Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 902: Vancouver, BC – End of The Workshop

Curtis’ Day

Most of Curtis’ day was full from the Microsoft workshop again, which had its final day today.

Curtis learned a lot again today, but also had many questions which he was able to get answered easily.

Curtis also managed to get something else for a project completed. He needed to figure out how to write a script and was able to find enough things on Google to get one working, which felt really cool and he felt that he achieved.

The workshop ended quicker than expected, which meant Curtis was able to join the office based meeting which was a few updates and a few other bits of information.

Curtis then watched hockey, the final Leafs game of the regular season!

Kim’s Day

Kim had a few quick meetings to start her day and then had another smaller meeting about recruitment with a department leader. She then decided to join a Dev team meeting where people show what they have been working on. It was so cool to see new and exciting things!

She then joined a two hour meeting with department leaders and the executive team. Then she joined a chat to discuss different software options to make a system easier.

Kim then joined an interview and had a quick chat after to discuss next steps before having an end of week chat with her teammate to go over a couple of quick updates. After that Kim showed a colleague how to set a couple of things up on their Wiki pages and drive.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked with a couple of people to iron out a communication and survey for a team to complete. It was great to sit down and get it done with the help of two people who understand what we are trying to achieve a little more.

To finish the day Kim hosted an impromptu games night! It was so much fun and everyone had a great time. Once most people left a few stayed back and had a mini, accidental meeting. It was really nice to get some things sorted!

Evening

We ordered Korean chicken from our favourite Korean place and watched some TV and did absolutely nothing over the evening.

As of writing this, we are still waiting for our emails to get our first vaccination, but we are being patient and know we’ll get it at some point!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 882: Vancouver, BC – Lazy Rainy Saturday

We woke up much later then planned, but it was very nice to get some sleep.

We had some scrambled egg on toast for breakfast and watched a bit of TV.

We then got ourselves showered and fresh for the day. As it was rainy and gross today, we planned to just sit inside and relax. We briefly went out to get a coffee and then came back home.

Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim did some reading. Kim got very into the book she was reading and read it for hours!

Once that was done, we had leftovers for dinner and then watched some TV, followed by a movie called Miss Bala.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 880: Vancouver, BC – So Busy & Important!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right at 09:00 which was an informational company wide meeting.

Once that meeting was done, it was right into work! He needed to check a bunch of websites to find out the data privacy information for many different pieces of software. This took time but was interesting and useful for the team.

After that, he did a few tickets and then was finally able to connect with someone about their laptop, so he did a bit of work on that but he’s still a way away from getting that sorted.

In the late afternoon, Curtis had to do some work with licenses which was tedious but needed to be done. He got 1/3 tasks completed on that.

Curtis then watched hockey after work whilst Kim did some more work and had a late meeting. We were both so very busy and important again today!

Kim’s Day

To start her day Kim got stuck into some forms and paperwork. It’s was mind boggling but interesting for sure! She then had a chat with a teammate to see how things are going and get updates on projects. It was then time for a wellness break and Kim hosted colouring in. It was so soothing and relaxing! Kim really enjoyed it.

She then had a quick chat with another teammate before joining the weekly recruitment meeting then she joined another meeting that followed on that talks about future recruitment that went over. Some of the people went from that meeting right into another to complete paperwork. As they went back to back Kim ended up making her lunch while in the meeting so everyone had lunch as they started the next meeting.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim did some other paperwork for HR stuff then sat down and reviewed candidates with people for a few hours into the evening. It was interesting and great to do again, it’s been a few weeks since they last had the chance to do a deep dive like that

Evening

We had some dinner once hockey was done and once Kim finished working.

We watched some TV and relaxed for the remainder of the evening. We can’t believe it’s Friday already tomorrow!


This Time Last Year


Mr and Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 873: Vancouver, BC – Evening Event

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was meant to have a Norwegian lesson this morning, but his teacher was sick so that didn’t happen.

As a result, his morning was very quite, right up until just before lunch when he had to reach out to some people to check some things on their laptops.

After lunch, Curtis had a project meeting and then after he did more work with people on getting laptops setup how they should be.

Once he got that done, he had an interesting thing to get done for someone, but he had to do some research and some playing around but still couldn’t get it done quite right, so he’ll have to take a stab at it tomorrow.

Curtis then watched hockey and played games for a lot of the evening, whilst Kim was in her interviews.

Kim’s Day

Kim started the day with a quick meeting with her teammate to discuss a virtual event happened in the evening. She then attended a webinar before joining two recruitment meetings back to back.

Just before and after lunch Kim had two interviews and then she joined a chat to discuss how they went and the next steps.

In the afternoon Kim had a few meetings. The first was her weekly meeting with her teammate and then she had another chat with a different teammate. After this Kim decided to take a break and run a couple of errands as she was joining an event in the evening so she wanted to actively take time off to recharge and get fresh air before.

Kim timed her break terribly and had to join a call while out and about. Once she was home Kim hosted a quick introduction meeting to discuss the event they were all about to join. This was a speed dating style networking / interview event. It was so interesting and Kim met some wonderful people through 1-1 chats and by being on the virtual booth. After the event everyone joined a call to discuss candidates and what happens next. It was a long day but so interesting!

Late Evening

Once Kim was done, we had some chilli for dinner and watched a little TV before heading to bed. It’s been a busy week this week!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 860: Vancouver, BC – New Home Purchases!

Not A Great Sleep But A Great Breakfast


We ended up sleeping quite early last night (at least for us). Curtis had a bad headache and we had a nap and then decided once we woke up from our nap that we would just sleep instead. Curtis actually slept quite badly as his headache kept him up, but at 06:00 he took some pain medication and felt much better shortly after and we were able to sleep until 11:00. We got up and really wanted to have some strawberries and pastries, so off to our usual bakery Kim went and got some strawberries from the drug store, too. We ate our breakfast and relaxed for a bit and then Kim went out to collect a laptop from her IT guy from work so she can ship it out tomorrow.

VR Time

Once she got back and we’d both showered, it was time for some VR! We played VR for about an hour or so but Kim started to get a bit motion sick so she led down for a bit.

Hockey & Furniture Hunting

Hockey started and Curtis watched that whilst Kim went on the hunt for some furniture!

Kim found some really good furniture and secured some for tomorrow, most importantly a sofa, which we needed to get before we move in, and also a chair.

Pizza & Chair Collection

Once hockey was done, we got some pizza from our favourite place and then, once we finished eating, we went to get the new chair from an apartment just up a couple of blocks. We got the chair (just a poang from IKEA) and took that to our new apartment! We are allowed to start moving stuff in, so anything new we get we are just taking right there. We took the chair in and also checked out the views and how quiet it was (which was very!) and then left to come back home. We relaxed for the remainder of the evening and then headed to bed, thinking it was Saturday when it’s only Friday!


This Time Last Year!
Mr & Mrs Hale
Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 858: Vancouver, BC – Busy Wednesday Workday

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went to the office once ready in the morning and had to setup a laptop, as well as get some other equipment boxed up for the new hire.

It took a couple of hours to get that done, but he also had a 1 on 1 with his manager during that time.

At 13:30, the new hire collected their equipment and Curtis headed home.

Curtis was very hungry, so he and Kim had lunch once he got home.

After lunch, it was a pretty busy afternoon, mostly with tickets, but it was good to keep busy.

Curtis then watched hockey after work.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a busy day, lots of little meetings! To start she got some admin done by sending out another survey for people. She then had an impromptu meeting to help a colleague send paperwork. Kim then attended the first of two interviews for the day and then joined a meeting about recruitment.

At midday Kim joined a weekly team meeting and then went into the second interview. Straight after the interview everyone jumped on a call to discuss the candidates and next steps.

In the middle of the afternoon Kim had a little time to get things done so she went through some of her emails and was able to complete a few action items. She then had a weekly catch up with a teammate, which was lovely as per usual. Then they both joined a weekly marketing meeting which was so interesting and fun!

For the rest of the day Kim managed to go through more of her emails and send off some HR paperwork too! Then Kim had a great call with her friend from her old job. It’s been so nice keeping in more regular contact!

Evening

We had chilli for dinner and watched some TV. It was a busy day for both of us, so nice to relax.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 570: Vancouver, BC – It’s Spring!

We had a really great sleep last night and didn’t even sleep in that long this morning.

We had a lazy morning, had some pancakes for breakfast and got ready slowly.

We went out in the beautiful spring weather for a walk, but it seemed that everyone else had the same idea!

The restrictions has changed a bit here in Vancouver, people can now meet up to 10 people (the same 10 people each time) outside (masked and distanced), so there were quite a few groups out doing that.

We walked for a while and actually didn’t get a coffee, instead we got a soft drink from a shop as it was a fairly warm day out and we wanted something cold and refreshing.

We walked back home and waited for the elevator which took a while.

We got back up and Curtis watched hockey. Kim went out to get a snack from Tacfino as she was a little hungry and she watched the rest of the original Mulan film.

After hockey, Kim had a little nap and then we went to the supermarket to do a small shop.

We made some chicken wraps for dinner when we got home and had a relaxing rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 568: Vancouver, BC – Trip To Staples

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the day with some tickets and responding to some messages from people. He also got some admin done.

At 11:00, he had a meeting with a few people, some from his team, some not, to discuss some project requirements. It was a fairly quick meeting, but a good one.

Curtis had some work to do from that meeting as well as some other tickets.

Post lunch, it was mostly tickets again and a surprise offboard he had to deal with a bit of.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim had a team meeting to go over the projects and ask a few questions. It’s one of the first time in weeks that it has finished on time! She then worked on some admin before heading out to Staples to pick some up. Kim then took a few items to a colleague before heading home. For the rest of the morning Kim managed to get a few smaller tasks done.

In the early afternoon Kim hosted a dance off where a few people followed along to a tutorial for Everybody by Backstreet Boys and then did the dance to the actual song. It was a lot of fun!

For the rest of the afternoon Kim had various team meetings talking about projects and then potential purchases and then another call in regards to logistics for the party.

Evening

Curtis watched hockey after work and then once that was done, we had some pizza and watched some TV, including the final episode of It’s A Sin which was a very good show!

We watched a bit more TV and some YouTube videos and relaxed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 566: Vancouver, BC – The Worst Timing

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to get an onboard done this morning, but as with ever, something broke which prevented him from getting the accounts created.

He spoke with him team as the figured out the issue so he could get the work done and also get the system working again. Luckily, this only affected Curtis’ team and no one else.

Once that was done, he was able to get the onboard completed and get on with other work.

Curtis was able to get a lot of tickets done and then in the late afternoon he had to do some project work and some project admin, too. Overall, a very successful day!

Kim’s Day

Kim was able to get a few smaller admin tasks done in the morning before all of her meetings. She then hosted her first team meeting where Kim went over some of the projects and everyone had a nice little catch up. She then presented and gave a lot of information in the weekly company wide meeting before joining the weekly project catch up.

Kim arrived late to the project catch up because she joined the wrong call and didn’t notice for 10 minutes.

After lunch Kim worked with a teammate to update a guide send out information, send out a form for everyone to complete and update a process for new starters. It was a very successful and productive hour!

Kim then worked on a guide for another project that she has been working on. Then into the evening Kim made a few orders for people before working on some job descriptions.

Evening

Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim worked a little more in the evening and then we had some veggie chilli for dinner. We couldn’t be bothered with rice, so we had it in a wrap with a nice fresh salad on the side.

We watched some TV and played some games as usual in the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 144: Vancouver, BC – The Red Arrows?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right when he got to work. This was an update from his team’s management about a few different things that are or will be happening and it was quite positive!

This meeting went on for 45 minutes and once it was done, Curtis could actually continue his day.

He had a lot of discussions with people about different things, but his main goal was to complete the onboard of a new user, which he finally completed (laptop and all) by 15:00.

As well as doing tickets all day, Curtis spent the last 45 minutes of the day trying to get some information together for someone.

On Curtis’ walk home, he heard a few jets every so often and then googled it and it was the RAF’s Red Arrows! Curtis was then able to see them all fly past him whilst he walked across a bridge, which was pretty cool!

Curtis played some games whilst he waited for Kim to come back from work.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim cleaned every meeting room. It started out as a whiteboard clean but Kim gutted every meeting room and removed loads of items so they are all now sparkly and clean.

Kim moved a cable inside the ceiling panels for it to make more sense in the room, she also moves a light box out and put the secondary table under the wire so it can be used for laptops. That room is now so much better!

Kim also emptied and refilled all of the stationary pots in the rooms. She also organised all the trailing cables by covering them over and zip tying the extra bits to tidy it up.

Early afternoon Kim had a meeting designed for Health and Safety planning but they ended up using it for the xmas parties and a couple of other things. Kim and her colleague have put something in for next week to make up for not using that time for H&S.

After the meeting Kim finished the last 2 rooms before ordering the pizzas for 2 offices for tomorrow. Kim was able to do one online nice and easily. When she booked the pizzas for the Vancouver office the online system didn’t work so Kim had to call and that took about 30 minutes and she had to wait for a call back to confirm the order, so in total it took 50 minutes to order some pizza so Kim left at about 6!

Final Episode of Suits!

We watched a few YouTube videos and had some food and then decided to watch the final (ever!) episode of Suits.

Once that was done, we watched a couple more videos and then headed to bed, ready for our Friday.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale