Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 328: Vancouver, BC – New Chinese Food Place

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few things to do in the morning and then once he did those, he had a team meeting.

He did a bit of admin before lunch and then after lunch he had a project meeting.

After his project meeting, he did a few more tickets and then had a team building session, which consisted of playing some rocket league.

After team building, Curtis got a group created which took a bit of time as there are a few steps to that and then was pretty much done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim started even earlier today, as there is a follow up meeting from yesterdays meeting which means she has to move the social call a little earlier. So she joined that and had a great catch up with 3 other people and that was lovely. She went from this call to host the Q&A from yesterday’s meeting and that went really well. As it didnt overrun Kim was able to get the recording uploaded to the Wiki quite soon after.

When she got into the office Kim continued cleaning up the meeting room, she worked on breaking down more of the old notebooks. She then nipped put to grab some lunch and enjoyed that before the east coast social call. There were only two people on that call today but it was still fun!

After the call Kim set up a few desks for people to use on Monday as there will be a few extra people in the office. She measured to make sure all the desks are far enough apart, moved tables to ensure that the safe distance is maintained, got screens and finally sanitised the desks.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on drafting a form that will be needed in the coming months. She finished the day with the west coast social call. There was a good turn out today, so after some chatting Kim hosted a jackbox game and that was fun!

Chinese Food

We fancied Chinese food for dinner, so we ordered from a chain called Peaceful Restaurant as it has good ratings.

Kim got General Tsao Chicken with rice and Curtis got Ginger Beef with noodles.

We enjoyed the food quite a bit.

We watched some TV and played some games with our evening and were looking forward to getting some sleep.

Curtis has a haircut tomorrow, too, which is his first since the barbershops re-opened.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 327: Vancouver z BC – One Day Mini Project

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was productive as he was able to start and complete a mini project in just a few hours!

He started the day with chatting with his team about the project as everyone has to agree to it and then he did the work.

It was mostly research and testing which didn’t take him long at all to do.

He did some tickets and joined a webinar but the webinar was useless so he left it half way through.

He has been working for the last couple of days trying to get something fixed for someone but it is not playing ball, so that’s been frustrating and he worked on it more today too.

Curtis did some more reading/training in the afternoon as well as a couple of tickets and some admin.

A pretty productive day in general.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by getting in early to help host a company wide meeting. It went very well and it was really interesting. When that came to an end Kim sent out an email for the Q&A for tomorrow and put the recording of todays meeting on the Wiki.

Kim spent a little time tidying up where she had dumped everything in her meeting room. She then spent the rest of the morning making notes and a plan in regards to changing some things on the phone. Once that was done Kim listened to the voicemails and sent the messages on to people.

Mid afternoon Kim had a meeting with her colleague about changing the phone system and an idea that she had that would make it easier for that team to get their messages. Kim showed the functionality of the app, to the best of her abilities, and explained how it would work in this scenario.

After that meeting Kim had another meeting with a colleague about office updates that are still on the list to be done and future events that they are planning. It went well and they had some really good ideas come up!

Evening

We took the recycling out when Kim got home and then we made more garlic bread to go with the remaining lasagna.

We finished the rest of the lasagne and watched some TV. We played some more virtual mini golf, too, which we are both getting much better at!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 326: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Veggie Lasagna & No COVID-19!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a fairly early project meeting which didn’t last too long, but had a few action points from it which was positive.

Curtis got some tickets completed and then had a couple of team meetings.

Curtis had a few more project related meeting sheich were very positive and did some more tickets, finishing the day with creating a new project.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of her morning working on one FedEx delivery. She ended up redoing the whole thing after chasing for weeks. Hopefully with the new right pickup and whole new paperwork everything will go smoothly, but who knows!

Just after midday Kim called the helpline to get her test results. The first time she called she was unable to get through, then the second time they confirmed that Kim does not have COVID. Which is wonderful! Kim had some lunch and started the ‘meat’ sauce for the lasagna tonight and then headed into the office.

Kim collected all the things she needs to send our to a new starter and began packing them up. She joined her 1-1 call with her manager and that was great. Bother were happy at the new that Kim does not have COVID and they spoke about events for the future.

After the 1-1 Kim went back to sending the items. She had to rebox one of the packages as she had packed more than was needed, so that was great! Kim also picked up the post and ordered coffee for the nespresso machine. It was a very productive afternoon!

Evening

Kim got home after being at the office for the afternoon and made a vegetarian lasagna!

It turned out perfectly and was so delicious! We had it with some homemade garlic bread, too.

We watched TV and played some games for the evening, as usual.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 324: Vancouver, BC – Planning Projects

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the day with some tickets and questions from some people. It went incredibly fast and he got a lot done in that short hour or so which felt really good.

Curtis had his weekly team meeting and then not too long after that, he had another team meeting to plan a project, writing a project charter. This was really good for Curtis and his team to figure out how those work and what to do.

Curtis had his lunch and then had a pretty quiet afternoon, just doing a couple of tickets, some admin and then training for the rest of the day, which was good to get done.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into the office and started by catching up on a few emails. She then continued to try to set up an account where she called the company numerous times. She managed to progress the issue, but has now hit another issue that she will deal with on another day.

Kim reached out to a colleague who is leaving and continued to work on paperwork for a colleague who has already left.

Towards the end of the morning Kim went to work from home, and it was relatively unexciting. She spent a lot of her day catching up on old emails and sorting out some general admin that she had been putting off.

Evening

We played some Golf with friends which is a fun mini golf game and then we had some dinner and watched some TV.

We didn’t really sleep last night or for the last few nights really, so we are looking forward to getting some sleep!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 306: Vancouver, BC – New Laptop!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a quiet day, overall.

He was waiting for our new laptop to arrive and it was meant to arrive before 12:00, but he had no idea when it would arrive and if it was to arrive, they wouldn’t be able to buzz up as the intercom doesn’t work with our phones! This meant that Curtis had to keep looking outside and he eventually saw the FedEx truck at 11:30, so he ran downstairs to meet the delivery driver.

Curtis got the laptop, which is a Microsoft SurfaceBook 3 and had a play around with that and then did a bit more work, mostly tickets.

Just after that, Curtis had a meeting in which he gathered requirements as an IT Business Analyst around some pain points someone was having and what they wanted to achieve. Curtis took some notes here and setup another meeting with some people from his team to discuss next steps.

Curtis had some lunch and then a VERY quiet afternoon, just doing a handful of tickets and some admin.

At 16:00, there was an EA press conference which Curtis watched, and then he played some games.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim had some company to help with stuff around the office. As the plan for the day was all about cleaning and getting IT equipment ready a couple of the people from the IT team came into help. They went about cleaning and collecting some of the equipment from around the office and just before midday Kim went and collected pizzas for everyone as a thank you for helping out.

Once the IT people left Kim started hosted a quick game. She set up some tome to play Drawful on Jackbox and it went quite well. It was just a small crowd of people but it was good fun!

After the game Kim continued working on the signage for the office. It involved remaking a few of the signs and drafting up a few more. She was also working on some potential changes to the phone system, so had a couple of calls with the support team for if and how the things Kim wanted to change would work.

Face Masks

We had a really tasty chicken breast each with lemon and mustard sauce, along with some potatoes, broccoli and corn on the cob.

After dinner, we watched some TV and then did some face masks! They actually burned our faces a little, which wasn’t great, so we got rid of them pretty quick. They did seem to make our faces smooth, though!

We had a homemade cookie each whilst watching a bit more TV and then we headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 304: Vancouver, BC – Long Awaited Walk

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a slow day today.

He reviewed some of the security notifications that his team received for a bit and then did some tickets.

Curtis had a meeting to show the final product of something he was working on and that went really well.

He had lunch shortly after that, followed by a meeting to discuss the possibility of using some apps for automating some things, but they weren’t up to scratch.

After that meeting, Curtis spent the rest of the day fighting with some mailboxes that weren’t doing what he wanted them to do.

Kim’s Day

As Kim had to call a company in the UK today she got in a little early to sort that.
After that call Kim had a donut catch up with someone in the UK and it was so lovely, they talked about their families and everything thats going on in the UK at the moment. It was a very easy going call which was brilliant.

After that Kim had a short while to organise a few things around front desk, she out away some of the deliveries that have come in over the last few days and had a general tidy up.

As Kim finished her sales project she had a quick call with the person who tasked it to her to hand it back. It was only a 10 minute call but it went well!

After that call Kim got stuck into organising the office, she set up the kitchen and sorted our the lounge are to be functional spaces. She then worked on drafting up more signs.

After lunch Kim spent the afternoon in a team meeting where they did a walk around of the office and Kim explained the methods to her madness!

Long Awaited Walk

We took the recycling out when Kim got back home and then had pizza for dinner.

After dinner, we had a quick nap as we didn’t sleep well last night, and then we went out for a walk which we haven’t been able to do for a couple of weeks!

We walked down to the seawall and got a great view of Granville Island.

We watched some TV for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 299: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Games

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had just one meeting planned for the day, but it got pushed tomorrow so he had some free time!

He did what he had planned, some tickets and finishing off a project, but then decided to pickup another project that needed doing.

He wrote out some tasks to do for that project and got to work.

He had to contact some people, turn on some settings and assist them with setting a few things up and then tested a few other things.

Curtis got that all done in a shorter time than he expected, so he had time to do some more tickets at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her by finishing the game she had planned for today, she got the last couple of questions made and she found all the images to go with them. Then she hosted the game and it was good fun! A smaller turnout than usual, but thats okay!

As that game went well Kim set up and sent out the invite for a game next week. She also reorganised a meeting for next week and sent out the invite for another cello performance. She also gave away a few office chairs today in an auction style over the internal messenger, that was a few minutes of fun!

In the afternoon Kim tried to make a payment for something again and this time ended up on the phone for support and to try to make the purchase over the phone. She had no luck and had been advised to just try again after 24 hours.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim spent her time working on the Sales project and it paid off because she finished the first leg. She set up a meeting to go over it with the person in sales.

13th

We watched a Schitts Creek whilst we ate our leftover dinners, and then we watched the docu-film 13th which is about the US prison system, slavery, racism and all things that are very hard hitting, especially with the current Black Lives Matter movement.

After we watched that, we watched The Great and Kim made cookies.


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

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 297: Vancouver, BC – Document Changing

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets in the morning for a while and then started on a project, which he did for pretty much all day.

The project was to change a document of all supported software and ensure it is up to date, gather further information and provide people with some more information on it, too.

Curtis had just 1 meeting today, which was to show off something he made for someone and get their feedback, which he now has and can get working on the changes for that.

Kim’s Day

Kims morning was focused on little wins! She updated her mailing project and chased a couple of people, managed to finalise a date for another cello performance and helped people with their phones. She did try a payment that she needs to do again but that didn’t work so she has now reached out to the company and we just have to wait and see!

Today Kim joined in with yoga, but she also had a guided meditation video in there as well and it was great. She really allowed herself to enjoy it and fully immerse into it.

Kim set up another pickup with FedEx in the afternoon and responded to a few emails. She finished the day working on trying to set up a log but she couldn’t get the spreadsheet to do what she needed, so she spent some time researching and trying to work it out. She also out a message out to see if anyone would be able to help, a little while later someone did help so they hopped on a call and managed to get the log to do what it needed! It was just conditioning formatting but Kim couldn’t figure it out on her own at all and was so thankful for the help. Now she has a nicer and more functioning spreadsheet.

Lemon Chicken!

We had homemade lemon chicken with rice for dinner, made by Kim. This was incredibly lemoney which is perfect and exactly how we like it.

We watched some TV and that was the extent of the excitement for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 296: Vancouver, BC – Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada Webinar

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of meetings today! 6 in total, which is a lot for him.

His first meeting was fairly early and was to discuss the return to work plan.

After that, he had a 1 on 1 chat and then his daily team meeting.

After that, Curtis had a bit of break to get tickets done and then had a training session learning about something from someone else in the company which was interesting.

After that meeting, Curtis did some tickets and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had another team meeting, his weekly one.

Right after that meeting he had his final meeting of the day which was a project update.

He did some tickets and some security work after that, followed by some project admin.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a few emails come in over the weekend so she sorted through those before fixing a link on the Wiki and adding a new link.

She then spent part of her morning on admin, she reached out to the local hotels to see how the reps are, talked to IT and sales

After the admin Kim realised she hadn’t done a game of Who Are You in a while, so she sent out an invite to a game on Thursday and started making the questions. Once she had the questions she started finding pictures to go with them.

In the afternoon Kim had a team meeting that went so well. It was also great to see how everyone was and make some good plans for the next few weeks.

She had a few things to work on as a result of the meeting so Kim made notes for tomorrow, ordered a few things and started to create a log on excel.

To finish the day Kim joined a webinar that was about confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada, orgnaised by a feminist group and it was amazing and Kim learned a lot.

Chicken Burgers!

We had chicken burgers for dinner! Kim made these once she was done with her webinar and it was very delicious! We had some chicken pieces with coconut on them on the side too. As well as that, we had homemade salsa and homemade potato salad!

We watched some TV and relaxed for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale