Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 375: Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Office Fun Day!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a quick chat in the morning with a colleague to go over something and do some testing.

After that, Curtis has a 1 on 1 which was quick, and then he had his daily team meeting.

When that meeting was done, Curtis had some tickets to do and then he had some lunch.

Once lunch was done, the afternoon was very quiet.

Curtis was able to get some admin done and he did a few tickets as well.

Kim’s Day

Kim went through and made some changes to the quizzes and added better answer options.

Later in the morning Kim and her colleague popped out to pick up some ice and snacks for the summer party later. They then had a quick check of a few questions and other things. Then her colleague had the great idea of making fun backgrounds using the plants in the office. So Kim grabbed all the plants and they both decorated them and they looked amazing!

Then the party started! Kim followed along with the cocktail making and made a lovely mojito. After that they went straight into the quizzes. Same for rounds, in the media, in the news, company history and our people. There were a few times where people werent happy that their answer didn’t get accepted or autocorrect changed it, but it was so fun!

Then into the evening a few people played a few rounds of jackbox before just having a chat. After that Kim made most of the our people quiz for the final party, she just has to add a few answers for 6 rounds, so thats nice and easy!

Evening

Kim was home late, again, as expected, but today we had some leftovers that we defrosted.

We watched a bit of TV again and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 374: Vancouver, BC – First Professional Norwegian Lesson!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some admin and some tickets at the start of the day and then at 10:30, he had his first ever professional Norwegian lesson! He has been self teaching for about 12 years, but thought it was time he had some professional help, and an opportunity to speak Norwegian!

The lesson was through an app called iTalki which is used for learning languages. It wasn’t free, but it was worth it, and Curtis was able to pay a little less for a trial lesson.

The class was more of a conversation, both people getting to know each other, but the whole 30 minutes was in Norwegian only, which really helped Curtis and he enjoyed it. He is already looking forward to the next lesson!

He had a couple of meetings to round out the morning and the did some tickets and admin after lunch.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent her day finishing a few things for the summer party tomorrow. Most of her morning focused on finishing the quizzes and she had a quick meeting to go over the timeline and make a few changes to that.

After that Kim focused on making a How to Kahoot slideshow and another stand alone agenda for that. Then she updated the changing agenda with the few changes too!

Kim had a team meeting in the afternoon and they went over some points from the last party and helped with a few things for the next two.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim focused on the final quiz for tomorrow’s party. Once that was completed Kim and her colleague did a run through to check timings and made edits to the quizzes after. It was another long day, but totally worth it.

Evening

Kim was home late again, as to be expected with her current project work going on, so the evening was a lot like yesterday.

Curtis had a pizza and waited for Kim to get home and then she had some food and we watched a bit of TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 370: Vancouver, BC – Another Long Day

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day, but varied, which was nice.

Curtis had some tickets to get done and then had his team meeting, which lasted a bit longer than normal, but that was good.

He hopped right into another meeting/discussion after that to talk about an issue that had arisen and how to combat it.

He did some more tickets and then just before lunch he had a meeting which was to get some information on a company initiative and it was informative if not a little confusing.

Curtis had lunch and then right after he and his team did some team building, which was just playing some video games!

When he was finished with that, he did some more tickets and then he did an offboard right at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim joined a department team meeting in the morning from home and then went into the office after.

Once she made it into the office Kim spent the morning packing up and sending out two laptops. She then joined the east coast social call and had a wonderful time! There were so many people joining and dropping off the call and loads if faces Kim hadn’t seen in a while!

After this Kim had her 1-1 and they went over the first summer party and plans for the next ones and it was great! She then spent a little time working on the quizzes and other bits of admin before joining a couple of people in the kitchen and making some cocktails! Kim was impressed she could make a pina colada from memory, its not a hard drink, but its been a while!

Kim then stayed in the office for a fair few hours to make a big dent in the next few summer parties. She got all but 3 questions written out for the media and news rounds and its such a relief to be able to start next week with a good foundation.

Evening

Once Kim eventually got back home, we had some chicken with potato and some baked beans whilst watching some TV.

We watched some more TV and played some games for the evening.


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 145: Vancouver, BC – Pokémon Quiz!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was busy right from the get go today. He had some challenging tickets, which meant he had to think and investigate, which was great, and he also had a few things planned.

He had to help with a meeting, ensuring the polycom was setup and ready to go, but his colleague did that which was helpful! Then, he sat in on the meeting to be there in case he was needed, but thankfully he was not.

Once the meeting was done, it was time to have some lunch and then get right back to work.

Curtis started setting up a laptop for someone who needed a replacement and he did some tickets whilst doing that, too.

Curtis got some further project work done and that meant he is ready for next week’s project kick off!

Curtis had some drinks with everyone in the office and had some really good conversations, mostly with some of the new employees, so it was good to chat with them.

Curtis left quite late as he got carried away with the conversation, leaving around 17:20.

Curtis waited for Kim for a while and then we walked home together.

Kim’s Day

The first thing Kim sorted was stealing more furniture. The marketing team needs more space to hold their swag and Kim found a smaller cupboard that she could move all of her stuff into, freeing up a larger cupboard. She emptied the small cupboard, moved it to the other side of the building and moved her stuff into it and bow the cupboard is empty for marketing to use.

After the clean out of all of the meeting rooms yesterday Kim had a lot of random stuff to filter through and put away so she spent a bit of time going through that before putting it back in the stationary cupboard.

Then the pizzas arrived which reminded Kim that she had to finish her presentation. So she quickly finished the formatting before setting up the pizzas and getting ready for her presentation.

As Kim is hosting the monthly social talks going forward she thought it best for her to actually do one of the talks. She decided to do her talk on Aerial Acrobatics and it went really well. We had a few technical difficulties during other peoples talks but the first time hosting wasn’t so bad.

After the pizza had been cleared away Kim did a quick check of the meeting rooms and made sure that all of the chairs in each of the meeting rooms matched. She also hid all the older and broken chairs in one room.

After this Kim ran out to pick up some wine and a pack of beer for the Friday afternoon drinks. Then she had the great idea of doing Pokémon themed cocktails so Kim cut up some mango and some lime ready for later.

Kim then caught up on some admin and emails before setting up for the quiz. She set up the bottled drinks, got glasses ready and IT had already sorted the projector. As Kim was making the cocktails people started walking in ready for the quiz. It was quite a good turn out, about 20 people came for the quiz and another 5 – 10 came to watch and chat.

The quiz went amazingly and people loved the cocktails too. After the quiz Kim sorted out some letters and set herself up for next week by going through her emails again and setting up reminders.

Cheeky Chinese!

We both had a craving for Chinese food, so we ordered that and had to wait for 45 minutes for that to arrive. During this time, Curtis watched hockey and Kim watched some videos.

We got the dinner right at the perfect time and time flew by as we ate and watched some YouTube videos.

We ended up watching some more Vikings and actually slept quite early for a Friday. We feel very tired!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 56: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Games & Quiz

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and there were a few tickets waiting for him to complete.

It was a pretty busy day today, similar to yesterday where he had a lot of small things to do. There were a few different things, too, such as giving someone access to voicemail and some other things he hadn’t done before.

Curtis had to complete an offboard in the afternoon as well as setup some laptops for the summer camp that is happening next week.

Curtis had a beer at about 16:15 whilst he did some final bits of work and then the voicemail website access went down so he spent some time trying to figure that out with his colleagues.

Curtis walked home and got home in record time!

Kim’s Day

Kim set to work once she arrived and spent the morning catching up on emails and general ad hoc administrative tasks. This kept her nice and busy for a while. Kim then got on with organising some things for the summer parties which was fun!

Kim then went and set up some seating for the end of month talks. At the last friday of each month the office orders a few pizzas and people have the opportunity to talk in front of the company for 6 minutes on a topic that interests them!

Before the talks can start people need their pizza! So Kim set up the pizzas and people dug in and grabbed their seats ready for the talks. Today the talks were about keyboards, fishing, something to do with time and relative distance and scrapbooking. It was really cool to get an idea of the things people you work with find interesting. The thing that surprised Kim the most was that at the end of all the talks, everyone restacked all the chairs. Not even badly wither! Neat piles exactly where they were before the talks! Kim was gobsmacked, she was expecting to be picking napkins and plates off of the floor. Its a small thing, but makes a huge difference to Kim’s day.

Someone had some visitors coming in today so Kim made time to ensure she was at her desk when they arrived. This gave Kim time to organise a quiz for the end of week drinks this afternoon.

Once the visitors had arrived Kim went and decorated the kitchen area for Canada Day! Kim put up flags, banners a table cloth and weird hanging decorations. It looked so cool. The snacks were typical canadian snacks of all dressing ruffle crisps, lays (walkers) ketchup crisps and Canada day m&ms. Another thing that mim made was a fun game of ‘pin the leaf on the flag’. Kim was unnecessarily proud of this!

Kim enjoyed standing around and chatting to people and then someone asked where the games were. So Kim set up pin the leaf on the flag and everyone got involved, had a go and really enjoyed themselves.

Just after that someone mentioned the quiz and everyone then wanted to do that as well! So Kim ran out, grabbed her quiz and premade answer sheets and laughed her way through the quiz! It was so much fun and so nice for Kim to see people enjoying something she had put together!
After the quiz Kim had a quick chat with people and then headed home, it was 17:45 at this point!

Friday Night!

We were both tired when we got home so we chilled out and even had a little nap! We watched some Youtube and then some TV! Curtis ate a combination of some leftovers for dinner and Kim had a sandwich which she didn’t eat at lunch today.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 292: Auckland – Lonely & Busy

Curtis’ Day;

It is school holidays this week, so Curtis got to work pretty early.

There were a few new cases for Curtis to look at as well as the usual Monday sift through of his unread emails.

Curtis was alone for an hour and then his boss came in but briefly left again. Curtis popped out to sell his old phone to someone just outside work and then continued with the day. The day got much busier from there as two of Curtis’ colleagues were sick and his boss was out of the office leaving just him until the Australian team came on at 11:30!

This meant Curtis had to deal with the major incidents that happened in the morning so he didn’t have much spare time in the morning.

After lunch, Curtis’ afternoon was a bit more quiet so he could get on with his back log of work!

After work, Curtis drove home which was surprisingly busy.

Both of us;

Kim got home and we got ready and went right back out. We were, for the first time in a few weeks, going to quiz!

We were so hungry so we ordered food as soon as we got there. Curtis got a creamy chicken and bacon pasta while Kim got a chicken pesto pizza.

After dinner, we started the quiz. Our usual quiz master wasn’t there and the replacement was not as good…

We finished in last place, unfortunately, so no free stuff!

We came home and did some research and made lunch before heading to bed.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 276: Auckland – Wearable Arts & Post Game Antics

Kim woke up at 08:30 as it was ridiculously warm! Curtis managed to sleep for a bit longer and got up at 09:30.

Once Curtis got out of bed, Kim made pancakes and bacon for breakfast which as ever, was delicious!

After breakfast, we got showered and ready to go out. The weather today was excellent, lovely and warm.

Kim was going out with Tabitha to the city where they went to a ‘wearable arts’ show. Curtis drove them down.

Kim’s Day;

Once Kim and Tabitha got to the city, they found out they needed to buy tickets for the event which they did not do. This meant they could only do the free part, which was a shame but still cool! There were 3 people dressed up in interesting art designs.

After this, they went for a stroll around the city, seen as it was such a lovely day outside.

Curtis picked up Kim and Tabitha and brought they home. Right after that, they went back out again to get some Japanese food for lunch.

Both of us;

Once Kim got home again, we chilled out and Kim and Tabitha watched some TV.

At 16:45, we left for Curtis’ first ice hockey game in a month!

Whilst Curtis was getting changed, Kim and Tabitha went to a pet shop and there was a beautiful husky puppy there!

Curtis was using borrowed skates. They fit well but it was odd for him to get used to. It took the whole first period for him to skate as normal!

The game was a close one, though Curtis’ team outshot the other team by quite a lot! Curtis had some good chances but unfortunately the game ended 0-0.

After the game, we went out for dinner with Tabitha, Colten and his girlfriend Sarah. We went to Goode Brothers as we had the voucher from the quiz night!

We had a good few hours there and it was really nice to chill and just chat. We all good very into the rugby that was on, too!

We left there and drove home, getting home at 22:45. Curtis wasn’t feeling too well so we went to bed.

Tomorrow is Curtis’ birthday!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 264: Auckland – War Memorial Museum & Family Quiz Night!

We woke up together at 07:30 and Curtis took Kim to work as her car is in the garage.

Once Curtis got back from dropping Kim off, he had some breakfast and a coffee and relaxed before showering.

Curtis then drove over to the rental house to meet up with his family.

After getting to the house, everyone got ready and then they all headed out to the War Memorial Museum. Once they got there, there was no free street parking, so they had to pay for the underground parking.

The museum tour started with a Maori experience, which was a story of how New Zealand was founded via traditional Maori song and dance, including the Haka at the end!

After that display, they spent a couple of hours walking around the museum. There were all different exhibits, but the best sections were the WWI & WWII sections which were informative and had a lot of memorabilia.

The building itself was incredibly grand also.

They went to the volcano section at the end and went into a simulation of a volcano/earthquake. This was a little disappointing as it was a long wait for a tiny shake of the room and the lights turning off.

Once the museum was all done, they went to the cafe and got some food and coffee. Curtis had a cappucino and some ham and cheese macaroni.

After lunch, they made their way back to the house and then Curtis went an took some chocolate to Kim at work.

After relaxing for a bit, Curtis went back to Kim’s work to pick her up.

Once we both got back to the house, there was fajitas waiting for us, made by Lisa! We ate these and then drove down to New Lynn to quiz night where Curtis’ family joined in and met Danielle and Josh, also.

We came second to last again, which is perfect, and we all had a great time. They also have new desserts so we had to try those. Curtis had a tiramisu and Kim had a Sundae.

We came home and went right to bed…We were very tired!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 240: Auckland – Back At The Quiz!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis hit every traffic light perfectly this morning which meant he got to work super early!

Curtis had a lot of emails from Friday to go over so he did that but also received a phone call. He was only on that call for 15 minutes, luckily!

Not long after that call, Curtis got another which was a little more urgent and meant that Curtis had to go onsite to the client. He’d never been there before, either, so it was good to see another client.

Curtis got there and they were having internet issues which turned out to be hardware issues (with a switch) so Curtis managed to plug everything into another switch and get them up and running again.

Curtis got back to the office and it was fairly busy for the rest of the day, helping someone else with some network issues before leaving at 16:15.

Both of us;

We decided we wanted to go to the quiz with Josh and Danielle this evening, so we left when Kim got home.

We arrived and it wasn’t that busy, but that soon changed!

We ordered some food and waited for the quiz to start. Kim got her usual pesto pizza and Curtis had braised lamb and chilli pasta.

During the quiz, we thought we were doing quite well until the last few rounds when we dropped off. Danielle got a lot of the bonus question right which boosted our points up! We still got second to last which is perfect as we win our usual prize.

We left and came home and it was then about 22:00, so the perfect time for bed.

This time last year, we arrived in Vietnam! Read about it in the link below!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale