Place 72 – Day 81: Vancouver, BC – Hockey Kit!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was very quiet!

Curtis had some admin to do when he got to the office and then he completed a laptop setup for a laptop he started configuring yesterday.

Once that was done, Curtis had a meeting but it was interupted by needing to help people in the boardroom with the meeting they were having.

Curtis completed his meeting after helping people and then did a bit of project work.

Curtis got another laptop setup and then it was the end of the day!

Curtis received his hockey equipment at work so had to walk that home.

Kim’s Day

Today in the course they focused on Airway Management. At the beginning they went through patient positioning, this covered how you would manoeuvre a person from standing to lying on their back. From lying on their stomach to their back and finally from lying on their back to lying in the recovery position. Then there was a quiz to go over everything that had been taught so far.

The rest of the morning covered airway and breathing on a conscious person. In this they covered both partial and complete airway blockages and how to dislodge a complete blockage through hitting the patients back, using the abdomonal thrusts and chest thrusts. In this section they also covered CPR and the use of an AED / defibrillator. With each new skill there was a demonstration and then everyone got to practise.

In the afternoon everyone covered airway and breathing for an unresponsive patient. There were also assessments with scenarios where people would be called upon to preform CPR on a dummy alone while being watched by the instructor. The instructor said Kim did well!

Hockey Kit

Curtis got home and tried on his hockey kit. It all fit perfectly, which was excellent!

He got all of the equipment together and went down to the garage to put it there.

Kim did a bit of homework and studying for her first aid and Curtis made sloppy joe’s for dinner.

We watched some videos and then Kim did some more research.

We finished the evening with a bit of TV and then went to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 49: Vancouver, BC – Food Truck Friday & Ice Cream

Curtis’ Day

Curtis received an email stating that there would be a large meeting happening, so he had to ensure the boardroom worked and connected with all other boardrooms.

Curtis got that setup and then sat in the meeting to ensure it all goes smoothly. The meeting was 2 hours long and Curtis didn’t understand most of it.

After the meeting, it was lunch time and Curtis met with Kim to go to a food truck.

The food trucks are all lined up along Robson Street just next to Robson Square.

We looked at what was on offer and decided to go with a hoisin chicken wrap (the wrap was a green onion pancake!).

The food was really good and certainly filled us up!

We each went our seperate ways and Curtis was still busy when he got back to work.

Curtis sorted a new Mac for someone and gave them it and had to deal with a couple of tickets, too.

At 14:30, Curtis’ office had a big ice cream selection for everyone to try as a first day of summer celebration.

Curtis went right back to work at 14:45 and got a few final things done…it was a busy afternoon which was rare!

At 16:15, Curtis grabbed a beer and chatted with some colleagues as well as two friends of theirs from the UK.

Kim’s Day

Kim’s day was very busy but with lots of little things.

Unfortunately there were no dogs in the office today and it was Kim’s colleagues last day!

When Kim got in she had some time set aside for a catch up with a colleague who is heading out on holiday for a few weeks. They had a chat about all the training for the HR side of things to ensure Kim would be comfortable while she was away.

A little while later Kim got a call from the vendor that she missed yesterday and had a lovely introduction.

It was then lunchtime so Kim headed out to meet Curtis.

When Kim got back in the office she went through making the new business cards. It took a bit of trail and error and help from other people but Kim eventually managed to send out the drafts to people for them to review.

Kim then popped out to grab a few things for Friday afternoon drinks. The first stop was to a drug store, like Boots, to get some rainbow coloured sweets as this week we celebrated Pride month. Then it was to the liquor shop to pick up a few things.

Kim then attempted to get everything finished for the week with the final hour of work left in the day. Most things she achieved, there was one that was pushed to Monday so it was a very successful week!

It was then time to grab a drink and have a chat with some colleagues!

Toaster Attempt 2

We met in our usual spot and walked home together.

We got home and had to take out all of our rubbish and recycling.

Once we took that out, we relaxed for a while and then Kim went to get a new toaster as ours was rubbish, so we are sending it back.

We got our new toaster setup and then watched some TV.

We got a bit peckish but not hungry enough for a proper dinner, so we decided on some toast.

We ate our toast and then had some whiskey whilst catching up on our TV we have to watch.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 32: Vancouver,BC – Costco & More Kitchen Stuff

Curtis’ Day

Curtis woke up with a nose bleed, so not the best start to the day!

Luckily, he still got to the office on time.

Curtis began by configuring a Mac for a user getting a replacement and then had to go and look at the lounge area of the office and remove redundant equipment as well as plan what will be done with the area from an audio/visual standpoint.

Curtis had a quick 1 to 1 to check how he was going on and then he had to check multiple meeting rooms to check their visual equipment was working correctly and he gained a few future projects from that!

After lunch, Curtis completed a few tickets and then had to get some laptops and test them for donating.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into work and started by setting up some of the fruit.

When she settled down at her desk, Kim decided to rearrange her desk and organise some of the computers files. During this, a request came in for breakfast catering so Kim and colleague headed across to the fancy supermarket across the road to buy many pastries.

After a little while, Kim then headed into a meeting to finish off the rest of the orientation.

Then suddenly it was lunch time! Kim joined the rest of her team up on the rooftop terrace to enjoy some sun and have some lunch. It was lovely to just sit and have a chat with people.

After lunch, Kim headed to Costco with 3 colleagues to get some breakfast items and snacks for the Hackathon thats happening from Wednesday to Friday.

The team took 2 taxis back because so much stuff had been bought!

When they got back, Kim was met by a few other employees who helped take the many bags and boxes upstairs. Once they were upstairs, Kim helped empty and organise all of the food, including helping move a small fridge from one part of the office to another to store all of the cheese!

The unpacking room roughly an hour which left them with an hour left in the day so Kim managed to get some time to go through her emails and get a bit more practice with the systems she will be using.

Screws

We had to collect some screws from the guy we bought our TV from as the base requires certain screws. He was in Chinatown so we walked there together after work.

We got the screws and then briefly went to Costco to find out about the card and how to get one.

More Kitchen Stuff

We walked back home and dropped off our stuff and then went back out to get some more things for the kitchen. We tried a dollar store but that wasn’t great so we went to homesense and got stuff there.

We came back home and Kim made fajitas for dinner, which were incredible!

New Blinds

Our landlord came by in the evening to provide us with some new blinds as well as speak to us about anything we wanted fixing. He will be coming by sometime next week to put the new blinds up, which is great!

Swim

In the late evening, Kim went for a relaxing swim in the pool we have in our building. Kim really enjoys having a pool so she can swim when she wants!

We watched some TV and headed to bed. We have no plans for tomorrow evening, which we are very excited for.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 31: Vancouver,BC – Kim’s First day & Finally Wifi!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis walked to work this morning! The weather was pretty nice, even a bit warm. He got to see a beautiful view from the bridge.

Curtis got to work and saw a message about an issue in the boardroom, so went to sort that out.

Curtis had a colleague from the Winnipeg office visiting to show him some stuff.

Curtis got to see a lot today about how Apple Mac laptops are setup, so he went all through that.

As well as going through that, he looked at onboarding and offboarding people.

Curtis got some ginger chicken from the Vietnamese place opposite the road. It was a lot of food!

It was all of a sudden 17:00 and time to go home.

Kim’s Day

Kim got ready in the morning and then headed to Downtown for her first day at work. It was such a beautiful, sunny morning.

When Kim got to work she had a little tour and got a few things set up before heading into a couple of orientation meetings. The orientation went on until midday where Kim met with a few members of the team and learned more about her role and new company.

One thing that was cool was the kitchen! There are various types of coffee machines, including one with a milk foamer. This is very exciting as Kim will now be able to make amazing hot chocolates and coffees in the winter. There is also a massive soft drink fridge too!

At midday, Kim and the rest of the team went out for lunch at Zefferellie’s, a lovely Italian place just around the corner. Kim had a spaghetti with meat sauce, but only the half portion as the meals where huge! This was a really nice way for Kim to get to know the team in a relaxed environment.

When they went back, some of the team headed into a meeting to organise the company’s meeting rooms for the second half of the week as there will be an optional company wide hackathon, which is very exciting! This will give Kim a chance at getting to know lots of people in the company and really help out, a great way to start a new job!

After this meeting Kim continued on more of the orientation for another hour or so before heading back to get desk to do some reading and get a better understanding of the systems and apps.

Just before the end of the day Kim got a cool swag pack of a mug, backpack and laptop case!

Walking Home Together

We met after work and walked home together. Kim told Curtis about her first day and Curtis told Kim about what he did today.

The walk didn’t seem to take long at all and we even got more beautiful photos!

Wifi!

Once we got home, the guy from Shaw cable was there too, right at the perfect time!

He came in and very quickly set up the wifi and we were good to go. When we first tested, when nothing else was using the network, we got 320mbps download, which is excellent!

We then used this to setup the TV and xbox, as well as our Mac & phones.

We are now all connected and ready to go.

Walk

We went for a walk after the Shaw guy left, partially to look in shops for some things but also just to walk. The weather was still nice, so why not?

Grilled Cheese

We came back home as we got hungry and we just made some grilled cheese sandwiches and had some ketchup crisps on the side.

Curtis played some games in the evening and we watched some TV together, too.

It’s nice to have things set up!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 234: Auckland – Hardcore Gymin’

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and knew that he had to go to a client at 10:00 so prepared for that. He got to the client at about 10:30 and helped people out for around an hour before going to another client after!

He was only briefly at the second client and went back to the office which is when he had lunch, around 13:00.

Chrtis was pretty busy in the afternoon and ended up working until right up to 16:30 when he realised he had to leave!

The traffic was good and Curtis got home at a good time.

Kim’ Evening;

Kim went right from work to the gym with a work colleague. They were at the gym for a while and did some ‘hardcore gyming’!

After the gym, Kim got to use the free massage chair to relax. A great bonus if the gym!

Both of us;

When Kim got home, we heated up our leftovers and ate them whilst watching Modus.

We then decided we were still hungry and wanted dessert so Kim went out to get some dessert. We had a brownie with some vanilla sauce.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 233: Auckland – Busted Hand

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and had a lot of emails from Friday afternoon to look at, as well as some general helpdesk emails.

Curtis hurt his hand playing hockey yesterday and it was very swollen, bruised and painful this morning so it made things that little bit more difficult!

Curtis had to go on site at 09:15 to look at issues with the boardroom setup he helped with the other day. He wasn’t there too long.

Once Curtis got back to the office, he was pretty full on for the rest of the day but left at 16:20 as he got to a natural stopping point.

Curtis got back home and waited for Kim to come back.

Both of us;

Kim got home and we went to the shop to get some items for dinner.

We decided we wanted sweet chilli crispy beef stir fry. It was ab excellent decision! It was very tasty and pretty easy to make. We followed it with a cookie in a cup.

We watched 2 episodes of the 2nd series of Modus and then went to sleep. Curtis is at a client tomorrow morning again, which is fun!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 222: Auckland – Setting Up A Boardroom

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and had a bit to do briefly and was able to figure out the thing he’d been trying to sort out for the last couple of days!

He then had a phone call for an hour whilst trying to fix a few issues for someone.

At 10:00, Curtis had to go to a client to setup a polycom and Webcam in the boardroom.

As usual in IT, nothing worked as expected! Curtis was there for 3.5 hours and it still didn’t work as expected!

Curtis left the client and had to go to his company’s old office to collect a parcel. Once he did that, he went back to the office and had lunch.

After lunch (which was 15:00!) Curtis had a few little things to do and then it was home time!

Curtis is working from home in the morning tomorrow and then finishing work at 11:00.

Both of us;

Kim got home and then went right back out again. Kim signed up for the gym and did a yoga class! Kim has decided that she isn’t as flexible as she once was.

When Kim got home, she made a chilli con Carne with rice. Curtis cooked the rice and it was the best rice ever!

After dinner, Kim watched Love Island with Nicola as per most evenings.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale