Place 72 – Day 189: Vancouver, BC – Broken Elevators

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and 3 out of the 6 elevators weren’t working!

Curtis crammed into one of them and just after he arrived at work, he was told that all of the elevators had stopped working, so he got there at the perfect time.

Curtis had his standard team meeting after doing a lot of a admin for the morning, but then really had nothing planned.

His day became busy, in a good way, and he was able to get a lot of tickets completed.

A concern was raised about something project related, so that is what Curtis spent most of his afternoon doing, after his team strategy meeting which lasted for an hour.

Right at the end of the day, Curtis did some project admin but also helped someone who had been having some issues for a few days.

Once that was done, it took Curtis perfectly to the end of the day.

Luckily, the elevators were working.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had a day of getting the things she has been putting off done.

Kim started by sending out a chaser message about the Holiday party so she collected the RSVPs and gave the spreadsheets formulas so Kim doesnt have to do maths anymore, then the fruit arrived so Kim sorted all of that and then reorganised one of the other cupboards in the kitchen. Kim gutted it, sorted through plastic cutlery boxed up some plastic lids and just generally had a good clean up.

Kim then spent some time drafting up business cards and got them sent out to be made up.

Kim then sent a few emails about the holiday party and added more points to the to do list and moved some from ‘to do’ to ‘completed’ which is a win!

Throughout the day there were many deliveries, which Kim can only expect will increase over the next few coming months!

One of the deliveries for Kim’s colleague was ful of decorations for the holiday party. The only issue was that one of the things ordered was about a third of the size they wanted! So they will have to get more!

Kim then got her head down and scanned all of her receipts for the past month and saved them all too! This is so great as it means she will have done it just in time to reconcile!

Costco

We went over to Costco to get a few things from there on the way home.

We didn’t get much at all and were out within 20 minutes!

The weather was foul, so all of our bags and the box we carried got wet, but at least we got the items we needed.

Weekly Clean

We got home and did our weekly clean.

We took the rubbish and recycling out and then cleaned up around the apartment.

Kim walked up to the shop to get a few things and then when she got back, we had dinner.

Chicken Baguette

We had a chicken baguette for dinner, with mayonnaise and sweetcorn, accompanied by turkey stuffing crisps and some of our leftover “fancy” cheese.

We watched some TV, made some lunch for tomorrow and that was our evening!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 149: Vancouver, BC – A Winning Lunch!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of the day doing project work, which was all positive and its heading in the right direction!

Not too much more to speak about with that, but lunch was interesting.

As Curtis and a couple of his colleagues won a card building competition, they won a free lunch! They decided upon sandwiches from Chachi’s.

The sandwiches were excellent! Curtis had a smoked meat sandwich which was tender and delicious. It had pickles and some kind of mayo inside.


Chachi’s | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 8/10


After lunch, Curtis completed some more project work and did some testing for it.

Right when he was about to leave, he got an email from someone asking for something from someone that has left the company, which makes it difficult.

Curtis did some investigation to see what could be done, but it seems not much was the answer.

Curtis walked home and just played some games for a bit until Kim arrived back.

Kim’s Day

To make time for training Kim is going in to work earlier so she can attend and open training time slot.

Kim got in and started her day by catching up on emails and preparing emails to send out to today’s new starters, as there are 3 today!

When the first arrived later in the morning Kim did the full new hire tour, including showing her the facilities like the gym and the too floor of the building.

For the rest of the morning Kim was working on the invites again and made some good progress. Just before lunch Kim had to nip out and pick up some milk alternatives as she forgot to order some. She also picked herself up some lunch while in the shop.

Mid afternoon the other new starter arrived so Kim did a tour of the office floor and that was it. After this Kim had a chat with her colleague about their plans for upcoming meetings and the timings that would work for them.

Kim started making the bookings before getting distracted by ad hoc requests from people coming to her desk. So she made a note of it all before she left and went to her first training session.

Session 1

Kim’s first training session went well. Kim trialled a new song to see if it worked better and it really did! She was able to take the few pieces from the other routine and easily transfer it into this song. It was so easy it in fact worked better with this song!

Session 2

Once Kim got back from her first set of exercise, we watched a little bit of TV and Curtis had some leftovers.

Kim went off to her exercise and Curtis played a few more games and got some admin completed.

Kim’s second training session was very much the same thing but at the location closer to home. Kim.was able to do a full run through with around and record it which is amazing!

As the routine is just over a month away and Kim is missing a whole week of training across 2 weeks, she was starting to stress. She is much happier and confident now.

Kim got back home and we watched a little more TV before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 127: Vancouver, BC – Taking The Train Home?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did the usual admin for the morning, as well as got some old and new tickets completed.

It was a slow morning, but there was enough to keep him busy.

At 13:00, which is usually his lunchtime, Curtis had a team meeting that went on for an hour, but it was productive and helped Curtis move on with one of his projects.

In the afternoon, something broken which some of Curtis’ colleagues started fixing and Curtis had a few people asking him about different things that stopped working as a result.

At 16:20, the rain really started to come down and Curtis had hoped it would stop by time he had to walk home, but it did not.

It was a bit too heavy to walk in, so Curtis got the train instead, which takes just 5 or so minutes to get him to the station near home.

Curtis walked back home and was able stay dry!

Once he got home, Curtis emptied the dishwasher, cleaned down the sides, vacuumed and cleaned the sink in the bathroom. Pretty productive!

Kim’s Day

Kim got into work a fair bit earlier today as she had 2 full day meetings to set up for. On the way into work Kim stopped by Starbucks to order a large 2.5 gallon coffee urn for one of the meetings.

Once she was at work Kim orgnaised a coffee urn for the other meeting room and soft drinks for both rooms. Kim then went back to Starbucks to pick up the urn and then took it all upstairs to the 25th floor just as the meeting was settling down.

Kim then finally sat down and turned on her computer, an hour and a half after she had arrived. Kim decided to be ahead of the game and updated the bingo sheet for the next meet and eat as she had already emailed herself ideas and needed a small and easy task to get herself sorted!

After this Kim started to sort out some travel for a customer but ended up getting called away from her desk to sort out the fruit. As Kim put the fruit away she sectioned off some for the visitors and made each meeting a little fruit bowl.

After sorting the fruit the first batch of catering arrived so Kim quickly ran out to get the smaller items for the other catering that was due to arrive. While she was out the other catering arrived, so Kims colleague put it in the meeting room.

When she got back Kim and her teammate then both handled the catering by getting soft drinks ready ensuring that the plating was nice and taking out the drinks from earlier that hadn’t been drunk.

Kim then sat down to make the travel reservation and it all went through easily.

After booking the travel Kim and her colleague went to both rooms and cleared out the catering and then sat down to some lunch. They had a lovely catch up!

After lunch Kim and her colleague went straight into a meeting with the corporate travel company as they now have a new account manager so it was great to meet him and it really gave Kim a good understanding of how it all works.

After the meeting Kim processed and then delivered a FedEx package, as it was too late in the day Kim did have to deliver it and it was absolutely pouring it down!

Kim was feeling really stupid for not wearing new new waterproof shoes she got yesterday!

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon/ evening packing up after the meetings and saying goodbye to an awesome lady who left the company today!

After wor Kim checked out a few shops for tights and couldn’t see any she liked too much!

Free Dinner!

When Kim got home, we had a small dinner. We had half of a leftover sandwich each which Kim got from work, and it was great! A spicy shreaded pork sandwich…delicious!

After dinner, we watched a couple of YYouTube videos and then could smell an odd smell, which smelled like burning plastic.

We investigated and could confirm it wasn’t us, but the whole building and outside seemed to smell of it, so we were unsure what it was.

We messaged our building manager to let him know, but we assume it is nothing worry about.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 107: Vancouver, BC – Back To Sport

Curtis’ Day

After getting to the office, Curtis helped someone with a few settings on their new laptop and copying over some things from their old laptop.Once that was done, Curtis did a couple of tickets and then had a long, 1 hour 1-to-1 which was very productive, informative and a good chat.Curtis did some more tickets and then spent an hour at someone’s desk trying to get something sorted, which he did but was then a little late for lunch with Kim!Curtis left and walked to Quiznos for a quick lunch with Kim.We sat and ate our sub, which was actually pretty good, and then had to quickly get back to work.Once Curtis got back, he started setting up a new macbook for someone as well as doing the odd thing here and there.Curtis left work and walked to the shop to get a some vegetables for dinner and a few other supplies.When Curtis got back home, he did a few things that needed to be done and then just played some games.Once Kim was on her way home, Curtis started chopping/prepping the vegetables for dinner.

Kim’s Day

Today the fridge wasn’t leaking, which was brilliant! So Kim was able to start her day by continuing on conversations about the new food ordering Portal.
Kim was also inundated with calls for the morning. One was a repeat caller that was a recording of the phone number, after a while Kim just got it blocked.Kim spent some time going through parts of the Wiki project and making notes on things she wants to add and updating parts of pages with a little more information. Kim had also been asked to update the office information areas for the two other offices, one part of this includes a map of the office layout. Kim started to try and make one and then checked if there was better software she could be using. After finding out the application she was trying to download is IOS only, she decided to park the idea and head out to meet Curtis for lunch. She arrived just before him so placed the order and waited!Once she was back in the office Kim had a chat with the drinks delivery man and spoke about the layout for the new drinks that will be coming in on Friday.Kim spent a little bit of time setting herself up online for the health insurance ans seeing how all of that worked. This plan faltered when Kim didn’t have her membership number! So she will try again tomorrow.Kim then found that there was a way to make the floorplan of the office on Wiki itself. Kim did realise that the outline was still easier to make on paint, so she did that and transferred it across and it came out looking great!As Kim worked the extra 2 hours last Thursday she was able to head out of the office about 30 minutes early to ensure that she got to her into to aerial arts class on time. She obviously ended up arriving 30 minutes ahead of time, but that just meant she wasn’t rushing and had time to get changed!The class was great fun, Kim used the aerial hammock, which is similar to silks, just all in one and not seperated. Then they practised on the hoop, just moves Kim had practiced before, but it was great to get up there and try everything again.Kim then had another class after and was completely exhausted at the end of it all! In the second class, Kim spent a lot of time upside down! It was great fun!

Thai Green Curry

We made a Thai green curry for dinner and it was actually great! Pretty solid spice, too.We had just vegetables, but we also had a ‘lazy egg’ on the side.We watched a few videos and an episode of Vikings but Kim got home fairly late so we went to bed not too long after dinner.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 62: Vancouver, BC – Free Fancy Lunch & 20,000 Views!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent his morning catching up on tickets from yesterday, as well as setting up a laptop for someone to replace their old one.

A lot of new tickets came in throughout the day in general, so Curtis was very busy!

Curtis learned a few things today, as well as spent a while trying to fix a specific problem.

For lunch, Curtis went to the food truck directly outside his office building and got a buritto bowl.

The afternoon wasn’t much less busy and Curtis was juggling multiple things at once.

Some things needed testing around 16:50 for a change that was happening in the evening, so Curtis helped with that and then left for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of her day on just a few things. When Kim got in she started her day by going through her template emails and adjusting them slightly.

Then Kim moved on to updating her contact and info list of vendors she has frequently used. It’s much easier to have everything saved in one place with active links rate than checking multiple areas!

Kim then spent some time trying to get a quote that she requested yesterday. Having received no answer from one of the companies Kim proceeded to place an order with a different company.

Kim then headed out with a colleague to a local hotel to join their sales rep for lunch. It was a great way to properly and informally catch up. It was also a great excuse to sample a few dishes from their sharing menu. They started with a lovely beetroot and cheese dish, it was so beautiful and tasted phenomenal. Then the show started!

The whole table was covered in plates! There was, scallops, squid, tuna mac and cheese, brocollini, korean chicken, a quinoa salad and a lovely egg plant dish. The girls tucked in and Kim even tried a bit of a scallop. It wasn’t lovely but it wasn’t the worst food she has ever eaten! After trying all that food, and even boxing up a little to take home, they then brought out a small dessert platter! The platter had 3 little blueberry tarts, orange cheesecake and a little chocolate orange truffle. Just the right amount after a massive feast!

After lunch had flown by, Kim’s colleague had to head back to the office while Kim got a tour of one of the rooms, a few of the meeting rooms, the ballroom and the amenities room. It was so lovely to see the hotel and be able to make solid recommendations to any visitors we may have while Kim is here in Vancouver.

When Kim rolled herself back to work she found a few items on her desk that needed to be sent out. She popped them all in envelopes and was ready to use the post stampy machine thing to weigh and out the postage on the envelopes. However, when she went to do it, the machine had an error. After about 5 attempts of trying to call and receiving a dead line and one answer and being hung up on, Kim eventually spoke to someone to trouble shoot the issue and walk her through putting the machine through it’s update. After that long call Kim was able to put the postage on the items and have them ready to be sent out.

Kim then focused her attention to completing the booking for the bus hire for the upcoming summer party.

After she made progress with the paperwork for the bus company Kim then looked into and contacted a company about a cake that needs to be ordered. She emailed the company and then left to go home! It was a productive and filling day!

20,000 Views!

Today, we hit 20,000 blog views! Thank you all so much, especially if you read the blog every day!

When we got home, we went right out for a walk. The weather was perfect for a stroll, so we walked and discussed our days some more.

Once we arrived back at our apartment, Kim had a tuna sandwich and Curtis had some toast as we both had big lunches so we didn’t need any proper dinner.

We sat and started the new series of Lucifer and then had a bit of an earlier night, in comparison to recent evenings.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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

Place 72 – Day 55: Vancouver, BC – BC Tech Impact Awards

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was packed today, mostly with small things.

There was the odd thing here or there and quite a bit of purchasing to do, too.

Curtis gave out 2 laptops today too, to replace old ones, and also had a 1 to 1 with the office manager.

Curtis got to work quite early so he left a early.

Kim’s Day

Before Kim got to work she popped across to the fancy supermarket to grab some breakfast snacks for her meeting. She is hoping that bribery will encourage attendance.

It worked! The meeting room was full, and the meeting about the project went really well! Some snacks were left and they went in the kitchen for other people to help themselves.

Kim then kept on with general admin and updating her fancy new computer.

At 12 Kim was expecting some pizza to arrive. When Kim called to ask if everything was okay it was said to her that she had ordered for next week! So Kim and her colleague popped over to the fancy supermarket to grab some sandwiches and sushi to replace the pizza. So all was saved!

Then suddenly it was 1 and Kim had organised to help someone get a standing desk. The plan was to take one and lower it to her height. However after a few minutes of twisting the table legs they realised the height wasn’t changing. Kim then gave up and took a smaller table and replaced the legs for adjustable ones. This took way less time and was much easier!

After this Kim sat in a meeting room and had lunch with her colleague. It was nice to sit and have a chat!

After lunch Kim headed to the arts and crafts store to buy decorations for the Friday afternoon drinks! Given that its Canada day on Monday the theme for the drinks are Canada Day themed! We also wanted a game or 2 to play as well, so check out tomorrows blog to see the genius game Kim made!

When Kim got back she played catch up for the last day and a bit. Having her computer switched over meant basically starting over, so much logging in and reorganizing things.

Just after 5 Kim went and got ready for an event she said she would like to attend, the technology Impact Awards (TIA).

Kims company had a few spare seats and Kim took the opportunity to go and see some of the innovative awards being given out in Vancouver.

It was such a fun evening and a really good way to meet a few other people within the company!

At about 1030ish the awards came to an end, about an hour late, so there was no hesitation to head home for Kim. So Kim walked to the train station.

While she was finding her way someone asked for directions and they happened to be heading on the same line as Kim so Kim had them walk with her to the correct platform. They had a lovely chat about the guys home, Korea and the differences between Vancouver and Korea, as he was here for a month to learn English. He was very sweet and thankful to be on the right train!

Lazy Evening

Curtis did nothing all evening and didn’t even have dinner as he wasn’t really hungry all day.

Curtis played some games and watched some streams and just lazed around.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale