Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 420: Vancouver, BC – All The Shoes

Yesterday’s Hockey Game

Curtis’ hockey game went well!

His team won 2-0, though he didn’t really do too much, offensively.

The team is currently 2-0!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few meetings today, eith the first being a project meeting in which he had to make a flowchart of a process, along with a couple of colleagues.

After that, he had a team meeting and then another meeting not too long after which was for another project, just to discuss how to do the certain things for the project which was something Curtis hadn’t done before.

Right after that, there was a meeting to discuss current updates for a project.

Curtis did some tickets and admin in the afternoon.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim went out to coffee with a friend from her old job and it was amazing! They met at a coffee place near the office and both ended up having doughnuts and having a great chat and laugh!

Just after Kim left the catchup she got an email confirming an interview for tomorrow morning! Its for the role that she had a phone screening for last week and ts a role that Kim is extremely excited for, so fingers crossed!

On her way home Kim picked up a celebratory coffee for Curtis and herself. Then she had a quick lunch before researching the company a little more.

In preparation for potential interviews Kim found someone selling a few pairs of shoes that she liked the look of, so she went and picked them up. When she got there, the lady included two more pairs! So Kim got 6 pairs for $15! The few that don’t fit Kim will take to the thrift shop down the road.

On that success Kim decided to change up something about the apartment. When Kim picked out the bed that they currently have she didnt realise it was longer than the mattress and that the headboard was at a reading angle and really stuck out at the back. So Kim has been secretly annoyed at the bed for a while as it takes up more room than it needs and Kim keeps kicking it when she walks around. So she decided to get another new bed. She was able to find someone selling one that they have only had for a few months and wanting to sell it this evening. So Kim agreed and listed the current bed and has a buyer thats super local that wants it!

Evening

We had some pasta for dinner as well as some ceasar salad.

Kim then went out in the later evening to get another bed as we wanted a slightly smaller one. We have replaced our bed often, but we want to try and get one that fits our mattress perfectly.

Once Kim picked that up we chilled out for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 407: Vancouver, BC – Fresh Tomato Pasta

Curtis’ Day

Curtis thought the issue from yesterday with email was resolved, but it turned out it was not! Curtis spent a lot of the morning figuring out the new issue that arose from it and it seems that it is now fixed!

Curtis did some asset management and figured out if they need to order anything more for the office.

Curtis did a good amount of reading today for his Business Analyst training, which was interesting and he really needed to get that done.

Once Curtis finished lunch, he had a meeting to create a flow chart for a project and figure out what the flow will be.

After Curtis had this meeting, he emailed a new hire to find out a few things before they start, so he can get their equipment ready for them next week.

Kim’s Day

Kim did the same thing during the day, had a slow morning and then applied for jobs.

Later in the afternoon Kim made a pre pole snack and watched some TV before heading out to the shop to get tomatoes. When she got back she had a call with her friend from her old job and they had a great catch-up while Kim prepped dinner. It was so nice to talk to her and laugh, Kim missed seeing her everyday!

After the chat Kim got ready and went to head to pole, obviously the elevators weren’t working so Kim walked down the stairs and down to the car via the car ramp. She was then a little late to pole but joined at the end of the warm up.

Both of the classes were great! Kim was in a much better head space this week and so she was able to concentrate a bit better and enjoy the class more. In the first class they did one of Kims favourite move called an extended butterfly and they went over aerial inverts, which was great because since leaving the UK and losing some of the skill she had Kim had been struggling with that. The class today really helped and things seemed way easier now! In the second class they learnt the last bit of the combo from the week before, Kim wasn’t great at it, but then they tried a new move and a flip from that move. Kim loved this she got the move on the first try and tried the flip with assistance. It was so much fun and Kim really enjoyed it!

Fresh Tomato Pasta

When Kim got home, she added some mushrooms and onion cooked in balsamic and red wine to the sauce and we had that with pasta…It was delicious!

We watched some TV for the remainder of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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 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 388: Vancouver, BC – Long Awaited Pro Haircut

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the day by changing someone’s name across all platforms which was actually very seemless and he was very happy with how it worked out.

After that, Curtis had his weekly team meeting which lasted last time than usual.

Curtis did a lot of tickets after this, and was working with an ongoing Zoom issue for someone.

Post lunch was much of the same. He eventually got the Zoom issue sorted and was able to do some other tickets, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by logging the responses she received from the survey. It looks like exporting the information is a paid feature, so Kim has a fair bit of data entry to do!

After this Kim put a link to a discount page for Grouse Mountain. This would have been very useful last week as this was the mountain Kim and Curtis went to on Saturday. Never mind! She then spent some of the morning drafting up a couple of options for the next phases track and trace log. She isn’t too sure which she feels it the best way so she made both and will see what other people think.

In the afternoon Kim went to Staples to get some mailing pouches that will fit the hoodies in them. She found the only box in the store and then went back to the office.

Once she was in the office Kim packaged up a hoodie and it worked perfectly! So she then took it to the post office to make sure that the postage the meter gave her is the right amount. Its a good thing she checked as it wasn’t! Its good to know now so that when she does the big send out she will just take them all to the post office and do it all there.

Kim then went through all of the stationary that she hadn’t finished organising and either put it away in the cupboard or got it ready to be donated.

Long Awaited Pro Haircut

Kim left work and walked home, dropped off her things and went to get her haircut!

She’d been waiting for a professional haircut for a long while and was very happy she was finally able to get one.

Once Kim was back from her haircut, we had pesto chicken pasta for dinner and watched some TV, as well as played some games.


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 369: Vancouver, BC – Early Morning Cocktail Class & Virtual Summer Party!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets and answered some questions in the morning.

After this, Curtis and a couple of different project meetings and then had some lunch.

Post lunch, Curtis completed a contractor onboard which was pretty easy and fast and then he did some more tickets, some admin and answered some more questions regarding contractor onboarding.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim helped host the first virtual summer party, for the UK folks. So as it is held in UK time, Kim was up and in the office by 6! She finished setting up the last few things for the Zoom call by getting extention cables and getting all the aspects ready for the cocktail masterclass.

Once her colleague arrived they popped out to to Tim Hortons pick up some breakfast. Kim had a cheese and egg muffin and they ate while the did the audio and visual tests.

Then it was time to go! They started with a couple of introductions and then went straight into the cocktail class. It was so much fun, Kim made a long island iced tea and showed everyone the steps on how to make it and her colleague did the same for a pina colada. After this they went into the pub quiz. There were four rounds, two rounds had general questions about the past two decades and the other two rounds were about the people and the company. All the rounds went so well and people had a great time.

After the party was officially ‘over’ some people still stayed on the call to hang out. So Kim and her colleague hosted a couple of jackbox games which were amazing.

Once the event finished Kim and her colleague had a catch-up to see how well things went. We had a couple of people reach out and say they enjoyed it, so that makes all the work totally worth it!

Kim spent a little time working on her expenses before she had a team meeting with her manager and colleague to go over the event. It was a great meeting with some good feedback, easy changes to implement for the next two!

After this meeting Kim made a few notes and a game plan for the next few days before heading out and catching up with a couple of people. The colleague who left a few weeks ago is flying home this weekend so it made sense to have one final meet up and another colleague joined too! When they met Kim was suddenly hungry, so they went and got a taco from Tacofino and enjoyed that on the enclosed patio thing, as distanced as possible. Then after that they all went and got some cheese tarts and they were amazing! The colleague still at the company will be joining the summer party next week, but didn’t want to make cocktails so they went to pick something up for her to make instead. After that Kim said goodbye and has made plans to go and visit the colleague again sometime when the world opens back up!

Kim then popped back in the office to hang out with her teammate and just have a chat. It was so lovely to just sit, talk nonsense and plan for the next two events a little as well.

Evening

When Kim got home, we had some tomato and mushroom pasta which was delicious and then watched some TV and played some games.

Kim was pretty tired as she was up from 5am, so we tried to head to bed at a good time.


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 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