Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 313: Vancouver, BC – Printing Signs

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent the start of the morning fixing a problem that someone had which Curtis spent a bit of time looking at yesterday.

Curtis had to get some computer checkups done after that, so that’s what he did for most of the rest of the morning, as well as some security things.

Curtis’ afternoon was pretty quiet, but he did do some tickets, answer some questions and did some admin.

Kim’s Day

Kim made sure she got into the office early so she could call FedEx in Europe. It was a 45 minute wait but she eventually got through and was able to set up the pickup again. Hopefully it works!

After Kim did some admin she had her 1-1 which was short and sweet, other than all the work the team are doing together, there wasn’t too much to talk about. Kim the had a call another call after this too!

For the rest of the morning Kim printed and started making the signs for the office and she even made some of the signs into stickers! Which is great as she doesn’t have to laminate them.

In the early afternoon Kim joined the return to office call to help field questions that people may have. It will be so nice to see people regularly again!

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked in cleaning up the office again. They reorganised some marketing stuff, emptied more desks and Kim orgnaised some of the extension cables under the desks. The office is really clearing up and it looks great!

Evening

Kim got home fairly late and then went out to get some wine. We needed some for the dinner but also, why not have a glass, too!

We made a veggie spaghetti bolognese and that was really delicious. We watched a comedy show whilst eating.

After eating, we watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 283: Vancouver, BC – Move Out Checklist

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some admin and a few tickets in the morning and then at 11:00, him and Kim left together and walked down to their respective workplaces!

Curtis had to tidy the IT equipment on each desk so that the desks were easier to clean when the cleaners come in to do a disinfect.

Once Curtis got in he got started and finished sorting the desks about 1.5 hours later.

Curtis then stayed at the office and helped the office administrator do a few things around the place.

At 14:00, Curtis walked home. Once he was home, he answered some messages, did some admin and then had a bit of lunch.

Curtis jumped on a call for the remaining time in the day to figure out some new things his team has taken on and help a specific person out with it.

After that, he did a few things around the apartment and waited for Kim to come back from the office.

Kim’s Day

Kim caught up on emails before she headed into the office with Curtis. She then spent some time doing general admin and continuing with the office clean up.

Kim spent a lot of her afternoon in meetings the first one was planned so she joined a couple of her colleagues to go through a process and how it works so Kim has a better idea of what she needs to be doing.

After this Kim jumped on a call with a differnt colleague to go over some plans for the coming weeks. It was just a short call as Kim had to jump on another call with someone and help them out with something while Kim was available in the office.

Once Kim finished up with that meeting she called her colleague back up so they could continue brainstorming for the coking weeks. They made some good plans and a lot of progress!

Move Out Checklist

We headed to the old apartment right after Kim got back to give it another once over and then meet our old landlord to complete the move out checklist.

We did the checklist and there were a few things we still need to do, so we noted those down and we’ll be heading back tomorrow get those sorted.

We were very hungry so we headed home for some dinner!

Kim made a really good vegetarian spaghetti bolognese.

We ate that and relaxed for the remainder of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 275: Vancouver, BC – One Bed Gone, Another Acquired!

New Bed

We got up and had some toasties with some of the remaining mozzarella cheese and some cheddar and then we got ready.

We were speaking with a company about getting a bed from them, out in Richmond, so we agreed a pickup time and drove out to them.

It took us about 25 minutes to get there and we picked up the bed frame. It’s a simple metal frame, but it does the job!

We got that back home and started to build it.

Old Bed Gone!

As we were building the bed, someone said they can pickup our old bed and buy it from us, so we had to stop building and drove across to the other apartment to get the bed out for them.

They were also British and had been here about the same amount of time as we have!

We had a little (distanced) chat with them and then drove back home to finish the bed.

It didn’t take too long to finish building the bed, and now we have an actual bed instead of a mattress!

We were hungry after this, so we made a veggie spaghetti bolognese and relaxed for the rest of the night.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 235: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Workout

Curtis’ Day

We didn’t go for a walk this morning, so Curtis got to sleep in!

Curtis had a meeting at 09:30 with his team and 1 other person, to get team specific feedback on a survey the team had answered.

After that, he had his general team meeting, followed by 2 project interview meetings.

That was already the morning done and we went for a lunchtime walk.

Curtis’ afternoon was all tickets, which took up his whole afternoon which was good.

Kim’s Day

Kim hosted the midweek catch up, it was great to talk to a few people, some who hadn’t joined before!

She then spent most of the day working on the presentation. She has made a cool theme and designed the slides around that. She took some time to get some information on there, make sure the slides work and tried to make it as interesting and captivating as she can.

Midway through the morning she had a department catch up, it was so nice to see people she hasn’t seen for weeks!

For the rest of the day Kim did the slideshow. She also did a little scheduling and towards the end of the day she started to read a document that her colleague sent over, but she has made that a future Kim problem, it wasn’t something to start at the end of the day!

Homemade Workout

We did our homemade workout, which was our favourite elements from the workout we had been doing, but all put together in the style we wanted.

This was great!

Kim did a few stretches and then we did the cleaning for the week.

After the cleaning, we had leftover vegetarian spaghetti bolognese, which was terrific.

After dinner, we played some mini sticks for a while, and then played some Need For Speed, followed by a bit of TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 166: Vancouver, BC – Plant Based Spaghetti Bolognese

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ Day was a very busy one!

Curtis had his normal brief team meeting in the morning, but was so busy before hand that he didn’t manage to even plan his day (which is what is discussed in the meeting).

Curtis didn’t stop being busy after the meeting, helping a couple of people around the office but also in other offices.

Curtis started to write up a policy, which he actually did for most of the afternoon, and then got some feedback from that which meant he had to do some further research.

Curtis left and walked home, hitting every light perfectly and was able to get home in about 25 minutes!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by catching up on emails from over the weekend and then she went into a meeting about the Wiki project.

They went over the full plan and most of the required bits have been done.

After the meeting Kim made up some business cards and did a little more administrative work on the project.

After lunch Kim ordered some flowers and then had a quick catch up with a colleague for what the plan is over the weekend and where they will need support.

Kim spent the rest of the afternoon working on her Vancouver office floorplan and made great improvements to it. It’s not quite finished but it is a lot more useful and makes far more sense!

Hockey’s Back

Hockey was on again tonight, starting at 17:00, and it hasn’t been on for over a week as there was a break for the all-star game.

Curtis was happy it was back and was able to watch the whole game when he got home. The Leafs won, too, which was a bonus!

Kim got back home from work and relaxed until hockey was finished and then we made dinner.

We had plant-based mince meat in a spaghetti bolognese as Kim wanted to give it a go.

We watched some TV and just chilled out.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 196: Vancouver, BC – A Photo Centric Day

Curtis’ Day

Curtis set out his plan for the week, which was a bit more project work as some more are ramping up now, which he is glad about.

Curtis had 2 back to back long meetings, so couldn’t get too much done.

The end of his afternoon was a little better as he stated a couple of projects and then finally got to do a bit of training, reading a book he has to read to get a qualification.

Curtis walked home with a stop off somewhere to run an errand, then it was cleaning time!

Kim’s Day

Kim decided to start her day with some breakfast so she sat down and had some cereal!

Kim then went through all of the messaging channels to save photos from the past year and put them in a social folder. Kim then started to make a slideshow for these photos as a 2019 highlight reel.

Kim then sent out a meeting invite that she prepared last week for a holiday pot luck. She made a fee changes and added cookie decorating to the invite and sent it out! She is looking forward to eating all the tasty food!

Kim then started putting together a design for the photo strip for the photobooth.

Kim then popped out for lunch, she dicided to go and get the hoi sin wrap that she had a few months ago. It wasn’t as smothered in sauce so it wasn’t as tasty for Kim but she really enjoyed it still!

When she god back Kim sent out some packages via FedEx and she ordered some more supplies.
Kim then went back and made some changes to the photo strip before heading home.

Kim walked home and drove to the doctors as she had a follow up appointment from the visit last week. Everything seems good which is great news!

Cleaning, Cooking & Training

We both got home around the same time and got started on the cleaning, until Kim had to leave to go training.

Kim’s classes tonight were tough but she really enjoyed them! She learnt her first flip off the pole and watched everyone else do a really cool combo.

The most life changing thing to come out of this class is that Kim has learnt to properly climb today! Up until this point Kim has been hulking her way up and using too much energy, she has now been taught to use her elbow and climbing is now effortless.

This distracted Kim and she just spent ages climbing and not doing the combo, which is fine!

Curtis made dinner for us both, which was spaghetti bolognese, which turned out pretty well! After he was done making that, he did the vacuuming and that was the chores done for the evening, so he just relaxed.

Once Kim returned home, she had some of the spaghetti bolognese and we sat down to watch a couple of TV episodes and YouTube videos before sleeping.

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This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 142: Vancouver, BC – Batwoman?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had nothing planned today, but got a steady stream of things today and, weirdly, the day went pretty fast.

Nothing eventful or interesting really happened at work today, but it was productive.

Curtis left work and walked home. Once home, he went down to the storage locker and got out his hockey kit.

He got it all ready and organised and put it in the car ready for later in the evening!

Curtis the did a few housekeeping things around the apartment and then sat down and typed this up!

As Curtis had a hockey game at 22:00, it is unlikely we can get this up before 00:00, so we’re going to do it early.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she went straight back out to go and buy milk before she forgot. She then delivered a few parcels when she got back and started her day by catching up on emails.
Most of the emails were related to missing receipts / invoices. So Kim spent most of the morning finding the missing things and had to contact a few different companies to get it all sorted.

In the early afternoon an interview was scheduled so Kim ensured that she was around to greet them and make sure they were all set up.
While the interview was going on Kim took some time to sit down and have some lunch.

After lunch Kim saved some receipts and other invoices before booking a new hires flight. Kim got a little confused at one point so started the whole process again. She also emailed the hotel that she visited yesterday to see if they had any availability and they did!

Kim then spent the last bit of her day putting together a quiz for Friday afternoon. It was good fun and turned out pretty well!

Today Kim left an hour early to try and use up some of her extra hours worked to go in to an open class in order to practise her routine for the upcoming competition. On the way, Kim saw the filming for Batwoman which was awesome! It wasn’t a great training session but Kim has at least put a beginning sequence together which is a start! On the way home she stopped to grab an onion for dinner.

Spag Bol

Kim made spaghetti bolognese for dinner,which was excellent, and then we watched a bit of TV.

We had to leave at 20:40, which we did, so we can get to the rink with plenty of time.

Curtis’ Hockey Game

The other team were good…

The game didn’t go too good, his team lost 5-0, but did have some main players missing.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 109: Vancouver, BC – Project Full

Curtis’ Day

Curtis wasn’t able to have meetings today as there is a new company policy for ‘Thoughtful Thursdays’.

This means that Curtis had more time to get some other admin and project tasks done!

Curtis got some admin done in the early morning and then setup 2 laptops back to back. This is to upgrade people as part of a project.

Curtis was able to continue with some project work in the afternoon, but this time it was mostly research. He did a few tickets along the way but it was good to get some other things done, though his calendar for tomorrow is full!

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she spent the morning on random little tasks. Then mid morning she went on to make a fruit salad to use up the other half of the melon and restock parts of the fridge.

Just before midday the weekly pizza arrived for the meeting. Today Kim decided to try using proper plates rather than the usual paper plates, it saves in cost and reduces the amount of single use items used around the office.

Just after this Kim was invited out to head to Sephora with 2 girls who were going and as she fancied a little walk in the sun Kim tagged along. When they got back the meeting had finished so Kim and one of the other girls sat down for some pizza for lunch and had a good chat.

Kim spent the first half of her afternoon changing parts of the floor plan maps to make them work and fit better. They looked so much better after the changes.

Kim then spent some time organising and placing orders. She had to call up Nespresso to get her order to go through and she had to call staples because she charged the order to the wrong card. Unfortunately she was unable to get through so that will now be a job for tomorrow.

Terrific Spaghetti Bolognese

We didn’t really do anything in the evening.

We got back and relaxed and then when we eventually started to get hungry, Curtis made a spaghetti bolognese.

We had some sauce leftover from another meal and Curtis used that as well as a blend of other items to create possibly one of the best spaghetti bolognese’s we’ve had!

It was meaty yet saucy and all around great.

We finished our evening as our usual with some TV and duolingo and then went to bed. Friday tomorrow, but we’re sure it’ll be busy!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 69: Vancouver, BC – Free Pastries & Free Slurpies!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day started well as the coffee company that delivers to his work had a ‘customer appreciation day’ so they took a lot of pastries to Curtis’ office, which were delicious!

Curtis did a lot of task that took a long time as well as tasks that were a bit more mundane.

Curtis had a 1.5 hour meeting to attend, but understood very little.

After that meeting, Curtis had lunch and then had another short meeting.

Curtis found out more information about a new user so had to complete the rest of that as we as setup 2 desks.

Curtis left a little later than usual as it was a busy day. That being said, it didn’t feel all that productive.

Kim’s Day

Kim arrived in the office and took some fruit up to the day long meeting that was going on on the top floor.

A few more coach quotes came in overnight from the UK so Kim put these together on her spreadsheet and sent it back across to her colleague.

As there is another busy week coming up in 2 weeks kim and her colleague are getting a jump on the catering orders and making sure everyone will be fed. So Kim requested a quote for the Ontario office.

Kim also spent her morning catching up on emails and other ad hoc tasks that cropped up.

Then it was pizza time! A team was hosting a lunch and learn so Kim set up the corner of the office with chairs, the projector and the cool conference speaker / microphone / webcam thing. Then when the pizza arrived she set all that up too.

A few minutes in to the lunch and learn the whole meeting, of about 20 people, came downstairs and joined the lunch and learn. However, they were not accounted for when the pizza was ordered so there wasn’t enough for them. This meant that Kim and her colleague had to source catering for 20 people ASAP. They agreed to call a different pizza place who could deliver within 30 to 45 minutes. This was perfect timing because their meetings were due to start back up in 45 minutes, meaning that the pizza would either arrive just before the meeting started or just after.

Kim used this opportunity of a delayed lunch to sort out the afternoon coffee and grab them skme.drinks to go with their lunch. She was going to take the coffee up 30 minutes after the pizza would arrive so decided its easier to get it all done at once.

Kim noticed the drinks fridge was looking a little bare and nakey, due to all the extra visitors we had on site, so she decided to fill it up. If there are a few things Kim can do well they are, stock rotation and fridge stocking! Usually this is done by the supplier, but it’ll save him some time tomorrow and everyone has cold drinks at the ready in the meantime. Its a win for everyone!

Just after this, at just gone 2 Kim realised that she was yet to take a proper lunch. She had snacked during the day but decided to take some time and have a sit down and a breather.

After lunch Kim had a little paperwork to do so she sat down and finished that.

Kim the spent some time in the afternoon setting up next weeks fruit and milk order. She. Has gone mad and ordered cherries and even a watermelon! It will be an exciting week for sure!

Towards the end of the day the upstairs meeting finished and they brought down all of the stuff Kim had taken up so she spent some time sorting all of that out.

Evening Errands

We had a couple of things to do after work.

We needed to go to a hotel briefly, so we did that, and then we left there and got some money out for something on Saturday.

After getting some cash, we went to homesense to get some refillable salt and pepper grinders.

We left Homesense and walked back home. On the way we stopped in at 7-Eleven to get our free slurpie each as it was free slurpie day!

We walked home and had spaghetti bolognese for dinner.

After dinner, we watched a bit of TV and then went for a nice evening walk around 08:30 for 30 minutes or so.

We got back, watched a bit of TV and then went to bed.

Curtis has to setup the boardroom at the office for 09:00 for a global company meeting, so he is getting to the office for 08:00…early start for him (well, earlier than it has been).


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale