Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 327: Vancouver z BC – One Day Mini Project

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was productive as he was able to start and complete a mini project in just a few hours!

He started the day with chatting with his team about the project as everyone has to agree to it and then he did the work.

It was mostly research and testing which didn’t take him long at all to do.

He did some tickets and joined a webinar but the webinar was useless so he left it half way through.

He has been working for the last couple of days trying to get something fixed for someone but it is not playing ball, so that’s been frustrating and he worked on it more today too.

Curtis did some more reading/training in the afternoon as well as a couple of tickets and some admin.

A pretty productive day in general.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by getting in early to help host a company wide meeting. It went very well and it was really interesting. When that came to an end Kim sent out an email for the Q&A for tomorrow and put the recording of todays meeting on the Wiki.

Kim spent a little time tidying up where she had dumped everything in her meeting room. She then spent the rest of the morning making notes and a plan in regards to changing some things on the phone. Once that was done Kim listened to the voicemails and sent the messages on to people.

Mid afternoon Kim had a meeting with her colleague about changing the phone system and an idea that she had that would make it easier for that team to get their messages. Kim showed the functionality of the app, to the best of her abilities, and explained how it would work in this scenario.

After that meeting Kim had another meeting with a colleague about office updates that are still on the list to be done and future events that they are planning. It went well and they had some really good ideas come up!

Evening

We took the recycling out when Kim got home and then we made more garlic bread to go with the remaining lasagna.

We finished the rest of the lasagne and watched some TV. We played some more virtual mini golf, too, which we are both getting much better at!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 324: Vancouver, BC – Planning Projects

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the day with some tickets and questions from some people. It went incredibly fast and he got a lot done in that short hour or so which felt really good.

Curtis had his weekly team meeting and then not too long after that, he had another team meeting to plan a project, writing a project charter. This was really good for Curtis and his team to figure out how those work and what to do.

Curtis had his lunch and then had a pretty quiet afternoon, just doing a couple of tickets, some admin and then training for the rest of the day, which was good to get done.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into the office and started by catching up on a few emails. She then continued to try to set up an account where she called the company numerous times. She managed to progress the issue, but has now hit another issue that she will deal with on another day.

Kim reached out to a colleague who is leaving and continued to work on paperwork for a colleague who has already left.

Towards the end of the morning Kim went to work from home, and it was relatively unexciting. She spent a lot of her day catching up on old emails and sorting out some general admin that she had been putting off.

Evening

We played some Golf with friends which is a fun mini golf game and then we had some dinner and watched some TV.

We didn’t really sleep last night or for the last few nights really, so we are looking forward to getting some sleep!


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

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 298: Vancouver, BC – Double Dinner!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a colleague demonstrate a new application they made which helps his team onboard people faster, which is amazing!

Curtis watched that and then had his daily team meeting right after.

He then attended the weekly Zoom webinar and then got some project work done!

He got a whole project started and finished in the day and did some work for another couple of projects whilst doing so, as well as some tickets and answering questions.

Kim’s Day

To start the day Kim hosted the mid week catch up where she had three other people join the call, it was great! For the most of the morning she worked on lots of little tasks, she set up a time and date for the next cello performance and she fully finished the log that she will need for the coming weeks.

Later in the morning Kim had an impromptu call with her manager and another manager to discuss plans for the log Kim had been working on to see if there were any better alternatives. After that call Kim had another call with a different colleague in regards to stuff going on in the office.

After lunch Kim had her 1-1 which went well, she had a great talk. For the afternoon Kim worked on the team project by updating a few documents and the Wiki page. She also sent out a message to people in Vancouver about the deals on their chosen hotels in the Downtown area, just in case people want to have a mini break.

Double Dinner!

Once we finished working, we ate the remaining fancy cheeses that we had in the fridge, as a ‘first dinner’.

Right after that, Kim made some tomato and mushroom spaghetti which was excellent and our second dinner!

We watched some Shirlock and The Great before retiring to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 296: Vancouver, BC – Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada Webinar

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of meetings today! 6 in total, which is a lot for him.

His first meeting was fairly early and was to discuss the return to work plan.

After that, he had a 1 on 1 chat and then his daily team meeting.

After that, Curtis had a bit of break to get tickets done and then had a training session learning about something from someone else in the company which was interesting.

After that meeting, Curtis did some tickets and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had another team meeting, his weekly one.

Right after that meeting he had his final meeting of the day which was a project update.

He did some tickets and some security work after that, followed by some project admin.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a few emails come in over the weekend so she sorted through those before fixing a link on the Wiki and adding a new link.

She then spent part of her morning on admin, she reached out to the local hotels to see how the reps are, talked to IT and sales

After the admin Kim realised she hadn’t done a game of Who Are You in a while, so she sent out an invite to a game on Thursday and started making the questions. Once she had the questions she started finding pictures to go with them.

In the afternoon Kim had a team meeting that went so well. It was also great to see how everyone was and make some good plans for the next few weeks.

She had a few things to work on as a result of the meeting so Kim made notes for tomorrow, ordered a few things and started to create a log on excel.

To finish the day Kim joined a webinar that was about confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada, orgnaised by a feminist group and it was amazing and Kim learned a lot.

Chicken Burgers!

We had chicken burgers for dinner! Kim made these once she was done with her webinar and it was very delicious! We had some chicken pieces with coconut on them on the side too. As well as that, we had homemade salsa and homemade potato salad!

We watched some TV and relaxed for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 295: Vancouver, BC – Loud Awakening & Haircut Try #2

Loud Awakening

We were sleeping very well, until all of a sudden we hear a loud bang noise.

We looked outside and, sure enough, just outside our apartment there was a car accident!

We struggled to get back to sleep again, but managed to get a couple of hours of sleep in.

We eventually got up and had some breakfast. We had some scrambled eggs on toast.

Haircut Try #2

Kim tried cutting Curtis’ hair again today! The last time seemed to go well and then after a bit we realised it wasn’t that great, so he has been wearing a hat all the time since!

We thought we would give it another go today, but with guidance from the internet.

It seemed to go well again and so far it doesn’t seem to have gone bad, so that’s good!

We then got showered and ready for the day.

Delivered Shopping

We got our shopping delivered today as we are still isolating.

We were given a two hour window and they arrived in the second hour of the two.

We went down to meet them but they actually brought it up to the apartment for us, which was very kind!

We unpacked all of that and then took our our recycling.

Once we did that, we put our laundry on and cleaned and vacuumed the floor.

A very productive day!

Delicious Dinner

We had a really nice dinner which Kim made which was paprika chicken in a nice paprika mustard sauce with some vegetables and roast potatoes! Very tasty!

We watched some TV and YouTube videos and then experimented with a dessert of crushed mint Oreos with milk and some chocolate which Kim saw online.

It was pretty good!

We are very much addicted to the show The Feed so have been binge watching that this weekend.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 293: Vancouver, BC – Zeffirelli’s

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty busy day today.

He got into a rabbit hole around security, checking a few things and then researching a bunch of stuff. It was very interesting, which was good.

Curtis had his daily team meeting which became a bit more than that but it was very productive!

After that, Curtis for a few tickets done and then had lunch.

Curtis created a project or two after lunch and did some tickets. After that, he had a team meeting and then did some admin, before joining the end of week happy hour call.

Kim’s Day

Its Friday! Which means Kim started it with the UK social call, it was just three people, which wasn’t too surprising as we had a company meeting just after. Kim hosted the company meeting today, its a Q&A from yesterday’s meeting and it went really well.

Shortly after the Q&A the team had a quick catch up to celebrate someone’s birthday! It is the other person in Kim’s team, so Kim was really excited to celebrate her birthday. It was so nice to talk to everyone and wish her a happy birthday!

Kim then sent out the quarter finals cribbage invites and dealt with a few emails for most of the morning. After lunch she hosted the east coast call which was also nice, but Kim felt oddly distracted and a little lackluster during this call, which is weird as she usually really enjoys it!

Kim spent the afternoon working on a team project and updating a document. For the project she also updated a Wiki page and wrote up a document to be used.

To finish the day Kim joined the west coast social call and really enjoyed it. It was such a good group of people and a great way to end the day.

Zeffirelli’s Pasta

We had some good food for dinner! We ordered from Zeffirelli’s which is an Italian not too far from us.

We had eaten there before and the portion sizes are huge but the food is great! It came with free bread too.

Kim had a pasta with chicken, peas and sun-dried tomatoes and Curtis had a carbonara. Both were excellent and we have more than enough for another meal.

We watched another episode of Space Force and then the film Little Monsters which was actually quite good.

We watched more TV throughout the evening and just relaxed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 291: Vancouver, BC – Salad Season!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a lot of ticket work today, and a lot of the day was for one in particular.

Curtis had some tickets to do first thing and then had 2 meetings in a row.

He had a meeting with a couple of people from his team in which they discussed options around a specific piece of software that’s been under discussion for a while, and then he had another meeting which was his daily team one.

After his meeting, Curtis did a lot of small things for a bunch of different tickets and then had lunch.

Post lunch, Curtis spent most of the rest of the day researching and getting information and pricing on a specific laptop for someone, which he was able to order, too.

Curtis did some report exporting for someone and then his day was done.

Kim’s Day

Today’s blog for Kim won’t be all that interesting as she spent more time on FedEx again!

She started her day by losing a game of cribbage, unfortunately that means she is now out of the competition entirely! She enjoyed it whole she was involved, but still gets to facilitate the tournament which is great.

She went from the game straight into the mid week catch up. Today was great, there were a few newer faces and everyone was able to have a great conversation, which obviously focused around the events in America, black lives matter, human rights and hope for change.

A little later in the morning Kim had a donut catchup which was brilliant. It was with someone who works in the same office as Kim and that she gets on well with, which is great!

Kim then spent a lot of her day reorganising FedEx pickups and sorting out a few more. She also made a few plans for other projects and tried making a payment that has been a pain for the last couple of weeks, it still didn’t work.

Salad Season!

We were pretty hungry after work, but we watched an episode of a TV show first and then made dinner. It’s getting much warmer now so it’s time to have more salads.

We had a mexican chicken salad, which was absolutely perfect for today!

We watched some TV, played some games and did some tidying and cleaning around the apartment.

We played some UNO and mini sticks in the evening too, to break up the TV watching!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 289: Vancouver, BC – New Cleaning Tools

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the day with some admin and then had a security risk to deal with.

He spent over an hour dealing with the security risk, but it was interesting for him!

He was able to get the risk resolved which was excellent.

He then had a discussion with someone around some requirements they have for a piece of software which is currently not supported. He had to find out why they wish to use it and then discuss with his team.

He had his daily team meeting as well and he also did some tickets.

After that, it was time for the monthly questions with one of the top team leads who answers everyone’s questions about the overall team (which encapsulates a lot of teams).

We both had lunch together, which was really nice, and then got back to work.

Curtis had a meeting in the afternoon which was to start another project, and he is the Business Analyst on this one.

He was able to get some answers to some questions he needed which was excellent.

Curtis did some admin for the project after that and even got some training done!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with a game of Cribbage and her pair nearly won, they were up the whole game! Then they didn’t, but never mind! There are still two more games to play!

Shortly after this, and doing some admin, Kim joined a team meeting. It was great to talk to everyone and see how they were all doing after the weekend. They then moved on to the team project and gave updates as to where everyone is with their stuff.

After the meeting Kim did a little admin and then started working on the post project she has. She had to call FedEx and that took a while but it was a very productive call and she was able to arrange a pickup that she had been struggling with online, so that was a great success. Kim sent a couple a follow emails. Even after lunch Kim was still working on this, it took up most of her day! Towards the end if the day she sent out a few chaser emails related to this as well.

As the day finished Kim worked a little on the team project.

New Cleaning Tools!

When we went to the shop on Sunday morning, we got a swiffer to clean the floor with as we have only hard floors now, so we needed something to work alongside our vacuum that would actually wash the floor.

Once finishing work, we put it to the test and cleaned all the floors in the apartment, which made them look much better!

After that, Kim made some dinner! She made chicken in a white wine/cheese style sauce with mushrooms, potatoes, peas, broccoli and carrots. Very delicious!

We watched some TV and Kim tried playing COD: Warzone for the first time!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 284: Vancouver, BC – Hopefully The Last Deep Clean!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a lot of work on his Hackathon project today! It’s that time again, and he is in the same team as last time, which was the winning team, of course!

The idea has really got some legs now, thanks to multiple meetings during the day and the wonderful developer getting it built out.

Curtis did a few of the admin things for that and a few tickets around this. He also attended the weekly Zoom webinar.

Curtis did some work around some requested approvals and he also showed his team what to look for and how to approve these correctly.

Curtis did a bunch more work on the Hackathon and some more meetings for it and then was done for the day!

Kim’s Day

Kim woke up and then stressed thinking that she was 15 mintues late for the midweek catch up, this would have been the case on most days but it turns out that today Kim was 45 minutes late for a resilience and mindfulness webinar, so that wasn’t great! Luckily it was voluntary and recorded so Kim can catch up on it.

She then got ready for the midweek catchup and had a lovely chat with people from the Vancouver and Toronto offices. It was great!

Kim then spent some time catching up on emails and general admin. She also wrote some notes for upcoming meeting and plans. Mid morning Kim jumped on a call with a colleague to talk about the plans for the kitchen, Kim has already looked into getting a new dishwasher but they are also looking into replacing something else too. After this call Kim spent a while looking for things that are needed in the office.

In the afternoon Kim had her 1-1 and it went well. For the rest of the afternoon Kim continued shopping for things that they need in the office.

Hopefully The Last Deep Clean

We left home right after finishing work and went to the old apartment, with a stop at the liquor store and Home Depot for supplies.

We had a long list of things we needed to do, so we got right on it.

Most of it was easy stuff, but the one main thing that was a pain was the oven! It was just not getting clean! We tried many different techniques but none seemed to help. Due to this, we think we need to pay someone to come and clean it!

We got everything else done though and drove back home.

We showered when we got home and then ordered a McDonald’s for dinner as we were too tired and couldn’t really be bothered to make anything that late.

We ate that and then had some of the new whiskey we bought to wind down the evening with some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale