Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 1000: Vancouver, BC – Away We Go!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got a bit more sleep this morning and then he jumped on a call with a colleague to figure out some strange permission issues.

There was a team meeting and once that was done, he had some tickets to get done as well as having to call someone and get something fixed for them.

Throughout the day, when he had time, Curtis got the packing done and a few things around the apartment, like taking out the rubbish.

Kim’s Day

Kim left early-ish and took laptops over to the office she was working from during the day.

After that, she went and got some breakfast and even took Curtis a croissant and coffee!

She got some of the laptops sorted today and it was nice to be in an office with colleagues.

Kim left the office around 13:00 and went bowling! She organised this with people from her company and a fun company event!

After bowling, Kim headed back home.

Away We Go!

Off to the island we go!

After work, we drove out to the ferry terminal and took the ferry over to Vancouver Island! We have a fun 10 days planned and we’ll be visiting Kim’s great auntie Linda for the first time in quite a while.

We got some easy food on the ferry and then drove out to Port Alberni! We’ll arrive there super late, but then we’ll be up early tomorrow to do some exploring!

We’re super happy to have some time to travel around and see things, whilst being careful, of course.

Today is also DAY 1000 in Vancouver! Crazy.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

place 72 – Day 990: Vancouver, BC – Staying Away For Work!

Curtis’ Day/Night

Curtis had the croissant that Kim got him for breakfast and then he got himself ready and walked to the office.

He needed to get a couple of laptops setup and sent out, so he did that for the morning and then in the afternoon he did some office cleanup, which he is doing today and on Thursday.

He got a lot of things tidied but him and his colleague also added monitor arms and monitors to a lot of desks which took a few hours but a good chunk got completed!

More of that to do Thursday, as well as a few other things.

Curtis headed home and was alone all evening. It was a little weird!

Curtis mostly played games for the evening, but watched a few YouTube videos, too. He had some steak for dinner which was MASSIVE but really good.

Kim’s Day/Night

Kim went to get croissants for breakfast and then she left to drive down to drop off the car at the garage for a service.

Kim then got an Uber and was dropped off in town and she popped into a coffee shop and met her managers there! They got a few things sorted from there before heading to the hotel to get the day properly started.

They all then spent the day whiteboarding, making plans and talking a lot of things out. There were a couple of meetings that everyone joined. Kim gave the update in the weekly company meeting and then in the early afternoon Kim joined two recruitment calls.

In the evening they went out to a local restaurant for dinner. It was such a fun and interesting day, but there isn’t a whole much to share, we did a lot of talking, planning and whiteboarding!


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 969: Vancouver, BC – In Person Colleagues!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis woke up with no plan to go to the office until later, but he has some colleagues who are in the Vancouver office from the Winnipeg office, so he went in to see them and help them out with some stuff.

Curtis got there and then started setting up a laptop he needed to setup and he helped out his colleagues with the things they were doing, and he did a lot of tickets, too.

Once he did the tickets, he helped a colleague with some account set ups, and then he finished up the laptop setup.

When the setup was done, he did more tickets and had a quick meeting to discuss a software integration.

The late afternoon was taken up by getting a laptop of an old employee setup for someone to login to and then he started setting up another laptop for someone, which he needs to finish tomorrow.

After finishing work, Curtis went to pick up a package and then walked home.

Once he got home, Curtis played some games whilst Kim went out to an appointment.

Kim’s Day

Kim had another really interesting day! She started by turning up to a meeting with the executive team, so that was better than yesterday! They reviewed a few job descriptions and sorted a couple of other things out.

Kim then had a couple of 1-1s. Her first was to discuss a new hire and how things are going and the second was with her teammate to discuss projects and next steps. She then provided the weekly update to the company before joining a call with another teammate to update a few accounts and get some IT stuff done.

Kim then had a meeting to discuss a couple of processes and then she joined another meeting to give a quick update and get approval on a couple of things. After those Kim joined a meeting about non development hiring and the next steps there before joining an interview. After the interview Kim had a review and a quick mini team meeting for most of the afternoon. It was great!

Evening

After Kim got home from her appointment, we had homemade chicken burgers for dinner and relaxed for the evening. Just a couple of days now until Curtis gets his surgery!


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 962: Vancouver, BC – People In The Office?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had some tickets and other things to get done in the morning and then he had his Norwegian lesson which went really well.

After that, Curtis walked to the office and once he got there, he had to setup a laptop for someone in Denver.

There were quite a few people in the office to pickup things from their desks. It was a little weird being around so many people!

He setup the laptop and then sent it out to Denver, which he and to figure out!

Curtis then had to check some stock and see what he had there and then he walked back home.

It was fairly late in the day, but Curtis had lunch and then had to catch up with tickets and a few other things.

Curtis then played games for the evening whilst Kim was at pole.

Kim’s Day

To start the day Kim had a call with a colleague so they could rearrange a couple of reccuring meetings so that everyone can attend and it doesn’t cause complications for people. She then was able to focus on some admin. The first task was to call a courier service to find out where a delivered package is as Kim never received it. She also had to make a purchase and sent out some packages via a different courier service.

In the weekly company meeting Kim have everyone the update and joined in in singing happy birthday to someone. It’s such a great call to be involved with every week.

Kim then hosted a mini team meeting to discuss all of the hiring for the company and the approach to take for the next few months. She then joined the finance meeting to give an update, then Kim had some lunch before joining a weekly update call about new roles.

In the early afternoon Kim had a couple of team meetings. The first was to look at a Notion page her teammate had put together and it was absolutely beautiful. They also took some time to work out a few other things and it was great. They all stayed on a call to do a recap of candidates who applied to join the team too! It was wonderful as there are a couple of candidates who look fantastic.

A few people from the team then joined a biweekly meeting with a department head to discuss their hiring and the career progression within the teams. To finish the day Kim joined a planning meeting with her managers. It was such a great call and it was wonderful to get aligned and a better understanding of a few things.

Evening

Once Kim got back home, we had some dinner and relaxed.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 954: Vancouver, BC – A Weird Feeling Day

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty productive day, getting a lot of tickets done and he had just one meeting, too, so not much of his day was taken up with meetings.

He had a surprise onboard to get done, so he did that just before lunch, and then after lunch was a little quieter but still some tickets and messages to deal with.

The day felt a little weird for us both, as it was the first day working in 4 days, so we both felt odd!

Kim’s Day

Kim had a busy day today, she had a lot of meetings and was able to get a few things done during the evening. She started with a meeting about business cards and then went into a meeting to discuss next steps with candidates for a role.

She had a quick check in with her new teammate before having a meeting with a different teammate about a new social activity they will be organising.

To finish the morning Kim joined her team meeting, then to start the afternoon a couple of her teammates joined a call to go over their HR system, assign access levels and do a tour of the platform.

She had a check in with a new employee before helping her team by answering questions for them to build the org chart. To finish the day Kim had a couple of calls to help with planning for a conference and then she popped out to pick up a laptop. She got a good amount of admin done in the evening too!

Evening

We took out the recycling and we did the vacuuming as well as a few other things around the apartment.

We had cheese for dinner, fairly late, and watched a little TV.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 936: Vancouver, BC – People Back At The Office, Again!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was up at 07:00 to get ready and walk down to the office. There were 2 people coming back to the office (there are quite a few restrictions in place, but they wanted to come back before the office fully opens again) so Curtis had to be there to help them setup at their desks and he also had some other things to do.

Once he helped these people with their desks, he found and sent out some equipment for a couple of people who requested some. That took a bit of a time and then he moved onto the next thing.

He had to test some things out in the boardroom so he did that and sent off a reply to the people asking.

There were some issues with a piece of networking equipment, too, so he took a look at that with some help from a colleague.

After he did that, he confugured a couple of laptops and then he had a bit of lunch, followed by starting the office cleanup, which entailed taking a lot of monitor arms off the desks. This took the rest of the day, but he did meet someone at the office to swap a laptop for them as they were having issues with their current one.

Curtis left around 16:30 and walked home. He had a busy, long, day but a productive one!

Kim’s Day

Kim had a busy day but it was interesting! She started with two interviews and the check ins just after and then at midday she went into the weekly recruitment meeting.

For the afternoon Kim was in back to back meetings, she had a couple of smaller meetings around planning and communication. She then joined the weekly managers meeting for updates and collaboration.

For the final part of the day Kim was able to get a little more admin done before having a quick project check in with one of her team members. She then popped out to pick up a laptop. It should have been a 30 minute round trip but took an hour and a half due to a price update and a system bug. Kim had to stand in the store and call support to get it mostly sorted out.

Later in the evening Kim worked on a job description.

Evening

We had some chicken wraps for dinner with a side salad and then Kim had to do a little more work.

Once Kim finished working, we went for a walk and then watched a bit of TV.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 928: Vancouver, BC – Looking At (Shared) Offices

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to go to the office this morning to setup a laptop for a new hire.

He actually got that laptop setup and packaged pretty quickly, but he also had to setup another laptop in a different way and that took a bit more time. That one was for someone to swap to as they are having issues with their current laptop.

After completing that process and being ready to leave te office, he luckily checked that laptop and noticed it was not done right, so he had to do it again. It was lucky that he noticed!

Curtis walked back home and met Kim as she was on her way home and she had coffee!

The afternoon was mostly tickets and catching up from the morning. He also had a security incident to take care of, as well!

Kim’s Day

To start the day Kim had a team meeting to go over the RACI as she and her teammate missed the meeting that was due to happen the day before. They added and assigned tasks and were able to get a fair amount done.

She then popped to a shared office tour, with her teammate, ro see if the space would be a good fit. After that they had a mini meeting in the park to review it and soak up some sun.

When she got back Kim had a little time to work on some admin before the book club meeting. She enjoyed learning about how to read poetry and is hoping that the book club will allow her to enjoy that art form and move away from seeing poetry in the same way she would at school. After this she had a great chat with someone as part of the donut imitative.

In the afternoon Kim trained her teammate on placing orders and went through a few things with her. She then had a call with the HR person from the consultancy company she worked to get some training, support and direction for herself, it was awesome!

She then had another RACI meeting with another team to help them and then after a bit of a break she had a quick meeting with her teammate to discuss planning for the future and how the team might look.

Evening

For dinner, we had leftovers from yesterday. We did our daily walk which we are really enjoying, it’s great to clear our heads after work!

We watched some TV and then headed to bed.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 927: Vancouver, BC – Hiring Discussions

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had just 1 meeting planned for today, which was in the afternoon, so plenty of the day to get stuff done.

There were plenty of new tickets to do and then there was an issue that was ongoing and Curtis had to do some more troubleshooting with that. He eventually got that working, which was really great and he was happy he could get the person working again.

Curtis also setup accounts for a new user and got that all setup and ready to go.

It was more of the same after lunch but he did a long meeting about security and some software.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with some admin before joining a first week check in with her teammate to see how they have been settling in. She then joined the weekly meeting and gave an update.

Around midday Kim had another one week check in and had a fantastic catch up with a new starter! She then gave an update to the finance team before having some lunch.

After lunch Kim joined a hiring meeting where they made plans for a couple of roles that are being hired for. She then went straight into a planning meeting that ended up snowballing into several other meetings that lasted a couple of hours.

To finish the day Kim hosted a meeting to discuss hiring needs of a department and see what needs to be sorted.

Evening

We made vegetable couscous for dinner which was actually really good! It was a Moroccan inspired recipe and it was delicious! Had some spiciness to it, as well, which was great.

We went for a walk after dinner and when we got back it was relax and TV time.

We are both out for a bit tomorrow for work, which is the first time we’ve both been out during the day during the week for a while!


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 914: Vancouver, BC – GB WIN! 🇬🇧

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to walk down to the office to get a laptop setup and sent out.

Curtis got to the office and got the laptop which, luckily, most of the work had been done for so there was a little less for him to do.

Whilst he was setting the laptop up, he had the Great Britain v Belarus game on in the background. GB ended up winning that game which was awesome to see!

Curtis got a bit of work done whilst still at the office and then he headed home.

After lunch, Curtis had a quick meeting to discuss a project and then did some tickets before having a meeting which was ran by the CEO.

There were a few discussions to have after this meeting and then the day was done.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a super interesting day today. She started by getting organised, sening out meeting invites, sorting out a few recruitment things and getting general admin done.

She then had attended a meeting IT things before joining a weekly recruitment meeting. For the rest of the morning Kim did some collaborative work with her teammate to clean up, reorganise and move information in their team folder structure. They then both joined a meeting that only they turned up to, so they worked on a few more things and Kim rescheduled the meeting for next week and on.

In the afternoon Kim had a call with a new starter to discuss their home office set up and needs. She then had a check in with a colleague before joining an interview. After the interview they had a quick chat and review. Kim then hosted a forecasting meeting with a department and doubled the meeting up as Q&A with a new starter.

In the evening Kim got a lot of admin done and she set up there laptops for new starters for next week. She was super happy with all the IT stuff she was able to set up and get sorted!

Evening

We had the remainder of the leftover mac and cheese and then Kim had to do some more work.

Once Kim was done with that work, then watched a bit of TV before heading to bed. It was around 00:00 by the time Kim was done!


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 886: Vancouver, BC – Laptops, All Day

Curtis’ Day

Curtis headed right to the office this morning as he had some things to get done there.

He started by setting up a laptop and getting together equipment to send out with the laptop.

Whilst doing that, Curtis did some tickets and other things, too.

Someone then dropped off their laptop and Curtis and to wipe and re-setup that laptop as it was having some issues. That didn’t actually take as long as expected, so that gave him some extra time.

The person came and picked up their laptop in the late afternoon and Curtis was able to give them that with no issues.

Curtis then headed home around 16:30 and when he got home, he had lunch as he hadn’t had it yet today!

Curtis then watched hockey whilst Kim did some work.

Kim’s Day

To start the day Kim joined a meeting about a new projects one of her colleagues might be working on she then joined a recruitment meeting but only her teammate showed up, so they had a quick chat and check in before Kim joined an interview.

After the interview and the review Kim went to a team meeting where everyone gave updates about projects they are working on. She went from this into another interview and review before completing some paperwork and sending it out.

After a quick lunch Kim had two catch ups with teammates to see how they are doing and update each other on projects. Kim then joined her final interview of the day, has the review and then completed some more paperwork.

Evening

We had potato, peas and mushrooms for dinner and then chilled out. We both had very long, busy days so we needed to just zone out.


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Mr And Mrs Hale