Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 395: Vancouver, BC – We’re Back

We woke up and had a nice big cooked breakfast and watched a bit of TV whilst eating.

We eventually got ourselves ready and made our way out of the apartment to get the weekly shop done.

It turns out, we chose the worst time to do this as there were far too many people and it was awful!

We got back home and then went out to get a coffee.

We came back home and watched some TV, played some games and then Kim made some dinner, which was something homemade which we obviously didn’t have whilst in Whistler!

Kim made egg fried rice with fried chicken which was terrific!

We ate that and watched some TV for the evening. We don’t plan on doing much this weekend, just relaxing from the week just gone.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 393: Vancouver, BC – Mello Doughnuts

Preparing

We woke up pretty late and had the remaining croissants for breakfast.

It took us a while to get going today, but we did eventually.

We got showered and then we started to do some packing! We are going away from Tuesday – late Friday (nowhere too far, but it should be fun!), So we needed to pack, of course.

We packed a bunch of things and decided what we need to take, also.

Mello Doughnuts

Once we did that, it was about 16:00 and we decided we wanted to get a doughnut!

We found a place which was a 20 minute walk, but it had great reviews and the flavours sounded good, so we took the walk there.

The area it was in wasn’t the greatest, but we queued up and got our doughnuts!

Kim got a chocolate old-fashioned and Curtis got a lemon doughnut.

We didn’t eat them right away as it was nearly dinner time, so we saved them for dessert.

Pirates of The Caribbean

We got home and had our dinner, which was just some sweet and sour chicken with rice, peas and sweetcorn. But, before we did that, we had a Vietnamese coffee, because why not!

We watched Pirates of The Caribbean (the first one) whilst we ate dinner.

Once we did that, Kim had a relaxing shower and did a facemask, then we watched some more TV.

We have work for just one day tomorrow, and then we’re off for our small trip!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 389: Vancouver, BC – Post Work Nap

Curtis’ Day

The start to Curtis’ day was quite slow.

Curtis had a 1 on 1 meeting and then a team meeting after that.

He got some admin completed and then some tickets before he had another team meeting to discuss some process changes and then he had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis did a bunch of tickets, which all seemed to come in at once. Most of these were giving permissions to people, though one was getting some usage stats for someone.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with a donut catchup with someone in the UK and someone in Boston! It was so lovely to just relax and hang out. It was an easy-going conversation too!

After this Kim took the car to pick up some plastic spray bottles for the office from canadian tire. She dropped those off at work while she picked up a load of stuff that she is donating to a local youth centre. It was another cars worth, so when she got to the centre, she parked out back and unloaded the car. Its cleared out so much space in the office and Kim also took some stuff from home too!

After Kim had been in the office for a while she hosted a game time. As connect four was so successful last time Kim decided to try it again. 3 other people joined and everyone played everyone and it was so much fun!

She then updated Survey Monkey to a paid account as on the free version Kim was only able to view the first 40 responses. As its been updated, Kim is now able to export the information. This means that some of the work she did yesterday is pointless, bur it saves kim some work going forward.

Kim grabbed some lunch in mid afternoon and then spent the last bit of the day working out who is okay for Kim ro clear their desks. As Megadesk has been okaied Kim now has to empty out all the desks. Some people will come in to clear their stuff themselves, but for some desks Kim will box stuff up, label it and store it around the office.

Post Work Nap

After Kim got home, we had a lay down and ended up having a nap! It did Kim wonders and she felt amazing. Curtis on the other hand didn’t feel great, but eventually he woke up a bit.

We played some Tony Hawk and then Kim went off to pole, which she was very refreshed for now!

When Kim got home, we had homemade chicken nuggets with curly fries for dinner and watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 388: Vancouver, BC – Long Awaited Pro Haircut

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the day by changing someone’s name across all platforms which was actually very seemless and he was very happy with how it worked out.

After that, Curtis had his weekly team meeting which lasted last time than usual.

Curtis did a lot of tickets after this, and was working with an ongoing Zoom issue for someone.

Post lunch was much of the same. He eventually got the Zoom issue sorted and was able to do some other tickets, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by logging the responses she received from the survey. It looks like exporting the information is a paid feature, so Kim has a fair bit of data entry to do!

After this Kim put a link to a discount page for Grouse Mountain. This would have been very useful last week as this was the mountain Kim and Curtis went to on Saturday. Never mind! She then spent some of the morning drafting up a couple of options for the next phases track and trace log. She isn’t too sure which she feels it the best way so she made both and will see what other people think.

In the afternoon Kim went to Staples to get some mailing pouches that will fit the hoodies in them. She found the only box in the store and then went back to the office.

Once she was in the office Kim packaged up a hoodie and it worked perfectly! So she then took it to the post office to make sure that the postage the meter gave her is the right amount. Its a good thing she checked as it wasn’t! Its good to know now so that when she does the big send out she will just take them all to the post office and do it all there.

Kim then went through all of the stationary that she hadn’t finished organising and either put it away in the cupboard or got it ready to be donated.

Long Awaited Pro Haircut

Kim left work and walked home, dropped off her things and went to get her haircut!

She’d been waiting for a professional haircut for a long while and was very happy she was finally able to get one.

Once Kim was back from her haircut, we had pesto chicken pasta for dinner and watched some TV, as well as played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 383: Vancouver, BC – Megadesk!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets in the morning along with some admin.

After that, he had a team meeting to discuss a specific issue and then he did some work with regards to that.

After lunch, Curtis had another chat with his team about a few other issues and helped working on that too.

The afternoon was a little quiet but he got a few things completed.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by organising a few of the hoodie requests. Then she had to call UPS as she wasnt able to access her billing account, they walked Kim through how to make some changes and then it all worked perfectly. So Kim reuploaded the invoices she was missing and finally finished her expenses.

For the rest of the morning Kim worked on her presentation for the office layout she wanted to propose to her manager. She took photos of her prototype desk layout, the Megadesk, and added some information.

She then hosted a game time, played one game of connect four and then had to leave the call! She left everyone else with the website and how to set it up, so she hopes they continued playing!

After a chat with her colleague Kim decided to draw up a floorplan that shows how the desk layout would work across the whole office. She thinks she made it pretty well and close to scale. Then she updated her presentation and the wiki with some more information.

To finish the day Kim joined a team meeting where they went over communications that will be going out over the coming days and weeks. This is also where Kim put forward the Megadesk idea and it got approved! So now Kim and her colleague have a lot of work coming up just for this, but its a good and interesting challenge.

Evening

Kim went off to pole dancing once she got right home.

The classes today were great fun! In the first class Kim tried a few new moves. One she was able to get eventually and the other Kim wasnt so confident on. She tried it a few times, but has it logged as one she needs to work on a bit more. In the second class Kim struggled with the first half of the combo, but was really able to enjoy the second half. While she enjoyed the first few moves, she couldn’t quite figure them out!

Both classes were amazing and Kim is loving being back at pole!

Once Kim got back home, we had soy & lemon chicken which Curtis marinaded during the day.

We watched some TV and relaxed but didn’t have too much time as Kim got home a bit late after pole.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 368: Vancouver, BC – Preparing For Awesomeness!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy morning. He had to help deal with someone’s broken laptop, which looks like it’ll need sending off and fixing, so he and his colleagues discussed what they’re going to do with that.

For a lot of the day, Curtis helped with an ongoing issue a couple of people were having with logging into some software, but it turned out it was actually an issue with the software itself and not Curtis’ company, so that’s good!

Curtis had a team meeting in the afternoon which was just a casual chat.

Curtis started to get a bad headache in the late afternoon, so he had a bit of a lay down.

Kim’s Day

Kim hosted a call from home, but no one joined so she headed into the office. Before she started on stuff for the summer party, Kim sorted some admin and went through her emails.

Once all that was done, Kim worked on the last quiz before heading to a couple of shops with her colleague. They first picked up some stuff for the cocktail class tomorrow that they are hosting, before picking up a few other items from the supermarket.

Once they got back to the office Kim worked on the quiz some more before running a test call for the wiki race game. She had a few people on the call and did a full run through of how it works and it was great!

After that call, a few people left and then the remaining people went over how the marking of the quiz will go. There will be winners each round and a final winner. They also then helped with testing the audio and visuals for the party tomorrow. They have a great set up planned and it all works brilliantly! So that was a big relief!

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on the Quiz and she managed to finish it. This is great as the Quiz Kim just finished will be used in the two other summer parties next week!

Once everyone had gone home for the day Kim tried to get a last minute project for the parties, but it didnt work. So instead Kim set up the kitchen with decorations and all the stuff that will be needed tomorrow.

She then tried the plan again, but the laptop would load up fully so she abandoned that idea! Instead Kim did a final review of all the questions in the quizzes with her colleague and eventually called it a day at 9pm! Kim is very excited and and a little nervous for the first party tomorrow! Hopefully it goes well!

Evening

When Kim got home, we had a chicken ceasar salad for dinner and watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 367: Vancouver, BC – Dropping Off Laptops

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some admin first thing and then walked down to work with Kim as he had a couple of things to do in the office.

Curtis got to the office and had to check some things in the server room and once he checked those, he went to the storage and got two laptops out that he had to send.

These laptops needed to be sent because they were sent incorrectly to Curtis’ company.

Curtis printed the waybills he was provided and then left the office, taking them to the UPS store to get them to send them off.

Curtis walked back home and when he got home he did a few tickets before lunch and had a brief meeting, too.

After lunch, Curtis did a lot of tickets and the afternoon flew very fast!

Kim’s Day

Today Kim spent her day shipping stuff. It seems uneventful but the day never seemed to stop!

Kim started the day by spending her morning sending out laptops. There were only 3 to send out, but it was so time consuming.

For the beginning of the afternoon Kim sending out the mocktail kits for the east coast people. She made some stickers with instructions and to let the postal service know that the boxes are fragile.

She then had a sit down with her colleague to go over the summer parties once more and finalise the day of timeline. Once this meeting was done Kim sent packaged up and sorted all the labels for the other mocktail kits that will be sent out tomorrow.

Evening

When Kim got home, we had some hoisin chicken with pasta & mushrooms, with a ceasar salad on the side.

We watched some TV and then played mini golf.

Kim then made some coconut fudge as we had some leftover condensed milk.

Once she did that, we watched some more TV and then tried to go to bed a little earlier to get some good sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 366: Vancouver, BC – Too Hot For Sleeping

Too Hot For Sleeping

We both really struggled to sleep last night! It was so incredibly warm outside and even having the windows open didn’t seem to help as it was too warm outside with no breeze at all.

We both woke up very tired this morning but we did get to see the coop thunderstorm last night!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had his weekly team meeting and then had planned to head to the office to get someone done there, but the plans changed as something hadn’t been done by a vendor, so he’ll have to go tomorrow instead.

The rest of the morning and most of the afternoon, Curtis did some tickets.

At the end of the afternoon, Curtis wrote and email draft to send out to all team leads to inform them of the new onboarding process.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day from home and sorted out a lot of the quiz media for the UK our people quiz, which was amazing!

After lunch Kim went into the office and sorted a couple of things our before joining a team meeting. It was great for everyone to align their plans for the next few weeks and talk over a few things coming up. It was a really productive meeting.

Shortly after the meeting the cocktail kits that need to be mailed out got dropped off. So Kim helped her colleague loading them on a trolley and bringing them up to the office. They then did a quick stock check, named and logged all the kits before puttinh them in the fridges.

Kim spent the rest of the afternoon finishing the media for one quiz and then starting to draft up questions for the history of the company quiz round. As this was winding to an end Kims colleague came back into the offce so they had a good catchup and that was wonderful.

Evening

Kim got back home fairly late, so we had a pizza from Pizza Garden, which is delicious.

We played some mini golf, as expected, and watched a bit more TV. It was incredibly warm today, as it was yesterday!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 359: Vancouver, BC – Urgent Laptop Setup

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to urgently setup a laptop this morning, but it was in Denver, so he had to do it all remotely, with a bit of help from someone at that office.

Curtis got that laptop setup and then had his weekly team meeting.

After that, he did a few tickets and a bit of research for a problem before having another quick project meeting.

After that meeting, he ate lunch and then did more tickets and finished the day off with some training.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a few things to work on for the summer parties while her colleague is away. She had to send a few chasers so Kim started with the small message reminders and then drafted up the larger email reminders and got those sent out. She kept an eye on the responses and made notes throughout the day.

Kim also updated the visitor forms and uploaded those to the Wiki. She went through the paperwork for the meeting that is happening on Thursday and confirmed the plan for tomorrow with the drinks vendor.

In the mid afternoon Kim sent out a laptop and welcome kit for a new hire. She then had to call UPS as she couldn’t figure out the billing system, she eventually managed to find another workaround.

For the late afternoon Kim worked on the quiz. She managed to get quite a bit done. She changed one question from the quiz she had already completed and managed to finish about 10, more questions for the 2nd quiz round for the UK.

Evening

We had really tasty paprika chicken with a mustard/cream sauce, homemade potato crisps and peas.

We ate our dinner and then played a game of mini golf, and watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place72 – Day 356: Vancouver, BC – Hockey Is Stressful

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy morning, mostly just doing tickets.

The afternoon was pretty quiet, with just a few tickets and not much else happening.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the day on calls! She first had the UK social call, but no one joined, so she headed into the office and did a little admin before joining a quick call with her colleague to show her the PowerPoint she made for the summer party mini game! They also had a quick catchup about the parties.

Kim then arranged a courier and sorted out a few other things in the gap between that call and her 1-1, which went really well. It was a great catchup with her manager and Kim updated her on a few of the projects she is working on, the new thing for the kitchen, the test of the quiz the day before and a few other things.

Kim then had another call with her colleague after she had a request come through that she just needed to soundboard. So so it was a lot of Kim listening and offering ideas when her colleague hit a mind blank.

After that call Kim squeezed in a few emails and some scannning before joining the East Coast social call. She had a great call with all those people, but was then needed to brainstorm with her colleague. So Kim jumped off the social call and helped her colleague make a game plan and back up plans.

Kim then had a quick lunch before managing to do some more admin before the West Coast call. She stayed on that for a while before one of the people on the call reminded kim that someone else is joining the office as of next week and Kim realised she had set nothing up for them! She sent them all the information during the day and added them to all the communication channels, but totally forgot to set up the desk, so Kim did that. Then she set up a laptop for a new starter. To close off the day Kim finally worked on the quiz and she got 3 questions added with media and answers to Kahoot, she took that as a win and eventually went home!

Hockey Is Stressful

Curtis watched the Leafs game after work, which was very, very stressful! The leafs were losing 3-0 but came back to win in Overtime, making it all to play for on Sunday.

We ordered Korean chicken again for dinner as it was so good last week!

We sat and ate that and watched some TV and then played games for a lot of the night, just messing around and having fun!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale