Place 72 – Day 200: Vancouver, BC – Linda’s Back!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was awake at 05:00 and out the door by 05:15 to head to work! As it is Black Friday, he was required to be available to support the teams in his company, should they need it.

Curtis got to work at 05:45 with all the lights off (they are on a timer for 06:00) and noone else in the office.

Curtis left the office at 06:00 and went to McDonald’s to get a big coffee and some breakfast.

Noone was in the office until 07:30 and most people didn’t arrive until 08:30, so Curtis didn’t have much to do.

He showed a colleague something they wanted to learn about and he also read some more of his book. This was everything, along with Admin, until some tickets came in at 08:30.

Curtis’ day was still fairly quiet, but he did some tickets and then had some testing to do to help some colleagues out. He had a free lunch at 12:00 provided by the company which was nice! All of a sudden, it was 13:30 and home time.

Curtis went home and watched the leafs game which took him perfectly to needing to leave the house around 17:00 to meet Kim.

Kim’s Day

One of the first things Kim had to do today was send out a memo to everyone in her office to see if they had lost their bike. The building have had a bike for over a year and wanted to see if anyone could claim it.

Kim had a delivery come in which was one of the parts of the final holiday party decoration for the tables. She then went out and bought the final few parts to make the prototype snowman they are having as centerpieces.

While she was out, Kim picked up the beer for this weeks afternoon’s drinks.

When she got back, she continued with some party planning and even made a snowman to see if it would work and it looks so cute!

In the afternoon Kim had to finalise some hotel bookings and place all the weekly shop orders for all 3 offices. She also set up the weekly drinks too!

Linda’s Back!

Linda has come to see us this weekend!

We met her at her hotel and then went for a walk to look at the hospital Christmas lights, which were meant to be amazing.

The lights were ok, but nothing spectacular.

We all got hungry, so it was time to eat! We had a reservation at a place we wanted to go for a while.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t a great experience.

Kim’s order was wrong and so she had to order something extra after already waiting for a whole and by the time she got hers, Curtis and Linda had already eaten and the food wasn’t even that nice!

We left and stopped Linda off at her hotel, with a weekend of plans set and ready.

We walked back home and chilled out watching some TV… Curtis is very tired!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 69: Vancouver, BC – Free Pastries & Free Slurpies!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day started well as the coffee company that delivers to his work had a ‘customer appreciation day’ so they took a lot of pastries to Curtis’ office, which were delicious!

Curtis did a lot of task that took a long time as well as tasks that were a bit more mundane.

Curtis had a 1.5 hour meeting to attend, but understood very little.

After that meeting, Curtis had lunch and then had another short meeting.

Curtis found out more information about a new user so had to complete the rest of that as we as setup 2 desks.

Curtis left a little later than usual as it was a busy day. That being said, it didn’t feel all that productive.

Kim’s Day

Kim arrived in the office and took some fruit up to the day long meeting that was going on on the top floor.

A few more coach quotes came in overnight from the UK so Kim put these together on her spreadsheet and sent it back across to her colleague.

As there is another busy week coming up in 2 weeks kim and her colleague are getting a jump on the catering orders and making sure everyone will be fed. So Kim requested a quote for the Ontario office.

Kim also spent her morning catching up on emails and other ad hoc tasks that cropped up.

Then it was pizza time! A team was hosting a lunch and learn so Kim set up the corner of the office with chairs, the projector and the cool conference speaker / microphone / webcam thing. Then when the pizza arrived she set all that up too.

A few minutes in to the lunch and learn the whole meeting, of about 20 people, came downstairs and joined the lunch and learn. However, they were not accounted for when the pizza was ordered so there wasn’t enough for them. This meant that Kim and her colleague had to source catering for 20 people ASAP. They agreed to call a different pizza place who could deliver within 30 to 45 minutes. This was perfect timing because their meetings were due to start back up in 45 minutes, meaning that the pizza would either arrive just before the meeting started or just after.

Kim used this opportunity of a delayed lunch to sort out the afternoon coffee and grab them skme.drinks to go with their lunch. She was going to take the coffee up 30 minutes after the pizza would arrive so decided its easier to get it all done at once.

Kim noticed the drinks fridge was looking a little bare and nakey, due to all the extra visitors we had on site, so she decided to fill it up. If there are a few things Kim can do well they are, stock rotation and fridge stocking! Usually this is done by the supplier, but it’ll save him some time tomorrow and everyone has cold drinks at the ready in the meantime. Its a win for everyone!

Just after this, at just gone 2 Kim realised that she was yet to take a proper lunch. She had snacked during the day but decided to take some time and have a sit down and a breather.

After lunch Kim had a little paperwork to do so she sat down and finished that.

Kim the spent some time in the afternoon setting up next weeks fruit and milk order. She. Has gone mad and ordered cherries and even a watermelon! It will be an exciting week for sure!

Towards the end of the day the upstairs meeting finished and they brought down all of the stuff Kim had taken up so she spent some time sorting all of that out.

Evening Errands

We had a couple of things to do after work.

We needed to go to a hotel briefly, so we did that, and then we left there and got some money out for something on Saturday.

After getting some cash, we went to homesense to get some refillable salt and pepper grinders.

We left Homesense and walked back home. On the way we stopped in at 7-Eleven to get our free slurpie each as it was free slurpie day!

We walked home and had spaghetti bolognese for dinner.

After dinner, we watched a bit of TV and then went for a nice evening walk around 08:30 for 30 minutes or so.

We got back, watched a bit of TV and then went to bed.

Curtis has to setup the boardroom at the office for 09:00 for a global company meeting, so he is getting to the office for 08:00…early start for him (well, earlier than it has been).


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale