Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 969: Vancouver, BC – In Person Colleagues!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis woke up with no plan to go to the office until later, but he has some colleagues who are in the Vancouver office from the Winnipeg office, so he went in to see them and help them out with some stuff.

Curtis got there and then started setting up a laptop he needed to setup and he helped out his colleagues with the things they were doing, and he did a lot of tickets, too.

Once he did the tickets, he helped a colleague with some account set ups, and then he finished up the laptop setup.

When the setup was done, he did more tickets and had a quick meeting to discuss a software integration.

The late afternoon was taken up by getting a laptop of an old employee setup for someone to login to and then he started setting up another laptop for someone, which he needs to finish tomorrow.

After finishing work, Curtis went to pick up a package and then walked home.

Once he got home, Curtis played some games whilst Kim went out to an appointment.

Kim’s Day

Kim had another really interesting day! She started by turning up to a meeting with the executive team, so that was better than yesterday! They reviewed a few job descriptions and sorted a couple of other things out.

Kim then had a couple of 1-1s. Her first was to discuss a new hire and how things are going and the second was with her teammate to discuss projects and next steps. She then provided the weekly update to the company before joining a call with another teammate to update a few accounts and get some IT stuff done.

Kim then had a meeting to discuss a couple of processes and then she joined another meeting to give a quick update and get approval on a couple of things. After those Kim joined a meeting about non development hiring and the next steps there before joining an interview. After the interview Kim had a review and a quick mini team meeting for most of the afternoon. It was great!

Evening

After Kim got home from her appointment, we had homemade chicken burgers for dinner and relaxed for the evening. Just a couple of days now until Curtis gets his surgery!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 953: Vancouver, BC – Fish & Chips (Minus the Fish)

We woke up a little late today but we needed the sleep!

We had some breakfast and got ourselves ready.

We went out to drop off a package for Kim’s colleague and whilst we were in the area, we thought we might as well head to Steveston, which is a place we have been a few times but it’s a nice little town!

We got a coffee when we got there, which wasn’t actually that nice, and then we fancied some English style chips from the fish and chip shop.

We waited for those and once we got them, we had a little walk and stopped at a park to sit and eat our chips.

Once we ate them, we had some more of a walk and then headed back to the car to drive home.

We stopped off at Bed, Bath & Beyond to get a thing or two and then we went back on the road to go home.

After we got back, we walked down to a supermarket to get some cheese for dinner and then Curtis went home and played games whilst Kim met a friend down at the beach to relax there, similar to how she did last night.

Once Kim got home, we had cheese and wine for dinner and relaxed, watching some TV.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 937: Vancouver, BC – Ouch, My Knee!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right at 09:00, another workshop with an external vendor. This didn’t as long as expected, which was great, so Curtis had some time to get some tickets and other things done.

In the afternoon, Curtis had a team meeting to discuss projects and then once that was done, he went out to collect a package. On the way out, he managed to hit his knee pretty hard on the door and it REALLY hurt. He now has a bruised and swollen knee, so good job to him!

Once he got home, he had a team happy hour and just had some really good conversations there.

Curtis played some games whilst Kim was out having fun!

Kim’s Day

To starr the day Kim joined a meeting to discuss job descriptions with a hiring manager and her teammate. She then had a one month check in chat with a new employee before reviewing another job description with her teammate.

She then joined and interview and had a quick review with the same teammate after. They also had a chat about plans for the next week or so. Kim then had another one month check in followed by a chat to end a new starters first week. Everyone she spoke to was extremely complimentary.

Kim then was told she would be able to get a professional headshot taken so she quickly started getting ready for that and then popped out to pick up a couple of things from some stores. Once she got home Kim had another quick meeting to discuss a new starter with their manager. It was such a great conversation.

Kim was then picked up by a colleague and they went over to another colleagues house (to sit in the garden!). She had a wonderful evening in the sun in the garden having great conversations, while distanced, with her fantastic work friends. It was so lovely to have an evening with an ounce of normality. After a couple of hours a few people drove to a park to get pizza and hang out there for a little while longer.

Evening

Once Kim got home, we were going to order food but it was a bit late, so we made some easy food here and ate that whilst relaxing and watching some TV. We had a lot to watch, so it was a great relaxing Friday night!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 881: Vancouver, BC – Fancy New Coffee!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had yet another very busy day!

He spent more time trying to fix someone’s laptop remotely, with the help of a colleague, and that was all throughout the day.

At 11:00, Curtis had a team meeting about the team strategy and then he did some tickets and security work until having lunch.

After lunch, it was time for another team meeting the review the work done over the last 2 weeks.

Curtis went to pickup his new coffee from the post office after this, which was luckily just a 5 minute walk away, and then he got home and made a cup of one of the new bags of coffee! He has bought a subscription in which they roast and send 3 new bags of coffee each month (if you want it each month). This is exciting as it gives Curtis new coffee to try and it’s fun, too. Curtis cleaned out the coffee grinder and made an Americano with the new coffee, which he made pretty well and really enjoyed it!

Curtis had a project to finish up in the late afternoon, which he did, and then it was relax time. Kim was still out, so Curtis played some games.

Kim’s Day

Kim was due to have a meeting heavy day and then two of her big meetings were moved to another day so Kim was able to really crack on and get a lot of admin done! She first started by popping out to grab coffees before sitting down and working on a project. She reached out to people and collected information from them and she also managed to get a lot of HR paperwork done.

He had a couple of smaller meetings and then she joined an interview and had a quick chat after.

Kim then worked on the internal work space, similar to the Wiki at her last company and started giving it a make over! She then popped out to collect some things from a store with colleague. They then went for a mini masked walk and it was lovely!

On a she got back Kim worked on the Wiki style project a bit more and she sent out some paperwork!

Evening

It was takeaway day today, so we found a place just down the road and went to pick up.

Curtis had a starter of wagu beef dip sliders and then a main of mac and cheese with braised rib. Kim had sweet chilli chicken bites as a starter and then some Cajun chicken tacos with fries.

Curtis couldn’t eat all of his mac and cheese and Kim couldn’t eat her fries, but we were defiantly well fed!

The rest of the evening was us in a food coma, relaxing and watching TV.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 525: Vancouver, BC – Kim’s New Phone!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a team call in the morning, followed by some ticket work and then 2 calls back to back.

The first was a 1 on 1 with his manager, but he also used this to ask a few other questions as well.

After that, he had a follow up to the project meeting from yesterday and he managed to make a few changes to the document that was created.

After that, Curtis did some ticket work and then ate some lunch.

Once lunch was finished, Curtis had some project work to do, but before that, he went and picked up a package for Kim, which was her new phone! Exciting!

After he got back, he started on some project work and it turned out that what he wanted to do probably won’t work, though he needs to do some more testing.

When he stopped doing that, he had to create a lot of things for a request, which took the remainder of the day.

Kim’s Day

As Kim was getting ready for the day she received a message from her colleague to say they were dropping off the laptop, so she quickly went downstairs to take the laptop. Kim was also surprised with a coffee from her colleague, so that was really kind!

A little into the morning Kim joined a call with a potential new vendor which went well. Shortly after that call Kim had a chat with her doctors to discuss the shortness of breath and strange breathing that she has been experiencing. It was decided that Kim would go in for an in person check up tomorrow and maybe even have a folllow up COVID test. However, it’s likely that Kim doesn’t have COVID, but there is still a small chance that she could have received a false positive. There is also a chance that Kim could be experiencing the strange breathing due to anxiety. She feels totally fine in the day to day but it’s so important to check and make sure things are okay, be it COVID or mental health!

Shortly after the doctors call Kim had a team meeting. She gave an update on the strange breathing and it was a really nice conversation full of support. Kim really does enjoy working where she does, she is extremely lucky. They also had a chat about recruitment and some projects that are going on.

Kim and her colleague left that call to join the social call. It was so much fun!! Everyone just chatted and caught up. They also made plans to maybe play a few games online over the weekend, so that will be really nice!

In the afternoon Kim had a long call with her colleague so they could make plans for the upcoming projects and organise some of the team for the next few months. It was a great meeting and so much good stuff came from it.

To finish the day Kim set up a laptop and added a lot of information to a spreadsheet.

Evening

Once Kim was finished with work, we had some chili, as that’s all we had in the freezer, so we ate that!

We watched some TV and played some games, but mostly we setup Kim’s new phone and played around with that.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 488: Vancouver, BC – Morning Call

Morning Call

We woke up early as we were expecting a phone call from the UK.

A company we both worked for needed to call us to confirm it was us requesting some information, so we did that phone call, which didn’t take long, and got started with the day.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a team meeting and some tickets to get done in the morning.

He also helped someone with a few issues they had.

After lunch, Curtis had some more tickets as well as some admin for some people starting the company in the new year.

After work, Curtis played a few games with some colleagues and then played some until Kim got home.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim was in the office as she waa expecting a delivedy today. She spent a lot of her morning researching and comparing options for phones ahead of a meeting later in the day. She also updated notes for meetings for the week and familiarised herself with the information for the facilities project.

Around midday Kim joined a meeting with a couple of the executive team and the person supporting the facilities project where they discussed next steps and set up another in person meeting for tomorrow. There was a short break after this meeting before the final team meeting for the year. Kim asked a few questions and got approval for the phone plan that she had.

In the afternoon Kim updated the HR system with the time off feature and arranged meetings for tomorrow. She also spent a lot of time chasing a parcel that someone has sent to the office. Some other parcels arrived during the day, so she updated people to let them know that they had arrived. She also spent a lot of the afternoon ticking off smaller projects that had been pushed to one side.

Evening

We haven’t been to the shop yet, so we got some excellent pizza (as always) from Pizza Garden just up the road.

Kim picked Curtis up on her way home and then we ate some pizza!

We were tired from waking up early this morning, so we watched a bit of TV, played some games and headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 470: Vancouver, BC – Company Holiday Gift!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis woke up around 09:30 and had some breakfast, a shower and a coffee.

Once Curtis was done with his coffee, he walked down to the nearest post office as he had been told he had a package waiting for him that his company had sent him!

Curtis had to wait in the queue for a bit, but he got the package and headed back home.

The package was a holiday gift from his company, which he forgot they were sending! Each person got one of these and they contain a variety of snacks (mostly dark chocolate, which Curtis LOVES) and then he also got some socks in there, as well.

Curtis played games whilst Kim worked in the afternoon.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day in the office and she was happy to see that the most of the fruit flies were now gone. She finished the laptop set up and then had a meeting about the interview she was in yesterday and the next steps for that process. After that she called a company that she ordered a laptop from to see where it was, she got through to voicemail so left a message an emailed the company too.

There are a few new hires over the next couple of weeks so Kim went to pick up a laptop from her colleague, but it wasn’t ready yet. So Kim drove home and shortly after joined a recruitment meeting to go over all the top candidates for open positions. It was an interesting meeting and some candidates that Kim liked for a new position are moving forward and will be interviewing with Kim next week.

Kim then hosted the weekly social call, for a while only her teammate was on the call so that had a great catch up. Then one other person joined so the three of them played a game of among us with another colleagues kid and it was so fun! They were only small and quick games, but really enjoyable!

Shortly after that Kim joined the team meeting and they went over some plans for the next few weeks. Then Kim went and picked up the laptop from her teammate, set it up in record time and managed to get it to fedex before the cut off time. Well, actually she was way past the cut off time, but they were running late!

When she got back Kim had a call with the external person about the facilities project. They talked about how the meeting yesterday went and what the possible next steps are. Then to finish the day Kim wrote up a chart about the difference in contractors that the company has to give some structure to the HR system and finance. She sent it off to her teammate and manager for their review.

Evening

We spent some time together writing up an email to send to our local MP. We are doing this to see if they can assist with our work permit situation, which is ongoing.

Once we did that, we went out to get an onion and have a bit of a walk!

Kim made a vegetable bolognese for dinner which was terrific! We had the final episode of Alex Rider to watch, so we watched that and also played some games/watched other shows.

We both have the day off tomorrow, so we plan to hang out and relax!

Curtis got the confirmation today that ice hockey is currently suspended by the province due to COVID-19, but there is a hope it will return at some point.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale