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

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 243: Vancouver, BC – VR Is Fun!

So Many Dogs!

Kim was very happy that when we went for our walk, there were a lot of dogs to look at!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day!

His morning started pretty quiet, but then after his team meeting, he had quite a bit to do, but in a good way.

He had to schedule computer checkups with people, so he did that for most of the morning and did a lot of tickets that came in too.

In the afternoon, Curtis did a lot of tickets and scheduled some more people for checkups.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a company wide meeting again in the morning. After, she spent the rest of her morning reviewing a policy and making notes on it. During this she joined in on yoga. Kim wasn’t feeling yoga today but was so glad she did it at the end, it really broke up her day. After yoga Kim did another check of the document and her notes and wrote up an email to go with it to send it back to her colleague.

Just after lunch Kim joined a quick call about the rewards and awards for the social events that are happening and how that will all work. After this she drew up a new Wiki page where she will store all the information! She didn’t manage to put the info on there, but she was able to make a few notes for her to come back to.

Kim then spent the rest of her afternoon working in her next quiz. The now theme is 00’s until now and its a pub quiz. She will have one question per year per category and its coming together really nicely.

More VR!

We did our workout and then Kim made a chicken stir-fry which was really tasty! We watched a quick TV show during that and then played more VR!

It turns out that VR is pretty fun!

We played some Wizard game, which was alright, but then we played a space station game, which you get to go around the space station with zero-gravity. This was amazing and actually felt like you had no gravity! It was a little odd and actually made us feel a little sick.

Curtis played a demo for Creed, the boxing game/film, and that was actually pretty realistic and difficult, which is good but made him feel a little odd too!

We stopped after this to regain our brains and then watched some more TV before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 230: Vancouver, BC – Party Games!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy day planned and it stayed that way!

Curtis had a company wide meeting and that lasted for around an hour. This was to update everyone on the current status of the company.

After the meeting, Curtis helped people with a few of their questions and then had his usual team meeting.

Curtis had a project meeting and then spent the rest of the morning helping someone with a couple of Zoom issues.

In the afternoon, Curtis completed an offboard which involved wiping a laptop remotely.

After that, Curtis spent a while looking into why someone wasn’t in a group they should be in, but it turns out that they were! Curtis learned a few things during this, though.

Curtis got some admin done and then had happy hour drinks with colleagues from his office!

Curtis played 30 minutes of Rocket League with his colleagues before we decided we should order some food!

Kim’s Day

After the regular morning meeting Kim started the social catch up for the UK and it was so fun! She spoke with a couple of new people she hadn’t met before and a few friendly faces.

After this Kim called FedEx to sort paperwork for a refund that was on her credit card. It was surprisingly easy and was sorted without any hiccups, a great big win! She then worked on some events, building up an easter quiz and sending out invites to a 30 minute drop in game of Skribbl, its like online pictonary! One thing that Kim wants to do is to do social events that everyone will enjoy and make sure she puts on a good variety of events.

Kim then held the east coast social catch up and it was fun. Everyone chatted for a while and then after a few people left the remaining played a few games, of Skribbl surprisingly! It was so fun and everyone had a great giggle.

After that call Kim had a quick chat with her family, it was great to see their faces and have a catch up! Over the weekend they are going to call again and probably play some games, which Kim is so looking forward to!

Kim then worked on her Easter quiz and event managed to put together a virtual easter egg hunt using Kahoot, so that will be fun! She sent out the invite for this too.
For the rest of the afternoon Kim was on social calls, she had one with her department that was for 15 minutes and then the west coast social drinks which was for 30 minutes, she saw people that she hadn’t seen in weeks and it was great!

Korean

We decided to order some Korean food from Disco Cheetah again, for the 2nd time.

Kim got a chicken bao and a chicken rice bowl, whilst Curtis got a pork bao and a beef bulgogi rice bowl.

We finished eating and watched the movie District 9.

We played some games and watched some TV for the evening…we had a very short feeling week but it was a positive one!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 226: Vancouver, BC – 9 Years Together!

Curtis’ Day

We completed our daily morning walk and then Curtis had breakfast, showered and started work.

He had a meeting with his team to go over some project stuff which lasted 1 hour.

After this, Curtis did some tickets and admin and then some project work.

In the afternoon, Curtis had a quick 15 minute call with the whole company to test if Zoom would handle it fine and then he had lunch with Kim.

Once finishing lunch, Curtis had meetings for 1.5 hours and they were productive project meetings!

After those, Curtis got some tickets done and then the day was over.

It went really quick for Curtis!

Kim’s Day

Kim set up the teams for the online cribbage tournament and worked on getting a game set up. She had to updated the template of the invites too!

She then started looking into the process of scheduling for phone screens for a teammate.

As it had been a while since she had helped with that side of things they set up a call so her teammate could explain everything and show her the changes to the website.

Between setting all that up and the meeting Kim joined in with yoga. It was so much fun and another employee had their whole family join in from the UK! It was great!

After the meeting Kim spent most of the afternoon setting up phone screens. She also reached out to a couple of vendors to discuss plans for the next few weeks and months!

9 Years Together!

We have been together for 9 years today! Crazy!

To celebrate, we ordered some pizza, going old school with what we used to do, which was get pizza and watch some TV, so that’s what we did! But we did do some working out and stretches before hand, so it’s not all that bad!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale