Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 313: Vancouver, BC – Printing Signs

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent the start of the morning fixing a problem that someone had which Curtis spent a bit of time looking at yesterday.

Curtis had to get some computer checkups done after that, so that’s what he did for most of the rest of the morning, as well as some security things.

Curtis’ afternoon was pretty quiet, but he did do some tickets, answer some questions and did some admin.

Kim’s Day

Kim made sure she got into the office early so she could call FedEx in Europe. It was a 45 minute wait but she eventually got through and was able to set up the pickup again. Hopefully it works!

After Kim did some admin she had her 1-1 which was short and sweet, other than all the work the team are doing together, there wasn’t too much to talk about. Kim the had a call another call after this too!

For the rest of the morning Kim printed and started making the signs for the office and she even made some of the signs into stickers! Which is great as she doesn’t have to laminate them.

In the early afternoon Kim joined the return to office call to help field questions that people may have. It will be so nice to see people regularly again!

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked in cleaning up the office again. They reorganised some marketing stuff, emptied more desks and Kim orgnaised some of the extension cables under the desks. The office is really clearing up and it looks great!

Evening

Kim got home fairly late and then went out to get some wine. We needed some for the dinner but also, why not have a glass, too!

We made a veggie spaghetti bolognese and that was really delicious. We watched a comedy show whilst eating.

After eating, we watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 306: Vancouver, BC – New Laptop!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a quiet day, overall.

He was waiting for our new laptop to arrive and it was meant to arrive before 12:00, but he had no idea when it would arrive and if it was to arrive, they wouldn’t be able to buzz up as the intercom doesn’t work with our phones! This meant that Curtis had to keep looking outside and he eventually saw the FedEx truck at 11:30, so he ran downstairs to meet the delivery driver.

Curtis got the laptop, which is a Microsoft SurfaceBook 3 and had a play around with that and then did a bit more work, mostly tickets.

Just after that, Curtis had a meeting in which he gathered requirements as an IT Business Analyst around some pain points someone was having and what they wanted to achieve. Curtis took some notes here and setup another meeting with some people from his team to discuss next steps.

Curtis had some lunch and then a VERY quiet afternoon, just doing a handful of tickets and some admin.

At 16:00, there was an EA press conference which Curtis watched, and then he played some games.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim had some company to help with stuff around the office. As the plan for the day was all about cleaning and getting IT equipment ready a couple of the people from the IT team came into help. They went about cleaning and collecting some of the equipment from around the office and just before midday Kim went and collected pizzas for everyone as a thank you for helping out.

Once the IT people left Kim started hosted a quick game. She set up some tome to play Drawful on Jackbox and it went quite well. It was just a small crowd of people but it was good fun!

After the game Kim continued working on the signage for the office. It involved remaking a few of the signs and drafting up a few more. She was also working on some potential changes to the phone system, so had a couple of calls with the support team for if and how the things Kim wanted to change would work.

Face Masks

We had a really tasty chicken breast each with lemon and mustard sauce, along with some potatoes, broccoli and corn on the cob.

After dinner, we watched some TV and then did some face masks! They actually burned our faces a little, which wasn’t great, so we got rid of them pretty quick. They did seem to make our faces smooth, though!

We had a homemade cookie each whilst watching a bit more TV and then we headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 131: Vancouver, BC – FREE Star Wars Screening!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy start to the day, helping multiple people at once!

He then tried to get a PC setup for use in the lounge so that films could be played on it, but the sound wasn’t working, so it took a while to get that sorted but it eventually worked, after Curtis’ colleague pointed something out.

After that, Curtis got some tickets done and did some administration and configuration with things that were missing in the new helpdesk software, which his team have moved to using now.

Curtis met Kim for lunch and we had Quiznos!

Curtis got back to work and did some project work, which was just deleting accounts from an application.

It got to the end of the day and Curtis walked up to meet Kim at her work.

Kim’s Day

As Kim was away the last 2 days of last week she had a fair few emails to catch up on!

Once she sorted those out she had to get a fair few deliveries ready, she packed up 2 and had them ready for FedEx and then she wrote up the addresses for a further 40 deliveries to go out.

Once Kim got back from lunch she finished sorting the addresses and then put ice cream out in the kitchen for those who are in the office.

Kim then organised all of the Canadian things to be sent out, she popped them all in envelopes, stuck the addresses on and sorted the postage.

Kim noticed it was suddenly quite late in the afternoon and the FedEx packages hadn’t been picked up, then when she checked online it looked as though there was no delivery scheduled. This was not great news as it meant she had to run across and drop both the boxes off to a FedEx point.

Once she got back Kim popped to the post box to mail the deliveries and then ordered ink for the postage machine.

Star Wars!

Kim got contacted by a company (which weirdly, Curtis’ company uses) to go to a marketing event in which they would show a demo of their software, provide pizza & drinks and then showing the new Star Wars!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Our Rating:- 8.5/10

We thought the ending was a little weak, but overall a good fun movie.

We left here and walked back home where we relaxed for a couple of hours and then slept.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 129: Vancouver,BC – Aurora Winter Festival

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work around 09:00 and today was the start of the Hackathon.

For the hackathon, Curtis’ team is making an application which links to another application that the company uses, which will help everyone find people that can do a certain job within the company.

Curtis is very passionate about this idea and luckily his team was able to find a great developer that can develop it!

Most of the day was spent having meetings and making decisions around the application.

There were a few things to help with regarding other people’s ideas, as they needed some permissions for things.

Curtis did a bit of configuration work at the end of the day for the new helpdesk software, and then waited for Kim to arrive at his work.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with having to call FedEx, this is never a fun task and this call was in regards to something being held at customs.

This isn’t something Kim has dealt with before so she called twice and spent while with them trying to figure it out.

Then, Kim stepped away from her desk before she was able to send the information to sort it and when she returned she had recieved an email saying the laptop had been released from customs. That means that it was all a waste of time!

Kim then sent out a few letters and headed out to the post box. On her way back she checked the mail box and distributed the mail.

After her lunch Kim had a meeting with her two colleagues to go over the Wiki project.

They went over how to format and the set up for storing information so it was a really productive and useful meeting, especially given that Kim hasn’t given this project much of a second thought for the past few months.

Kim spent the rest of her afternoon closing of mini items before she goes on leave for the rest of the week.

Kim ordered pizza, orgnaised the plates and napkins for that and made reminders for other things and cleaned up the reception area.

Aurora Winter Festival

After work, Kim met Curtis at his work and then we went, along with two people from Curtis’ work, to the Aurora Winter Festival.

This festival was at the PNE Amphitheatre, so we had to take a bus to get to it.

It was raining and had been all day, so it didn’t give us much hope for good weather! We caught the 95 bus for 30 minutes until we got to PNE.

We had already bought tickets and so got those scanned and entered the park.

It was a little disappointing right off the bat as it wasn’t busy at all, so the atmosphere wasn’t great.

We had to buy tickets to go on any rides, so Kim bought two tickets to go on a tube slide!

After this, we walked around and looked at the market stalls, but they weren’t too interesting.

It was also still raining and cold, so that didn’t assist us.

We went for a walk around a short trail which had gingerbread houses on.

There was then a craft tent which we went in and we all made baubles!

Kim had to concentrate, so here is her concentration face.

We left here and did another walk, which took us through the forest and to a few different light displays.

We got hungry after this, so we went to look at the food trucks.

We both decided on noodles, so Kim got chicken teriyaki and Curtis got pad thai.

Neither of the meals were great, but it was food!

We were all pretty tired and fed up by this point, so we went our separate ways.

To get back home, we had to car the 95 bus back to the city and then take the Canada line home.

Hot tub!

We got back and Kim went in the hot tub to warm up, whilst Curtis went for a long, hot, shower.

We watched some TV, had a hot chocolate and relaxed.

Kim doesn’t have work tomorrow and Curtis is working half of the day so we can travel to Victoria to spend the weekend!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 155: Vancouver, BC – What Is That In My Potato?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of the morning doing an onboard for someone. Interestingly, they were a remote person that needs a laptop and a phone for their home.

Curtis was unsure on the process for setting up a phone for use at someone’s house, so he had to find that out.

As well as this, Curtis had to get the laptop sorted. The original plan was to get one from one of the US offices, but that plan didn’t work and Curtis didn’t have any at his office, so he had to get someone to set one up at there office and then he had to get a phone sent from yet another office.

After that, Curtis had his team meeting which was productive. Then it was lunch time.

After lunch, Curtis spent the afternoon doing a mini project which ended up taking the whole afternoon!

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of her day doing one of 2 things, sending things via FedEx or organising travel.

Kim spent most of her morning trying to organise some group travel by reaching our to hotels and contacting the travel agent to get quotes on flights. She also arranged 2 FedEx parcels in the morning and sorted the weekly fruit.

The afternoon was much of the same, she reached out to other hotels, organised 2 more parcels. She then had to call FedEx, which is one of Kim’s least favourite things to do, as one delivery just simply never registered so she had to do it all again.
Kim also spent some time in the afternoon going through her voicemails.

She did end her day on a high and started drafting the final invites for the holiday parties.

What’s That?!

We got home and Curtis watched the remainder of the leafs game.

We made baked potatoes for dinner.

This was going well until we cut one open and there was something odd inside! It seemed like maybe a slug or something, so we didn’t eat that one and instead shared a potato.

We ate our food and watched a couple of videos and then headed to Curtis’ hockey game.

Curtis’ game went really well! They won 6-3 and Curtis finally got a point (1 assist). A very fun game!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 90: Vancouver, BC – Pride Pot Luck

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was completely non-stop and he was able to do something all the time, which was great for him.

At lunch time, there was an office pot luck to support pride!

There was a crazy amount of food and noone went hungry, that’s for sure!

It was a nice time for Curtis to mingle and chat with his colleagues but he had a lot to do so he had to go back to his deal and sort it out.

Curtis received a package of Apple Mac laptops which he started to configure, but then the CEO had issues with his laptop so he spent the last hour of his day fixing that.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim organised some invoices and sent some emails before heading down to one of the hotels to have a little coffee catch up.

The ‘little’ coffee catch up ended up a bit of a longer chat than little, but it was great to talk over some things and get a better understanding of the hotel.

When she got back to the office Kim helped set up the lunch and learn. This meant organising the kitchen to have a seating and presenting area. There was a little 45 minute break in the set up so Kim was at her desk catching up on a few smaller things that needed to be orgnaised. Then it was back to setting up chairs and then when the pizza arrived, laying that out in a way that made it easy to have it picked up and people sat down quickly.

The lunch and learn today was about inclusivity and diversity, specifically for the LBGTQ2S+ community. It means so much to Kim to live in a city that is so inclusive and does feel so accepting and safe for all. It is even more amazing to work for a company that promotes a safe environment and provides education in the workplace. About a year ago there was another talk that went over pronouns and the spectrums of gender identity and gender expression. The talk this year focused more on key moments in Canadian / North American history that have carved the community into what it is now. It was such a great talk that had such a wonderful turnout.

At the end, Kim flipped the kitchen back to its original state and cleared away all the empty pizza boxes.

In the afternoon Kim had orgnaised some time with her colleague in IT to discuss their project that had taken a back seat for the past few weeks. It was great to bring it back to the front and get the ball rolling again!

After the meeting Kim organised some notes for the following day, made a call to FedEx and then headed home!

Admin & Games

We didn’t do a huge amount in the evening, but Curtis played some games and Kim had to run up to the supermarket as well as got some admin done.

We watched the last two episodes (ever!) of Jane The Virgin and then went to sleep. Tomorrow is Friday!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 88: Vancouver, BC – Driving License & Lebanese Food

Driving License

We were up an hour early today to go and get our BC driving license.

We walked all the way down to the city, fairly close to Kim’s work, to get there for 08:00, when it opened.

This took a total of 45 minutes from first queuing to walking out the door, but was pretty painless.

We had to surrender our UK driving license to receive or BC ones. We also had to pay a $31 fee as well as answer a few questions and get a brief eye test.

We left and got to work perfectly on time to start at the normal time!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very slow day again, but did get a few things done as well as made a bit of progress on some projects.

Curtis spent some of the end of the day helping someone with Dropbox and figuring out the silly permissions on that.

Right at the end of the day, Curtis was getting some security things done which were actually quite interesting. He then helped someone put up some bunting and then it was 17:00!

Kim’s Day

After getting the license sorted Kim headed to work and started her day early, which is great because she thought she would be late.

She started her day going through emails and continuing playing catch up from last week.

Kim also took the binders and books for the first aid course for the next 2 people taking it. She then went through it and put sticky notes for the relevant information that is needed before the course starts.

The week before she went on the course Kim arranged a viewing and lunch at the aparthotel that the company sometimes uses. She went over there to meet the sales rep and saw one of each of the apartments and they were lovely!

After seeing them Kim and the sales rep went out for a nice lunch at a pub / steakhouse across the road called the keg and it was lovely!

Shortly after Kim got back the gentleman who fills up the vending machine and drinks fridge came in so they had a nice chat about what they had gotten up to over the week that Kim was training. Then they talked about some of the changes that might be good for the drinks machine!

Kim spent the afternoon updating the finances again, making sure everything was scanned on and saved in the right places.

During the afternoon Kim also sorted out a FedEx to go to one of our remote workers in the States. It was a process but Kim had it all set up and ready to go. Then 10 minutes before the window for the pickup was going to close and 5 minutes after Kim was planning on leaving the delivery was still there. Kim called FedEx to ask when the pickup was happening and it seemed that the pickup request hadn’t gone through. This meant that Kim then had to do the whole process again and that the next pickup wouldn’t be until in the morning. It was very frustrating but had to be done, so Kim stuck around and got it all sorted in time for a pickup in the morning.

As Kim was now 30 minutes late to meeting everyone for dinner Kim decided to take the bus as that was a 10 minute journey rather than a 20 minute walk! She eventually made it to the restaurant!

Lebanese Food

We wanted to go for dinner with a couple that work at Curtis’ work as they remind us of ourselves!

They had recommended a Labanese restaurant, which is a new cuisine for us, so we went there.

We had delicious food, but didn’t get any photos of it as it was too dark and we were hungry! Kim had lamb and Curtis had some nice spiced chicken.


Nuba | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 7/10


Kim had a dessert which was coconut rice pudding, but it wasn’t too nice.

We had a long chat with the other couple, who are also English, about all kinds of things and it was a great long evening!

We walked back home and once we got back we just watched some TV and had an early night, as we were up earlier this morning.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 45: Vancouver, BC – Successful Project & Exciting Week!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work and had a message from a colleague saying the CEO was having some IT problems, so Curtis said he would deal with it when the CEO arrives at the office.

The morning was busy for Curtis and he didn’t stop until around 12:15!

He fixed the CEO’s issues as well as completed an offboard and he allowed install of the new version of Windows 10.

Curtis had lunch and then just after, a new espresso machine was installed so Curtis had to try it out! The coffee was alright but could have been better.

Curtis got invited to something very exclusive and incredible…He is very excited and that is on Thursday evening, so stay tuned for that!

Curtis wasn’t as busy in the afternoon but did write a guide. Once that was done, it was time to head home.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into work a little early and started right away. She was anticipating coming into a few emails in regards to the project that went ahead over the weekend, but there was nothing! It was a huge relief, the project was successful and now Kim can move on to the next phase, which is great news.

Kim started her day by catching up on emails and the normal Monday stuff. Kim then had a new hire building tour to go through. It was fresh in Kim’s mind as she only experienced it herself just 2 weeks ago! A colleague came along and pointed out things Kim missed, but it went very well overall.

Kim was then tasked with booking multiple lunches and a dinner for some meetings next month.

Then, Kim spent some time tinkering away with the project. Then the weekly fruit order came in so Kim packed it away and then went back to general reception duties.

At lunch Kim went up to the roof and caught some sun. It was so nice to get in the fresh air in the middle of the day.

When she got back to her desk, Kim spent more time between the project, answering calls and other small admin tasks.

Towards the end of the day, Kim was asked to FedEx something out. This came at a great time as she was able to have her colleague help her before she leaves at the end of the week. Kim did the online booking and then they went to drop off the package.

When she got back, Kim only had 15 minutes so continued with some admin tasks and making notes of things to pick up tomorrow.

Today was a slower day, so a bit of a gear change from the past weeks, but its the first full and relatively normal week, so its to be expected.

Evening Walk

We actually both left work and met each other on the way home.

We walked home together and when we got home we setup our new toaster and kettle!

Kim went for a short walk to get outside for a bit and then when she got back we had an amazing chicken ceasar salad for dinner.

After dinner we watched some YouTube videos and then an episode of Black Mirror and one of Lucifer.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale