Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 415: Vancouver, BC – Friday Ex-colleague Drinks

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a slow start to the day, but it picked up and he got a decent amount of tickets completed.

Curtis had a meeting in the afternoon with his team to discuss project work and then after that he drove Kim out to a pub so she could have some drinks with some former colleagues!

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim worked on her questionnaire a little more and maybe finished it! So thats exciting! She had planned to work on the video aspect but decided she would work on that over the weekend instead.

In the afternoon Kim went out with a few friends from her old job and it was so nice! They went to a brewery near the old apartment, so it was nice to be in that area again. Kim had a pretzel and a couple of drinks and had a great catch up. One of the people there Kim hadn’t seen since COVID started.

After this most of them went to a patisserie to get a beautiful dessert and Kim decided to get one for herself and Curtis too. Then Kim ordered and picked up some dinner before getting picked up by Curtis.

Evening

We got some bao from Bao Down for dinner and they were just ok, nothing crazy..

We ate these and watched some TV, then we had a bit of a lay down as we were feeling pretty tired!

We watched some more TV and played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 401: Vancouver, BC – It’s All Broken!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a message from a colleague in another office that someone had to head into the Vancouver office to help fix something that broke during maintenance.

Curtis said he would go, so once he was ready in the morning, he walked to the office.

When Curtis got there, he found out that the was stopping people from accessing some websites and no one could use their desk phones.

To fix this, Curtis found a special cable which he plugged into the server and then into his laptop.

His colleague then took control of Curtis’ laptop and attempted to fix whilst explaining a bit about how it all works.

This lasted for about 2 hours and then another issue arose once the main part was fixed! Phones were back working but no one could call out to external numbers.

This took another hour to fix, but eventually it got fixed!

Curtis walked back home, had his first coffee of the day at around 12:45, did some tickets and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had a long team meeting and then did a couple more tickets after that before finishing up for the week.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a nice long lie in this morning and then she watched Parks and Recreation while having some breakfast. She then had a massive spur of thoughts for her CV so sat and wrote down a lot of notes before getting ready for the day.

Once she was ready Kim finally added her latest job to her CV. Then she worked on cleaning up the formatting of the document. She wasn’t 100% happy with it, so she also saved another version that has a few amendments and she will revisit them and see which she prefers after a break away.

After lunch Kim went back to her old office to drop off her IT equipment and pick up a few things she had forgotten. She stayed and had a quick chat with her colleague.

Kim then went to a rooftop bar nearby where she met her colleague and two other friends she used to work with for food and drink. It was amazing. For the few hours they were catching up Kim managed to completely forget COVID and the fact she lost her job. It felt like a lovely evening out Pre-COVID and it has done Kim the world of good. Kim got some flowers as a gift which was lovely, too!

Evening

Once Kim got back from being out, we had some chicken & mushroom pasta with hoisin sauce.

We watched some TV for the evening and that was it!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 341: Vancouver, BC – Team Drinks!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day overall, with a lot of tickets coming in throughout the day.

Curtis had a few weird tickets in the morning, which required some research and a bit of time, but it was positive overall.

Curtis had meeting with his manager which was a 1:1 but was basically just a casual chat with a few informative things thrown in.

The afternoon was much of the same and Curtis helped his team test a few things and did tickets.

Kim’s Day

Kim was in nice and early this morning for a company wide meeting.

After this Kim worked on the tournament information and got to send it out to people who might be interested in participating. She even had one reply in the morning so she added that to the list of bakes for the competition. She had a quick impromptu meeting with a colleague about the events coming up before she headed out for the day.

We had a vendor pop in to take a look at the plants and replace one that was very much drowned during quarantine. Kim also had a games call, two people joined and it was great fun!! They played a jackbox game and had a really good catch up!

Kim spent a lot of the afternoon catching up on her voicemail and answering calls. She also sent out a few emails chasing information too.

A few of the team Kim is on worked from the office today so they all went out for a drink and some snacky foods after work. It was lovely!

Evening

We had sandwiches for dinner. Curtis had a steak sandwich with mushrooms and Kim had mushrooms in hers.

We watched the finale of the most recent series of The Great Canadian Baking Show, which we’ve been watching for a few weeks now.

We then watched Norsemen which is a terrific show!

We watched some other shows and played some mini golf.


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 286: Vancouver, BC – Better Luck Next Time!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was up early to get ready for his Hackathon presentation.

He and his team got onto a call and ran through the presentation a few times and really nailed it down!

They were first to present and it went really well!

They were asked a lot of questions and a lot of people were interested!

Plenty of people are using the app now and asking for new features which is exciting!

Curtis and his Hackathon team had a discussion about how they thought it went and had a bit more of a conversation around possible future features and then the winners were announced!

Curtis’ team didn’t even place top three, which they thought they would, but there were some really good applications in this Hackathon!

Curtis had a quick meeting around security with his team and then had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis played some games with his team as team building but then called it a day as he started early and was very tired!

Kim’s Day

All of the social calls for this Friday were great! They all went over the allotted time and it was wonderful to see so many different faces and have people just enjoy themselves and catch up with people. Kim’s first call was the UK call where we had one guy from the UK and one of Kim’s colleagues in Vancouver join for the call and it was great fun.

After the call Kim spent some trying working in the mailing project so she ended up spending a lot of time setting up shipments for next week and had to call FedEx too.

She then jumped on the east coast weekend windup where we had someone from both east coast offices, one remote worker and a couple of people from the Vancouver office! It was brilliant and so much fun!

Kim spent a lot of the afternoon researching and setting up orders to be placed next week and she did some more stuff for the FedEx shipments next week too. To finish the day Kim joined the Vancouver weekend windup and that one was also fun. A lot of familiar faces and it was great to catch up with them all.

Back To Takeaway Fridays

We both finished work and just did nothing for an hour or so…just relaxing.

We then thought food would be a good idea so we ordered some and spent the rest of the evening eating and relaxing. Back to takeaway Fridays!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 279: Vancouver, BC – Indecision & Late Dinner

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy day!

He started with admin and some tickets and then had his daily team meeting.

After his team meeting, he had another meeting about the Hackathon project he is working on this time around. He is with the same team as before but they’re making a different product.

Shortly after that, he had a call with someone to try and figure out why their laptop kept running so slow, which he thinks he figured out!

Once that was done, it was nearly lunch time!

Curtis had some soup for lunch and then got onto a team meeting which the team has bi weekly.

This call lasted around 1.5 hours and then Curtis did a couple of other things before happy hour, where he sat and chatted with everyone.

Curtis played games for most of his evening, just relaxing.

Kim’s Day

Kim had to move the UKs social call 30 minutes earlier to make time for the follow up meeting to yesterday’s company wide meeting.

Once both of the calls were done Kim quickly made her way into the office to let someone in who had to collect some things. It was great to see them and they had a wonderful quick catch up. While they were collecting their stuff, Kim had a call with a teammate in regards to the new starter welcome packs she has put together.

Kim then had a little time before her next meeting so she found space and put away all of the stock for the welcome packs and responded to a few emails. She then tried to join the call for this months lightning talks to make sure everyone is set up properly, but she had no luck! It took several attempts and Kim broke the meeting for the other people at one point but she eventually managed to get the meeting up and running somewhat smoothly.

After the talks Kim ate some of her lunch quickly before joining the east coast weekend call it started off with a nice chat and then they played a few games on Jackbox and it was so fun! It was great to just switch off and laugh!

After the games ended Kim worked on some orders that she started yesterday that need to be amended. She then joined the west coast call and had a great time! Kim and her colleague then sat far apart in the kitchen and sat talking for hours and it was brilliant!

Late Dinner

We had a later dinner today as Kim didn’t get back until a little later from work.

We were going to order something, as per each Friday, but we couldn’t decide on anything and were hungry, so we decided to have frozen pizza instead.

We watched some TV and relaxed before we have to go and clean the old apartment tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 236: Vancouver, BC – All Interviews Complete!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few meetings planned for today, and that pretty much all he did!

He had a project interview at 09:30 and then a team meeting at 10:30.

After those two, he had his final project interview!

Once that interview was done, Curtis did some training and some tickets and then we had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had team building which lasted for a while, and then after that he had a webinar held by Zoom about their recent security updates.

Curtis then had happy hour with people from his office, which was a nice end to the short week.

Kim’s Day

After the company wide meeting that happened today Kim set things up for her Easter Quiz! In the quiz she featured clips of what happens next, Easter baking fails and an easter egg hunt. She had a fair few people join on the quiz, which was amazing!

After yoga Kim spent some time going through her checked items in her inbox. Many of the items were old or had been completed, so it was great to have a spring clean.

Mid afternoon Kim joined the east coast social catch up and they ended up playing jackbox games and it was so fun. The first game was a trivia game and the second was a ‘who is a liar’ game where you had to find the aliens in the group through detective skills. They were fun games! As they started a new game it all stopped working, so they played a game of Skribbl instead.

Shortly after that call, Kim had a call with a few of her team and it was great to catch up and close the week together!

She then started to make a list of things she wants to work on next week. She had planned to use her time to focus on the hack project, but its been postponed until roughly the end of May to give people more time to process all the daily meetings and get all the information first.

Pesto Pasta

We did our workout, following a bit of mini sticks, and then we made chicken pesto pasta for dinner!

The food was pretty good and we ate it whilst watching something easy on YouTube.

We then watched a Norwegian show on Netflix called Borderliner, followed by a couple of other shows and games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 230: Vancouver, BC – Party Games!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy day planned and it stayed that way!

Curtis had a company wide meeting and that lasted for around an hour. This was to update everyone on the current status of the company.

After the meeting, Curtis helped people with a few of their questions and then had his usual team meeting.

Curtis had a project meeting and then spent the rest of the morning helping someone with a couple of Zoom issues.

In the afternoon, Curtis completed an offboard which involved wiping a laptop remotely.

After that, Curtis spent a while looking into why someone wasn’t in a group they should be in, but it turns out that they were! Curtis learned a few things during this, though.

Curtis got some admin done and then had happy hour drinks with colleagues from his office!

Curtis played 30 minutes of Rocket League with his colleagues before we decided we should order some food!

Kim’s Day

After the regular morning meeting Kim started the social catch up for the UK and it was so fun! She spoke with a couple of new people she hadn’t met before and a few friendly faces.

After this Kim called FedEx to sort paperwork for a refund that was on her credit card. It was surprisingly easy and was sorted without any hiccups, a great big win! She then worked on some events, building up an easter quiz and sending out invites to a 30 minute drop in game of Skribbl, its like online pictonary! One thing that Kim wants to do is to do social events that everyone will enjoy and make sure she puts on a good variety of events.

Kim then held the east coast social catch up and it was fun. Everyone chatted for a while and then after a few people left the remaining played a few games, of Skribbl surprisingly! It was so fun and everyone had a great giggle.

After that call Kim had a quick chat with her family, it was great to see their faces and have a catch up! Over the weekend they are going to call again and probably play some games, which Kim is so looking forward to!

Kim then worked on her Easter quiz and event managed to put together a virtual easter egg hunt using Kahoot, so that will be fun! She sent out the invite for this too.
For the rest of the afternoon Kim was on social calls, she had one with her department that was for 15 minutes and then the west coast social drinks which was for 30 minutes, she saw people that she hadn’t seen in weeks and it was great!

Korean

We decided to order some Korean food from Disco Cheetah again, for the 2nd time.

Kim got a chicken bao and a chicken rice bowl, whilst Curtis got a pork bao and a beef bulgogi rice bowl.

We finished eating and watched the movie District 9.

We played some games and watched some TV for the evening…we had a very short feeling week but it was a positive one!


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 195: Vancouver, BC – Crazy Sky!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day started very busy and went very fast!

There were a lot of new tickets as most people are getting ready to travel to Mexico for the company trip!

Unfortunately, Curtis didn’t qualify for the trip (had to have started before March) and he didn’t want to pay for it, so he’s staying back next week.

Curtis got a video from the marketing team who created it to explain the new company brand story and mission and that was going to be shown in the boardroom for all to see and then ask questions.

Curtis had to set that video up in the boardroom and then partook in the meeting.

The meeting includes some drinks and food, which was awesome!

After that meeting, Curtis had another meeting with some people in his team going to Mexico and discussed some things that are need to know whilst they’re away as well as get further information regarding a project which Curtis will have to do some work on over the next week.

Curtis then finished up for the week and had another drink with the few people left in the office and then left.

He walked up to Max Performance where he got one of his visors from and returned that before going home.

Curtis got a photo of the crazy sky and the sun bouncing off the buildings!

Kim’s Day

Kim went to UBC today for her Project Management course.

Kim learned a lot and felt like she was really making progress which was amazing!

After, Kim went for some drinks with some people from work for someone’s birthday, which was lovely.

Kim then came home!

Food & Sleep

When Kim got home, she made a veggie spaghetti bolognese and then we sat and ate that whilst watching a bit of TV.

We then went to bed and we are very glad it’s the weekend.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale