Place 72 – Day 214: Vancouver,BC – Holiday Party

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work quite early and that was good as he had a few tickets to get sorted, so that gave him time to do so.

Curtis had a few meetings today. One was regarding the helpdesk software that the team is moving to, and another was regarding an upcoming hackathon.

Curtis is helping out on a team with the hackathon, so he had to have a meeting to discuss their idea, which he thinks is great!

In the afternoon, Curtis did a few more tickets as well as some configuration setup of the new helpdesk.

He sat and had a few drinks with some colleagues before racing home to get ready.

Kim’s Day

Kim got to go to work a little later today, but her day was filled with setting up the venue for tonight’s holiday party.

Holiday Party

Curtis got ready for the holiday party and walked to the city, with a stop at a clothing store for Kim.

This blog is going up pre-party as it’ll be a late one, but Kim organised it so it should be amazing!

We will update you tomorrow with any interesting tid bits!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 213: Vancouver, BC – Glamming Up!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work early today, so that he can make time up for a couple of hours he wants to take off next Thursday.

Curtis had a bit of time to himself in the quite, in which he was able to be very productive!

Curtis did pretty much just ticket work for most of the day, but he also watched a demo for some software that the team is looking at getting, as well as a bit of work on the team’s new helpdesk software, which he has to get configured for the team to use.

Curtis was asked to be one of the people to help look after the new nitro brew coffee. They recently got nitro hot coffee and nitro cold brew, so Curtis had to learn about how to maintain that.

Curtis left the office and met Kim so we could go for a bit of shopping!

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of her morning running around and collecting the last few things she needs before the party tomorrow and closing up a lot of mini tasks.

Before Kim left to go on lunch she was surprised with a bottle of wine and some coasters from a team in the office! It was totally unexpected and so lovely!

Kim then headed out to the hotel for a holiday lunch that they put on! Kim and a colleague went down, had a brilliant couple of hours catching up with our reps, enjoying great food and even winning prizes!

When she got back to the office Kim had a small meeting with her teammate about the party and all the other upcoming events!

Kim then stocked the mini fridge with drinks so it can be ready for an all day meeting that is taking place tomorrow.

Glamming Up

We went to a couple of shops before heading home.

We went first to find Curtis a waistcoat and tie for tomorrow’s Christmas party.

We stopped at Topman, but there weren’t any options he liked there.

We then went to H&M and he found the perfect combination.

We went down to Gastown for Kim to look in a shop she had been recommended to look at for dresses.

This was an independent store and the staff were incredibly nice!

Kim found the perfect dress and so she bought that.

We took the train back home and then Kim left to go to training.

The class tonight was hard, but Kim really enjoyed it! She managed one of the moves and even learned a new way to invert, which is amazing!

Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim was out.

Kim was going to come right home, but found out that her friend had the nail varnish she was looking for, so she went to her place to borrow that instead!

Kim stopped off at a couple of shops on the way home, so that she could return a few items she had bought.

Once Kim got home, we watched some TV and then got some sleep…Curtis felt tired after his early start today!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 211: Vancouver, BC – 2nd Ever Leafs Game!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis didn’t have much planned again today, but it soon added up!

Curtis did a lot of tickets and then his afternoon was taken up with starting a project in which he needed to contact a lot of users and ask them some questions and give them some advice and feedback, and then he needed to discuss with his team.

Curtis got a bit of reading done for his Business Analyst training done and then left work.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by catching up on some emails before heading into the remote workers quarterly social catch up. They had a great 30 minute catch up with new and older employees! It was wonderful!

After this meeting Kim spoke with the taco company from yesterday to complete the order for lunch for the other office. She then moved on to organising a FedEx delivery to go out.

Kim then set up the catering for a day long meeting and about an hour later cleared it away.

A while after this Kim had the monthly first aid meeting which went well, a lot of good questions were bought up and some great plans made for the new year!

2nd Ever Leafs Game!

We met after work and went out for some food.We walked past a Japanese place, which looked authentic and delicious so we thought we would give it a go.

We were not disappointed!

We both got chicken katsu curry and it was a huge portion and incredibly delicious.The chicken was excellent (maybe a little too fried, but still great) and the sauce was perfectly thick, combined with terrific rice.This filled us up perfectly!

We left here and walked to Rogers Arena to watch the Maple Leafs play against the Canucks.

This was our 2nd time watching the Leafs play, but this time, we went lower down in the seats to watch the warm up, which was amazing!

The game began and right from the start it was a pretty good one!

The 1st period ended 0-0, but there were some chances at either end.The Leafs took the 2nd period 2-0, with 2 pretty nice goals.

The leafs managed to seal the deal, after Vancouver made it 2-1, and the leafs got another goal and an empty net goal to get the win!

The leafs eventually won 4-1!

It was a really, really fun game to be at, and we loved every second!

After the game, we walked home.

Once we got back, we watched a little bit of TV and then went off to bed as it was 22:00 by the time we got back.

Curtis has a hockey game tomorrow, but probably won’t have the same amount of people watching it!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 210: Vancouver, BC – More New Moves!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and did his usual admin before his short team meeting.

A backup he had left over the weekend doesn’t seem to have worked, so he contacted a company to see if they can do what he’s looking to do, which has to be done by Thursday!

Curtis also did a few tickets, and a lot of new tickets came in today, too, so they took priority.

He did have a plan to start a project, but there wasn’t time for this anymore!

Curtis purchased some licenses today, as well as setup a replacement laptop for someone.

The day was pretty varied, which meant it went fast, too!

Kim’s Day

Kims days started with her ordering 2 sets of catering, one was pizza for today and another was sandwiches and salads for tomorrow.

She then spent most of the morning picking up random tasks and keeping on tip of emails. She did pop out at one point to pick up glue for the party decorations.

After lunch Kim saved a bunch of receipts she had lying around, which puts her way ahead of schedule in comparison to the past few months.
Kim had her biweekly 1:1 with her boss where they had a great catch up and went over some things coming up over the next dew weeks. During this meeting one of the hotels Kim works closely with popped by top drop off some chocolates as a holiday gift!

Kim spent a good amount of the afternoon catching up on voicemail messages. She also made up the main part of the little snowmen table decorations.

The fruit arrived towards the end of the day as Kim used a proper supermarket this time as they stocked a few extra things that Kim needed so it seemed silly to be paying for 2 deliveries.

More New Moves

Our humidifier died recently, so we had to get a new one.

Being an adult is fun and exciting.

We have to use a humidifier as we have the air conditioning from the hallway seeping into our apartment through some vents, so we have to have the humidity to counteract that.

At pole this evening, which was 2 hours long, Kim learnt a fair few moves. She wasn’t great at many, but she loved the doubles move that they tried and Kim nailed a move called hanglider which is cool!

Once Kim got back home, we watched a little TV and then went to bed.

We have a fun evening tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 207: Vancouver, BC – Lunchtime, Gametime

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy start to the morning, having to help a whole company (that work within his company) setup their respective office boardrooms for a company wide meeting.

After that, Curtis spent the morning doing ticket work, and a small amount of project work, hoping to finish up a project soon.

Curtis’ team had a meeting at 13:00, which was to agree on projects to take on for the upcoming 2 weeks.

This meeting went on for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, which Curtis had lunch after.

After lunch, Curtis was able to get his project finished and start another project, which was a big success!

Kim’s Day

Kim got in and started on the shopping orders for the other two offices right away. She put all the orders together but ran out of time before her meeting room booking to actually place the orders. She really didn’t want to rush them and make a mistake.

Kim collected everything she needed for starting the table decorations and took them up to the meeting rooms on the 25th floor.

As she was spray painting Kim decided to go up to the roof so she can work in a meeting room wity a door that can open and allow fresh air in.She had the idea of using parts of the beautiful bouquet of flowers that Curtis got her for her birthday. She dried out the leaves and some petals and spray painted them sparkly or silver. This will look so pretty on the night scattered around the food.

She then cleaned up and headed back downstairs in time to start setting up for the lunchtime game. Kim moved some furniture and set out the pens and answer sheets for the game. Kim’s colleagues grabbed the pizza while she was setting up too!

The game this quarter was Guess the Song – Festive Addition.

It was great fun to watch people try to figure out what was playing and then the debates during the answers were great! Kim would not accept George Michael, it had to be Wham, but she was not insistent on the exclamation mark. She totally made the rules up as she went! It ended in a 3 way tie so there was then a few quick fire rounds until we came to one winning team! It was great fun!

Kim got back to her desk and then went through all the other offices orders and triple checked them before she completed them.

After this Kim sent 2 packages vis FedEx, which is great as she was worrying she was running out of time.

As she had bought some extra stuff for the table centrepieces yesterday, Kim wanted to do a quick improvement of the snowman she has made. It is now much cuter and better looking!

Kim then finalised the shop for the Vancouver office. It won’t be arriving until the afternoon on the Monday as Kim has tried a different shop!

As she has to order some extra things that the usual place is unlikely to stock.

Kim then sent and replied to a few emails before heading home!

Late Hockey Game

Curtis got home and sorted his hockey kit out and chucked that in the car.

Kim got home and we had some food. Curtis made himself some (way too spicy) Piri-Piri chicken with rice and Kim wanted to have a potato instead, so she did just that.

We watched some TV and then left the house around 21:00 to go to Curtis’ hockey game.

We will update you on how the hockey game went tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 206: Vancouver, BC – Interesting Network Things

Curtis’ Day

Curtis only had a few things planned for the day, but that soon grew!

A lot of tickets came in, which Curtis took and sorted for people.

Curtis had to deal with a possible security issue, which took up quite a chunk of the morning, but he did enjoy that!

Curtis went for lunch with two colleagues. They had Banh Mi and Curtis also got a vietnamese iced coffee.

After lunch, Curtis had a meeting, followed by doing a few bits of project work as well as discussing a new project with his team.

Curtis also did some network things with his colleague who is in town from Winnipeg. He learned a bit more, too, which is great and always welcome.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she set up for the day and sent out a reminder email about a building run holiday breakfast party happening in the lobby.

Kim and a few others went down to grab some food, there was also a live 2 person band playing festive songs.
When Kim got back she tool some time to compare 2 pizza places as she wanted to try ordering from somewhere new.

Kim picked a restaurant that she and Curtis have ordered from previously. It has a comparable price, larger pizzas, better quality and all the dietary replacements that are needed.

Kim then popped out to the dollar store to grab some cheap holiday chocolates and mini candy canes for the chocolate vase at her desk.

People were very happy when they saw it filled with festive treats! On the way back into the office she picked up a box of 6 chicken nuggets.

Kim then scanned and saved a few recipts before heading out on another little coffee date! This time they actually went for coffee!

Kim and another colleague went down to JJ Bean and had a wonderful chat about management, how they both ended up in Vancouver and languages.

When Kim got back she actually booked the pizza for delivery as she didn’t want to place the order earlier over lunch time, that seemed like a bad time to be placing a 16 pizza order!

Kim the popped out again to pick up some felt for the party declarations and picked up the multipack of beer and case of cider for tomorrows afternoon drinks.

Enjoyable Pole Training

Curtis got home and had no plans to do anything at all, so just sat around and played games!

Kim’s class tonight was great fun! She ended up learning a move she tried a few weeks ago. It took a few attempts but she finally nailed it on the last attempt! She also learned a very cool fake bendy move!

Kim got back home and we watched a YouTube video or two, followed by Silicon Valley.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 205: Vancouver, BC – Getting Things Done

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and had a few things planned to do but didnt really get around to them until after his 15 minute team meeting, due to getting some admin completed.

Curtis’ plan for the day was mostly to get tickets completed which he didn’t get to do yesterday with how busy he was doing the onboards.

Curtis did a lot in a short period of time, which was great as he needed to catch up!

He did get an email from someone thinking they recieved a phishing email, so Curtis investigated that for a while, which he always finds interesting, and he was able to determine that it was not a phishing email.

Curtis got a lot done for a project he is working on, too! He had to contact a company and find out if they could make some changes for him, as well as look at a few parts of the software and determine if it can do what is needed.

The afternoon involved setting up a laptop as well as starting off a backup and changing the name of a website, as requested by someone.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by reaching out and replying to vendors for the holiday party.

Kim then did a quick test of some of the party declarations, she loves the ones from today, but hates the one she made a few weeks ago!

Kim then spent some time planning up two floor plan options, one is preferable, but the other is a backup plan for if the band can’t be placed where they want it to be.

Kim then hopped on a call with a charity that the company works closely with and her boss to talk about future involvement and plans.

It was great to meet them and it will be awesome to work closer with them in the up and coming months.

After this call Kim finalised some more of the floor plan and then sent that off to the caterers to ensure that the current plan has enough space for all the food ordered. She then went on to amend her current timeline for a nice and easy to read timeline for all of the vendors.

Kim then had a small meeting with a colleague to go over the social lunch happening on Friday and the party plans.

Kim then had to do some proper first aid, it was just wrapping up an old injury that has flared up. So.she sorted that, did the paperwork and sent across some recommendations

Evening

Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim was out and helping at pole!

Once Kim got back home, we watched just a little TV, ate some hoisin chicken and rice that we made and then headed to bed.

Not a particularly exciting day today, but we got a lot of things done that we needed to.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale