Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 175: Vancouver, BC – Project Officially Finished!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work pretty early, and it was good that he did!

The project was now ‘done’, but there were still a lot of questions around it, how to do things, what about this etc.

Curtis spent most of his day doing things around that, but luckily, it seems to be calming down!

Curtis’ team had an important meeting in the afternoon to discuss what projects they will be taking on for the next two weeks.

That means more project work for Curtis, but it’s good because there is a follow on project from the one Curtis just did, so it would be good if he did that one anyway.

The afternoon was spent doing some research, setting up a laptop and doing some more ticket work.

Curtis left work and walked home.

Kim’s Day

Today there was breakfast in the office! Kim got in and it was all set up as a couple of her teammates came in to meet the delivery driver.
Kim grabbed a plate and had a little breakfast.

After this Kim started to clear down the pastry tray and collect all the utensils.

The reason there was a breakfast is for the company wide meeting that was occurring in the building. Everyone went upstairs to the roof for the meeting.

After this Kim went and finished clearing away the breakfast stuff and then helped setting up the drinks for the meeting that was going on on the rooftop. To set the drinks up Kim had the great idea to put a mini fridge on a wheely thing to make it a mobile mini fridge, meaning the drinks don’t ever get cold!

She then spent a bit of timing clearing the meeting room behind her desk and the whole front desk area in general. It now looks like a welcoming area rather than an absolute mess!

Kim then met a colleague downstairs to collect some pumpkins.

When she got back up she saw a delivery driver unloading lunch bags into the kitchen so Kim said he was meant to be delivering to the rooftop but he didn’t believe her until the lady who ordered it came down and said it as well.

Kim then started reconciling the last and final credit card. She did this until she went into a meeting with her manager.

They had a good catch up and went over a few things like the Job Description and how it aligns with what she is doing now. It was a good meeting.

Kim then decided to treat herself to a 3pm lunch!

After she took a little break she then continued to reconcile the credit card before realising that she is simply doing a duplicate of what the accounts team have already done, so she had a chat with the lady in accounts and they both laughed at how silly it was and that neither of them noticed!

Kim then spent some time setting up for the following day by making notes for herself and attempting to see what needed to be done.

Kim then potted around with other things while she waited for the upstairs.meeting to finish so she could restock the drinks and allow them to cool overnight. She also binned and saved food from the previous evenings event that had been left out since lunch. The whole kitchen smelt like sweaty cheese! Not nice!

Kim went to train this evening and it wasn’t great.

She was able to try the first combo but her full run through went terribly!

Packing Again & Bake Off Final!

We have a week off starting Thursday, so we need to get packed so we can fly out tomorrow night.

We got some stuff packed, either side of Kim returning from work and returning from training.

We got almost everything ready to go and then watched the final of the Great British Bake Off.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 163: Vancouver, BC – Christmas Invites!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work and spent an extra 15 minutes more doing admin as it seemed there was a lot to do for some reason!

Curtis had a team meeting at 10:00 which was brief.

Curtis spent a lot of the day (more than he planned) figuring out things and planning for his project.

This is mostly done and ready for next week, minus a few things, so that’s exciting!

Curtis had a chat with a colleague to discuss the project and let him know a few points as Curtis is actually away for the project.

There were a few other things Curtis had to take care of, but the day went very fast.

Kim’s Day

Kim called up and sorted out a hotel issue that occured over the weekend, which is never a great way to start a week. On the bright side, at least people now know where not to stay and the person in question is now fully booked in and all sorted.

After this Kim took 2 new starters on their building tour and got them all set up and sorted.

Kim spent most of the rest of the morning saving accounting thins, mainly reciepts and invoices. She also took a lot of calls!

Kim and her colleague nipped out to pick up a cake for another teammate who has flown in from the states.

Then for the rest of the afternoon we kept trying to ensure everyone was around to wish her a happy birthday, it took four attempts but eventually everyone was there and we wished her all a happy birthday and it was lovely.

Around trying to sing happy birthday Kim sorted out a lot of the details for Halloween, she put time in a teammates calendar to ensure that they have time to go through the current decorations have time to buy more and have time to set up. Kim also sent out all the calendar invites for people so they can know where they should be!

While she was on an events role Kim started doing the wordy bit of the formal invites for the holiday parties. She copied a template from last year but has truly made it her own. She will finish this tomorrow.

Back To Training

Kim went back to training tonight after the weekend and she was very happy about getting to go back!

Kim class went relatively well, she is still a little lackluster from getting over the cold and hopes that’s why she struggled today. She managed to get a full run through of the routine, however she thought she had time to fill, but totally ran out of time which was not ideal!

Curtis did some cleaning around the apartment and then when Kim got back we watched Great British Bake Off before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 159: Vancouver, BC – All The Pies v2

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was very organised and busy today!

He really planned out his day and it seemed to pay off.

He did a lot of project work but filled in the gaps with tickets.

As the main part of the migration is getting closer, the work is becoming less and less, which is great! Most of it is simple administration and preparation work and answering people’s questions.

Curtis worked solidly until 16:00 when he went and joined his colleagues for some drinks. He didn’t get to do this last week, so he made sure to make time for it today.

Kim’s Day

The first thing Kim did today was head across the road to pick up the rest of the pies (all the non dietary requirement pies).

While she was there Kim also picked up a hot chocolate and pain au chocolate for herself because she doesn’t feel to well, Kim has a bit of a cold.

When she got back to the office Kim saw a message that someone had bought their cat in so she went and said hello to the cat. She then went back to taking calls and saving invoices.

Kim greeted someone who came in for an interview and they had a nice chat. Once she went through into the interview Kim made her lunch and called home.to have a chat with her mum and sister. It was so nice.

After lunch Kim set up all the pies and most people in the office came and had pie and hung out for a little while.
After pie Kim had a little 1 2 1 with her manager and they had a nice catch up which was great.

Shortly after the 1 2 1 Kim set up the weekly drinks before helping someone move the boxes of swag that was lying around.

Unlocked?!

We got home and our apartment door was unlocked but with no one inside!

We had said that the maintenance guy could go in and do a few things for us, but had assumed the apartment would have been locked after! Luckily everything was safe and we ironed out what happened afterwards.

After that, we relaxed for a bit and then Kim went out to meet a colleague to give her some things she needed for a personal project. Kim also walked her colleague to a few places she needed to visit whilst she was in the area.

Kim got back home and we had the remainder of the pie with some mash and garlic mushrooms which was delicious. We watched another vlog from the Iceland trip we have been watching and then it was pretty much bed time as we are exhausted!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 151: Vancouver, BC – Free Cocktail!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had some bad new relating to his project this morning, and it only got worse!

The migration started early today, so it was a lot of answering questions etc regarding that.

Curtis did a lot of tickets today, though, which he feels he hasn’t done much of in the last few weeks, so it was quite nice to get back to it.

There were a few things he had to do using PowerShell, which is similar to coding, so it was good to use his brain for that.

In the afternoon, there was an environment quiz, which Curtis wasn’t part of, but as a participation prize there were cocktails! Curtis got one as they were spare, so that was a win!

He spent some time watching some people try and open a wine bottle without a bottle opening. It was very entertaining!

Curtis left for the day and met with Kim to walk home.

Kim’s Day

Kim and her colleague have really set aside time to get the nittygritty things done. Most of Kims morning was spent in a Health and Safety meeting going over the communications, plans for certain meetings and drawing up a timeline of when we want to get things done for. It was a great meeting and followed on nicely from the others that have happened previously.

Kim then spent a good amount of time going back over checked, but not completed, emails and completing them. This involved saving a lot of invoices.

After lunch Kim chopped up some melon for everyone to enjoy.

In the afternoon Kim continued with her catch up but also booked some travel for an incoming new starter so that kept kim entertained for a while.

In the mid afternoon Kim got a craving for a doughnut so she nipped out, picked up a box of 6 and 2 things of lemon loaf for her and the team to enjoy. Then they all came to her desk and sneakily munched on nice Tims doughnuts before going back to work! It was a nice way to hang out for a few mintues!

Positive Training!

Our evening was fairly standard. Kim went off to training but further away today. Curtis didn’t really do anything whilst Kim was out.

Kim wasn’t sure if training would be worth it, but it really was! She is starting to fill in the gaps and elongate combinations to make sense!

Once Kim got back, we watched Bake Off and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 124: Vancouver, BC – A Long Day At The Office

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a video call with someone in the morning, around 11:00. He did that and was able to sort one of their two issues they were having!

After that, he did some tickets and got some admin done and then it was lunch time!

After lunch, Curtis imaged an old mac and then went for a drink in the kitchen area with some others for 30 minutes.

At 15:45, Curtis had to complete and offboard, which actually didn’t take that long luckily, so he went back had had a few drinks at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

When Kim arrived she had a small amount of time before her first meeting so she caught up on a few things before heading in to the meeting.

The meeting was an informal way for some of the remote workers to get to know each other, the way this is done is by playing a game of 2 truths and 2 lie, then giving the people a chance to elaborate on the truths. It went really well even though it was only 2 remote people on the call along with Kim and her team mate calling from the office.

Kim spent the rest of the morning on her financial project which took a fair amount of time. We also had a small amount of catering arrive for a team meeting.

As part of the quarterly new hire, the company likes to hold a fun game over a lunch, so when the pizza arrived Kim helped set it up and also set things up for greeting bingo! It was such a fun way to get new hires to interact with other people in the company.

When it all wound down, Kim and a couple of other people took 5 to sit down and chill and it was great to have a good chat and catch up! Kim the cleared the room and headed back to her desk to put through some orders for food and office supplies.

After sorting out her orders Kim went out to pick up some wine and a bottle of each vodka and rum to make peoples mocktails into cocktails. This week Kim had planned a back to school friday afternoon drinks including a mocktail competition.

When she got back into the office, Kim organised a little more for the day long meetings that are happening next week by cleaning whiteboards and clearing up beind the front desk.
Kim then set up for the afternoon drinks, turning the large tall table into a bar style layout and putting all the other drinks on a different smaller table.

The mocktails and cocktails went great, the competition part fell through but it was still fun! After most people had left Kim cleared down the kitchen again and it reminded her of working in a pub again.

Kim then met Curtis on the way to her class in the evening to pick up her clothes. The class was so much fun this evening but it was a challenge too!

Late Work Day

Curtis got home and emptied the recycling and rubbish. He then emptied the dishwasher.

The xbox was unable to sign him in, so he had to go old school and watch YouTube videos all evening on the laptop.

Curtis walked down to Kim to give her exercise clothes as she was running very late at work.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 123: Vancouver, BC – Shoreline Cleanup

Curtis’ Day

Curtis made further headway with his project, investigating how to setup the folder structure within it, as well as looking at the best ways to do permissions and best way to migrate.

After a while of doing this, Curtis did some tickets, helped a couple of people out around the office and then spent way longer than he thought he would collating a list of the top 10 most expensive software packages the company uses. This is to help them see where costs can be cut.

Lunch came around quickly and once that was done, Curtis donned some nice plastic gloves and along with his colleagues, headed out to pick up some litter! This used 2 hours of his volunteering time for the quarter, but it was quite fun, team building as well as very good for the environment.

All together, in around 2 hours, Curtis and his team collected 12 bags of trash!

For more on the shoreline cleanup, check out their website here – https://www.shorelinecleanup.ca/

As a reward, they all got an ice cream cone from McDonald’s.

Curtis got back to work, did a couple of things and then changed a total of 8 batteries in some uninteruptable power supplies, with the help of a colleague, which brought him to the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim had the second half of her new hire orientation so spent most of the morning at home, remotely in the meeting. After the meeting Kim called her friend back in the UK to congratulate him on passing his exam! Then Kim caught up on some emails from the morning and updated a game for tomorrow new hire meet and eat! She also placed the order forr todays pizza.
When she got in Kim continued to catch up on emails, focusing on going over the catering and making sure its all correct and up to date. The weekly pizza arrived so Kim popped that into the meeting and continued on with ad hoc tasks before having some of the leftover pizza with colleagues for lunch!
After lunch Kim and her teammate sat down to go over which reports they were each tackling for the project.

Then Kim organised a delivery to the Ontario office before having her 1-2-1. Somehow Kim has been with the company now for 3 months already! It has flown by. The 1-2-1 went really well and it was all good feedback from both sides, Kim is enjoying her job so much and it sounds like people are happy to have her about!

After the meeting Kim was late into another meeting, which she had totally forgotten about, so she sat down with another team mate to go over the remote meet and eat to ensure that they are both on the same page for tomorrow!

After those meetings Kim dropped the boxes off to FedEx and then a letter off to Canada post before heading back into the office to send out emails requesting info in regards to the reporting project.

NHL 20 Early Access

We chilled out when we got home and Curtis purchased EA Access, meaning he could access the new NHL game 7 days early!

Curtis played this for a while, and then we made spaghetti bolognese and watched some YouTube videos, followed by the newest Suits episode.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 122: Vancouver, BC – Morning At Home

Curtis’ Day

Curtis, amongst doing tickets, spent most of the day researching for a project which is due in December. He felt that he had made good headway with it today, which was great.

Curtis’ colleague was on his last day today, so he had to say goodbye to him, as well, though he is not based in Vancouver, but in Regina.

Curtis left at 16:45 and walked home, thinking that Kim had already gone home, but she hadn’t!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day at 8am on the dot, but at home! Kim had her remote quarterly new hire orentation meeting that lasted for most of the morning from 8-11. Kim had a small presentation segment too about the social team, so she was both host and attendee!

When Kim got into the office she started by catching up on her emails that she had missed from the morning. Kim then went and had a quicker lunch than usual!

After lunch Kim had a chat with the drinks delivery man and they tried to come up with a new plan to ensure that all deliveries are consistent, as they haven’t been for a few weeks.
Kim then spent some time confirming the catering she had enquired about yesterday afternoon and booked some catering in for our office in Ontario.
As 2 other people passed their first aid course last week Kim moved their monthly meeting from next week to today to ensure that all their questions and ideas were able to be put to use straight our of their brains.

It was a really successful and useful meeting where lots of good plans were made.

After the meeting Kim had a chat with her team mate about a little project they are taking on. They organised a plan and Kim tried to find some ways to make it quicker and easier.
Tonights class was perfect for Kim, she has finally found her right level and felt confident to do the moves but felt it could be challenging enough also!

More Exercise!

Once we were both home, Kim had some toast and Curtis had the leftover curry.

We watched some TV and then Kim drove down to do some exercise.

Once Kim got back, she had some tuna pasta and we chilled out watching some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale