Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 348: Vancouver, BC – Fro-Yo

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a few tickets in the morning and it was fairly busy in that sense.

At 12:00, Curtis had a 1:1 meeting and that was a really nice chat. Not much of it was on topic, but it was a fun chat.

After that, Curtis did a few more tickets and then had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had some admin to do and then he had an hour long meeting with his team in which they discussed possible on call information, with regards to how that would work and what the policy would state. This was successful, which was good.

Once that was wrapped up, Curtis had some more tickets to do and a bit of admin and then his day was done.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim worked on a project! She is helping out here team by making sure that a few documents are up to date and have the right branding. So she spent most of the day clicking links on the Wiki and making notes of broken links, documents she needs to update and a list of documents she isn’t sure if she needs to update.

During the day Kim had a few ad hoc meetings with her colleague about the events that are coming up. She also reached out to a number of people in the company for inspiration for the quizzes and she notes a few idea down too.

A few times in the day Kims computer played up, once there was a black bar across the middle of the screen and the second time all of her documents wouldn’t save. For both things she had to reset her computer, which really messed up her rhythm of the task she was doing. The second issue was that her documents all randomly saved under a different file type, for no reason whatsoever!

In the afternoon Kim reformatted the documents, except when the computer was bring stroppy. She also recieved a few requests for team meetings in the office and other small requests.

Fro-Yo

Kim got home around 17:45 and she just had to have a cold shower as she was far too warm!

After that, we made some hoisin chicken for dinner which was excellent and then went for a short walk to get some frozen yoghurt! We spent most of the evening watching TV and playing games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 339: Vancouver, BC – New Company Wide Competition

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a quiet day in general, but he did start it off with some work on some tickets.

Before he could do anything, though, he had to try and fix his Outlook which, after changing his password, was being a pain!

Eventually, after probably an hour or so, he was able to get it working and started getting some tickets done.

Curtis dealt with a few questions around a piece of software and that took up some time too.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with planning out the new tournament she has made up. She wrote up the how it works and rules. She then researches how she will work the voting system so tried a few different survey and quiz options.

Mid morning Kim took a bunch of stuff down to the storage room which really cleans up the meeting room she is currently working out of.

For the rest of the morning, and most of the afternoon Kim worked on the other events that are coming up. She started on the invites, amended some of the ideas and spoke with vendors. Towards the end of the afternoon Kim had an impromptu meeting and whiteboard session with her colleague to triple check numbers against vendors we would use. It was another very successful day!

Evening

We just had frozen pizza for dinner as we didn’t have anything planned.

We ate dinner and watched some TV and then went out for a brief walk. The weather was very warm again today, so good to get out.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 333: Vancouver, BC – Email Issues!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy start to the day as there were some issues with Microsoft Outlook.

Curtis had to find out what was happening from the users and eventually from Microsoft.

Curtis dealt with this and then had a team meeting.

Once that meeting was done, he was looking at Google accounts throughout the company and removing any that could be removed as well as organising the grouping and ensuring that everything was correct there.

He did this throughout most of the day.

Curtis had a project meeting in the afternoon which was very positive.

Kim’s Day

Kim worked from home for some of the morning and started the day by hosting the mid week catch up before joining this months health and safety committee meeting. Both meetings went really well!

Once Kim was in the office she started working on communications that will go out over rhe coming weeks. She would take breaks when she couldn’t figure out what else was needed by tearing apart the few remaining notebooks to recycle and shred. Kim also had a quick call with a colleague to discuss one of the communications, just to get a second opinion.

In the mid afternoon Kim and two friends went out to get a vietnamese coffee! It was so lovely to get out in the sun and have a delicious coffee!

When she got back Kim took some time out from communications to update the maps on the Wiki. Then she went back to continue writing.

Kim finished the day by having a great big catch up with a friend that went well into the evening. It was so lovely to sit down and just chat!

Yet Another Walk

Kim got home fairly late and we had the same dinner as yesterday.

We watched a little TV and then went out for a nice evening walk again, and chatted about each of our days.

We got back home and played some virtual mini golf and then Kim watched some of the office and Curtis played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 331: Vancouver, BC – Late Evening Walk

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right away this morning, which he wasn’t expecting, to discuss a few points about a project.

After that, Curtis had his weekly team meeting, followed by trying to fix someone’s issue and some other tickets.

Curtis had another team meeting to discuss a few new potential policies and then the rest of the day Curtis was trying to get an issue resolved, and it seemed he got close a few times, but unfortunately he didn’t get it fixed.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by completing an account set up and comparing two companies. She then worked on completing the form from last week and putting together another one.

Just before midday Kim set up a laptop for someone before heading out for a team lunch. It was the first time Kim has been to a restaurant in months! It was strange but enjoyable!

In the afternoon Kim had a team meeting about events that are coming up over the next few weeks. It went well and some good plans have been made.

A little later in the afternoon Kim had a meeting with the director of IT to go over a plan Kim has for the phones. It was a productive meeting and Kim now knows what the next steps are.

Late Evening Walk

Once Kim got home we were pretty hungry so we had leftovers from yesterday and watched some TV.

We played a game of mini golf and then went our for a walk around 21:00.

We walked a different way past a marina which was beautiful!

We were out for about 45 minutes and the weather was so perfect.

We got back home and just watched some TV and chilled out for the remainder of the day.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 164: Vancouver, BC – Brunch & Planning With Friends

Last Night’s Hockey

Curtis’ hockey game went well, at least for him! He got 1 goal and 1 assist, with the game ending 5-5! There was a shootout, but neither team won so it ended a tie.

Appointment

We went out for an appointment in Gastown which was at 11:00.

We finished pretty quickly with the appointment and then went out for brunch!

Brunch

We found a place called Catch 122 Cafe Bistro which we had seen looks really great!

Curtis had a full breakfast which was actually really great and the coffee was good too!

Kim had mushroom toast which wasn’t that great, and we had to wait 40 minutes outside to get a table!

Planning With Friends

We got home and Kim went to the shop quickly and then when she got home we chatted with Danielle and Josh to plan some more of their trip over here!

We had a nice long chat with them and then the rest of the night we watched some TV, ate some sweet chilli potato wedges.

We had some whiskey and just chilled for the evening.

A great evening all around.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

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

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 347: Auckland – A Peaceful Lake & Many Dogs

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis was very busy again today, hitting 11:00 incredibly fast! Curtis had to do some work fairly quickly in the morning, so he focused on that until around 09:30. This was fairly complicated and something Curtis was unsure about, so ut took quite a while.

After this, Curtis had a few things planned but got a phone call from a client and had to fix something for them urgently.

After lunch, Curtis had a Skype meeting with a client to determine what they are looking for regarding development.

Curtis spent the afternoon doing some development and then it was already home time!

The journey home took 45 minutes and there was a lot of traffic due toa a few accidents south of the city.

Both of us;

Once we were both home, we had the same dinner as yesterday and also made our lunch for tomorrow.

After an hour or so watching TV, we got bored and headed out for a late evening walk around 20:15.

During the walk, Kim got to see many a dog and they were all happy to see her!

The Onepoto Domain is right next to our house and there is a great peaceful lake in the centre, which looks even better at night!

We got back home and watched Trevor Noah’s latest standup show and then headed to bed.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 306: Auckland – A Walk for Chocolate & Fajitas

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis left early but due to people being back to work after the school holidays, so he got there at about 07:15.

All was well when Curtis got to work, and for most of the day, actually.

Curtis knew he had to take a PC back to a client, but other than that he didn’t have much to do.

Curtis ended up having a fairly busy day with new cases coming in, but it was a ‘good’ busy.

After lunch, Curtis had some more work to do and was busy right up until he left for the day.

Curtis was surprised when he left and there was no one on the roads and got home very quick!

Both of us;

Kim got home from work and we went right out for a walk. We walked to the shop to buy chocolate and the odd dinner related item. The weather was so nice we just had to go for a walk!

We got back from the walk and Kim made steak fajitas which were amazing as ever!

We then just watched TV and videos all evening and it was great to chill out.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale