles for dinner and then watched some TV.

Not a particularly exciting day but it is already going to be Wednesday!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 45: Vancouver, BC – Successful Project & Exciting Week!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work and had a message from a colleague saying the CEO was having some IT problems, so Curtis said he would deal with it when the CEO arrives at the office.

The morning was busy for Curtis and he didn’t stop until around 12:15!

He fixed the CEO’s issues as well as completed an offboard and he allowed install of the new version of Windows 10.

Curtis had lunch and then just after, a new espresso machine was installed so Curtis had to try it out! The coffee was alright but could have been better.

Curtis got invited to something very exclusive and incredible…He is very excited and that is on Thursday evening, so stay tuned for that!

Curtis wasn’t as busy in the afternoon but did write a guide. Once that was done, it was time to head home.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into work a little early and started right away. She was anticipating coming into a few emails in regards to the project that went ahead over the weekend, but there was nothing! It was a huge relief, the project was successful and now Kim can move on to the next phase, which is great news.

Kim started her day by catching up on emails and the normal Monday stuff. Kim then had a new hire building tour to go through. It was fresh in Kim’s mind as she only experienced it herself just 2 weeks ago! A colleague came along and pointed out things Kim missed, but it went very well overall.

Kim was then tasked with booking multiple lunches and a dinner for some meetings next month.

Then, Kim spent some time tinkering away with the project. Then the weekly fruit order came in so Kim packed it away and then went back to general reception duties.

At lunch Kim went up to the roof and caught some sun. It was so nice to get in the fresh air in the middle of the day.

When she got back to her desk, Kim spent more time between the project, answering calls and other small admin tasks.

Towards the end of the day, Kim was asked to FedEx something out. This came at a great time as she was able to have her colleague help her before she leaves at the end of the week. Kim did the online booking and then they went to drop off the package.

When she got back, Kim only had 15 minutes so continued with some admin tasks and making notes of things to pick up tomorrow.

Today was a slower day, so a bit of a gear change from the past weeks, but its the first full and relatively normal week, so its to be expected.

Evening Walk

We actually both left work and met each other on the way home.

We walked home together and when we got home we setup our new toaster and kettle!

Kim went for a short walk to get outside for a bit and then when she got back we had an amazing chicken ceasar salad for dinner.

After dinner we watched some YouTube videos and then an episode of Black Mirror and one of Lucifer.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale