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

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 308: Vancouver, BC – A New Bed…Again!

A New Bed

We woke up pretty late, around 12:00, but we had a great sleep!

We had some french toast for breakfast and then got ready for the day.

We had finally got sick of the bed being broken (yes, it broke in around a month or two, which is just not acceptable for a brand new bed!) So it was time to get yet another.

Kim found a used one on Facebook for a pretty good price, so she headed out to buy that. She had to go alone as there wouldn’t be enough room in the car for both of us!

We got the bed home (it was just 5 minutes away) and took it up to the apartment.

We dismantled the old bed, taking pictures of it along the way to send to the company we bought it from, and once we did that we built the new one.

Luckily, the way we received it was very easy to chuck together, so didn’t take us long.

Cleaning Up Around The Place

We took the opportunity to clear a few things out and tidy up around the place.

We sorted out the cupboard in the bedroom and vacuumed and cleaned all around the apartment.

Curtis took down the organic bin which took a very long time as the elevators were full (the current limit is 2 people, as it should be, so it takes a little longer).

After that, we made the new bed and it seems much, much better and much nicer!

We then got pretty hungry, so did some laundry and then made food.

An Important Film

We had leftover homemade Mexican chicken in the freezer, so we had that with some rice.

We watched the film American Son in the evening, which is a very relevant film for the current climate, regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, thoughts towards police officers and that kind of thing. Very hard hitting but worth a watch for sure.

We then watched some comedy and other TV shows for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 307: Vancouver, BC – Juneteenth March & New Work Dishwasher!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of the morning getting someone to setup a new laptop for them, in one of the US offices.

He had to chat with someone and get them to setup the laptop by following his steps and then that person left the office and so Curtis was handed off to someone else.

Luckily, that was the final part of the setup and it all went nice and smoothly, so the new laptop now has a home!

Curtis had his lunch and then a long team meeting in the afternoon.

After the team meeting, Curtis did a couple of tickets and one that came in right as the meeting finished and then he was done!

Kim’s Day

For once Kim was up and ready with plenty of time to get ready for the UK social call and het computer was not working. So Kim did the call from her phone and after worked from her phone for a bit before she took the battery out to restart it.

After Kim did a little admin at home she headed into work and stopped off to return a few items back to a store on her way in.

Once Kim got into the office she continued working on signs for the office and she sent a few emails to IT to ask for help with a number of things.

In the afternoon Kim hosted the east coast social call and they had a chat before playing a few games. After the games Kim joined another call and watched the cribbage final and it was fun!

After one team won Kim sent out a email to the company to celebrate and she sent the winners some gift cards. Kim and her colleague popped to the liquor store as they had to be in the office until 9pm potentially, so they may as well make the most of it and have a catch up.

Kim joined in the west coast catch up after having a quick call with Danielle in New Zealand, which was great! On the social call they played even more games and Kim made her black lives matter sign to have for the protest that was happening in the evening.


Once they noticed that the protest started to march Kim set up a timelapse, took her sign and went downstairs. Kim stood back to one side and watched thousands and thousands of people walk past and it was amazing and so moving.


Just in front of the office building was a snack, water and hand sanitizer stand with first aid people. It was so peaceful and powerful, Kim was so thankful to be able to be a part of it.

There were so many people of all races, ages and genders, it was beautiful and very emotional to be a part of. Kim and her colleague went back up to the office and had a drink while they waited for the people to come in and install the dishwasher. It was a great evening and the office has a new dishwasher!

Burgers!

When Kim got home after the dishwasher was replaced at the office, it was around 20:00, and we found some food to order, as with each Friday.

We got some food from LOCAL which serves pub style food.

Kim got a chicken burger and Curtis got a breakfast burger…Both were pretty great!

We watched some TV and a movie and then headed to bed. We were both tired this week!


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