Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 891: Vancouver, BC – Day Off, Kinda

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a nice slow start to the day and then it ramped right up with a lot of tickets coming in.

Curtis had a team meeting at 10:30 and then continued with getting many tickets done, up until lunch.

The afternoon was much of the same, though there were also some discussions about different topics which were both interesting and important.

Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim was in her evening meeting.

Kim’s Day

This week Kim’s company is off, so there are no meetings or expectations. She, and a couple of others, have decided to continue to do interviews to not hold up the recruitment process.

Kim had one interview in the late morning then she popped out to update the car insurance and pick up sandwiches for lunch.

In the afternoon Kim had another interview and then reviewed candidates in the pipeline for a couple of the roles that are open.

It was a fun and lazy day!

Evening

We had tuna pasta for dinner as well as some leftover potato salad.

We then, after relaxing for a little bit, headed to the supermarket as we hadn’t yet done it over the weekend!

We got our items and headed home, getting back around 22:00. A late shop visit for sure, but there weren’t many people around, which was great.

We watched some TV and relaxed for the remainder of the night.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 887: Vancouver, BC – Fancy Tech!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting at 09:00, just a 1 on 1, and then right after that he had some tickets and another computer checkup to get done.

Once he got those things done, he had a chat with the person he helped with the laptop yesterday. That laptop was having more problems now, so they started to use their spare laptop they luckily had to work, but it needed a bit of configuration so Curtis helped with that until lunch.

Post lunch, Curtis had a project meeting and then helped out the person with their spare machine from earlier.

He went out to collect a package, which was some more tech for home, a Google Home Hub!

Curtis did a bit more work and then watched hockey whilst Kim had her games night.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with a bit of admin and then joined a meeting to coordinate with another team. She then helped another teammate with something they need for a meeting tomorrow.

She then joined a weekly recruitment meeting then yoga after having a quick lunch. Then Kim had a meeting with her teammate to discuss the past few months and plans for the next few months. After that Kim joined a meeting to go over the last bit of paperwork.

For the late afternoon and into the evening Kim hosted another games night. It was so much fun, they played a few rounds of different games!

Evening

We had pizza for dinner and watched some TV for the evening. We also cleared up some things we had from moving that we still hadn’t sorted out.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 884: Vancouver, BC – SPUD

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a first day IT orientation at 09:00 and the person was very lovely!

Shortly after, Curtis had a team meeting followed by helping someone get their computer working as it should.

Curtis had yet another meeting with his team, then lunch, then he had a project to get done. That project only ended up taking 45 minutes which was excellent!

The rest of the afternoon was admin, tickets and also getting another computer working correctly for someone.

Curtis played some games whilst Kim had her evening meeting and then went up to the shop to get some chicken. We had received an order from spud.ca today, which is a very environmentally friendly supermarket that delivers (we had a discount code, so thought we’d try!) But the chicken was frozen and we needed some for tonight, so Curtis went to get some.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her week with a team meeting to get updates and see if anyone in the team needs help with any projects. She then joined a recruitment meeting to discuss a couple of roles that are open and the next steps for them.

In the afternoon Kim had an interview and she joined the review after to discuss what is happening next and how it went. They also discussed a small event that will be happening.

She then went on to update some paperwork with a couple of colleagues. To end the day Kim caught up with a couple of hiring managers to review the candidates who have applied for roles. It was a productive and fun evening!

Evening

For dinner, we had lemon pesto couscous with chicken & vegetables. Delicious! It was another recipe we kept from our Hello Fresh box a while ago.

We ate that and watched some TV together for the evening.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 880: Vancouver, BC – So Busy & Important!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right at 09:00 which was an informational company wide meeting.

Once that meeting was done, it was right into work! He needed to check a bunch of websites to find out the data privacy information for many different pieces of software. This took time but was interesting and useful for the team.

After that, he did a few tickets and then was finally able to connect with someone about their laptop, so he did a bit of work on that but he’s still a way away from getting that sorted.

In the late afternoon, Curtis had to do some work with licenses which was tedious but needed to be done. He got 1/3 tasks completed on that.

Curtis then watched hockey after work whilst Kim did some more work and had a late meeting. We were both so very busy and important again today!

Kim’s Day

To start her day Kim got stuck into some forms and paperwork. It’s was mind boggling but interesting for sure! She then had a chat with a teammate to see how things are going and get updates on projects. It was then time for a wellness break and Kim hosted colouring in. It was so soothing and relaxing! Kim really enjoyed it.

She then had a quick chat with another teammate before joining the weekly recruitment meeting then she joined another meeting that followed on that talks about future recruitment that went over. Some of the people went from that meeting right into another to complete paperwork. As they went back to back Kim ended up making her lunch while in the meeting so everyone had lunch as they started the next meeting.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim did some other paperwork for HR stuff then sat down and reviewed candidates with people for a few hours into the evening. It was interesting and great to do again, it’s been a few weeks since they last had the chance to do a deep dive like that

Evening

We had some dinner once hockey was done and once Kim finished working.

We watched some TV and relaxed for the remainder of the evening. We can’t believe it’s Friday already tomorrow!


This Time Last Year


Mr and Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 872: Vancouver, BC – Our Own Offices

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was meant to start with an onboard orientation, but his Zoom wasn’t working right on his laptop for some reason, so he had to send the person some messages and convey all the required information that way.

Once he got that done, he got some admin done for a new hire he has to setup next week, and then he had a quick team meeting, which flowed into another meeting.

Curtis then had a demo to attend for a new piece of software that actually looked pretty cool.

After that, he did some more admin and some tickets before doing his Norwegian homework for a while and also some security admin work at the end of the day.

He then swapped over to the Xbox and played some games on his new 4K monitor, which looks beautiful!

He enjoyed his first day working in his own little office with a proper setup. Far easier now we both have a room to be in and we can’t hear each other during our meeting.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a really busy day, but didn’t feel like her brain kicked in until about half way through! She started by trying to catch up on emails and send our a few in response. During this Kim was asked to jump on a call to provide an update from her team to theirs. The only issue was Kim couldn’t remember what the answers for the questions should be, so she wasn’t much use there.

Kim then joined a weekly team meeting and it was during this meeting that she started being able to keep up with what was going on and have useful answers for some questions, so that was good! She then set up a quick meeting with a couple of people to discuss a new hire before joining them in a different recruitment meeting.

In the afternoon Kim had an interview then a quick catch up with the hiring manager. Then she helped with an IT order and made a plan for the next steps of a project.

For the rest of the day Kim prepared for an event tomorrow, did some paperwork and some research.

Evening

We went out to the old apartment to meet the agent there and do a final check up of the apartment. Nothing was wrong at all, so we walked back home, dropped off some items we left there and then went to the supermarket and bought some essentials we needed.

We were very hungry, so we had chicken wraps and Mac and cheese for dinner, then Kim had some more work to do and Curtis unpacked some more of the kitchen items and tidied up the kitchen counters a bit so there was actually room to use it.

We did that and then we finally relaxed and watched TV together.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 867: Vancouver, BC – The Final Weekend

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a fairly quiet day.

He started with a discussion about a process which needed to be changed which was very productive.

Most the the morning was then spent doing tickets as well as trying to help someone setup a laptop remotely in a US office, which took quite a bit of work.

Curtis then had some lunch and after that had a 1 hour team meeting to discuss the projects over the last 2 weeks.

Curtis finished off some tickets and admin and then finished work for the week.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a block of time in the morning so she got a bit of paperwork done before she had back to back meetings for the rest of the day.

To start with Kim had an interview then she joined a meeting about a project that will be coming up. As it was a full working Friday Kim then hosted a games break just before midday where people joined in to play Skribbl, it was so fun!

After games Kim had a meeting about a new hire and then she went into another interview followed by an interview round up meeting after. As she had been in a couple of interviews for one department during the week Kim met with the other person on the panel to discuss and make a plan for the next steps.

Kim then had another interview and post interview catch up before having an end of week team meeting, a quick chat about a project and then completing some paperwork!

Evening

Today marks the start of our final weekend in this apartment!

We will likely spend it just packing up and getting ready, and then we are off on Monday to finish the last few items before we move on Tuesday.

We ordered some chicken katsu curry to eat tonight, which was pretty good, and then relaxed before we get crazy with packing etc tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 865: Vancouver, BC – Viewing Is Cancelled

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was meant to have a meeting at 09:30 but that was cancelled, so he had a bit of time to get some tickets completed.

He used that time to find and order 8 tablets that were required. It took some time to find some at a good price that were not sold out, but he was eventually able to find some and get them ordered.

That took up a good hour of his morning and then he had a 30 minute team meeting.

He did some more tickets and then had a team discussion about a project for 1 hour before having some food.

After lunch, it was mostly just tickets but he did have a short team meeting, too, to discuss some random points.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim was able to get a fair bit of admin done. She was able to organise meetings, send emails and complete some paperwork. She then had a phone screen interview. After that she worked with a teammate on a few tasks before heading into a team meeting.

In the afternoon Kim worked with her teammate again to go through some paperwork and then Kim joined a post interview chat to discuss a couple of candidates. She then hosted another marketing meeting which was so interesting and some great progress has been made. She ended the day by getting more paperwork and admin done.

Evening

The viewing that was meant to happen here at our apartment was cancelled, so we had our evening to ourselves.

Curtis watched hockey and Kim used the time to have a nice nap which she felt much better after.

We made some cheese and pesto pasta for dinner and just hung out for the rest of the evening. We’re getting closer and closer to moving!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 859: Vancouver, BC – Official Promotion!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was mostly getting tickets done as well as ordering some equipment for the office and also some licenses.

He did have one meeting in the afternoon which was nice and quick and then continued with some admin and tickets.

Kim’s Day

Kim got her official promotion to Operations Manager today!

After completing some admin in the morning Kim joined a meeting to discuss candidates who have applied for jobs. She then joined an interview and then had a catch up with the recruitment team she works with before joining the weekly recruitment meeting.

In the afternoon Kim joined another interview and then had a meeting to discuss the candidates and next steps with a few positions and candidates.

She then had a quick call with her family and it was so nice to say hello and catch up!

For the rest of the evening Kim worked through some paperwork and finalised a few things before hosting another games night. It was so much fun and everyone really managed to laugh and just enjoy the evening!

Evening

After Kim had her fun evening, she made egg fried rice and we ate that whilst relaxing for the remainder of the night.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 858: Vancouver, BC – Busy Wednesday Workday

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went to the office once ready in the morning and had to setup a laptop, as well as get some other equipment boxed up for the new hire.

It took a couple of hours to get that done, but he also had a 1 on 1 with his manager during that time.

At 13:30, the new hire collected their equipment and Curtis headed home.

Curtis was very hungry, so he and Kim had lunch once he got home.

After lunch, it was a pretty busy afternoon, mostly with tickets, but it was good to keep busy.

Curtis then watched hockey after work.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a busy day, lots of little meetings! To start she got some admin done by sending out another survey for people. She then had an impromptu meeting to help a colleague send paperwork. Kim then attended the first of two interviews for the day and then joined a meeting about recruitment.

At midday Kim joined a weekly team meeting and then went into the second interview. Straight after the interview everyone jumped on a call to discuss the candidates and next steps.

In the middle of the afternoon Kim had a little time to get things done so she went through some of her emails and was able to complete a few action items. She then had a weekly catch up with a teammate, which was lovely as per usual. Then they both joined a weekly marketing meeting which was so interesting and fun!

For the rest of the day Kim managed to go through more of her emails and send off some HR paperwork too! Then Kim had a great call with her friend from her old job. It’s been so nice keeping in more regular contact!

Evening

We had chilli for dinner and watched some TV. It was a busy day for both of us, so nice to relax.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 856: Vancouver, BC – We Have The Keys!

Curtis’ Morning

Curtis had a 09:00 IT orientation with someone which went well, and then he got some work done before he had a team meeting for 1 hour.

New Apartment!

After the meeting, we both went to get the keys to the new apartment! We also did an inspection and asked a few questions etc to our new landlord.

We now have the keys and could start moving a few things there, if we like, which is exciting!

We got back home and had some lunch and then got back on with working.

Curtis’ Afternoon

Curtis had another team meeting about projects and then he got some accounts setup for a new user.

Once that was done, it was the end of the busy work day!

Kim’s Day

Kim had a lovely slower morning where she was able to prepare for the week. She then had her weekly team meeting where they planned their projects for the next few weeks.

Once she got back from picking up the keys to the new apartment and had lunch Kim did a little admin before joining an call about rolling out a project Kim had been working on for the past few months. The call was with a vendor and went over how it will be implemented. It was great!

She then worked on booking interviews and updating job descriptions.

Evening

Curtis watched hockey and Kim finished up some work and then we had sausages and mash for dinner!

We ate and watched some TV as well as discussed which things we might start taking over to the new apartment.

We went back to the new apartment after dinner to take over the desk we bought. It was so nice and quiet and the elevators were no issue at all, unlike our current place.

We then went to the liquor store and bought some prosecco and a few other bits as it’s our 10 year anniversary tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale