Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 317: Vancouver, BC – Tape, Tape & More Tape

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty busy day!

He started the day answering some questions about Microsoft Teams and completing some admin (emails, messages, tickets etc).

After that, he had a computer checkup to do and then had back to back meetings.

His first meeting was security related and that was very positive and then after that he joined an Ask Me Anything with someone from work about important things!

Curtis did a another computer checkup after that meeting and then finally had some lunch.

Curtis did a few tickets and admin in the afternoon and then his day was done. Very busy and went fast!

Kim’s Day

Today Kim put tape on the floor and that is about it! She started her day by finishing putting the signs up around the office and then moved on to measuring up a team meeting space and ensured that all the chairs were a safe distance apart. After that Kim organised the kitchen and made sure those chairs are a safe space apart and she mapped it out on the floor.

Kim spent a bit of time in the morning replying to emails and printing a couple of forgotten signs. She also had a quick meeting with her colleague in the early afternoon.

After lunch Kim moved a bank of desks and then cut and laminated the signs. To finish the day Kim mapped out another team meeting space by measuring and taping it up. It was a successful day!

And, Chill

We both had busy but positive days, so when Kim got back home we just chilled out. We couldn’t be bothered to make anything for dinner, so frozen pizzas it was!

We ate our food and watched some TV…it was super warm today so we had all windows and the balcony door open trying to cool down!


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 274: Vancouver, BC – Checking Out The New Neighbourhood

We woke up and had some french toast for breakfast and then we got ready for the day.

After we were ready, we spoke with Kim’s family and gave them a little tour of our apartment, even though it is not ready yet!

We finished the call, had a quick snack and then went out to walk around and explore our new neighbourhood. There seemed to be some cool places around and we even found an open Starbucks, so we got our first Starbucks in months!

We then walked back home and relaxed for a while, as well as looking at beds and other things for the apartment.

We then got hungry, so decided to make pizza!

We had a pizza dough already, so it was a case of just getting the topping sorted. We went with mushrooms, cheese (cheddar & mozzarella), red onion and sweetcorn!

The pizza was pretty tasty, though we don’t think it was enough for 2 people.

We watched the film Prospect whilst we ate dinner.

We had some cookies and other snacks throughout the evening and just generally did very little.

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 244: Vancouver, BC – A New Project

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some investigating before he had his team meeting.

He had to investigate an email received to see if it is spam or phishing, or who it was meant to be for.

This took him to a website followed by another website and down a bit of a rabbit hole, but it was interesting.

During his team meeting, Curtis and a couple of others were assigned a project to do!

Curtis had some other stuff to do, including another computer checkup, but he got to the project after lunch and did that for the rest of the day.

It’s pretty mundane, just moving things from one folder to another and adjusting permissions, but it needs to get sorted.

Kim’s Day

Its Friday, which means Kim spent a lot of her day on social calls. She started with one for the UK people and had a great chat with them. After the call, she played a game of cribbage, one person has dropped out so Kim has stepped in to complete a team. Her teammate is a gentleman from one of the UK offices! Kim has no idea what she is doing, but enjoyed talking to people. Its unsurprising that Kim’s team lost.

For most of the rest of the morning Kim spent some time doing admin. She emailed her manager with a bunch of questions that she never asked during the 1-1, she orgnaised a game of cribbage, sent out a few invites to other games and events too.
After lunch Kim hosted the East Coast social call, they played a few games of Jackbox, it was hilarious and so much fun!

Kim did a little scheduling and sent out another invite to a quick game she out together for next Wednesday, so that should be fun!

She then spent a while working on the pub quiz, before hosting the west coast social catch up. They had a good chat and also played a round of Skribbl too.

Pizza & Oceans 8

We did our workout and then ordered pizza from our favourite pizza place, Pizza Garden.

This took a while to arrive, but it was worth the wait! We sat and ate that whilst watching Oceans 8, which was a pretty good film.

We played some VR and some other games, as well as watched some TV. Then, we slept.

It’s the weekend again!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 229: Vancouver, BC – Fung Shui

Curtis’ Day

Post walk, the day started very quiet for Curtis.

Curtis did some admin and a few other things, but had nothing planned for a couple of hours.

The day picked up and he had to craft a communication and provide some information to the company around some software security.

Curtis also got a couple of tickets and some people messaged him about different things.

All of a sudden, it was lunch time!

After lunch, Curtis had a project interview again and then post that, he did some ticket work and some admin for the project he is working on.

In the late afternoon, Curtis and his team jumped on to play some Rocket League again and it was fun! Everyone is starting to get much better, so the games are getting more and more fun, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim joined the meeting in the morning and then worked on sending out a few more of the invites for the cribbage tournament. In the middle of the morning Kim joined in with yoga.

In the afternoon Kim had a 1-1 with her manager. It was ao great to catch up. They went over they were doing, how they are keeping busy in and out of work and it was lovely.

After that Kim then worked on the cribbage spreadsheet to set up the elimination round process! She also fixed some of the automation for the current games sheet.

For the final bit of the afternoon Kim sent. The last of this batch of invites and did some scheduling of interviews for a team mate.

Kim walked part of the way to work before she realised she didnt have her pass. So she went back home, pick it up and then went into work to drop off a few things and pick some other things up. Downtown Vancouver is very empty and some shops are boarded up. It was very surreal!

Fung Shui

We eventually did our workout, which wasn’t until around 18:30 as Kim was out still and Curtis finished up playing games with his team.

Once we finished our workout, we moved the furniture around in our apartment!

We wanted a better area for working out and playing mini sticks, which we have really started to enjoy!

We got the furniture moved and setup and then we had some pizza for dinner, because we completely forgot to get anything!

After dinner, we watched a bit of TV and then played mini sticks for 40 minutes or so. This was fun but tiring!

We finished up the night with some video games and some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 131: Vancouver, BC – FREE Star Wars Screening!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy start to the day, helping multiple people at once!

He then tried to get a PC setup for use in the lounge so that films could be played on it, but the sound wasn’t working, so it took a while to get that sorted but it eventually worked, after Curtis’ colleague pointed something out.

After that, Curtis got some tickets done and did some administration and configuration with things that were missing in the new helpdesk software, which his team have moved to using now.

Curtis met Kim for lunch and we had Quiznos!

Curtis got back to work and did some project work, which was just deleting accounts from an application.

It got to the end of the day and Curtis walked up to meet Kim at her work.

Kim’s Day

As Kim was away the last 2 days of last week she had a fair few emails to catch up on!

Once she sorted those out she had to get a fair few deliveries ready, she packed up 2 and had them ready for FedEx and then she wrote up the addresses for a further 40 deliveries to go out.

Once Kim got back from lunch she finished sorting the addresses and then put ice cream out in the kitchen for those who are in the office.

Kim then organised all of the Canadian things to be sent out, she popped them all in envelopes, stuck the addresses on and sorted the postage.

Kim noticed it was suddenly quite late in the afternoon and the FedEx packages hadn’t been picked up, then when she checked online it looked as though there was no delivery scheduled. This was not great news as it meant she had to run across and drop both the boxes off to a FedEx point.

Once she got back Kim popped to the post box to mail the deliveries and then ordered ink for the postage machine.

Star Wars!

Kim got contacted by a company (which weirdly, Curtis’ company uses) to go to a marketing event in which they would show a demo of their software, provide pizza & drinks and then showing the new Star Wars!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Our Rating:- 8.5/10

We thought the ending was a little weak, but overall a good fun movie.

We left here and walked back home where we relaxed for a couple of hours and then slept.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 207: Vancouver, BC – Lunchtime, Gametime

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy start to the morning, having to help a whole company (that work within his company) setup their respective office boardrooms for a company wide meeting.

After that, Curtis spent the morning doing ticket work, and a small amount of project work, hoping to finish up a project soon.

Curtis’ team had a meeting at 13:00, which was to agree on projects to take on for the upcoming 2 weeks.

This meeting went on for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, which Curtis had lunch after.

After lunch, Curtis was able to get his project finished and start another project, which was a big success!

Kim’s Day

Kim got in and started on the shopping orders for the other two offices right away. She put all the orders together but ran out of time before her meeting room booking to actually place the orders. She really didn’t want to rush them and make a mistake.

Kim collected everything she needed for starting the table decorations and took them up to the meeting rooms on the 25th floor.

As she was spray painting Kim decided to go up to the roof so she can work in a meeting room wity a door that can open and allow fresh air in.She had the idea of using parts of the beautiful bouquet of flowers that Curtis got her for her birthday. She dried out the leaves and some petals and spray painted them sparkly or silver. This will look so pretty on the night scattered around the food.

She then cleaned up and headed back downstairs in time to start setting up for the lunchtime game. Kim moved some furniture and set out the pens and answer sheets for the game. Kim’s colleagues grabbed the pizza while she was setting up too!

The game this quarter was Guess the Song – Festive Addition.

It was great fun to watch people try to figure out what was playing and then the debates during the answers were great! Kim would not accept George Michael, it had to be Wham, but she was not insistent on the exclamation mark. She totally made the rules up as she went! It ended in a 3 way tie so there was then a few quick fire rounds until we came to one winning team! It was great fun!

Kim got back to her desk and then went through all the other offices orders and triple checked them before she completed them.

After this Kim sent 2 packages vis FedEx, which is great as she was worrying she was running out of time.

As she had bought some extra stuff for the table centrepieces yesterday, Kim wanted to do a quick improvement of the snowman she has made. It is now much cuter and better looking!

Kim then finalised the shop for the Vancouver office. It won’t be arriving until the afternoon on the Monday as Kim has tried a different shop!

As she has to order some extra things that the usual place is unlikely to stock.

Kim then sent and replied to a few emails before heading home!

Late Hockey Game

Curtis got home and sorted his hockey kit out and chucked that in the car.

Kim got home and we had some food. Curtis made himself some (way too spicy) Piri-Piri chicken with rice and Kim wanted to have a potato instead, so she did just that.

We watched some TV and then left the house around 21:00 to go to Curtis’ hockey game.

We will update you on how the hockey game went tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 206: Vancouver, BC – Interesting Network Things

Curtis’ Day

Curtis only had a few things planned for the day, but that soon grew!

A lot of tickets came in, which Curtis took and sorted for people.

Curtis had to deal with a possible security issue, which took up quite a chunk of the morning, but he did enjoy that!

Curtis went for lunch with two colleagues. They had Banh Mi and Curtis also got a vietnamese iced coffee.

After lunch, Curtis had a meeting, followed by doing a few bits of project work as well as discussing a new project with his team.

Curtis also did some network things with his colleague who is in town from Winnipeg. He learned a bit more, too, which is great and always welcome.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she set up for the day and sent out a reminder email about a building run holiday breakfast party happening in the lobby.

Kim and a few others went down to grab some food, there was also a live 2 person band playing festive songs.
When Kim got back she tool some time to compare 2 pizza places as she wanted to try ordering from somewhere new.

Kim picked a restaurant that she and Curtis have ordered from previously. It has a comparable price, larger pizzas, better quality and all the dietary replacements that are needed.

Kim then popped out to the dollar store to grab some cheap holiday chocolates and mini candy canes for the chocolate vase at her desk.

People were very happy when they saw it filled with festive treats! On the way back into the office she picked up a box of 6 chicken nuggets.

Kim then scanned and saved a few recipts before heading out on another little coffee date! This time they actually went for coffee!

Kim and another colleague went down to JJ Bean and had a wonderful chat about management, how they both ended up in Vancouver and languages.

When Kim got back she actually booked the pizza for delivery as she didn’t want to place the order earlier over lunch time, that seemed like a bad time to be placing a 16 pizza order!

Kim the popped out again to pick up some felt for the party declarations and picked up the multipack of beer and case of cider for tomorrows afternoon drinks.

Enjoyable Pole Training

Curtis got home and had no plans to do anything at all, so just sat around and played games!

Kim’s class tonight was great fun! She ended up learning a move she tried a few weeks ago. It took a few attempts but she finally nailed it on the last attempt! She also learned a very cool fake bendy move!

Kim got back home and we watched a YouTube video or two, followed by Silicon Valley.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 199: Vancouver, BC – Adding a Coat Rack

Curtis’ Day

Curtis didnt have much planned, but ended up having a very busy morning!

He had shook bwe interesting tickets which kept him busy and he had to investigate things, which he loves doing.

He had a 6 month check in and then had a meeting regarding a laptop auction his company is having for employees.

After lunch, Curtis worked on some revisions to a process he created yesterday, with the help of feedback from his team, and he got that all completed.

Curtis did some reading in the afternoon of his business analysis book and also had a beer with a colleague.

Curtis is in work from 06:00-14:00 tomorrow as he is being on hand for Black Friday.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she started with her emails as there were a few responses from vendors and hotels that she had been waiting for. She then called a hotel to confirm bookings for two people coming to the office in a few weeks.

As Kim was working away, she noticed a visitor had come in and then realised it was their hotel rep, a few moment later kims colleague walked around the corner and said she forgot to invite Kim to the meeting, but if Kim has time to come in. So Kim had an impromptu and important meeting where they ironed out a few things and made some great plans for the future.

After the meeting Kim spent the rest of her day organising still for the party. She made a guest list for the office party in Toronto that is happening tomorrow, finalised the food menu and drew up a drinks menu. It was a really productive afternoon!

New Coat Rack

We both got home and watched a bit of TV and relaxed.

Kim went out to the shop to get some pasta and also to buy a coat hanger from Homesense.

Curtis ate pizza whilst Kim was out and then when Kim got back, we put up the new coat rack/shelf on the wall, which looks awesome!

We got that done and then Kim had tuna and pasta, whilst we watched Silicon Valley.

We watched one more show after we both got showered for tomorrow and then went to bed a little earlier than usual so Curtis can be up for 05:00!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 193: Vancouver, BC – Some Rough Stuff

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work a little later than usual today, but still on time!

He had some admin to get done and got ready for his team project meeting.

After that meeting, Curtis had a few ticket based things to get done and then had a few meetings.

He had a meeting to discuss a new process with his team and then after that, he had a training session regarding some network things.

Curtis did something that took a long time, but he was glad he got it done.

When Curtis finished lunch, he completed an offboard and once that was done he put away a bunch of hardware that returned from a conference and then went and had a drink with people in the office.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by going through emails and setting herself up. She then spent a while going through her expenses and making sure everything matches.

She had a meeting with a colleague to go over the ordering process for the two other offices while she is away on leave. It was great to get a chance to go through a the log ins and processes with help the first time.

The pizza then arrived for the monthly social talk so Kim set that up and then the talks went ahead. was a shorter session today with only 3 talks so Kim allowed people a longer time slot.

After she cleared all the pizza boxes away Kim went to set up guitar hero in the kitchen. She forgot that she kept the xbox and everything thats needed upstairs for easy access. This meant she took a trolley all the way to the basement to pick up a load of useless stuff that she just has to return back there at some point.

Kim had been experiencing a little strain in her shoulder lately so she had arranged for a 30 minute deep tissue massage through her insurance company to sort that out. She went to that, had a great time with the therapist there, he recently loved back to BC from Auckland, New Zealand so there was lots to talk about.

When Kim got back she helped finish the set up for the Friday afternoon drinks and got back to work.

Kim took the quiet time to go through the transactions that take a little more digging to find the answer. She is now only left with a couple that require waiting on a response or that need a phone call.

She wrote up the message for an upcoming holiday themed potluck and spent a good amount of time going through the backlog! It was great to have a bit of time to answer the smaller questions and get some stuff off of her plate.

Hockey Time!

Curtis had a hockey game at 21:15. He got home and sorted out his hockey kit, as well as re-taping his stick.

He put all of that in the car and then made some dinner.

He made chicken teriyaki with rice, it was tasty and quick and easy!

At 20:10, we left to head to he rink.

Curtis’ team lost 7-2…which isn’t good, but they did have a lot of spare players instead of regular players.

Curtis’ line played pretty well, but at the end of the game, curtis got 6 penalty minutes for retaliating to someone cross checking him.

Due to this, he was kicked from the game, with there being just a couple of minutes left in the game.

We got back home and it was pretty much bed time, so we got ready to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale