Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 349: Vancouver, BC – A Psychological Thriller

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets and also a decent amount of security work to start off the day.

After his team meeting, Curtis did some more tickets and learned how to do something new! Once he learned that, he made a guide for it so others will know, too.

Curtis then had lunch and post lunch, he had a long team meeting to discuss project work from the last 2 weeks.

After that, Curtis’ laptop started being a bit temperamental, so Curtis ran some fixes on it.

Once the laptop decided to work, Curtis did another couple of tickets and then was done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim took the earliest social call from home, it was just her and one other person from one of the UK offices and it was lovely!

As she got to the office Kim met someone who started a few weeks ago to swap their laptop. While they were in the office she also gave them a quick tour and introduced them to a few people in the office.

After this Kim did a comparison on the shipment services available and set up a package to go out. She also spent some of the morning sorting a team booking and updating a few documents.

At lunch, Kim and a friend went and grabbed tacofino, bought it back to the office and had lunch together. It was really great as its his last day and he is a good egg!

Just as Kim finished lunch she joined the east coast social call, but it was just her and one other person, so they called it quits after 15 minutes. Then a little while later Kim noticed that people had joined the call so she jumped back on! It was great to catch up with those great people.

A short while after, eveyone in the office had a quick catch-up and a cheers to the guy leaving. It was a lovely little, distanced, get together before the long weekend.

Kim worked on the quizzes and then started the West coast social call a little earlier. She had it on in the background while she was working away, but after 45 minutes Kim decided to call it a day and head home!

Korean Chicken!

We had seen a Korean chicken place whilst we were walking the other day and so we thought we would try it out for dinner!

We each got some Korean chicken and Kim’s came with rice whilst Curtis got some Kimchi with his.

We had a nice beer with it and watched a bit of TV.

We relaxed for the evening and watched the film The Invitation which was a phycological thriller. We enjoyed it, but it did take some time to get going.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 320: Vancouver, BC – Thursday Is A Monday

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the morning getting some information on how to fix an issue, which he managed to get good information on.

Curtis answered some questions and did some tickets for the rest of the morning.

After lunch, he walked into the office to fix the issue he was researching this morning.

The person had left him the laptop, which of course Curtis sanitised before and after handling. Curtis was able to get this fixed fairly quick, which was good as it was something new, and he then went back home.

Curtis got back home and did some more tickets and then an offboard.

Kim’s Day

Today is the last day to set up the office and Kim has very little to do. She printed and laminated the last few signs before moving on to putting signs on desks and meeting rooms. She did the smaller side of the building, where she put a sticker and tape on the table leg of desks being used, tape on the floor 6 feet from the chair, to show people the closest they can be. She also put the meeting room signs up and a few distancing reminders.

When Kim got into the kitchen she put up the last few signs and organised the leftover drinks for people to pick up off of a table.

Once she finished with the kitchen, Kim put a few signs up in the bathrooms before hosting a game of Skribbl while she had her lunch.

After lunch Kim and her colleague continuted to put signs on desks to show that they are being used and putting the notifications on meeting room doors.

Mid afternoon Kims manager came in to do a little paperwork and have a tour of the office, as it is totally different from when she was last in. She loved how the office looked, which was great!

After the meeting Kim and her colleague finished putting the signs up. Kim realised she forgot to print a couple of signs, so she made those and popped them up.

It doesn’t sound like a busy day, but Kim didn’t stop! It was a great day and the office is now ready to go! Kim is excited to have people back.

Weird Feeling Evening

We both felt weird this evening, and all day really, as it felt like a Sunday yesterday so today felt like a Monday even though it isn’t.

For dinner we had leftover pasta with a side of ceasar salad along with some homemade garlic bread which was the perfect addition!

We watched some during dinner and then we played a few more new games together which was fun but made time go too fast!

Kim had a bath in the evening as she felt like it and then we watched a thing or two after before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 318: Vancouver, BC – Breaking & Fixing Things

Curtis’ Day

Curtis kicked the day off with getting a new account created for an onboard, which he hasn’t done for a long while, but he can’t do the laptop as there was none of them in Vancouver, so they have to get done in the Winnipeg office.

Curtis finished that and then did a few security things.

Once that was done, Curtis did a computer checkup which went really well.

Right after that, Curtis helped someone get their laptop removed and back onto the domain do that it works correctly.

This took a while as it wouldn’t let them log back in, so Curtis and to try a few different things and it eventually worked!

Curtis had his team meeting once that was done and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis did a few tickets and got some reading done, which has been a couple of weeks since he got any reading done.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by sorting out banks of desks. She collected up, removed and replaced extension cables on one side of the building. It took longer than planned so Kim decided to move on.

She had to sort out a few things for people returning to work so she popped to one shop and picked up a few things and as it is a surprise, Kim will be very vague. She popped to another shop and then realised that the first purchase was on her personal card! So Kim went back to the first shop, sorted that out and went back to the office to organise all the things she bought.

She showed her colleague the plan for the stuff that was bought, for the go ahead, so went and picked up the few missing things thay are needed. When she got back to the office she continued putting it all together.

After lunch Kim had a donut chat with a great colleague and it was so much fun. They spoke about how strange COVID has been and a bunch of other stuff, it was great!

After that call, Kim had a meeting with her colleague and then finished up making the things and then sent a few emails before heading home!

Evening

When Kim got home, she marinated some chicken for tomorrow’s dinner and then also made some food for today.

We had chicken breasts with a sun-dried tomato, mustard, garlic, ginger and sour cream sauce.

We had this alongside mushrooms and some other vegetables.

We ate this and spent the rest of the evening watching TV, playing games and just relaxing.

Tomorrow is a day off for Canada Day, so we did plan to go out and maybe go to a park, but the weather is expected to be quite bad tomorrow so we probably won’t do much.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 312: Vancouver, BC – Constant Issues & More Office Organisation

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very irritating day today.

He had the zoom webinar and then after that he spent most of the morning doing computer checkups. Most of this should be able to be done without even contacting the users, but for some reason Curtis’ laptop was being a pain, so it meant he had to contact each user and either get them to do some things or have a Zoom call with them and do it for them.

After lunch, Curtis had a couple of tickets to do and then had a long Zoom call with someone to try and get an issue fixed, but unfortunately he wasn’t able to get anywhere with it, other than ruling out possible fixes, so it’s back to the drawing board.

Kim’s Day

Kim took the mid week catch up call from home and today it was just her and one other person, but someone she had not met before! So it was great to meet them and say hello.

Once she was in the office Kim started on peeling the signs off the bin doors and removing all the loose tape too. She then organised the new bins and put the signs above them.

Kim had a call from a vendor who she is waiting on a response from to tell her that they haven’t done anything but are going to. Which seemed like a total waste of time, especially given that they had been calling multiple times a day just to give that message.

In the early afternoon Kim had a jackbox game planned, but only one person joined so they had a quick chat. For the afternoon Kim continued to reorganise the office. She emptied more drawers, removed some tables and tagged desks that IT need to look at tomorrow. It was a long but good and successful day.

Towards the end of the afternoon Kim wrote up a to do list for herself and IT for tomorrow.

A Relaxing Bath

Once Kim got home, Kim decided to head to the pharmacy down the road to get some drain unblocker for our bath as it has been getting more and more blocked.

Once she got that and came back, she had a nice long relaxing bath which was just what she needed.

We then made a veggie stir fry for dinner, but we ended up not having enough noodles for 2 people, so we had sweet & sour chicken with rice and vegetables and Curtis will have the stir fry for lunch tomorrow.

We watched some TV and then went to bed. Nice, simple & relaxing evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 311: Vancouver, BC – YOU

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent his morning doing a lot of computer checkups with people which, for some reason, some of them didn’t work, so it took a bit longer than usual.

That took us most of the morning and then after lunch Curtis had 2 back to back meetings.

The first meeting was a discussion on security and then the second was a meeting in which Curtis was the Business Analyst for the project and had to get some plans together for next steps, which he and the team did successfully.

The day was a bit quieter after that, with Curtis just doing a couple of tickets and some admin before wrapping up for the day.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in the office she called a company and asked a few questions and set up an account. It was very easy and a great start to the day.

Kim went on to order a few gift cards, save and chase some reciepts and answered a few calls. She then made some more signs and amended a few that she had.

For the rest of the morning and most of the afternoon Kim and someone from IT went around and cleared more desks, they removed a load of redundant wires, collected up MORE found IT equipment and started a more thorough general office sort out and clean up.

Midway through the afternoon we had someone pop in to assess the plants and tell us how they were these past few months. We managed to only kill one, which Kim is saying is a big win!

More Curry!

We had leftover curry for dinner, with more coconut rice. It was just as good as it was yesterday!

We watched a very funny South African comic whilst we ate and then a couple of episodes of YOU afterwards, which is getting very intense!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 307: Vancouver, BC – Juneteenth March & New Work Dishwasher!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of the morning getting someone to setup a new laptop for them, in one of the US offices.

He had to chat with someone and get them to setup the laptop by following his steps and then that person left the office and so Curtis was handed off to someone else.

Luckily, that was the final part of the setup and it all went nice and smoothly, so the new laptop now has a home!

Curtis had his lunch and then a long team meeting in the afternoon.

After the team meeting, Curtis did a couple of tickets and one that came in right as the meeting finished and then he was done!

Kim’s Day

For once Kim was up and ready with plenty of time to get ready for the UK social call and het computer was not working. So Kim did the call from her phone and after worked from her phone for a bit before she took the battery out to restart it.

After Kim did a little admin at home she headed into work and stopped off to return a few items back to a store on her way in.

Once Kim got into the office she continued working on signs for the office and she sent a few emails to IT to ask for help with a number of things.

In the afternoon Kim hosted the east coast social call and they had a chat before playing a few games. After the games Kim joined another call and watched the cribbage final and it was fun!

After one team won Kim sent out a email to the company to celebrate and she sent the winners some gift cards. Kim and her colleague popped to the liquor store as they had to be in the office until 9pm potentially, so they may as well make the most of it and have a catch up.

Kim joined in the west coast catch up after having a quick call with Danielle in New Zealand, which was great! On the social call they played even more games and Kim made her black lives matter sign to have for the protest that was happening in the evening.


Once they noticed that the protest started to march Kim set up a timelapse, took her sign and went downstairs. Kim stood back to one side and watched thousands and thousands of people walk past and it was amazing and so moving.


Just in front of the office building was a snack, water and hand sanitizer stand with first aid people. It was so peaceful and powerful, Kim was so thankful to be able to be a part of it.

There were so many people of all races, ages and genders, it was beautiful and very emotional to be a part of. Kim and her colleague went back up to the office and had a drink while they waited for the people to come in and install the dishwasher. It was a great evening and the office has a new dishwasher!

Burgers!

When Kim got home after the dishwasher was replaced at the office, it was around 20:00, and we found some food to order, as with each Friday.

We got some food from LOCAL which serves pub style food.

Kim got a chicken burger and Curtis got a breakfast burger…Both were pretty great!

We watched some TV and a movie and then headed to bed. We were both tired this week!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 291: Vancouver, BC – Salad Season!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a lot of ticket work today, and a lot of the day was for one in particular.

Curtis had some tickets to do first thing and then had 2 meetings in a row.

He had a meeting with a couple of people from his team in which they discussed options around a specific piece of software that’s been under discussion for a while, and then he had another meeting which was his daily team one.

After his meeting, Curtis did a lot of small things for a bunch of different tickets and then had lunch.

Post lunch, Curtis spent most of the rest of the day researching and getting information and pricing on a specific laptop for someone, which he was able to order, too.

Curtis did some report exporting for someone and then his day was done.

Kim’s Day

Today’s blog for Kim won’t be all that interesting as she spent more time on FedEx again!

She started her day by losing a game of cribbage, unfortunately that means she is now out of the competition entirely! She enjoyed it whole she was involved, but still gets to facilitate the tournament which is great.

She went from the game straight into the mid week catch up. Today was great, there were a few newer faces and everyone was able to have a great conversation, which obviously focused around the events in America, black lives matter, human rights and hope for change.

A little later in the morning Kim had a donut catchup which was brilliant. It was with someone who works in the same office as Kim and that she gets on well with, which is great!

Kim then spent a lot of her day reorganising FedEx pickups and sorting out a few more. She also made a few plans for other projects and tried making a payment that has been a pain for the last couple of weeks, it still didn’t work.

Salad Season!

We were pretty hungry after work, but we watched an episode of a TV show first and then made dinner. It’s getting much warmer now so it’s time to have more salads.

We had a mexican chicken salad, which was absolutely perfect for today!

We watched some TV, played some games and did some tidying and cleaning around the apartment.

We played some UNO and mini sticks in the evening too, to break up the TV watching!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 248: Vancouver, BC – All New Games!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had another couple of computer checkups planned for the day today, so he got those done in the morning, as well as his team meeting.

Curtis did some other tickets and then at 12:00, he was meant to have another checkup but the person had to reschedule, so he didn’t do it.

After lunch, Curtis had a lot of tickets to do and then he hopped on a zoom call with someone who needed some urgent assistance freeing up some space on their laptop.

Curtis got some training in and helped Kim a little with a spreadsheet and then that was his day done!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by joining a game of cribbage, this time it was one she was meant to be in, so that was great! It was good fun and we lost again, unsurprisingly!

Just before the game Kim got the go ahead on a few things for getting the office in a good position for when people are heading back in again, which is great. As a result, Kim has a few mini projects that will keep her busy. She sent a bit of information to her manager and is awaiting a response on a few things. Kim also set up a meeting with her colleague, where they can go over anything and everything!

For the rest of the morning Kim made her Taboo game, she popped into the office the other day to pick up the game so she could copy the words from the cards into the game. It saved kim trawling the internet and thinking some up!

At 1 Kim hosted taboo and it was so much fun! There were just two players, but they did enjoy it. Kim ended up ditching the timer and letting people just work through 8 words and phrases each.

In the afternoon Kim spent a little time finding and chasing for invoices. She also made a tracker for winners of competitions to go on the Wiki!

All New Games!

We did our workout and then had an easy dinner.

Once we were done with our food, kim spoke with a friend from pole and then we watched a bit of TV and then Curtis was able to download some new games on the Oculus Quest!

We played some SuperHot VR again and then we did that and watched some more TV and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 247: Vancouver BC – Addicted To VR!

Curtis’ Day

The weather outside was wonderful this morning when we went for our walk, so Curtis felt refreshed and ready to start the day.

After he showered and had breakfast, Curtis did some admin and then had another computer checkup to complete at 09:30, so he did that and then did some security work.

After that, he had his daily team meeting, followed by some project work and then he had another checkup to do.

Curtis got his project work completed and then had his weekly team meeting.

After that, he actually ended up having a busy afternoon, which he wasn’t expecting, as he had some people reach out about some issues, and that lead him perfectly to the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim got herself ready to play a game of cribbage, earlier than she would usually start working. So she got orgnaised, joined the call, and then realised it wasn’t her game! So she left and then did a test of a bunch of light bulbs in the apartment and made a bin pile and replaced some of the dead lights in the kitchen.

When she started work at the proper time she reached out to someone she is meant to be arranging a phone screen for as they had not been in contact.

Kim then spent most of her day working on righting a wellness and ergonomics document for the Wiki. It was something that her manager said would be a good thing to have for people to refer to while working from home. So Kim did her research and spent most of the day making the document to be a interesting and informative!

She also joined yoga at midday and in the afternoon updated the cribbage tracker to account for the games that took place today. Towards the end of the day, she aldo heard back from the candidate and booked them in for their phone screen.

Back To Working Out

We worked out after Kim got back from the office.

We played some mini sticks first as a warm-up, of course, and then did our working out which felt great.

We both showered and then we had chicken pesto pasta for dinner as it was almost 20:00 and we were hungry, so it was nice and quick.

We watched travel man whilst we ate and then watched some TV, played some games and played more VR…We are definitely addicted to VR!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 209: Vancouver, BC – Panic Buying Has Begun!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had an incredibly busy day.

He started with a quiet day, just setting up a laptop for someone.

He then was told that the company would be announcing company wide office closures as a preventative measure to COVID-19, in a similar vein to how Kim’s place is doing it.

Curtis had to deal with a bunch of things for the closure. Some tickets, getting things prepared like laptops in case they are needed as well as helping with a few other things to assist with the sharing of information and storage of information, too.

Right at the end of the day, once Curtis got a second, he did an offboard and had a Guinness, which was bought for Tuesday to do a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, but as that isn’t happening, he and his colleague had one today!

Kim’s Day

Kim went off to UBC today to do some more learning!

She was in a different classroom today, but still did some learning for her project management course.

She met Curtis after he was done at work and we walked home together.

Panic Buying

We went up to the shop when we got home. Not to panic buy, but just to get a few things for dinner and some stuff we needed.

When we got there, there was very little of use left as everyone is panic buying!

We got what we could and got out of there.

For dinner, we had chicken wraps with lots of salad and vegetables in them, with a Nando’s and ranch sauce, it was actually pretty great.

We just sat around and watched TV…we’ll both be working from home until further notice, so that’ll be fun.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale