Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 286: Vancouver, BC – Better Luck Next Time!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was up early to get ready for his Hackathon presentation.

He and his team got onto a call and ran through the presentation a few times and really nailed it down!

They were first to present and it went really well!

They were asked a lot of questions and a lot of people were interested!

Plenty of people are using the app now and asking for new features which is exciting!

Curtis and his Hackathon team had a discussion about how they thought it went and had a bit more of a conversation around possible future features and then the winners were announced!

Curtis’ team didn’t even place top three, which they thought they would, but there were some really good applications in this Hackathon!

Curtis had a quick meeting around security with his team and then had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis played some games with his team as team building but then called it a day as he started early and was very tired!

Kim’s Day

All of the social calls for this Friday were great! They all went over the allotted time and it was wonderful to see so many different faces and have people just enjoy themselves and catch up with people. Kim’s first call was the UK call where we had one guy from the UK and one of Kim’s colleagues in Vancouver join for the call and it was great fun.

After the call Kim spent some trying working in the mailing project so she ended up spending a lot of time setting up shipments for next week and had to call FedEx too.

She then jumped on the east coast weekend windup where we had someone from both east coast offices, one remote worker and a couple of people from the Vancouver office! It was brilliant and so much fun!

Kim spent a lot of the afternoon researching and setting up orders to be placed next week and she did some more stuff for the FedEx shipments next week too. To finish the day Kim joined the Vancouver weekend windup and that one was also fun. A lot of familiar faces and it was great to catch up with them all.

Back To Takeaway Fridays

We both finished work and just did nothing for an hour or so…just relaxing.

We then thought food would be a good idea so we ordered some and spent the rest of the evening eating and relaxing. Back to takeaway Fridays!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 285: Vancouver, BC – Late Night Hackathon Work!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of his day getting work done for his Hackathon project.

He had to get some user feedback and testimonies and put them into a PowerPoint with his team and make the PowerPoint flashy!

Curtis spent most of his day doing this and even until around 21:30, doing some run-throughs of the presentation.

Curtis was very tired and drained after this but glad his team is prepared!

Kim’s Day

For most of the morning Kim was in a department meeting which was very interesting. Straight after the meeting Kim had a games time set up. They played a game of fibbage on Jackbox and people really enjoyed it, which is great!

As the game went so well Kim decided to set up another Jackbox game for next week. She is not all that sure what the game is that she has picked but everyone will all learn together!

Kim started her afternoon by booking a courier to drop things off and bring other things back to the office. She then worked in her mailing project and chased a few people before moving on to her FedEx task. She had to go through all invoices since Jan coming into Vancouver. Luckily Kim was able to find a way to pull up a report so that saved her a lot of effort!

Old Apartment Clean (Again!)

Kim went out to clean the old apartment again, mostly just the oven and a few other things.

Kim finally got it to clean which was better than it was doing yesterday!

Kim was at the old place for a few hours after work, but was glad to finally get it sorted!

She had luckily already made dinner so that wasn’t a problem!

Curtis was still working for most of the time Kim was out, too.

Kim eventually got home and we were both so hungry, so we made sure we ate, as it was 22:30!

Kim got her pole dancing pole delivered today so she was very excited about that!

We watched a little bit of TV then went to bed as Curtis had to be early to ensure he and his Hackathon team are prepared for the presentation tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 284: Vancouver, BC – Hopefully The Last Deep Clean!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a lot of work on his Hackathon project today! It’s that time again, and he is in the same team as last time, which was the winning team, of course!

The idea has really got some legs now, thanks to multiple meetings during the day and the wonderful developer getting it built out.

Curtis did a few of the admin things for that and a few tickets around this. He also attended the weekly Zoom webinar.

Curtis did some work around some requested approvals and he also showed his team what to look for and how to approve these correctly.

Curtis did a bunch more work on the Hackathon and some more meetings for it and then was done for the day!

Kim’s Day

Kim woke up and then stressed thinking that she was 15 mintues late for the midweek catch up, this would have been the case on most days but it turns out that today Kim was 45 minutes late for a resilience and mindfulness webinar, so that wasn’t great! Luckily it was voluntary and recorded so Kim can catch up on it.

She then got ready for the midweek catchup and had a lovely chat with people from the Vancouver and Toronto offices. It was great!

Kim then spent some time catching up on emails and general admin. She also wrote some notes for upcoming meeting and plans. Mid morning Kim jumped on a call with a colleague to talk about the plans for the kitchen, Kim has already looked into getting a new dishwasher but they are also looking into replacing something else too. After this call Kim spent a while looking for things that are needed in the office.

In the afternoon Kim had her 1-1 and it went well. For the rest of the afternoon Kim continued shopping for things that they need in the office.

Hopefully The Last Deep Clean

We left home right after finishing work and went to the old apartment, with a stop at the liquor store and Home Depot for supplies.

We had a long list of things we needed to do, so we got right on it.

Most of it was easy stuff, but the one main thing that was a pain was the oven! It was just not getting clean! We tried many different techniques but none seemed to help. Due to this, we think we need to pay someone to come and clean it!

We got everything else done though and drove back home.

We showered when we got home and then ordered a McDonald’s for dinner as we were too tired and couldn’t really be bothered to make anything that late.

We ate that and then had some of the new whiskey we bought to wind down the evening with some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 276: Vancouver, BC – A Bin, More Storage & A Lamp

Curtis’ Day

Curtis is starting early this week, 1 hour early, so that he can catch up with the time he missed Friday.

It was a slow start, but then Curtis got some tickets and some other things to do throughout the day.

He was able to start and finish one project work, which was a success!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with a donut catch up with a new starter from one of the UK offices. It was great to meet them and have a chat. After the call Kim caught up on some emails and set up a courier to pick something up and deliver it to the office. She then packed up and headed into the office, once her computer had finished an update.

Once she got into the office Kim had a meeting with HR and Marketing to divide up the current stock that we have and make a plan for swag going forward. It was a great meeting and gave Kim a lot of direction for the office clean up. She then went through the stock and starting figuring out where it will all be stored.

Kim then spent some time working on some smaller projects, she tried t order a gift card for someone in the UK again and it still didn’t work. She also started setting up some of the next round of cribbage games.

In the beginning of her afternoon Kim was working with IT finding laptops for people and trying to help set them up, one didn’t want to play ball and Kim couldn’t find the other style of laptop that they needed.

She then sent out more invite for cribbage and then finally started to tackle the tool box. It was full of stuff that Kim didn’t think they needed and there were so many loose screws. So Kim collected up losses screws and organised what was in the box.

A Bin, More Storage & A Lamp

Kim finished work and when she came home she changed her address for her driving license and a few other things.

She then went out to pickup and pay for a new bin, so we have a taller and bigger one.

Kim made some form of Asian style noodles with chicken for dinner which was very tasty!

We watched a bit of TV and then Kim went out again to pickup some more clothing storage for the apartment as well as a lamp!

Once she got back, we finally relaxed for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 173: Vancouver, BC – Winners Dinner!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of meetings planned for the day, 5 in total, so that was basically what he did!

There were also a lot of tickets coming in, so that kept Curtis busy in between meetings.

A meeting Curtis was meant to have in the afternoon got cancelled and he was able to welcome someone that traveled in from the Regina office and give them a little tour.

After that, Curtis finished the day with some training.

Kim’s Day

Kim came into work and had an email back from a venue she reached out to. It turns out that the company had way more venues than Kim initially realised so she looked through all the options and responded back for more information.

Kim then took a bit of time to organise other areas of the social planning. This came at a great time as it appears that all of Kim’s saved information had been corrupted so she had to start again with all of her notes on upcoming events.
Kim also scheduled a delivery pickup and cancelled some catering that no one made any choices on.

Kim then went on a donut date with a wonderful lady. They went and picked up a coffee and then came back to the office to have lunch together. It was so much fun and they talked about a load of different things.
When she got back to her desk Kim spent some time looking at catering options for breakfast for a meeting next week.

After this Kim had a catch up with someone in regards to their desk set up and then Kim had a catch up with someone in marketing to talk about sending some swag out. She then spent the rest of her afternoon saving invoices.

Winners Dinner!

Curtis had a quick dinner with all of his team from the Hackathon as one of them was in from the Regina office!

They went to a place called Pourhouse which was actually pretty quiet when they arrived.

Curtis had a burger and fries and a cheap beer (it was Happy Hour) and everyone just chatted, got to know eachother a bit more and just had a laugh together.

Curtis walked home and got home to Kim cleaning.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 130: Vancouver, BC – Missed Ferry!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went to work about 45 minutes earlier today as he was leaving early.

All of the day was working on the application, which does a lot more now and is really starting to take shape.

Curtis got a lot of that done and then it was 14:30 already, which was when Curtis was leaving for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim didn’t have to work today, so she slept for a while, waking up early afternoon.

Kim cleaned the apartment from top to bottom and then packed the remainder of our items so we were ready to go.

Victoria Again!

We left the apartment to catch the bus which will take us to the ferry.

We had to wait for a long time for the bus, around 40 minutes, but it made it much worse that it was raining…A lot…The whole time.

We found shelter nearby and stood under that as we were very wet and very cold.

Eventually, the bus arrived, but we then got stuck in traffic for a lot of the journey, meaning we missed the ferry and had to wait 2 hours for the next one!

We eventually got onto the ferry and had the buffet food as we were so hungry! It was a Turkey dinner, but we also had salad to start and some dessert.

The ferry arrived in Victoria and we walked up to Linda’s apartment and it is so nice to see her again, even though it’s only been a couple of weeks!

We are here until Sunday afternoon, so plenty of time to spend time with her.

We hunkered down for the evening and were quite tired! Linda seems to have some plans, so we’ll wait to see what we do!


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