Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 978: Vancouver, BC – In Office Organisation

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went to this office when he was ready this morning. He woke up with pretty bad pain again this morning from his mouth, so he booked an appointment to see the dentist to get everything checked out.

He got to the office and emptied out the IT storage room. He then built a few shelves and put them in there, so there is more storage areas!

The next step was to start sorting everything into boxes. Curtis had to leave part way through this and head to the dentist.

Curtis actually had a bit of dry socket on one side so the dentist cleaned it up and put some fluid in there that numbed it and it had some meds in it too, which should help. It was good that Curtis went in today as it was just the start of the issue, so all should be good now!

Curtis got back home and did some work and then had some lunch with Kim.

Curtis had a quick team meeting that was meant to last much longer, but didn’t.

He finished the day completing an offboard which seemed to take a while!

Kim’s Day

To start her day Kim had a donut chat with someone she hadn’t met before! It was so great to say hello and get to know him. She then had a meeting to see where she can provide support.

Kim then joined a meeting to go over any questions a candidate may have about their offer. It was an enjoyable call and then right at the end the person let Kim and her colleague off the hook and confirmed that they would be signing and joining the company. It was such wonderful news and everyone was over the moon!

Kim then joined the weekly departments meeting, but she also built her new chair while some discussions were going on. After that call Kim joined the weekly recruitment meeting.

In the early afternoon Kim joined an interview and then the post interview chat to discuss next steps and then to finish the day Kim had a couple of calls with different teammates. It was a great way to end the day.

Evening

Kim went to pole dancing in the evening and once Kim got back home, we both had some food and then hung out for the rest of the night! We watched the Bo Burnham special, Inside, on Netflix which was good!

Curtis has tomorrow and Monday off, so nice relaxation time. Kim will be working a bit tomorrow but not Monday!


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 975: Vancouver, BC – Actual Food?!

Curtis’ Day

We started the day together, actually, and had a different breakfast! We are looking to get Kim eating breakfast, so we had a smoothie and Kim had some overnight oats! Something a little different, fairly healthy and easy to eat.

Curtis got ready for the day and then began work. He had a lot to catch up on but luckily, his mouth was feeling quite a bit better today.

He had some admin to do to catch up from his time off and then throughout the day he did some product work as well as some tickets that came in.

There was one team meeting to attend, so he attended that, and in the afternoon he was able to write up and send an email with regards to a project, which was the next big step.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a good day today! She started in a meeting reviewing job descriptions that are ready to send out to new starters soon before joining an interview. After the interview Kim assisted with a discussion about process and questions to ask that would make the screening process easier.

Kim was then able to make a couple of purchases and then join a product review to see if it is the right purchase for the company. She then joined the weekly team meeting to discuss projects and next steps.

To start the afternoon Kim had a quick hiring and planning meeting with a department to make sure that the current plan aligns with what they may need into the future. She also had a check in with a manager to make sure their new starter is settling in nicely.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim joined two interviews and their reviews. She ended the day with a call with her managers where they went into more detail on plans, projects and next moves for the department.

Evening

Once Kim finished work, we had some gnocchi with pesto and tomatoes for dinner. The first ‘actual’ food for Curtis since his surgery. It wasn’t super easy to eat and there was a little pain, but he managed it and was happy to have some solid food.

Kim did a little more work in the evening and then we watched some TV and relaxed.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 973: Vancouver, BC – Double Vaxxed!

We woke up at 10:00 and had some breakfast. Curtis finally got to have some more solid food, scrambled eggs!

We then got ourselves ready and walked downtown to get our 2nd vaccine shot.

We got there and there was actually less of a wait than last time and we got through pretty quick. Curtis was glad as he got to lay down for his again and we were in and our fast!

We got a coffee on the way home and once we got home we watched some TV and relaxed for a bit, just making sure we took it easy.

Curtis’ mouth is feeling pretty good still. A bit of a weird feeling now, but not pain and there’s just a tiny bit of swelling.

Kim built our ‘bar’ that we bought from IKEA a while ago! This is to house our booze but also to be used as a coffee bar! Curtis got that setup as so and it’s not perfect but it’s closer to being so. Just need a tray for underneath everything.

After that, Kim hung up our awesome Highland cow picture we have had for a while but just not got around to hanging up. This also cleaned up a bunch of room and looks amazing!

We did a bit more tidying after this and then decided on some food. Curtis still can’t really eat anything too solid, or at least he doesn’t feel like he should yet, so he had soup and Kim had a salad.

We relaxed and watched a movie for the rest of the evening, we’re expecting to get hit with the post-vaccine symptoms any time tonight or tomorrow, but we’re drinking a lot of water to hopefully stop that from happening.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 964: Vancouver, BC – Working Out Again

Curtis’ Day

Curtis continued the project he was working on yesterday at any spare moment today, but he did have some other things to do.

He had to do 2 contractor onboards, as well as some tickets. Curtis then had a couple of meetings throughout the day. One was a team meeting, the second a meeting with someone to discuss a potential project and some research Curtis had done and then the third was a one on one.

Curtis got more of the project done whilst he wasn’t in meetings and overall had a successful day.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with a three month check in to see how a new employee has been settling in. She then managed to have a quick call with her colleague before getting some admin done and then having a short surprise call with a manager. They both then joined the department updates meeting.

Kim went straight from the department updates meeting into the weekly recruitment meeting. Some great decisions were made and there are lots of great plans in process. That call overran but Kim had a spare fee minutes so jumped on the social call for a little while, guessed a charades round and left on a win!

After lunch Kim rushed back to get ready for an interview to realise that the interview was in 45 minutes rather than 15. So she used the time to chase the courier service for an update on the missing item.

Kim then joined the interview and it overran and she then joined a review call which took a while. There were some great conversations that spun off from the review and it was amazing!

In the evening Kim was able to get a fair few info pages up and running. She was so happy to get these things underway and set up for people to use!

Working Out!

Our gym in our building has opened now, and it must be booked by one household at a time. We could only book it for 10pm, but that was fine with us.

We had a small dinner before hand and then walked down to the gym to get some working out done, for the first time in a long, long time!

We felt pretty good after, but a little tired!

We relaxed for the remaining evening and then headed to bed.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 962: Vancouver, BC – People In The Office?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had some tickets and other things to get done in the morning and then he had his Norwegian lesson which went really well.

After that, Curtis walked to the office and once he got there, he had to setup a laptop for someone in Denver.

There were quite a few people in the office to pickup things from their desks. It was a little weird being around so many people!

He setup the laptop and then sent it out to Denver, which he and to figure out!

Curtis then had to check some stock and see what he had there and then he walked back home.

It was fairly late in the day, but Curtis had lunch and then had to catch up with tickets and a few other things.

Curtis then played games for the evening whilst Kim was at pole.

Kim’s Day

To start the day Kim had a call with a colleague so they could rearrange a couple of reccuring meetings so that everyone can attend and it doesn’t cause complications for people. She then was able to focus on some admin. The first task was to call a courier service to find out where a delivered package is as Kim never received it. She also had to make a purchase and sent out some packages via a different courier service.

In the weekly company meeting Kim have everyone the update and joined in in singing happy birthday to someone. It’s such a great call to be involved with every week.

Kim then hosted a mini team meeting to discuss all of the hiring for the company and the approach to take for the next few months. She then joined the finance meeting to give an update, then Kim had some lunch before joining a weekly update call about new roles.

In the early afternoon Kim had a couple of team meetings. The first was to look at a Notion page her teammate had put together and it was absolutely beautiful. They also took some time to work out a few other things and it was great. They all stayed on a call to do a recap of candidates who applied to join the team too! It was wonderful as there are a couple of candidates who look fantastic.

A few people from the team then joined a biweekly meeting with a department head to discuss their hiring and the career progression within the teams. To finish the day Kim joined a planning meeting with her managers. It was such a great call and it was wonderful to get aligned and a better understanding of a few things.

Evening

Once Kim got back home, we had some dinner and relaxed.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 959: Vancouver, BC – Booking Exciting Things?

We woke up and Curtis went to get croissants for breakfast. We ate those and then had a chat with Curtis’ family. It was his little sister’s birthday today, so we chatted with her for a while and then Curtis’ parents after.

We then got ourselves ready and went out to do a bit of shopping!

We both needed new shoes and Kim needed to exchange some clothes and get some new ones.

Curtis managed to get 2 pairs of shoes as well as some flip flops, which was a huge win! Curtis got a pair for daily use and a pair to be worn occasionally, if he’s going out or something, so he’s set to go now!

Kim got herself some new daily shoes and managed to get herself some really good clothes.

Whilst we were out, we went to Waves and got a coffee and a Thai chicken wrap to share which was phenomenal!

Once we got home, we were very tired so we relaxed for a bit (and had a little nap) before we heated up some leftovers from yesterday for dinner and watched a little TV.

We then managed to start booking a fun trip for late August, which is VERY exciting! We should be fully vaccinated for about a month by then, so we’re hoping we can explore BC a little and visit some awesome people!


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 958: Vancouver, BC – Work Beach ‘Party’!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis continued doing project work for most of today again, around tickets and one meeting with his team.

A pretty productive day really, which he finished off by doing some Norwegian homework.

Curtis just played games whilst Kim was out in the evening.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had a beach day at work! To get started for the day Kim did a coffee run and went to her colleagues home to her picked up by their teammate. They all then drove over to the beach and stopped by a shop to pick up some ice.

Once the three of them arrived at the beach they picked a great spot just behind a washed up log to set up the tent and be ready for people to arrive. They had a little while before people arrived and just hung out in the sun and enjoyed doing nothing.

Throughout the day various people came and went, bringing games, families and dogs. It was so wonderful to meet so many people in person for the first time. It was an effortlessly fun day with lots of laughing and fun!

Evening

Once Kim got home, we ordered some southern BBQ food and had a relaxing evening, which was needed after the amount of food we ate!


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 957: Vancouver, BC – Surgery Booked

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had some work to do in the morning, just some standard things, and then he had to do some project work, which took far longer than expected!

After that, he had a quick meeting with some colleagues to discuss am ongoing project and then he had to do a different project which became a huge project but he got a decent amount of stuff work done on it.

At the end of the day, Curtis went for a consultation for his wisdom teeth removal. He has to have his wisdom teeth removed as they’re not really working as they should (one is sideways, one doesn’t fit!). They actually said they’re gonna do all of his wisdom teeth, rather than just the 2 bottom ones. He has to have full surgery under general anesthesia, due to them being close to the nerve. He had his appointment and booked in the surgery for the 22nd July, so not long to go. He is not excited.

Curtis played games and ate Kim’s leftover Indian food from lunch the other day, and he really enjoyed it.

Kim’s Day

Kim woke up to find one of her earlier meetings had been cancelled so she then had a relaxed start to her day that was a little more restful. She then had a call with a manager to discuss their new employee. They both then joined the weekly department heads meeting.

Kim then worked on a little admin before joining a meeting while she walked to pick up some items for an event this weekend. She went from that pickup to another store to pick up the final, important, prices for the beach day tomorrow – a ball and a frisbee!

As she walked home Kim had a surprise meeting with her manager and she picked up some coffees before getting home and joining a training meeting. She then had a quick chat with a manager to discuss a couple of their new starters.

To finish the day Kim joined and interview and then the review chat after before having a 1-1 chat with her teammate to see how the week had been for them. She then headed over to a colleagues house to pick them up as they both had to drop stuff off to an exec team member.

On the drive over they made a quick stop to pick up some cakes as they were invited to stay for tea. It was so strange to walk into someone’s house without a mask and spend a few hours laughing and hanging out, like in the normal world!

Kim and her colleague then left and had dinner in the park and continued chatting and just having fun. It was such a great evening!

Evening

Kim got back home from her outing and we relaxed, watching some TV.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 951: Vancouver, BC – A ‘Kinda-Work’ Day!

We woke up around 09:45 and Kim did a bit of work whilst Curtis had some breakfast and got showered.

Curtis was off work today and Kim had a ‘kinda work’ day.

Curtis played some games whilst Kim worked and then Kim showered and we went for a short walk and got coffee.

Kim went out in the afternoon to run a few errands for work. He had done a decent amount of work at home and then went out to do these few things.

The errands took a couple of hours and when she got home, she was hungry and so was Curtis, so we ordered some dinner.

We got Thai food as it looked really nice and once we saw it we knew we wanted that!

We ate our dinner and then headed out for an evening walk to the beach!

We got back home and watched some TV and relaxed. We’re still very confused as it feels like it should be Sunday, but it’s only Friday!


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 943: Vancouver, BC – It’s Gonna Get Warm!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis didn’t have a meeting right away today, nor did he go to the office, so he was up at normal time and had some time to get adjusted.

A lot of the day was project work, getting something ready for a launch, but it was very fun! Curtis found out about more new features and just really enjoyed getting it setup.

He got some Norwegian homework done and a lot of tickets until lunch time.

After lunch, Curtis had meeting which was about a new potential software and gathering some information around that.

After that, Curtis did some admin and then had an impromptu meeting about ANOTHER software and a project has stemmed from that.

Kim’s Day

Kim was in back to back meetings today, but they were all super interesting and productive!! The first was to discuss a role and the next steps as it looks like there might be a candidate that people really like! She then had a quick check on with her teammate and then joined the department weekly update meeting.

Kim then joined a meeting to discuss another candidate in a different role and the next steps there before joining the weekly recruitment meeting. Kim then had a couple of IT style meetings, one where she was learning some really interesting stuff and the other was helping a teammate with a couple of systems. She then joined another recruitment meeting to discuss a role and how it might change going forward.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim had check ins with managers and employees who were reaching various stages of their probationary period and she had a call with a vendor too. To finish the work day Kim had a weekly check in with her teammate before having a chat with another teammate to perfect a LinkedIn post for a new hire within her team!

In the evening Kim did a little planning for an event and had a check in with a manager about their employees.

Evening

Kim har pole, so Curtis played some games and then made dinner. We had couscous with chicken, vegetables and feta cheese. A perfect combo for a warm day! Very Middle Eastern!

We ate that, watched some TV and relaxed. Crazy that it’s Friday tomorrow, it’s meant to start getting VERY hot, too.


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Mr And Mrs Hale