Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 323: Vancouver, BC – Sun, Ice Cream & Lemon Drizzle!

Chat

We had a chat with Curtis’ family eight when we woke up!

It was great to catch up with them and see what they’d been up to and their plans for the next little while, as well as update them on us.

Sun & Ice Cream

The weather was so nice today that we went out for a bit, but first, we did a shop.

Once we finished the shop and unpacked it, we went out for a walk around the area and popped into Yaletown Gelato for an ice cream!

We each got one scoop, Curtis got dark chocolate and Kim got salted caramel.

Our ice creams were perfect, and we walked around the seawall on what felt a lot like a ‘normal’ weekend day, which was odd.

We stopped in to get a cold coffee each from Starbucks and then walked back home.

More Games & Lemon Drizzle

We got home and played some more games, which we are really enjoying doing now, and then it was probably a good time to do some laundry and make dinner.

We had a jar of carbonara sauce to use up so we had chicken and mushroom carbonara for dinner.

As well as making that, Kim made a lemon drizzle cake as well as some small lemon drizzle cakes, too.

We watched some TV and played some more games for the rest of the evening, but overall had a really great day and weekend!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 322: Vancouver, BC – Cinnamon Swirls & David Lam Park

Cinnamon Swirls

Kim made mini cinnamon swirls for breakfast today!

We had those accompanied by strawberries and with a delicious icing.

Once we ate those, Kim spoke with her sister as she has moved into a house with a friend, so she was seeing how she was.

David Lam Park

We wanted to go out today and the weather was permitting, so we went down to David Lam Park.

We stopped at Small Victory bakery on the way to get ourselves a coffee and then sat in the park for a good while, just chatting and taking in the scenes.

Games

We came back home after a while and played some games for what ended up being hours, but we found a game we liked so we just kept playing it.

Easy Dinner & A Movie

We decided to just have an easy dinner, so we had some frozen chicken with hoisin sauce, rice and vegetables.

We watched a film called Masterminds which wasn’t great, but was an easy watch.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 321: Vancouver, BC – Dentist & Fried Chicken

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a quiet day, doing some tickets and then having a 1:1, followed by a project update meeting.

After lunch, Curtis got ready to head out as he had a dentist appointment.

The dental practice has very good restrictions with regards to COVID-19 and it was really good to see that.

Curtis was there for about an hour for his hygiene appointment.

Curtis was also informed that if he wishes to have his wisdom teeth removed, he has to do so through a full surgery as they’re touching his nerves!

When Curtis got home, he caught up on things from work and then sat back and had a drink whilst playing some games.

Kim’s Day

Kim left for work and was greeted by a lot of rain, so she popped back to the apartment to grab a jacket and then went into work. On the walk in Kim joined a call as she had planned to be in the office before it started, but luckily no one joined.

When she got in Kim went around and said a few good mornings to very happy faces. People are very excited to be back in the office again. They also found their little gift bags Kim made the other day and loved them!

When she set up her laptop she got a notification that people were on the call Kim was hosting earlier. So Kim jumped back on that call and had a nice chat.

After the call Kim started on the one task she gave herself for the day, take old used notebooks apart, recycle the parts she can and shred the written on pages. Kim also showed someone around the office and explained the method behind the madness to all of the tape on the floor in the kitchen and around the office. She also helped a few people setting up their work spaces.

For some of the morning Kim helped IT fixing the meeting room booking system and she fixed the hot water in the kitchen. Then until lunch Kim tore up more books.

For lunch Kim hosted the other social call, but no one joined for 20 minutes. So Kim and one other person had a quick chat for 10 and it was lovely.

In the afternoon Kim tore up a few more books, replaced someones laptop and answered a few emails. Everyone had an earlier social drink, and everyone enjoyed their mini bubbly bottles from the gift bags, and a back to office photo was taken, which was great! Kim did set up the online social call, but no one joined! It is probably because it was a strange short week that was chopped in half.

Fried Chicken

Kim got home and we ordered some fried chicken from Juke. It was pretty tasty, though definitely not as good as we had hoped. Curtis also got some ribs with his and they weren’t particularly great either.

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


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 318: Vancouver, BC – Breaking & Fixing Things

Curtis’ Day

Curtis kicked the day off with getting a new account created for an onboard, which he hasn’t done for a long while, but he can’t do the laptop as there was none of them in Vancouver, so they have to get done in the Winnipeg office.

Curtis finished that and then did a few security things.

Once that was done, Curtis did a computer checkup which went really well.

Right after that, Curtis helped someone get their laptop removed and back onto the domain do that it works correctly.

This took a while as it wouldn’t let them log back in, so Curtis and to try a few different things and it eventually worked!

Curtis had his team meeting once that was done and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis did a few tickets and got some reading done, which has been a couple of weeks since he got any reading done.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by sorting out banks of desks. She collected up, removed and replaced extension cables on one side of the building. It took longer than planned so Kim decided to move on.

She had to sort out a few things for people returning to work so she popped to one shop and picked up a few things and as it is a surprise, Kim will be very vague. She popped to another shop and then realised that the first purchase was on her personal card! So Kim went back to the first shop, sorted that out and went back to the office to organise all the things she bought.

She showed her colleague the plan for the stuff that was bought, for the go ahead, so went and picked up the few missing things thay are needed. When she got back to the office she continued putting it all together.

After lunch Kim had a donut chat with a great colleague and it was so much fun. They spoke about how strange COVID has been and a bunch of other stuff, it was great!

After that call, Kim had a meeting with her colleague and then finished up making the things and then sent a few emails before heading home!

Evening

When Kim got home, she marinated some chicken for tomorrow’s dinner and then also made some food for today.

We had chicken breasts with a sun-dried tomato, mustard, garlic, ginger and sour cream sauce.

We had this alongside mushrooms and some other vegetables.

We ate this and spent the rest of the evening watching TV, playing games and just relaxing.

Tomorrow is a day off for Canada Day, so we did plan to go out and maybe go to a park, but the weather is expected to be quite bad tomorrow so we probably won’t do much.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 310: Vancouver, BC – Fixing Telephony

Curtis’ Day

All of Curtis’ morning was helping fix some telephony things.

There were some changes made but the team which broke a few things, so a bunch of Curtis’ team, including him, had to go through and click a few buttons on each user’s profile to fix it. This took all morning but it was good that it got fixed.

Curtis had his weekly team meeting at 13:00 and then ate lunch after.

After lunch, Curtis and to organise tickets for a bunch of computer checkups and then he had to contact each of the people to setup these checkups.

There was also a couple of tickets for Curtis to get to at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her week at home and caught up on emails. At mid morning she had organised another cello recital and it was amazing. She recorded it and uploaded both recordings to the Wiki.

After that Kim headed into the office and made some more progress on her signs before having a meeting a catch up with her colleague.

After lunch Kim had a meeting with her team which went well. Then her she went out to a few shops with her colleague to sort a few things out.

When she got back to the office Kim worked on the signs a little more and ordered flowers for the cellist from today.

Homemade Curry, Again!

Kim made the marinade for a curry last night, so it was pretty much good to go today, she just had to make the sauce and some coconut rice!

When Kim got home we made that and homemade naan too!

We watched some TV and relaxed for the evening.

We both had a busy day, so were pretty tired!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 309: Vancouver, BC – Distant Coffee With A Friend

Father’s Day Chat

Kim had a father’s Day chat with her family after breakfast and then headed out for a few hours.

Distant Coffee With A Friend

Kim and her friend decided to go for a walk, sit down and chat whilst having a coffee!

It was nice to sit and chat (distanced, of course) and get outside.

Kim even managed to get quite sunburned, even though it was raining most of the time!

Kim went to a shop to look for Vietnamese coffee but there was none, so she went to Costco to get a couple of things.

Shopping

When Kim got back home, we went out to do a shop, after we decided on what food we were going to have for the week.

The weather was very warm when we went out, which we weren’t expecting.

We weren’t in the shop too long and then came right back home.

We unpacked everything and were hungry, so we made dinner.

Delicious Chicken

We made nice creamy herb chicken with mushrooms, peas and potatoes which was phenomenal!

After that, Kim went to the drug store to get some Aloe for her burns and also picked up a marble cake, which reminded us of Italy as we used to eat them there all the time.

We ate the dessert and then watched the film All The Bright Places, which was much more hard hitting than we thought it was going to be, but it teaches some very good lessons and we thought it was done very well.

29,000!

We hit 29,000 blog views today! Thank you to everyone…nearly at 30,000 which is crazy!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 306: Vancouver, BC – New Laptop!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a quiet day, overall.

He was waiting for our new laptop to arrive and it was meant to arrive before 12:00, but he had no idea when it would arrive and if it was to arrive, they wouldn’t be able to buzz up as the intercom doesn’t work with our phones! This meant that Curtis had to keep looking outside and he eventually saw the FedEx truck at 11:30, so he ran downstairs to meet the delivery driver.

Curtis got the laptop, which is a Microsoft SurfaceBook 3 and had a play around with that and then did a bit more work, mostly tickets.

Just after that, Curtis had a meeting in which he gathered requirements as an IT Business Analyst around some pain points someone was having and what they wanted to achieve. Curtis took some notes here and setup another meeting with some people from his team to discuss next steps.

Curtis had some lunch and then a VERY quiet afternoon, just doing a handful of tickets and some admin.

At 16:00, there was an EA press conference which Curtis watched, and then he played some games.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim had some company to help with stuff around the office. As the plan for the day was all about cleaning and getting IT equipment ready a couple of the people from the IT team came into help. They went about cleaning and collecting some of the equipment from around the office and just before midday Kim went and collected pizzas for everyone as a thank you for helping out.

Once the IT people left Kim started hosted a quick game. She set up some tome to play Drawful on Jackbox and it went quite well. It was just a small crowd of people but it was good fun!

After the game Kim continued working on the signage for the office. It involved remaking a few of the signs and drafting up a few more. She was also working on some potential changes to the phone system, so had a couple of calls with the support team for if and how the things Kim wanted to change would work.

Face Masks

We had a really tasty chicken breast each with lemon and mustard sauce, along with some potatoes, broccoli and corn on the cob.

After dinner, we watched some TV and then did some face masks! They actually burned our faces a little, which wasn’t great, so we got rid of them pretty quick. They did seem to make our faces smooth, though!

We had a homemade cookie each whilst watching a bit more TV and then we headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 305: Vancouver, BC – Getting The Office Sorted

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent the whole morning in meetings.

He had a 1on1 to start the day and then went right into the weekly Zoom webinar.

After the webinar, Curtis had a team meeting to go over results from a monthly survey that everyone in the company completes.

Curtis had lunch and then did a bunch of tickets in the afternoon and was answering a few questions on Slack.

He also tested a few Zoom features that people were asking about.

Kim’s Day

Kim went into work a little early today to host the midweek catch up and again there were a fair few people so it was fun! After that she hosted the health and safety monthly call, with the offices being closed, there wasn’t too much to talk about.

To get her day properly started Kim called FedEx in the UK to arrange a pickup for an item as the original pickup was cancelled, but not by Kim. After 20 minutes of hold music, the automated person hung up on her, so that was great. She figured the best she could do would be to try to arrange another pickup and go from there.

As a result of the team meeting yesterday the document everyone was working on needed to be updated, so Kim drafted up some suggestions and sent them over to be reviewed and maybe added.

Kim and hee colleague spent the afternoon clearing out empty desks and collecting all the loose equipment from around the office. They also organised and planned where people will be able to sit.

After all the cleaning Kim started on her expenses and it was good she was paying attention as she noticed that something was wrong. Kim checked and it turns out that they had been triple charged for a delivery. So Kim called FedEx to look into it further and it turns out she was right and they will be organising a refund. The best part of that call was that the lady was nice, very helpful and did not hang up on Kim, a great way to end the day!

Evening

We had coconut chicken with corn on the cob for dinner and then we just relaxed and watched some TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 296: Vancouver, BC – Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada Webinar

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of meetings today! 6 in total, which is a lot for him.

His first meeting was fairly early and was to discuss the return to work plan.

After that, he had a 1 on 1 chat and then his daily team meeting.

After that, Curtis had a bit of break to get tickets done and then had a training session learning about something from someone else in the company which was interesting.

After that meeting, Curtis did some tickets and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had another team meeting, his weekly one.

Right after that meeting he had his final meeting of the day which was a project update.

He did some tickets and some security work after that, followed by some project admin.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a few emails come in over the weekend so she sorted through those before fixing a link on the Wiki and adding a new link.

She then spent part of her morning on admin, she reached out to the local hotels to see how the reps are, talked to IT and sales

After the admin Kim realised she hadn’t done a game of Who Are You in a while, so she sent out an invite to a game on Thursday and started making the questions. Once she had the questions she started finding pictures to go with them.

In the afternoon Kim had a team meeting that went so well. It was also great to see how everyone was and make some good plans for the next few weeks.

She had a few things to work on as a result of the meeting so Kim made notes for tomorrow, ordered a few things and started to create a log on excel.

To finish the day Kim joined a webinar that was about confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada, orgnaised by a feminist group and it was amazing and Kim learned a lot.

Chicken Burgers!

We had chicken burgers for dinner! Kim made these once she was done with her webinar and it was very delicious! We had some chicken pieces with coconut on them on the side too. As well as that, we had homemade salsa and homemade potato salad!

We watched some TV and relaxed for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 295: Vancouver, BC – Loud Awakening & Haircut Try #2

Loud Awakening

We were sleeping very well, until all of a sudden we hear a loud bang noise.

We looked outside and, sure enough, just outside our apartment there was a car accident!

We struggled to get back to sleep again, but managed to get a couple of hours of sleep in.

We eventually got up and had some breakfast. We had some scrambled eggs on toast.

Haircut Try #2

Kim tried cutting Curtis’ hair again today! The last time seemed to go well and then after a bit we realised it wasn’t that great, so he has been wearing a hat all the time since!

We thought we would give it another go today, but with guidance from the internet.

It seemed to go well again and so far it doesn’t seem to have gone bad, so that’s good!

We then got showered and ready for the day.

Delivered Shopping

We got our shopping delivered today as we are still isolating.

We were given a two hour window and they arrived in the second hour of the two.

We went down to meet them but they actually brought it up to the apartment for us, which was very kind!

We unpacked all of that and then took our our recycling.

Once we did that, we put our laundry on and cleaned and vacuumed the floor.

A very productive day!

Delicious Dinner

We had a really nice dinner which Kim made which was paprika chicken in a nice paprika mustard sauce with some vegetables and roast potatoes! Very tasty!

We watched some TV and YouTube videos and then experimented with a dessert of crushed mint Oreos with milk and some chocolate which Kim saw online.

It was pretty good!

We are very much addicted to the show The Feed so have been binge watching that this weekend.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale