Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 307: Vancouver, BC – Juneteenth March & New Work Dishwasher!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of the morning getting someone to setup a new laptop for them, in one of the US offices.

He had to chat with someone and get them to setup the laptop by following his steps and then that person left the office and so Curtis was handed off to someone else.

Luckily, that was the final part of the setup and it all went nice and smoothly, so the new laptop now has a home!

Curtis had his lunch and then a long team meeting in the afternoon.

After the team meeting, Curtis did a couple of tickets and one that came in right as the meeting finished and then he was done!

Kim’s Day

For once Kim was up and ready with plenty of time to get ready for the UK social call and het computer was not working. So Kim did the call from her phone and after worked from her phone for a bit before she took the battery out to restart it.

After Kim did a little admin at home she headed into work and stopped off to return a few items back to a store on her way in.

Once Kim got into the office she continued working on signs for the office and she sent a few emails to IT to ask for help with a number of things.

In the afternoon Kim hosted the east coast social call and they had a chat before playing a few games. After the games Kim joined another call and watched the cribbage final and it was fun!

After one team won Kim sent out a email to the company to celebrate and she sent the winners some gift cards. Kim and her colleague popped to the liquor store as they had to be in the office until 9pm potentially, so they may as well make the most of it and have a catch up.

Kim joined in the west coast catch up after having a quick call with Danielle in New Zealand, which was great! On the social call they played even more games and Kim made her black lives matter sign to have for the protest that was happening in the evening.


Once they noticed that the protest started to march Kim set up a timelapse, took her sign and went downstairs. Kim stood back to one side and watched thousands and thousands of people walk past and it was amazing and so moving.


Just in front of the office building was a snack, water and hand sanitizer stand with first aid people. It was so peaceful and powerful, Kim was so thankful to be able to be a part of it.

There were so many people of all races, ages and genders, it was beautiful and very emotional to be a part of. Kim and her colleague went back up to the office and had a drink while they waited for the people to come in and install the dishwasher. It was a great evening and the office has a new dishwasher!

Burgers!

When Kim got home after the dishwasher was replaced at the office, it was around 20:00, and we found some food to order, as with each Friday.

We got some food from LOCAL which serves pub style food.

Kim got a chicken burger and Curtis got a breakfast burger…Both were pretty great!

We watched some TV and a movie and then headed to bed. We were both tired this week!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 200: Vancouver, BC – Board Games & Ice Cream Sundaes!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and actually had an onboard to complete, so he got that started and that took up a lot of the morning.

Just before that though, the nitro coffee people and turned up and Curtis spoke with them. They were eventually able to get it fixed! They noticed that when they had cleaned it last time, they’d tightened the taps too much and therefore it created a blockage! That now means the nitro is flowing as it should, which was a win.

Curtis did the onboard until 11:30, when he then went and played board games and had snacks with colleagues. This went on until 13:00.

Curtis used the rest of this time to get the rest of the onboarding done and setup the laptop.

This time led perfectly to the ice cream sundaes in the afternoon, which Curtis was looking forward to!

After eating that, Curtis helped a couple of people around the office with some issues, did some other tickets and then setup the desk for the new person starting Monday.

This took a while as it was being a pain, as usual.

Curtis finished up and then headed home.

Kim’s Day

Kim had an idea for a new Wiki page so she spent a lot of her day making that. She made a travel page and included information and links to hotels and other useful information that people may need all in one place!

In the morning Kim went to the Marriott for a coffee with their rep. It was great to catch up and have a talk about travel.
In the afternoon Kim dealt with a lot of emails organising the dishwasher repairs and other bits and bobs.

Cleaning & Playing Hockey Late!

Curtis got home and did all the cleaning of the apartment, taking out the recycling and cleaning/vacuuming etc.

After that, Curtis sorted his hockey equipment out, packing it away into the car and re-taping his stick.

Kim got back home and we watched some TV and made dinner!

We ate food and then left to go to Curtis’ hockey game, which starts at 22:30!

We will update about the hockey game tomorrow as it’s another late one.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 183: Vancouver, BC – Cupid

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a couple of meetings in the morning.

One meeting was about a project which is just getting going. This had to involve some people outside of Curtis’ team so that he could gather some information from them.

The other meeting was to meet a new person in one of the teams, who replaced someone that recently left the company. This was a good meeting and was good to get introduced to him. He isn’t new to the company but he is new to the role.

Curtis got a laptop setup for someone and also did a lot of tickets during the day, some of which were in person so he got a bit of a walk, too.

Curtis ended the day with some training which he was glad to get in.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by moving furniture in the kitchen to make room for the pizza party at lunch time!

After this Kim worked on the shopping for next week and sorted that order out. She then went back into the kitchen to set up the laptop and help with the pizzas being set out.

The pizza party today was in celebration of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics as the company did a lot of work for that! Kim had the projector set up playing highlights of the Olympics and everyone ate pizza!
In the afternoon Kim made a few more games / things to do for valentine’s day tomorrow.

She also cleaned up all the cupboards in the kitchen, organised things behind her desk and attempted to fix the latch on the boardrooms door frame. Unfortunately she didnt have the right screws so will try again tomorrow.

Kim stayed a little later again today and then ran around and played cupid to give everyone little choccies on their desk to come in to tomorrow as ‘cupid has been overnight’! The only headache was that she ran out, so she had to run across the street to pick up a few more for the last desks.

Evening

Curtis got home and watched hockey.

Kim had to rush home from work after leaving late so she could make it to training!

Kim got to training but struggled with the first class. She bounced back in the 2nd class and had a really successful and good time.

We packed a little for our weekend trip, but we don’t need to take too much!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 182: Vancouver, BC – Where Did The Day Go?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a productive day, but not massively busy.
He mostly dealt with 2 or 3 different tickets throughout the day, trying to get to the bottom of the issues.

He did deal with a problem through Microsoft who he had to speak with on the phone a few times and he gathered files for Microsoft to review and troubleshoot.

Curtis got someone’s new laptop setup completed and took that to them and then it turns out he sat with them for the rest of the afternoon helping them get a few things configured and making sure all their files etc were there. He also setup the docking station for them and made sure that works.

Curtis’ day went insanely fast, which is a good thing!

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of her day picking up odd jobs that she had been putting off, around when visitors were coming in and out.
In the morning Kim helped set up the conference room for a larger meeting. She also greeted everyone as they arrived and organised meeting rooms for people who arrived early and wanted somewhere to hide and work.

Kim then ordered catering to arrive for next week and then after lunch printed out her valentine’s day game and got it all ready to be played.

Towards the end of the day Kim hung around in the office so she could help clear away after the meeting.

Productive Evening

Curtis got home and took out the bins. Once he did that, he cleaned down the countertops in the kitchen and then he vacuumed apartment.

After vacuuming, Curtis sorted the laundry and made his lunch.

Kim went off to her helping at the pole place and when she got back we had some hoisin chicken and pasta for dinner.

We watched a bit of TV and headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 176: Vancouver, BC – Kim Needs Glasses!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was up and into the office early to get the boardroom and conference room setup for a whole company meeting. Curtis just had to check that everything worked, do some testing and get a few other things setup.

The meeting went on for 1.5 hours and then Curtis had another meeting right after and then after that he had yet another meeting!

After all his meetings, Curtis got some tickets done and then had some lunch.

After lunch, there was just a couple of hours left of the day so he used them wisely and got a few more things completed.

Curtis left the office and walked home.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim worked on one of the new offices floor plan and spent some time moving people around to sort a room booking for someone.

At lunch Kim went to the opticians and had an eye test done. It went well but Kim will need reading glasses so soon she will be on the hunt for a pair of glasses! She also received a referral to go to the doctors in regards to the migraine she had back in September. Kim also had her eyes dilated for the exam and that was a wild ride!

As Kim couldn’t see all that much when she got back to the office she had some lunch and then cut up some fruit, carefully.

Kim spent some of the afternoon rebooking the meeting room from the morning as the booking is for March and not February.

The rest of the afternoon Kim worked on making a report for the catering requested since she started. This meant Kim went back through emails and messages and logged a the requests.

Evening

The evening was pretty eventless for Curtis. He just played some games and watched some videos.

The class Kim went to was good fun, she was only able to get one of the two moves but it was a great challenge!

Kim had an hours break before the open pole session so she relaxed in the reception area.

It’s often hit or miss with open pole and Kim, sometimes she manages a few good things and other times it is a total wipe out! Tonight’s training was brilliant.

She trained in a move from months ago and was even able to incorporate it into a combo. She was also able to practise moves she wants to use in her routine, which was brilliant!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 214: Vancouver,BC – Holiday Party

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work quite early and that was good as he had a few tickets to get sorted, so that gave him time to do so.

Curtis had a few meetings today. One was regarding the helpdesk software that the team is moving to, and another was regarding an upcoming hackathon.

Curtis is helping out on a team with the hackathon, so he had to have a meeting to discuss their idea, which he thinks is great!

In the afternoon, Curtis did a few more tickets as well as some configuration setup of the new helpdesk.

He sat and had a few drinks with some colleagues before racing home to get ready.

Kim’s Day

Kim got to go to work a little later today, but her day was filled with setting up the venue for tonight’s holiday party.

Holiday Party

Curtis got ready for the holiday party and walked to the city, with a stop at a clothing store for Kim.

This blog is going up pre-party as it’ll be a late one, but Kim organised it so it should be amazing!

We will update you tomorrow with any interesting tid bits!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 175: Vancouver, BC – Project Officially Finished!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work pretty early, and it was good that he did!

The project was now ‘done’, but there were still a lot of questions around it, how to do things, what about this etc.

Curtis spent most of his day doing things around that, but luckily, it seems to be calming down!

Curtis’ team had an important meeting in the afternoon to discuss what projects they will be taking on for the next two weeks.

That means more project work for Curtis, but it’s good because there is a follow on project from the one Curtis just did, so it would be good if he did that one anyway.

The afternoon was spent doing some research, setting up a laptop and doing some more ticket work.

Curtis left work and walked home.

Kim’s Day

Today there was breakfast in the office! Kim got in and it was all set up as a couple of her teammates came in to meet the delivery driver.
Kim grabbed a plate and had a little breakfast.

After this Kim started to clear down the pastry tray and collect all the utensils.

The reason there was a breakfast is for the company wide meeting that was occurring in the building. Everyone went upstairs to the roof for the meeting.

After this Kim went and finished clearing away the breakfast stuff and then helped setting up the drinks for the meeting that was going on on the rooftop. To set the drinks up Kim had the great idea to put a mini fridge on a wheely thing to make it a mobile mini fridge, meaning the drinks don’t ever get cold!

She then spent a bit of timing clearing the meeting room behind her desk and the whole front desk area in general. It now looks like a welcoming area rather than an absolute mess!

Kim then met a colleague downstairs to collect some pumpkins.

When she got back up she saw a delivery driver unloading lunch bags into the kitchen so Kim said he was meant to be delivering to the rooftop but he didn’t believe her until the lady who ordered it came down and said it as well.

Kim then started reconciling the last and final credit card. She did this until she went into a meeting with her manager.

They had a good catch up and went over a few things like the Job Description and how it aligns with what she is doing now. It was a good meeting.

Kim then decided to treat herself to a 3pm lunch!

After she took a little break she then continued to reconcile the credit card before realising that she is simply doing a duplicate of what the accounts team have already done, so she had a chat with the lady in accounts and they both laughed at how silly it was and that neither of them noticed!

Kim then spent some time setting up for the following day by making notes for herself and attempting to see what needed to be done.

Kim then potted around with other things while she waited for the upstairs.meeting to finish so she could restock the drinks and allow them to cool overnight. She also binned and saved food from the previous evenings event that had been left out since lunch. The whole kitchen smelt like sweaty cheese! Not nice!

Kim went to train this evening and it wasn’t great.

She was able to try the first combo but her full run through went terribly!

Packing Again & Bake Off Final!

We have a week off starting Thursday, so we need to get packed so we can fly out tomorrow night.

We got some stuff packed, either side of Kim returning from work and returning from training.

We got almost everything ready to go and then watched the final of the Great British Bake Off.


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 124: Vancouver, BC – A Long Day At The Office

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a video call with someone in the morning, around 11:00. He did that and was able to sort one of their two issues they were having!

After that, he did some tickets and got some admin done and then it was lunch time!

After lunch, Curtis imaged an old mac and then went for a drink in the kitchen area with some others for 30 minutes.

At 15:45, Curtis had to complete and offboard, which actually didn’t take that long luckily, so he went back had had a few drinks at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

When Kim arrived she had a small amount of time before her first meeting so she caught up on a few things before heading in to the meeting.

The meeting was an informal way for some of the remote workers to get to know each other, the way this is done is by playing a game of 2 truths and 2 lie, then giving the people a chance to elaborate on the truths. It went really well even though it was only 2 remote people on the call along with Kim and her team mate calling from the office.

Kim spent the rest of the morning on her financial project which took a fair amount of time. We also had a small amount of catering arrive for a team meeting.

As part of the quarterly new hire, the company likes to hold a fun game over a lunch, so when the pizza arrived Kim helped set it up and also set things up for greeting bingo! It was such a fun way to get new hires to interact with other people in the company.

When it all wound down, Kim and a couple of other people took 5 to sit down and chill and it was great to have a good chat and catch up! Kim the cleared the room and headed back to her desk to put through some orders for food and office supplies.

After sorting out her orders Kim went out to pick up some wine and a bottle of each vodka and rum to make peoples mocktails into cocktails. This week Kim had planned a back to school friday afternoon drinks including a mocktail competition.

When she got back into the office, Kim organised a little more for the day long meetings that are happening next week by cleaning whiteboards and clearing up beind the front desk.
Kim then set up for the afternoon drinks, turning the large tall table into a bar style layout and putting all the other drinks on a different smaller table.

The mocktails and cocktails went great, the competition part fell through but it was still fun! After most people had left Kim cleared down the kitchen again and it reminded her of working in a pub again.

Kim then met Curtis on the way to her class in the evening to pick up her clothes. The class was so much fun this evening but it was a challenge too!

Late Work Day

Curtis got home and emptied the recycling and rubbish. He then emptied the dishwasher.

The xbox was unable to sign him in, so he had to go old school and watch YouTube videos all evening on the laptop.

Curtis walked down to Kim to give her exercise clothes as she was running very late at work.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 117: Vancouver, BC – Lunchtime ‘Taco Friday’

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was busy right from 08:50-16:10 today.

Right from the get go, Curtis had some things planned and ready to get done.

He had to complete the cloning he did yesterday, which worked perfectly overnight.

He then helped someone having issues with Outlook on their new laptop. After this, he did some IT security work and then had to test the boardroom for a big meeting to ensure it was working and setup as required.

Once Curtis was done with that, he helped someone start a complicated purchase process and then began an onboarding!

A new person starts Tuesday, so Curtis had to get everything sorted out for them. (Monday is a day off in Canada)

Curtis took about 1.5 hours to setup their accounts and information, all whilst completing tickets and answering questions.

Taco Friday

Taco Friday is a ‘thing’ that people do in Scandinavia, for some reason, and we aren’t opposed!

We also do it from time to time, but this time it was for lunch.

We were lazy and couldn’t be bothered to make lunch, so we went do to Tacofino to have some tacos.

Kim got 2 chicken tacos and Curtis got 2 beef tacos. These were incredible. Spicy yet sweet yet meaty. Amazing!

We weren’t there long and then we had to walk back to our respective offices, but it was really nice to catch up briefly.

Curtis’ Afternoon

Curtis’ afternoon was just as busy as hi morning.

Along with doing tickets, Curtis had to setup a new laptop for the new person starting, as well as setup their desk and ensure it works.

After that, Curtis helped someone setup a couple of programs on their laptop and then he was able to get the fnal thing he needed to get done before having a drink with some people in the office.

It’s been a busy couple of days but he’s enjoyed it!

Kim’s Day

Kim spent a lot of her morning changing travel plans for 2 people. For one Kim had to change the 1 day trip for a visitor to the Ontario office. She also had to change a new starters return trip back to the UK, moving his flight to a week early and with a stop off in the states.
Kim also spent some time looking into the catering of large meetings going on the week after next.
Curtis and Kim had planned to meet up for lunch so she headed out to meet him.
Kim spent more time in the afternoon on the travel changes and finally started to get things approved and changed, which was great.
As we have a new starter in our UK office who is visiting at the moment Kim arranged to sort his business cards out while he is here. She added the info and sent it across for approval.
Kim then placed the order for the weekly shop to be delivered on the Tuesday for next week as it is a bank holiday on Monday!
As it is Friday Kim then went out to pick up the wine and beer for the Friday afternoon drinks.
When she got back it was time to set up the drinks and snacks for people to enjoy. Kim joined for a while and had a nice chat to 2 people over from the UK office before realising that she hadn’t sent across the business cards to be printed so she ran back to sort that. She then went back to join for a while longer before heading home!

Lazy Pizza Evening

We got home and Curtis played games for about two hours, some how, whilst Kim lay on the bed relaxing.

We finally decided to do something, so we watched a YouTube video and then had a frozen pizza for dinner as we had a big lunch, so we didn’t need anything bigger.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale