Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 936: Vancouver, BC – People Back At The Office, Again!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was up at 07:00 to get ready and walk down to the office. There were 2 people coming back to the office (there are quite a few restrictions in place, but they wanted to come back before the office fully opens again) so Curtis had to be there to help them setup at their desks and he also had some other things to do.

Once he helped these people with their desks, he found and sent out some equipment for a couple of people who requested some. That took a bit of a time and then he moved onto the next thing.

He had to test some things out in the boardroom so he did that and sent off a reply to the people asking.

There were some issues with a piece of networking equipment, too, so he took a look at that with some help from a colleague.

After he did that, he confugured a couple of laptops and then he had a bit of lunch, followed by starting the office cleanup, which entailed taking a lot of monitor arms off the desks. This took the rest of the day, but he did meet someone at the office to swap a laptop for them as they were having issues with their current one.

Curtis left around 16:30 and walked home. He had a busy, long, day but a productive one!

Kim’s Day

Kim had a busy day but it was interesting! She started with two interviews and the check ins just after and then at midday she went into the weekly recruitment meeting.

For the afternoon Kim was in back to back meetings, she had a couple of smaller meetings around planning and communication. She then joined the weekly managers meeting for updates and collaboration.

For the final part of the day Kim was able to get a little more admin done before having a quick project check in with one of her team members. She then popped out to pick up a laptop. It should have been a 30 minute round trip but took an hour and a half due to a price update and a system bug. Kim had to stand in the store and call support to get it mostly sorted out.

Later in the evening Kim worked on a job description.

Evening

We had some chicken wraps for dinner with a side salad and then Kim had to do a little more work.

Once Kim finished working, we went for a walk and then watched a bit of TV.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 381: Vancouver, BC – Doing Network Stuff & Taco Tuesday!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right at 09:00 and that lasted for about an hour and 15 minutes which was longer than anticipated.

Curtis got ready to leave the apartment after this as he had to do the thing he planned to do yesterday.

He and a colleague got to the office and began moving the equipment they needed to move.

Wearing masks, Curtis had his colleague had to move a large, heavy piece of equipment to another big container.

This had to be done carefully which was fairly easy but took some time. There were many screws that needed to be taken out as well as multiple things to be turned off in certain orders etc.

Curtis and his colleague were very happy to get it done and it went really well, which was the best part.

After that, Curtis went to meet Kim for lunch!

We went to Tacofino and got a couple of tacos each which were, as always, terrific!

We ate these and then Kim went back to work whilst Curtis headed home.

Curtis caught up with a lot from the rest of the day and did some tickets but the rest of the day went very fast!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with voicemails, and that kept getting interrupted by real time calls! To get up and about she then put all the kitchen stuff she has hoarded in the meeting room into some of the kitchen cupboards, so that frees up a lot of room.

For the last part of the morning Kim went over the list of people with access cards and updated the building with all the names of people who are no longer with the company.

After lunch Kim continued cleaning up the office. She removed a load of bankers boxes from the mass shredding and put them at a colleagues desk as she may need them. She moved a few of the empty drawers around and then put the group meeting space back together.

Kim then had a catchup with her colleague before she left to head home. At the end she went over her dream plan for the office set up and it went well, so Kim will pull some information together and see if it would work.

Evening

In the evening, Kim stopped on the way home so she could get some white wine to make dinner with.

Kim got home and made a terrific chicken and mushroom risotto which we ate whilst watching some YouTube videos.

We watched some more TV and relaxed for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 193: Vancouver, BC – Some Rough Stuff

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work a little later than usual today, but still on time!

He had some admin to get done and got ready for his team project meeting.

After that meeting, Curtis had a few ticket based things to get done and then had a few meetings.

He had a meeting to discuss a new process with his team and then after that, he had a training session regarding some network things.

Curtis did something that took a long time, but he was glad he got it done.

When Curtis finished lunch, he completed an offboard and once that was done he put away a bunch of hardware that returned from a conference and then went and had a drink with people in the office.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by going through emails and setting herself up. She then spent a while going through her expenses and making sure everything matches.

She had a meeting with a colleague to go over the ordering process for the two other offices while she is away on leave. It was great to get a chance to go through a the log ins and processes with help the first time.

The pizza then arrived for the monthly social talk so Kim set that up and then the talks went ahead. was a shorter session today with only 3 talks so Kim allowed people a longer time slot.

After she cleared all the pizza boxes away Kim went to set up guitar hero in the kitchen. She forgot that she kept the xbox and everything thats needed upstairs for easy access. This meant she took a trolley all the way to the basement to pick up a load of useless stuff that she just has to return back there at some point.

Kim had been experiencing a little strain in her shoulder lately so she had arranged for a 30 minute deep tissue massage through her insurance company to sort that out. She went to that, had a great time with the therapist there, he recently loved back to BC from Auckland, New Zealand so there was lots to talk about.

When Kim got back she helped finish the set up for the Friday afternoon drinks and got back to work.

Kim took the quiet time to go through the transactions that take a little more digging to find the answer. She is now only left with a couple that require waiting on a response or that need a phone call.

She wrote up the message for an upcoming holiday themed potluck and spent a good amount of time going through the backlog! It was great to have a bit of time to answer the smaller questions and get some stuff off of her plate.

Hockey Time!

Curtis had a hockey game at 21:15. He got home and sorted out his hockey kit, as well as re-taping his stick.

He put all of that in the car and then made some dinner.

He made chicken teriyaki with rice, it was tasty and quick and easy!

At 20:10, we left to head to he rink.

Curtis’ team lost 7-2…which isn’t good, but they did have a lot of spare players instead of regular players.

Curtis’ line played pretty well, but at the end of the game, curtis got 6 penalty minutes for retaliating to someone cross checking him.

Due to this, he was kicked from the game, with there being just a couple of minutes left in the game.

We got back home and it was pretty much bed time, so we got ready to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 89: Vancouver, BC – Celebration Of Light Fireworks

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was up at normal time, rather than early like yesterday!Once Curtis got to work, he joined the security and compliance meeting he had. There were some good points raised but it was a short meeting.After the meeting, Curtis had a few tickets to do and was actually really busy until lunch, which felt great as it’s been quiet recently.After lunch, it was much of the same but with quiet spots filled with project work.Curtis planned to swap out some batteries on a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) at 16:45, but someone came over for some help so he helped that person and started the swapping of batteries at 17:00 instead.It was pretty easy to swap the batteries and it worked, which is great, but it took about 15 minutes because it pays to be careful…Plus they’re heavy!Curtis left work and met Kim to walk home.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim spent most of her time going through her emails and picking up as hoc tasks. She also decided to cut up some watermelon for people to enjoy.

Mid morning Kim had her 2 weekly social team meeting where they discuss all the plans for the next few weeks. In this meeting the Bake Off came to an end due to lack of interest. Kim was very sad to hear it, but you can’t force people to bake! Its also a rubbish bake off if there is nothing there to be judged. A few other things got moved around or taken off the calendar as there is less interest in the summer months.

As they left the meeting the catering arrived for a meeting so Kim set that up and then was on her way out the door.

Today Kim had another meeting with the hotel rep who came in with doughnuts on Monday. This time she went to the hotel to see one of their rooms, have lunch and see a few of the facilities. The lunch was beautiful and so tasty and then the facilities were amazing too! The gym was huge, the pool had lovely big windows and the executive lounge was stunning.

On the way back in to the office Kim popped into the liquor store to pick up a specific drink that was on offer in support of Pride. They are little cans of bubbly rose with a rainbow theme!

In the afternoon Kim went through more emails and organised more things for the filming that is due to take place in a few weeks. It is really good to get the ball properly rolling with that!

At the end of the day Kim was given a few wristbands for the rooftop for the fireworks display that was going on tonight. Kim managed to keep 2 for herself after the rest were collected.

Celebration Of Light Fireworks

Kim peeled off the bridge to go home whilst Curtis continued on as he had to get some hummus & sour cream for a pride potluck tomorrow.

Curtis got that and then walked back home where we watched some Youtube videos and ate tacos which we made.

At 21:20, we left the apartment and walked up to Kim’s office building to go to the roof and watch the Celebration of Light fireworks.

We tried to take the elevator from the 14th floor but it took too long so we walked up the stairs to the 25th floor!There were quite a few people up there but we got a good enough view.

The fireworks went on for around 30 minutes and were alright but nothing crazy.

We walked back home and arrived around 23:00. We were so tired so we went to bed pretty early.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 47: Vancouver, BC – Security Meeting & Dog At Work!

Curtis’ Day

As soon as he arrived at work, Curtis finished off the laptop cloning he started yesterday. It all went well and he returned the laptop to the user who was very happy to have more space.

Curtis joined in on a security & compliance meeting which he was interested to join, though the meeting didn’t last long at all.

Curtis then completed a few tickets and just before lunch he started to wipe a laptop and image it from fresh.

After lunch, Curtis continued getting the laptop sorted and was having some issues with it, so it took up a lot of the afternoon.

At the end of the afternoon, Curtis got out a new laptop and added some more RAM to it, followed by setting it up so it can be used in the future.

Kim’s Day

Kim did the usual when she got into work, breakfast and a catch up. Then suddenly Kim heard the jingle of a collar, she looked up and saw a cute tiny dog! This little dog spent the whole day at the office and visited Kim twice!

Kim then headed into her first social team meeting! It went really well and the team planned a lot of fun things for the coming months.

Then half an hour after that meeting, Kim went into a meeting with marketing and IT to discuss the next plans for the project. It was great to get a different viewpoint of it and direction on where people see the project going.

Kim then went back to her desk and actioned some of her talking points from the meeting.

Then Kim organised some food that had been delivered. Then pizza arrived that Kim hadn’t planned for! There is a weekly Thursday pizza order and kim was panicking thinking she had ordered 3 times the amount on the wrong day, then the delivery man realised he was on the wrong floor! Thank goodness for that!

It was then eventually lunchtime! Kim had to return the shoes she bought yesterday as they are just a size too small. Kim did that and then headed back to eat her lunch. For lunch Kim made a ham, cheddar cheese, lettuce and salad cream sandwich. This doesn’t sound exciting, but nowhere sells salad cream and its the first block of good cheddar Kim and Curtis have found in years!

Kim then got back to her desk and continued with general admin and then a few visitors came in so Kim ensured they had water and coffee.

Towards the end of the day Kim had a catch up about the project and ironed out some more details about the plan.

Costco

We went to Costco after work today as we have a Pot Luck at our apartment building tomorrown evening so we needed to get some things for that.

Appointment & Baked Potatoes

Kim went to an appointment in the evening and Curtis went to the shop to get some potatoes.

Curtis made the best baked potatoes ever, which were seasoned very well! We had beans and cheese on top of them, which was perfect!

We watched some TV and then headed to bed.

Curtis has his exclusive ‘thing’ he is doing tomorrow…He is very excited!


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