Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 401: Vancouver, BC – It’s All Broken!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a message from a colleague in another office that someone had to head into the Vancouver office to help fix something that broke during maintenance.

Curtis said he would go, so once he was ready in the morning, he walked to the office.

When Curtis got there, he found out that the was stopping people from accessing some websites and no one could use their desk phones.

To fix this, Curtis found a special cable which he plugged into the server and then into his laptop.

His colleague then took control of Curtis’ laptop and attempted to fix whilst explaining a bit about how it all works.

This lasted for about 2 hours and then another issue arose once the main part was fixed! Phones were back working but no one could call out to external numbers.

This took another hour to fix, but eventually it got fixed!

Curtis walked back home, had his first coffee of the day at around 12:45, did some tickets and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had a long team meeting and then did a couple more tickets after that before finishing up for the week.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a nice long lie in this morning and then she watched Parks and Recreation while having some breakfast. She then had a massive spur of thoughts for her CV so sat and wrote down a lot of notes before getting ready for the day.

Once she was ready Kim finally added her latest job to her CV. Then she worked on cleaning up the formatting of the document. She wasn’t 100% happy with it, so she also saved another version that has a few amendments and she will revisit them and see which she prefers after a break away.

After lunch Kim went back to her old office to drop off her IT equipment and pick up a few things she had forgotten. She stayed and had a quick chat with her colleague.

Kim then went to a rooftop bar nearby where she met her colleague and two other friends she used to work with for food and drink. It was amazing. For the few hours they were catching up Kim managed to completely forget COVID and the fact she lost her job. It felt like a lovely evening out Pre-COVID and it has done Kim the world of good. Kim got some flowers as a gift which was lovely, too!

Evening

Once Kim got back from being out, we had some chicken & mushroom pasta with hoisin sauce.

We watched some TV for the evening and that was it!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 398: Vancouver, BC – No More Job For You

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a whole day of doing onboards and laptop setups.

Curtis created some accounts in the morning and then he walked down to the office.

Once he got to the office, he got 2 laptops, 2 monitors, 2 keyboards, 2 mice and 2 headsets to get ready for the new hires.

He spent a long time getting the laptops setup and packaged up and ready to ship out.

He then had to wait for a courier to arrive, which took a couple of hours, but he did some other work whilst he waited.

Eventually, the courier arrived and then he was able to head home and finish up working there, as well as chat with Kim about her fun day, as you’ll see below.

Kim’s Day (In 1st Person Today…Exciting!)

As you can imagine from the title and from reading Curtis’s blog, today was not a good day for me! I had an idea that I would lose my job today…And I did. I was laid off and not fired, so there is no need to panic.

I got into the office and finished packing up my desk after saying a quick hello to my manager. After this I made sure all the little tasks from last week and yesterday were done, re-saved a receipt for my credit card and sent out a laptop to someone. I then worked on writing up a handover list for my colleague, outlining a few things that I was expecting to be delivered, an update on a few contacts and links to logs, documents and other things I had been working on. I finished that all just before my 10am meeting.

I walked into the meeting room and said ‘its okay, I know whats going on, I understand and its okay’. I felt very George walking Lenny to look at the bunnies, but I was both George and Lenny, it was very strange. I was certain of what was going to happen, but still a little hopeful that it wouldn’t. Once I sat down it was confirmed that I was let go. They went over a few things together and then Kims manager handed over to a teammate who was going to explain everything in a bit more detail. Just before she did I sent the handover email to my colleague and sent Curtis a quick message to let him know what had happened.

My teammate then went over everything in a little more detail. I then collected my things and headed home.

Once I was home I facetimed my parents which was just what I needed. I was able to laugh and cry about it all and rationalise a plan for the next few days and weeks. After this I called my sister and did much of the same. We had a great chat and it was lovely to see her face.

I quickly updated my LinkedIn and then tried to go over my CV, but that didn’t last long. Instead I started tidying up the apartment, doing laundry, finishing unpacking from the trip and bagging up my IT equipment to take back to the office at some point, but not today! That took me ages because every now and again I would get a message from someone within the company and I would respond and have a little cry! I have received a fair few messages, that is a LOT of crying time.

While I had come to terms with the idea of losing my job over the past day it was still so upsetting to have it happen. I loved that job, I would brag to anyone who would listen about how amazing the people are and how interesting, diverse and fun my role specifically was. It is clear that I was in the right job for me, the love and support I have received has been incredible! And I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone I worked with and who made the last 16 months so incredible! Finding a new job will be a challenge and I can only hope that I get to work with people half as incredible as you all!

Thank you for all the opportunities, challenges and memories, it was a wonderful experience!

As I have said many times times today – it’s okay, I’m okay and it’ll be okay!

I know I’m not the only person to experience this, especially during the current pandemic, but I wanted to express my feelings on this platform.

Tomorrow I will start my job hunt. I have already been given a few companies to check out and a few specific roles to look into, so I am off to a great start. Let’s see where this new adventure and opportunity will take me!

Evening

Once we had a bit of a chat about Kim’s unfortunate news, we hopped in the car and drove it to the garage for its appointment tomorrow.

We then walked back home which was a nice thing to do after such a stressful day.

After our 33 minute walk, the elevators were taking forever in our building and you cannot take the stairs, so there was a lot of waiting there.

We got hungry, so we ordered McDonald’s as Kim had a hard day and we couldn’t really be bothered to cook.

When the food arrived, Curtis went downstairs to get it and there was a large queue again for the elevators.

Curtis had to wait a long time as just one elevator was working, but he got upstairs eventually.

We ate our food and watched TV for the remainder of the evening.

What a day, huh?


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 390: Vancouver, BC – The Megadesk Lives!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets and then at 10:00 he had a 1 hour long Norwegian lesson! He had a really good time doing that and again, as like last time, it was a full Norwegian conversation which was excellent.

After this, there were a lot of tickets for Curtis to do and then after lunch he walked to the office.

Whilst at the office, Curtis noticed a server had an error on it! Luckily, it’s not fatal, but some parts need to be fixed or replaced.

Curtis got a new monitor from the stock room and got that ready for someone to pickup, which is why he was at the office.

The person collected the monitor and Curtis went back home again, but with a stop at a Starbucks to meet with Kim briefly and to get a coffee.

Curtis did a bit of admin when he got home and then was done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the morning labelling peoples desks that she will clear out. For some she was able to use their instructions over messenger to find their desk and for others Kim had to call them and be directed.

She also took some time to draft up some emails she will send out over the coming weeks as had a brainwave of communication that she wants to say. So she quickly wrote it all down while she could remember!

In the afternoon Kim moved all the monitors from the desks where they were being stored and moved them to another area in the office so she could work on setting up the first couple of mega desks.

About halfway through reorganising the furniture Kim went and met the vendor for the plants to let her into the office and Kim took a little break a while in to go and meet Curtis for a coffee.

Once Kim had removed all the furniture she started measuring out the distance between the banks of desks and also put a few of the drawers that are not being used under the desk for storage. Kim then emptied a few of the desks and stored those items under the new desk.

Once Kim finished the desks she worked on emptying other people’s desks. She cleared the tables, put everything into their drawers, labelled the items and tagged the table so she knew it had been done. It was a very successful day and Kim is happy with how quickly the desks come together when the spaces is empty.

Evening

When Kim got home, we took out the recycling and we then had some homemade tomato and mushroom pasta!

We watched some TV and played some games, but not much as it was almost 21:00 by the time we finished eating.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 380: Vancouver, BC – An Electrician

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got up and ready and then got himself sorted to go to the office.

At 09:30, Curtis walked to the office as he had an onboard to complete and setup the laptop for.

Curtis got the laptop setup and the accounts created and then had to ship the laptop out.

During this time, Curtis also had a team meeting.

Curtis had a chat with a colleague about changing people’s names in different applications and if it would break anything as he has to do so next week.

He did a couple of tickets and then the electrician turned up, who was adding a new plug socket in the office.

This took much, much longer than expected and Curtis and his colleague had planned to do something else in that room but were unable to do so as it took so long with the electrician.

Curtis ended up leaving the office around 18:00 and walked home. He’ll be back in tomorrow to do the other thing he needed to get done.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a team meeting to start her day and it went really well. They set up some good plans for the next few weeks.

She then spent some time catching up on emails and messages before deciding to finally clean out the meeting room she has been foubking up as a storage space. She collected and sorted all the stuff that will be donated and just had a general clear out of stuff that doesnt need to be in there.

In the afternoon Kim focused on sorting through the stationary that she put to one side during the office clean up. She tested all the pens, put things into the donation pile and then set everything aside to stay overnight and be put away tomorrow. She finished the cleaning day by checking out the bookshelf and finding any duplicates.

Evening

When Curtis eventually got home, Kim was amazing and had taken out all the bins and made dinner!

Curtis was able to sit down and enjoy some incredible tomato and mushroom pasta and a glass of wine, thanks to his incredible wife.

We watched some YouTube videos and some of The Umbrella Academy and relax for the evening.

Curtis didn’t sleep well last night so he was very tired today!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 367: Vancouver, BC – Dropping Off Laptops

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some admin first thing and then walked down to work with Kim as he had a couple of things to do in the office.

Curtis got to the office and had to check some things in the server room and once he checked those, he went to the storage and got two laptops out that he had to send.

These laptops needed to be sent because they were sent incorrectly to Curtis’ company.

Curtis printed the waybills he was provided and then left the office, taking them to the UPS store to get them to send them off.

Curtis walked back home and when he got home he did a few tickets before lunch and had a brief meeting, too.

After lunch, Curtis did a lot of tickets and the afternoon flew very fast!

Kim’s Day

Today Kim spent her day shipping stuff. It seems uneventful but the day never seemed to stop!

Kim started the day by spending her morning sending out laptops. There were only 3 to send out, but it was so time consuming.

For the beginning of the afternoon Kim sending out the mocktail kits for the east coast people. She made some stickers with instructions and to let the postal service know that the boxes are fragile.

She then had a sit down with her colleague to go over the summer parties once more and finalise the day of timeline. Once this meeting was done Kim sent packaged up and sorted all the labels for the other mocktail kits that will be sent out tomorrow.

Evening

When Kim got home, we had some hoisin chicken with pasta & mushrooms, with a ceasar salad on the side.

We watched some TV and then played mini golf.

Kim then made some coconut fudge as we had some leftover condensed milk.

Once she did that, we watched some more TV and then tried to go to bed a little earlier to get some good sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 366: Vancouver, BC – Too Hot For Sleeping

Too Hot For Sleeping

We both really struggled to sleep last night! It was so incredibly warm outside and even having the windows open didn’t seem to help as it was too warm outside with no breeze at all.

We both woke up very tired this morning but we did get to see the coop thunderstorm last night!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had his weekly team meeting and then had planned to head to the office to get someone done there, but the plans changed as something hadn’t been done by a vendor, so he’ll have to go tomorrow instead.

The rest of the morning and most of the afternoon, Curtis did some tickets.

At the end of the afternoon, Curtis wrote and email draft to send out to all team leads to inform them of the new onboarding process.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day from home and sorted out a lot of the quiz media for the UK our people quiz, which was amazing!

After lunch Kim went into the office and sorted a couple of things our before joining a team meeting. It was great for everyone to align their plans for the next few weeks and talk over a few things coming up. It was a really productive meeting.

Shortly after the meeting the cocktail kits that need to be mailed out got dropped off. So Kim helped her colleague loading them on a trolley and bringing them up to the office. They then did a quick stock check, named and logged all the kits before puttinh them in the fridges.

Kim spent the rest of the afternoon finishing the media for one quiz and then starting to draft up questions for the history of the company quiz round. As this was winding to an end Kims colleague came back into the offce so they had a good catchup and that was wonderful.

Evening

Kim got back home fairly late, so we had a pizza from Pizza Garden, which is delicious.

We played some mini golf, as expected, and watched a bit more TV. It was incredibly warm today, as it was yesterday!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 362: Vancouver, BC – Moving Things

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had an incredibly busy day today!

Curtis had a meeting right away in the morning. This was a project meeting to determine the scope and requirements from the stakeholders.

Once that meeting was done, Curtis had another meeting with some of his team members to create a full project from the meeting they just had.

After that, Curtis was able to start work on some tickets but was then asked to head to the office to move a few things around.

When he got to the office, Curtis moved a server cabinet from the boardroom to another area so it was not in the way.

Once he did that, Curtis had to move around some of the server cabinets in the server room as they weren’t placed quite right.

After this, Curtis did some more things around the office and then headed home, but detoured to get some Vietnamese coffee beans and normal coffee beans.

Curtis did some tickets and helped a bunch of people in the afternoon and overall had a busy day!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her morning by finishing cleaning the whiteboard for todays team meeting that were coming in. She wiped it all down and ensured that everything was sprayed by sanitizer.

Then the team members arrived for their meeting and it was so great to see them all! She explained a few of the things that are set up around the office and then left them to it!

Kims colleague came back from her mini break today so they had a catch-up and download of all the information of things that have happened over the week and it was great. They went over the few things left for the parties. For the rest of the day Kim worked on the quizzes and finally managed to word a few of the questions in a way that makes way more sense. So that was amazing.

To finish the day Kim spent an over an hour helping with writing up a communication. It was a lot of recording and lots of little tweaks here and there to make it perfect.

Evening

When Kim got home, we had some chicken chilli for dinner and watched some TV, along with playing some mini golf.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 346: Vancouver, BC – The NHL Is Back!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got ready for the day and then made himself lunch and some coffee for the day.

Curtis then left the apartment and walked down to the office to work from there for the day.

Curtis got to the office and right from there he had a lot of work to do!

He did a lot of tickets and he had someone in the office mention that they had an issue, which he fixed very quickly!

Shortly after, another new person came to the office to work and the desk they were assigned was setup for a Windows machine and not a Mac, so Curtis had to assist with that. Unfortunately, the monitors were being a pain, but he got that sorted, too.

After that, he did some more tickets and then had lunch.

After lunch, he did some feedback for some colleagues and did his own, too, which helps with compensation reviews.

Curtis then had to give someone monitors, but when he took monitors there, he realised that there were no monitors that fit on those monitor arms, so he had to swap the arms out too, and then connect some monitors.

Curtis did that and then did some admin, then headed home. A very busy but productive day!

Kim’s Day

A lot of Kims day was working on the main event for the summer parties and she managed to get a lot of the grunt work done of one aspects. Thats 1 of 8 done! Kim still has to transfer the research and work from today unto the right media and pretty it up, but its a big step in the right direction.

Kim took so many calls today too, which kept interrupting her flow! One call was actually for Kim and she spoke with the building manager about a few things, so that was great!

In the afternoon Kim had a catch up with a teammate which was so nice! Shortly after that call they were both on another call with another teammate going over how Kim can help them iver the next few weeks. It was great to understand the project a little more.

At the end of the day Kim set up a few things for tomorrow and then returned some shoes on her way home!

The NHL Is Back!

Curtis watched the Leafs game this evening after work, which was a strange feeling but he is very happy hockey is back! This is just an exhibition game, but the Leafs won, which was awesome.

After this, Kim made a delicious Mexican chicken salad and we watched some YouTube videos.

We then got very engrossed in a new game they released today called Grounded – it was pretty fun and took some getting used to, but must have been good as we played for a couple of hours!

Kim then watched some of the office and Curtis played some games.


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

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