Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 327: Vancouver z BC – One Day Mini Project

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was productive as he was able to start and complete a mini project in just a few hours!

He started the day with chatting with his team about the project as everyone has to agree to it and then he did the work.

It was mostly research and testing which didn’t take him long at all to do.

He did some tickets and joined a webinar but the webinar was useless so he left it half way through.

He has been working for the last couple of days trying to get something fixed for someone but it is not playing ball, so that’s been frustrating and he worked on it more today too.

Curtis did some more reading/training in the afternoon as well as a couple of tickets and some admin.

A pretty productive day in general.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by getting in early to help host a company wide meeting. It went very well and it was really interesting. When that came to an end Kim sent out an email for the Q&A for tomorrow and put the recording of todays meeting on the Wiki.

Kim spent a little time tidying up where she had dumped everything in her meeting room. She then spent the rest of the morning making notes and a plan in regards to changing some things on the phone. Once that was done Kim listened to the voicemails and sent the messages on to people.

Mid afternoon Kim had a meeting with her colleague about changing the phone system and an idea that she had that would make it easier for that team to get their messages. Kim showed the functionality of the app, to the best of her abilities, and explained how it would work in this scenario.

After that meeting Kim had another meeting with a colleague about office updates that are still on the list to be done and future events that they are planning. It went well and they had some really good ideas come up!

Evening

We took the recycling out when Kim got home and then we made more garlic bread to go with the remaining lasagna.

We finished the rest of the lasagne and watched some TV. We played some more virtual mini golf, too, which we are both getting much better at!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 298: Vancouver, BC – Double Dinner!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a colleague demonstrate a new application they made which helps his team onboard people faster, which is amazing!

Curtis watched that and then had his daily team meeting right after.

He then attended the weekly Zoom webinar and then got some project work done!

He got a whole project started and finished in the day and did some work for another couple of projects whilst doing so, as well as some tickets and answering questions.

Kim’s Day

To start the day Kim hosted the mid week catch up where she had three other people join the call, it was great! For the most of the morning she worked on lots of little tasks, she set up a time and date for the next cello performance and she fully finished the log that she will need for the coming weeks.

Later in the morning Kim had an impromptu call with her manager and another manager to discuss plans for the log Kim had been working on to see if there were any better alternatives. After that call Kim had another call with a different colleague in regards to stuff going on in the office.

After lunch Kim had her 1-1 which went well, she had a great talk. For the afternoon Kim worked on the team project by updating a few documents and the Wiki page. She also sent out a message to people in Vancouver about the deals on their chosen hotels in the Downtown area, just in case people want to have a mini break.

Double Dinner!

Once we finished working, we ate the remaining fancy cheeses that we had in the fridge, as a ‘first dinner’.

Right after that, Kim made some tomato and mushroom spaghetti which was excellent and our second dinner!

We watched some Shirlock and The Great before retiring to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 296: Vancouver, BC – Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada Webinar

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of meetings today! 6 in total, which is a lot for him.

His first meeting was fairly early and was to discuss the return to work plan.

After that, he had a 1 on 1 chat and then his daily team meeting.

After that, Curtis had a bit of break to get tickets done and then had a training session learning about something from someone else in the company which was interesting.

After that meeting, Curtis did some tickets and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had another team meeting, his weekly one.

Right after that meeting he had his final meeting of the day which was a project update.

He did some tickets and some security work after that, followed by some project admin.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a few emails come in over the weekend so she sorted through those before fixing a link on the Wiki and adding a new link.

She then spent part of her morning on admin, she reached out to the local hotels to see how the reps are, talked to IT and sales

After the admin Kim realised she hadn’t done a game of Who Are You in a while, so she sent out an invite to a game on Thursday and started making the questions. Once she had the questions she started finding pictures to go with them.

In the afternoon Kim had a team meeting that went so well. It was also great to see how everyone was and make some good plans for the next few weeks.

She had a few things to work on as a result of the meeting so Kim made notes for tomorrow, ordered a few things and started to create a log on excel.

To finish the day Kim joined a webinar that was about confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada, orgnaised by a feminist group and it was amazing and Kim learned a lot.

Chicken Burgers!

We had chicken burgers for dinner! Kim made these once she was done with her webinar and it was very delicious! We had some chicken pieces with coconut on them on the side too. As well as that, we had homemade salsa and homemade potato salad!

We watched some TV and relaxed for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 284: Vancouver, BC – Hopefully The Last Deep Clean!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a lot of work on his Hackathon project today! It’s that time again, and he is in the same team as last time, which was the winning team, of course!

The idea has really got some legs now, thanks to multiple meetings during the day and the wonderful developer getting it built out.

Curtis did a few of the admin things for that and a few tickets around this. He also attended the weekly Zoom webinar.

Curtis did some work around some requested approvals and he also showed his team what to look for and how to approve these correctly.

Curtis did a bunch more work on the Hackathon and some more meetings for it and then was done for the day!

Kim’s Day

Kim woke up and then stressed thinking that she was 15 mintues late for the midweek catch up, this would have been the case on most days but it turns out that today Kim was 45 minutes late for a resilience and mindfulness webinar, so that wasn’t great! Luckily it was voluntary and recorded so Kim can catch up on it.

She then got ready for the midweek catchup and had a lovely chat with people from the Vancouver and Toronto offices. It was great!

Kim then spent some time catching up on emails and general admin. She also wrote some notes for upcoming meeting and plans. Mid morning Kim jumped on a call with a colleague to talk about the plans for the kitchen, Kim has already looked into getting a new dishwasher but they are also looking into replacing something else too. After this call Kim spent a while looking for things that are needed in the office.

In the afternoon Kim had her 1-1 and it went well. For the rest of the afternoon Kim continued shopping for things that they need in the office.

Hopefully The Last Deep Clean

We left home right after finishing work and went to the old apartment, with a stop at the liquor store and Home Depot for supplies.

We had a long list of things we needed to do, so we got right on it.

Most of it was easy stuff, but the one main thing that was a pain was the oven! It was just not getting clean! We tried many different techniques but none seemed to help. Due to this, we think we need to pay someone to come and clean it!

We got everything else done though and drove back home.

We showered when we got home and then ordered a McDonald’s for dinner as we were too tired and couldn’t really be bothered to make anything that late.

We ate that and then had some of the new whiskey we bought to wind down the evening with some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 279: Vancouver, BC – Indecision & Late Dinner

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy day!

He started with admin and some tickets and then had his daily team meeting.

After his team meeting, he had another meeting about the Hackathon project he is working on this time around. He is with the same team as before but they’re making a different product.

Shortly after that, he had a call with someone to try and figure out why their laptop kept running so slow, which he thinks he figured out!

Once that was done, it was nearly lunch time!

Curtis had some soup for lunch and then got onto a team meeting which the team has bi weekly.

This call lasted around 1.5 hours and then Curtis did a couple of other things before happy hour, where he sat and chatted with everyone.

Curtis played games for most of his evening, just relaxing.

Kim’s Day

Kim had to move the UKs social call 30 minutes earlier to make time for the follow up meeting to yesterday’s company wide meeting.

Once both of the calls were done Kim quickly made her way into the office to let someone in who had to collect some things. It was great to see them and they had a wonderful quick catch up. While they were collecting their stuff, Kim had a call with a teammate in regards to the new starter welcome packs she has put together.

Kim then had a little time before her next meeting so she found space and put away all of the stock for the welcome packs and responded to a few emails. She then tried to join the call for this months lightning talks to make sure everyone is set up properly, but she had no luck! It took several attempts and Kim broke the meeting for the other people at one point but she eventually managed to get the meeting up and running somewhat smoothly.

After the talks Kim ate some of her lunch quickly before joining the east coast weekend call it started off with a nice chat and then they played a few games on Jackbox and it was so fun! It was great to just switch off and laugh!

After the games ended Kim worked on some orders that she started yesterday that need to be amended. She then joined the west coast call and had a great time! Kim and her colleague then sat far apart in the kitchen and sat talking for hours and it was brilliant!

Late Dinner

We had a later dinner today as Kim didn’t get back until a little later from work.

We were going to order something, as per each Friday, but we couldn’t decide on anything and were hungry, so we decided to have frozen pizza instead.

We watched some TV and relaxed before we have to go and clean the old apartment tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 272: Vancouver, BC – Handy Man!

Curtis’ Day

As the internet was down, Curtis couldn’t really work.

He did check his emails and messages every so often, but there wasn’t much he could do.

That being said, he had breakfast and then went to take Kim her lunch as she forgot it.

Once he got back, he setup the Xbox and then did some handy work!

He first made it so that the toilet paper doesn’t fall off the holder, he just had to twist it a bit to make it straight.

Once he did that, he wanted to figure out how to fix the toilet seat as it was wobbling quite a bit.

After a bit of googling, he figured it out and fixed it! Pretty successful.

Once that was fixed, he vacuumed and did a clothes wash.

The internet eventually came on at around 12:30, so Curtis was able to work from then!

Speaking of work, Curtis got online right in time for team building in which they played a games called Magicka 2.

Once that was finished, Curtis got a bit more work done and then had Zoom happy hour with people from the office.

Kim’s Day

Kim moved the UKs social catchup a little earlier as there was a company wide meeting over the time it usually ran. So she hosted that and had a great time talking with a couple of people there and then joined the meeting.

After the meeting Kim went to FedEx to pick up a box to mail stuff out. Curtis also met her to drop off her lunch as Kim had forgotten it. When she got back to the office Kim had a call with a couple of friends, she loved it! It was so great to speak with them!

Kim then spent some time trying to get a payment to process, but with no luck. She also updated her mailing log with items that have made it back to the office.

At lunch Kim had a friend stop by and they sat very far apart again. It was great to see her and have a quick chat! Its also just nice to see someone in person!

After lunch Kim hosted the east coast catchup, it was quite short and sweet as only a couple of people joined and they didnt stay for long. Kim gathered the FedEx box she picked up earlier, filled it up and set up a FedEx pickup.

As her 1:1 was interrupted earlier on in the week, Kim had moved it to Friday. They had a good catch up and spoke about the office renovations and clean up along.

Straight after that call Kim joined a call with her teammates to have a chat. It was lovely to see how everyone is doing and have a catchup before the long weekend.

Before the west coast catchup Kim sent out an invite for an event next week and organised her calendar for next week. She then hosted the social call and it was lovely. This was the busiest one of the day and it was great to see everyone.

Homer St Cafe

We we hungry when Kim got home so we got some food! We live right by Homer St Cafe now, so we had to try it out.

Kim had pasta with chicken, mushrooms and vegetables while Curtis had boar & beef pasta. Very delicious.

We ate dinner and then watched a bit of TV. Kim then figured out how she wants the fridge layout to work and then she went out to the drug store to get some things.

Once she got back, she had a nice long bath in our new tub!

We watched some more TV and chilled out for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 269: Vancouver, BC – 1 Year in Vancouver!

One Year Here!

We have been living in Vancouver for 1 year as of today! It’s just 269 days as we have had trips elsewhere during our stay, but we moved here this time last year! It’s flown by!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had another slower start to the morning, but did a ticket which took an hour and a lot of project admin during his team meeting.

Once that was done, Curtis went with Kim to clear out the storage locker downstairs and move the majority of it into the car to take to the new apartment.

Curtis spent some time trying to figure something out, but didn’t make much progress, and then went have lunch.

After lunch, Curtis did a few more tickets and then that was the end of the day!

Curtis packed up his remaining clothes, getting ready for moving!

After Curtis packed up, he emptied the dishwasher and played some games.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the morning catching up on emails. On the way into the office Kim dropped the car off at the new apartment so she can put some stuff into the storage locker after work.

Once Kim got into the office she spent some time organising her desk and getting things ready. She then spent a bit of time reaching out to other people about mailing things.

Kim had reached out to the building to see if they would be able to let her borrow some tools or help Kim out a wire hole through the back of a cabinet. Someone showed up today and was able to sort it out. The drill Kim tried it with last week was not up to the task. It was perfect and Kim spend some time setting up her game station for people to enjoy when they are back in the office.

One of the things that Kim has been putting off is rehoming some of the stationary she has removed from the kitchen cupboards. She started with envelopes and folders and moved those to where the other few envelopes are stored. Giving her more space for the rest of the stuff that she has to put away.

After work Kim went and picked up a wardrobe orgnaised for the new apartment. She then went to empty the car, and being smart Kim decided not to use the elevators and took the stairs to the parking floors. Except she didn’t. What Kim managed to do was get locked in a stairwell because the doors lock after you and cannot be opened from the inside! So she had to call the front desk / security to come and rescue her. After that she decided to bail and just go home. She will empty the car on the move in day.

Getting Packed Up

We got a few more things packed in the evening, but dinner was the priority!

Curtis had some Swedish meatballs and Kim had some chicken sausages, along with potatoes, carrots & peas.

Whilst we were making dinner, 2 police cars and 2 police vans arrived outside our apartment and they were arresting someone on a bike, which was a bit of entertainment!

We watched some TV and did a bit more packing up, and we don’t have too much more to do.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 268: Vancouver, BC – Back To Viewings Again!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty relaxed start to the day and then had to get some information for some security metrics.

Once Curtis got those, he had his team meeting quickly.

Curtis did some tickets and then had a meeting with a vendor, which wasn’t overly successful.

Curtis had lunch shortly after and then had 3 meetings back to back.

Curtis had his weekly team meeting and then after that he had a project update meeting.

After the update meeting, Curtis had a call with someone to free up some space on their laptop.

Curtis got some more admin done and then was done with the day. Someone was meant to be coming to look at our sofa, but they did not.

Kim’s Day

All of the invites for Kims social events ran out last week, so she started her day by adding new links and extending the recurrences.

One if Kims colleagues is unable to get the mail this week, so Kim said she would. It also makes no sense to just walk there and back, so Kim spent the rest of the day in the office. Once she got there, Kim joined the Yoga class.

On the way into work, Kim saw a cool painting on the wall!

Kim then met someone who dropped their old laptop back at the office. Once she had the laptop she helped IT with trying to set it up. They hit a roadblock so decided to let it try to sort itself out and come back to it later.

Kim then hopped on a call with someone in sales to go over a mini project they need doing. She will be helping the team categorise and organise their filing system online. After this Kim had a quick question for her colleague in regards to some of the older marketing stock thats lying around, so she called her and they had a quick chat.

Kim spent a lot of the afternoon reaching out to people in regards to sending things back to the office. Midway through the afternoon she had a quick call with a friend from another department. It was great to have a nice chat with him.

After that call Kim had another meeting with IT where they bailed on the original laptop and ended up getting a second laptop to work. After this Kim sent a few more emails out and then headed home.

On the walk home, kim timed how long it will take to get from their new apartment to their building and its about half the time it currently takes her, which is good. She also saw someone wearing a purge mask, which was a little unsettling.

Back To Viewings Again

We were told that someone had got our apartment already, so noone needed to view it, but that fell through, meaning we had to get the apartment ready for viewing!

We cleaned the apartment and then we waited for people to arrive to view it. There were about 7 people coming to see our apartment and the first 2 did not show up!

A few people did arrive and came to look at the apartment.

By 20:00 they were gone and we had leftover risotto for dinner.

We got some things tidied and packed around the apartment ready for Thursday’s move out/in day!


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 263: Vancouver, BC – Non-Apartment Hunt Evening

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty busy and successful day!

It started with a call with someone who had some questions about email encryption, so Curtis and his colleague jumped into that and got those questions answered and helped with next steps.

Curtis then did a few tickets followed by a plumber showing up to fix a sink plug that wasn’t working.

Right after the plumber, the ‘window guy’ arrived to look at our dodgy window. It seems it actually either needs replacing or he needs to come back and try a few things to it.

Once the window guy left, Curtis had some other tickets to work on and then had some lunch.

Post lunch, Curtis had even more tickets to complete, as well as writing up a communication for the company.

Kim’s Day

Kim was in the office nice and early today to meet the people coming in for the renovations, shortly before they were due to arrive she got a call telling her they will be late. So Kim hopped on the midweek catchup call and had a great time talking with everyone.

After the call Kim played the undefeated champions of the cribbage tournament. At the end of the game they were still undefeated! It was also the last game of the round robin part of the tournament. Kim then worked out the pairing for the next round and updated the spreadsheet.

While Kim was updating the spreadsheet the renovations person turned up and ended up only being able to do one small part of the project as the filler had to dry before the wall can be painted and the TV mounted. So they will arrange for a day next week where two people can come in to finish the project.

For a lot of the morning Kim went through all of the marketing stock and made notes of what there is and in what quantities. It was great to get the area organised and have a better idea of what there is.

In the middle of sorting through the stock Kim had a meeting with a colleague in regards to mail and general plans for the offices.

As a friend of Kim’s works in town, they met up for lunch and sat 2 tables apart in the kitchen. It was so amazing to see her and have a great catchup in a nice and safe environment.

After lunch Kim wrote up her notes from the meeting earlier and made a good plan of what she has to do. She also made a proper log of the marketing stock to send over to the team.

Non-Apartment Hunt Evening!

We didn’t have any apartments to look at today and noone came to look at ours, so it was a fairly standard evening.

We went to the supermarket and there was no line which surprised us.

We did the shop quickly and then came back home to do our workout!

We finished our workout which felt like the first one in a while and then had a quick dinner.

We then relaxed and watched some TV, followed by mini sticks and Need For Speed!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale