Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 454: Vancouver, BC – Facilities Project

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a chat with someone right away in the morning as they had deleted a lot of shared files, so Curtis had to work getting those back (which took about an hour).

After that, Curtis had a Norwegian lesson which went really, really well!

After the lesson, Curtis did a few tickets and then had some lunch.

After lunch, the day slowed down for Curtis so he got some admin done and a bit of other work. He had to investigate some quarantined files for someone and see if they are safe to allow.

Kim’s Day

To get ready for the weekly company wide meeting Kim added to her notes she has been making over the past week and checked last weeks notes.

After the meeting Kim joined another meeting that was going over a job description for a potential new role. It was really interesting as yesterday Kim had made a job description template and it was really fun to see the few things she had thought of already and also learn the many things she had forgotten or overlooked.

For the last part of the morning Kim spent some time arranging meetings for Kims facilities project that she will be working on in the afternoon, which was interesting. Then Kim wrote up and sent out the invite for the winter party, which was great as it was something that Kim had wanted to get sorted for a few days!

Before Kim went out for the afternoon she wrote up a lot of the information for the connect four tournament that she will be running over the next few weeks / months. She didn’t manage to send out the information, but she got a lot of it ready!

Kim then went out and met her colleague for the facilities project and attended a few meetings. It was a really interesting and fun afternoon that Kim will be able to say more about at some point!

After all the meetings Kim and her colleague went to a craft store to pick up a few items for an upcoming event. When she got home Kim wrote up a summary of the day and then sent out the information and sign up sheet for the connect four tournament! Today was a long, successful and very fun day!

Evening

Once Kim got back home and finished her little bit of work, we had the final bit of lasagna and watched some TV. That was pretty much all we did for the evening!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 440: Vancouver, BC – Making Strides With Norwegian

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was meant to have a meeting with someone in his company and an external support person, but the external person didn’t appear, so it didn’t happen!

Curtis therefore got some other work done.

At 10:30, Curtis had his Norwegian ‘lesson’ and learned a lot, actually, which he was really happy about! He felt he wasn’t speaking very good Norwegian, but learning a lot was a good feeling.

After that, Curtis spent most of the rest of the day getting tickets done as well as some security work that came up.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with the weekly company wide meeting, it was great to meet everyone, hear what is happening in other departments and get to know the product a bit better.

For most of the day Kim was researching softwares that might be needed soon. So it was a lot of finding one thing, reading about it, heading to a comparison site and then writing up about it.

In the afternoon, one of the companies got back to Kim so they had a quick call to go over some questions, talk about what Kim is looking for and learn more about pricing. This was a great help and Kim was then able to write a more precise overview as a result. She will start to set up a few more meetings with other companies over the next couple of days.

Towards the end if the day Kim reached out to a friend to see if they would be interested in a collaboration between the two companies that they both work in, so that could be interesting!

Evening

We had chicken chilli with potato for dinner which was delicious and we watched some Bake Off with it.

We played a lot of Need for Speed and Curtis was keeping up on the (far too close) US election.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 382: Vancouver, BC – Enjoyable Pole Dancing

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty good morning which started with a 1 on 1.

Curtis then had his team meeting and then had a few other discussions with his team about a few issues people were having with the new security setup the company rolled out.

After lunch, Curtis did some tickets and then did a bit of reading for his Business Analyst course.

Kim’s Day

Loads of people joined todays midweek catch-up and it was great. They spoke about their favourite music and everyone loved the same kind of music, except Kim, but they all like heavy metal and are used to being the odd one out. So it was a nice switch up for them.

When she arrived in the office Kim worked on a test idea that she had. She out it all together, made sure it works and took lots of photos. She then made a diagram for it and made notes.

Kim found a lot of marketing stuff in her big clean up a few months ago. As part of this she got a lot of hoodies, so she reached out to everyone who should have a hoodie and will work on getting them sent out.

In the afternoon Kim had a meeting with her colleague to go over some facilities communications that need to go out. She also amended and updated a Wiki page to allow for more information to be added to the page. So she reorganised the information on there, added a table and made a new section for more information to go on.

Pole Dancing!

Once Kim got back home, she got ready and went right down to Gastown to do some pole dancing!

The pole classes were amazing! Kim’s first class was tricks based and focused on handstands, which Kim loved! The second class was a lyrical dance class where they did a flowy routine and it was so fun.

Once Kim got back home, we had some leftover risotto for dinner and watched a bit of TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 376: Vancouver, BC – The Final Fun-Day!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets and then had a meeting to discuss some project work which lasted for about an hour.

He then had to ensure that users couldn’t change some certain settings on SharePoint, which took some time.

After lunch, Curtis helped with some more tickets and questions and then his team released a new security product, which people had a lot of questions about so Curtis spent time fielding those questions.

He did some more tickets in the late afternoon and then was done for today!

Kim’s Day

Today is the final summer party! Kim added the answers and media to the final quiz and then had a meeting with her colleague to triple check it and make some edits.

An hour before the party a friend and vendor popped by to water and look after the plants for the last time and handing over to her replacement. It was great to say hello, and Kim had to explain that she collected up the plants as backgrounds for the summer parties and that they are usually spread around the office a bit more!

Then it was time for the final party. Kim collected the few things she needed and then they got started. It went so well! They had someone host the cocktail masterclass, then Kim did the quiz and at the end everyone played a few rounds of Jackbox and it was so much fun!

After the party finished Kim and her colleague went to a rooftop patio to have a little snack and another cocktail, a nice little celebration to end the summer parties.

Evening

Kim was home at a good time today and we played some mini golf, followed by some other games whilst dinner was cooking.

We had a ceasar salad with some corn on the cob on the side, as well as some homemade potato salad.

We watched Lucifer and then some YouTube videos.

We watched some more TV and went to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 170: Vancouver, BC – A Crazy Busy Friday!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and wanted to spend some time looking for some training and certifications to do.

He was able to find a few things, but nothing major. It was good to see what was out there though.

After that, he did some security based things, answered some tickets and then it was lunch time.

After lunch, Curtis was meant to have a meeting, but something urgent came up which took over an hour to do.

Curtis then had an offboard to complete and then his final thing to do of the day was to fix someone’s outlook on their Mac as it was being very slow. He fixed that and then went home.

Kim’s Day

Kim found more tshirts and sorted them all out into sizes. Halfway through this she joined a few people for hot chocolates from a cafe joining in on the hot chocolate festival, she finished folding the shirts when she got back.

Kim then popped out to pick up a bun and some cheese for lunch, she also grabbed the beer for the Friday drinks while she was out.

When she got back she had a great meeting with a colleague where they went over a few things and also had a catch up, which was great!

Kim then spent a while sending things out through different couriers. After this she also worked on the Wiki project for a while!

Just before 4 Kim set up the Friday afternoon drinks and joined for a couple of glasses of wine! She hasn’t been to one in weeks so it was really nice to catch up with everyone.

Korean!

We ordered Korean food for dinner! We had some food from Disco Cheetah and it was pretty good!

We had a rice bowl with Korean chicken and vegetables which we shared and then we had a bao each, too.

We watched a few episodes of TV and then went to bed. Seems it’s been a long week and we’re incredibly tired!


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 96: Vancouver, BC – The Locked Away Keys

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting rught when he got to work and it was a good one. It was security related and had a good outcome and discussions.

Most of the day for Curtis was setting up Macs for people and giving them out, among other things.

He had a team meeting just before lunch which was also great and productive.

In the afternoon, Curtis gave Macs out and dealt with some tickets. Right at the end of the day, he went into the IT store room and then once he left it, he realised he locked his keys inside! He will need to see if there are any other keys around but that was annoying!

Curtis left work and met Kim on the way home.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the morning doing little tasks and finally completely catching up on her voicemails for her phone.

For lunch Kim went up to the roof and sat with colleagues and had a nice catch up and soaked up the sun.

In the afternoon Kim started the afternoon by checking in on the project. Then her manager came over to set up a meeting to discuss the direction the project is going and what needs to be done next.

She then took a call to talk about the filming that will be happening next week and get a better understanding of what the scout will be looking for tomorrow. This was great because it clarified the timeline and Kim was able to make a plan ahead of time as to where to go and show the scout tomorrow.

One thing Kim had been putting off for a while is a deep clean of the whiteboards. Kim popped out to get some bail varnish remover, picked up the post on the way back and was ready for action!

When Kim got back to the office she spent the last few hours giving all the whiteboards a good scrub and they came put looking beautiful!

Pesto Chicken

We got home and were so hungry, so we made our dinner.

We had pesto chicken along with hasselback potato and a balsamic salad.

We watched some YouTube, Curtis made lunch and then we finished with the latest episode of Suits.

We had an early night as we have not slept well these last couple of nights.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 75: Vancouver, BC – Too Much Food, Too Early

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work and had a meeting which is regarding security and compliance. It was a good meeting and helped clear up some things he was wondering as well as notify everyone about certain things they needed to be aware of.

Curtis made a big order from Apple which he had to get sorted out and speak with the accounts team about.

At 12:15, Curtis had someone coming in for an interview with some people in another office, so he had to meet them, get them into the boardroom and setup their video meeting.

Curtis had a laptop to configure but also had a meeting starting at 14:00, so he didn’t do that right away, but jumped into his meeting.

His meeting was again, very good and informative. It was over an hour long but it was with the full team about the plan for the year as well as completing the document that the whole company will see regarding the teams plans and goals.

After the meeting, Curtis continued with setting up the laptop and then even managed to start another.

He had a few tickets to do and tidy up some things admin wise and then he walked to meetin Kim from work.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by going through her emails and sorting all of those out. Then she got a request for catering request for later in the day so she put that through.

Kim then spent some time organising the travel for a visitor who is coming over in a few weeks. They confirmed their preference on flights so Kim booked that and was looking in to arranging his accommodation. It was Kim’s first time booking travel on this system so lets hope they make it!

It was then time for the social team meeting and discussed some of the things they will be putting on over the next few weeks.

When she came out of the meeting, she was met with a delivery man who was 30 minutes early, which was strange. It was then horrible for Kim to sit next to lovely smelling food for about 40 minutes!

One of the action points Kim assigned to herself was to create a Pride Bake Off for the Vancouver Pride Festival that will be happening in a few weeks. Kim has challenged her colleagues to bake or make anything and they will get extra points if it is a rainbow! Kim is very excited to be organising this and even made posters.

The quotes for the breakfast coming up came in so Kim evaluated them and proceeded to order which is great.

Just as Kim was about to leave she got an email request about catering tomorrow so she called up and got that all sorted.

Nothing-ness

After 2 busy evenings, we got home and did nothing.

We had dinner right away, which was enchilladas with salad like yesterday and then we got caught in a YouTube void and watched a load of videos.

We watched the first episode of Season 9 of Suits and then a Vikings.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 74: Vancouver, BC – Parry Planning & Password Hunt

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work at 08:50 and had a meeting at 09:00 to be informed about a new company initiative.

Once Curtis was done with this meeting, he was able to actually start his day.

Curtis had a couple of plans for the day. He got a large order approved, so he wanted to get that done, but the start of his day was interupted with a possible security risk, so he had to jump on that and provide all users with an update, explaination and a fix.

Once that was done, Curtis setup a laptop for a new user remotely. The laptop setup took a while firstly because Curtis struggled to get access to it but then because once he did, the internet connection was slow, but he got there in the end.

The printer got jammed, and really, really, jammed by someone. Curtis spent a while trying to sort the jam out and then he helped the person print as they were using card rather than paper.

Once that was sorted, Curtis spent a lot of time trying to figure out or find the password for a machine which is used to play music around the office, but he wasn’t having any luck, so he decided to try and crack it with software instead, which didn’t work!

After all of this, someone just texted Curtis’ predecessor to ask for the password. Once Curtis got it, he made sure to document it.

Late afternoon was mostly filled with admin and Curtis still didn’t get the large order sorted!

Curtis left work at 16:55 and walked to meet Kim.

Kim’s Day

Today when Kim left she managed to remember to take everything with her! When she got into work Kim organised the kitchen and then set herself down to go through her emails.

Kim then spent some time going over the summer party to do list before the meeting she had later on in the day. She also spent a lot of her morning with ad hoc tasks like sending out a reminder to let Kim know if you are brining a plus 1 to the party, creating parts of a poster for a possible competition Kim is planning on running and general more daily admin stuff.

The meeting for the summer party was with two of Kims colleagues. They sat down and went over a run through of what the afternoon will look like and did an hour-by-hour sketch of what the plan is, who is doing what and when things are happening.

During the morning Kim had chased for an email about a catering quote she requested yesterday for a meeting next week. Kim hadn’t heard back, so to ensure that they do get food Kim has now reached out to another company. This means that she should have 2 quotes tomorrow and should be able to make a better decision on which company to proceed with.

In the afternoon Kim was inundated with calls. The only problem was that thy were all from the same company tasing for the same people, how were either busy or did not have phones. At one point Kim had taken 6 calls in 20 minutes and also had well over 10 missed calls between 12:30 and 2:30. The calls started coming through once ever 20 – 40 minutes and then at one point, Kim was on the line explaining that they can’t be put through to anyone when the same number was calling again! It was madness! After this, Kim did a lap of the office!

Towards the end of the day Kim was working out how to book travel for someone who is coming to visit the Vancouver office. This gave Kim a really goo insight on how to use the system.

Enchilladas & Housekeeping

We had enchilladas when we got home (after a stop at the supermarket). Kim made these with our leftover chili so it didn’t take long and was delicious!

We got a lot of housework done, vaccuuming and taking the bins out, mainly, as well as cleaning down the sides.

By the time we finished it was already 20:00 and we spent the rest of the evening relaxing and watched YouTube videos/TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 67: Vancouver, BC – Meeting With a Billionaire!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and was notified about a security issue with Zoom, the video meeting software, which had just been announced by someone.

Curtis and his colleagues looked into this pretty much all morning and trying to find the best fix or work around for it, as well as notifiying all affected users.

Part way through this, there was a fire drill at Curtis’ office so he had to make his way outside and stand out there for a while.

After the drill, it was a mad rush of 20 floors worth of people trying to get up in the elevators, so to avoid that, Curtis and some colleagues went to buy a coffee.

Once Curtis got back, he joined a Zoom call which the person that found the security issue had started and low and behold, the Zoom CEO was in there answering questions! He was even offering free T-shirts. Curtis sat in there listening to all of the information for a while, before he had other things to do.

Curtis tried to re-image a Mac but it wasn’t having any of it, so that took up a big chunk of the afternoon.

Curtis has 2 new users to setup tomorrow, so he’ll be doing that for a chunk of the day as well as 2 meetings.

Curtis left work and met with Kim to walk home.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim walked the opposite way to work and popped to save on foods to pick up a massive cake for a celebration that was happening in the office later on in the day. Kim had intended to pick it up and walk the usual route to work, but it was a very big cake and very heavy so she decided to take the tube thing.
Once she made it into the city she walked the few blocks into work and was greeted in the downstairs lobby by tonnes of people and lots of music. It was a lot for pre 9am!

Kim made it upstairs and set the cake down to find out that the building is hosting a Tennant appreciation breakfast! So Kim and a few people went down, joined the line and took some food back upstairs. What a strange start to the day.
Kim was getting settled into her day and then saw a notification that a new starter was coming in shortly so Kim checked her desk again to make sure it was clean and had everything the new hire would need. In the few moments Kim was away from her desk, the new hire arrived.

Kim then took the lady on a tour of the companies floor, the 25th floor and to see the building amenities. They then tried to get a security pass but the staff were busy with the breakfast function.

The fruit then arrived so Kim went and organised all of that, with the help of 2 great guys! She also put together a small fruit bowl for her colleagues working on a different floor and ran that up to them with a small selection of soft drinks!
Kim then sat down and actually started some work for the day. She also had a catch up with her colleague and got some cool mini side tasks to get on with for some of the other summer parties, one of which meant reaching out to companies in the UK. Its been a while since Kim had to do that!

Then we had the catering arrive for a large group so Kim spent some time reorganising the space to fit the food and laying out the food. Once that had been done Kim was able to run the cake out.
While the group ate and enjoyed cake Kim managed to get some of the day to day tasks done of saving invoices and other fun things!

Once the team finished eating Kim went in to clear the area and pit it back to normal. She also popped the leftover food in the kitchen.

It was then eventually lunchtime so Kim and her colleague sat down and had a good chat. It was really nice!

After lunch Kim took some time to catch up on some of the background onboarding tasks that are to be completed on the first day like sorting the employee photo and sending out some useful information. Its better late than never!

It was then time to try to get the new hire and a visitor from another office their security passes so they all popped to the main floor to sort this and found out that that service is only offered 9-10 am so they agreed to try again the next day.

The rest of the afternoon Kim spent placing orders and sending emails, not all too exciting but it has to be done! She also set up another fruit bowl for tomorrows meetings as today’s went down so well.

Derry Girls

We got back to watching some other TV as we’ve finished Lucifer, so we watched The Last Leg as well as continued Derry Girls, which is hilarious!

We had leftover bolognese with spaghetti, some nice baguette and a side ceasar salad for dinner.

We did very little else for the rest of the evening and went to bed at a good time again.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale