Place 72 – Day 189: Vancouver, BC – Broken Elevators

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and 3 out of the 6 elevators weren’t working!

Curtis crammed into one of them and just after he arrived at work, he was told that all of the elevators had stopped working, so he got there at the perfect time.

Curtis had his standard team meeting after doing a lot of a admin for the morning, but then really had nothing planned.

His day became busy, in a good way, and he was able to get a lot of tickets completed.

A concern was raised about something project related, so that is what Curtis spent most of his afternoon doing, after his team strategy meeting which lasted for an hour.

Right at the end of the day, Curtis did some project admin but also helped someone who had been having some issues for a few days.

Once that was done, it took Curtis perfectly to the end of the day.

Luckily, the elevators were working.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had a day of getting the things she has been putting off done.

Kim started by sending out a chaser message about the Holiday party so she collected the RSVPs and gave the spreadsheets formulas so Kim doesnt have to do maths anymore, then the fruit arrived so Kim sorted all of that and then reorganised one of the other cupboards in the kitchen. Kim gutted it, sorted through plastic cutlery boxed up some plastic lids and just generally had a good clean up.

Kim then spent some time drafting up business cards and got them sent out to be made up.

Kim then sent a few emails about the holiday party and added more points to the to do list and moved some from ‘to do’ to ‘completed’ which is a win!

Throughout the day there were many deliveries, which Kim can only expect will increase over the next few coming months!

One of the deliveries for Kim’s colleague was ful of decorations for the holiday party. The only issue was that one of the things ordered was about a third of the size they wanted! So they will have to get more!

Kim then got her head down and scanned all of her receipts for the past month and saved them all too! This is so great as it means she will have done it just in time to reconcile!

Costco

We went over to Costco to get a few things from there on the way home.

We didn’t get much at all and were out within 20 minutes!

The weather was foul, so all of our bags and the box we carried got wet, but at least we got the items we needed.

Weekly Clean

We got home and did our weekly clean.

We took the rubbish and recycling out and then cleaned up around the apartment.

Kim walked up to the shop to get a few things and then when she got back, we had dinner.

Chicken Baguette

We had a chicken baguette for dinner, with mayonnaise and sweetcorn, accompanied by turkey stuffing crisps and some of our leftover “fancy” cheese.

We watched some TV, made some lunch for tomorrow and that was our evening!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 186: Vancouver, BC – Workplace Baby Shower

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few meetings today.

He had his daily meeting, followed by doing a little bit of admin and work, but then right back into another meeting.

This meeting was very interesting, though, and it was planning for the team’s financial forecast, so it was cool for Curtis to see what went on there.

After that meeting, Curtis got some ticket work done and was then meant to have another meeting, this time an external meeting with a cloud software company.

The representative didn’t show up, so Curtis didn’t have that meeting, but did eventually get his questions answered via email.

For lunch, Curtis and a couple of colleagues went to a place called Hot Star Chicken. This is a Taiwanese street food place where you get a big slab of fried chicken in a paper bag.

Curtis had a BBQ one and Kim had a Korean flavoured chicken.

Kim went back to work and so did Curtis. He put the remainder of the chicken on a plate and ate it that way when he got back to the office and it was much easier to eat.

After lunch, Curtis spent an hour doing some ticket and project work, both were successful, and then he had an hour long meeting with someone from legal.

After that, it was beer and hockey time! Curtis grabbed a beer and watched the first period of the leafs game, before walking home.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim finally saved all of her outstanding travel invoices! She had a full half a months worth and spent most of the morning sorting through those.

She then went and met Curtis and a couple of his work friends for lunch, but on the way back to work stopped to pick up some chocolate bars for the baby shower.

When she got back to the office Kim put all of the regular things in the fridge for the end of week drinks.

She then got on with some administration tasks before starting the fun stuff of baby shower preparations.

Kim printed off the answer sheets for the nappy game, melted the chocolates into the nappies, sorted the snacks and made the mocktails. The mocktails on the menu today were:

  • Mumgo Colada
  • Gran-berry ‘Cider’
  • Up at the Crack of Sunrise

Kim was very pleased with the mockt

ails and names she picked for them. Kim also arranged for rum to go with the mango colada style drink for those that were drinking alcohol.
Once all the games were set up the team allocated 15 minutes to sit, enjoy and catch up together before inviting the rest of the office to join in.

They drank mocktails, played ‘mark the soother on the baby’ and ate cookies.

A few other people joined while the team were guessing what was in the nappies. Then, suddenly, another department joined in with a fondue set!

As it was someone’s birthday the day before they celebrated with fondue, this was a welcomed addition.

Kim decided to pick a winner for the nappy guessing game so ran around the office to see if anyone else wanted to try first, a few more people had a go and then Kim went through the correct answers. It was so much fun and it was great to see everyone relax and enjoy each other company!

Most people left around the same sort of time, so the few who were around at the end cleared up with Kim. She then realised that she had not yet place a weekly shop order for next week, so she put one of those through and then went home.

It was a brilliant evening and a really nice way to celebrate the excitement of a new little baby on its way!

Silly Videos

Once hockey was finished, we each had some food (Curtis had the last of the roast and Kim had the remainder of her chicken from lunch) and sat and watched silly videos.

Before we knew it, it had been a few hours!

It was fun to just sit and watch stupid stuff for a while, though.

Tomorrow’s Saturday, but a busy one!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 153: Vancouver, BC – Free Clothes?!

Fry Up!

We both really fancied a fry up this morning and although we didn’t have everything for it, we made it work!

We had a sausage, egg and cheese muffin with beans and hash browns. Some bacon would have made it perfect, but it was already exactly what we wanted.

Air Vents

We got ready for the day and then we went out to grab a coffee.

We stopped in at Home Depot to see if they had any closable air vents as the ones we currently have cannot be closed and it is freezing! We didn’t find any, so we just went for a coffee.

We got a coffee from Starbucks and it was one of the best from there we have had!

Kim didn’t actually have a coffee, but a hot chocolate and Curtis had a flat white.

We finished up our coffee and headed home, where Kim sorted out some videos we had on the GoPro, which was something we have been meaning to do for a while now.

Free Clothes?!

Kim went shopping whilst Curtis watched hockey as she has a bonus from work to spend from work on work clothes!

She drove out to Metropolis which was quite busy. Once parked, Kim went to a LOT of shops, looking for different things and trying them on.

Kim was there for a total of around 4 or so and it was a bit productive but she didn’t get as much as she had hoped.

Church’s Chicken

We had been told that Church’s Chicken was good, compared to KFC at least.

Kim drove past one on the way home and thought it would be a good time to try!

We ate this whilst we watched some TV and chilled out for the evening.

The chicken was alright, but the breading was odd.

Providing we get good weather, we plan to do something fun tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 136: Vancouver, BC – All Day Typing & Post Work Massage

Curtis’ Day

As made apparent from the title, Curtis’ day was a lot of writing (technically typing).

He started the day with some admin and then doing a couple of tickets, but he did have it planned to get guides written for his project. There are around 8 guides to get written, so Curtis has to get those all done, and ASAP!

Curtis just did those all day and got half done, which is better than none.

Curtis walked home and there was no rain, which is much better, and then he watched the last 2 periods of the leafs game.

He had leftover Thai curry which he cooked up some chicken for and ate.

Kim went out to exercise and Curtis played some games.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim had to grab a cake for a team so she headed to the shop up near home and planned to take a taxi in. She called for a taci before going in to.the store, but as the answered the line cut out. So kim grabbed the cake and waited outside while she called again, it took 5 minutes to get through and there was no estimated arrival time.

While Kim was at the bus stop waiting for the taxi a police escort came down the road and blocked it off, then came a group of cyclists followed by more police and an ambulance or 2. The best part was that the police van was playing ACDC, a great way to start a morning!

When the taxi eventually arrived Kim made her way into work and was about 30 minutes later than she had anticipated! Kim then hid the cake at her desk before running back out to post a letter and pick up some dairy free cakes.

While she was out in the morning Kim was asked to do some printing, so she got all of that sorted.

During the morning Kim felt very strange, she had a pounding headache, felt neasous and had funny vision. So Kim took 5 and sat in a meeting room to see if it would pass, and then went and grabbed some fresh air on the roof. This helped a fair amount.

It was then cake time! So Kim arranged the main cake in the kitchen, but hid the dairy free ones! There was a nice little talk and then everyone grabbed some cake.

As she still wasnt feeling 100% Kim then changed her settings on her computer to cause less of a strain on her eyes, this was Curtis’s great idea and he walked her through how to do it over the phone! He is so wonderful and really does take good care of Kim.

This helped immensely and throughout the course of the day all the issues went away! During the call, the gentleman who put on the presentation snuck Kim some cake, which was very appreciated.

Kim then took some time to go through the emails received today and had a little catch up with her team mate who had been in another office for the past week.

It was then lunch time, and despite Kim saying that she would sort her lunch in the morning and to no surprise to Curtis, Kim had not made her lunch. As she had felt so groggy in the morning Kim decided to get a McDonald’s, and she picked a great day to as well, she got a free cheeseburger! So she grabbed her lunch and then went back to eat. She ended up in and out of her seat for the first half of her lunch sorting things out for people!

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon catching up on the invoices. Its going to be like that for a fair few days as she hadn’t saved an invoice until yesterday since the 4th September. Kim is very glad to announce that she is now up to the 9th September!

In the middle of the invoices Kim had a bit more of a proper meeting with her colleague, mainly a catch up from the last week and plans on the Christmas parties. Kim ended up giving a great idea for the UK office that will possibly be used, so that was great!

After work, Kim used her benefits to get a quick massage. She had booked herself in for a 30 minute neck and back massage to sort out her painful shoulder, but as a result of her morning, Kim changed it to a head, neck and back massage and it was alright!

Kim class today was good! The conditioning nearly killed her and she was utterly rubbish at it all. She was able to nail some of the moves which was great.

Bake Off, Again!

Kim got back from exercise and we watched the latest bake off episode before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 121: Vancouver, BC – Back Into Work & Chores

Back To Work

We had to be up early again today and get ready for work.

We left a bit late, but we each got to work on time.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did admin (clearing emails and messages etc) for about 30 minutes and then completed around 7 tickets in row!

He had a 1:1 for 30 minutes, which went well, and then he did some project work and managed to move on a bit with the project, which was great.

After lunch, Curtis had a couple of things to do. Some was security based and a couple of physical things around the office.

Curtis then had to setup a mac for someone and that brought him nicely the end of the day. Very productive.

Kim’s Day

Today kim spent most of her time organising travel and catering! When she got in Kim continued to finalise both travel issues from last week. She got one sorted early on in the morning and the other was sorted by mid afternoon.

Then Kim started organising the catering for a 3 day meeting that is happening next week. She found vendors she liked and made a spreadsheet listing the items she will purchase in in which quantities.

Kim was then invited to grab a coffee with a colleague, so Kim took the opportunity to go on a short walk and catch up about the weekend. When she got back, the weekly shop had arrived so she put that all away.

Kim then continued with more of the travel and catering work. For lunch Kim sat down with her team mates and had a good chat!

After lunch Kim saved all of the invoices she had not yet gotten around to.

After this, Kim had her 90 day check up! Its crazy how Kim has already been there 3 months! For the meeting, Kim and her HR team mate went to a local French cafe and Kim enjoyed a lovely custard slice.

When she got back to the office Kim went over a few things she needed guidance on with her colleague. She set up a few meetings, went over the catering Kim planned and organised the last tricky bit of the travel booking that needed to be done.

Just before Kim left she wrote up and sent enquiry emails to all of the catering companys to ensure that she was giving them enough of a heads up before next week!

Chores & Chicken Curry

We got home and Curtis got right onto doing the chores we put off all weekend.

Curtis got the washing up done from last night, cleaned down the kitchen countertops and vacuumed the whole apartment. It felt good to clean!

After this, Kim made a chicken curry a Curtis made the rice.

Curtis ate this but Kim did not as she was going to do some exercise so didn’t want anything too big.

Kim went to exercise and Curtis played some games.

Once Kim got home, we watched some more TV and tried to sleep at a decent time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 114: Vancouver, BC – Bake Off’s Back!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work and had some admin to do, as usual and then he finished setting up an old mac.

After that, Curtis replaced someone’s laptop and ensured that all worked for them.

Curtis then did a few tickets up until lunch time.

Post lunch, Curtis ststted setting up a new laptop, which took most of the afternoon, and then he had a brief 1 on 1 with the HR team about his first 3 months at the company.

Curtis finished the day with a bit of project work, as well as a bit of security work.

A fairly slow day but varied non the less.

Kim’s Day & Evening

As there was a new hire starting today, who came all the way from the UK office, Kim ensured that she was in a little early as he was due to arrive at 9ish. It 9.10 he is introduced to Kim be her colleague as he arrived before Kim and had done the tour already! Kim was also greeted this morning by an email from the close by hotel to say they have rooms available and the price was much lower than any competitor! What a great way to start a day!

Kim used her new extra time to catch up on emails, that she had neglected yesterday! She approved items, saved invoices and whizzed through!

To be prepared for the meeting taking place later in the day Kim went and stole all the best mugs and cups to ensure they would be nice, clean and easily available later in the day. She also hid 2 of the water jugs and our the frozen cut up lemon in one to allow it to thaw and infuse the water! She also put a load of soft drinks on a tray ready for later too!

Kim then went back to the hotel / meeting room booking she has been working on and organised with the building to have the 25th floor for 2 of the days and then organised internally to free up the boardroom on their floor for the 3rd and final day.

Before Kim started the boardroom preperations Kim collected and gift wrapped some company swag for the external visitors. She didn’t go full Love Actually gift wrapping but the thought was there!

As it was suddenly midday Kim started preparing the meeting room by making sure all the chairs were the same and at the same height and perfectly placed around the table. She then set the glasses and water jugs up before helping giving the windows a quick clean. Kims colleague then ran out to grab some snackables for the meeting so Kim set up the drinks she set aside from earlier and made a start on a coffee urn. When her colleague came back Kim plated the biscuits and set everything up.

Just as they were putting the napkins in the boardroom the external visitors arrived so Kim contacted the meeting organiser while her colleague made a coffee.

After the meeting was underway Kim took some time to have lunch and take a breather. She had a lovely catch up with a few colleagues and it was lovely.

After lunch Kim spent some of her afternoon organising meeting invites for the new hire meet and eats coming up. Then she spent her time catching up on more emails and reorganising meeting rooms.

Kim ended up sticking around later today to make sure that the meeting didn’t need anything else. While she was waiting, she stole a bookcase from a meetingroom and is keeping it at reception for storage!

Kim was then asked to call cabs for the meeting to head out to dinner. After the meeting left Kim then sorted and cleaned out the room!

Then she headed home, got changed and went directly to her class.

Then she headed home, got changed and went directly to her class. Today’s class was lyrical so they spent some time at the beginning learning 2 moves and then they were incorporated into a routine. It was so much fun!

Kim then was heading home and popped to the supermarket to pick something up and realised that she did not have her purse. Luckily Curtis was home so bought it to her and then they did the mini shop together

The Remainder of Our Evening

Curtis didn’t really do anything whilst Kim was out. He did a few things around the apartment, but mostly just played some games and relaxed.

Once Kim got home after going to the supermarket, we were both very hungry! Luckily, Curtis had done most of the salad and Kim just added the fresh roasted chicken from the supermarket and some caesar sauce and hey presto a simple yet delicious caesar salad.

We finished up by watching the first episode of the new Great British Bake Off and then went to bed at a reasonable time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place72 – Day 73: Vancouver, BC – Free Coffee, Forgotten Phone & Costco Run

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work with 5 minutes to spare and was non stop from that point on.

He had a new starter to setup as well as 2 people to offboard.

At 11:00, Curtis helped someone move desks and convert it to a standing desk. Once this was done, Curtis got bought a coffee by the lady, which was lovely!

After the coffee, Curtis had some more of the onboarding to complete and then it was lunch time.

Kim met Curtis down at a Vietnamese place near Curtis’ work as they do a great Banh Mi. We got those but because it was far from Kim’s work, she had to walk back as soon as she got it.

Curtis went back to work after lunch and continued to be busy. He had to order a lot of items as well as some software.

At 14:30 he updated the AV system in 2 rooms and checked on them periodically.

There were a lot of small issues today so Curtis spent quite a bit of time sorting those, too.

Curtis’ day finished at 17:00 and he walked to meet Kim.

Kim’s Day

As Kim was walking to work she checked to see if her phone was in her bag and found that it wasn’t! This was not the best start to the day.

When the fruit arrived Kim put it all away, she ordered a lot of different items from normal so it will be a nice change.

Someone mentioned that they couldnt find any brown sugar so Kim then spent some time sorting out the sugar! Nor exciting but everything is much easier to find now! Plus its easier to know what the stock levels are.

Kim then took some time to set up next weeks order and contact a few other vendors about some possible additional items they would like to stock!

It was a colleueges birthday on Thursday, but she was away on leave so in the late morning Kim and another colluege ran to a bakery to pick up a beautiful red velvet cake and a card! As they got in the elevators who catches the door at the last second? The birthday girl! Sods law!

When they got back upstairs the girls prepared the cake and plates to ‘surprise’ the birthday girl! They got a few people together sang happy birthday and then ate cake!

Kim sorted a few things out before heading to near Curtis’ work to meet him for lunch. Not so easy to do without a phone as they had not really discussed a time to place all that well. They eventually found each other and sat for a little while.

When Kim got back she spent most of her afternoon sorting our various different social things. She set up the agenda for the social team meeting later this week, went over a few things for the upcoming summer party and sent out an invite to a meeting next week. She also ordered some catering for next weeks meeting!

At the end of the day Kim spent some time going through her phones messages. It was not interesting and mainly consisted of the dead space before someone hangs up. There was one call where the phone was just recording background noise of people singing in an office, Kim stopped listening somewhere around the 2 minute mark.

Costco Run

We met up from work and walked down to Costco, primarily to get meat but also a few other things like cheese and a cereal.

We spent some money there and then walked back, boxs & bags in hand with all the items we bought.

Too Much Food

For dinner, we has a big chicken salad with a side of Kraft mac and cheese. Turns out it was way too much food!

We were very stuffed, so we just sat and watched Vikings in the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale