Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 389: Vancouver, BC – Post Work Nap

Curtis’ Day

The start to Curtis’ day was quite slow.

Curtis had a 1 on 1 meeting and then a team meeting after that.

He got some admin completed and then some tickets before he had another team meeting to discuss some process changes and then he had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis did a bunch of tickets, which all seemed to come in at once. Most of these were giving permissions to people, though one was getting some usage stats for someone.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with a donut catchup with someone in the UK and someone in Boston! It was so lovely to just relax and hang out. It was an easy-going conversation too!

After this Kim took the car to pick up some plastic spray bottles for the office from canadian tire. She dropped those off at work while she picked up a load of stuff that she is donating to a local youth centre. It was another cars worth, so when she got to the centre, she parked out back and unloaded the car. Its cleared out so much space in the office and Kim also took some stuff from home too!

After Kim had been in the office for a while she hosted a game time. As connect four was so successful last time Kim decided to try it again. 3 other people joined and everyone played everyone and it was so much fun!

She then updated Survey Monkey to a paid account as on the free version Kim was only able to view the first 40 responses. As its been updated, Kim is now able to export the information. This means that some of the work she did yesterday is pointless, bur it saves kim some work going forward.

Kim grabbed some lunch in mid afternoon and then spent the last bit of the day working out who is okay for Kim ro clear their desks. As Megadesk has been okaied Kim now has to empty out all the desks. Some people will come in to clear their stuff themselves, but for some desks Kim will box stuff up, label it and store it around the office.

Post Work Nap

After Kim got home, we had a lay down and ended up having a nap! It did Kim wonders and she felt amazing. Curtis on the other hand didn’t feel great, but eventually he woke up a bit.

We played some Tony Hawk and then Kim went off to pole, which she was very refreshed for now!

When Kim got home, we had homemade chicken nuggets with curly fries for dinner and watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 383: Vancouver, BC – Megadesk!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets in the morning along with some admin.

After that, he had a team meeting to discuss a specific issue and then he did some work with regards to that.

After lunch, Curtis had another chat with his team about a few other issues and helped working on that too.

The afternoon was a little quiet but he got a few things completed.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by organising a few of the hoodie requests. Then she had to call UPS as she wasnt able to access her billing account, they walked Kim through how to make some changes and then it all worked perfectly. So Kim reuploaded the invoices she was missing and finally finished her expenses.

For the rest of the morning Kim worked on her presentation for the office layout she wanted to propose to her manager. She took photos of her prototype desk layout, the Megadesk, and added some information.

She then hosted a game time, played one game of connect four and then had to leave the call! She left everyone else with the website and how to set it up, so she hopes they continued playing!

After a chat with her colleague Kim decided to draw up a floorplan that shows how the desk layout would work across the whole office. She thinks she made it pretty well and close to scale. Then she updated her presentation and the wiki with some more information.

To finish the day Kim joined a team meeting where they went over communications that will be going out over the coming days and weeks. This is also where Kim put forward the Megadesk idea and it got approved! So now Kim and her colleague have a lot of work coming up just for this, but its a good and interesting challenge.

Evening

Kim went off to pole dancing once she got right home.

The classes today were great fun! In the first class Kim tried a few new moves. One she was able to get eventually and the other Kim wasnt so confident on. She tried it a few times, but has it logged as one she needs to work on a bit more. In the second class Kim struggled with the first half of the combo, but was really able to enjoy the second half. While she enjoyed the first few moves, she couldn’t quite figure them out!

Both classes were amazing and Kim is loving being back at pole!

Once Kim got back home, we had soy & lemon chicken which Curtis marinaded during the day.

We watched some TV and relaxed but didn’t have too much time as Kim got home a bit late after pole.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 355: Vancouver, BC – Quiz Test & Back To Pole!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to renew a license in the morning so had to figure out how to do that one which took some time.

Curtis then did a bunch of tickets and after that he edited a guide that needed changing.

After that, he had some lunch and then helped Kim with testing her quiz that she has made, along with Kim’s family!

The test went really well, and then Curtis did some more tickets as well as a bit of security training in the late afternoon, which everyone at the company has to complete.

Curtis then watched hockey after work was done.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by catching up on a few emails and adding the last few questions to her quiz.

At midday Kim had a meeting with a vendor who popped in. They went over an offer that they have, Kim and her colleague are very excited and hopeful that they can utilise this great offer!

Just after the meeting Kim hosted a game time, but no one showed! So Kim worked on the quiz for a bit.

Kim had organised a test run through of the quiz with her family She sorted out a time and then sent out an invite to her parents and sister, and Kim invited Curtis and her colleague too. It was a great test and Kim got some wonderful feedback that she can use going forward into making the other quizzes. It was also so fun! Everyone seemed to enjoy the quiz, some questions were harder than others, they were able to iron our some technical issues and just have a good catch-up too!

After the quiz and mini game test were done Kim started troubleshooting an issue she had with the audio. The problem ended up that Kim had turned the volum down on the game to stop the lobby music being too loud and didn’t turn it back up again for the sound rounds in the quiz! So that was funny and an easy fix! She also updated the quiz with some word changes and layout changes of some of the questions. She finished by starting the second UK quiz and will work on that a little more tomorrow.

Back to Pole!

Kim got home and shortly after went off to pole! She was finally going back, but obviously there are precautions, such as wearing a mask the whole time and keeping 6ft apart.

Kim loved being back at pole! She was a little nervous at first, but she had a great double lesson back, with a teacher she loves to train with. Kim didn’t manage to nail many of the moves, but she is taking it slow and understanding that her body will have lower limits than it did pre COVID and that thats okay! She will work her way back up for sure. Its also exciting as Kim now has momentum and will, hopefully, start practicing at home too!

We had a chicken salad for dinner and watched a bit of TV, once Kim got back from pole.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 332: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Mac & Cheese!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got some admin and tickets done in the morning and then there was a company wide meeting with information about the company’s plans, financial information etc which he attended.

At the end of that call, he went to the office as someone was picking something up so he had to get that sorted for them.

Whilst at the office, Curtis took a shock take of the current laptops so the whole team knows what the Vancouver office has.

Curtis headed back home and had lunch when he got back.

Curtis didn’t have too much to do in the afternoon so he did some admin and some training.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim started her day by researching stuff for events that are coming up and dealt with some other small admin tasks.

Kim the helped IT set up a new computer but before sending it out she compared FedEx to UPS to see how the prices differ and how easy the system is. The price was good so Kim tried UPS. She packaged up all the things and got it ready to go. She had an issue with part of the paperwork so had to redo that.

Just as she finished that Kim joined a call with two teammates to discuss processes that will be going in place over the next few weeks. It was very productive and needed as it was only meant to be 15 minutes, but lasted the full hour.

Before she left Kim set up a few meetings and sent out a few emails.

Homemade Mac & Cheese

Curtis ran out to get some milk and then when Kim got home, she made Mac and cheese! We bought smoked Gouda and some nice cheddar to use and it was excellent!

Kim did some pole dancing at home properly for the first time and loved it! She loves having the ability to do that!

We went out for another evening walk which yielded beautiful photos once again!

We watched some TV and played some games as usual and then went to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 288: Vancouver, BC – Pole Is Up & Vancouver Protest

We had some breakfast, just some cereal, and then started to get ready for the day.

Our old landlord texted us and said we can pop over for the final handover and checklist.

We got there and cleaned a few things before he arrived.

All went well and we just had a few things to clean before the handover.

We got it handed over and then we were done! We are officially moved out of that a apartment now and there is therefore no work to do there anymore.

We got back home and went out for some coffee. We went to a place called Incognito Coffee which we really enjoyed.

We brought the coffee home and then Kim’s friend came over to confirm that our ceiling is concrete. Once that was confirmed, we had a bit of a chat and then they left.

Once they had left, we got Kim’s pole stood up and it was perfect! She is very happy she can use it now and has had a few tries on it.

We then went down to the protest here in Vancouver. We stood distanced from everyone on the outskirts of the protest, but we wanted to show our support.

We then went home, and will be self isolating for 14 days as much as possible.

We had cheese and wine for dinner, as we went to the shop once we left our old apartment earlier.

We ate that and just watched some TV for the rest of the evening. Nothing fancy.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 234: Vancouver, BC – Back To Pole?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got right to work after our walk and breakfast.

Curtis had a meeting at 09:30, but this was just with a team member regarding a project.

After that meeting, Curtis had his team meeting, followed by completing some tickets.

After that, he had another project meeting which was very useful.

He had a catch up with the Project Manager for the project and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had a 1:1 and then did some tickets and some training for the rest of the afternoon.

Kim’s Day

After the company meeting Kim joined a meeting with her hack team to discuss the plan. It looks as though they have decided on a plan, Kim is on presentation so she has taken on the PowerPoint. Kim is not entirely sure what is going on but she will help as much as she can!

Kim then did a little scheduling and other smaller tasks for the rest of the morning.
After lunch Kim updated the cribbage scores and held an open game of Skribbl for people to join. She is trailing having games for people to drop in and out of once a week, next week she is thinking Taboo! Kim loves the fact that she is able to put events on virtually and give people a place to hang out and switch off for a bit.

For most of the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on the Easter quiz. Towards the end of the day Kim had an idea for the first slide of the PowerPoint, so she put it together!

Back To Pole

In the evening, Kim went out to pole!

Kim decided to rent the pole studio this evening, and it was a great decision. She walked up, avoiding the busier streets and was let into the studio. Kim only rented it for an hour, but it was amazing to just play and enjoy dancing and listening to the music. It did Kim the world of good to have a little normality back. She even spoke to another person (from at least 2m away) Very exciting stuff!

We did our workout when Kim got home and then Kim did some stretches.

We took out the bins after Kim’s stretches and that was followed by a delicious dinner!

Sweet Potato Salad

We made a sweet potato salad for dinner which was SO GOOD! Light yet delicious.

We finished up with dinner and did the usual…playing some games and watching TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 206: Vancouver, BC – Locksmith

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ morning was full of tickets. He got a lot done and they were mostly new ones, and they kept coming in thick and fast.

In the afternoon, Curtis had a meeting with regards to a project (on which he is a Business Analyst) and then after that, he setup a laptop for someone, as well as completing some other tickets.

A locksmith visited Curtis’ work to look at some doors and see if they would be able to put a lock on them.

They’re sliding doors so it may be a little difficult.

Kim’s Day

Kim wrote up an email to her colleague with a load of questions of stuff she needed help with and she looked into car rentals for a visitor.

She then went through her social folder and reorganised it and made a better list of her ideas, costs and venues. It makes it easier to understand the plans she has!

Kim spent a lot of her day answering calls, saving invoices and sending out emails.
In the late afternoon Kim moved some desks around and allocated empty desks a set of draws.

Evening

Curtis got home and watched the remainder of the leafs game.

Kim was at work for a bit longer, so didn’t have much time left before she went off to training.

Kim class tonight was awesome! She managed to nail a climb she has struggled with for ages and she did a cool combo.
After the class Kim practiced her routine and she now has a solid base, she is getting there!

Curtis played some of a new game that was released and then had to take the train up to Richmond and meet Kim there, as he didn’t have hockey for a while, but Kim was up in Richmond so he just met her there.

Curtis has a late hockey game, so we will tell you about that tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 203: Vancouver, BC – 4 Hours of Training!

4 Hours Of Training

Kim went to pole training that had been set up for competitors only at 10:00 and it was so much fun!

She got some good guidance and saw some beautiful routines!

In the middle she popped out to get a snack and she walked her friend to the train station. After that Kim had more energy and was able to draw up two new and good combos, which was amazing!

Now all she has to do is clean them up and sew them all together!

Kim popped back for a bit of lunch and then went to a parkour gym where she worked on a couple of moves that she may be able to fit into the routine. She didn’t nail the moves this week, however made some good progress!

Curtis did basically nothing today, just playing games and relaxing.

Evening

Once Kim got back from all her training, we had some food (leftover KFC with rice and vegetables) and then sat and watched the Netflix film Spenser Confidential as it looked like it might be funny.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 201: Vancouver, BC – Hide & Seek

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was very quiet, with him not doing a huge amount in the morning.

The nitro guy came back on to fix the metallic taste in the coffee.

He flushed the lines again and all was good!

Curtis did get some admin done and a few tickets, but it was the most quiet day of the week so far.

He played some games with his team and then had some lunch at 13:00.

After lunch, Curtis got a delivery of some new Macbooks, so he got that sorted and got one of them out to setup for someone.

At 15:00, Curtis played hide & seek in the office, as planned by some colleagues!

It was actually great fun and lasted for a while!

After that, Curtis finished the setup of the MacBook and then left to head home.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim hardly sat down! She got in early to watch a company wide information meeting. Half way through this she had to help fix the coffee machine. The grinder for the beans fell off.

After this meeting Kim ran out to get cream, another bottle of wine for Friday drinks and some birthday stuff for a colleague. She picked up a wine bag, card and flowers!
Kim quickly finished the weekly shop when she got back and then she headed out to a doughnut date with someone from Marketing!

It was a really good catch up, they went to a wonderful little italian coffee shop where Kim had a hot chocolate and she picked up a great panini for later!

Kim then did a walk round to spot check meeting rooms and the kitchen to see if things were being kept nice and clean. On this trip she snapped a few photos that will later go out on a sazzy message to people to remind them to tidy up a bit more!

She then had lunch and ended up talking with one of the guys from IT which was nice! Then after lunch Kim took a few more photo, but specifically around the kitchen this time, to show everyone the aftermath of everyone not cleaning up their little bit. She then compiled the message and annotated some of the photos with instructions on how the situation could be improved and sent it out to shame the office. It was a stupid message and people found it quite funny, which was good!

Kim spent some of the afternoon fixing a table, but took a small break when her drill died so she went and grabbed a coffee with a colleague so they could have a catch up. After the coffee Kim got all the drinks for Friday night ready and finished the table before heading home.

Evening

Kim went out for a double lesson of pole and Curtis watched the (late) leafs game.

Once Kim got back, she had some food and we watched a little TV before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 199: Vancouver, BC – Jurassic Park, Margaritas & Nachos

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to leave home an hour earlier this morning to get a scan. This was to see his wisdom teeth in 3D to check if they are touching the nerves. This will determine how they’ll need to be removed.

This only took 10 minutes, so Curtis stopped off at Mario’s for a coffee and then headed to work.

Curtis got to work and played games with his team for an hour as ‘team building’.

Curtis got the nitro canister swapped out for the coffee but it still didn’t work, so he got in contact with the company who are sending someone out.

After this, Curtis had some tickets to do and then there was a meeting in which Curtis was the Business Analyst, gathering information from a team lead with regards to the project he is working on.

After that, he watched Jurassic Park with a few people in the boardroom and had nachos and margaritas!

After this, it was very quiet, so Curtis did some training to wrap the day up.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim started her day by moving a TV from one meeting room to another.

However the TV does not actually fit on the new wall properly, so in reality Kim has moved a TV from a wall to the floor!

She then had her weekly 1:1 with her teammate and they went over all the questions that Kim had written up over the week. They also then did a quick walk around to discuss a few things that they want to change around the office. It was a good successful meeting.

The rest of Kims day was filled with quick wins! She fixed the dishwasher and a table, reached out to handymen, the dishwasher repair company and she reached out to the building about recycling a bunch of stuff!

In the early afternoon, Kim had a meeting with a car rental company which was quick and went well. She then also had another catch up with the cleaners and building management and they went over a few things too.

Evening

Curtis did some laundry and a few things around the apartment and then played games whilst waiting for Kim to come home.

Kim got home but left fairly quickly after to go to pole.

Kim’s first class was great! One of her favourite teachers is back and then after Kim went to open pole to work on her routine. She is making genuinely good progress, but the routine is far from finished!

Curtis watched the leafs game which was on later today, at 19:30.

Kim got back home from pole and we watched a little bit of TV but went to sleep pretty early.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale