Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 370: Vancouver, BC – Another Long Day

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day, but varied, which was nice.

Curtis had some tickets to get done and then had his team meeting, which lasted a bit longer than normal, but that was good.

He hopped right into another meeting/discussion after that to talk about an issue that had arisen and how to combat it.

He did some more tickets and then just before lunch he had a meeting which was to get some information on a company initiative and it was informative if not a little confusing.

Curtis had lunch and then right after he and his team did some team building, which was just playing some video games!

When he was finished with that, he did some more tickets and then he did an offboard right at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim joined a department team meeting in the morning from home and then went into the office after.

Once she made it into the office Kim spent the morning packing up and sending out two laptops. She then joined the east coast social call and had a wonderful time! There were so many people joining and dropping off the call and loads if faces Kim hadn’t seen in a while!

After this Kim had her 1-1 and they went over the first summer party and plans for the next ones and it was great! She then spent a little time working on the quizzes and other bits of admin before joining a couple of people in the kitchen and making some cocktails! Kim was impressed she could make a pina colada from memory, its not a hard drink, but its been a while!

Kim then stayed in the office for a fair few hours to make a big dent in the next few summer parties. She got all but 3 questions written out for the media and news rounds and its such a relief to be able to start next week with a good foundation.

Evening

Once Kim eventually got back home, we had some chicken with potato and some baked beans whilst watching some TV.

We watched some more TV and played some games for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 353: Vancouver, BC – Surprise Offboard

Curtis’ Day

Curtis has a lot of team members that are off for most of this week, so it’s a busy one!

In the morning, a lot of tickets were coming in so Curtis triaged them and also did a few himself.

After this, Curtis had a team meeting which also didn’t last long as there wasn’t many people.

Curtis did some security work and then some more tickets up to lunchtime.

At lunch, the Leafs game came on and Curtis watched that! He then had that on in the background for the rest of the day.

The leafs won!

Curtis had a surprise offboard come in in the afternoon to be completed today! Therefore, Curtis did this at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim was asked to print some stuff off for a colleague popping into the office, but when she went to print the waste toner cartridge was full. So she called a technician to come in and empty it. Unfortunately, the colleague had already made their way into the office so Kim spent some time on the talking with IT to see if they can set her up on another printer but had no luck. Luckily the colleague was able to get the things done that were needed without the document, so that was a relief.

She then worked out and set up a plan for someone else to come back to the office to work. She picked some seats that they can use and sent them across for the person to pick from.

Kim spent some time running through some of the party stuff with her colleague, they checked the RSVPs and went over communications that need to go out.

We had another visitor come in to drop off a few things and pick up another charger. Shortly after that the printer technician arrived and while he was in Kim worked on a shipment and ended up calling UPS to troubleshoot an issue that she has been having in regards to printing off documents. It was a really good call, Kim wasn’t hung up on and there is now a workaround for the issue!

To end the day Kim finished up the quizzes for the UK, tomorrow she will start putting them onto Kahoot and finding the media for them too.

Evening

Once Kim got back home, we had lasagna with garlic bread and salad for dinner and got a bit into a YouTube rabbit hole!

We wat he’d a bunch of videos and then played some mini golf, followed by more videos.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 346: Vancouver, BC – The NHL Is Back!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got ready for the day and then made himself lunch and some coffee for the day.

Curtis then left the apartment and walked down to the office to work from there for the day.

Curtis got to the office and right from there he had a lot of work to do!

He did a lot of tickets and he had someone in the office mention that they had an issue, which he fixed very quickly!

Shortly after, another new person came to the office to work and the desk they were assigned was setup for a Windows machine and not a Mac, so Curtis had to assist with that. Unfortunately, the monitors were being a pain, but he got that sorted, too.

After that, he did some more tickets and then had lunch.

After lunch, he did some feedback for some colleagues and did his own, too, which helps with compensation reviews.

Curtis then had to give someone monitors, but when he took monitors there, he realised that there were no monitors that fit on those monitor arms, so he had to swap the arms out too, and then connect some monitors.

Curtis did that and then did some admin, then headed home. A very busy but productive day!

Kim’s Day

A lot of Kims day was working on the main event for the summer parties and she managed to get a lot of the grunt work done of one aspects. Thats 1 of 8 done! Kim still has to transfer the research and work from today unto the right media and pretty it up, but its a big step in the right direction.

Kim took so many calls today too, which kept interrupting her flow! One call was actually for Kim and she spoke with the building manager about a few things, so that was great!

In the afternoon Kim had a catch up with a teammate which was so nice! Shortly after that call they were both on another call with another teammate going over how Kim can help them iver the next few weeks. It was great to understand the project a little more.

At the end of the day Kim set up a few things for tomorrow and then returned some shoes on her way home!

The NHL Is Back!

Curtis watched the Leafs game this evening after work, which was a strange feeling but he is very happy hockey is back! This is just an exhibition game, but the Leafs won, which was awesome.

After this, Kim made a delicious Mexican chicken salad and we watched some YouTube videos.

We then got very engrossed in a new game they released today called Grounded – it was pretty fun and took some getting used to, but must have been good as we played for a couple of hours!

Kim then watched some of the office and Curtis played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 317: Vancouver, BC – Tape, Tape & More Tape

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty busy day!

He started the day answering some questions about Microsoft Teams and completing some admin (emails, messages, tickets etc).

After that, he had a computer checkup to do and then had back to back meetings.

His first meeting was security related and that was very positive and then after that he joined an Ask Me Anything with someone from work about important things!

Curtis did a another computer checkup after that meeting and then finally had some lunch.

Curtis did a few tickets and admin in the afternoon and then his day was done. Very busy and went fast!

Kim’s Day

Today Kim put tape on the floor and that is about it! She started her day by finishing putting the signs up around the office and then moved on to measuring up a team meeting space and ensured that all the chairs were a safe distance apart. After that Kim organised the kitchen and made sure those chairs are a safe space apart and she mapped it out on the floor.

Kim spent a bit of time in the morning replying to emails and printing a couple of forgotten signs. She also had a quick meeting with her colleague in the early afternoon.

After lunch Kim moved a bank of desks and then cut and laminated the signs. To finish the day Kim mapped out another team meeting space by measuring and taping it up. It was a successful day!

And, Chill

We both had busy but positive days, so when Kim got back home we just chilled out. We couldn’t be bothered to make anything for dinner, so frozen pizzas it was!

We ate our food and watched some TV…it was super warm today so we had all windows and the balcony door open trying to cool down!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 283: Vancouver, BC – Move Out Checklist

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some admin and a few tickets in the morning and then at 11:00, him and Kim left together and walked down to their respective workplaces!

Curtis had to tidy the IT equipment on each desk so that the desks were easier to clean when the cleaners come in to do a disinfect.

Once Curtis got in he got started and finished sorting the desks about 1.5 hours later.

Curtis then stayed at the office and helped the office administrator do a few things around the place.

At 14:00, Curtis walked home. Once he was home, he answered some messages, did some admin and then had a bit of lunch.

Curtis jumped on a call for the remaining time in the day to figure out some new things his team has taken on and help a specific person out with it.

After that, he did a few things around the apartment and waited for Kim to come back from the office.

Kim’s Day

Kim caught up on emails before she headed into the office with Curtis. She then spent some time doing general admin and continuing with the office clean up.

Kim spent a lot of her afternoon in meetings the first one was planned so she joined a couple of her colleagues to go through a process and how it works so Kim has a better idea of what she needs to be doing.

After this Kim jumped on a call with a differnt colleague to go over some plans for the coming weeks. It was just a short call as Kim had to jump on another call with someone and help them out with something while Kim was available in the office.

Once Kim finished up with that meeting she called her colleague back up so they could continue brainstorming for the coking weeks. They made some good plans and a lot of progress!

Move Out Checklist

We headed to the old apartment right after Kim got back to give it another once over and then meet our old landlord to complete the move out checklist.

We did the checklist and there were a few things we still need to do, so we noted those down and we’ll be heading back tomorrow get those sorted.

We were very hungry so we headed home for some dinner!

Kim made a really good vegetarian spaghetti bolognese.

We ate that and relaxed for the remainder of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 262: Vancouver, BC – Showing Our Apartment

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of tickets to do this morning.

After Curtis got the tickets done, he had a short computer checkup with someone to ensure it was working how it should be and then did another one of these shortly after.

In the afternoon, Curtis did some updates to the document he created yesterday and then had to contact an external vendor for support on some software.

After that, it started to get quieter, and then someone reached out for help with something that has been ongoing for a while now.

Curtis assisted her, but didn’t get the problem solved after an hour or so, so he has setup a call for tomorrow to discuss with the relevant people.

Curtis then left to meet Kim downtown for some apartment viewings.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim joined another cribbage game that wasn’t hers so she left that and went through her emails. She then hosted another game of who are you and it was so much fun. Less argumentative than the last game, but people really seemed to enjoy it.

Kim then soent some time reaching out to to building, cleaners and handyman company in regards to plans for tomorrow. She got most things sorted and organised which is great.

In the early afternoon Kim got a response back in regards to an invite she is sending out for a gratitude call later in the week. Kim amended the email and sent it out.

As she has to be in early tomorrow, and she forgot to set things up last week, Kim decided to head into the office and make sure she has everything ready for the renovations tomorrow. She got the whiteboards in the right place, collected the wall brackets for the TV and tested the paint too.

More Apartment Viewings & Showing Our Apartment

We met in the city to look at another couple of apartments.

The first was in the same building as one we looked at yesterday and it was nice, but the location was still not great.

We then went to another which was nice, but the bedroom was very small and the deal breaker was the building nextdoor which had some interesting characters.

We then went to another which is still a bit downtown but was very nice! A good size and then landlord was a very nice lady!

We headed back home and got back right in time for our landlord to show 3 sets of people around the apartment, one of which was virtual.

We had a bit of a discussion with our landlord and then finally got to relax at 20:00, having dinner (just a frozen pizza because we were too lazy to cook anything) and watched some TV for the remainder.

We hit 28,000 all time blog views today!

Thank you all so much!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 256: Vancouver, BC – Sneaky Office Visit

Curtis’ Day

Curtis for rest and then, with Kim, walked down to the city.

Curtis was the only one in his team with a specific key, so he had to go drop it off.

He got into the office, dropped off the key and left again.

On the way back, walking through the deserted city, which felt very strange, Curtis stopped at Mario’s to get a coffee. It was delicious and Curtis had a good chat with the owner, as well.

Curtis walked back home and went right into the weekly webinar from Zoom in which they discuss new updates and have a Q&A session.

Curtis finished that and then for most of the remainder of the day, he completed the project work he began yesterday!

After doing a couple of tickets, Curtis did some training and then that was his day done.

Kim’s Day

Today was a busy day! The midweek catch up was great, there were more people than normal and it was great to see some newcomers! Kim hopped straight into a cribbage game after the social call and lost the game. It was good fun, but the other team crushed it!

Kim walked with Curtis into work, it was so lovely to have a tiny bit of normality, even if downtown does look like a brightly and beautifully painted apocalyptic movie. All the shops are boarded up, but people are painting on all the boards, its really beautiful!

When Kim got into the office she started by emptying the remaining cupboards on one side of the kitchen. She managed to organise the drinks where they take up only three cupboards and fit all of the drinks that were stored on a flatbed away in the cupboards too!

Kim then helped IT set up a new user on a laptop. She called one of the guys, but his audio wouldn’t work, so Kim asked the questions and he had to type out the answers. It was strange but it worked!

Kim then went back in the kitchen and started collecting all the nicer biodegradable plates and cutlery into one place, rather than being in different parts of the kitchen. She created a catering cupboard and its great!

Kim found another cabinet in the office so she took that to make it a gaming station in the break out area. She also took the new bookshelf in the kitchen for the breakout area too. She managed to position the bookshelf and another larger cupboard in a way that has storage for the trolleys behind them. Its very aesthetically pleasing!

Kim then had a meeting with her colleague, where she went over the plan for the rest of the day and asked her opinion on a few of the office move things.

Kim then moved a desk so she could use the area as storage space. She collected up all the stuff lying around thay belongs to the team and put it in the new space. It now looks much more open where Kim is making the breakout area.

Mid afternoon Kim popped out to pick up some personal pizzas for her colleague and herself. When she got back one of her managers was in the office. It turns out that he was in to pick up the laptop. So Kim finished setting it up and collected a few things to go with it and passed the laptop over. It was great to have a chat and say hello too!

Kim then attempted to DYI make a cable run in the cabinet she stole earlier. Turns out that it is nearly impossible to drill into the material it is with the weak drill Kim bought a few months ago. There is now a fair amount of sawdust and a tiny hole in the cabinet. So that was relatively unsuccessful! After giving up on this Kim moved a few tables from one part of the office to another.

Just before she left Kim cleared up the massive mess she made in the kitchen and one corner of the office. She then called a courier to ask some questions for a colleague and then had to plug in the mail machine in order for her colleague to send some post! It was a very sucessful day!

No Workout Today

We didn’t really feel like working out today, and Kim got home a little later, so we just played mini sticks instead, until we got hungry.

Curtis had meatballs and Kim had chicken sausages for dinner, with a collection of vegetables and a really nice gravy/sauce.

We watched the next episode of Tiger King and some other TV before heading off to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 251: Vancouver, BC – Back To Curry Again!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a company wide meeting right at 09:00 which lasted for an hour.

After that, Curtis had some admin work and research work to do, until 12:45 which is when he had his first of 2 laptop checkups to complete.

He did the first laptop checkup and then had another to do right after.

After lunch, Curtis had a project related meeting with his team, whilst doing an offboard, followed by some tickets and a zoom call with someone to help them out.

Curtis attended the office happy hour and then that was his work week done!

Kim’s Day

Kim started the day by hosting the UKs social talks, there were a couple more people than usual, which was great! She then started working on a few documents, working on The Wiki pages and making plans for next week.

Just before midday Kim had everyone who is doing a lightning talk join the meeting early to test their audio and slide shows. Then the talks went ahead, it was great to have so many people in the call ans enjoying something so normal for the company.

Straight after the talks Kim joined the east coast social drinks, but only for a little while as she had another meeting to get to. The meeting after was great! Kim was on a call with a few people and they were orgnaising stuff and making plans for the coming month as it is Mental Health Awareness month. Kim is very excited to be helping with this as its something she holds very close to her heart.

Kim went from that call to the next, a team meeting. It was so nice to hear from everyone, see how they are all doing and see what their plans for work are like for the next week or so.

Kim had a quick break after that call where she worked on another new Wiki page and added notes to all of the new ones she had started over the past few days.

To finish the day Kim joined the Friday drinks for the west coast people. It was so much fun and there were a great bunch of people on the call.

After the call Kim sorted out some scheduling for the Wiki tournament, next week is the final week of round robin games, in May Kim will start to set up the quarter finals!

Back To Curry Again!

We finished work and played a bit of mini sticks as we didn’t get a chance to do so today!

We ordered a curry, which we’ve gone back to after deviating last week, and then we played some Need For Speed whilst we waited for it.

We watched TV for the rest of the night and just chilled out. We barely stopped today!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 249 – Vancouver, BC – Quarantine Wine & Cheese

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had such a busy morning!

This morning went so fast and it was already lunchtime which was crazy.

Curtis did some tickets and then did an onboard, which took up a lot of time.

Just before lunch, Curtis got introduced to a new account executive for a vendor.

We had some soup for lunch and then in the afternoon Curtis did some admin and tickets.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim hosted the mid week catch up before the company wide meeting. During the social talk, only two people joined and they mainly had a chat, which was great as it meant Kim could get some other things ready for her day.

After the big meeting Kim helped some people in the UK with some logistics stuff. They were sending stuff from the office to people and Kim helped!

Kim then had a catch up with her colleague, it was meant to be for an hour, but it went on for at least two! They went over all the plans for the office space, events coming up and everything in between. While everyone is out of the office Kim will go in to move things around, not annoy everyone and be totally unbothered, it will be amazing!

When the meeting finished Kim went straight into hosting a mini game that she named ‘Who Are You?’ People are given controversial questions like which type of peanut butter do you prefer? And the answer options would be crunchy or smooth. Then there would be a time after where people can fight ans argue about why their answer was right and other people were wrong. It went exactly how Kim had hoped it would and people had so much fun!

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon writing down points of interest in two documents she needs to write up.

Shopping

We drove up to the shop and went to Home Depot first.

Kim wanted to get some pots and soil for her herbs.

We managed to find pots, but they were sold out of soil, but we got the pots anyway.

We left here and took the stuff back to the car and then queued up for the supermarket.

We ended up doing a pretty big and expensive shop, but that should last us for another 10 days or so, and we even managed to get some toilet paper!

We got back home and had cheese and wine for dinner, because why not?

We played some need for speed, some VR and watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 247: Vancouver BC – Addicted To VR!

Curtis’ Day

The weather outside was wonderful this morning when we went for our walk, so Curtis felt refreshed and ready to start the day.

After he showered and had breakfast, Curtis did some admin and then had another computer checkup to complete at 09:30, so he did that and then did some security work.

After that, he had his daily team meeting, followed by some project work and then he had another checkup to do.

Curtis got his project work completed and then had his weekly team meeting.

After that, he actually ended up having a busy afternoon, which he wasn’t expecting, as he had some people reach out about some issues, and that lead him perfectly to the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim got herself ready to play a game of cribbage, earlier than she would usually start working. So she got orgnaised, joined the call, and then realised it wasn’t her game! So she left and then did a test of a bunch of light bulbs in the apartment and made a bin pile and replaced some of the dead lights in the kitchen.

When she started work at the proper time she reached out to someone she is meant to be arranging a phone screen for as they had not been in contact.

Kim then spent most of her day working on righting a wellness and ergonomics document for the Wiki. It was something that her manager said would be a good thing to have for people to refer to while working from home. So Kim did her research and spent most of the day making the document to be a interesting and informative!

She also joined yoga at midday and in the afternoon updated the cribbage tracker to account for the games that took place today. Towards the end of the day, she aldo heard back from the candidate and booked them in for their phone screen.

Back To Working Out

We worked out after Kim got back from the office.

We played some mini sticks first as a warm-up, of course, and then did our working out which felt great.

We both showered and then we had chicken pesto pasta for dinner as it was almost 20:00 and we were hungry, so it was nice and quick.

We watched travel man whilst we ate and then watched some TV, played some games and played more VR…We are definitely addicted to VR!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale