Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 401: Vancouver, BC – It’s All Broken!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a message from a colleague in another office that someone had to head into the Vancouver office to help fix something that broke during maintenance.

Curtis said he would go, so once he was ready in the morning, he walked to the office.

When Curtis got there, he found out that the was stopping people from accessing some websites and no one could use their desk phones.

To fix this, Curtis found a special cable which he plugged into the server and then into his laptop.

His colleague then took control of Curtis’ laptop and attempted to fix whilst explaining a bit about how it all works.

This lasted for about 2 hours and then another issue arose once the main part was fixed! Phones were back working but no one could call out to external numbers.

This took another hour to fix, but eventually it got fixed!

Curtis walked back home, had his first coffee of the day at around 12:45, did some tickets and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had a long team meeting and then did a couple more tickets after that before finishing up for the week.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a nice long lie in this morning and then she watched Parks and Recreation while having some breakfast. She then had a massive spur of thoughts for her CV so sat and wrote down a lot of notes before getting ready for the day.

Once she was ready Kim finally added her latest job to her CV. Then she worked on cleaning up the formatting of the document. She wasn’t 100% happy with it, so she also saved another version that has a few amendments and she will revisit them and see which she prefers after a break away.

After lunch Kim went back to her old office to drop off her IT equipment and pick up a few things she had forgotten. She stayed and had a quick chat with her colleague.

Kim then went to a rooftop bar nearby where she met her colleague and two other friends she used to work with for food and drink. It was amazing. For the few hours they were catching up Kim managed to completely forget COVID and the fact she lost her job. It felt like a lovely evening out Pre-COVID and it has done Kim the world of good. Kim got some flowers as a gift which was lovely, too!

Evening

Once Kim got back from being out, we had some chicken & mushroom pasta with hoisin sauce.

We watched some TV for the evening and that was it!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 390: Vancouver, BC – The Megadesk Lives!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets and then at 10:00 he had a 1 hour long Norwegian lesson! He had a really good time doing that and again, as like last time, it was a full Norwegian conversation which was excellent.

After this, there were a lot of tickets for Curtis to do and then after lunch he walked to the office.

Whilst at the office, Curtis noticed a server had an error on it! Luckily, it’s not fatal, but some parts need to be fixed or replaced.

Curtis got a new monitor from the stock room and got that ready for someone to pickup, which is why he was at the office.

The person collected the monitor and Curtis went back home again, but with a stop at a Starbucks to meet with Kim briefly and to get a coffee.

Curtis did a bit of admin when he got home and then was done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the morning labelling peoples desks that she will clear out. For some she was able to use their instructions over messenger to find their desk and for others Kim had to call them and be directed.

She also took some time to draft up some emails she will send out over the coming weeks as had a brainwave of communication that she wants to say. So she quickly wrote it all down while she could remember!

In the afternoon Kim moved all the monitors from the desks where they were being stored and moved them to another area in the office so she could work on setting up the first couple of mega desks.

About halfway through reorganising the furniture Kim went and met the vendor for the plants to let her into the office and Kim took a little break a while in to go and meet Curtis for a coffee.

Once Kim had removed all the furniture she started measuring out the distance between the banks of desks and also put a few of the drawers that are not being used under the desk for storage. Kim then emptied a few of the desks and stored those items under the new desk.

Once Kim finished the desks she worked on emptying other people’s desks. She cleared the tables, put everything into their drawers, labelled the items and tagged the table so she knew it had been done. It was a very successful day and Kim is happy with how quickly the desks come together when the spaces is empty.

Evening

When Kim got home, we took out the recycling and we then had some homemade tomato and mushroom pasta!

We watched some TV and played some games, but not much as it was almost 21:00 by the time we finished eating.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 367: Vancouver, BC – Dropping Off Laptops

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some admin first thing and then walked down to work with Kim as he had a couple of things to do in the office.

Curtis got to the office and had to check some things in the server room and once he checked those, he went to the storage and got two laptops out that he had to send.

These laptops needed to be sent because they were sent incorrectly to Curtis’ company.

Curtis printed the waybills he was provided and then left the office, taking them to the UPS store to get them to send them off.

Curtis walked back home and when he got home he did a few tickets before lunch and had a brief meeting, too.

After lunch, Curtis did a lot of tickets and the afternoon flew very fast!

Kim’s Day

Today Kim spent her day shipping stuff. It seems uneventful but the day never seemed to stop!

Kim started the day by spending her morning sending out laptops. There were only 3 to send out, but it was so time consuming.

For the beginning of the afternoon Kim sending out the mocktail kits for the east coast people. She made some stickers with instructions and to let the postal service know that the boxes are fragile.

She then had a sit down with her colleague to go over the summer parties once more and finalise the day of timeline. Once this meeting was done Kim sent packaged up and sorted all the labels for the other mocktail kits that will be sent out tomorrow.

Evening

When Kim got home, we had some hoisin chicken with pasta & mushrooms, with a ceasar salad on the side.

We watched some TV and then played mini golf.

Kim then made some coconut fudge as we had some leftover condensed milk.

Once she did that, we watched some more TV and then tried to go to bed a little earlier to get some good sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 362: Vancouver, BC – Moving Things

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had an incredibly busy day today!

Curtis had a meeting right away in the morning. This was a project meeting to determine the scope and requirements from the stakeholders.

Once that meeting was done, Curtis had another meeting with some of his team members to create a full project from the meeting they just had.

After that, Curtis was able to start work on some tickets but was then asked to head to the office to move a few things around.

When he got to the office, Curtis moved a server cabinet from the boardroom to another area so it was not in the way.

Once he did that, Curtis had to move around some of the server cabinets in the server room as they weren’t placed quite right.

After this, Curtis did some more things around the office and then headed home, but detoured to get some Vietnamese coffee beans and normal coffee beans.

Curtis did some tickets and helped a bunch of people in the afternoon and overall had a busy day!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her morning by finishing cleaning the whiteboard for todays team meeting that were coming in. She wiped it all down and ensured that everything was sprayed by sanitizer.

Then the team members arrived for their meeting and it was so great to see them all! She explained a few of the things that are set up around the office and then left them to it!

Kims colleague came back from her mini break today so they had a catch-up and download of all the information of things that have happened over the week and it was great. They went over the few things left for the parties. For the rest of the day Kim worked on the quizzes and finally managed to word a few of the questions in a way that makes way more sense. So that was amazing.

To finish the day Kim spent an over an hour helping with writing up a communication. It was a lot of recording and lots of little tweaks here and there to make it perfect.

Evening

When Kim got home, we had some chicken chilli for dinner and watched some TV, along with playing some mini golf.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 46: Vancouver,BC – Lots Of Tinkering, Lunchtime Tacos & Even More Shoes!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy day in general today! He had some packages arrive which meant he could continue with some things he needed to do.

Curtis got a few tickets done and then got a few messages asking for help, so he cleared out most things by lunch.

Curtis ate his lunch and then after that he had a meeting in which he learned about the unique style of team meetings that his company uses, which took about an hour.

After that, Curtis had to install and clone a hard drive for someone so that they had more space.

Curtis got that going and then realised that the screen of the laptop was damaged, so he swapped it over to a new laptop and continued.

After it cloned, it hit an error so Curtis had to restart it, and it had to be left overnight.

A server hard drive died the other day, so Curtis had to order one and that arrived, so he figured out how to remove the dead one and install the new one, which he did successfully.

Curtis helped someone move some styrofoam into a cupboard and then his day at work was done. Incredibly busy, but in a good way.

Kim’s Day

Kim got in and had her breakfast quickly before starting her day.

She started by going through some emails and cracking on with general admin. Then she had to organise a hotel for someone visiting in 2 days, so that was a fun challenge.

Later in the morning Kim had a nice sit down and informal meeting with a colleuege who is over from the Toronto area office. It was so nice to put a face to the name.

Then most people from HR then went out to grab some tacos from a nearby food truck! Its the same company Curtis visited a few weeks ago. Kim had the crispy chicken burrito and it was amazing! They then all sat on the roof and ate their lunch in the sun, it was so lovely!

When Kim got back to her desk she continued plodding away at ad hoc tasks and was then asked to check a statement against the invoices, this took a while as its the first time Kim has done it.

Kim then had another meeting with her colleague from Toronto and got a little training on scheduling phone screenings. It is so nice to have have so many aspects of this role!

Kim then wrapped up the last half hour by making notes for the up coming days and planning.

Shoes & Evening McDonald’s

We met after work and went on the hunt for shoes.

We tried Vans, Winners and some other stores. Kim got some shoes from Winners and Curtis bought some Vans. Both of our shoes are falling apart so it was a good time to get some! We also saw some Chow-Chow dogs, which were cute!

We headed back home and were hungry, so kim made a chicken salad again for dinner.

Once we ate, we went out for a walk to stretch our legs, but rewarded ourselves with a McFlurry & hot chocolate.

We walked back home and got some awesome photos of the sky…We live here!

The hot chocolate was gross but the McFlurry was great! We watched some Lucifer and then headed to bed.

Curtis has an exciting meeting tomorrow morning, so he is looking forward to that!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 40: Vancouver, BC – Free Cookies

Curtis’ Day

It was a very warm day today and when Curtis walked to work he worked up a sweat!

When Curtis got to work he had an email regarding an issue with a mac which he dealt with and then he ended up getting a lot of tickets come in and got most of the sorted before lunch.

Curtis had a team meeting right before lunch which was productive and informative.

After lunch, Curtis’ day became a bit less busy but he did then notice a warning light on a server so he worked with a colleague to get that sorted.

Curtis then had 2 informative meetings in which he learned a few new things and then he walked home.

It was another hot walk and when he got home he relaxed for a bit before sorting out the recycling into type piles.

Kim’s Day

Today, Kim walkedto work all lonely because she had to get in early to man reception.

Kim got started on setting up for the day, putting out fruit etc. and then had a few questions for reception. By the time Kim finally ended up in the HR department to start her day it was 10!

This also didn’t last long. While doing some admin, Kim needed some help from the front desk with something so went back out there to go over a few things. While Kim was getting help, a lady from the Marriott popped by to make an introduction and say hello to Kim and another colleague. It was lovely to put a face to the name and she even came with cookies! They were delicious snicker doodle cookies and did not last long in the office!

Kim then eventually went back and continued with some admin.

Kim spent the rest of her morning and early afternoon after lunch on more of her project, just familiarising herself with the applications and how things work.
Kim then had a meeting about some HR procedures and even had a chance to help with some of the onboarding process.

Just towards the end of the meeting, some of Kim’s colleagues were walking around playing music and handing out ice creams! What a great way to celebrate mid afternoon on a Wednesday.

Kim kept herself busy for the rest of the afternoon.

She left early due to arriving early and took this opportunity to head to the bank to collect her credit card. One very hot train journey and 20 minute walk later, Kim had collected her credit card and headed home via 2 buses and the supermarket. She had to pick up some veggies!

Dinner

We sort of did nothing for a while and then decided we would make dinner.

We had pork and egg fried rice. Curtis made the rice as per usual and Kim cooked up the vegetables and meat.

TV

After dinner we just watched some TV and Kim showered to get ready for tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 302: Auckland – Playing Games Together Again

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work too early again! When Curtis got to work, he was unable to access the main case system, so he couldn’t see or update any of his cases! This went on for most of the day, until around 14:30 when it was fixed.

Curtis started setting up a laptop, but had to go to the client with the virus infected server and look at that.

When Curtis got there, the server had no internet connection and, after a few hours of trying to get it to connect, Curtis finally did it and it was back online. Unfortunately though, he was still unable to install a good antivirus and some things still didn’t work quite right, so he suggested that a new PC is purchased to resolve the issue.

Curtis left the client around 11:00 and went home for the rest of the day to work from there.

Curtis setup the laptop for most of it, at least the amount he could do without being able to access his systems. Once it came back online at 14:30 Curtis spent most of the time after that doing admin and catching up.

Curtis finished work at 16:10 and just played games.

Both of us;

Kim was going to go to the gym, but her gym shoes were wet as she wore them in the rain.

We had dinner, which was leftovers stir fry, and then we watched an episode of cuckoo.

For the rest of the evening, we played some games together, which we haven’t done for a while! We played fortnite and State of Decay 2.

All of a sudden, it was 23:00, and therefore bedtime!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale