Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 320: Vancouver, BC – Thursday Is A Monday

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the morning getting some information on how to fix an issue, which he managed to get good information on.

Curtis answered some questions and did some tickets for the rest of the morning.

After lunch, he walked into the office to fix the issue he was researching this morning.

The person had left him the laptop, which of course Curtis sanitised before and after handling. Curtis was able to get this fixed fairly quick, which was good as it was something new, and he then went back home.

Curtis got back home and did some more tickets and then an offboard.

Kim’s Day

Today is the last day to set up the office and Kim has very little to do. She printed and laminated the last few signs before moving on to putting signs on desks and meeting rooms. She did the smaller side of the building, where she put a sticker and tape on the table leg of desks being used, tape on the floor 6 feet from the chair, to show people the closest they can be. She also put the meeting room signs up and a few distancing reminders.

When Kim got into the kitchen she put up the last few signs and organised the leftover drinks for people to pick up off of a table.

Once she finished with the kitchen, Kim put a few signs up in the bathrooms before hosting a game of Skribbl while she had her lunch.

After lunch Kim and her colleague continuted to put signs on desks to show that they are being used and putting the notifications on meeting room doors.

Mid afternoon Kims manager came in to do a little paperwork and have a tour of the office, as it is totally different from when she was last in. She loved how the office looked, which was great!

After the meeting Kim and her colleague finished putting the signs up. Kim realised she forgot to print a couple of signs, so she made those and popped them up.

It doesn’t sound like a busy day, but Kim didn’t stop! It was a great day and the office is now ready to go! Kim is excited to have people back.

Weird Feeling Evening

We both felt weird this evening, and all day really, as it felt like a Sunday yesterday so today felt like a Monday even though it isn’t.

For dinner we had leftover pasta with a side of ceasar salad along with some homemade garlic bread which was the perfect addition!

We watched some during dinner and then we played a few more new games together which was fun but made time go too fast!

Kim had a bath in the evening as she felt like it and then we watched a thing or two after before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 318: Vancouver, BC – Breaking & Fixing Things

Curtis’ Day

Curtis kicked the day off with getting a new account created for an onboard, which he hasn’t done for a long while, but he can’t do the laptop as there was none of them in Vancouver, so they have to get done in the Winnipeg office.

Curtis finished that and then did a few security things.

Once that was done, Curtis did a computer checkup which went really well.

Right after that, Curtis helped someone get their laptop removed and back onto the domain do that it works correctly.

This took a while as it wouldn’t let them log back in, so Curtis and to try a few different things and it eventually worked!

Curtis had his team meeting once that was done and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis did a few tickets and got some reading done, which has been a couple of weeks since he got any reading done.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by sorting out banks of desks. She collected up, removed and replaced extension cables on one side of the building. It took longer than planned so Kim decided to move on.

She had to sort out a few things for people returning to work so she popped to one shop and picked up a few things and as it is a surprise, Kim will be very vague. She popped to another shop and then realised that the first purchase was on her personal card! So Kim went back to the first shop, sorted that out and went back to the office to organise all the things she bought.

She showed her colleague the plan for the stuff that was bought, for the go ahead, so went and picked up the few missing things thay are needed. When she got back to the office she continued putting it all together.

After lunch Kim had a donut chat with a great colleague and it was so much fun. They spoke about how strange COVID has been and a bunch of other stuff, it was great!

After that call, Kim had a meeting with her colleague and then finished up making the things and then sent a few emails before heading home!

Evening

When Kim got home, she marinated some chicken for tomorrow’s dinner and then also made some food for today.

We had chicken breasts with a sun-dried tomato, mustard, garlic, ginger and sour cream sauce.

We had this alongside mushrooms and some other vegetables.

We ate this and spent the rest of the evening watching TV, playing games and just relaxing.

Tomorrow is a day off for Canada Day, so we did plan to go out and maybe go to a park, but the weather is expected to be quite bad tomorrow so we probably won’t do much.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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 310: Vancouver, BC – Fixing Telephony

Curtis’ Day

All of Curtis’ morning was helping fix some telephony things.

There were some changes made but the team which broke a few things, so a bunch of Curtis’ team, including him, had to go through and click a few buttons on each user’s profile to fix it. This took all morning but it was good that it got fixed.

Curtis had his weekly team meeting at 13:00 and then ate lunch after.

After lunch, Curtis and to organise tickets for a bunch of computer checkups and then he had to contact each of the people to setup these checkups.

There was also a couple of tickets for Curtis to get to at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her week at home and caught up on emails. At mid morning she had organised another cello recital and it was amazing. She recorded it and uploaded both recordings to the Wiki.

After that Kim headed into the office and made some more progress on her signs before having a meeting a catch up with her colleague.

After lunch Kim had a meeting with her team which went well. Then her she went out to a few shops with her colleague to sort a few things out.

When she got back to the office Kim worked on the signs a little more and ordered flowers for the cellist from today.

Homemade Curry, Again!

Kim made the marinade for a curry last night, so it was pretty much good to go today, she just had to make the sauce and some coconut rice!

When Kim got home we made that and homemade naan too!

We watched some TV and relaxed for the evening.

We both had a busy day, so were pretty tired!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 257: Vancouver, BC – Positive Steps

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right at the start of the day with his team to create a diagram of how different systems work together as well as a few ideas on how to resolve a few issues and challenges.

After that meeting, Curtis and some tickets to complete and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had another meeting which Wass an update for a lot of the company as well as a Q&A.

After that, Curtis did a few more tickets followed by 3 offboards of contractors that had left today.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a game of cribbage to start her day today. It was such a close game, but unfortunately they lost. Kim spent a lot of the morning trying to get organised, she got the go ahead on a few things so Kim started writing notes for meetings coming up and making plans.

At midday Kim had her 1:1 and it was amazing! It was so productive, Kim got a few answers to things that she had been waiting for and got good direction for a lot of things.

Straight after the 1:1 Kim had a different type of doctors appointment, it was with a neurologist. Kim had a migrane a few months ago, that with the other medical stuff she has been dealing with made her doctor want to refer her on to a specialist. They went over the migraine and everything else and nothing seems too outstanding and bad, which is great. The plan is to catch up in 6 months and come into the office for a face to face examination, once all this stuff with COVID-19 has blown over.

Kim then had a catch up with her teammate where she went over a few questions she had about projects they are working on. It was great to have a catch up too!

In the afternoon Kim reached out to vendors to let them know she had moved their stuff in the office during the big clean up! She also started making a plan for events in May.

Landlord Conversation

We had a chat with our landlord after we finished working and he was able to fix a couple of things for us, too.

We had a long chat with him about a few things.

We finished our chat and it was past 19:00, so we were pretty hungry!

Kim made hoisin chicken pasta, which we had to use spaghetti for as we had no other pasta, and we just relaxed and watched TV for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 146: Vancouver, BC – Fixing The Bathroom

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had another busy day today. He had to setup another laptop in Denver, so he got that done, but it took some time, even just to get connected.

Curtis got a lot done, but also got to investigate some problems he and his team were running in to.

The day went incredibly fast again and he walked to meet Kim and walk home.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by dropping the car off to the garage as it needed a couple of small replacements.

Kim then made her way into work and spent the first bit of time with IT, trying to figure out how Kim broke a few things on her outlook! A couple of the issues were solved, so that was great.

Kim then did a new hire tour, which would have been her first in a fair few months, so that tested her memory!

After the tour Kim then spent a while going through old photos of the company to find a few that would be great for the Wiki project.

Kim also had a call today to speak with a potential venue for the winter party this year coming. As its a great venue Kim knows it will get booked up quickly so she is starting the conversation now to present to people nice and early!

After lunch Kim had a final 1-1 with her boss. It was such a great catch up, they sorted out a few things and just had a wonderful chat.

The rest of Kims afternoon was a lot of sorting and going through smaller mini projects.

Fixing The Bathroom

We got back home and Curtis made himself sausages, potato and peas with gravy. He ate this whilst watching a YouTube series about AI, which was incredibly interesting.

Kim went off to training and about an hour after she got there, a plumber as arrived to our apartment so he could fix the tap in the bath. The tap wasn’t working correctly so he replaced it and now it works!

Kim got home after training and had some food whilst we watched TV. Then we went to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 34: Vancouver,BC – Double Mexican Lunch!

Curtis’ Day

Once Curtis got to work he did a bit of admin and then did something he had booked in.

After that, Curtis cleared up around his desk and in the server room with his colleague. This was to give Curtis more room to work and put things he needs!

Curtis helped someone who had multiple questions and once he did that it was almost lunch time. After Curtis discussed some things with his colleague, they decided, along with another couple of people, to go for lunch to say a farewell to his colleague who will be going back to the Winnipeg office.

Curtis did bring salad with him, but he was enticed to go out for food.

They all walked down to Gastown where there is a very hip taco bar called Tacofino.

This place was very busy and everyone lined up.

Curtis ordered and got his food but everyone else decided they would grab a table, so they all sat down and Curtis followed.

Curtis was informed that he couldn’t eat it in there as it was their restaurant version which had different food, weirdly!

Everyone left the seating area and queued up and got take out. Curtis got a steak barbacoa burrito bowl.

They walked back to the office and sat together and ate lunch. Curtis’ food was really good! It came with what seemed to be a spicy slaw, with jalapeno.

In the afternoon, Curtis had a productive meeting and got some stuff sorted via that meeting.

After the meeting, Curtis completed a few hardware related requests and then headed home with Kim.

Kim’s Day

After this Kim then did a some admin before a handover meeting for a project she will be taking over from a colleague who is leaving on Friday. It was great to get the time to understand the system and plan.

Kim then helped set up the tacos for lunch. Once this was done. She got a little more admin done then grabbed a plate of tacos for herself!

Kim then had another meeting, but with more people, in regards to the project. It ironed out some of the details and they all sat down and created a rough timeline and plan of action.

Kim then spent a while catching up on emails and other day to day tasks.

Kim then went out with a colleague to send some post. Then when they got back they started the clear down from lunch. The girls then remembered that they had brought ice creams for the Hackathon so they set up the trolley and Kim rolled around handing out free ice creams. If that’s not a way to get liked in a new job, then what is! She then headed out to meet Curtis and walk home.

Humidifier

We ordered a humidifier for our room, so when we got home we sorted that out and made sure it works.

We spent a few hours just doing nothing…

Toast!

Kim went for a quick swim and then we had some toast for dinner whilst watching some TV as we weren’t too hungry.

We slept at a good time as we both need to be in early tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 353: Auckland – A Quick Fix

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and had an onsite planned for 09:30.

The weather was absolutely awful today! It was raining, thundering and there was even lightning! Along with this, it was very dark and gloomy in the office.

It was good for Curtis to get out of the gloomy office and out into the rain. He drove for around 10 minutes to the client and had to park a little down the street.

Curtis managed to refrain from getting too wet and was able to get started around 09:30 with the client.

The fix was very quick and really only took about 30 minutes, not including checking each machine, so that was a result!

After getting back to the office, Curtis was told he was going to be taking over a few cases from a colleague, but this then changed when he was informed he would give those back and might possibly be going to help another colleague onsite over the next couple of days.

Despite leaving the office later then he would usually, the traffic was almost none existent onn the way home, so Curtis was home fast.

Both of us;

We sorted the laundry as quickly as possible when we got home and Curtis did the ironing.

Once we were done with that, it was dinner time, which meant Curtis had to make his excellent rice again! We had leftovers from yesterday with our rice.

Once we finished with dinner, Kim jumped in the shower whilst Curtis made lunch. Curtis’ lunch is rather scarce for the next could of days as he is unsure if he’ll even get time for a lunch break, so he doesn’t want to have items that would easily go off in his bag all day.

Kim fancied a walk, so she went and did that briefly then it waa TV followed by sleep.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale