Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 311: Vancouver, BC – YOU

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent his morning doing a lot of computer checkups with people which, for some reason, some of them didn’t work, so it took a bit longer than usual.

That took us most of the morning and then after lunch Curtis had 2 back to back meetings.

The first meeting was a discussion on security and then the second was a meeting in which Curtis was the Business Analyst for the project and had to get some plans together for next steps, which he and the team did successfully.

The day was a bit quieter after that, with Curtis just doing a couple of tickets and some admin before wrapping up for the day.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in the office she called a company and asked a few questions and set up an account. It was very easy and a great start to the day.

Kim went on to order a few gift cards, save and chase some reciepts and answered a few calls. She then made some more signs and amended a few that she had.

For the rest of the morning and most of the afternoon Kim and someone from IT went around and cleared more desks, they removed a load of redundant wires, collected up MORE found IT equipment and started a more thorough general office sort out and clean up.

Midway through the afternoon we had someone pop in to assess the plants and tell us how they were these past few months. We managed to only kill one, which Kim is saying is a big win!

More Curry!

We had leftover curry for dinner, with more coconut rice. It was just as good as it was yesterday!

We watched a very funny South African comic whilst we ate and then a couple of episodes of YOU afterwards, which is getting very intense!


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 292: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Butter Chicken!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a normal start to the morning. He was able to get some admin done but also had to answer some questions from people.

Curtis did a few tickets. Curtis helped get someone a license for some software, which took a bit of time to figure out how they want that setup.

Once he did that, Curtis got some statistics and usage information exported for someone, which also took some time as it is a bit of a mundain task, but had to be done.

Curtis got someone back up and running after helping them clear a lot of wasted space taken up on their laptop.

Once he did that, he got started with his newest project. He had to make a mock-up of a page but on 2 different platforms to see what looks best. This took the whole afternoon, but he did it!

Kim’s Day

Kim started tbe day by helping with one of the company wide calls. After this she spent some time working through some of the postal project she has ans she made a good amount of progress again, which is great.

She was then emailed by her manager to help with a quick task of finding the appropriate links for the list of sites she had. So Kim got that sorted and sent that back over. As a follow up to the meeting Kim update the Wiki and sent out an email for people to be able to find it.

Kim spent a lot of the afternoon working on the sales project. She managed to get one half of it done and thats great because she has really been neglecting it!

Homemade Butter Chicken!

Kim made butter chicken from scratch!

It was fairly simple to make, but very, very delicious! It didn’t take too long, she just had to marinate the chicken and then it was pretty much ready to cook.

Along with this, we made coconut rice and had some roti & poppadoms!

A great dinner made from scratch.

We watched some TV and played some games, but Kim has to be up earlier tomorrow so we went to bed early.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 280: Vancouver, BC – Old Apartment Deep Clean

We planned to get up at 10:00, but slept until 11:00 instead.

We had toasties for breakfast and then got showered and ready and head out for the day!

We first went to the old apartment to vacuum and tidy up a bit. We need to clean the old apartment before our official move out date

We then went up to Home Depot with the plan to get some cleaning supplies and a carpet cleaner.

We managed to get the supplies, but we had to go to another, bigger, store to get the carpet cleaner, so that’s where we went next.

We got back to the apartment and Curtis figured out the carpet cleaner and started with that. Whilst that was happening, Kim did a deep clean of the bathroom which turned out really good!

Kim then started on the kitchen as Curtis was still doing the carpet cleaning. It took a while but seemed to go well.

We got the last few things cleaned in the kitchen and then we were done! We did have a cheeky Starbucks break in the middle, though.

We took everything we had into the car (most of it is donations we will be taking places) and then we took the carpet cleaner back.

We got that sorted and then headed back home.

We got a few things sorted around the apartment, getting the new shelving unit sorted and things moved around to get them into the right place.

We got a bit hungry so we ordered a curry for dinner!

We ate our curry and then watched the film Freaks on Netflix, which turns out to be a very good film, and it was based in Vancouver which was very noticeable at points.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 265: Vancouver, BC – We Got A New Apartment!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty quiet morning, just having a team meeting and then doing a few things here and there.

In the afternoon, the tickets picked up and Curtis got some done, followed by a long team meeting to discuss the projects from the last two weeks.

Afte that meeting, it was happy hour time, so Curtis jumped onto the zoom call to have a chat.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim got ready and set up the weekly catch up call for the UK offices and when no one showed up for 15 minutes, she ended the call. Kim later found out that the UK had a bank holiday, which she knew about.

In the morning Kim spent a lot of her time on admin, reaching out to people, updating logs and setting up meetings.

Kim then got invited to a meeting and was told about a project she will be helping out with. After that meeting Kim had a quick call with her parents to wish her Mum a happy birthday. It was so great to speak with them!

At midday Kim hosted a games time for her department. She got to use her new Jackbox games and it went well, once she figured out how it all worked! After two games on there Kim joined the East Coast catch up, which mainly had west coast people on it. They had a great chat and then they played some more Jackbox. Kim used the call as a Guinea pig to get the audio from the game at just the right level.

After the games Kim spent a lot of her afternoon doing admin and then she hosted the West Coast weekend catch up. It was a small call, but a lot of fun!

We Got A New Apartment!

We finished work, bought renters insurance, and then walked down to the city.

We got to where we needed to be and met our new landlord again!

We went up to the apartment, got all the information and signed the contract.

We sent the money across but that took a while, but it did eventually go through!

We left the apartment and headed back home and we were hungry so we ordered food on the way home.

We got back and had our food, curry again, and it was spicy!

We had to do a few other things, like change over the utilities and probably buy a new sofa as ours is too large for the apartment.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 251: Vancouver, BC – Back To Curry Again!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a company wide meeting right at 09:00 which lasted for an hour.

After that, Curtis had some admin work and research work to do, until 12:45 which is when he had his first of 2 laptop checkups to complete.

He did the first laptop checkup and then had another to do right after.

After lunch, Curtis had a project related meeting with his team, whilst doing an offboard, followed by some tickets and a zoom call with someone to help them out.

Curtis attended the office happy hour and then that was his work week done!

Kim’s Day

Kim started the day by hosting the UKs social talks, there were a couple more people than usual, which was great! She then started working on a few documents, working on The Wiki pages and making plans for next week.

Just before midday Kim had everyone who is doing a lightning talk join the meeting early to test their audio and slide shows. Then the talks went ahead, it was great to have so many people in the call ans enjoying something so normal for the company.

Straight after the talks Kim joined the east coast social drinks, but only for a little while as she had another meeting to get to. The meeting after was great! Kim was on a call with a few people and they were orgnaising stuff and making plans for the coming month as it is Mental Health Awareness month. Kim is very excited to be helping with this as its something she holds very close to her heart.

Kim went from that call to the next, a team meeting. It was so nice to hear from everyone, see how they are all doing and see what their plans for work are like for the next week or so.

Kim had a quick break after that call where she worked on another new Wiki page and added notes to all of the new ones she had started over the past few days.

To finish the day Kim joined the Friday drinks for the west coast people. It was so much fun and there were a great bunch of people on the call.

After the call Kim sorted out some scheduling for the Wiki tournament, next week is the final week of round robin games, in May Kim will start to set up the quarter finals!

Back To Curry Again!

We finished work and played a bit of mini sticks as we didn’t get a chance to do so today!

We ordered a curry, which we’ve gone back to after deviating last week, and then we played some Need For Speed whilst we waited for it.

We watched TV for the rest of the night and just chilled out. We barely stopped today!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 237: Vancouver, BC – Games With Friends

Late Start!

Today was Easter Friday, so it was a day off!

We took advantage of this by sleeping…For a while!

We didn’t wake up until 12:30 and eventually got out of bed at 13:00.

We had cheese toasties for breakfast and watched a bit of TV.

Games With Friends!

We played some games together and then a couple of hours later, Curtis played some games with Espen from Norway!

It was awesome to chat with him and to play some games, too.

During this, Kim watched the show Babies on Netflix.

Curry Time!

Once we were done with those activities, we ordered a curry!

We had our curry and watched the film The Hustle which was an alright film but it was an easy, funny film, to watch.

We finished that film and then watched some more episodes of some of our TV shows, before heading to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 223: Vancouver, BC – Supporting Local Businesses

Curtis’ Day

After a rainy morning walk on which there were very few people, we got back and Curtis began work.

Curtis had a few meetings today, including one long presentation which lasted 1.5 hours but was very informative and helpful!

Curtis got down to just 3 tickets today which was great, and in the afternoon did some team building with his team and then Friday drinks with people from the office over Zoom.

Kim’s Day

After the company meeting Kim went on and held the UKs weekend windup, it was great! She met someone new and everyone had a great chat!

Kim kept herself busy for a short amount of time before she helped set up a live Cello performance from a fellow employees daughter. It was a beautiful 40 minute set and everyone loved it. It was a perfect escape!

After this Kim picked up a few smaller tasks and worked on her project for a while before jumping on another call to help with the weekend windup for the east coast. For this call we played a game that was online but similar to pictonary and it was hilarious! It was so much fun!

Kim then spent the afternoon sending out updates to everyone, sending out the recorded live stream footage so people can watch whenever they want! She also sent out an invite to a pokemon quiz for next week.

To finish the day Kim had a chat with people from the west coast for a weekend windup. It was so nice to see some faces that she hadn’t seen in weeks!

Supporting Local Businesses

We did our workout which nearly killed us and then Kim did some stretching.

We ordered a curry to support the local business and we got it within 30 minutes!

We chilled out and played some games as well as watching a bit of TV.

We’re looking forward to getting some sleep tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 216: Vancouver, BC – Live Online Workout Class!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few tickets to do throughout the day, which kept him busy.

As well as that, he was making a Visio flowchart for a process he has developed and that took a surprising amount of time to make!

Curtis had a meeting at 13:00, which lasted for 1 hour.

This was a company meeting to discuss what will be happening and what the plan is during COVID-19.

After that, Curtis and another meeting which was a project-related meeting to figure out requirements and what each team could do to help.

Curtis did some project admin after this and then at the end of the day, he had a happy hour call with people from his office with drinks, similar to what he would have done if he was there.

Kim’s Day

Kim had the final class of her project management course today, but this had to be done remotely which was a little different.

When Kim was on breaks from the course, she did some social related things for work.

After finishing her class, Kim jumped into her social chat with colleagues for a drink and chat.

Costco, Online Workout & Curry!

Once we were both done with work, we walked across the bridge, just for a walk really, and popped into Costco.

They didn’t have most of the things people were looking for, so it was incredibly quiet!

We gathered a few things we needed and then walked back home.

Kim did a workout when she got home as she was invited to it by a friend!

It was a course run on Instagram live as no-one can go out, so they were doing it online.

Kim liked this a lot, but she was tired!

After, we made a chicken tikka masala (mostly from scratch, but not the sauce, we’re not good enough for that!).

This curry was great, as expected, and we had some samosas and naans with it too.

We chilled for the evening…it’s crazy that it’s the weekend already!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 188: Vancouver, BC – Dentist, Team Building & PM Course!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went to work but left after 30 minutes or so to walk to the dentist.

This a much different experience from the UK. You get a lot of x-rays as well as a full clean and exam in which they explain a lot about your teeth and go through possible treatments they think you should have.

This was 2 hours long, but free under insurance! Curtis has to go back Tuesday for some more cleaning, though.

Curtis got back to work and got something done quickly and then had a team building exercise. This involved playing some games as a team and having a laugh. This was great fun for Curtis and his team and is something they should do regularly.

Curtis got a few project things done for the next couple of hours and then had some drinks with people at the office.

It felt like a very short say for Curtis, but that’s a good thing for a Friday.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent her day at a project management exam prep course. She learnt a lot and feels really excited about the rest of the course and now has a LOT of reading and studying to do.

Curry & Beer

We really fancied curry and beer for dinner tonight, so we rushed home to have that.

We ordered from Indian Junction as usual and awaited the food.

We chatted about our day and Kim’s exciting course she is taking and then our food arrived!

We ate that and watched some TV for the evening.

We are looking forward to a chill weekend.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale