Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 872: Vancouver, BC – Our Own Offices

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was meant to start with an onboard orientation, but his Zoom wasn’t working right on his laptop for some reason, so he had to send the person some messages and convey all the required information that way.

Once he got that done, he got some admin done for a new hire he has to setup next week, and then he had a quick team meeting, which flowed into another meeting.

Curtis then had a demo to attend for a new piece of software that actually looked pretty cool.

After that, he did some more admin and some tickets before doing his Norwegian homework for a while and also some security admin work at the end of the day.

He then swapped over to the Xbox and played some games on his new 4K monitor, which looks beautiful!

He enjoyed his first day working in his own little office with a proper setup. Far easier now we both have a room to be in and we can’t hear each other during our meeting.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a really busy day, but didn’t feel like her brain kicked in until about half way through! She started by trying to catch up on emails and send our a few in response. During this Kim was asked to jump on a call to provide an update from her team to theirs. The only issue was Kim couldn’t remember what the answers for the questions should be, so she wasn’t much use there.

Kim then joined a weekly team meeting and it was during this meeting that she started being able to keep up with what was going on and have useful answers for some questions, so that was good! She then set up a quick meeting with a couple of people to discuss a new hire before joining them in a different recruitment meeting.

In the afternoon Kim had an interview then a quick catch up with the hiring manager. Then she helped with an IT order and made a plan for the next steps of a project.

For the rest of the day Kim prepared for an event tomorrow, did some paperwork and some research.

Evening

We went out to the old apartment to meet the agent there and do a final check up of the apartment. Nothing was wrong at all, so we walked back home, dropped off some items we left there and then went to the supermarket and bought some essentials we needed.

We were very hungry, so we had chicken wraps and Mac and cheese for dinner, then Kim had some more work to do and Curtis unpacked some more of the kitchen items and tidied up the kitchen counters a bit so there was actually room to use it.

We did that and then we finally relaxed and watched TV together.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 867: Vancouver, BC – The Final Weekend

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a fairly quiet day.

He started with a discussion about a process which needed to be changed which was very productive.

Most the the morning was then spent doing tickets as well as trying to help someone setup a laptop remotely in a US office, which took quite a bit of work.

Curtis then had some lunch and after that had a 1 hour team meeting to discuss the projects over the last 2 weeks.

Curtis finished off some tickets and admin and then finished work for the week.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a block of time in the morning so she got a bit of paperwork done before she had back to back meetings for the rest of the day.

To start with Kim had an interview then she joined a meeting about a project that will be coming up. As it was a full working Friday Kim then hosted a games break just before midday where people joined in to play Skribbl, it was so fun!

After games Kim had a meeting about a new hire and then she went into another interview followed by an interview round up meeting after. As she had been in a couple of interviews for one department during the week Kim met with the other person on the panel to discuss and make a plan for the next steps.

Kim then had another interview and post interview catch up before having an end of week team meeting, a quick chat about a project and then completing some paperwork!

Evening

Today marks the start of our final weekend in this apartment!

We will likely spend it just packing up and getting ready, and then we are off on Monday to finish the last few items before we move on Tuesday.

We ordered some chicken katsu curry to eat tonight, which was pretty good, and then relaxed before we get crazy with packing etc tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 865: Vancouver, BC – Viewing Is Cancelled

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was meant to have a meeting at 09:30 but that was cancelled, so he had a bit of time to get some tickets completed.

He used that time to find and order 8 tablets that were required. It took some time to find some at a good price that were not sold out, but he was eventually able to find some and get them ordered.

That took up a good hour of his morning and then he had a 30 minute team meeting.

He did some more tickets and then had a team discussion about a project for 1 hour before having some food.

After lunch, it was mostly just tickets but he did have a short team meeting, too, to discuss some random points.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim was able to get a fair bit of admin done. She was able to organise meetings, send emails and complete some paperwork. She then had a phone screen interview. After that she worked with a teammate on a few tasks before heading into a team meeting.

In the afternoon Kim worked with her teammate again to go through some paperwork and then Kim joined a post interview chat to discuss a couple of candidates. She then hosted another marketing meeting which was so interesting and some great progress has been made. She ended the day by getting more paperwork and admin done.

Evening

The viewing that was meant to happen here at our apartment was cancelled, so we had our evening to ourselves.

Curtis watched hockey and Kim used the time to have a nice nap which she felt much better after.

We made some cheese and pesto pasta for dinner and just hung out for the rest of the evening. We’re getting closer and closer to moving!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 864: Vancouver, BC – Sofa Is Built & Registered For Vaccine!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went to the office in the morning and had to setup 2 laptops, as well as find equipment to send out to the new hires.

The office is running low on equipment before they get an order, so finding some items was a bit of a challenge.

Curtis finished that up at about 12:00 and then did some tickets whilst he waited for someone to arrive to collect a monitor.

Once that person was gone, Curtis had a meeting with a colleague to discuss a process and then once he was done with that meeting, he walked home and had some lunch.

After lunch, he had to generate some reports for someone and had some tickets to deal with which took him nicely to the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a day full of back to back meetings and interviews! In the morning Kim had her team meeting to go over the plan for the week. She went from this into an interview, then straight into the weekly meeting and then into a second interview. She then had a meeting with the hiring managers to discuss the interviews. It was a really productive and interesting morning!

To start the afternoon Kim had a meeting about planning and next steps for a project. It was so interesting and it turns out Kim was approaching it all the wrong way, she learnt so much!

For a good chunk of the afternoon Kim worked with her teammate on setting up interviews and sending out paperwork. She then had a chat with another teammate before heading out to the new apartment to continue building the sofa. She also had a great chat with a friend while she did the final bits to the sofa.

Sofa Is Built & Registered For Vaccine!

Before work this morning, we registered for our notification to get a vaccine! We don’t get a vaccine for a while, but a new registration site went live so you can get instructions and a code for when you can get a vaccine.

This makes it feel just that little bit closer!

After work, Kim went over to the apartment to complete the sofa as the items we were missing arrived in the mail and we now have a constructed sofa, which is great.

Kim chatted with a friend after that and then headed back to our current apartment so we could have some dinner.

We ate delicious lemon chicken!

We got notice that there will be a viewing tomorrow, which is the first one with the new owners. We’ve been enjoying not having any, and our final week is the worst possible time, but what can we do. That’ll be happening tomorrow evening but maybe we get out for an evening walk.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 859: Vancouver, BC – Official Promotion!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was mostly getting tickets done as well as ordering some equipment for the office and also some licenses.

He did have one meeting in the afternoon which was nice and quick and then continued with some admin and tickets.

Kim’s Day

Kim got her official promotion to Operations Manager today!

After completing some admin in the morning Kim joined a meeting to discuss candidates who have applied for jobs. She then joined an interview and then had a catch up with the recruitment team she works with before joining the weekly recruitment meeting.

In the afternoon Kim joined another interview and then had a meeting to discuss the candidates and next steps with a few positions and candidates.

She then had a quick call with her family and it was so nice to say hello and catch up!

For the rest of the evening Kim worked through some paperwork and finalised a few things before hosting another games night. It was so much fun and everyone really managed to laugh and just enjoy the evening!

Evening

After Kim had her fun evening, she made egg fried rice and we ate that whilst relaxing for the remainder of the night.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 583: Vancouver, BC – The Mighty Ducks

Curtis’ Day

Curtis didn’t have a meeting until 10:30, so he got some tickets done and had some messages from people to deal with.

After his team meeting, he was meant to have another meeting but he didn’t, so instead he got some more work done.

Someone requested a rushed onboard and Curtis, as well as the rest of his team, had to get information provided to different people and managed to get that all wrapped up how it should be.

After lunch, Curtis had a team meeting which lasted for 1.25 hours and then tied up the week with doing some admin and a few other tickets here and there.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had few meetings, but each one was very long! The first was a vendor demonstration for a product that the company may use. It was so interesting and could be a great fit!

She then had a wonderful chat with her new teammate. They went over a lot of work stuff but also just chatted and had a catch up. It was so lovely!!

In the afternoon Kim co-hosted an interview and then had a post interview check in with the hiring managers. They went over the next steps for the role and discussed a few other things going on.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on a lot of paperwork! She signed and sent forms, planned and for prepared for next week and also reached out to some potential candidates.

Evening

We ordered some Chinese food which looked really but wasn’t too great in reality. On the plus side, they did have fried pork soup dumplings which Curtis was able to get and they were delicious, but everything else was just ok.

We watched the first episode of the new Mighty Ducks series and it was pretty bad, to be honest, but a bit of a throwback.

We took the recycling out and then when we got back to the apartment we just relaxed for the evening.

Cases here are going up, up and up so it’s more important than ever here to stay home.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 582: Vancouver, BC – Informative Meetings

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a company-wide meeting to discuss what’s currently going in around the business and to get some updates on some things. These are always super interesting and informative.

Once that was done, Curtis had a few tickets to get done throughout the day and also he had quite a few discussions with his team and other teams about different processes, getting an order of laptops completed as well as getting some information about some onboards.

Curtis did some very interesting Norwegian homework to end the day and then watched hockey.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim had a fair few meetings! A couple were HR based and one was about recruitment. She also had some training on the benefits platform and how everything for that works too. The training was so great and Kim was so relieved to understand things a little more.

Just after midday Kim joined the weekly recruitment meeting and then she hosted the weekly dance off. This week they danced to Gangnam Style. Then Kim co-hosted an interview

In the afternoon Kim joined another recruitment call and then had two catch ups with people after the meeting.

Later in the evening Kim joined a call to discuss a design project that she might be helping with. It was really interesting and she can’t wait to help out!

Evening

Once hockey was done and Kim finished work, we made baked potatoes and watched some TV for the evening, as well as playing some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 581: Vancouver, BC – Strategy Meetings

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a team meeting at 10:30 which overran but some good project related conversations happened. Once that meeting was done, there was some time get tickets completed and then it was time for another meeting.

The next meeting was a strategy meeting which his team has each month to decide what should be the goals for the month and publish those for the entire company to see. This went really well as always.

Once that was done and lunch was eaten, Curtis had a team meeting just to chat about anything the team wanted to talk about. These happen every month or so and they are certainly good to just throw ideas around and discuss things that are annoying the team.

In the late afternoon, Curtis helped someone who was having a whole bunch of issues with some software. He was able to help them troubleshoot and in the end, he managed to get it sorted for them. It was one of those issues that feels really good afterward you fix it!

Kim’s Day

Kim had a more open morning than in other days of this week. She had a morning full of admin and catching up and her regular weekly chat with her manager.

In the afternoon Kim had two interviews and a quick meeting sandwiched in between. After the second interview Kim has a call to review the candidates spoken with and also take a look at others in the pipeline.

Evening

After work, we had some pizza for dinner and then went out for a walk when it got dark. This is the best time for a walk as there is no one around and it’s nice and calm and relaxing.

We bumped into Kim’s colleague whilst out so had a brief (distanced) chat with her and continued our walk. We stopped at Dairy Queen to get some ice cream on the way back.

We finished up Drive To Survive and then watched a couple of other bits of TV before sleeping. We didn’t seem to sleep great last night and Curtis has a 09:00 meeting, so he’ll need to be up early!



This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale


Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 580: Vancouver, BC – Fixing A Toilet

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went right to the office when he was ready so he could get a laptop setup and equipment sent out.

It took very little time to get the equipment together as the person didn’t want too much, but it did take time to get the laptop setup, but was able to do that and get home for around 12:15.

Once he was home, he was being asked some questions about how to do something so he had to take a look at how to do that and then it was lunch time.

After lunch, Curtis had some more tickets to do as well as an offboard which ended up taking a while.

During this time, we had a plumber come and replace a seal on the toilet. The new owner of the apartment found out that others in the building are having an issue with the toilet seals, so they thought it would be best to get it replaced.

Once that was done, Curtis finished up the offboard and was done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a busy day today! She started with a HR heavy morning with an interview, meeting about recruitment and onboarding a new starter. She then presented at the weekly meeting too.

The busy morning continued with a project meeting and then a surprise meeting with another colleague after where they went over a few things they have been working on.

In the afternoon Kim had many more meeting from a catch up with a teammate, a call with IT and a call with a couple of the executive team to discuss some projects. To finish the day Kim worked on contracts, job descriptions and reviewing candidates.

Evening

We sat and ate some chicken pasta fairly late into the evening and we watched ourselves some more Drive To Survive. We’re close to finishing the most recent season which is a shame!

We watched some other TV and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 579: Vancouver, BC – Technology Is Annoying, Sometimes!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a team meeting at 10:30, but before that he had a lot of tickets and emails from people.

After the successful team meeting, Curtis created accounts and setup other things for a new onboard and then had some lunch.

After lunch, there were many more tickets to get done and that took Curtis nicely to the end of the day.

After work, Curtis’ phone was being a pain and he tried everything to get it working but just couldn’t get it to work properly.

Eventually, he was able to ask on a forum and they were able to help him get it working, which was a relief.

Kim’s Day

To get ready for this week Kim took some time to finalise some meetings and made a few plans. She then joined the team meeting to discuss the work that is going on over the next couple of weeks and the projects that she is handing over to her teammates. This meeting went on for an extra hour, which was a surprise, but a lot of good plans came out of it, which was wonderful!

In the early afternoon Kim had a chat with a couple of people to discuss how the interview they were all attending. Then they all went into the interview and Kim took notes!

Once Kim was back from lunch she started getting a few things done and then had a call with her manager, which ended up being a call with the whole executive team and then they all joined another surprise call to go over a project! It was a really interesting afternoon!

For the late afternoon Kim worked on contracts!

Evening

Kim made chicken burgers, that she made before from scratch, and they were just as good as they were last time!

We ate that and then chilled out watching TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale