Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 999: Vancouver, BC – Getting Ourselves Ready!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the day with a meeting at 09:00. This was with his team but also with another team. This meeting was an update on how the offices are coming along and remaining items for returning to the office.

He had a lot of admin to get done today, so he did that, and then it was mostly tickets for the rest of the day.

There was an office-wide meeting in the afternoon, just to discuss a few important things and also just have a bit of fun.

Kim’s Day

Kim started with an interview and then had a catch up after to chat about how it went. She then joined a 1-1 with a teammate to check in on them. Then Kim joined the weekly department meeting.

Towards the middle of the day Kim joined two calls about recruitment planning and what that might look like. She also joined a recruitment call to update the exec team about a couple of live roles.

Towards the end of the day Kim had a 1-1 and then joined another interview. She finished the day with a connect about two roles, it was a great way to end the day.

Evening

We went out to Canadian Tire to get Kim a trolly for work. It was nice to get outside!

We got some take out for dinner and once we ate that, we did some cleaning and some other house work in preparation for going away for 10 days!

We also had to pack, so we did that, and then we hung out and watched some TV.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 970: Vancouver, BC – Rushed Equipment Shipping

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went to the office in the morning once he was ready as he needed to do a rushed equipment setup and shipping, so that it arrives this week.

Curtis got that done in the morning and helped a little around the office with a few of the upgrades that are being done there.

He walked home around 12:00 and picked up a coffee for us both. Once he got home, he was nice and busy answering questions and doing some tickets. This was what he did really for the rest of the day, with one meeting sprinkled in there.

After finishing work, Curtis played some games and then went to pickup some laptops with Kim.

Kim’s Day

Kim had three interviews today! She started her day with the first and had a quick review after before joining a check in with an employee finishing their first three months. Her second interview happened before the end of the morning and then she joined a call with a couple of her teammates to discuss the candidates and next steps.

Kim had a meeting with her other teammate to review an ordering process and align everything. She then had a meeting with a colleague to discuss the next few months and do some planning.

Before her final interview Kim had a great training session and discussion. It was so useful and interesting! She finished the day with an interview and a quick review.

Kim was super lucky that Curtis helped with the laptops! She joined a meeting when she got home and joined a really long, interesting and problem solving call with two wonderful colleagues!

Evening

Tonight is the last night for solid food for Curtis for a while! Due to this, we ordered some take out, so at least it’s a nice meal!

We are our food and relaxed. Curtis cannot eat or drink after 12:00, so he ensured he got enough water in him!

Tomorrow is surgery day… Curtis is incredibly nervous and he has to get an IV, which doesn’t work great with his fear of injections!

We’re sure all will go well.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 965: Vancouver, BC – A Chair Adventure

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had more of his project to do, which he did in any spare time he had today. He actually found more work to do for it, again, but he did make progress.

He had quite a lot of tickets to get done today, so he did those around his project and the meetings he had.

Curtis had a team meeting followed by a discussion about a project.

Once that meeting was completed, he got more tickets and project work done before having lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had a team meeting to discuss the previous set of projects they got done and then after that he did some tickets and part of an offboard.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a wonderful day today! She started with a recruitment meeting and was able to work with the exec team and recruiter on four roles to get them ready to go live next week! She then joined a planning and storm session with a big group of people and really enjoyed it. It’s so interesting to see how people want to tackle big and difficult hurdles.

Kim then joined a product demonstration and had a quick discussion after about it. She then joined a 1-1 with a manager to discuss how things are going with their new employee. To then finish her ‘in office’ part of the day Kim had a 1-1 with one of her teammates.

The first errand Kim tackled was to send a laptop out to a colleague. She met a teammate at the courier drop off, they sorted that out and then went to Apple to pick up an order, then they picked up coffee.

Kim dropped her friend / colleague at their home and went to go and pick up another colleague to run an errand with them. They then went to that person’s old apartment to pick up a deliveryof a chair that ended up at the wrong address and on the way home popped by the CEOs house to pick up a TV that was leant to them by Kim’s friend / colleague.

She then dropped her colleague and their new chair off at their house and then she popped by her friends house to return the TV. She also stopped by to day hello to the kittens. After all of that Kim went home!

Evening

Once Kim got home, we ordered ourselves some Chinese food and watched a quiet place II.

We relaxed for the evening and were very excited to do some sleeping tomorrow!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 937: Vancouver, BC – Ouch, My Knee!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right at 09:00, another workshop with an external vendor. This didn’t as long as expected, which was great, so Curtis had some time to get some tickets and other things done.

In the afternoon, Curtis had a team meeting to discuss projects and then once that was done, he went out to collect a package. On the way out, he managed to hit his knee pretty hard on the door and it REALLY hurt. He now has a bruised and swollen knee, so good job to him!

Once he got home, he had a team happy hour and just had some really good conversations there.

Curtis played some games whilst Kim was out having fun!

Kim’s Day

To starr the day Kim joined a meeting to discuss job descriptions with a hiring manager and her teammate. She then had a one month check in chat with a new employee before reviewing another job description with her teammate.

She then joined and interview and had a quick review with the same teammate after. They also had a chat about plans for the next week or so. Kim then had another one month check in followed by a chat to end a new starters first week. Everyone she spoke to was extremely complimentary.

Kim then was told she would be able to get a professional headshot taken so she quickly started getting ready for that and then popped out to pick up a couple of things from some stores. Once she got home Kim had another quick meeting to discuss a new starter with their manager. It was such a great conversation.

Kim was then picked up by a colleague and they went over to another colleagues house (to sit in the garden!). She had a wonderful evening in the sun in the garden having great conversations, while distanced, with her fantastic work friends. It was so lovely to have an evening with an ounce of normality. After a couple of hours a few people drove to a park to get pizza and hang out there for a little while longer.

Evening

Once Kim got home, we were going to order food but it was a bit late, so we made some easy food here and ate that whilst relaxing and watching some TV. We had a lot to watch, so it was a great relaxing Friday night!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 909: Vancouver, BC – The End Of The Workshop

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had the last day of the software workshop from Microsoft and today was more of a hands on day, trying to get some things setup, some of which were a little more complicated than they should have been!

Curtis got some tickets done whilst he had the workshop but mostly it was full focus on the workshop. So much do thathe didn’t have lunch until 4pm!

He played some games whilst Kim had some meetings and another games night.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a long day, but filled with longer meetings. She had a two hour meeting in the morning to go over planning and then a different planning style meeting for two hours in the afternoon.

She also had a check in with a new starter to see how things are going then got some admin done too. After the second long meeting Kim had a catch up call with someone from another department as part of a new initiative that she and her team rolled out a while ago. It was so much fun! She then joint hosted a games night, which was really enjoyable and funny!

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Evening

We got some food from a pub food style place near our apartment for dinner. We have ordered from there before but wanted to try some of their other food. We both got burgers and enjoyed them actually!

We watched TV and relaxed for the rest of the evening.

Curtis is up early tomorrow to watch Great Britain play hockey!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 867: Vancouver, BC – The Final Weekend

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a fairly quiet day.

He started with a discussion about a process which needed to be changed which was very productive.

Most the the morning was then spent doing tickets as well as trying to help someone setup a laptop remotely in a US office, which took quite a bit of work.

Curtis then had some lunch and after that had a 1 hour team meeting to discuss the projects over the last 2 weeks.

Curtis finished off some tickets and admin and then finished work for the week.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a block of time in the morning so she got a bit of paperwork done before she had back to back meetings for the rest of the day.

To start with Kim had an interview then she joined a meeting about a project that will be coming up. As it was a full working Friday Kim then hosted a games break just before midday where people joined in to play Skribbl, it was so fun!

After games Kim had a meeting about a new hire and then she went into another interview followed by an interview round up meeting after. As she had been in a couple of interviews for one department during the week Kim met with the other person on the panel to discuss and make a plan for the next steps.

Kim then had another interview and post interview catch up before having an end of week team meeting, a quick chat about a project and then completing some paperwork!

Evening

Today marks the start of our final weekend in this apartment!

We will likely spend it just packing up and getting ready, and then we are off on Monday to finish the last few items before we move on Tuesday.

We ordered some chicken katsu curry to eat tonight, which was pretty good, and then relaxed before we get crazy with packing etc tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 857: Vancouver, BC – 10 Whole Years!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day again and started the day with a lot of tickets which had some in first thing.

Once he did those, he had his Norwegian lesson and then a meeting about the start of a new project.

Once that meeting was done, Curtis had some more tickets to get done before we had lunch together.

After lunch, Curtis had quite a bit of admin to get done and some people to help.

Kim’s Day

To start the day Kim had a meeting to discuss a few purchases and the next steps. Everyone went from that meeting into the weekly meeting where Kim gave an update.

She had a quick call with a teammate to discuss a few projects they are working on. Then Kim was able to get a little admin done by reaching out to people, working on documents and scheduling meetings. Kim then joined a meeting where the main person didn’t come so everyone else caught up and had a chat about other things. It was a really interesting meeting!

In the afternoon Kim joined a meeting about the company book club that will be starting soon. While in that meeting Kim got a note that someone wouldn’t be able to attend an interview so Kim stepped in to take notes. It was really enjoyable! To finish the day Kim hosted a meeting to discuss the interview and next steps with the candidate!

10 Years!

As of today, we have been together for 10 YEARS!

Kim finished work at a good time and we went out for a walk and then once we got home we ordered some nice food from Cactus Club for dinner.

Whilst we were out on our walk, we saw them filming SuperGirl just down the street from where we live, which was cool!

We ate and then just hung out for the rest of the evening with some prosecco, TV and games.

10 years has gone so fast!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 562: Vancouver, BC – Chairs?

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a short team meeting in the morning and then it was just ticket after ticket after ticket!

It was a busy morning but curtis helped a lot of people which was good.

The afternoon was less busy, but he did get some admin and security work done.

Kim’s Day

Kim had another great admin day! First she started with two meetings, the first was helping a team and the second was having a chat with a new starter.

For the rest of the morning Kim focused on HR paperwork for a few people and she updated a couple of processes too.

In the afternoon Kim went for a masked walk with a colleague and it was so nice! After the walk Kim went to see an option for some office chairs. They were no good so Kim didn’t buy any. She then focused on more HR stuff when she got home.

Evening

Kim worked for some of the evening and then we ordered some Indian food and relaxed for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 534: Vancouver, BC – Work Friends Game Night!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis ended up having a lot of meetings in the morning, but they were all really productive and Curtis was happy with them. These meetings kicked off a project which he is excited about.

Once all of these meetings were done, Curtis had some tickets to do as well as some admin for the remainder of the day.

For lunch, Kim went to get some sandwiches and coffee from the cafe down the road so that was a lovely treat for lunch!

Curtis then played some games whilst Kim did the same with her colleagues.

Kim’s Day

For the morning Kim focused on the quiz for next week’s party. She was surprised at the amount she managed to get done, there is still a lot of work to do on it, but it is looking great!

She popped out to pick up lunch and then she joined a meeting once she had finished lunch Kim joined a meeting to discuss some interviews for next week. It went so well and Kim got some great ideas, support and guidance for interviewing.

Then Kim joined a quick team meeting to close out the week and catch up before hosting the games night. More people joined this week and that made it even more fun than the one on Saturday!

Kim cannot wait to host more of these!

Evening

We ate pretty late, but we ordered some take out food! We got food from a place called Tako which is a Mexican and Korean fusion place. It was actually really tasty, and surprised us a little!

We chilled out together for what was left of the evening and watched TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 443: Vancouver, BC – No Work on Friday!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was busy!

Curtis spent most of the day doing project work, which went really well! He did this with some colleagues and got this pretty much all done.

Along with doing the project, Curtis had a couple of team meetings which went on for a while.

The day was very productive and he was very happy with how it went!

Kim’s Day

Kims new job is mainly a 4 day work week! She can use a Friday as an overspill if she needs to, but the goal is to be more efficient. So Kim had a lazy morning before spending a bit of time researching more PR stuff and a little more about a software for work.

As she had an open afternoon Kim organised to meet an old colleague and good friend for lunch. Kim picked up the lunches and they met near the office, but walked down to the seawall to sit in the sun and have a great catch up. It was so fun and wonderful to relax and spend some time together.

On the way home from lunch Kim grabbed some coffees and then watched a bit of TV to warm up from outside.

Kim had promised her friend that she would being some homemade cookies to lunch but she forgot. So Kim popped back out to drop off the cookies. On the way home Kim stopped at a couple of shops to look around.

Evening

We ordered some Indian food for dinner, we haven’t ordered from there for a while, so we were excited! It was a great curry as always, so that was excellent.

We played some games and watched some TV this evening. We have some plans this weekend so that should be good, providing nothing gets closed due to COVID-19!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale