Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 440: Vancouver, BC – Making Strides With Norwegian

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was meant to have a meeting with someone in his company and an external support person, but the external person didn’t appear, so it didn’t happen!

Curtis therefore got some other work done.

At 10:30, Curtis had his Norwegian ‘lesson’ and learned a lot, actually, which he was really happy about! He felt he wasn’t speaking very good Norwegian, but learning a lot was a good feeling.

After that, Curtis spent most of the rest of the day getting tickets done as well as some security work that came up.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with the weekly company wide meeting, it was great to meet everyone, hear what is happening in other departments and get to know the product a bit better.

For most of the day Kim was researching softwares that might be needed soon. So it was a lot of finding one thing, reading about it, heading to a comparison site and then writing up about it.

In the afternoon, one of the companies got back to Kim so they had a quick call to go over some questions, talk about what Kim is looking for and learn more about pricing. This was a great help and Kim was then able to write a more precise overview as a result. She will start to set up a few more meetings with other companies over the next couple of days.

Towards the end if the day Kim reached out to a friend to see if they would be interested in a collaboration between the two companies that they both work in, so that could be interesting!

Evening

We had chicken chilli with potato for dinner which was delicious and we watched some Bake Off with it.

We played a lot of Need for Speed and Curtis was keeping up on the (far too close) US election.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 438: Vancouver, BC – Day Before New Job!

We woke up to a strange loud noise, which we think was actually just people moving things upstairs, but it was around the time we needed to get up anyway, so we got up and had some cinnamon buns for breakfast.

We slowly got ourselves ready and went out for a walk. We hadn’t planned to, but the weather looked really nice so we went anyway!

We got a coffee and walked along the seawall and to the beach.

We turned around at the end of the beach and walked back home.

Once we got home, we went back out to do our shopping.

We got that out of the way and once we got home we had yesterday’s leftovers for dinner. Kim made Curtis’ less sweet and much more spicy, which was delicious!

We watched Bake Off with dinner and some other TV after, as well as playing some games.

Kim starts her new job tomorrow and is mostly super excited, but also a little nervous.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 429: Vancouver, BC – Peruvian Food!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a lot of tickets in the morning and then was able to get his project completed with his colleagues which was excellent!

Head a long team meeting at 14:00 and then did a little more work before finishing up for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim got up and went straight out for a walk with a friend! They met near a coffee shop, both got a drink and walked along the seawall. It was raining and an hour into the walk they started getting cold so turned back and picked up the pace a bit.

She had planned to head to a shop after the walk, but Kim was so wet and cold she decided to head home to warm up and get dry! When she got home she called home to speak with her parents and it was so nice!

In the afternoon Kim eventually headed out to lush and had a little look around. She got a few samples too! So she is excited to try those.

Peruvian Food!

We ordered some Peruvian food for dinner, as it’s something new to try!

We pretty much got the same food, which was a meat with a great sauce/seasoning which tops fries and comes with rice.

Curtis had steak and Kim had chicken and we also shared an empanada. The food was really excellent and we’ll be heading out to get it again for sure!

We ate this and watched the new Borat film, which we had seen was meant to be pretty good but we didn’t really think it was that good, to be honest.

We then went out and got Kim a blizzard ice cream from DQ just down the road.

Once we got back, we watched The Great British Bake Off and then relaxed watching some other TV for the rest of the night.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 426: Vancouver, BC – One Step Closer?

Last Night’s Hockey

Curtis’ team did not do as well as they have been!

The game ended 4-4, but Curtis’ team were winning by two goals twice and managed to throw both leads away!

The game went to a shootout and Curtis took one shot, but the goalie made an incredible save.

As no one won in the shootout, the game ended a tie.

Curtis’ team haven’t lost yet, still, but a tie wasn’t the desired result.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of his day doing the project work from yesterday, as well as some tickets.

He had his Norwegian lesson for an hour which went well, and then he did more project work.

He did his project work whilst on a call with some colleagues to talk about it and figure out some stuff together.

That was pretty much the entire day, just getting the project all sorted, as well as the tickets he did.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had a second interview for the role she is really excited about. She got herself prepared and ready for the interview. She ensured that the mic and camera were working, that she had water and the laptop was on charge.

Kim joined the meeting nice and early and waited to get going. The interview went well, but Kim wasn’t sure she was what they are looking for or that the interview didn’t go perfectly.

For the rest of the morning Kim tried to relax and not worry about it. Then during lunch Kim got an email asking her if tomorrow works for a third (and final) interview!

She was so happy and relieved and set up the interview right away.

Kim then spent some time researching the person she will be interviewing with and a check of her CV and the job listing.

Kim listed the mini hockey set for sale on Facebook over the weekend and someone bought and collected it today. Its great for storage and space, but sad to see it go, it kept Kim and Curtis sane during the first few months of the pandemic for sure! There just isn’t the space in this apartment and so it made sense to go to someone else.

In the late afternoon Kim went for a nice walk with her friend and their dog. They grabbed a coffee and a snack and had a great catchup. They then visited a pet store on the way back and there was a puppy training session about to happen so Kim met and said hello to a few puppies and was very happy about that.

Evening

After Kim got back from her time out with her friend, we had leftover egg fried rice and watched a bit of TV.

We finished watched The Boys Season 2 and then started the new Great British Bake Off season, which we didn’t realise was a thing!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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 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 143: Vancouver, BC – Helping Strangers

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and there were a lot of new tickets, so he went through those and started fixing stuff!

He did that for a while and then looked into purchasing laptop for someone, which took way longer then expected.

After lunch, Curtis spent all afternoon seeing how his project would work on a mac as he forgot to do that!

Once he figure it out, he took some screenshots and put them into the guide.

On the way to meet Kim wwhilst walking home, Curtis was stopped by two girls who said they had a school project and wanted him to help them.

They played him some music and asked him what language he thought it was (it was Persian) and what he thought of the song. Random but something interesting!

Once Curtis finished that, Kim showed up and we walked home.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim had the socil team meeting, so she spent a bot of time preparing for that by organising the minutes from the last meeting and arranging the talking points for today’s. Other than that Kim took calls and ad hoc tasks for some of the morning.
The meeting went really well, Kim divided up a few of the action points rather than trying to take them all on herself. Mainly because she isnt around for Halloween and thats where a fair amount of the focus went. They set up some good ideas for further into the future too!
When Kim got back to her desk she made a few amendments to the quiz she has made for the other office. This will reduce the amount of potential cheating and gives us the opportunity to do the whole quiz again in a few months if there is a want!
Kim then sat down for a quick lunch. When she got back to her desk Kim made a good start on the holiday party invites. She made a base template and had a section that is customisable per city location.
Kim then had a little impromptu catch up with her manager for about 30 minutes which was nice.

After this Kim looked at some options for the holiday party for the UK office and then caught up on emails before heading home.

Evening

We got back home and Curtis made his dinner, which was the same as yesterday.

We watched a 45 minute YouTube video and then Kim got ready to head out to exercise.

Kim’s class was fun. Its was the class closes off the month where she put all the moves she learnt into nice little combos!

Once Kim got home, she showered and we watched the next Great British Bake Off episode.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 136: Vancouver, BC – All Day Typing & Post Work Massage

Curtis’ Day

As made apparent from the title, Curtis’ day was a lot of writing (technically typing).

He started the day with some admin and then doing a couple of tickets, but he did have it planned to get guides written for his project. There are around 8 guides to get written, so Curtis has to get those all done, and ASAP!

Curtis just did those all day and got half done, which is better than none.

Curtis walked home and there was no rain, which is much better, and then he watched the last 2 periods of the leafs game.

He had leftover Thai curry which he cooked up some chicken for and ate.

Kim went out to exercise and Curtis played some games.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim had to grab a cake for a team so she headed to the shop up near home and planned to take a taxi in. She called for a taci before going in to.the store, but as the answered the line cut out. So kim grabbed the cake and waited outside while she called again, it took 5 minutes to get through and there was no estimated arrival time.

While Kim was at the bus stop waiting for the taxi a police escort came down the road and blocked it off, then came a group of cyclists followed by more police and an ambulance or 2. The best part was that the police van was playing ACDC, a great way to start a morning!

When the taxi eventually arrived Kim made her way into work and was about 30 minutes later than she had anticipated! Kim then hid the cake at her desk before running back out to post a letter and pick up some dairy free cakes.

While she was out in the morning Kim was asked to do some printing, so she got all of that sorted.

During the morning Kim felt very strange, she had a pounding headache, felt neasous and had funny vision. So Kim took 5 and sat in a meeting room to see if it would pass, and then went and grabbed some fresh air on the roof. This helped a fair amount.

It was then cake time! So Kim arranged the main cake in the kitchen, but hid the dairy free ones! There was a nice little talk and then everyone grabbed some cake.

As she still wasnt feeling 100% Kim then changed her settings on her computer to cause less of a strain on her eyes, this was Curtis’s great idea and he walked her through how to do it over the phone! He is so wonderful and really does take good care of Kim.

This helped immensely and throughout the course of the day all the issues went away! During the call, the gentleman who put on the presentation snuck Kim some cake, which was very appreciated.

Kim then took some time to go through the emails received today and had a little catch up with her team mate who had been in another office for the past week.

It was then lunch time, and despite Kim saying that she would sort her lunch in the morning and to no surprise to Curtis, Kim had not made her lunch. As she had felt so groggy in the morning Kim decided to get a McDonald’s, and she picked a great day to as well, she got a free cheeseburger! So she grabbed her lunch and then went back to eat. She ended up in and out of her seat for the first half of her lunch sorting things out for people!

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon catching up on the invoices. Its going to be like that for a fair few days as she hadn’t saved an invoice until yesterday since the 4th September. Kim is very glad to announce that she is now up to the 9th September!

In the middle of the invoices Kim had a bit more of a proper meeting with her colleague, mainly a catch up from the last week and plans on the Christmas parties. Kim ended up giving a great idea for the UK office that will possibly be used, so that was great!

After work, Kim used her benefits to get a quick massage. She had booked herself in for a 30 minute neck and back massage to sort out her painful shoulder, but as a result of her morning, Kim changed it to a head, neck and back massage and it was alright!

Kim class today was good! The conditioning nearly killed her and she was utterly rubbish at it all. She was able to nail some of the moves which was great.

Bake Off, Again!

Kim got back from exercise and we watched the latest bake off episode before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 115: Vancouver, BC – Oh, Smashing!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day started off with the wrong breakfast! Unfortunately, he had forgotten to get yoghurt at the supermarket yesterday, so he had to just have toast this morning, which didn’t really fill him up.

Once he got to work, Curtis was able to get the day started, most importantly with a coffee.

The day went really well. Curtis did a few tickets before lunch, most of which took a bit of time so it was a little more interesting. He also did some training on some network things from one of his managers, so that was interesting and useful.

After lunch, Curtis was able to get on with some other tickets and with some laptop setups he needed to get done.

Curtis left the office and walked home, whilst Kim stayed late.

Kim’s Day

When Kim arrived she started her day by finalising the accommodation for someone who is interviewing in the Ontario office.

Kim had agreed to join the end of another teams weekly catch up to field any questions they may have about the Wiki project. So she went and joined and had a quick 15 minute chat before being kicked out of the meeting room. She then went back to her desk to catch up on a few emails.

Kim then went into the social team meeting where they caught up and discussed the plans for the upcoming month. It went well and they agreed on running a few things here and there so that people weren’t bombarded with too much going on!

After this meeting Kim decided to start emptying the cupboard behind her as there is a box full of stuff that she has not once used since she started. Kim went though everything, boxed things up in categories for things she doesn’t often use and moved things she uses even less to other areas in the office. This allowed Kim to get rid of loads of things that are simply not used or needed anymore, free up space which makes the whole area neater and easier to use!

One of the doors on the drinks fridge stopped working so Kim chased the company to see when they would be coming out.

A colleague of Kims asked her to collect some company swag to send out so the teo of them worked together into boxing the gifts up and making them look pretty. After Kim went to FedEx to get them sent out and it was meant to be a 15 minute job but ended up taking about 30 minutes because there were extra forms!

Kim then headed back to the office, finished up the last couple of emails and then headed home.

Oh, Smashing!

When Curtis got back home he emptied the recycling, put away the dishes and then walked up to the supermarket. He made sure to get some yoghurt as well as some hot dogs, cheese and buns for dinner.

Kim really felt like having hot dogs and that felt like a terrific idea to Curtis!

Once Kim eventually got home, we had our hotdogs, as well as mac and cheese.

After dinner, whilst we were watching some YouTube videos, Curtis must have gotten a little excited over the delicious spicy ginger beer we were drinking as he proceeded to drop the glass onto the table, which, as you’d imagine, had consequences.

The glass smashed in half, but didn’t really shatter which is great. We cleared this up (and the remainder of Curtis’ delicious ginger beer!) And then watched the other half of the Bake Off we didn’t watch last night.

We finished the evening with another episode of Peaky Blinders.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 114: Vancouver, BC – Bake Off’s Back!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work and had some admin to do, as usual and then he finished setting up an old mac.

After that, Curtis replaced someone’s laptop and ensured that all worked for them.

Curtis then did a few tickets up until lunch time.

Post lunch, Curtis ststted setting up a new laptop, which took most of the afternoon, and then he had a brief 1 on 1 with the HR team about his first 3 months at the company.

Curtis finished the day with a bit of project work, as well as a bit of security work.

A fairly slow day but varied non the less.

Kim’s Day & Evening

As there was a new hire starting today, who came all the way from the UK office, Kim ensured that she was in a little early as he was due to arrive at 9ish. It 9.10 he is introduced to Kim be her colleague as he arrived before Kim and had done the tour already! Kim was also greeted this morning by an email from the close by hotel to say they have rooms available and the price was much lower than any competitor! What a great way to start a day!

Kim used her new extra time to catch up on emails, that she had neglected yesterday! She approved items, saved invoices and whizzed through!

To be prepared for the meeting taking place later in the day Kim went and stole all the best mugs and cups to ensure they would be nice, clean and easily available later in the day. She also hid 2 of the water jugs and our the frozen cut up lemon in one to allow it to thaw and infuse the water! She also put a load of soft drinks on a tray ready for later too!

Kim then went back to the hotel / meeting room booking she has been working on and organised with the building to have the 25th floor for 2 of the days and then organised internally to free up the boardroom on their floor for the 3rd and final day.

Before Kim started the boardroom preperations Kim collected and gift wrapped some company swag for the external visitors. She didn’t go full Love Actually gift wrapping but the thought was there!

As it was suddenly midday Kim started preparing the meeting room by making sure all the chairs were the same and at the same height and perfectly placed around the table. She then set the glasses and water jugs up before helping giving the windows a quick clean. Kims colleague then ran out to grab some snackables for the meeting so Kim set up the drinks she set aside from earlier and made a start on a coffee urn. When her colleague came back Kim plated the biscuits and set everything up.

Just as they were putting the napkins in the boardroom the external visitors arrived so Kim contacted the meeting organiser while her colleague made a coffee.

After the meeting was underway Kim took some time to have lunch and take a breather. She had a lovely catch up with a few colleagues and it was lovely.

After lunch Kim spent some of her afternoon organising meeting invites for the new hire meet and eats coming up. Then she spent her time catching up on more emails and reorganising meeting rooms.

Kim ended up sticking around later today to make sure that the meeting didn’t need anything else. While she was waiting, she stole a bookcase from a meetingroom and is keeping it at reception for storage!

Kim was then asked to call cabs for the meeting to head out to dinner. After the meeting left Kim then sorted and cleaned out the room!

Then she headed home, got changed and went directly to her class.

Then she headed home, got changed and went directly to her class. Today’s class was lyrical so they spent some time at the beginning learning 2 moves and then they were incorporated into a routine. It was so much fun!

Kim then was heading home and popped to the supermarket to pick something up and realised that she did not have her purse. Luckily Curtis was home so bought it to her and then they did the mini shop together

The Remainder of Our Evening

Curtis didn’t really do anything whilst Kim was out. He did a few things around the apartment, but mostly just played some games and relaxed.

Once Kim got home after going to the supermarket, we were both very hungry! Luckily, Curtis had done most of the salad and Kim just added the fresh roasted chicken from the supermarket and some caesar sauce and hey presto a simple yet delicious caesar salad.

We finished up by watching the first episode of the new Great British Bake Off and then went to bed at a reasonable time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale