Curtis started the day with a long company wide meeting and then a shorter team meeting, which meant most of the morning went pretty fast!
Curtis did some tickets and then it was already lunch time!
Curtis did a few more tickets and a bit of admin and then it was almost time to wrap up for the day, which was crazy!
Kim joined a call that she is helping with in the background. At the end of the call there was a quiz so Kim made note who got which questions right.
Kim went straight into the office after the call and organised everything from after the call. She uploaded the recording of the call and awarded points to those who got the quiz questions right.
Just before yoga Kim found a guided meditation video that they played before doing a shorter yoga video. She then spent some time reorganising the invites to recurring meetings, she reduced yoga down to once a week and to be on a Tuesday and she updated the invite for the lightning talks.
Kim then took some time to shop for things that they need around the office. She also set up an order on Staples.
She finished the day by following up on emails and finishing the toolbox clean up. She now has a lot of stuff to bin or recycle!
For dinner, we had sandwiches. Curtis had a steak and mushroom sandwich, in which he cooked the steak perfectly, and Kim had a mushroom and cheese sandwich.
We then tried to get Kim’s address updated on a few things.
The weather was perfect for walking to work today.
Curtis got to work, grabbed a coffee and got right to work. He had a few things planned to do from last week, so he did those and he also had a couple of messages from different people with either follow up questions or new questions he had to answer.
Some new tickets came in and Curtis sorted those out.
A delivery of cans of drink came in and Curtis just so happened to be getting coffee at the same time, so he put them away to help out.
After lunch, Curtis continued with some work and was quite busy. He had to order a new Macbook for someone and then it was already 15:00!
Curtis had a bit more to do, namely trying to resolve the wifi issues happening in the office in Charlotte.
It slowed down around 15:45 and Curtis did some project work to pass the time.
Kim got in and started on catching up on emails and just generally starting her week.
A little bit into the morning Kim decided to put a few orders in for some things like cutlery and printer stuff.
Kim then sat down with a colleague and organised some interviews and run through that process. It was good to have the refresher.
After scheduling the interviews Kim decided today was the day to clear our her desk, clean it and reorganise the whole thing! She emptied the top 2 draws and pulled everything off the desk. Then she went through everything, binned all the old things and things she didn’t need. She also put loads of stuff back in the stationary cupboards.
While Kim was doing this, the pizza arrived for a meeting so kim set that up and then set up for her other catering that was due to arrive around the same time. The meeting was being held on a differnt floor so Kim was asked to bring up some drinks. Midday rolls around and the food hadnt yet arrived, but sometimes people can be a few minutes late do Kim kept organising things but by 5 past she had to call as she was being chased by people who want their lunch. She called and was informed that the lunch would be another 25 minutes from then, making it roughly 40 minutes late. Kim kept herself busy but near the desk and once the food arrived she took it upstairs.
Kim then went on her lunch and when she got back from her lunch she started clearing out the stationary cupboard. It as super organised already, but reorganising gives Kim a good understanding of what should usually be in there and what needs to be ordered now.
Kim then started to draft up a stationary order alongside little random tasks.
We got home and had some housework to do.
Curtis started by taking out the recycling and the organic waste. When he got back, we both decided we were hungry so we waited on the housework and made dinner.
We had a steak & sweet potato salad, which was pretty tasty but the steak wasn’t good quality.
After finishing dinner, we did the rest of the housework such as cleaning the kitchen and vaccuuming.
We played some games, watched some YouTube videos and some TV before hitting the hay.
We just had the table and chairs to build today, so after we got ready, Kim got onto that.
Whilst Kim did that, Curtis collated all of the rubbish into the required piles and then took out the paper pile and put it out in the bin.
Once Kim finished the table and one chair, we ate our leftover Chinese food from last night for lunch.
We should have been getting a technician from Shaw cable coming to install internet into the apartment, but we got a call during lunch saying that they would not be able to come today, so it has to be rescheduled.
As we are both new at work, we said we cannot do during the week but settled on tomorrow at between 18:00-20:00, which means Curtis will sort that out after work!
We finished our food and went out to the shops to get some more things. We got a recycling bin, some more cleaning supplies and a very nice cordless vacuum, which Kim is in love with!
We got a coffee from Starbucks whilst we were out, but Curtis had to wait for over 20 minutes for his as they forgot about him!
We got the remaining chair built whilst the maintainance people for our apartment building installed blinds in our apartment.
We finished that and then everything was built!
First Food Shop
We got our first food shop done, getting a lot of spices and meat as well as sauces.
We bought a lot but it wasn’t too expensive.
Final Touches & Steak!
We got everything in the kitchen cleaned and put away in the correct place as well as figured out locations for everything else.
We vacuumed and got the place looking good! We then moved the sofa and TV to get them both in the perfect place.
We had already taken all the rubbish out and some things to our storage unit, so we were all ready and it was looking and feeling more like a home.
We had steak for dinner, but unfortunately it wasn’t a very good steak. We had great sides with it though and Kim made an incredible sauce, so it was pretty good. It was our first meal at our new table!
Hopefully Shaw come to install our internet tomorrow and then we are sorted. Kim starts work tomorrow too, and we plan to walk to work together!
We were going to take a bus to the city, but we only had a $100 note, so we decided to walk instead. It wasn’t very warm today, but it also wasn’t cold or raining so we didn’t mind the 40 minute walk.
We walked through the international centre, which is Chinatown, Japantown & the Vietnamese area. This was great and there also seemed to be a lot of great looking restaurants!
Our first stop was brief, but was fairly interesting.
This was a waterfall which was used to commemorate and celebrate the UPS staff and founder.
This is a Japanese style garden and is also the original office of the UPS.
Right by the waterfall was Poineer Square which we accidentally stumbled across.
This area has games, like table tennis, and also a memorial to all firefighters from Seattle that have lost their lives.
Ye Olde Curiosity shop
We went from here towards the waterfront and then stopped at Ye Olde Curiosity shop. This is a shop which has been around since 1899 but has moved several times.
This is a gift shop, but also has a lot of interesting, rare, items in, such as (apparently) real preserved dead bodies and more like that.
Walked along waterfront
We walked along the waterfront some more, just to see what was there. There was a lot of seafood restaurants but it was an interesting walk.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery
We walked from the waterfront up to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery.
This is where coffee beans are roasted, as well as a self guided tour, coffee only available at this location is served as well aa mixologists and staff that know a lot about coffee!
We started by being given a map and going to the first area where they roast coffee. Just 9 feet away, we watched the coffee get roasted and then it all poared out and smelled incredible!
We were given some freshly roasted beans to smell and taste!
These smelled incredible, but didn’t taste to good like this!
We got a flight ofcoffee to try, which was 8oz of 3 different coffees.
We had one from Kenya, one Columbian coffee and one which is only roasted at this location from Guatemala.
Kim isn’t a big coffee drinker, so Curtis drank most of it!
The Kenyan coffee had a great flavour but was fairly bitter. The Columbian was the easiest to drink and the Guatemalan coffee had a crazy flavour of black cherry and plum, which it really did, and was a little overpowering.
Curtis didn’t feel great after drinking so much rich coffee at once, but it was an awesome experience!
We got back to the apartment and Curtis watched hockey.
After hockey, we went to the supermarket to get a few things we needed as well as dinner for the next few days.
We got back and had steak ready to cook, which we purchased a couple of days ago.
This was a new york strip steak and it was large and incredible.
Curtis seasoned the steak very well and Kim cooked it perfectly, with the help of meat thermometers. The meat was incredibly tender and the accompaniment of the expertly cooked potatoes and delicious onion and mushroom gravy made it a heavenly meal!
We sat and had a chat with our host for a while as he came in whilst we were cooking.
Once we were done with the chatting, we washed up and then went to bed to watch a bit of TV.
Kim has a surprise for Curtis tomorrow, so he doesn’t know what’s going to be happening!