Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 361: Vancouver, BC – New TV Show

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a morning filled with meetings!

First, he had a company wide meeting which was VERY positive and informative.

After this meeting, Curtis had his daily team meeting right after.

After that meeting, Curtis got some admin and tickets completed and then had another meeting, this time it was a 1 on 1 which was also a positive meeting.

After lunch, Curtis got a lot of reading done and then did an offboard in the late afternoon.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into the office for the midweek catch-up today and she had a couple of people join!

Today Kim had a new list if people to chase for their cocktail orders so she sent out a few messages and after a while everyone responded with all the information, it was great!

Around mid morning Kim had someone try the new coffee machine, but it didn’t work, so she emailed the company and they sent someone out to come and take a look at it. Kims favourite employee from the company happened to be the person to get the call, so it was great to see him and have a catch up. He fixed the machine and Kim did a test cup! It works and it is so cool!

In the afternoon Kim had a quick chat with her colleague in the office and then wrote up an email for her and their manager with a bunch of questions for an upcoming project. So that was really productive feeling!

Before Kim started on the quizzes for the day she popped out to test her new credit card by buying a couple more hand sanitiser bottles for the office. Unfortunately the card didn’t work, so Kim used her old work credit card. When she got back Kim did a lot of the work for the UK Our People quiz. She managed to sort a lot of the questions and just needs to build it out with the media and some of the answers. Kim also made a start on the History of the company quiz but she is not sure she is happy with how it looks and flows.

Evening

Kim had an appointment right after work and then when she got home we had chicken with homemade potato salad and sweetcorn.

We watched some YouTube videos and then after that we tried watching the first episode of The Umbrella Academy and then we watched the next episode of The Rain.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place72 – Day 356: Vancouver, BC – Hockey Is Stressful

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy morning, mostly just doing tickets.

The afternoon was pretty quiet, with just a few tickets and not much else happening.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the day on calls! She first had the UK social call, but no one joined, so she headed into the office and did a little admin before joining a quick call with her colleague to show her the PowerPoint she made for the summer party mini game! They also had a quick catchup about the parties.

Kim then arranged a courier and sorted out a few other things in the gap between that call and her 1-1, which went really well. It was a great catchup with her manager and Kim updated her on a few of the projects she is working on, the new thing for the kitchen, the test of the quiz the day before and a few other things.

Kim then had another call with her colleague after she had a request come through that she just needed to soundboard. So so it was a lot of Kim listening and offering ideas when her colleague hit a mind blank.

After that call Kim squeezed in a few emails and some scannning before joining the East Coast social call. She had a great call with all those people, but was then needed to brainstorm with her colleague. So Kim jumped off the social call and helped her colleague make a game plan and back up plans.

Kim then had a quick lunch before managing to do some more admin before the West Coast call. She stayed on that for a while before one of the people on the call reminded kim that someone else is joining the office as of next week and Kim realised she had set nothing up for them! She sent them all the information during the day and added them to all the communication channels, but totally forgot to set up the desk, so Kim did that. Then she set up a laptop for a new starter. To close off the day Kim finally worked on the quiz and she got 3 questions added with media and answers to Kahoot, she took that as a win and eventually went home!

Hockey Is Stressful

Curtis watched the Leafs game after work, which was very, very stressful! The leafs were losing 3-0 but came back to win in Overtime, making it all to play for on Sunday.

We ordered Korean chicken again for dinner as it was so good last week!

We sat and ate that and watched some TV and then played games for a lot of the night, just messing around and having fun!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 355: Vancouver, BC – Quiz Test & Back To Pole!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to renew a license in the morning so had to figure out how to do that one which took some time.

Curtis then did a bunch of tickets and after that he edited a guide that needed changing.

After that, he had some lunch and then helped Kim with testing her quiz that she has made, along with Kim’s family!

The test went really well, and then Curtis did some more tickets as well as a bit of security training in the late afternoon, which everyone at the company has to complete.

Curtis then watched hockey after work was done.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by catching up on a few emails and adding the last few questions to her quiz.

At midday Kim had a meeting with a vendor who popped in. They went over an offer that they have, Kim and her colleague are very excited and hopeful that they can utilise this great offer!

Just after the meeting Kim hosted a game time, but no one showed! So Kim worked on the quiz for a bit.

Kim had organised a test run through of the quiz with her family She sorted out a time and then sent out an invite to her parents and sister, and Kim invited Curtis and her colleague too. It was a great test and Kim got some wonderful feedback that she can use going forward into making the other quizzes. It was also so fun! Everyone seemed to enjoy the quiz, some questions were harder than others, they were able to iron our some technical issues and just have a good catch-up too!

After the quiz and mini game test were done Kim started troubleshooting an issue she had with the audio. The problem ended up that Kim had turned the volum down on the game to stop the lobby music being too loud and didn’t turn it back up again for the sound rounds in the quiz! So that was funny and an easy fix! She also updated the quiz with some word changes and layout changes of some of the questions. She finished by starting the second UK quiz and will work on that a little more tomorrow.

Back to Pole!

Kim got home and shortly after went off to pole! She was finally going back, but obviously there are precautions, such as wearing a mask the whole time and keeping 6ft apart.

Kim loved being back at pole! She was a little nervous at first, but she had a great double lesson back, with a teacher she loves to train with. Kim didn’t manage to nail many of the moves, but she is taking it slow and understanding that her body will have lower limits than it did pre COVID and that thats okay! She will work her way back up for sure. Its also exciting as Kim now has momentum and will, hopefully, start practicing at home too!

We had a chicken salad for dinner and watched a bit of TV, once Kim got back from pole.


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 353: Vancouver, BC – Surprise Offboard

Curtis’ Day

Curtis has a lot of team members that are off for most of this week, so it’s a busy one!

In the morning, a lot of tickets were coming in so Curtis triaged them and also did a few himself.

After this, Curtis had a team meeting which also didn’t last long as there wasn’t many people.

Curtis did some security work and then some more tickets up to lunchtime.

At lunch, the Leafs game came on and Curtis watched that! He then had that on in the background for the rest of the day.

The leafs won!

Curtis had a surprise offboard come in in the afternoon to be completed today! Therefore, Curtis did this at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim was asked to print some stuff off for a colleague popping into the office, but when she went to print the waste toner cartridge was full. So she called a technician to come in and empty it. Unfortunately, the colleague had already made their way into the office so Kim spent some time on the talking with IT to see if they can set her up on another printer but had no luck. Luckily the colleague was able to get the things done that were needed without the document, so that was a relief.

She then worked out and set up a plan for someone else to come back to the office to work. She picked some seats that they can use and sent them across for the person to pick from.

Kim spent some time running through some of the party stuff with her colleague, they checked the RSVPs and went over communications that need to go out.

We had another visitor come in to drop off a few things and pick up another charger. Shortly after that the printer technician arrived and while he was in Kim worked on a shipment and ended up calling UPS to troubleshoot an issue that she has been having in regards to printing off documents. It was a really good call, Kim wasn’t hung up on and there is now a workaround for the issue!

To end the day Kim finished up the quizzes for the UK, tomorrow she will start putting them onto Kahoot and finding the media for them too.

Evening

Once Kim got back home, we had lasagna with garlic bread and salad for dinner and got a bit into a YouTube rabbit hole!

We wat he’d a bunch of videos and then played some mini golf, followed by more videos.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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 348: Vancouver, BC – Fro-Yo

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a few tickets in the morning and it was fairly busy in that sense.

At 12:00, Curtis had a 1:1 meeting and that was a really nice chat. Not much of it was on topic, but it was a fun chat.

After that, Curtis did a few more tickets and then had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had some admin to do and then he had an hour long meeting with his team in which they discussed possible on call information, with regards to how that would work and what the policy would state. This was successful, which was good.

Once that was wrapped up, Curtis had some more tickets to do and a bit of admin and then his day was done.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim worked on a project! She is helping out here team by making sure that a few documents are up to date and have the right branding. So she spent most of the day clicking links on the Wiki and making notes of broken links, documents she needs to update and a list of documents she isn’t sure if she needs to update.

During the day Kim had a few ad hoc meetings with her colleague about the events that are coming up. She also reached out to a number of people in the company for inspiration for the quizzes and she notes a few idea down too.

A few times in the day Kims computer played up, once there was a black bar across the middle of the screen and the second time all of her documents wouldn’t save. For both things she had to reset her computer, which really messed up her rhythm of the task she was doing. The second issue was that her documents all randomly saved under a different file type, for no reason whatsoever!

In the afternoon Kim reformatted the documents, except when the computer was bring stroppy. She also recieved a few requests for team meetings in the office and other small requests.

Fro-Yo

Kim got home around 17:45 and she just had to have a cold shower as she was far too warm!

After that, we made some hoisin chicken for dinner which was excellent and then went for a short walk to get some frozen yoghurt! We spent most of the evening watching TV and playing games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 345: Vancouver, BC – Japanese Cheesecake

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy morning, with a lot of tickets coming in and he took them and got those done, as well as having a Zoom call with someone to resolve something from last week.

Curtis then had a meeting with his team which lasted and hour and then he had some lunch.

After lunch, he had another team meeting, this time it was about a team document that they have to get done and provide to some other people.

Curtis did some more tickets and answered some questions from people for the rest of the afternoon.

Curtis did some cleaning in the evening, after he played some games and waited for Kim to get home.

Kim’s Day

Kim began her day by starting on a new mini game for Kahoot! It similar to ‘who are you’, but with only two choices and it is called ‘this or that’.

She had a quick catch up with her colleague when she came in and then moved on to emails and organising things for the coming week.

Later in the morning Kim had a meeting with her colleague where they went over a few projects that are going on and made a few plans.

Kim spent most of the afternoon working on the main event for the virtual summer parties that will be happening in a few weeks. It takes a fair amount of research and attention. So mid way through the afternoon she popped out to get Japanese cheesecake with a couple of friends. When she got back Kim continued to work on the games.

Kim finished the day by having a long catch up with a friend, it went well into the evening again and it was lovely.

Evening

We had an easy dinner, just some chicken and we went old school with smiley face potatoes! Then we watched a bit of TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 342: Vancouver, BC – The IT Crowd

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a moderately busy day today.

Curtis started with admin as usual, and then some tickets came in so he took and completed those.

Curtis had a team meeting in the morning and then later in the morning, there was an office wide zoom call in which everyone got a colour from the pride flag and made a pride flag on zoom with everyone’s faces in it, which was awesome!

After that, Curtis had some lunch and then after lunch he did some teams building with his team, which was to watch The IT Crowd together, which was fitting for his team!

After that, Curtis wrapped up a few things and then was done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim startes nice an early today as she had to move the social call earlier for a company wide Q&A from yesterday’s meeting. The social call was great, there were a fair few people on the call and they had a wonderful catch up. The meeting after was informative and interesting.

When Kim got into the office she sent a few emails chasing for information and direction. She also received the laptop that had been hard to ship back! Which was great news, it had been a headache!

Kim spent the last bit of her morning working on her credit card and the expenses. She did that right up until the next social call, where she waited for people to join but only one did! They had a little catch up. After the chat Kim finished her credit card expenses.

Late afternoon Kim popped out with a couple of friends to get ice cream! There is a great place just down the road so they got one there and enjoyed them back at the office.

Kim finished her day by joining the West Coast social call for a while. She jumped off to tidy up after a few deliveries and then went home!

Japanese Curry

Kim got home and we played some mini golf but then got hungry, so we ordered Japanese curry to have for dinner.

It was ok, not as good as in Japan of course, but it was fine.

We ate that and then Kim had a bath & relax whilst Curtis played some games.

We joined back together and watched a movie in the evening. It was an easy to watch movie called Overboard.

We then went to bed fairly early as we have a long big day tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 341: Vancouver, BC – Team Drinks!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day overall, with a lot of tickets coming in throughout the day.

Curtis had a few weird tickets in the morning, which required some research and a bit of time, but it was positive overall.

Curtis had meeting with his manager which was a 1:1 but was basically just a casual chat with a few informative things thrown in.

The afternoon was much of the same and Curtis helped his team test a few things and did tickets.

Kim’s Day

Kim was in nice and early this morning for a company wide meeting.

After this Kim worked on the tournament information and got to send it out to people who might be interested in participating. She even had one reply in the morning so she added that to the list of bakes for the competition. She had a quick impromptu meeting with a colleague about the events coming up before she headed out for the day.

We had a vendor pop in to take a look at the plants and replace one that was very much drowned during quarantine. Kim also had a games call, two people joined and it was great fun!! They played a jackbox game and had a really good catch up!

Kim spent a lot of the afternoon catching up on her voicemail and answering calls. She also sent out a few emails chasing information too.

A few of the team Kim is on worked from the office today so they all went out for a drink and some snacky foods after work. It was lovely!

Evening

We had sandwiches for dinner. Curtis had a steak sandwich with mushrooms and Kim had mushrooms in hers.

We watched the finale of the most recent series of The Great Canadian Baking Show, which we’ve been watching for a few weeks now.

We then watched Norsemen which is a terrific show!

We watched some other shows and played some mini golf.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale