Place 72 – Day 104: Vancouver, BC – Dean Lewis!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had plans for the morning but he had to do some tickets and some admin and before he knew it, 1.5 hours had passed!Eventually, Curtis got onto setting up a new user, their laptop and their desk. Then, it was lunch time!

After lunch, Curtis spent the whole afternoon trying to get the virtual machine to work. He concluded that it will not work, so back to square one it is.He walked up to Kim’s work to meet her there after work.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim left dor work 2 hours early as a film crew had to set up for an interview for an employee Kim works with. On the way to worm she saw a seal, so getting up so early didn’t seem too bad!
When Kim got to work she found out that the crew would he about half an hour late so she ran to McDonald’s to grab some breakfast!
When she got back she then set up an urn of coffee and a plate of biscuits and ran it up for the 25th floor and they still weren’t there. So Kim went back down and began to tackle the mess of food and drinks leftover from the day before. She started with the drinks and was able to put some in the free drinks fridge and rearrange some of the other storage to make room for the rest.
Kim then went to the roof again to see if the crew had arrived and they had, and were setting up! Which was great news. When she got back to her desk Kim went through and saved the last 3 or 4 days worth of invoices that she neglected to do and chase for a couple from yesterday.
She then spent some more time organising the food and other picnic stuff from the day before, making sure everything was boxed up and tidied away.
Kim.
Kim and her colleague set up some time to go over the summer party and how well it went. Both of them had recieved great feedback, but came up with ways to make it go easier for us for the next time. This meeting was interrupted a little with the arrival of pizza for someone elses meeting.
Once the pizza was out in the kitchen for a free-for-all Kim was sure to grab herself and her colleague some slices before the masses arrive, we refer to it as the pizza tax! Kim the spent a few minutes on the roof before getting too hot and heading back to the comfort of aircon!
After lunch Kim finally convinced herself to finish the last bit of organising and tidying up. Then she went over to FedEx to send something that had been set up the day before. It turns out that they couldn’t deliver it as it is a PO box so Kim just had a nice long walk outside instead!

When she got back Kim spent the rest of the afternoon catching up on emails.

Pasta

We went to a nice Italian place that Kim had been to before.We both got a wine and a half portion of pasta as neither of us were that hungry and their portions are huge!

Kim got the same as she had before which is pasta with a creamy sauce, mushrooms, chicken and peas. Curtis got a simple tomato pasta and they were both great!

Dean Lewis

We got to the venue that Dean Lewis was playing at and there was a huge queue all the way around the block!We queued for around 30 minutes and then in we went.

We opted for seats rather than standing and it was a pretty good call as it was a 30 minute wait before any music!

We had a supporting act first and he was actually terrific. His name is Scott Helman and he is from Toronto.

After Scott, there was a 30 minute break and then Dean Lewis appeared! It was a great set, great lightong and he sounded excellent.

There are videos on our Instagram pages!

The theatre was sold out, around 1300 people! After the few hours we were there, we left at around 22:00 and walked back home.We got some admin done and then unwound by watching a video or two on YouTube and then went to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 95: Vancouver, BC – Hockey Socks & Evening Swim

Curtis’ Day

Curtis didn’t sleep well at all last night, but he was up and ready for work this morning.

Once Curtis got to work, it was full on from there.

There were a lot of tickets, so he was doing those, but he also had to configure some Macs and took a delivery of some new Windows laptops, too.

Curtis got to do a wide variety of things today, which kept it fresh and before he knew it, it was 16:45!

Curtis left and went to meet Kim at SportChek as he needed to get some hockey socks.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the day in a state of confusion. It was so hot during the night and it seems like no one in Vancouver slept well. People even told Kim it looked like she hadn’t slept well, that’s when you know you’re looking off!

She started the day by booking the day excursion for the people on the east coast. Then went the fruit arrived Kim organised it all and put it all away.

As there is another visitor coming towards the end of the month, Kim arranged their flights and hotel and sent that back across to HR. Kim then realised that the form they are currently using didn’t ask for all the information needed to make the booking. So Kim drew uo a new one and sent it to HR for approval and they loved it so that was a massive win for the day!

Kim then treated herself to pop out to the post box to post stuff and grabbed a doughnut on the way back. Because they are delicious.

Kim then started her afternoon by doing some more work for her project. She set up some questions she needs a little help with, a meeting with her colleuege to go over things that still need to be done and actually did some formatting and making of pages which was great!

As two more people will be attending the first aid course in a couple of weeks Kim had previously arranged a meering for the afternoon to answer any questions they may. Its also a good time to go through the first aid cupboard and ensure we are fully stocked. Kim rearranged this meeting until next week to allow for people to start their reading and for Kim to have some time to organise a few more things.

Hockey Socks & Evening Swim

We stopped in at SportChek as Curtis needed some hockey socks due to his new team jerseys and socks being delayed so he has to get some temporarily.

Once we got that, and had a bit of a walk around, we walked home.

When we arrived home, we were hungry so we started on dinner.

We noticed that we had recieved a letter which was meant to go next door, so we took it there, to our landlord, and had a chat with him.

We got back and finished dinner, having a similar meal as yesterday but with rice.

We relaxed for an hour or so and then Kim went for a quick swim, before she got hiccups and decided it was a bit too dangerous to swim in that condition!

Once Kim got back, we watched some Vikings and then had a fairly early night, with hopes we might actually sleep tonight.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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

Place 72 – Day 31: Vancouver,BC – Kim’s First day & Finally Wifi!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis walked to work this morning! The weather was pretty nice, even a bit warm. He got to see a beautiful view from the bridge.

Curtis got to work and saw a message about an issue in the boardroom, so went to sort that out.

Curtis had a colleague from the Winnipeg office visiting to show him some stuff.

Curtis got to see a lot today about how Apple Mac laptops are setup, so he went all through that.

As well as going through that, he looked at onboarding and offboarding people.

Curtis got some ginger chicken from the Vietnamese place opposite the road. It was a lot of food!

It was all of a sudden 17:00 and time to go home.

Kim’s Day

Kim got ready in the morning and then headed to Downtown for her first day at work. It was such a beautiful, sunny morning.

When Kim got to work she had a little tour and got a few things set up before heading into a couple of orientation meetings. The orientation went on until midday where Kim met with a few members of the team and learned more about her role and new company.

One thing that was cool was the kitchen! There are various types of coffee machines, including one with a milk foamer. This is very exciting as Kim will now be able to make amazing hot chocolates and coffees in the winter. There is also a massive soft drink fridge too!

At midday, Kim and the rest of the team went out for lunch at Zefferellie’s, a lovely Italian place just around the corner. Kim had a spaghetti with meat sauce, but only the half portion as the meals where huge! This was a really nice way for Kim to get to know the team in a relaxed environment.

When they went back, some of the team headed into a meeting to organise the company’s meeting rooms for the second half of the week as there will be an optional company wide hackathon, which is very exciting! This will give Kim a chance at getting to know lots of people in the company and really help out, a great way to start a new job!

After this meeting Kim continued on more of the orientation for another hour or so before heading back to get desk to do some reading and get a better understanding of the systems and apps.

Just before the end of the day Kim got a cool swag pack of a mug, backpack and laptop case!

Walking Home Together

We met after work and walked home together. Kim told Curtis about her first day and Curtis told Kim about what he did today.

The walk didn’t seem to take long at all and we even got more beautiful photos!

Wifi!

Once we got home, the guy from Shaw cable was there too, right at the perfect time!

He came in and very quickly set up the wifi and we were good to go. When we first tested, when nothing else was using the network, we got 320mbps download, which is excellent!

We then used this to setup the TV and xbox, as well as our Mac & phones.

We are now all connected and ready to go.

Walk

We went for a walk after the Shaw guy left, partially to look in shops for some things but also just to walk. The weather was still nice, so why not?

Grilled Cheese

We came back home as we got hungry and we just made some grilled cheese sandwiches and had some ketchup crisps on the side.

Curtis played some games in the evening and we watched some TV together, too.

It’s nice to have things set up!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 233: Auckland – Busted Hand

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and had a lot of emails from Friday afternoon to look at, as well as some general helpdesk emails.

Curtis hurt his hand playing hockey yesterday and it was very swollen, bruised and painful this morning so it made things that little bit more difficult!

Curtis had to go on site at 09:15 to look at issues with the boardroom setup he helped with the other day. He wasn’t there too long.

Once Curtis got back to the office, he was pretty full on for the rest of the day but left at 16:20 as he got to a natural stopping point.

Curtis got back home and waited for Kim to come back.

Both of us;

Kim got home and we went to the shop to get some items for dinner.

We decided we wanted sweet chilli crispy beef stir fry. It was ab excellent decision! It was very tasty and pretty easy to make. We followed it with a cookie in a cup.

We watched 2 episodes of the 2nd series of Modus and then went to sleep. Curtis is at a client tomorrow morning again, which is fun!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 222: Auckland – Setting Up A Boardroom

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and had a bit to do briefly and was able to figure out the thing he’d been trying to sort out for the last couple of days!

He then had a phone call for an hour whilst trying to fix a few issues for someone.

At 10:00, Curtis had to go to a client to setup a polycom and Webcam in the boardroom.

As usual in IT, nothing worked as expected! Curtis was there for 3.5 hours and it still didn’t work as expected!

Curtis left the client and had to go to his company’s old office to collect a parcel. Once he did that, he went back to the office and had lunch.

After lunch (which was 15:00!) Curtis had a few little things to do and then it was home time!

Curtis is working from home in the morning tomorrow and then finishing work at 11:00.

Both of us;

Kim got home and then went right back out again. Kim signed up for the gym and did a yoga class! Kim has decided that she isn’t as flexible as she once was.

When Kim got home, she made a chilli con Carne with rice. Curtis cooked the rice and it was the best rice ever!

After dinner, Kim watched Love Island with Nicola as per most evenings.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale