Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 373: Vancouver, BC – It’s Audit Time!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the day with some admin and then had to try and get someone to follow a process which took a lot of time.

After that, he had his weekly team meeting and then did some tickets.

Right before lunch, Curtis got told that there was an audit and some information was needed for them, so he did that for most of the afternoon. It wasn’t the most exciting thing to do, but it was required and he got it done in half a day which was great!

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the morning setting up returns for people sending back laptops and answering an enquiry about an ad hoc visit request. She also had a couple of calls with her colleague and helped out with rewording a communication.

For the afternoon Kim made a few things for the final two parties. She put together a detailed timeline for her colleague and herself to refer to and made a pretty agenda to show everyone at the party whats coming up next!

For the rest of the afternoon and into the evening Kim worked on the Quizzes. She finished one completely and has all the questions for the other on Kahoot, but just needs to add answers and the media! She is so happy that she got that done!

Evening

Kim was working late again, so when she got home it was fairly late.

We had some chicken chilli that we had made previously and defrosted and then watched a little TV for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 355: Vancouver, BC – Quiz Test & Back To Pole!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to renew a license in the morning so had to figure out how to do that one which took some time.

Curtis then did a bunch of tickets and after that he edited a guide that needed changing.

After that, he had some lunch and then helped Kim with testing her quiz that she has made, along with Kim’s family!

The test went really well, and then Curtis did some more tickets as well as a bit of security training in the late afternoon, which everyone at the company has to complete.

Curtis then watched hockey after work was done.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by catching up on a few emails and adding the last few questions to her quiz.

At midday Kim had a meeting with a vendor who popped in. They went over an offer that they have, Kim and her colleague are very excited and hopeful that they can utilise this great offer!

Just after the meeting Kim hosted a game time, but no one showed! So Kim worked on the quiz for a bit.

Kim had organised a test run through of the quiz with her family She sorted out a time and then sent out an invite to her parents and sister, and Kim invited Curtis and her colleague too. It was a great test and Kim got some wonderful feedback that she can use going forward into making the other quizzes. It was also so fun! Everyone seemed to enjoy the quiz, some questions were harder than others, they were able to iron our some technical issues and just have a good catch-up too!

After the quiz and mini game test were done Kim started troubleshooting an issue she had with the audio. The problem ended up that Kim had turned the volum down on the game to stop the lobby music being too loud and didn’t turn it back up again for the sound rounds in the quiz! So that was funny and an easy fix! She also updated the quiz with some word changes and layout changes of some of the questions. She finished by starting the second UK quiz and will work on that a little more tomorrow.

Back to Pole!

Kim got home and shortly after went off to pole! She was finally going back, but obviously there are precautions, such as wearing a mask the whole time and keeping 6ft apart.

Kim loved being back at pole! She was a little nervous at first, but she had a great double lesson back, with a teacher she loves to train with. Kim didn’t manage to nail many of the moves, but she is taking it slow and understanding that her body will have lower limits than it did pre COVID and that thats okay! She will work her way back up for sure. Its also exciting as Kim now has momentum and will, hopefully, start practicing at home too!

We had a chicken salad for dinner and watched a bit of TV, once Kim got back from pole.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 332: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Mac & Cheese!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got some admin and tickets done in the morning and then there was a company wide meeting with information about the company’s plans, financial information etc which he attended.

At the end of that call, he went to the office as someone was picking something up so he had to get that sorted for them.

Whilst at the office, Curtis took a shock take of the current laptops so the whole team knows what the Vancouver office has.

Curtis headed back home and had lunch when he got back.

Curtis didn’t have too much to do in the afternoon so he did some admin and some training.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim started her day by researching stuff for events that are coming up and dealt with some other small admin tasks.

Kim the helped IT set up a new computer but before sending it out she compared FedEx to UPS to see how the prices differ and how easy the system is. The price was good so Kim tried UPS. She packaged up all the things and got it ready to go. She had an issue with part of the paperwork so had to redo that.

Just as she finished that Kim joined a call with two teammates to discuss processes that will be going in place over the next few weeks. It was very productive and needed as it was only meant to be 15 minutes, but lasted the full hour.

Before she left Kim set up a few meetings and sent out a few emails.

Homemade Mac & Cheese

Curtis ran out to get some milk and then when Kim got home, she made Mac and cheese! We bought smoked Gouda and some nice cheddar to use and it was excellent!

Kim did some pole dancing at home properly for the first time and loved it! She loves having the ability to do that!

We went out for another evening walk which yielded beautiful photos once again!

We watched some TV and played some games as usual and then went to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 330: Vancouver, BC – Warm Sunny Walk

Birthday Chat

We had a chat with Curtis’ family as it is his mum’s birthday today!

We chatted for quite a while and then hung up and started our day.

Shopping

We went to get the shopping done and actually paid to park underground as we were getting a lot of heavy and bulky things, so it was easier to do it that way.

We got back home and decided to go out for a nice walk as the weather was beautiful!

Warm Sunny Walk

We walked down to the seawall and just kept walking! The sun was beating down and just beautiful!

We walked all the way around to English Bay Beach, but it got a little too busy, so we headed back home.

We got a Vietnamese coffee on the way home, because they’re delicious so we can’t say no!

Homemade Thai Curry

We got home and Kim ordered some things online and then she made a Thai curry!

The curry was delicious and Kim also made a ‘lazy egg’ with it, too, which was something we really liked in Thailand!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 326: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Veggie Lasagna & No COVID-19!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a fairly early project meeting which didn’t last too long, but had a few action points from it which was positive.

Curtis got some tickets completed and then had a couple of team meetings.

Curtis had a few more project related meeting sheich were very positive and did some more tickets, finishing the day with creating a new project.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of her morning working on one FedEx delivery. She ended up redoing the whole thing after chasing for weeks. Hopefully with the new right pickup and whole new paperwork everything will go smoothly, but who knows!

Just after midday Kim called the helpline to get her test results. The first time she called she was unable to get through, then the second time they confirmed that Kim does not have COVID. Which is wonderful! Kim had some lunch and started the ‘meat’ sauce for the lasagna tonight and then headed into the office.

Kim collected all the things she needs to send our to a new starter and began packing them up. She joined her 1-1 call with her manager and that was great. Bother were happy at the new that Kim does not have COVID and they spoke about events for the future.

After the 1-1 Kim went back to sending the items. She had to rebox one of the packages as she had packed more than was needed, so that was great! Kim also picked up the post and ordered coffee for the nespresso machine. It was a very productive afternoon!

Evening

Kim got home after being at the office for the afternoon and made a vegetarian lasagna!

It turned out perfectly and was so delicious! We had it with some homemade garlic bread, too.

We watched TV and played some games for the evening, as usual.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 325: Vancouver, BC – COVID-19 Test

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy and fast day today.

He did a lot of tickets throughout the day and did some testing for a colleague, too.

He did a computer checkup for someone and had a 1 hour chat and troubleshooting with someone to fix something, which eventually worked.

Curtis did some more testing and more tickets and then was done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim worked from home again. The reasoning behind this is that Kim had a slight cough and tickly throat yesterday and as a result she popped to get a COVID test and went home. Kim feels fine, but now that the office has reopened she feels its best to get a quick test done and be sure it is just allergies or changes in the humidity. She would much rather be safe than sorry aa she fits the requirements of someonewho should go and get a test. So when Kim left work yesterday she went to an urgent care unit in downtown and had a COVID test, it didn’t hurt, but it was unpleasant. It felt like pressure next to the eye and at the top of the nose. The actual swab took only a few seconds, Kim was only in tbe room for 3 minutes. It was great to see how many other people were getting tests for lower level symptoms too.

For today Kim spent a lot of her morning catching up on FYI emails and working through some of the things she may have missed over the past few weeks. Kim also spoke with FedEx in regards to a difficult shipment that she has been struggling with for a while and hopefully starting to make some progress.

At midday Kim hosted yoga and she also had a meditation video at the end. Kim picked both videos today and really enjoyed them. Shortly after yoga Kim joined a short call with a few people to celebrate someone going on Maternity leave. It was great to see some faces Kim hasn’t seen in a while and wish the lady well.

Mid afternoon Kim called the helpline in regards to getting her test results, but the lab only got the swabs at midday today so she was asked to call back tomorrow afternoon, so thats what she will do. Kim is 90% sure its nothing! She updated her manager and let her know the updated timeline.

In the afternoon Kim started listening to her voicemails. This required her to restart the system, so she did that and started listening to the voicemails. There were so many, still some for tomorrow!

Evening

We played some of the Golf game we played yesterday again and then some other games before we got a bit hungry.

We made enchiladas for dinner, which was lucky as we had some stuff frozen we could use for filling, so it was nice and quick.

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


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 320: Vancouver, BC – Thursday Is A Monday

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the morning getting some information on how to fix an issue, which he managed to get good information on.

Curtis answered some questions and did some tickets for the rest of the morning.

After lunch, he walked into the office to fix the issue he was researching this morning.

The person had left him the laptop, which of course Curtis sanitised before and after handling. Curtis was able to get this fixed fairly quick, which was good as it was something new, and he then went back home.

Curtis got back home and did some more tickets and then an offboard.

Kim’s Day

Today is the last day to set up the office and Kim has very little to do. She printed and laminated the last few signs before moving on to putting signs on desks and meeting rooms. She did the smaller side of the building, where she put a sticker and tape on the table leg of desks being used, tape on the floor 6 feet from the chair, to show people the closest they can be. She also put the meeting room signs up and a few distancing reminders.

When Kim got into the kitchen she put up the last few signs and organised the leftover drinks for people to pick up off of a table.

Once she finished with the kitchen, Kim put a few signs up in the bathrooms before hosting a game of Skribbl while she had her lunch.

After lunch Kim and her colleague continuted to put signs on desks to show that they are being used and putting the notifications on meeting room doors.

Mid afternoon Kims manager came in to do a little paperwork and have a tour of the office, as it is totally different from when she was last in. She loved how the office looked, which was great!

After the meeting Kim and her colleague finished putting the signs up. Kim realised she forgot to print a couple of signs, so she made those and popped them up.

It doesn’t sound like a busy day, but Kim didn’t stop! It was a great day and the office is now ready to go! Kim is excited to have people back.

Weird Feeling Evening

We both felt weird this evening, and all day really, as it felt like a Sunday yesterday so today felt like a Monday even though it isn’t.

For dinner we had leftover pasta with a side of ceasar salad along with some homemade garlic bread which was the perfect addition!

We watched some during dinner and then we played a few more new games together which was fun but made time go too fast!

Kim had a bath in the evening as she felt like it and then we watched a thing or two after before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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 314: Vancouver, BC – New Masks & Eurovision Movie

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day, setting up some security settings for a bunch of people in the morning and some other tickets.

Curtis went and picked up a package which was being held and it was our new, better, masks, so that’s good!

In the afternoon, Curtis had a meeting with some people with his team to discuss a potential future project and a few pieces of feedback from others.

After that meeting, he had some team building with his team where he played some Jackbox games with them.

He helped do some testing for a project and then jumped into happy hour for a little bit.

Kim’s Day

Kim didn’t bother to take her laptop home yesterday so she took her early morning call from her phone and then went into the office after.

Once she was in the office Kim organised a few things, sent out and replaced some gift cards, reached out to FedEx and labelled all the empty drawers in the office. It was so satisfying to have all the empty desks have empty drawers and be labelled, it has taken ages to get to that point, Kim now has to clean and sort the stationary she found, but thats not the point!

After all that Kim spent the rest of the day on two things, signs and social calls. She started with cutting, lamiating and shaping the signs and continued doing this while she was on the east coast call. After the call Kim started putting the signs up around the office, she also started taping in the kitchen to mark out zones for people to use. There is still a fair amount of work that needs to be done in the kitchen, but she has made a good start.

Kim joined the west coast social call while she put up a few more signs. She didnt stay on the call for too long as she had to help her colleague with something and then they had a nice chat.

Eurovision Movie

We ordered some Thai food and ate that whilst watching the new Eurovision movie, made by Will Ferrell.

The film was pretty funny and they had some Icelandic accents and spoke some Icelandic, which was pretty awesome to hear!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale