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 226: Vancouver, BC – 9 Years Together!

Curtis’ Day

We completed our daily morning walk and then Curtis had breakfast, showered and started work.

He had a meeting with his team to go over some project stuff which lasted 1 hour.

After this, Curtis did some tickets and admin and then some project work.

In the afternoon, Curtis had a quick 15 minute call with the whole company to test if Zoom would handle it fine and then he had lunch with Kim.

Once finishing lunch, Curtis had meetings for 1.5 hours and they were productive project meetings!

After those, Curtis got some tickets done and then the day was over.

It went really quick for Curtis!

Kim’s Day

Kim set up the teams for the online cribbage tournament and worked on getting a game set up. She had to updated the template of the invites too!

She then started looking into the process of scheduling for phone screens for a teammate.

As it had been a while since she had helped with that side of things they set up a call so her teammate could explain everything and show her the changes to the website.

Between setting all that up and the meeting Kim joined in with yoga. It was so much fun and another employee had their whole family join in from the UK! It was great!

After the meeting Kim spent most of the afternoon setting up phone screens. She also reached out to a couple of vendors to discuss plans for the next few weeks and months!

9 Years Together!

We have been together for 9 years today! Crazy!

To celebrate, we ordered some pizza, going old school with what we used to do, which was get pizza and watch some TV, so that’s what we did! But we did do some working out and stretches before hand, so it’s not all that bad!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 179: Vancouver, BC – Birthday Flower Surprise!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was largely uneventful and slow.

When he got in, he had a call with a few people from his team regarding a problem and how they are thinking of rectifying it.

Once that was sorted, Curtis did some ticket work, a little bit of project work and then he had a long, 1.25 hour meeting.

Just before the meeting, pizza arrived for the whole office. There was 22 boxes! This helped feed Curtis during his meeting, which was a bonus.

After that, Curtis technically didn’t have any lunch break, but he got right back to work.

Curtis setup a laptop and had a few more ticket requests to get done and then he went and had a drink with others in the office.

When Curtis left work, he had to go and pickup some chocolates that the florist didn’t deliver to Kim for her birthday!

Kim’s Day

When Kim arrived she had a chat with someone she planned a lunch with! Kim has been assigned a new person to have a coffee date with and Kim organised it for Friday forgetting it was her birthday. Instead of it being for a coffee date, it turned into a lunch for Kim’s birthday! Kim invited her whole team and a few others from around the office. That was a great way to start the day!

Kim then ran across to the supermarket with a colleague and grabbed a chocolate croissant for breakfast and tried to get a free coffee from Starbucks for her birthday but that location didn’t accept it!

Kim spent a fair amount of her morning sorting things for the winter party as it is only 4 weeks away! She made a to do list out of her notes, a guide of a timeline of the activities in the evening, sent out an email to a vendor and made a shared folder so other people can see this and add to it.

Kim and the other 8 women went to lunch!

They picked an amazing Thai place just down the road. It was a great meal, Kim had duck in a pa-naeng sauce with coconut rice and it was delicious!

When they got back to the office Kim was greeted by an ENORMOUS bouquet of flowers!

They were about 3x the size of Kim’s head and they were the final present from Curtis. It made Kim well up and she was so thankful!

After everyone ooo’d and aaa’d over the cute note from Curtis, Kim was sat typing away when a few of the girls who came for lunch and another guy from the office came over and started singing happy birthday but they also had a cake for Kim!

Unsurprisingly, this also made Kim well up, so they went to the kitchen and had cake!

After the cake Kim had a quick meeting with her manager to go over a few questions Kim had about the social committee.

After this meeting Kim continued working for all of 5 minutes before a small army walked over with ANOTHER cake all singing happy birthday! So they all had a chat and some cake.

Kim decided to do a little work after all the cake and arranged for some business cards to be sent out via FedEx. She also took 5 minutes to have a quick chat with her parents!

As she was setting up for the weekly drinks she realised that she didnt have one crate of the usual beers so she ran out to get that, luckily before she left she went to take her ID and realised that she left it with Curtis, so she took another person from the office to go in for her.

Kim then sat down and enjoyed a glass of wine while finished her slices of cake from her multiple birthday cakes and chatted with people until Curtis arrived to help carry the flowers and stuff home!

What a brilliant birthday!

Nothing Evening

We got home, relaxed and watched some TV.

Kim showered and whilst she did that, Curtis played some games.

After that, we sat and watched a bunch of funny YouTube videos and then watched the latest NCIS:LA.

This weekend is a busy one, but should be super fun!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 168: Vancouver,BC – Delivery Drama!

We Are Lazy

We woke up fairly late today, but we have had a busy couple of weeks!

We watched some TV, mostly to test our new sofa, of course.

Kim went out for an appointment which took a while, and that was about all we did for the day, other than a little research for a few things and some laundry/tidying.

Delivery Drama

We discussed having an Indian curry for dinner soon and today seemed the perfect time to have one!

We logged onto SkipTheDishes for the first time to order one.

We ordered one and had to wait around 45 minutes before it was meant to be delivered…though it wasn’t!

We waited for it to arrive and coke tracker even said it had been delivered, but it was nowhere to be seen.

We contacted SkipTheDishes, which took ages, and they finally gave us a refund.

We were still crazy hungry and wanting an Indian, so we ordered it (again!) and picked it up.

Curry!

It was excellent food. Kim had a medium Korma and Curtis had a Tikka Masala. We also got popodoms and naan bread along with coconut rice.

All of it was terrific.

We watched the first episode of World On Fire followed by Vikings and then sleep!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 87: Vancouver, BC – Playing Catch Up & 500lb Boxes!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a productive day today, especially in comparison to the end of last week!

After getting some new tickets completed, as well as some from last week, Curtis had a meeting planned with a colleague to discuss and create a guide/cheat sheet for how to use the polycom systems in the meeting rooms.

As the meeting was going on, Curtis was told a man had arrived to drop off so.e packages but needed help to bring it upstairs. Curtis went down to the truck with him to see what was there and it was some batteries he was expecting but they were so heavy…All the boxes together weighed 500lbs (227kg)!

Curtis helped the guy get them upstairs and then briefly continued his meeting, followed by lunch.

After lunch, Curtis finished off the document and printed it out to get it in the meeting rooms to see if people use it.

Curtis did a few admin tasks for the rest of the day and cleared some old tickets that were no longer required.

Kim’s Day

It was back to work for Kim today! It was nice to be back in the office again.

Kim started by going through her emails and responding to the smaller and easier emails as she went. It was then a case going back through the more important emails that required a little more thought.

As it is Vancouver Pride this Sunday Kim is putting on a Pride themed bake off so she sent out an email about that and created a sign up sheet.

Kim then spent some time going through other emails and saving things like invoices and what-not, the less fun things came last!

There is also a National relaxation day coming up in August so Kim spent some time going through some.options we have available to celebrate this!

In the morning Kim also made arrangements with another hotel to grab lunch later in the week and grab a coffee in the afternoon which was very exciting.

Kim spent most of the afternoon continuing with her end of month finances that need to be sorted.

At about 2.45 the gentleman from the hotel arrived with a big box of doughnuts! So Kim made some coffee and they sat down and had a nice chat. The funny thing is that both he and Kim both started their roles within a month of each other. This can be both good and bad, but they are both finding their feet and starting the new relationships togther which is exciting!

After he left Kim went through some more emails and end of month processes for the rest of the afternoon.

Returning A Fan & Shopping

We got back home, got changed into more comfortable clothing, packed up the fan we bought and walked up to the shop.

We returned the fan as it wasn’t really what we were looking for and planned to get something else, but we did the weekly shop first.

After, we went in and bought the right fan and then lugged it home.

Once we got home, we had dinner. We tried veggie ‘meat’balls, and they were just ok.

We sat and watched some TV, including a Norwegian TV show and an episode of Vikings.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 75: Vancouver, BC – Too Much Food, Too Early

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work and had a meeting which is regarding security and compliance. It was a good meeting and helped clear up some things he was wondering as well as notify everyone about certain things they needed to be aware of.

Curtis made a big order from Apple which he had to get sorted out and speak with the accounts team about.

At 12:15, Curtis had someone coming in for an interview with some people in another office, so he had to meet them, get them into the boardroom and setup their video meeting.

Curtis had a laptop to configure but also had a meeting starting at 14:00, so he didn’t do that right away, but jumped into his meeting.

His meeting was again, very good and informative. It was over an hour long but it was with the full team about the plan for the year as well as completing the document that the whole company will see regarding the teams plans and goals.

After the meeting, Curtis continued with setting up the laptop and then even managed to start another.

He had a few tickets to do and tidy up some things admin wise and then he walked to meetin Kim from work.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by going through her emails and sorting all of those out. Then she got a request for catering request for later in the day so she put that through.

Kim then spent some time organising the travel for a visitor who is coming over in a few weeks. They confirmed their preference on flights so Kim booked that and was looking in to arranging his accommodation. It was Kim’s first time booking travel on this system so lets hope they make it!

It was then time for the social team meeting and discussed some of the things they will be putting on over the next few weeks.

When she came out of the meeting, she was met with a delivery man who was 30 minutes early, which was strange. It was then horrible for Kim to sit next to lovely smelling food for about 40 minutes!

One of the action points Kim assigned to herself was to create a Pride Bake Off for the Vancouver Pride Festival that will be happening in a few weeks. Kim has challenged her colleagues to bake or make anything and they will get extra points if it is a rainbow! Kim is very excited to be organising this and even made posters.

The quotes for the breakfast coming up came in so Kim evaluated them and proceeded to order which is great.

Just as Kim was about to leave she got an email request about catering tomorrow so she called up and got that all sorted.

Nothing-ness

After 2 busy evenings, we got home and did nothing.

We had dinner right away, which was enchilladas with salad like yesterday and then we got caught in a YouTube void and watched a load of videos.

We watched the first episode of Season 9 of Suits and then a Vikings.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale