Place 72 – Day 67: Vancouver, BC – Meeting With a Billionaire!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and was notified about a security issue with Zoom, the video meeting software, which had just been announced by someone.

Curtis and his colleagues looked into this pretty much all morning and trying to find the best fix or work around for it, as well as notifiying all affected users.

Part way through this, there was a fire drill at Curtis’ office so he had to make his way outside and stand out there for a while.

After the drill, it was a mad rush of 20 floors worth of people trying to get up in the elevators, so to avoid that, Curtis and some colleagues went to buy a coffee.

Once Curtis got back, he joined a Zoom call which the person that found the security issue had started and low and behold, the Zoom CEO was in there answering questions! He was even offering free T-shirts. Curtis sat in there listening to all of the information for a while, before he had other things to do.

Curtis tried to re-image a Mac but it wasn’t having any of it, so that took up a big chunk of the afternoon.

Curtis has 2 new users to setup tomorrow, so he’ll be doing that for a chunk of the day as well as 2 meetings.

Curtis left work and met with Kim to walk home.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim walked the opposite way to work and popped to save on foods to pick up a massive cake for a celebration that was happening in the office later on in the day. Kim had intended to pick it up and walk the usual route to work, but it was a very big cake and very heavy so she decided to take the tube thing.
Once she made it into the city she walked the few blocks into work and was greeted in the downstairs lobby by tonnes of people and lots of music. It was a lot for pre 9am!

Kim made it upstairs and set the cake down to find out that the building is hosting a Tennant appreciation breakfast! So Kim and a few people went down, joined the line and took some food back upstairs. What a strange start to the day.
Kim was getting settled into her day and then saw a notification that a new starter was coming in shortly so Kim checked her desk again to make sure it was clean and had everything the new hire would need. In the few moments Kim was away from her desk, the new hire arrived.

Kim then took the lady on a tour of the companies floor, the 25th floor and to see the building amenities. They then tried to get a security pass but the staff were busy with the breakfast function.

The fruit then arrived so Kim went and organised all of that, with the help of 2 great guys! She also put together a small fruit bowl for her colleagues working on a different floor and ran that up to them with a small selection of soft drinks!
Kim then sat down and actually started some work for the day. She also had a catch up with her colleague and got some cool mini side tasks to get on with for some of the other summer parties, one of which meant reaching out to companies in the UK. Its been a while since Kim had to do that!

Then we had the catering arrive for a large group so Kim spent some time reorganising the space to fit the food and laying out the food. Once that had been done Kim was able to run the cake out.
While the group ate and enjoyed cake Kim managed to get some of the day to day tasks done of saving invoices and other fun things!

Once the team finished eating Kim went in to clear the area and pit it back to normal. She also popped the leftover food in the kitchen.

It was then eventually lunchtime so Kim and her colleague sat down and had a good chat. It was really nice!

After lunch Kim took some time to catch up on some of the background onboarding tasks that are to be completed on the first day like sorting the employee photo and sending out some useful information. Its better late than never!

It was then time to try to get the new hire and a visitor from another office their security passes so they all popped to the main floor to sort this and found out that that service is only offered 9-10 am so they agreed to try again the next day.

The rest of the afternoon Kim spent placing orders and sending emails, not all too exciting but it has to be done! She also set up another fruit bowl for tomorrows meetings as today’s went down so well.

Derry Girls

We got back to watching some other TV as we’ve finished Lucifer, so we watched The Last Leg as well as continued Derry Girls, which is hilarious!

We had leftover bolognese with spaghetti, some nice baguette and a side ceasar salad for dinner.

We did very little else for the rest of the evening and went to bed at a good time again.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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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