Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 428: Vancouver, BC – A Long Lunch Date!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a fairly slow day with no meetings.

He did a lot of tickets and did some project work on the project that is now close to finishing!

That was pretty much his day, nothing massively exciting happened.

Kim’s Day

Kim went out and met a friend for lunch today. She drove to her house and they went for a nice, long and distanced walk. For lunch they went and got tacos from Tacofino and sat at a big picnic bench in the park to chat and eat. After lunch they popped to a couple of shops to run a few errands for her friend and then went to a bakery to pick up some treats.

They dropped the treats off at the car and her friends home before heading to a different park and chatting on the swings. It was such a brilliant way to spend the day, enjoying the sunshine and having a great catch up!

Evening

For Kim’s pole classes in the evening, she had a great time. She struggled with the first move, but its one she hasn’t been able to get for a while. For the second move of the first class Kim was able to nail it and that was great!

For the second class Kim worked on an invert, it wasn’t the same one as everyone else, but its the one she feels most confident getting into the next move, so she is going to really focus on getting it better! Then they worked on a really pretty pose that Kim was able to do!

Curtis had some pizza for dinner and just played some games.

We watched a bit of TV when Kim got home and then it was time to sleep!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Whistler, BC

Place 87 – Day 3: Whistler, BC – Lost Lake, Aussie Pie & Green Lake

Breakfast

We woke up a little later today and got ourselves ready.

We went to get crepes for breakfast, which was about a 15 minute walk.

We got that and a coffee and headed back to the hotel where we ate our crepes. Kim got a chocolate and banana crepe and Curtis had a lemon curd one.

Lost Lake

We finished our breakfast and then walked down to Lost Lake.

There was a nice long walk which was fairly flat but around a beautiful lake. This was a very beautiful, relaxing and quiet walk, there weren’t many people around!

Aussie Pie

We walked this trail for a while and then got to the lake itself which was also very quiet.

We had bought a pie on the way for our walk from an Aussie pie store to have for lunch. Curtis got a steak and pepper pie and Kim got a chicken, mushroom & leek pie.

Green Lake

We ate the pie on a park bench in a very quiet area and took in the scenery.

We then kept walking the trail and accidentally just kept walking and walking through some nice scenery and eventually to Green Lake.

We actually ended up walking for 17km today, which was FAR more than we planned but it felt really good and we enjoyed it, too.

Mexican Food

We got back to the hotel and relaxed for a little and then went out to get some food.

We got some food from a Mexican place we had seen as it was actually really good!

Curtis had a bowl with pulled pork and Kim had chicken quesadillas.

Blizzard

We went out to get Kim a blizzard from DQ down the street but it was far too full so the walk back home was messy!

We watched some TV when we got back and had a few drinks.

We have a fun activity planned tomorrow and so we will be up earlier in the morning. We also have to check out tomorrow morning.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 383: Vancouver, BC – Megadesk!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets in the morning along with some admin.

After that, he had a team meeting to discuss a specific issue and then he did some work with regards to that.

After lunch, Curtis had another chat with his team about a few other issues and helped working on that too.

The afternoon was a little quiet but he got a few things completed.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by organising a few of the hoodie requests. Then she had to call UPS as she wasnt able to access her billing account, they walked Kim through how to make some changes and then it all worked perfectly. So Kim reuploaded the invoices she was missing and finally finished her expenses.

For the rest of the morning Kim worked on her presentation for the office layout she wanted to propose to her manager. She took photos of her prototype desk layout, the Megadesk, and added some information.

She then hosted a game time, played one game of connect four and then had to leave the call! She left everyone else with the website and how to set it up, so she hopes they continued playing!

After a chat with her colleague Kim decided to draw up a floorplan that shows how the desk layout would work across the whole office. She thinks she made it pretty well and close to scale. Then she updated her presentation and the wiki with some more information.

To finish the day Kim joined a team meeting where they went over communications that will be going out over the coming days and weeks. This is also where Kim put forward the Megadesk idea and it got approved! So now Kim and her colleague have a lot of work coming up just for this, but its a good and interesting challenge.

Evening

Kim went off to pole dancing once she got right home.

The classes today were great fun! In the first class Kim tried a few new moves. One she was able to get eventually and the other Kim wasnt so confident on. She tried it a few times, but has it logged as one she needs to work on a bit more. In the second class Kim struggled with the first half of the combo, but was really able to enjoy the second half. While she enjoyed the first few moves, she couldn’t quite figure them out!

Both classes were amazing and Kim is loving being back at pole!

Once Kim got back home, we had soy & lemon chicken which Curtis marinaded during the day.

We watched some TV and relaxed but didn’t have too much time as Kim got home a bit late after pole.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 382: Vancouver, BC – Enjoyable Pole Dancing

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty good morning which started with a 1 on 1.

Curtis then had his team meeting and then had a few other discussions with his team about a few issues people were having with the new security setup the company rolled out.

After lunch, Curtis did some tickets and then did a bit of reading for his Business Analyst course.

Kim’s Day

Loads of people joined todays midweek catch-up and it was great. They spoke about their favourite music and everyone loved the same kind of music, except Kim, but they all like heavy metal and are used to being the odd one out. So it was a nice switch up for them.

When she arrived in the office Kim worked on a test idea that she had. She out it all together, made sure it works and took lots of photos. She then made a diagram for it and made notes.

Kim found a lot of marketing stuff in her big clean up a few months ago. As part of this she got a lot of hoodies, so she reached out to everyone who should have a hoodie and will work on getting them sent out.

In the afternoon Kim had a meeting with her colleague to go over some facilities communications that need to go out. She also amended and updated a Wiki page to allow for more information to be added to the page. So she reorganised the information on there, added a table and made a new section for more information to go on.

Pole Dancing!

Once Kim got back home, she got ready and went right down to Gastown to do some pole dancing!

The pole classes were amazing! Kim’s first class was tricks based and focused on handstands, which Kim loved! The second class was a lyrical dance class where they did a flowy routine and it was so fun.

Once Kim got back home, we had some leftover risotto for dinner and watched a bit of TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 370: Vancouver, BC – Another Long Day

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day, but varied, which was nice.

Curtis had some tickets to get done and then had his team meeting, which lasted a bit longer than normal, but that was good.

He hopped right into another meeting/discussion after that to talk about an issue that had arisen and how to combat it.

He did some more tickets and then just before lunch he had a meeting which was to get some information on a company initiative and it was informative if not a little confusing.

Curtis had lunch and then right after he and his team did some team building, which was just playing some video games!

When he was finished with that, he did some more tickets and then he did an offboard right at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim joined a department team meeting in the morning from home and then went into the office after.

Once she made it into the office Kim spent the morning packing up and sending out two laptops. She then joined the east coast social call and had a wonderful time! There were so many people joining and dropping off the call and loads if faces Kim hadn’t seen in a while!

After this Kim had her 1-1 and they went over the first summer party and plans for the next ones and it was great! She then spent a little time working on the quizzes and other bits of admin before joining a couple of people in the kitchen and making some cocktails! Kim was impressed she could make a pina colada from memory, its not a hard drink, but its been a while!

Kim then stayed in the office for a fair few hours to make a big dent in the next few summer parties. She got all but 3 questions written out for the media and news rounds and its such a relief to be able to start next week with a good foundation.

Evening

Once Kim eventually got back home, we had some chicken with potato and some baked beans whilst watching some TV.

We watched some more TV and played some games for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 354: Vancouver, BC – Sliced Finger!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis certainly had an eventful day!

The morning was filled with Curtis completing an onboard for the Denver office.

Curtis did this over an hour or two as he had some tickets to do, as well.

Then, Curtis went through the tickets that had come in today and got a few of those completed.

At 13:00, Curtis had a meeting with someone to help them test something.

After this, Curtis planned to have lunch, but whilst slicing some bread with a bread knife, he managed to slice his finger instead!

It was a pretty bad cut and he fainted, too, in typical Curtis fashion!

Kim came back home to check on him and make sure the wound was properly cleaned and dressed, then we got the apartment cleaned up, but Kim did most of the cleaning as Curtis was still a little woozy.

Curtis eventually got up and had just the beans he had heated up for lunch and then got back to doing some work and then Kim headed back to the office.

Curtis had a few things to do in the afternoon, so he did those and then just relaxed.

Kim’s Day

Kim hosted the midweek catch-up, but no one turned up! So she just went into the office. The first thing she did was send a few emails and catch up on some admin.

Then Kim packaged up some stuff to send to a new hire. She then called UPS in regards to a pickup that didnt happen yesterday and they were able to set it up for the afternoon, which was great!

After her lunch Kim called Curtis as he said he cut himself. Then she ran home to make sure everything was okay!

When she got back into the office Kim spent the rest of the afternoon and evening putting the quiz onto Kahoot, finding media and changing a few of the questions! She is really happy with how it is turning out.

Evening

As Kim worked late, she came back home fairly late, too.

Kim then cleaned the inside of the oven which meant we couldn’t use it, so we ordered McDonald’s to have for dinner.

After dinner, we did a bit more cleaning up and then sat down to watch some TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 334: Vancouver, BC – Marinaded Chilli & Ginger Chicken

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the day with admin as usual, and then purchased some licensed followed by helping someone with a strange issue regarding docusign.

Curtis created a form for someone to complete with regards to wanting some new software.

Curtis got that done and provided it to them, so he just has to wait for them to complete it.

A lot of Curtis’ work today’s was ticket based, so he got a lot of those done and then had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had a project meeting followed by finishing off the Google account work he was doing yesterday.

Curtis finished the day with some training.

Kim’s Day

Kim started the day chasing about a shipment that still hasnt been picked up. Then after that Kim checked on a coffee order and it turns out that that hadnt gone through, so she placed it again.

She then attempted to finish opening the UPS account, but she was unable to, and will try again next week when she has an invoice for them.

In the early afternoon Kim hosted a rerun of the latest Who Are You game and that was super fun! It was a smaller group than is ideal, but all fun people, which was brilliant.

For the afternoon Kim and bee colleague worked on clearing up the storage locker. They removed boxed of documents for shredding and took them back to the office to organise and shred. Kim then got the cleaning bug and finished the day by cleaning up the meeting room where she dumped everything during the office clean up. So the whole front desk area looks much more smart!

Marinaded Chilli & Ginger Chicken

When Kim got home, she marinaded some chicken in chilli and ginger sauce and then we went out for a walk.

After the walk, we took the recycling out and made our dinner.

We ate our dinner which was delicious, as expected, watched some TV and played some games, as usual!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 282: Vancouver, BC – Water Shutoff

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did not need to get up early today, so that meant a little bit of a lay in!

Curtis had a pretty busy morning, with a few meetings. He had his standard daily team meeting, did some tickets and then had his weekly team meeting after a project meeting.

Curtis then was able to have some lunch, then he did a bit of admin, both for tickets and projects.

Our water Was off for most of the day, but luckily for Curtis he had pre-planned for that so he was able to have coffee! (There was a building wide shutdown of water for maintenance work).

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by catching up on some emails and making a plan for her week. Once she got into work she said hello to the few people who had come in and then joined a team meeting.

After the meeting Kim started to sort some things around the office the first being a box full of high vis jackets. She emptied it and kept a few before organising the rest to go back to the building. Kim was generous with the ines she kept and still had 18 spare jackets!!

She then spent most of the afternoon working on emails and doing some research for a few projects that she is working on. Kim also sent out an invite to a games session later in the week as part of the take a break activities for May.

Kim left work a little early to head to the doctors for a checkup and everything is great! When she then got home Kim reorganised a cribbage game and read a document from the building.

Evening

Kim got back from her appointment and did a little bit of work before making dinner.

Curtis took the recycling down to the recycling room, which was pretty much empty, so that made it easier!

We ate our dinner which was a take on phó and it was very delicious!

We watched some TV and that was that.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 264: Vancouver, BC – Positives & Negatives

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right at 09:00 again. His meeting was successful, and was a discussion between his team with regards to onboarding and how it can be automated.

After this, Curtis reviewed a policy someone had written to see if it had all the required information.

Curtis had a lot of tickets to do in the afternoon, which took up all of his time.

Kim’s Day

The day started with a gratitude call and it was amazing. As part of mental health awareness month Kim decided to have a space where people can share things they ate grateful for. We also took the time to say the positive changes we hope will come around as a result of COVID-19. So many people had beautiful things to share and it was a wonderful event.

Kim then busied herself with a few smaller admin tasks before joining yoga. It was a difficult video to follow along to today, very handstand and handstand heavy, which Kim loved!

When she got back from the veiwing Kim had a call with her colleague about posting stuff and the plan around that. It was great to get a final direction and plan as to what is happening.

After lunch Kim worked on writing up some letters for a company wide meeting coming up. She also invited someone from marketing to a meeting next week to go over all the stock, so great progress there!

Kim then had another meeting. She joined a few colleagues to go over the plans for the upcoming company wide meeting series. They went over how it will work and who is doing what.

To end the day Kim worked on the mail / post project and drafted a bunch of different emails and sent them off for review.

Positives & Negatives

We went to view an apartment together at lunch time, which didn’t last too long, but we LOVED the apartment and the location.

Unfortunately, we found out not too long after that they chose someone else for the apartment, so we cannot have it, which is a shame.

That being said, our evening continued on, and we made some hoisin chicken with rice and vegetables and then sat down to watch TV.

Around 21:00, we got a very positive phone call, which we will see how it transpires tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 235: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Workout

Curtis’ Day

We didn’t go for a walk this morning, so Curtis got to sleep in!

Curtis had a meeting at 09:30 with his team and 1 other person, to get team specific feedback on a survey the team had answered.

After that, he had his general team meeting, followed by 2 project interview meetings.

That was already the morning done and we went for a lunchtime walk.

Curtis’ afternoon was all tickets, which took up his whole afternoon which was good.

Kim’s Day

Kim hosted the midweek catch up, it was great to talk to a few people, some who hadn’t joined before!

She then spent most of the day working on the presentation. She has made a cool theme and designed the slides around that. She took some time to get some information on there, make sure the slides work and tried to make it as interesting and captivating as she can.

Midway through the morning she had a department catch up, it was so nice to see people she hasn’t seen for weeks!

For the rest of the day Kim did the slideshow. She also did a little scheduling and towards the end of the day she started to read a document that her colleague sent over, but she has made that a future Kim problem, it wasn’t something to start at the end of the day!

Homemade Workout

We did our homemade workout, which was our favourite elements from the workout we had been doing, but all put together in the style we wanted.

This was great!

Kim did a few stretches and then we did the cleaning for the week.

After the cleaning, we had leftover vegetarian spaghetti bolognese, which was terrific.

After dinner, we played some mini sticks for a while, and then played some Need For Speed, followed by a bit of TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale